If you are getting married, and have not yet chosen a location for the ceremony or reception, you should check out the beautiful new outdoor event space at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida. The new outdoor event, meeting and recreational space, now named La Terrazza, is the result of a dramatic renovation and expansion at the AAA Four-Diamond resort.
The large project included new and expanded outdoor event space with beautiful brick pavers and elegant new furniture in conversational groupings; a beautiful new fountain called La Piazza (Circle of Love); a picturesque new gazebo; and a new and expanded pool deck with new seating areas. The new outdoor function space is able to accommodate groups of up to 500 guests. La Terrazza features advanced technology and power capability, comparable to that provided in indoor ballrooms. This includes underground cables and wiring for communication and internet to the stage location, and to the gazebo, as well as underground connection points for two different size tent configurations (40’ x 50’ and 40’ x 60’), according to Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the 301-room Northeast Florida resort.
With this expansion the resort added 15,000 square feet of new function space, bringing the resort’s offerings to 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the AAA Four-Diamond resort is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando.
So whether you’re interested in having a picturesque outdoor wedding and/or reception in a lush setting, an intimate romantic gathering with vows under a gazebo, or an elegant indoor affair in one of the resort’s beautiful ballrooms, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort has something to please any bride and groom.
“La Terrazza is absolutely beautiful, and is an outstanding new option for weddings,” said Oliasami. “It is perfect for large or small weddings and receptions. Whether the couple wishes to conduct an elegant outdoor reception; recite their vows under the new gazebo; host an al fresco breakfast, lunch or dinner for the wedding party; or host a casual gathering for friends and family, La Terrazza is an exceptional option for weddings.”
“We did this renovation and dramatic expansion of our outdoor event and recreational space in response to the high demand for our resort as the site for weddings and receptions, and for the many needs of all of our guests and groups,” added Oliasami. “The wedding party and guests also will appreciate that they can now enjoy restaurant service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on La Terrazza, cocktail service poolside, and a greatly expanded pool deck for relaxing or sunbathing.”
“While our resort has been a popular location for weddings in Northeast Florida for years, our AAA Four-Diamond resort has become an increasingly popular site for destination weddings, with couples coming from all over the U.S. and abroad to exchange their vows,” said Oliasami.
Featuring a picturesque setting in lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, the newly renovated resort recently added another enticing reason to choose it as the site for the big day: complimentary transportation in its new white stretch limousine. The happy couple can be transported to the award-winning resort via the limo if their wedding is conducted at a church or another off-property location, and/or lavishly whisked away after their reception at the resort.
Offering incredible sites for the ceremony and reception, which include truly scenic and romantic outdoor venues as well as the beautifully-renovated St. Augustine Ballroom, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is offering several Wedding Packages as a tie-in with the new offerings.
This includes the “Your Wedding Ceremony” package, which includes: ceremony rehearsal area the evening prior; a charming gazebo to frame your ceremony; white garden chairs; gift and guestbook tables; resort linens; microphone and sound system for the officiate; water service; private romantic waiting room for the bride & groom after the ceremony; a complimentary guestroom for the bride & groom for the wedding night, with complimentary breakfast room service; champagne & chocolate dipped strawberries for two; and wedding coordination service (for the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception). Pricing is available for ceremonies up to 800 people. Enhancements to the package are available.
The resort is also offering several Reception Packages, which includes: the “Afternoon Luncheon Affair Package,” the “Evening Dinner Affair Package,” and the “Renaissance Honeymoon Buffet.” Each package includes: champagne or sparkling cider toast; sweetheart, banquet rounds and cake tables; resort linens; china, silver and stemware; votive candles; a dance floor for indoor locations; table numbers and silver stands; and customized menu tastings. Menus can be customized to suit the couple’s tastes, preferences and personalities. Most packages include complimentary transportation in the new white stretch limousine for the bride & groom. Contact Tammie Bryant, the resort’s certified Renaissance Wedding Specialist, at (904) 940-8637 for more information.
Additional enhancements available at The Renaissance Resort include: wedding coordination services for the reception; specialty floor-length linens and chair covers; decorative ice carvings and bowls; customized printed menus; special ballroom up-lighting; valet parking; piano; sparkling and still water on dinner tables; and an intermezzo course.
“The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort has always been a very popular wedding site for couples in Northeast Florida, and the exceptional new La Terrazza, along with the beautiful new gazebo and our white-stretch limo are additional reasons for couples to select the resort for their special day,” said Kristin Thompson, CMP, CMM, the resort’s Director of Catering Sales & Destination Services. “Our certified Renaissance Wedding Specialist, Tammie Bryant, is available to assist with all your on-site ceremony and reception services.”
For more information about conducting a wedding and/or reception at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, call the resort’s Banquet & Catering Department at (904) 940-8637, and/or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com.
But not only does The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort provide incredible sites for the ceremony and reception that will ensure a memorable wedding (with great photos!), it also features impressive offerings that will please any couple and all of the guests.
Ideally situated within lush World Golf Village, the resort completed a $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, enhanced meeting space, and the opening of 500 South Restaurant & Bar.
As part of the renovation guest rooms and suites received new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, 37” flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings, crisp white linens, along with a color scheme of warm neutral gold. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, an in-room safe, and in-room coffee.
The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled nine-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies.
Not resting on its many laurels, the resort also recently completed other enhancements, which include the opening of a new The UPS Store and Business Center on-site (in July 2011); the addition of a new destination services and event planning department (in August 2011); and the opening (in August 2011) of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs.
Recreational offerings at the resort include two championship golf courses: the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additional offerings at the resort include a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge.
Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame, the ultimate destination for the celebration of golf’s greatest players, with fun interactive exhibits and historic golf artifacts. Additional offerings within walking distance include an 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.
When visiting the resort, guests have the opportunity to visit nearby pristine Atlantic beaches, take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine.
To make it easy for its guests to enjoy area offerings, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is now offering a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. This new service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Flagler College, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, and a variety of water activities.