Thursday, July 14, 2011

Outside the Ballroom: Don Vicente Inn

The Don Vicente Historic Inn of Ybor City, Florida not only stands out because of its classy, old soul feeling but also due to the history in which it is rooted. Built in 1895, Don Vicente Inn was originally the Land and Improvement Company for Ybor City but was transformed into The Gonzalez Clinic until 1980. The building withstood the tests of time and weather for nearly 20 years before it was refurbished into the jewel of sophistication it is today. Before even stepping foot into Don Vicente, you can rest assured the venue itself has endured the trials and prosperities and blossomed just as a wedding will.

Let's go inside! The Grand Salon provides a tasteful lounge for guests to mingle before the ceremony. Designed to provide a living room atmosphere for comfort with elegant seating and classical fixtures, the Grand Salon can even be where your guests shake their tail feathers all night long. A few steps away is the Grand Dining Room and Cafe, ready to serve up to 200 guests. For the Boardwalk Empire fans, Don Vicente's website states the dining room plus the lounge area can be transformed into a 1920's speakeasy! If you just want to dance, the staff will easily set up a Boogie Nights party straight from the screen. (You have to provide your own John Travolta, though.)

If your guests need a breath of fresh air, Don Vicente features both a patio and piazza for a little cool down time. The staff are ready to help you pick all kinds of decorations from simple to extravagant and the chef will assist in crafting a menu to suit any kind of taste. At Don Vicente's Historic Inn, your wedding will take the shape of every dream from elegant ceremony to a dance party everyone will still be talking about in 20 years.

Here's what you need to know!
Venue - Don Vicente Historic Inn
Location: 1915 Republica de Cuba Ave. Tampa, FL 33605
Contact: 866-206-4545
Price Range: $$$
Ceremony Site: Yes
Outside Caterers Allowed: No
Parking Available: Yes
Overnight Accommodations: Yes
Kosher Available: Yes
Valet Parking: No
Outdoor Space: Yes
CAPACITY: Up to 200
STYLES: Banquet/Reception Hall

Outside the Ballroom: This is a series about discovering other amazing venues that exist for weddings and other events, ranging from castles, to traditional antique ballrooms, to bed and breakfasts, to anything that cannot be classified as a modern ballroom or meeting room. We also want to hear from you about the venues you've discovered, so please submit them in the comments or email them to with Outside the Ballroom in the subject. For more info you can find it at the Introduction.

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