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Selby Gardens – A beautiful spot in Sarasota for a wedding – with its beautiful tropical and subtropical backgrounds, bay front access looking over Sarasota . Sometimes the big question about your wedding is where in Selby Gardens should I have my wedding? Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds, from the broad expanse of the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavillion to under the lush foliage of the banyan trees, to the tranquil and beautiful area beside Sarasota Bay.
Brandon and Michelle had their sweet ceremony under the oak trees by Sarasota Bay in October.
Social Conscience Bride – Green Weddings (eco-friendly) are in for 2011! Brides are taking it up a notch with textured linens, organic makeup and vegan or organic wedding cakes and desserts. The recyclable wedding gown is eco-friendly hemp and organic silk. Location, location, location! When planning your green wedding or event, you should consider a few things before you decide upon a location. How many guests will you be having? Remember the fewer the guests, the lower the carbon footprint! What time of year is your wedding? Do you want an indoor event or a garden wedding? Casual or formal, or perhaps somewhere funky like a hip nightclub? Narrowing down what you want in a venue will alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress when you begin looking at venues.
One thing to consider is that if you have both your ceremony and reception at the same location, you will alleviate the need for your guests to travel to two different places. Look for locations that offer recycling of the empty liquor bottles. Look for locations that include table, chair, and linen rental, as this eliminates quite a bit of shipping and carbon production. One beautiful hidden gem (that is also very reasonable) located near downtown sarasota and the arts district is the Sarasota Garden Club as well as the prestigious Indigo Hotel. You won’t believe the beautiful retreat settings in Sarasota that are only 5 minutes from the airport!
Look for a garden setting if you choose an outdoor event. Look for one with either an inside option or a permanent tent. Look for one that already has tables and chairs for you to rent from the facility to prevent having to rent and truck everything in. One such treasure is Selby Gardens. The gardens is a beautiful historical landscape known for it’s beauty, orchid collection, banyan trees and bamboo. Also it’s the place where Marie Selby became the first woman to cross the country by car.. Try to find a location that incorporates at least a few Green practices into their operations.
If you do happen to have your heart set on a destination wedding, keep your guest count to a bare minimum and look for a place that offers green wedding packages. To find great eco-friendly hotels and accomodations check out EC3.
Wedding Favors – There are fabulous green favors to choose from and some websites where you can find them. I love the idea of planting a memory by planting a tree. There is even a website I found that has plan-table placecards and wedding invitations. You cannot get more environmentally friendly than that! Green Wedding Favors
Sarasota Caterer: Zest! Of Sarasota is Sarasota’s original green catering company.
Photographer: In addition to being digital, I try to make all my business decisions with green practices in mind. I have gone went completely digital and electronic by using electronic faxes, digital documents, even digital catalogs and magazine subscriptions. My Sarasota wedding photography company offers online digital proofs and they use recycled and recyclable papers and packaging when necessary. Look for businesses that work within “green” business perimeters.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy planning your Sarasota green wedding.
I have created a new gallery of my favorite romantic wedding images. The layout of my website has remained the same, but all the galleries, Brides, Details, Albums, and Parties have fresh fun images for your viewing pleasure. Click the image below and browse the slideshows. The images come from Sarasota, Tampa, Venice, and all over south west Florida.
Selby Gardens – A beautiful spot in Sarasota for a wedding – with its beautiful tropical and subtropical backgrounds, bayfront access looking over Sarasota . Sometimes the big question about your wedding is where in Selby Gardens should I have my wedding? Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds, from the broad expanse of the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavillion to under the lush foliage of the banyan trees, to the tranquil and beautiful area beside Sarasota Bay. Here are some samples from a few weddings held there:
With its beautiful tropical and subtropical plants, serene sunsets over Sarasota Bay, and its proximity to downtown Sarasota, Selby Gardens has become a favorite location for weddings. For brides and grooms, the most difficult decision is not whether to have their wedding at Selby Gardens, but rather where in the Gardens to have the wedding.
Summer Discounts: Hold your wedding and/or reception at the gardens during the months of June, July, August and September and receive 25% off the total rental.
Friday and Sunday Discounts: Hold your wedding and/or reception at the Gardens and receive a 20% discount off of the entire rental.
Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds. The most popular areas are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion and the Bayside Oak adjacent to the Mansion. Other areas include the Great Room by the Bay and the Mansion Museum.
Indoor receptions are generally held in the Great Room by the Bay and the Mansion. The Great Room by the Bay is a 3,600 square-foot room and it has 60-feet of glass windows facing west for spectacular bay and sunset views. It seats approximately 175 persons at round dinner tables or up to 250 people theater style. The Mansion will accommodate 45 guests for a sit down dinner or up to 75 for a cocktail reception.
Duration of Events
The following time periods are provided as part of the contract the day of your event unless previously approved by a Selby Gardens Manager.
- Set up time (Receptions; 3 hours, Wedding Ceremony; 1 hour)
- Wedding Rehearsals, 1 hour maximum
- Wedding Ceremony, guest arrival to departure, 2 hours
- Receptions, Parties, Dinners, etc., as noted on your contract
- Dressing Rooms (if available after 3:00 p.m.), 2 hours prior to ceremony until 1 hour following ceremony
- Cleanup, removal of decorations, caterer clean up, etc., 1 hour