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choice for couples that want an intimate ceremony within walking distances to restaurants. The key is also home to several all-in-one wedding venues such as Lido Beach Resort, offering an effortlessly romantic setting for perfect weddings—whether it be by the beach or under their Ocean Gazebo. The resort offers special packages for weddings. Couples can say their “I do’s” on the beach and then take a short drive to reception locations such as Michael’s on East, a local fine dining establishment, or The Francis, a chic downtown event space that opened in 2013. 8 Weddings Elsewhere | FALL 2014 The Ritz-Carlton is located on the mainland and has expansive views of the bay and city. A spa caters to brides and bridesmaids, while golf at a championship course and cocktails at the on-site restaurant, Jack Dusty, lure the groom and his party. Jack Dusty is also ideal for rehearsal dinners. The Ritz’s sophisticated beach club on Lido Beach offers a stunning choice for beachfront weddings and fine dining. The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, located on Sarasota Bay within walking distance to downtown Sarasota shopping and dinner hotspots, is another fine choice for wedding parties. Longboat Key — home to extravagant condominiums and stunning wildlife sanctuaries— offers a few appealing venues. Perhaps at the top of the list might be The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Boasting five on-site restaurants, event spaces, and private beaches, The Resort will truly make you feel you are in paradise. If that’s not enough, the Island House spa should appeal to the bride and bridesmaids, while two challenging golf courses and a Whiskey Bar are fit for the groomsmen. Well-heeled on-site event planners are included. PHOTO: ©2014, ALEXI SHIELDS above: The Ringling or Ca d’Zan


Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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