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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota , FL

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Sarasota, FL 34236 US

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941-366-5731
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Lydia
Wedding:
5/28/2016
4.5/5.0
Marie Selby is by far one of the most beautiful places to get married! The pictures you can get here are unparalleled, if you can afford to splurge a little on your venue because it is expensive. Dan was pleasant to work with and to help us plan our destination wedding from far away. Leigh also was super helpful at our walk-through, even suggesting other vendors by name! The Great Room is a little plain compared to the brilliant scenery, but thankfully we didn't need to use it because the weather held out. The Marie Selby helper (I'm so sad I forgot his name) that we had the day-of was awesome - he helped us carry in items, drive around people with disabilities on the golf cart, etc. and was always so helpful and pleasant. My only complaint (not that they can really help it) is that the volunteer women who work in the Christy Payne Mansion who show the artwork to visitors during normal business hours are rude to people renting it for their wedding. They do not like brides/bridal parties visiting during business hours, and would not let us in, gave us glaring looks, and had generally poor attitudes to those not there to see the art. The rest of the staff are rock stars. But the natural beauty of this breath-taking place is worth every penny! Every one of our guests kept commenting on how gorgeous it is.
Marie Selby is by far one of the most beautiful places to get married! The pictures you can get here are unparalleled, if Read more...
Marie Selby is by far one of the most beautiful places to get married! The pictures you can get here are unparalleled, if you can afford to splurge a little on your venue because it is expensive. Dan was pleasant to work with and to help us plan our destination wedding from far away. Leigh also was super helpful at our walk-through, even suggesting other vendors by name! The Great Room is a little plain compared to the brilliant scenery, but thankfully we didn't need to use it because the weather held out. The Marie Selby helper (I'm so sad I forgot his name) that we had the day-of was awesome - he helped us carry in items, drive around people with disabilities on the golf cart, etc. and was always so helpful and pleasant. My only complaint (not that they can really help it) is that the volunteer women who work in the Christy Payne Mansion who show the artwork to visitors during normal business hours are rude to people renting it for their wedding. They do not like brides/bridal parties visiting during business hours, and would not let us in, gave us glaring looks, and had generally poor attitudes to those not there to see the art. The rest of the staff are rock stars. But the natural beauty of this breath-taking place is worth every penny! Every one of our guests kept commenting on how gorgeous it is. Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
4/3/2014
4.4/5.0
Dan bent over backwards to help us have the perfect wedding day! I am so grateful for him even though he gave me a panic attack a couple days before my wedding. I will NOT say the same for the Board at Selby who wanted me to change the location of my wedding so they could set up for a fundraiser. Luckily, thankfully, Dan convinced them that I should have the day I planned and so he called the board members so I did not have to change my ceremony location (in their contract they must give you more time than the two days they wanted to give me). Now that I have said my peace about that glitch, I can talk about everything I LOVED about this place! First off, you can rent the Mansion for the day if there isn't an event there (this is easier if you get married on an off day like I did, Thursday; we actually had the whole gardens to ourselves once they closed). We saw each other before the ceremony in the lawn behind the mansion. We had our ceremony on the lawn in front of the gazebo in April and everything was in bloom as they had told me so I only had flowers in mason jars on the aisles (these were moved into the reception as part of my center pieces- Beneva Flowers Rocked IT!). The backdrop/scenery in the pictures from our wedding ceremony are ridiculously beautiful! I did not follow what most brides do as I walked through the gazebo to my guest who were seated on the other side of the lawn with the canopy across the lawn as my backdrop. I had my guest kind of in an almost full circle. We took family pictures near the water and big pavillion after the ceremony while all the guests headed to the Great Room for the reception. We had a cocktail hour in front of the Great Room (thanks Nellies). Then we transitioned into the Great Room for our seated dinner and took a break for sunset pictures after the salad. There are too many beautiful places to take pictures here that I wish I could redo the day and leave more time for pictures before and after the wedding.
Dan bent over backwards to help us have the perfect wedding day! I am so grateful for him even though he gave me a panic Read more...
Dan bent over backwards to help us have the perfect wedding day! I am so grateful for him even though he gave me a panic attack a couple days before my wedding. I will NOT say the same for the Board at Selby who wanted me to change the location of my wedding so they could set up for a fundraiser. Luckily, thankfully, Dan convinced them that I should have the day I planned and so he called the board members so I did not have to change my ceremony location (in their contract they must give you more time than the two days they wanted to give me). Now that I have said my peace about that glitch, I can talk about everything I LOVED about this place! First off, you can rent the Mansion for the day if there isn't an event there (this is easier if you get married on an off day like I did, Thursday; we actually had the whole gardens to ourselves once they closed). We saw each other before the ceremony in the lawn behind the mansion. We had our ceremony on the lawn in front of the gazebo in April and everything was in bloom as they had told me so I only had flowers in mason jars on the aisles (these were moved into the reception as part of my center pieces- Beneva Flowers Rocked IT!). The backdrop/scenery in the pictures from our wedding ceremony are ridiculously beautiful! I did not follow what most brides do as I walked through the gazebo to my guest who were seated on the other side of the lawn with the canopy across the lawn as my backdrop. I had my guest kind of in an almost full circle. We took family pictures near the water and big pavillion after the ceremony while all the guests headed to the Great Room for the reception. We had a cocktail hour in front of the Great Room (thanks Nellies). Then we transitioned into the Great Room for our seated dinner and took a break for sunset pictures after the salad. There are too many beautiful places to take pictures here that I wish I could redo the day and leave more time for pictures before and after the wedding. Read less
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Mindy
Wedding:
10/6/2013
4.8/5.0
