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The Luthy Botanical Garden features a variety of unique settings, and one is sure to be perfect for your wedding, reception or party. Whether you celebrate under the blossoms of Crab... Read more
The Luthy Botanical Garden features a variety of unique settings, and one is sure to be perfect for your wedding, reception or party. Whether you celebrate under the blossoms of Crab Apple Cove or in the heart of the Woodland Garden, you are sure to create an event remembered for its beauty and distinction. Each Garden setting offers its own unique ambience and benefits. Whether you are planning a wedding for ten or 300, the Garden staff is happy to help you find the location that best suits your individual needs. Each of these romantic garden settings creates an elegant and natural backdrop for your festivities. Photos and videos are enhanced by the beauty of Luthy’s floral setting.

Conservatory
Featuring an extensive collection of tropical plants, the Conservatory provides a lush, tropical backdrop for your wedding -- a destination wedding without the air travel! Though limited to after-hours rental during floral shows, the seasonal floral displays at the Conservatory will create a fabulous setting for your ceremony. The seating capacity is 75-80 people. (See pdf file below for information about Evening Floral Weddings in the Conservatory.)

Rose Garden
The Rose Garden, at the heart of the Garden, features a grand arbor, All-America rose selections, classic roses and floral displays that provide season-long color. Its seating capacity is 350 people, and it can accommodate 40'x40' and 20'x20' tents.

Crabapple Cove
Crabapple Cove is defined by an enclosure of flowering crabapples that bloom in April and an intimate arbor nestled up to a magnificent Fernleaf Beech. Its seating capacity is 300 people, and it can accommodate 40'x40' and 20'x20' tents.

Learning Circle
Featuring a circular flagstone amphitheatre shaded with an arc of American Yellowwood trees, the seating capacity of Learning Circle is 150 people. It can accommodate 25'x25' and 20'x20' tents.

Gazebo
A classic gazebo, echoing a Victorian garden, is located near the fountain and serves as an intimate setting for a small wedding. Its seating capacity is 10-30 people.

Woodland Garden
Capturing the spirit of our native Illinois woodland in spring, summer or fall, this location features majestic trees, wooded paths and a verdant glade. The Woodland Garden provides a lush, shaded backdrop for your ceremony. Its seating capacity is 300 people, and it can accommodate 40'x40' and 20'x20' tents.

Wildlife Garden
A cascading waterfall, extensive planting and a wooded clearing characterize the Wildlife Garden. Its seating capacity is 50 people, and it can accommodate 40'x40' and 20'x20' tents.

New! Evening Floral Weddings in the Conservatory
Picture an intimate evening wedding in our flower-filled Conservatory! Yes, you can now use the backdrop of one of Luthy Botanical Garden’s beautiful floral shows for your wedding. Be among the first to make reservations for an evening wedding during one of three annual floral shows (see below). You and your guests will remember the soft, warm glow of a floral wedding at the Garden for years to come.

Spring Weddings during the Lily Show
Date can vary from year to year; please confirm dates with the Luthy wedding coordinator. The Lily Show runs from 16 days prior to Easter through 7 days after Easter.

Fall Weddings during the Chrysanthemum Show
Date can vary from year to year; please confirm dates with the Luthy wedding coordinator. The Chrysanthemum Show runs from the third week of October through the first week of November.

Holiday Weddings during the Poinsettia Show
Date can vary from year to year; please confirm dates with the Luthy wedding coordinator. The Poinsettia Show runs from the Friday before Thanksgiving in November through the month of December. (Note: Friday and Saturdays before 12/25 are reserved for our Candlelight Walks) Read less
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When was your venue built?
1951
Describe your venue:
Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
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?
7
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
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?
455
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Ashley
Wedding:
9/6/2014
0.6/5.0
I was not allowed access to the gardens at the time of my contract.
I was not allowed access to the gardens at the time of my contract.
I was not allowed access to the gardens at the time of my contract. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/3/2013
2.7/5.0
I am getting married at the Gardens this October. The gardens are beautiful, but I don't think they are worth the money. I went to pay the rest of my bill the other day and they wouldn't credit me the $75 deposit I put down to hold the date. I don't know any company that doesn't credit the deposit or put it towards the final payment. Plus it's an extra $75 to have the rehearsal there the night before. And you have to pay $2 per chair, on top of the over $500 just to use the space for 2 hours. I feel like the $500 should include like 50 or 100 chairs and then you have to pay if you need more chairs.

Also, when I went in to make my final payment I noticed they had changed my rehearsal time from 5-6pm to 6-7pm without even telling me. We had dinner reservations for 6:30pm so we couldn't do the 6-7pm time slot. Luckily, they were nice enough to change it back, but if I didn't notice it, we would never have known that they changed the time on us.

While Ann and everyone at the gardens is very nice, it does take awhile to hear back from them if you have any questions.

I hope my wedding there turns out well for how much i am paying for this place.
I am getting married at the Gardens this October. The gardens are beautiful, but I don't think they are worth the money. I Read more...
I am getting married at the Gardens this October. The gardens are beautiful, but I don't think they are worth the money. I went to pay the rest of my bill the other day and they wouldn't credit me the $75 deposit I put down to hold the date. I don't know any company that doesn't credit the deposit or put it towards the final payment. Plus it's an extra $75 to have the rehearsal there the night before. And you have to pay $2 per chair, on top of the over $500 just to use the space for 2 hours. I feel like the $500 should include like 50 or 100 chairs and then you have to pay if you need more chairs.

Also, when I went in to make my final payment I noticed they had changed my rehearsal time from 5-6pm to 6-7pm without even telling me. We had dinner reservations for 6:30pm so we couldn't do the 6-7pm time slot. Luckily, they were nice enough to change it back, but if I didn't notice it, we would never have known that they changed the time on us.

