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Dow Gardens

Midland , MI
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LOCATION

1809 Eastman Ave
Midland, MI US 48640 (map)

PHONE

989-631-2677

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ABOUT US

Dow Gardens offers a choice between three different outdoor locations within a lovely 110-acre botanical garden. Site #1 is the Wedding Peninsula, a grassy area surrounded by water with... Read more
Dow Gardens offers a choice between three different outdoor locations within a lovely 110-acre botanical garden.​ Site #1 is the Wedding Peninsula, a grassy area surrounded by water with views of both the stone and red bridges. The Peninsula is secluded and quiet, adding to the privacy of your wedding. Site #2 is the Pineside wedding area. Pineside is a quiet meadow-like area surrounded by large pine trees, rhododendrons, and ferns. It also features a reflective fountain, statue, and use of the historic barn changing area. Site #3 Red Bridge Overlook is available for Friday evening ceremonies and features a gorgeous view, over the pond, of Dow Garden's largest red bridge.

Receptions can be held within our Whiting Forest facility (maximum of 80 seated.) which features wood flooring, a floor-to-cieling fireplace, and full-length windows onto a patio overlooking 40 acres of mature forests. Tables, white garden chairs, and a catering kitchen are provided at a cost of $260.00 for 8 hours as well as a refundable $50.00 damage deposit. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1899
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Modern, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
100
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Eulah
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Loved having the Ceremony here. The Peninsula was Gorgeous and peaceful. All our guest had a great time.
Loved having the Ceremony here. The Peninsula was Gorgeous and peaceful. All our guest had a great time.
Loved having the Ceremony here. The Peninsula was Gorgeous and peaceful. All our guest had a great time. Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

Eulah, thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We truly appreciate your kind words regarding the Peninsula location. We hope to see you around the garden again in the future.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From the beautiful scenery to dealing with the business part of it, Dow Gardens was amazing. Definitely chose the right spot!
From the beautiful scenery to dealing with the business part of it, Dow Gardens was amazing. Definitely chose the right Read more...
From the beautiful scenery to dealing with the business part of it, Dow Gardens was amazing. Definitely chose the right spot! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the most beautiful wedding at Dow Gardens we couldn't have asked for a better venue. Everything from the staff to the beauty of the gardens was perfect! I highly recommend getting married here to anyone and everyone!!!
We had the most beautiful wedding at Dow Gardens we couldn't have asked for a better venue. Everything from the staff to Read more...
We had the most beautiful wedding at Dow Gardens we couldn't have asked for a better venue. Everything from the staff to the beauty of the gardens was perfect! I highly recommend getting married here to anyone and everyone!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Super sweet, and cute flowery venue. The ladies at the front desk were super helpful when we had to schedule amigos for our grandparents to use.
Super sweet, and cute flowery venue. The ladies at the front desk were super helpful when we had to schedule amigos for Read more...
Super sweet, and cute flowery venue. The ladies at the front desk were super helpful when we had to schedule amigos for our grandparents to use. Read less
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Crysta
Wedding:
7/11/2014
4.4/5.0
I used the Barn to get ready, my only complaint is that the floor was so dirty. The bottoms of my feet were black before I even put my dress on. I would expect them to at least clean the floor knowing a large, white dress was going to likely touch the floor. Otherwise, the rest of the service and help was great.
I used the Barn to get ready, my only complaint is that the floor was so dirty. The bottoms of my feet were black before I Read more...
I used the Barn to get ready, my only complaint is that the floor was so dirty. The bottoms of my feet were black before I even put my dress on. I would expect them to at least clean the floor knowing a large, white dress was going to likely touch the floor. Otherwise, the rest of the service and help was great. Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! We continually try to do our best to make sure that each and every couple has a great experience. We will certainly look into this issue. We're glad that everything else turned out well and congratulations to you both!
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kim
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.5/5.0
We got married at the pineside location in June and it was beautiful. You have to rent additional chairs if you have more than 20 seats, and if you need a golf cart thats extra too. Make sure you book early to get a good time slot!
We got married at the pineside location in June and it was beautiful. You have to rent additional chairs if you have more Read more...
We got married at the pineside location in June and it was beautiful. You have to rent additional chairs if you have more than 20 seats, and if you need a golf cart thats extra too. Make sure you book early to get a good time slot! Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Kim! We're so glad you chose Dow Gardens to be a part of your special day, and your comments are very much appreciated. We're so glad you loved the location, and we hope you came away with a few great pictures.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.6/5.0
We had our wedding at Dow gardens which was absolutely beautiful. The location is amazing. That's definitely a pro. A few cons... They have very nit picky rules of what you can and can't do with decorations and everything. Also the give you about 45 mins to set up everything on your own, chairs included, and then an hour for your wedding to start, end, clean up and everything. It was very rushed which was my biggest con.
We had our wedding at Dow gardens which was absolutely beautiful. The location is amazing. That's definitely a pro. A few Read more...
We had our wedding at Dow gardens which was absolutely beautiful. The location is amazing. That's definitely a pro. A few cons... They have very nit picky rules of what you can and can't do with decorations and everything. Also the give you about 45 mins to set up everything on your own, chairs included, and then an hour for your wedding to start, end, clean up and everything. It was very rushed which was my biggest con. Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

We truly appreciate your feedback, and we're so glad you loved the location. We apologize for any issues you may have experienced. To preserve the integrity of the garden we do have to limit certain items that may cause damage to the grounds.

Wedding parties are more than welcome to utilize the rest of the garden for as long as they wish for pictures both before and after the ceremony. Staff members will take care of any items, provided by Dow Gardens, including chairs.

