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John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Sarasota , FL

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5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243 US

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Corey
Wedding:
12/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Let me set the record straight here. The Ringling is one of, if not the best venue in Florida and one of the best in the states. It is an incredibly unique one of a kind living artwork, and will be sure to amaze your guests. It is no golf course venue, so if you're looking for somewhere where you can act stupid and will have the "typical" wedding, this isn't for you. They do have some rules. But they are nothing short of reasonable despite what some people might say. Some of the art contained in this place is hundreds of years old and worth millions and millions of dollars. It is a fine art collection that rivals many. It is also a public museum and park. If you are aware of this and not someone who gets pissed over stupid things, you will love it. Our wedding could not have been more perfect. It felt like it had flown right off the pages of a fairy tale. Nearly every guest who was there has told me that it was the most breathtaking and beautiful wedding they have ever been too. Stevie was our coordinator and she is amazing. She did a great job explaining everything to us, giving us tours, breaking everything down and overall helping the planning and the day of go smoothly. She recommended The Sarasota Catering Company to us, who have worked at the Ringling many times before and are on their "preferred vendors" list, and they were incredible. Not a single snag. Our wedding was in December, in the evening, at the courtyard of the Art Museum. The lighting was perfect, the whole place looked amazing, and the whole night was flawless. Not a single complaint. They drove us and our wedding party on golf carts as well as some of the older guests and helped in any way they could. If you are looking for the wedding that you or any of your guests will ever forget, do it here.
Let me set the record straight here. The Ringling is one of, if not the best venue in Florida and one of the best in the Read more...
Let me set the record straight here. The Ringling is one of, if not the best venue in Florida and one of the best in the states. It is an incredibly unique one of a kind living artwork, and will be sure to amaze your guests. It is no golf course venue, so if you're looking for somewhere where you can act stupid and will have the "typical" wedding, this isn't for you. They do have some rules. But they are nothing short of reasonable despite what some people might say. Some of the art contained in this place is hundreds of years old and worth millions and millions of dollars. It is a fine art collection that rivals many. It is also a public museum and park. If you are aware of this and not someone who gets pissed over stupid things, you will love it. Our wedding could not have been more perfect. It felt like it had flown right off the pages of a fairy tale. Nearly every guest who was there has told me that it was the most breathtaking and beautiful wedding they have ever been too. Stevie was our coordinator and she is amazing. She did a great job explaining everything to us, giving us tours, breaking everything down and overall helping the planning and the day of go smoothly. She recommended The Sarasota Catering Company to us, who have worked at the Ringling many times before and are on their "preferred vendors" list, and they were incredible. Not a single snag. Our wedding was in December, in the evening, at the courtyard of the Art Museum. The lighting was perfect, the whole place looked amazing, and the whole night was flawless. Not a single complaint. They drove us and our wedding party on golf carts as well as some of the older guests and helped in any way they could. If you are looking for the wedding that you or any of your guests will ever forget, do it here. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.3/5.0
Ah the Ringling. One of my favorite museums, a beautiful landmark, a cultural staple of Sarasota, and the one thing I would do differently in my wedding if I had to do it all over again. Seriously, unless the pictures of the venue and family there are way more amazing than I'm expecting I might invest heavily in time machines and see if I can redo this one decision. But let me explain. First off you have very strict rules about when/where you can have your ceremony, how long it can last, what vendors you can use, how loud your music can be, and of course all that on top of the normal Ringling rules which since it's a museum of fine art, there are many. But you'll tell yourself that all that is okay because it's beautiful and you want to be there and you can live with what they've set out. Then you get the price. After you move the whole budget around, twice, and then inflate it to accommodate it anyway, you'll again connivence yourself you want to be there and it's beautiful and it's okay, you'll make it work.
And then you get to deal with the staff. You get a mixed bag here. Some people at Ringling are wonderful at their jobs, like Stevie, who should get a raise for having to deal with the rest of the staff and the annoyed wedding guests after they've dealt with the rest of the staff. Some people are volunteers, I think, and will boss you and your guests around like they're top dogs. That is until you call them on their nonsense, like making your bride go the long way around, in the rain, to another entrance because "people can't use the staff entrance" even after they've already let a number of people in the same door.
Pictures can't be taken inside the mansion with flash on, so unless your photographer is equipped for that, you won't be getting any in there. Not so much a fault on Ringling here, but something that was sorely disappointing to find out.
Ah the Ringling. One of my favorite museums, a beautiful landmark, a cultural staple of Sarasota, and the one thing I Read more...
Ah the Ringling. One of my favorite museums, a beautiful landmark, a cultural staple of Sarasota, and the one thing I would do differently in my wedding if I had to do it all over again. Seriously, unless the pictures of the venue and family there are way more amazing than I'm expecting I might invest heavily in time machines and see if I can redo this one decision. But let me explain. First off you have very strict rules about when/where you can have your ceremony, how long it can last, what vendors you can use, how loud your music can be, and of course all that on top of the normal Ringling rules which since it's a museum of fine art, there are many. But you'll tell yourself that all that is okay because it's beautiful and you want to be there and you can live with what they've set out. Then you get the price. After you move the whole budget around, twice, and then inflate it to accommodate it anyway, you'll again connivence yourself you want to be there and it's beautiful and it's okay, you'll make it work.
