Hi everyone. This is my first post so sorry if I ramble on too much. Im just starting the planning process, living in the DC area, and want a Florida beach wedding. My parents live in Tampa so I've been looking at venues near there. I plan to visit in Oct but want to narrow down my choices before then. I figure on having about 75 guests, and I would like to keep the ceremony and reception costs under 10k. (preferably closer to 7k) Is that possible?
Im looking at TradeWinds, Sirata, Lido Beach Resort, Marriot Clearwater, Holiday Inn Clearwater, Doubletree Resort, The Beachhouse, and The Sandbar. I'm leaning towards Sandbar because it looks affordable, its gotten amazing reviews, and I LOVE the outdoor pavilion on the beach. I'm concerned about how they charge for drinks. Can anyone give me info on how Sandbar charges vs some of the other places that are all inclusive for food and open bar? Their prices look great for the food, but it looks like they charge per drink vs. per person. Is this true? That could be dangerous!
Almost all guests will be from out of town, are there many lodging options near the Sandbar?
How far in advance do I need to book a venue?
I appreciate any suggestions and help! Thanks.