We're so glad you chose us, and we hope to see you around the gardens again in the future!
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Steve
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.7/5.0
We were married at the peninsula location. It was beautiful and the garden offered many fabulous locations for photos after. I highly recommend Dow Gardens for your special day you won't regret it.
We were married at the peninsula location. It was beautiful and the garden offered many fabulous locations for photos Read more...
We were married at the peninsula location. It was beautiful and the garden offered many fabulous locations for photos after. I highly recommend Dow Gardens for your special day you won't regret it. Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

Thank you, very much, for the wonderful feedback. We're so happy that you chose us to be a part of such an important day, and we hope to see you, around the garden, in the future!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Dow Gardens was absolutely breathtaking on our wedding day. The staff was extremely helpful, they helped make my wedding magical. I would recommend this location to everyone!
Dow Gardens was absolutely breathtaking on our wedding day. The staff was extremely helpful, they helped make my wedding Read more...
Dow Gardens was absolutely breathtaking on our wedding day. The staff was extremely helpful, they helped make my wedding magical. I would recommend this location to everyone! Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

We're truly thrilled that you had a great experience. We're so happy to be able to offer the garden, and its heritage, to couples like yourselves, and we hope you visit us again!
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Brandie
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.2/5.0
Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful! The grounds were well maintained. The set up, tear down, and entire planning process was very professional and smooth.
Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful! The grounds were well maintained. The set up, tear down, and entire planning Read more...
Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful! The grounds were well maintained. The set up, tear down, and entire planning process was very professional and smooth. Read less
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Kymber
Wedding:
6/22/2012
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting!!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting!!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting!! Read less
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Kgates1313
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.8/5.0
Our wedding venue was perfect and everything was set up correctly, just how we said. Our pictures turned out wonderfully because of the scenery. No other decorations needed!
Our wedding venue was perfect and everything was set up correctly, just how we said. Our pictures turned out wonderfully Read more...
Our wedding venue was perfect and everything was set up correctly, just how we said. Our pictures turned out wonderfully because of the scenery. No other decorations needed! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.7/5.0
Beautiful, but coordinator didnt show for rehearsal
Beautiful, but coordinator didnt show for rehearsal
Beautiful, but coordinator didnt show for rehearsal Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
6/26/2011
4.6/5.0
The gardens are gorgeous and we had a lot of comments on how pretty our venue was. Ben was great to work with, and the price is reasonable. They have multiple wedding locations depending on the number attending. The Dow staff were very helpful the day of the ceremony making sure everything was prepared, and we were able to rent a golf cart to help guests get from the entrance to the site.
The gardens are gorgeous and we had a lot of comments on how pretty our venue was. Ben was great to work with, and the Read more...
The gardens are gorgeous and we had a lot of comments on how pretty our venue was. Ben was great to work with, and the price is reasonable. They have multiple wedding locations depending on the number attending. The Dow staff were very helpful the day of the ceremony making sure everything was prepared, and we were able to rent a golf cart to help guests get from the entrance to the site. Read less
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Kristee
Wedding:
8/30/2008
4.0/5.0
It was absolutely a beautiful place to get married!!!
It was absolutely a beautiful place to get married!!!
It was absolutely a beautiful place to get married!!! Read less
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Katebobate
Wedding:
8/23/2008
5.0/5.0
Very beautiful outdoor ceremony site within the gardens. Ben, the coordinator, was awesome, very helpful. Any time I had a question he always got back with me that day. Highly recommend!
Very beautiful outdoor ceremony site within the gardens. Ben, the coordinator, was awesome, very helpful. Any time I had a Read more...
Very beautiful outdoor ceremony site within the gardens. Ben, the coordinator, was awesome, very helpful. Any time I had a question he always got back with me that day. Highly recommend! Read less
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Tami
Wedding:
7/12/2008
4.8/5.0
Awesome outdoor spot for a wedding, very pretty gardens. The guy that helped us was very nice and helped out with whatever we needed. The changing room was kind of dirty and it didn't have a mirror, but other than that it was great!
Awesome outdoor spot for a wedding, very pretty gardens. The guy that helped us was very nice and helped out with whatever Read more...
Awesome outdoor spot for a wedding, very pretty gardens. The guy that helped us was very nice and helped out with whatever we needed. The changing room was kind of dirty and it didn't have a mirror, but other than that it was great! Read less
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Shanna
Wedding:
5/31/2006
3.6/5.0
The person in charge of running the wedding site wasnt the most professional. He was late for meeting with us for the walk through, and he sent out our refund check for the deposit a month after the wedding when it was supposed to take a max of 2 weeks. Not impressed with that but overall the place is beautiful and for the money it was great!!
The person in charge of running the wedding site wasnt the most professional. He was late for meeting with us for the walk Read more...
The person in charge of running the wedding site wasnt the most professional. He was late for meeting with us for the walk through, and he sent out our refund check for the deposit a month after the wedding when it was supposed to take a max of 2 weeks. Not impressed with that but overall the place is beautiful and for the money it was great!! Read less
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Dow Gardens responded with the following comments:

Hello Shanna,

We apologize for any inconvenience, we strive to be as timely as possible. We have since had a change in accounting methods, and refunds for damage deposits are now mailed out in the week following the ceremony.
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jach82
Wedding:
8/13/2005
5.0/5.0
Beautiful outdoor location for a wedding! Price was right for what I received. Highly reccommend!
Beautiful outdoor location for a wedding! Price was right for what I received. Highly reccommend!
Beautiful outdoor location for a wedding! Price was right for what I received. Highly reccommend! Read less
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