Unveiling The Don CeSar Hotel Ballroom Renovation | Marry Me Tampa Bay “Before 5” Networking

 

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Pretty in pink, historic in nature, and a true iconic treasure to the Tampa Bay area, located in St. Pete Beach, The Don Cesar Hotel has been a staple landmark for our area since the 1920s’. Featuring uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Mexico and luxury amenities, we jumped at the chance to host a networking event for area wedding professionals to showcase the wedding resort’s event space renovations.

The ballrooms, meeting rooms and guest room corridors underwent a full renovation at The Don. The updated coastal color palette features a creamy white, light gray and shades of blue. New paint, window treatments, and carpeting throughout, along with gorgeous new chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom make the space modern, fresh and inviting.

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During our Marry Me Tampa Bay “Before 5” networking event, guests enjoyed the acoustic musical guitar stylings of Total Entertainment by Matt Winter while networking with other wedding pros. Tampa Bay wedding photographer from Lifelong Photography Studios captured the beautiful renovations and the joy of connecting with friends new and old alike.

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St. Pete Beach wedding planner and Don preferred planner Staci Mandikas of UNIQUE Weddings and Events designed a sophisticated bohemian design with linens from Over the Top Rental Linens and chargers, chairs and table rentals from A Chair Affair.

“After seeing a recurrence of decor styles at events hosted at the Don Cesar, we wanted to bring in something a bit different, something modern and filled with texture. We wanted to focus on a style that would appeal to a younger clientele and loosen up the formality of the venue, as well as show the versatility of their event spaces,” Staci shared.

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A custom wedding cake by The Artistic Whisk was the perfect accent to the modern yet beachy vibe. While Truly Forever Bridal complemented the stunning, historic wedding venue by showcasing their beautiful wedding gowns.

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Historic Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event

Historic Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event

Renovated Ballroom at the Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event

Renovated Ballroom at the Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event

Renovated Ballroom at the Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach, High Top Cocktail Tables with Blue and Silver Triangle Design Tablecloth, Tall Silver Chiavari Chairs with White Cushions | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event | Designer UNIQUE Weddings and Events | Rentals Over the Top Linens and A Chair Affair

Renovated Ballroom at the Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach, High Top Cocktail Tables with Blue and Silver Triangle Design Tablecloth, Tall Silver Chiavari Chairs with White Cushions | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event | Designer UNIQUE Weddings and Events | Rentals Over the Top Linens and A Chair Affair

Renovated Ballroom at the Don Cesar Hotel Wedding Venue on St. Pete Beach, High Top Cocktail Tables with Blue and Silver Triangle Design Tablecloth, Tall Silver Chiavari Chairs with White Cushions | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event | Designer UNIQUE Weddings and Events | Rentals Over the Top Linens and A Chair Affair

Plate of Hors d'Oeuvres/Appetizers on Spoons | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Before 5 Networking Event

Charcuterie Meat and Cheese Buffet Station | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Before 5 Networking Event

Charcuterie Meat and Cheese Buffet Station | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Before 5 Networking Event

Total Entertainment by Matt Winter | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Before 5 Networking Event

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Wedding Dresses by Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Marry Me Tampa Bay Before 5 Networking Event at the Don Cesar Hotel

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Bride in Wedding Dress by Truly Forever Bridal on Balcony | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | St. Petersburg Historic Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Before 5 Networking Event

Bride Portrait on Stairs in Lace and Illusion Tank Top Strap and Low Back Wedding Dress | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | St. Petersburg Historic Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Instagram

Bride Portrait in Illusion and Floral Applique Empire Waist High Neck Wedding Dress with Blush Pink Ribbon and Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Historic Hotel The Don Cesar | Instagram

Bride Portrait in Illusion and Floral Applique, Strappy Rhinestone Back, Empire Waist High Neck with Lace Floral Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress with Blush Pink Ribbon and Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Historic Hotel The Don Cesar | Before 5 Networking Event

Bride Portrait in Illusion and Floral Applique, Strappy Rhinestone Back, Empire Waist High Neck with Lace Floral Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress with Blush Pink Ribbon and Ivory and Blush Pink Rose and Greenery Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Historic Hotel The Don Cesar | Instagram

Bride Portrait in Fitted Lace and Strap Wedding Dress with Lace and Button Back, Four Tier White and Blue Wedding Cake on Round Table with Silver Tablecloth | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Historic Hotel Ballroom The Don Cesar | Cake The Artistic Whisk | Rentals Over the Top Rental Linens

Bride Portrait in Lace and Illusion V Neck Strappy and Fitted Wedding Dress with Ivory Rose, Greenery and Lilac Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal

Venue: The Don Cesar Hotel *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studios *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Event Design: UNIQUE Weddings and Events *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Floral & Decor: Events in Bloom
Foliage: A1 Foliage
Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Rentals: A Chair Affair *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Live Musician: Total Entertainment by Matt Winter *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Dresses: Truly Forever Bridal *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro 
Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe

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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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