The Birchwood

Downtown St. Pete – The Birchwood is a boutique hotel that is ideal for couples looking for a modern and timeless venue setting. The elegance in this historic wedding venue can be seen throughout their 1920’s inspired vintage glam decor, award-winning rooftop lounge, and chic design.

The five-story Spanish Mission-style building sits at a prime location on Beach Drive, overlooking the picturesque St. Pete Pier, Straub Park, and Tampa Bay. The historic inn underwent a major renovation in 2013 and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, as well as a historic landmark in St. Petersburg. The remodel included an upscale rooftop bar and lounge, The Canopy, that offers breathtaking views of downtown St. Pete’s waterfront, making it an ideal cocktail hour and after-hours hotspot.

The Ceremony:

Grand Ballroom: “Say ‘I Do’ with a View!” Ceremonies are held within the east wing of our Grand Ballroom while overlooking North Straub Park, the waters of Tampa Bay, and Beach Drive.

  • Up to 120 guests for a traditional ceremony, combined with a ballroom reception.
  • For couples with guest counts higher than 120, a reception style ceremony is an alternative option within the ballroom. Couples are also welcome to host an off-site ceremony at a local church, park, or garden!
  • LGBTQ friendly

Ceremonies include: Gold Banquet Chairs, 8’ Birchwood Wooden Posts, Ceremony Pipe and Drape & Private Champagne Toast for Couple

The Cocktail Hour:

Guests can enjoy their cocktail hour all within the Grand Ballroom, utilizing our welcome foyer, main ballroom, and two private outdoor terraces. We also offer an upgraded semi-private Canopy Rooftop cocktail hour, where wedding guests can enjoy the cabanas, outdoor living room area, waterfront glass look-out area, and their own private Satellite bar.

The Reception:

The Grand Ballroom features a vintage glam, coupled with a simple elegance that is the perfect palate for any wedding day celebration. Natural light pours through the fourth floor Grand Ballroom and Terrace which spans 4,000 sq. ft. Upon walking into the private event space your eye immediately goes to the modern chandeliers, which add to the elegant atmosphere.

Located just one level below our iconic Canopy Rooftop, the Grand Ballroom can accommodate weddings, rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches, and other celebrations with up to 200 guests.

The ballroom includes exclusive use of our welcome foyer, custom built-in bar, private restroom suites, and two outdoor balconies with panoramic views of the downtown St. Pete/Beach Drive area.

  • 200 seated dinner/250+ Standing Reception Style

The Food and Drink:

The Grand Ballroom includes a full-service catering kitchen, complete with its own team of talented Chefs who are dedicated to servicing your wedding reception. We include a la carte meal selections which allow each couple to cultivate their very own wedding menu! The Birchwood sources several local, fresh and organic ingredients in order to provide the best meal experience for all guests. A complimentary wedding tasting is also included with all booked couples. Depending on your hosted bar preferences, there are a variety of selections to feature as well as a fun Signature Drink add-on!

Pricing:

Food and beverage minimums range between $5,000-$15,000 and vary by day of week/month of/year. A’ la carte menu pricing is available. Vegan Wedding menus are available.
Average plated/buffet dinner reception range: $65-$100/pp
Average (4) hour full open liquor bar range: $37/pp
*22% service charge and 7% sales tax applies

Savings Tip: Reduced food/beverage minimums available for Sunday-Thursday celebrations!

Small Wedding Packages

Custom packages are available for intimate celebrations ranging from 30-60 guests. Available for Sunday-Thursday bookings only. Packages include 4-hour reception, decorative décor, and linens, cocktail hour hors d’oeurves/displays, plated entree/dinner buffet, champagne toast, open bar, and coffee station.

Rehearsal Dinner and Brunch Packages

Looking to kick off the wedding weekend with a welcome reception/rehearsal dinner? Or perhaps wind things down with a farewell brunch? The Grand Ballroom is the perfect location to host your pre and post-wedding weekend festivities! A’ la carte options and package pricing are available.

Special Offer for Marry Me Tampa Bay Readers:

Complimentary Ballroom LED Up-Lighting (10 Lights) $500 Savings

 
 

The Birchwood Reviews From Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

“We wanted an intimate, indoor setting with a classy, vintage feel. We have always loved The Birchwood and spending evenings at their rooftop bar, The Canopy, so it was kind of a no-brainer. I was always against using a hotel as a wedding venue, but The Birchwood is so quaint and boutique that it felt like we had the entire building to ourselves! The entire team was amazing to work with and catered to our every want and need. I truly feel like I made new friends while working with their staff.” -Courtney and Alexander | Purple and Gold Spring Downtown St. Pete Wedding

“I researched all different venues and found Marry Me Tampa Bay had a great variety of what was in the area and helped direct me to the Birchwood. Everything about The Birchwood is absolutely amazing! There we so many aspects that made it the true front-runner when it came to choosing our reception venue. Something that was huge for us was the location and with so many of our guests coming from out of town, we thought being able to stay on the waterfront and have all the bars and restaurants within walking distance would be an awesome time for everyone. We also really fell in love with The Birchwood’s gorgeous Grand Ballroom because it fit perfectly with our elegant theme for the reception and was quaint enough where we wouldn’t look as though we were swallowed by the room. The staff were all phenomenal and extremely accommodating. From day one, everyone was always super polite and willing to do everything in their power to accommodate us and really help us capture our wedding day vision!” -Joelle and Abram | Romantic Dusty Rose and Wine Downtown St. Pete Wedding

“We needed to keep in mind our total budget first, then we wanted something with somewhat modern décor, great food, and close proximity to hotels and other activities for guests to explore throughout the weekend. The Birchwood fit all of our criteria perfectly and was in downtown St. Pete. When it came down to it, we were between two St. Pete venues. Both were excellent choices, but The Birchwood fit our personalities and felt more like home. We couldn’t have been happier with their venue and services. The team at The Birchwood exceeded our expectations! They provided an excellent venue, bridal suite, food, and the flow of service was perfect. No one ever had to wait in line for food or drinks, and they were extremely flexible to fit all our needs!” -Amanda and Zach | Gold and White Winter Inspired Downtown St. Pete Wedding

Meet the Event Sales Manager:

Mary Venue Coordinator at The Birchwood Headshot

Mary Barnett is a true Florida native and lover of all things rosé! She has been working within the weddings/event industry for over 10 years and her main role as the Event Sales Manager is to help couples with the initial venue selection process. She LOVES to witness her clients making the exciting decision to (finally!) select their wedding day venue. She understands that each couple has a unique vision when it comes to their special day and enjoys offering creative and custom options to help design each couple’s perfect day! To schedule your private wedding venue tour Email Mary or call 727-317-2841.

Heather Venue Coordinator at The Birchwood Headshot

As a born and raised Pennsylvanian who hates the snow, Heather loves basking in the Florida sun! She has always had a passion for events and works tediously to make wedding dreams come true. Once a couple secures The Birchwood as their official venue, they will work directly with Heather to plan and gather the remaining important details. Heather develops a personal connection with each couple to ensure she fully understands their vision. She truly enjoys celebrating every couple’s love for each other, and thrives to see everyone’s smiling faces on the wedding day!

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(727) 896-1080
340 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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