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, Birchwood Canopy, that offers breathtaking views of downtown St. Pete’s waterfront, making it an ideal cocktail hour and after-hours hotspot.
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 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 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 rooftop bar, 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 & 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!
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
Meet Mary and Grace
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.
Grace Summa is the Special Events Coordinator at The Birchwood in Downtown St. Pete! She loves her dog, pizza, and all things weddings! She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a part of the wedding world so she attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a degree and certification in Meetings & Events. Go Owls! She just recently got married in March 2021 and got to experience the other side of wedding planning and this opened her eyes to so many tips and tricks and helps Birchwood Couples through the planning process and to offer as much advice as she can. Grace truly enjoys celebrating every couple’s love for each other, and thrives to see everyone’s smiling faces on the wedding day.
The Birchwood Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:
Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.
When looking for a wedding venue it was really important that we got married in St. Petersburg. We toured many St. Pete venues and just fell in love with The Birchwood. We signed right after we toured it, we just knew!
We chose The Birchwood because we loved their Christmas decor and their hospitality. We loved that it is a hotel too and that we were able to get ready there and stay the night of the wedding. It was beyond stress-free not having to transport from locations. I am so happy with how it turned out and our Venue Coordinator was so responsive and helpful. We felt like family there. The grand ballroom we had our wedding in had a private balcony that overlooked the park that was completely lit up and decorated for the holiday. It was so dreamy.
We wanted to feel like we went away for the weekend for our wedding. We didn’t want to get married and feel like we were in the same places we frequent on a regular weekend. St Petersburg was perfect. It was the perfect distance away and had such a different vibe than Tampa, so it felt like a vacation for us.
We wanted to feel like we went away for the weekend for our wedding. We didn’t want to get married and feel like we were in the same places we frequent on a regular weekend. St Petersburg was perfect. It was the perfect distance away and had such a different vibe than Tampa, so it felt like a vacation for us. The Birchwood was amazing. The ballroom was large enough to fit my wedding easily, with plenty of extra space for people to not feel so crowded during the pandemic. We met Heather at the Birchwood and immediately knew it was the perfect place to get married. She was phenomenal in communicating with us through the entire process and easy to get a hold of and thought of everything. Everything seemed seamless, and I am sure that is because Heather and our planner, Jillian, handled everything so well.