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Wedding at the Ringling Museum of Art

With breathtaking architecture, beautiful tropical grounds and stunning views of Sarasota Bay, The Ringling is a favorite for wedding and receptions. At the Ringling Museum of Art, you get stunning architecture and gorgeous views of sparkling sunsets over the bay with a generous expanse of patio. Sarasota Catering Company is a preferred vendor at the Ringling Museum and would love to help you realize your dream wedding day!

Ca' d'Zan

The Ringlings had been traveling throughout Europe for nearly 25 years, acquiring circus acts and art. They both greatly admired the architectural style of Venice's Ducal Palace, Ca' d'Oro and the Grunwald Hotel. When they decided to build a home in Sarasota, Florida, where they had been winter residents for a number of years, The Ringlings took the palazzi as their inspiration - and Sarasota Bay as their Grand Canal. The Ringlings hired the famous New York architect Dwight James Baum, to design the home and Owen Burns to build it. However, Mable oversaw every aspect of the construction, from the mixing of the terra cotta to the glazing of the tiles. Indeed, so great was her involvement that the original architectural plans called it "The Residence of Mrs. John Ringling." One of America's wealthiest couples, the Ringlings started building Ca' d'Zan in 1924 and completed it shortly before Christmas in 1926 at the then princely sum of $1.5 million. After the death of the Ringlings, the mansion was bequeathed to Florida and renovations finally completed in 2002, at a cost of $15 million, ten times that of the original house, Ca' d'Zan was happily returned to its former glory and reopened as the grandest mansion on Florida's Suncoast. Today it stands as one of America's architectural treasures

Ringling Mansion Ca D Zan Wedding Ringing Courtyard at the Museum of Art

The Ringling Museum of Art came to be after the Ringlings had been traveling through Europe for years and had fallen in love with Baroque art. In 1925 he hired architect John H. Phillips to design and build a museum on his Sarasota property to house his ever-growing collection. What Phillips designed was a U-shaped pink palace with 21 galleries to house Ringling's treasure trove of paintings and art objects, highlighted by a collection of masters that would eventually include Velazquez, El Greco, Van Dyke, Veronese, Tiepolo, Gainsborough and Rubens. Paired perfectly with the Renaissance-style of the Museum, the Museum of Art's Courtyard embodied the ideals of the Renaissance garden. Its long loggias flank a central courtyard that features an impressive group of early twentieth-century bronze and stone casts of famous Classical, Renaissance, and Baroque sculptures, among them, at its heart, Michelangelo's David from Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Ringling hoped that by building the Museum he would make Sarasota a cultural and educational center.

Circus Museum

It was thought to be ostentatious for a man of John Ringling's generation to bring attention to the source of his wealth. As a result, the idea of a Museum celebrating the history of the American Circus was not Ringling's but A. Everett "Chick" Austin Jr.'s, The Ringlings' first Director and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Established in 1948, the Ringling Museum of the American Circus was the first to document the rich history of this phenomenally popular entertainment. And because in 1927 John Ringling had made Sarasota the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, many of the performers moved to the immediate area. As a result of their generosity, the Museum's collection of wardrobes and circus memorabilia quickly grew. Today, the Circus Museum is home to the newly restored Wisconsin. Worthy of the man called the "King of the Circus", the Wisconsin is the railroad car on which John and Mable Ringling traveled across the country looking for feature acts that would keep audiences filling the seats of the big top.

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Ceremony and Reception Locations at the Ringling:

Ca' d'Zan Mansion at the Bayfront - When the sun sets over the Bay, the lights of Sarasota and Longboat Key along with a night sky full of stars illuminate the evening. Terrace of Ca' d'Zan and along the Bayfront Promenade, is a stunning backdrop. Your guests will find themselves swept up in the atmosphere of Sarasota's most breathtaking setting. Available 6:00pm to 11:00pm for up to 250 guests. The rental includes the Ca' d'Zan front lawn area, Campiello patio south of the mansion, Bayfront and Mansion Terrace. 1st floor of Ca' d'Zan to will remain open for a private self-touring from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for your guests. You can use the grounds for a two-hour bridal photo shoot and one-hour wedding rehearsal based on availability. You may tent the Campiello area only.

The Ringling Courtyard - Lend your gathering an air of timeless elegance in a setting that defines romance and the romantic. Dine and dance into the night surrounded by replicas of ancient Greek, Roman and Baroque statuary on magnificently manicured lawns. Available 6:00pm to 12:00am for up to 400 guests with a fee for each additional 100 guests up to a maximum of 800 total guests. Rental includes Museum of Art Courtyard and Loggia. The North or South Galleries will remain open for private self-touring from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for your guests. You can use the grounds for a two-hour bridal photo shoot and one-hour wedding rehearsal based on availability. You may NOT tent any area in the courtyard.

Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center - Want to create an atmosphere of fun and merriment for your party? The Circus Museum is rich in history and fun. Guests can bask in all the delights of the circus, self-touring the miniature circus while enjoying dining and drinks outdoors under the tent reminiscent of the Big Top. Available from 6:00pm to 10:00pm for up to 80 guests. You may tent the outside area where your guests may eat.

Additional Venue Information

The Ringling Museum 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 Ringling Museum 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.

Venue Rules or Restrictions: You must choose a caterer from the Ringling Approved Caterers List, self-catering is not permitted. Sarasota Catering Company has been an approved caterer for over 10 years. All Rental Equipment, Lighting, Sound Equipment, and Decorations must be done by a Ringling approved vendor from their list.

Alcohol Policy: The Ringling Guest Services has an exclusive right to provide and handle all alcohol service. You cannot bring in personal alcohol. 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. Sarasota Catering Company must provide bar tables, table cloths, and all glassware. These items are not included in their bar service.

Does the venue provide rentals? No. All items must be rented and broken down immediately after the event.

What are the typical things you should consider for rentals? You should consider all Linens, all guest seating tables, 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, all food and beverage tables, plates, silverware, glassware, chargers, chairs for both ceremony and reception, tents (if needed), and lighting.

Venue Site fee? What is a site fee? Many local venues charge a site fee on top of their venue rental fee. The Ringling Museum charges all catering companies 10% of their Food and Beverage 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 Ringling requires you to purchase Special Event Insurance for your event. They require a walk-through before you book.

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: $100 - $150 per person.

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

Photo galleries

Sarasota Catering Company has done many events at the beautiful Ringling Museum of Art. 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 Ringling 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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