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Beautiful Places for the Big Day: Wedding Venues in Sanibel & Captiva That Wow!

Sep 07, 2021 05:00PM ● By ANN MARIE O’PHELAN

Whether your wedding plans are formal and call for a big ballroom or you are leaning toward a small, casual wedding on the beach, Southwest Florida offers many great locations where your wedding bells will ring joyously. Here are a few nearby favorites. 


’Tween Waters Island Resort is embraced by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Pine Island Sound on the other. “So, wherever you go, you’re in for a breathtaking view,” says Nicholas Royka, group sales and event coordinator. The resort can host a variety of groups, from an immediate family-only wedding with an intimate dinner on the Garden Terrace of the Old Captiva House restaurant, to a married-at-sunset event on the beach, to a large-scale tented reception for up to 250 people. Plus, you can enjoy full-service event coordinating. “We have connections to the best planners, florists and vendors to create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of,” adds Royka.  ’Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, 15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva. 239-472-5161; Contact Nicholas Roykanicholas@sancapbeachresorts; 239-472-5161 ext. 458.  

Call out: ’Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa offers historic charm and modern luxury amenities. The resort is embraced by Gulf of Mexico on one side and Pine Island Sound on the other. 


Whether you’re imagining your big day beachfront next to sparkling waters, inside of a historic building, or on a stunning green lawn next to a golf course; and whether your plans are for 50 or 300 guests, South Seas Island Resort can accommodate. Wedding specialists help guide your plans—from the food, to the entertainment, to choosing the right venue offering views of Pine Island Sound or the Gulf of Mexico. South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva239-472-5111; Wedding contact: 800-524-7601. 

Call out: South Seas Island Resort provides a fitting backdrop for saying "I do" in paradise. 


Romantic indoor and outdoor spaces are available at Casa Ybel Beach Resort, from a white sandy beach to a lakeside gazebo or a tented outdoor reception—and they’re all perfect places to say, “I do.” No matter the spot you choose, you can’t go wrong. “The resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. From the restaurants to the ceremony to the reception spaces, you can enjoy the water,” says Jessica Cardinale, director of sales and catering. Event managers are on hand to assist in designing everything from meals to the best place for your wedding, ranging from 10 to 200 guests. Casa Ybel Beach Resort2255 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel. 239-472-3145. Contact Jessica Cardinale, director osales and catering, 866-748-8958, ext. 1351; [email protected]. 

Call out: Enjoy old-fashioned elegance at Casa Ybel Beach Resort, while overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Choose from a variety of venues and packages with personal assistance from wedding specialists. 

Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media. 


More Local Wedding Venues  

Captiva Cruises
11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva 


The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club 
 949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel 


Sanibel Inn
937 E. Gulf Drive, Sanibel 


Sea Oats Luxury Estate
16623 Captiva Drive, Captiva 


Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel 


West Wind Island Resort
3345 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel