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Venues in Bradenton Beach, FL,
(941) 778-1919
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 98 Reviews


    Michellee Gordon

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    5 out of 5
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  • Firstly we had the awful task of locating a venue without the opportunity to see it first hand as we are from Massachusetts. Making everything much harder than it already was. After looking at dozens of venues online we came across The Sunset by the Gulf Drive Cafe! The pictures looked incredible, such a beautiful location and such a beautiful venue. We both fell in love with the look and feel of the venue over pictures alone. We got in contact with Stefanie and WOW words aren't enough to explain how professional, nice, enthusiastic she was. She is the TRUE definition of a wedding planner. She really put our minds at rest and we knew even though we hadn’t seen the venue it was definitely the right place for us. During all the months leading up to the wedding we were in contact with Stefanie and McKenna- we obviously had so many questions and requests through not being able to be there physically, but they were there and quickly responded to all our emails and give helpful friendly a... Read more

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    Michellee! Thank you so much for your kind words and sharing your experience here. You and Nate were so much fun, and speaking with you and Debbie throughout the planning process made every step of our job easy as well! I have to say the Tiki Hut looked amazing with the uplights your DJ provided as well. Congratulations again to you and Nate and I hope to see you both under the hut again!

    Ginny Machowicz

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    5 out of 5
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  • We wanted a simple small ceremony and everything turned out perfect! I would highly recommend! Megan was wonderful to work with, from making sure everything was set up as needed to making sure we had LOTS of pictures to go through after.

    Debra Weaver

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  • The Gulf Drive Cafe team did an amazing job in helping us plan our dream wedding! Everything was set up on the beach for the ceremony and the reception dinner and it was incredibly beautiful. They did a great job of keeping the ceremony private. And when it started to rain during the reception dinner, they quickly adjusted so that we could stay outside under the hut, serving us in the rain. The food was also outstanding! We would highly recommend the Gulf Drive Cafe, as they really went above and beyond to make our wedding and reception perfect!

    Leah Allmandinger

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    5 out of 5
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  • We loved working with Gulf Drive! They were very professional and were very easy to work with. I'm from Ohio and mostly planned everything over the phone. It all turned out beautiful and I wouldn't change a single thing! If youre looking for a beautiful beach wedding, this is the best place to do it!

    Michael Weyand

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    5 out of 5
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  • The venue was amazing and the staff made everything so easy. Weddings can be very fast paced and everything was coordinated so well that I don't think we could've missed a beat if we tried. They made the process feel effortless on our end.

    Paul Nguyen

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  • Stephanie and her team will make your wedding day stress free. It's a very scenic venue right on the beach.

    Ginny Machowicz

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  • Megan went above and beyond to make sure everything was exactly how we wanted it!

    Chris Young

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    5 out of 5
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  • All the staff at Gulf Drive Cafe were more than helpful and courteous throughout the process, from planning through our wedding day. The venue is like no other, with a perfect setup for a ceremony and reception all on the beach. We couldn't have had it any better on our special day. Thank You Gulf Drive Cafe for being an integral part of such a significant part of our lives!

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    Thank you so much Chris & Michelle! You both were a pleasure to work with! I have to say with all of your special touches and family traditions it truly was an amazing wedding. Your first dance was also absolutely breathtaking. Congratulations again, we wish a lifetime of happiness together! We hope to see you under the hut next time you are here. Best Wishes, Megan, Rachael & The Sunset Wedding Staff

    b

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rachel, Megan, and the rest of the crew at Gulf Drive Cafe were an absolute DREAM to work with. My (now husband) and I had a small destination wedding; they asked all the right questions in order to understand the vision we had for the big day, and worked with us to have a sit-down dinner rather than a formal reception. We planned together via phone/email and had an in-person meeting the day before to go over last minute details. Everything was set up and ready to go day-of, and they helped with coordination, timing, and making sure everyone was taken care of. Couldn't have done it without them!

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    Brenna & Dillion, Thank you for all of your kind words. You both were a pleasure to work with. Congratulations again on your new life together! To many years of happiness.

    Cindy Silverman

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  • THIS PLACE WAS AMAZING!!! Could not recommend enough. They really made sure everything went perfect!!!!!

    Stacie Fitzgerald

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  • This venue was amazing!! Stefanie and Stephanie are incredible ladies and made our special day so memorable. They touched on every aspect and made the planning process so easy for us. We can’t begin to describe how happy we are!!!

    Samantha

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are so glad we decided to have our wedding at the Gulf Drive Cafe. Stefanie and her team were excellent and made planning our wedding all the way from California so much easier. She was always quick to respond to emails and wanted to make sure our day was everything we wanted it to be. We were also provided with a list of preferred vendors which proved to be extremely helpful. All the vendors we chose from their list turned out to be wonderful as well. The location is beautiful and having the sunset as a backdrop for our reception was amazing. The day truly exceeded our expectations and our guests had a great time. I would highly recommend the Gulf Drive Cafe for your dream beach wedding.

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    Hello Samantha, We are so happy that you and Joe enjoyed your wedding with us! I'm glad everything was exactly how you wanted it (stressfree!). We hope to see you both under the hut again in the near future.

    Angela Poitras

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    5 out of 5
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  • This was my fairytale beach wedding come true! Everything is included with the package deal and they will also do the food, menu ordering, buffet or lite menu. Stefanie was a joy to work with. It is very evident in her work they she enjoys making the perfect wedding for her clients. I high recommend the Sunset Weddings ❤️❤️

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    Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure working with you both and we hope to see you under the hut in the future! Congratulations again!

    Ginger Schreiber

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  • They were very sweet and. Accommodating. To my needs . Very flexible with time. Food and bar meet Tori expectations

    Tim

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    4 out of 5
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  • My wife and I celebrated our wedding and reception at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki on May 7, 2011. While we weren't the first wedding for the Gulf Drive Cafe, I think we were their largest at that time and I think we challenged their staff. We had approximately 110 people. Despite the size, we fit comfortably under the Tiki. Despite the size, the service was good, and the servers professional. At the time, the bar configured differently, and I think my largest complaint was that we had an open bar for guests and I found myself having to police beach stragglers from time to time. The bar tenders were a good, they kept everyone happy and the drinks flowing. I was pleased that they were able to accommodate my request for a couple of out of the ordinary requests for alcohol (Chimay and Cachaca). The food was very good - the boursin cheese wrapped grapes were out of this world. Everyone was quite happy with the food. The wedding coordinator was for the most part "Johnny on the spo... Read more
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