We are getting married on Siesta Key in May. We'd like to do a very casual party the night before the wedding for all of our wedding guests. We are not planning on doing a fancy, traditional rehearsal dinner.
We are getting married at Siesta Dunes so we don't want to do it there and they won't really let us anyway.
Our top idea was to have a cookout with games and a keg at the Siesta Beach picnic shelter, but unfortunately we didn't act quickly enough and it's already booked for our date.
My future MIL found "Le Barge", but it's $2800 to rent the whole thing, which is above our budget (especially since that does not include any food or drink), and I am not sure we want to be sharing it with people other than our own guests. In general we like the idea of a sunset cruise though.
We also like the idea of a casual cocktail party with appetizers only...we are really open to ideas as long as they are casual and fit our budget. Just a venue idea on water somewhere would be great too...I got a quote from a caterer that I am happy with, we just haven't found a location we like (we'd prefer to stay on Siesta Key or closeby in Sarasota).