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Venues in Anna Maria, FL,
(941) 778-8709
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 154 Reviews


    allie

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough good things about The Sandbar and Shawn! Their flexibility through the chaos of COVID was incredible. Shawn was attentive and kind through the entire process and we above and beyond to ensure our day went as smoothly as possible. I have not even mentioned that venue itself, the Sandbar is incredible and beautiful. An evening wedding allows you and your guests to see the STUNNING Anna Maria sunsets. I was so worried that we would feel "on display" with the bustling restaurant being so close. However, this could not have been further from the truth. You wouldn't have even noticed it was there unless you were searching for it. If I had it all to do over again, I would chose the Sandbar EVERY time.

    Krissi

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    5 out of 5
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  • As I lay on the beach thinking of my wedding yesterday, I am so thankful for Jim and Shawn because they truly made my wedding dreams come true. Amazing event coordinators who love what they do. Perfection every step of the way.

    Chelsea Zdroik

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I weren't initially planning a destination wedding, but after "attending" a wedding one night while we were dining at The Sandbar, we fell in love. Molly made everything easy. She answered all my questions, quieted my fears and anxieties, made sure that nothing was forgotten or left out. Bailey, our day-of coordinator (hired through The Sandbar) took all the pinterest photos I had passed along to Molly, and all our decor that we brought and turned the pavilion into the most amazing, picturesque reception venue I could have ever imagined! The food, as it always is at The Sandbar, was incredible (and one of the things my husband and I were most excited for). The bartender was incredible. I never really wanted a beach wedding but The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar confirmed I was, indeed, wrong in every way. They truly made our wedding day absolutely us and absolutely perfect.

    Paul Nguyen

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    5 out of 5
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  • The whole team at the Sandbar will give you the perfect beach wedding experience.

    Lindsey Seaman

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Sandbar made all of my wedding dreams come true! Shawn and Jenna were both fantastic, responding to all ideas and concerns in a timely manner. I had a destination wedding, and they couldn’t have made the planning any easier. This is a gorgeous venue, and on top of it, their food is delicious! I can’t recommend The Sandbar enough!

    Holly

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    5 out of 5
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  • I could not have asked for anything more for my dream wedding. Molly was an absolute pleasure to work with and the staff, food, venue and overall experience was 5 stars!

    Melanie

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    5 out of 5
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  • The sandbar made a magical wedding day! Molly and Bailey were amazing to work with even with my millions of questions! The food was delicious and it was just a wonderful day!

    Amy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Picking The Sandbar for our wedding venue was an easy choice! It's on a pristine beach with white sand & clear blue water and they are also one of the most highly rated restaurants in Flordia! What I didn't expect was how incredibly wonderful their staff would be! We worked with Molly, who is their wedding coordinator, and she is phenomenal!!! We were truly blessed to be able to work with Molly. She was quick to respond, checked in with us often and knew every answer to every question we had about The Sandbar and also about weddings!!!! Every vendor she recommended was perfect (which is very helpful when planning out of state)! We can honestly say that without her expertise and skillset our wedding would not have been the amazing day that it was! Everything ran so unbelievably perfect it was truly a magical day!

    responded with the following comments.

    Amy, thank you so much for the lovely review. You were so wonderful to work with from start to finish, and I wish you and Joe all the best. Please stop in whenever you visit AMI!!

    Margaret Gibbs

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wow, I was absolutely blown away by The Sandbar and am constantly reminiscing about the most amazing day in the most beautiful location. We live overseas and spent six months searching online for our dream venue in the U.S. (lots of different states, locations and changing ideas). As soon as we came across The Sandbar we were sold. Well, I must admit before being 100% sold I did have A LOT of questions (considering we were choosing without seeing it in person) and Molly very patiently and thoroughly answered them all. Molly was incredible throughout the whole planning process - so helpful, enthusiastic and genuine. The wedding day was a dream come true. The beach setting is STUNNING and the pavilion, deck and surrounds provide the most laid-back, natural and wonderful atmosphere. It was actually much larger and spacious than I was imagining (we had 100 guests). It's so handy how The Sandbar has lots of different things to choose from (linens, decor, fairy lights and more) which... Read more

    Jessica Clayson

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Best Wedding Ever!!!! We cannot thank Molly and her team at The Sandbar enough. Our wedding was the most perfect day and was all we could have wished for and more. Molly helped our vision come to life for our relaxed and beautiful day. She was great at communication, even though we live in Australia it never felt like we were organising miles apart. On the day everything went perfectly, all the staff went above and beyond to ensure we were happy. A special thank you must go to the chef! The food was incredible!!! so tasty, fresh - totally delicious. All our guest were amazed with the quality and the amount! If we could do it all over again we wouldn't have changed a thing! Thanks again Molly & Team!!

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    Thanks Jess, you were so much fun to work with and we loved being part of your big day! Best wishes to you and Andy, please stop in for a visit whenever you are on the island!!

    Nicole

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  • From start to finish The Sandbar was a pleasure to work with!

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    Thank you Nicole, you were a pleasure to work with as well! Congratulations to you and Brad, please come back soon for a visit!!

    Emily Faulkner

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    1 out of 5
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  • Very very disappointed! I had to cancel my wedding due to Coronavirus and the venue is not willing to budge one bit about refunding the deposit. It’s a shame they are willing to steal money from hard working people. My biggest issue is that the venue is closed and wouldn’t be able to accommodate my wedding anyway. I’m only offered to reschedule however, we can not afford a wedding now due to losing our jobs. Most places are changing policy due to the pandemic. Not the Chilies Group! I wouldn’t recommend working with this business.

    Natasha

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    3.6 out of 5
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  • We loved our beach wedding. Overall our experience with the vendor was ok, we met 4 days prior to wedding to go over final arrangements- just to have them change 2 days prior, it was not what we were expecting. Make sure you visit the each wedding site as it is near public beach entrances and get familiar with where your guests will be able to park and so on. Also read all fine print regarding taxes and fees.

    Sarah

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • When choosing a wedding venue my husband and I wanted a venue that was meaningful to us, which brought us to The Sandbar and Anna Maria Island. When we first moved to Florida we went on beach adventures that consisted of us traveling the coasts to different beaches and restaurants. Our adventures stopped when we found Anna Maria Island and The Sandbar! It is now a place where we always bring friends and family while they are vacationing in Florida! When we first went for a site visit at The Sandbar I knew this was where we were going to get married. The location is perfect with amazing views!! What surprised me even more was the pricing for our wedding. The venue fee as well as food and beverage pricing are extremely reasonable. Our entire wedding including food and beverage was under $10,000. With that price tables, linen, chairs dance floor are all included! As someone who works in the events industry that price is incredible especially for being directly on the water! Through the pr... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Sarah, thanks so much for the great review and for spending your big day with us! Please stop in to say hello whenever you visit AMI again!!

    David

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We wanted a beach wedding in the Caribbean, however hurricane Irma caused some travel issues, so we decided to go with The Sandbar. Almost everything was perfect. The beach site was amazing, the pavilion was great and the setup was great. We had some mixups with food, but Molly and Jim went out of there way to make it right. We would do things again at the Sandbar. We used several of there recommended vendors since we were out of state. All the vendors did a great job as well. Dave & Carrie
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