While Ann and everyone at the gardens is very nice, it does take awhile to hear back from them if you have any questions.

I hope my wedding there turns out well for how much i am paying for this place. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Luthy Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful outdoor locations to be married in Central Illinois. The people there were great to work with and tried their best to help with everything I needed. Everything was set up perfectly when we arrived the day of the wedding. Ann is very flexible and a pleasure to work with as well. She went above and beyond to help me out with all of my concerns. If you are wanting an outdoor ceremony I highly recommend Luthy Botanical Gardens, and Lodge at The Peoria Zoo is right next door and makes a GREAT reception site!
Luthy Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful outdoor locations to be married in Central Illinois. The people there Read more...
Luthy Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful outdoor locations to be married in Central Illinois. The people there were great to work with and tried their best to help with everything I needed. Everything was set up perfectly when we arrived the day of the wedding. Ann is very flexible and a pleasure to work with as well. She went above and beyond to help me out with all of my concerns. If you are wanting an outdoor ceremony I highly recommend Luthy Botanical Gardens, and Lodge at The Peoria Zoo is right next door and makes a GREAT reception site! Read less
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*christine412
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.0/5.0
Our wedding turned out beautiful, thanks to nature. The chairs we paid to have set up were arranged in straight rows with very little leg room for taller guests. I had to ask my father-in-law to re-arrange the chairs at the last minute. We also paid to rent a table for the sand ceremony and it was a ugly white fold-up one that looked terrible in the pictures. I didn't see a single worker the day of the rehearsal or the wedding. Other than that, everything was great! The guests really enjoyed the beauty of an outdoor wedding and we did too.
Our wedding turned out beautiful, thanks to nature. The chairs we paid to have set up were arranged in straight rows with Read more...
Our wedding turned out beautiful, thanks to nature. The chairs we paid to have set up were arranged in straight rows with very little leg room for taller guests. I had to ask my father-in-law to re-arrange the chairs at the last minute. We also paid to rent a table for the sand ceremony and it was a ugly white fold-up one that looked terrible in the pictures. I didn't see a single worker the day of the rehearsal or the wedding. Other than that, everything was great! The guests really enjoyed the beauty of an outdoor wedding and we did too. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/7/2011
4.4/5.0
The garden setting was very beautiful and everything turned out great!!

But when we did the rehearsal no one from the garden was there so when we got there the day of they had the chairs set up wrong. They set them up how they felt we should stand in the section we picked. My husband had to find someone and make them fix them.

They also tried telling my husband we couldn't come in early to take pictures. Then another worker told him we could. My photographer had called a few months prior to make sure we could. Plus the entire time we were taking our pics and up till the ceremony I saw prom kids entering and taking their pictures.
The garden setting was very beautiful and everything turned out great!!

But when we did the rehearsal no one from Read more...
The garden setting was very beautiful and everything turned out great!!

But when we did the rehearsal no one from the garden was there so when we got there the day of they had the chairs set up wrong. They set them up how they felt we should stand in the section we picked. My husband had to find someone and make them fix them.

They also tried telling my husband we couldn't come in early to take pictures. Then another worker told him we could. My photographer had called a few months prior to make sure we could. Plus the entire time we were taking our pics and up till the ceremony I saw prom kids entering and taking their pictures. Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
5/7/2011
4.5/5.0
We used the Rose Garden for our ceremony, and it was absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend a rain plan, just in case, because the conservatory does not hold many people! There doesn't seem to be much communication among the employees at the garden. Every time I talked to someone about details, someone else would tell me a completely different answer. The only thing I didn't really like about the venue was that the garden was not closed down for the time we reserved, even though that's what we were lead to believe would happen. So while we were waiting to walk down the aisle, there were random people wandering through our ceremony area. Other than that, everything worked out beautifully!!!
We used the Rose Garden for our ceremony, and it was absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend a rain plan, just in Read more...
We used the Rose Garden for our ceremony, and it was absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend a rain plan, just in case, because the conservatory does not hold many people! There doesn't seem to be much communication among the employees at the garden. Every time I talked to someone about details, someone else would tell me a completely different answer. The only thing I didn't really like about the venue was that the garden was not closed down for the time we reserved, even though that's what we were lead to believe would happen. So while we were waiting to walk down the aisle, there were random people wandering through our ceremony area. Other than that, everything worked out beautifully!!! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
9/11/2010
4.8/5.0
My wedding turned out great. When I would email the event planner, it would take a few days to get a response back. The garden is strict on the event times. They provided the chairs and tables that we needed. I would recommend this place to anyone.
My wedding turned out great. When I would email the event planner, it would take a few days to get a response back. The Read more...
My wedding turned out great. When I would email the event planner, it would take a few days to get a response back. The garden is strict on the event times. They provided the chairs and tables that we needed. I would recommend this place to anyone. Read less
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Sharon
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Everything about Luthy was wonderful. We loved being outside for our ceremony, and luckily the weather cooperated! Make sure you have a rain plan if you have more than 75 guests, because that is the maximum that Luthy's Conservatory can hold. The wedding coordinator (Ann Kizer) was excellent to work with. We were very happy with the costs and the set-up, and the beauty of the gardens.
Everything about Luthy was wonderful. We loved being outside for our ceremony, and luckily the weather cooperated! Make Read more...
Everything about Luthy was wonderful. We loved being outside for our ceremony, and luckily the weather cooperated! Make sure you have a rain plan if you have more than 75 guests, because that is the maximum that Luthy's Conservatory can hold. The wedding coordinator (Ann Kizer) was excellent to work with. We were very happy with the costs and the set-up, and the beauty of the gardens. Read less
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