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Wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate Mansion

Would you like to get married at a beautiful historic mansion located on the water in Bradenton? Bradenton boasts a beautiful estate right on the bay. At the Powel Crosley Estate, you get the best of both worlds, unmatched historic mansion and beach/water sunsets with a generous expanse of lawn. Sarasota Catering Company is a preferred vendor at the Powel Crosley Estate and would love to help you realize your dream wedding day!

The Powel Crosley Estate is a fantastic 1920s-era estate, built by the famed entrepreneur Powel Crosley Jr. is available for rental. Conveniently located between Bradenton and Sarasota, the bayfront Powel Crosley Estate, was built in 1929 for Powel Crosley's wife, Gwendolyn. The Mediterranean Revival-style mansion, named "Seagate" is situated directly on the water, features a circular tower and a carriage house in addition to the main building and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its architecture pays tribute to a bygone era, but the estate has the modern amenities that allow it to successfully host meetings, weddings, holiday parties and other events.

The Powel Crosley Estate History - Powel Crosley, Jr.: Industrialist, Inventor, Visionary

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While Powel Crosley Jr. never made more than $50 a week before he was 30, by age 33 he had amassed a fortune selling auto parts through the then-unheard-of medium of direct mail. His son wanted a wireless radio, so he perfected and manufactured the first low-priced crystal set, the hugely successful "Harko," opening that entertainment medium to the masses. He ventured into radio broadcasting to sell more radios and at 500,000 watts had the most powerful station in the world. His radio station - The Nation's Station, WLW - was the proving ground for the early careers of many who went on to global stardom. His television station became the first NBC affiliate, and Crosley's own Cincinnati Reds baseball team became the first sports program ever broadcast in color. In his lifetime, Powel Crosley Jr. used his fortune and his enterprise to assist many others up the ladder of success. His many charitable contributions provided a teaching environment for tens of thousands of young men and women.

By the end of his life, he had invented, developed, manufactured or produced:
  • The first compact economy car (1939)
  • First auto radio (1930)
  • Electric wagon (1900)
  • Shelvador refrigerator
  • 500,000-watt radio station (1934)
  • Night baseball (1935)
  • Soap operas (1934)
  • Facsimile machine (1940)
  • First 4-wheel disc brakes (1939)
  • 35mm camera
  • Airplanes (4 different)
  • First radio broadcast from an airplane (1930)
  • Phonographs, scalp massagers, canoes, furniture, baby carriages, washing machines, stoves and bed-cooling systems.
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The two-and-a-half-story Mediterranean mansion was built in the southwest corner of Bradenton on a 60-acre parcel of land on the Sarasota Bay adjacent to the John Ringling Estate. The 11,000-square-foot home has 21 rooms and 10 baths, and an adjacent carriage house has room for three cars and servants' quarters on the second floor. Originally the mansion had a swimming pool, a seaplane dock and yacht basin. The home featured many innovations for its time, including a steel frame encased in cast stone, embedded pipes and wiring, and a 135-day construction schedule.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, Seagate was saved from commercial development and purchased for renovation by Manatee County, which operates it as a meeting, conference and wedding event venue.

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Ceremony Locations at the Powel Crosley Estate:

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Mansion Patio - The Patio is an incredible bayfront location for weddings. Brides love making their grand entrance from the balcony down the stairs to the patio. The ceremony chairs can face the mansion or the water with a natural stage for the bride and groom in both directions. Curtains or lights and chandeliers can be strung overhead for a romantic feel.

The Bayfont Lawn - The lawn is a huge expanse between the mansion and the water. The lawn can accomodate very large wedding ceremonies. Many face straight out from the house looking out on the bay, while others choose a shaded corner so the sun is not in the guests eyes and still with a stunning view of the water.

Pavilion - The sidewalk to the pavilion offers a aisle under the oak trees. For a more intimate or shaded ceremony set the chairs inside the pavilion with the fans over head. Many also use the pavilion as a natural Chuppah.

Reception Locations at the Powel Crosley Estate:

Estate 1st Floor Rental - Includes first floor common areas (Great Room, Bride's Room, Library, Dining Room and Breakfast Nook), public restrooms on both floors; and public areas of the 2nd floor (the Balcony, Ship Room and Groom's Room) plus the outdoor patio and pavilion. The Great Room is 24' x 44' and can seat 72 guests banquet style. The Library is 18' x 26' and can seat 32 guests. The Dining Room is 19' x 24' and can also seat 32 guests. Many have dinner inside the mansion with dancing on the patio and cocktail hour in the pavilion or patio area. The Powel Crosley Estate is open for rental based on availability) between the hours of 12:00PM and 11:00PM. Additional hours can be purchased, if needed. Additional hours must be in the license agreement as they may not be available closer to the event date. Please make sure you have contracted enough time for vendors to move in and out. The rental period includes deliveries.