After years of searching for the perfect ceremony location, I found Selby Gardens and immediately fell in love. I planned my wedding from over 1,000 miles away so I could only coordinate with Dan and Barbara via phone/email, but they were always quick to respond and everything turned out wonderfully. They were also extremely flexible when I had to keep changing the date and time of my wedding rehearsal, which was one less thing for me to worry about! The Gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful, and while it was a little pricey to hold just a ceremony there, I am so glad it was the backdrop for my outdoor wedding ceremony!
After years of searching for the perfect ceremony location, I found Selby Gardens and immediately fell in love. I planned Read more...
After years of searching for the perfect ceremony location, I found Selby Gardens and immediately fell in love. I planned my wedding from over 1,000 miles away so I could only coordinate with Dan and Barbara via phone/email, but they were always quick to respond and everything turned out wonderfully. They were also extremely flexible when I had to keep changing the date and time of my wedding rehearsal, which was one less thing for me to worry about! The Gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful, and while it was a little pricey to hold just a ceremony there, I am so glad it was the backdrop for my outdoor wedding ceremony! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
4/20/2013
4.3/5.0
This venue is absolutely absolutely gorgeous, and our pictures are amazing. However, it is a very high rental fee and it comes with nothing but tables and an outdated green and red carpet (in the Great Room). I had to rent everything else, from linens, to high-tops, to a dance-floor, etc. The staff was very helpful and provided a beautiful room for me and my girls to get ready in. Honestly, the first time I went to Selby, years and years ago, I knew I wanted to get married there. So when the time came around, although the price was hard to swallow, I knew it was what I wanted. And I don't regret it at all.
This venue is absolutely absolutely gorgeous, and our pictures are amazing. However, it is a very high rental fee and it Read more...
This venue is absolutely absolutely gorgeous, and our pictures are amazing. However, it is a very high rental fee and it comes with nothing but tables and an outdated green and red carpet (in the Great Room). I had to rent everything else, from linens, to high-tops, to a dance-floor, etc. The staff was very helpful and provided a beautiful room for me and my girls to get ready in. Honestly, the first time I went to Selby, years and years ago, I knew I wanted to get married there. So when the time came around, although the price was hard to swallow, I knew it was what I wanted. And I don't regret it at all. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful location, Fresh scent of flowers in the air and such a tranquil scenery. I couldn't have asked for a better sunny day.
What a beautiful location, Fresh scent of flowers in the air and such a tranquil scenery. I couldn't have asked for a Read more...
What a beautiful location, Fresh scent of flowers in the air and such a tranquil scenery. I couldn't have asked for a better sunny day. Read less
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TheNewMrs.Lee
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Dan was great. He's very laid back and very helpful. A very nice man. Selby gardens is a beautiful place to get married. We got married under the banyans and held the reception in the Great room. The first time I went to look at the gardens I knew that this was the place I was going to get married. When I saw the Great room I wasn't that excited.... Don't get fooled by what you see! It turned out absolutely beautiful. The guests loved it and the sunset was beautiful. I would do it there all over again. Thanks Dan for all you've done to get things set up. It was the best and most memorable night of my life!
Dan was great. He's very laid back and very helpful. A very nice man. Selby gardens is a beautiful place to get married. Read more...
Dan was great. He's very laid back and very helpful. A very nice man. Selby gardens is a beautiful place to get married. We got married under the banyans and held the reception in the Great room. The first time I went to look at the gardens I knew that this was the place I was going to get married. When I saw the Great room I wasn't that excited.... Don't get fooled by what you see! It turned out absolutely beautiful. The guests loved it and the sunset was beautiful. I would do it there all over again. Thanks Dan for all you've done to get things set up. It was the best and most memorable night of my life! Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
7/21/2012
4.6/5.0
Booking my venue with the contacts at Selby Gardens was really great. I brought in my own caterer which involved some paperwork but Selby was really great with that. My wedding was canceled 6 weeks before the scheduled date and when I contacted Selby about getting deposit money refunded back, they actually sent back about 15% more than what was required of them by contract. I really appreciated that gesture and will definitely recommend Selby to other brides and/or use their services again whenever the occasion may arise.
Booking my venue with the contacts at Selby Gardens was really great. I brought in my own caterer which involved some Read more...
Booking my venue with the contacts at Selby Gardens was really great. I brought in my own caterer which involved some paperwork but Selby was really great with that. My wedding was canceled 6 weeks before the scheduled date and when I contacted Selby about getting deposit money refunded back, they actually sent back about 15% more than what was required of them by contract. I really appreciated that gesture and will definitely recommend Selby to other brides and/or use their services again whenever the occasion may arise. Read less
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Alexandra
Wedding:
7/14/2012
4.8/5.0
This is a great venue. They tended to all of our needs. Very professional. Worked with us on our budget. Beautiful grounds. I used to come here as a child when I would visit my grandmother. I would spend a lot of time in the butterfly garden, it was my favorite spot. The mansion we got dressed in was amazing. And the ceremony couldn't have been any more beautiful. We definitely picked the perfect spot. The only thing I would have to complain about would be the bugs!!! They were terrible. I do understand that yes it was an outside ceremony but man! The next day I had bites all over me! Wish I had a warning before.
This is a great venue. They tended to all of our needs. Very professional. Worked with us on our budget. Beautiful Read more...
This is a great venue. They tended to all of our needs. Very professional. Worked with us on our budget. Beautiful grounds. I used to come here as a child when I would visit my grandmother. I would spend a lot of time in the butterfly garden, it was my favorite spot. The mansion we got dressed in was amazing. And the ceremony couldn't have been any more beautiful. We definitely picked the perfect spot. The only thing I would have to complain about would be the bugs!!! They were terrible. I do understand that yes it was an outside ceremony but man! The next day I had bites all over me! Wish I had a warning before. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/28/2012
4.6/5.0
These gardens are beautiful and a terrific place for a wedding! We made a list and looked at about 20 different places in the central florida area (orlando and tampa). This was the first place that we saw and it was love at first site. No other site compared for us!