And then you get to deal with the staff. You get a mixed bag here. Some people at Ringling are wonderful at their jobs, like Stevie, who should get a raise for having to deal with the rest of the staff and the annoyed wedding guests after they've dealt with the rest of the staff. Some people are volunteers, I think, and will boss you and your guests around like they're top dogs. That is until you call them on their nonsense, like making your bride go the long way around, in the rain, to another entrance because "people can't use the staff entrance" even after they've already let a number of people in the same door.
Pictures can't be taken inside the mansion with flash on, so unless your photographer is equipped for that, you won't be getting any in there. Not so much a fault on Ringling here, but something that was sorely disappointing to find out. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.6/5.0
I had my wedding ceremony at the Ca 'd'Zan mansion during the day and it was an AWFUL experience! First of all the staff were all extremely rude to my guests and I. Then the coordinator (Stevie) was no where to be found for my rehearsal (even though we agreed she would be there to confirm that everything we wanted set up was ok so we could could get our deposit back). She left early that day and didn't inform me, when I called her she didn't answer. Then the day of the wedding, she said she would be there to tell the chair rental delivery guys where to put the chairs and again no where to be found. When my wedding planner showed up to set up everything for the ceremony at the time we agreed on the staff told them they couldn't do anything until Stevie arrived and she arrived way later. When we arrived to take photos they wouldn't even drive us around in the golf cart (i was wearing a ballgown and we previously mentioned i would need a ride). Then they made a big fuss about us having to pay to take photos there even though I tried to explain to them it was part of our package that we had 2 hours to take photos. Also I had disabled guests (my grandfather) and they made him walk the long way to the mansion and provided absolutely no directions or indication about were the wedding is even though Stevie said they would. We had guests calling our parents asking how to get to the Ca d'Zan from the main building because nobody would help them. Then when the processional began it was almost as if they purposely decided to drive their golf carts right in the middle of where the bridal party was walking down the aisle. They could have waited at least 10 minutes for the processional to be done. When one of my guests asked them to have some decency and wait the driver of the cart got out and made a huge scene. After a few attempts to speak with them about getting our deposit back they told us we violated some terms how convenient they noticed but nothing else.
I had my wedding ceremony at the Ca 'd'Zan mansion during the day and it was an AWFUL experience! First of all the staff Read more...
I had my wedding ceremony at the Ca 'd'Zan mansion during the day and it was an AWFUL experience! First of all the staff were all extremely rude to my guests and I. Then the coordinator (Stevie) was no where to be found for my rehearsal (even though we agreed she would be there to confirm that everything we wanted set up was ok so we could could get our deposit back). She left early that day and didn't inform me, when I called her she didn't answer. Then the day of the wedding, she said she would be there to tell the chair rental delivery guys where to put the chairs and again no where to be found. When my wedding planner showed up to set up everything for the ceremony at the time we agreed on the staff told them they couldn't do anything until Stevie arrived and she arrived way later. When we arrived to take photos they wouldn't even drive us around in the golf cart (i was wearing a ballgown and we previously mentioned i would need a ride). Then they made a big fuss about us having to pay to take photos there even though I tried to explain to them it was part of our package that we had 2 hours to take photos. Also I had disabled guests (my grandfather) and they made him walk the long way to the mansion and provided absolutely no directions or indication about were the wedding is even though Stevie said they would. We had guests calling our parents asking how to get to the Ca d'Zan from the main building because nobody would help them. Then when the processional began it was almost as if they purposely decided to drive their golf carts right in the middle of where the bridal party was walking down the aisle. They could have waited at least 10 minutes for the processional to be done. When one of my guests asked them to have some decency and wait the driver of the cart got out and made a huge scene. After a few attempts to speak with them about getting our deposit back they told us we violated some terms how convenient they noticed but nothing else. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
I was married at the Ca d Zan and the venue is just breathtaking. They have a lot of strict rules but it is completely worth it the only thing I recommend is for them to add to their vendor list Vendors of which serve the Indian Culture. Their approved vendor list needs updated for sure!!! All of my vendors that I brought in were A plus!
I was married at the Ca d Zan and the venue is just breathtaking. They have a lot of strict rules but it is completely Read more...
I was married at the Ca d Zan and the venue is just breathtaking. They have a lot of strict rules but it is completely worth it the only thing I recommend is for them to add to their vendor list Vendors of which serve the Indian Culture. Their approved vendor list needs updated for sure!!! All of my vendors that I brought in were A plus! Read less
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Kristan
Wedding:
4/27/2013
4.7/5.0
It was great working with Stevie at Ringling. She was very sympathetic, as we had an ordeal with our previous vendor and had to switch the location of the ceremony 6 weeks prior to the wedding, which was a huge challenge. Ringling is a beautiful place for a wedding, and I don't think anyone can deny that. I received many complements and was told by many people that they want to make their wedding "just like mine." Stevie can be occasionally hard to get a hold of, but she will get back to you eventually!
It was great working with Stevie at Ringling. She was very sympathetic, as we had an ordeal with our previous vendor and Read more...
It was great working with Stevie at Ringling. She was very sympathetic, as we had an ordeal with our previous vendor and had to switch the location of the ceremony 6 weeks prior to the wedding, which was a huge challenge. Ringling is a beautiful place for a wedding, and I don't think anyone can deny that. I received many complements and was told by many people that they want to make their wedding "just like mine." Stevie can be occasionally hard to get a hold of, but she will get back to you eventually! Read less
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valorie
Wedding:
4/13/2013
4.2/5.0
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 weather 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.

