The Birchwood, Unique Tampa Area Wedding Location

St. Petersburg, FL

This post was written by Tracie Domino, a Tampa Bay, FL based wedding planner. Tracie has received industry accolades, including Meeting Professionals International’s prestigious national “30 Under 30” award and was named MPI Tampa Bay Area chapter’s “Rising Star” in 2006. For more than 10 years, Tracie’s stylish expertise and relatable sophistication has made her a trusted consultant to business leaders and high society. Her company, Tracie Domino Events, is known for their expertise in transforming unique venues in Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Naples.

The Birchwood, a boutique hotel, listed in the National Registry of Historic Places,  is opening this spring on the reimagined site of the former Grayl’s Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL.  The much-anticipated opening brings a brand new ballroom to downtown with views of Straub Park and Tampa Bay. The Birchwood will also add to the social, culinary appeal of trendy Beach Drive with their Birch & Vine restaurant and rooftop lounge.  The hotel’s 18 guest rooms feature four poster beds, soaking tubs and arched vaulted ceilings.  Out-of-town guests will be impressed by what’s within walking distance including hundreds of eclectic shopping and dining options, Rays baseball, the Dali Museum, Chihuly Collection, art galleries, waterfront parks and even Segway tours of downtown. On-site parking is limited, so you might want to check into renting an authentic downtown trolley to transport guests between The Birchwood and off-site parking.

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Rooms & Capacities:

Birchwood Ballroom: 210 seated with a dance floor and a built-in custom bar. Creative layout options will make it perfect venue for seated groups from 75-210. Larger groups can be accommodated for cocktail parties.

Ballroom Foyer: 210 for cocktails or 40 seated for dinner

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Rooftop Lounge:  About 250 for cocktails. This space remains open to the general public, but is a perfect spot for your after-party.

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Colors & Customization:

The Birchwood honors its Mediterranean Revival roots and features taupe, white, and green as its primary décor palette with cranberry accents.  It offers a customizable canvas for weddings of all colors and styles.

The Birchwood Ballroom and rooftop lounge are the newest addition to the original building and will open for the first time this spring.  Ballroom windows face Beach Drive and offer gorgeous views of Tampa Bay.

In the Neighborhood:

Located on the trendiest street in all of Tampa Bay, guests at The Birchwood will never be at a loss for things to do including world-famous museums, distinctive restaurants, and extensive shopping options.

Room Blocks: The Birchwood, The Vinoy, Hampton Inn

Off-Site Ceremony  Locations:

St. Mary’s Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Museum of Fine Arts

Rehearsal Dinner:

Marchand’s Bar & Grill, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Parkshore Grill, Café Alma, Cassis American Brasserie

Renderings provided by The Birchwood 

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