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Bayfront Lawn / Grounds - A large expanse of lawn between the mansion and the bay can accommodate tents and very large wedding receptions. When the reception is on the lawn, many use the house or pavilion for the cocktail hour to utilize all the amazing historic areas. Lights can be strung from the patio to the pavilion's edge and dine under the stars in beautiful weather. No tables or chairs may be placed on the lawn area without renting this additional space. Same hours and rules apply for this location as the Estate 1st Floor Rental. Please plan in your rental period time to setup and breakdown any tents, large tents can take several hours.

Additional Venue Information

Most ceremonies and receptions take place in the afternoon around 4:30PM. This allows time during the rental period for any setup needed. Setup for the outdoor areas can begin after 12:00PM with permission from Crosley Event Team. All events must end by 10:30PM with cleanup completed by 11:00PM, unless additional hours where purchased. All rental items and personal items must be completely removed that evening.

The Powel Crosley Estate has parking on-site with plenty of space and overflow into the college. Shuttle service can be arranged by many nearby hotels for you guests who do not wish to drive.

*Weather in Florida is always a consideration. Please have "Plan B" in place for any outdoor parts of your wedding and reception. The wind can also be a concern, even in beautiful weather. The large expanse of bay the Powel Crosley Estate sits on allows for the wind to pick up speed and strength on an otherwise lightly breezy day. This can be a consideration for any centerpieces or candles placed outside.

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Venue Rules or Restrictions: You must choose a caterer from the Powel Crosley Estate Approved Caterers List, self-catering is not permitted. Sarasota Catering Company has been an approved caterer for over 10 years. All rental items including plates, silverware, chairs, tables, furniture, tents, lighting, and decorations must be ordered, handled by, and paid for through the catering company. Items excluded by this rule are: limos and transportation, clothing, flowers, cakes, photographers, videographers, photo booths, entertainment, DJs, and wedding planners.

Alcohol Policy: Powel Crosley Estate has an exclusive right to provide and handle all alcohol service. You cannot bring in personal alcohol to the building. Donated alcoholic beverages including wine, champagne, beer and liquor are not permitted. Liquor cannot be removed from the premises. Sarasota Catering Company according to the rules may not provide you with alcohol service, but we can help you with all your non-alcohol beverage needs. Provided with Powel Crosley's bar service is: bar tables, white table cloths and black table skirts, standard mixers, standard garnish such as cherries, olives, cocktail onions, and citrus wedges, tall high ball glasses, wine glasses, rocks glasses, ice, bartenders and bar backs. Any non-standard items must be provided by the caterer. This included colored table cloths, champagne flutes, any other special bar glassware, and any exotic garnishes.

Does the venue provide rentals? Yes. Inlcuded in your rental is 20 - 5 ft round guest tables (seat 8-10) and 12 - 8 ft long banquet tables (seat 8-10). No chairs are provided. The tables must be setup and broken down by the caterer immediately after the event.

What are the typical things you should consider for rentals? You should consider all Linens, any smaller tables for cakes or auxiliary items, sweetheart table for the wedding couple, high top (bar height) tables for cocktail hour or the dance area, and lighting.

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Venue Site fee? What is a site fee? Many local venues charge a site fee on top of their venue rental fee. The Powel Crosley Estate charges all catering companies 10% of their Food, Beverage, Labor, and Rental/Decor/Lighting sales as an additional site fee on each event. This is not a Sarasota Catering Company fee and will be detailed in your proposal from us, it is a required fee you will see from all the Approved Caterers on the list.

What else should I know about this venue? The Powel Crosley Estate will assign your Facility Representative to you within 30 days of your event. Your are required to purchase Special Event Insurance for your event in the amount of Bodily Injury Liability $1,000,000 and Property Damage $1,000,000 per occurrence. All certificates must name Manatee Civic Center Authority and Manatee County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida as additional insured. You can get a discounted rental rate for events held Monday - Thursday.

Average Catering Cost or Budget Idea: Would you like to get an idea what an average cost would be for a wedding at Powel Crosley Estate? With Sarasota Catering Company and a typical plated (guest's choice) dinner, staff, day of coordination, 100 guests, all the rentals, and reception inside the Mansion: $70 - $100 per person.

** All information regarding Powel Crosley Estate is copyrighted material belonging to them and is subject to change. Please verify all details directly with the Powel Crosley Estate Event Management team.

Photo galleries

Sarasota Catering Company has done many events at the beautiful Powel Crosley Estate. Please take a moment to browse a selection of photos from our events. Many of the more beautiful photographs you will see have been taken by the professional Crosley Estate Photography companies and Photographers. They were kind to share their images with us. Please be sure to let them know you saw their photos here.

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