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.
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the ca d'zan mansion at Ringling. My husband and I both love the outdoors and Read more...
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 weather 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.

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. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
100% the best wedding venue ever. The ca d'Zan is sensational and all guests agreed it was the most special wedding they have been to. Stevie was great to work with and even stayed late the day before the wedding for the videographer to take some extra shots. Also they let me arrive in a golf buggy which was a last minute request. Really great that people can see inside the museum during the cocktail hour. Definitely recommend taking photos in the turret - the most amazing view of the gulf. If you want a spectacular wedding that you will never forget, get married here!
100% the best wedding venue ever. The ca d'Zan is sensational and all guests agreed it was the most special wedding they Read more...
100% the best wedding venue ever. The ca d'Zan is sensational and all guests agreed it was the most special wedding they have been to. Stevie was great to work with and even stayed late the day before the wedding for the videographer to take some extra shots. Also they let me arrive in a golf buggy which was a last minute request. Really great that people can see inside the museum during the cocktail hour. Definitely recommend taking photos in the turret - the most amazing view of the gulf. If you want a spectacular wedding that you will never forget, get married here! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
12/1/2012
3.7/5.0
The venue is so beautiful and worth the money. My guests were in awe of the venue and it really set the mood for a magical evening. It was difficult at times to contact them and I had to change my date to accommodate their availability. My advice would be to book this venue as soon as possible! They are a bit strict on some rules and vendors since it is a museum, but it really did not negatively impact the evening.
The venue is so beautiful and worth the money. My guests were in awe of the venue and it really set the mood for a magical Read more...
The venue is so beautiful and worth the money. My guests were in awe of the venue and it really set the mood for a magical evening. It was difficult at times to contact them and I had to change my date to accommodate their availability. My advice would be to book this venue as soon as possible! They are a bit strict on some rules and vendors since it is a museum, but it really did not negatively impact the evening. Read less
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Delores
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL location.....the staff was fabulous and, very accommodating!
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL location.....the staff was fabulous and, very accommodating!
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL location.....the staff was fabulous and, very accommodating! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
This is the most beautiful venue in Florida. I cannot tell you how many of our guests told us 'It looks like a fairy tale.' The Ca D Zan mansion is beautiful, and the view at sunset over the bay is breathtaking. The only downside is that, since it is a state park, they have some rules, but they are listed on the website and you know that going in. And, honestly, none of them really ended up being a hassle for us.

Holly is wonderful to work with. She is super nice, and she was always available to answer any questions we had. Both my bride and I could not have been happier at our wedding.
This is the most beautiful venue in Florida. I cannot tell you how many of our guests told us 'It looks like a fairy Read more...
This is the most beautiful venue in Florida. I cannot tell you how many of our guests told us 'It looks like a fairy tale.' The Ca D Zan mansion is beautiful, and the view at sunset over the bay is breathtaking. The only downside is that, since it is a state park, they have some rules, but they are listed on the website and you know that going in. And, honestly, none of them really ended up being a hassle for us.

Holly is wonderful to work with. She is super nice, and she was always available to answer any questions we had. Both my bride and I could not have been happier at our wedding. Read less
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