Are you looking for an Old Florida Style Wedding? Phillippi Estate Park located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a scenic, 60-acre natural area park south of downtown Sarasota and east of Siesta Key. The park features environmental and historic attractions including the historic Edson Keith Mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Edson Keith Mansion features a large foyer, spacious living room, twin sunrooms with Palladian windows, as well as a paneled library and gracious dining room. Ceremonies can take place either inside the Mansion or outside on the lawn. There are several choices of outdoor locations for ceremonies to take advantage of the creek and park views. There is also a small arbor near the rose garden that offers excellent photo opportunities.
This historic Italian Renaissance home on the shores of the Phillippi Creek and within Phillippi Estate Park, was built in early 1916 and has become an ideal site for art exhibits, private events, wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Mansion overlooks Phillippi Creek, which is bordered by graceful palm trees and moss-draped mature oaks.
Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion: https://www.scgov.net/PhillippiEstate/Pages/EdsonKeithMansion.aspx
Wedding Rental Guidelines: https://www.scgov.net/PhillippiEstate/Documents/Rental%20Conditions%20and%20Guidelines.pdf
Edson Keith Mansion - Rental of the Mansion includes use of the 85' x 16' terrace; lawn behind the mansion down to the fishing pier and the rose garden. They include eleven banquet style tables (1.5 ft x 8 ft long) that seat 8-10, six banquet style tables (2 ft x 8 ft long) that seat 8 - 10, eight banquet style tables (3 ft x 8 ft long) that seat 8 - 10, fifteen 5 ft round tables (60" diameter) that seat 8 - 10, and 120 Banquet Style Chairs (MUST STAY INSIDE). All tables and chairs cannot leave the mansion or terrace area. If you need tables or chairs for any grassy areas, they must be rented and Sarasota Catering Company will help you with all your rental needs. The home can accommodate 150 guests for a sit-down dinner. Rental also includes, a suite of rooms on the second floor to be used by brides and bridesmaids, and a separate suite for the groom and groomsmen, to prepare for wedding ceremonies.
Gazebo at Phillippi Estate Park - The gazebo sits on the south west side of the park, near the children's playground and nature trails. It is often used as a stage for concerts and as a focal point for corporate events. It is also a perfect spot for family reunions, children's birthday parties, and small wedding ceremonies. The gazebo is comprised by a series of three interconnected pavilions with the central one holding approximately 24 people or three picnic tables. The two flanking smaller pavilions hold approximately 8 people or one picnic table, for a total of 40 guests. The Gazebo's contain picnic tables for your use. The gazebo and the open space facing the gazebo, are two separate rentable areas. The open space facing the gazebo is called Area B.
The Edson Keith Mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Strict limitations are necessary to preserve and protect this historical resource. The park and surrounding area is owned and operated by the Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. Setup can begin after 9:00 AM with permission from the Phillippi Estate Event planners. All music must end by 10:00PM (Sarasota County Noise Ordinance) with cleanup and removal of all items completed by 12:00 AM. All rental items and personal items must be completely removed by midnight. The Phillippi Esate Park has ample parking for your guests.
*No Tents are permitted on the Edson Keith Mansion Terrace. Weather plans must be considered and planned for ahead of time for any outdoor portion of your event. Not all areas are under cover. Tents must be approved prior to the event by the Phillippi Esate Event planning team.
Venue Rules or Restrictions: All food and alcohol must be provided by licensed and insured Caterer. Sarasota Catering Company has been an approved caterer for over 10 years. No decorations or devices may be affixed to the inside or outside of mansion walls, doors, moldings, lighting fixtures, floors, or mirrors. The historic stairway banister may be decorated; however, all decorations may only be secured by ribbons. Tape, twine, string and wire are prohibited. The antique buffet and piano in the foyer remains in place at all times and cannot be moved. The plants in foyer, living room and dining room cannot be moved. The Edson Keith Mansion prohibits The use of glitter, confetti, and rice is strictly prohibited inside and around the mansion. Swizzle sticks, plastic stirrers, and toothpicks are also prohibited. Ice sculptures are prohibited in the mansion.
The Edson Keith Mansion, because of it's historical designation, has a strict candle policy: All candles must have a minimum of four inches (4") of glass above the flame for safety purposes. Candles that are enclosed in glass may be permitted on tables, however, the type of candle/glass enclosure and the number of candles proposed must be approved by Phillippi Estate Park staff a minimum of four weeks prior to the event. Non-conforming and/or unauthorized candles will be removed.
No smoking is permitted inside the mansion and no windows should be opened upstairs. The Phillippi Estate requires a walkthrough with their Event planning team at least one month prior to your event. Attendance at the walkthrough should include the caterer. All deliveries by your vendors and times must be pre-coordinated with the Phillippi planning team. All tables and chairs must be setup and broken down by the catering team at the beginning and end of the event.
Alcohol Policy: All alcohol must be served by a Caterer holding an off-premise catering liquor license and appropriate liability insurance. Don't worry Sarasota Catering Company has you covered for all your Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion Wedding and Event needs. Kegs of beer are not permitted at any events held in, at, or around the mansion. Coolers and ice tubs are restricted to the kitchen area or on the back terrace/patio of the mansion unless they are completely leak-proof and will not cause damage to the wood floors. The Phillippi Estate alcohol policy can be used as a great money saver. They will allow you to provide the alcohol to the caterer.
Does the venue provide rentals? Yes, tables and chairs for inside and terrace use only.
What are the typical things you should consider for rentals? You should consider all Linens, all Ceremony chairs, any smaller tables for cakes or auxiliary items, sweetheart table for the wedding couple, and high top (bar height) tables for cocktail hour or the dance area.
Venue Site fee? What is a site fee? Many local venues charge a site fee on top of their venue rental fee. The Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion do not charge any site fees.
Average Catering Cost or Budget Idea: Would you like to get an idea what an average cost would be for a wedding at Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion? With Sarasota Catering Company and a typical plated (guest's choice) dinner, bar setups, staff, 100 guests, all the rentals needed : $55 - $85 per person (the large variation is a result of the food and types of rentals chosen).
** All information regarding Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion is copyrighted material belonging to them and is subject to change. Please verify all details directly with the Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion Event Planning team.
Sarasota Catering Company has done many events at the amazing Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion. 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 professional Phillippi Estate Park and Edson Keith Mansion 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.
"We were very pleased with your service as was our client. We especially appreciated how your servers wrapped up the excess food and carried it into the sales center for us. Our client was very appreciative to have the leftovers. The servers were dressed very professionally and they acted professionally. The buffet table was set up beautifully and we thought the flower arrangements were very pretty and coordinated well with the linens. Everyone who ate the food enjoyed it. I thought the pasta salad was delicious! "
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