11 total reviews
Ringling is by far one of our favorite places on earth. It is so spectacular! The venue creates the most amazing photo op options. Our pictures are so much nicer because of where we are in the pics! Our guests were blown away. We used the courtyard area and had each level devoted to different parts of the event - Ceremony tier 1; Cocktail hour tier 2; Reception tier 3. Guests were also able to walk through the museum which was extra special. Our wedding planner, Maria Brady with Choreographed Events handled all of the communication and details with Ringling and it was PERFECT!
We held both our ceremony and reception at the Ca d'Zan Mansion at Ringling. It sits right on the Sarasota Bay and is honestly the most breathtaking venue I have ever seen! Our pictures are incredible and everyone keeps telling us it looks like a dream! There are a lot of restrictions, but it is TOTALLY worth it! There is no better venue in all of Florida!
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the ca d'zan mansion at Ringling. My husband and I both love the outdoors and being on the water and I've always had a love for fine art so it was an easy decision to have the wedding there. The wedding was amazing and it was even supposed to rain that day and it turned out to be the perfect whether for an outside wedding. I really loved how guests got to tour the downstairs mansion while we were taking our wedding photos.
With that said if your going to have your wedding at such an amazing venue, it comes at a high cost. Its extremely expensive to have a wedding there and you have so many rules you have to follow. I understand the rules, its a historical and beautiful mansion and they want to keep it that way.
In general everybody was really nice. I worked with Holly and Stevie and they were both super nice and helpful. Some, not all, of the staff and security not so nice. They watch you like a hawk there and can be rude if they see you doing something they don't approve of. Both my planner and my wedding party got yelled at during the rehearsal for standing in areas they shouldn't of, I guess? I'm glad they have good security but it was a little extreme and they could be a little nicer. Were paying a lot of money to have our wedding there and its kind of a damper when were getting discipled over miniscule things. But not all Ringling staff was like that, just some.
With everything all said and done I absolutely loved my wedding there. Its was stunning and I have no regrets. If you want a beautiful wedding no one will forget, have it there. But word to the wise, make sure you choose a dry month. I lucked out with the weather but we ended up having to rent a tent the week of because a high percent of rain and thats a big last minute expense.
The Ringling has lots of rules, but they were amazing in the planning process and the day of. The weather quickly changed and we had to use a tent for our outdoor reception. They were very accommodating. You can't be the location and the beautiful venue!
If it wasn't for location, location, location for this venue I wouldn't have selected them. Although the staff was wonderful thier rules and restrictions are extreme but I guess that's expected for a museum. They have breath taking views and with the mansion on the water you can't beat this for a wedding location. As long as you can haggle them on the bar costs (only one vendor so they can kill you on price) and get a caterer that knows thier way around the property, they're great!
We were married at the Ca 'd'Zan mansion, which is JOhn and mable Ringling's home. The terrace is on the water, and the wedding was at sunset.
It was awesome.
In fact, the sun set over the water during the cocktail hour, the stars came out during dinner, and we partied like rockstars - like 1920's rockstars - and all of our guests loved the place.
We looked at the Selby, the Crosley, the Ritz, and, frankly, they are like comparing McDonalds to Bern's steakhouse in Tampa. We're not even talking the same league, here.
Grooms, if you want to make your fiancee happy, swing by the Ringling on a Saturday afternoon around 4 pm while they are setting up for someone's wedding and check out the mansion. It is even better than the museum, and despite all the warnings on the paperwork that Holly is going to give you, it is a fantastic venue where you can party like elegant rockstars.
I got married in the Courtyard of the John and Mable Ringling Museum! It was spectacular! I had my ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at the same location! If it had rained they had a nice rain back up plan and no tents were required to be rented! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone planning to get married in the Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, Tampa area!
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is such an exquisite place. The architecture and everything about it is beautiful, and my guests were simply BLOWN away! It's also located by the beach, so guests were able to enjoy the city/beach while visiting, and there were multiple hotel options.
Holly at the Ringling was wonderful to work with and extremely helpful. I'm an artist, so this venue suited me perfectly. I loved how guests were able to actually walk through the museum part (we had the reception/ceremony in the courtyard as opposed to the mansion).
Keep in mind that it is a museum, so you are restricted on what you can/can't do decor wise. Also, although it's pricey to rent the venue alone, you have to bring in everything else like chairs, tables, etc. On the plus, the gardens are so beautiful you don't have to have a huge decor or floral budget!
Another great thing about it is the photo opps. There are beautiful banyan trees, and again the architecture is wonderful. I can't wait to see the pics!
We reserved the Ringling after having trouble with our original venue, Kate Atkin was very helpful and sweet and just wanted to do everything in her power to make sure our day was magical. Our wedding was held in the courtyard and they gave us access to the north wing of the museum so our guests could experience the museum as well. We had an issue with one the the Ringling's preferred vendors, and when we notified Kate Atkin of the issue, she was on it and remedied the situation immediately. I highly recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a wedding with style that will create a lasting memory for your guests, and will make you the envy of ever other bride!!!
I LOVED the atmosphere. All of our guests raved about the beauty of the venue and we have been told by almost everyone that it was the best wedding they have ever been to.
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012