We decided to have our ceremony in front of the banyan trees and our reception in the great room by the bay. Overall, the manager is great to work with. He is notoriously difficult to get a hold of at first, but closer to the wedding, he was VERY responsive to all calls/emails. He met up with us for our site visit with the caterer and at our rehersal. In the end, I was very pleased, and everything went smoothly.

Ceremony:
I cannot say enough about how beautiful the site was! Our guests were all raving about our venue and our photos look gorgeous. There are some things to consider though, such as bugs, sun, and heat. We provided some bugspray, suntan lotion, and fans (our programs were made into fans) for our guests. The site is pretty flexible about ceremony decorations and will set up your site pretty much anywhere on the grounds. We were able to bring our own chuppah frame and assemble it on the grounds. The chairs that they provide (for free) are really nice white wood chairs with a lattice back. We also had a DJ set up for the ceremony for a wireless mic and ceremony music. It worked out really well and there are electrical outlets close to many ceremony locations.

Reception:
The great room is nice, but nothing special. The view of sunset over the bay is the best part. To make it look fancy you will probably need some extensive rentals. Selby provides large round tables and chairs (chairs are not the prettiest though). Everything else must be brought in by a rental co (high top tables, plates, cups, silverware, linens, plants, decorations, etc). We had about 100 people, which fit nicely in the room.
These gardens are beautiful and a terrific place for a wedding! We made a list and looked at about 20 different places in Read more...
These gardens are beautiful and a terrific place for a wedding! We made a list and looked at about 20 different places in the central florida area (orlando and tampa). This was the first place that we saw and it was love at first site. No other site compared for us!

We decided to have our ceremony in front of the banyan trees and our reception in the great room by the bay. Overall, the manager is great to work with. He is notoriously difficult to get a hold of at first, but closer to the wedding, he was VERY responsive to all calls/emails. He met up with us for our site visit with the caterer and at our rehersal. In the end, I was very pleased, and everything went smoothly.

Ceremony:
I cannot say enough about how beautiful the site was! Our guests were all raving about our venue and our photos look gorgeous. There are some things to consider though, such as bugs, sun, and heat. We provided some bugspray, suntan lotion, and fans (our programs were made into fans) for our guests. The site is pretty flexible about ceremony decorations and will set up your site pretty much anywhere on the grounds. We were able to bring our own chuppah frame and assemble it on the grounds. The chairs that they provide (for free) are really nice white wood chairs with a lattice back. We also had a DJ set up for the ceremony for a wireless mic and ceremony music. It worked out really well and there are electrical outlets close to many ceremony locations.

Reception:
The great room is nice, but nothing special. The view of sunset over the bay is the best part. To make it look fancy you will probably need some extensive rentals. Selby provides large round tables and chairs (chairs are not the prettiest though). Everything else must be brought in by a rental co (high top tables, plates, cups, silverware, linens, plants, decorations, etc). We had about 100 people, which fit nicely in the room. Read less
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kerry
Wedding:
5/20/2012
5.0/5.0
I love Selby! This is one of my favorite places in sarasota!
I love Selby! This is one of my favorite places in sarasota!
I love Selby! This is one of my favorite places in sarasota! Read less
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