Your Destination Wedding: Why Sarasota?
I visited Sarasota 25 years ago and discovered the magic. I moved here soon after and created Simply Gourmet with my husband, Larry Barrett. His love of creating classical cuisine with an ethnic flare, combined with my detail oriented personality and wedding planning experience, gave us a great foundation for Simply Gourmet.
Every day we get calls from prospective clients inquiring about rehearsal dinners and wedding menus. We can’t say enough about our beautiful city. The award winning Siesta Key Beach, our small town charm, local cuisine and a fantastic performance and art scene. More couples are choosing to host their destination weddings in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Whether you are looking for an upscale dining experience, Southern Comfort Barbeque, or anything in between ~ helping you make your memories last a lifetime excites us most.
We get it ~ Part of the reason you want a Destination Wedding is that everything is taken care of. However, It usually comes with a huge price tag and limits your opportunity to create your unique dream day.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons why Sarasota, FL is different:
Unlike tying the knot abroad, one benefit to a domestic destination wedding is that there are no extra legal requirements and none of your guests will have to worry about renewing their passports.
Choose from one of the reasonable luxury hotels downtown or more relaxed beach accommodations for your guests. You can also count on delicious cuisine at Sarasota’s top-rated restaurants. From small ethnic eateries to fine dining, you will find it here.
Believe it or not, even our airport is convenient. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is just a few miles from the heart of Downtown. There are hotel shuttles and once you drop your bags, take advantage of a complimentary ride service to and from the beach.
2. Great Network of Wedding Professionals
The creativity among the wedding professionals in Sarasota is of the highest caliber. After catering in Los Angeles and New York, I am always excited by the value Sarasota has to offer our couples. You will find superior service and product at a lower price point than many other destination wedding locations.
3. Incredible Venues
Beach weddings, estate weddings, intimate house weddings, museum/gallery weddings ~ you name it! There are certainly options to match your vision while staying in line with your budget. Many of our Event Captains have been working with us from the very beginning. Being familiar with all the wedding venues in Sarasota and beyond gives us the capability to execute your vision flawlessly.
Speaking of executing your vision flawlessly… all of our tastings are private. It is a time for you to come meet our team, sit down with your catering director and try our food. We want to make sure everything is just the way you like it. We don’t have a restaurant. This means we have no other priorities than perfecting your wedding catering. As a boutique company, you get our 5 star chefs, servers, bartenders and coordinators because we will not overbook, we are all 100% focused on your special day.
Would your family and friends enjoy the downtown restaurant/bar scene when they arrive in town on Friday night? Or maybe they want to see Siesta Key Village nightlife. Possibly catch a ballet, musical or show at The Opera House or one of the many other concert and show venues. Saturday morning before the celebrations begin, they can relax by the pool or head to the Sarasota Farmer’s Market. Sunday could be the perfect beach day or visit all our local breweries and Biergartens. At this point, they might as well make a week long trip out of it and take the family to Disney or Universal. Trust us, there is no shortage of weekend actives in Sarasota.
So what do you think? Ready to plan your Sarasota Wedding?!