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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota , FL

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Sarasota, FL US 34236

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941-366-5731

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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 However, it is a very high rental fee and it comes with nothing but tables and an outdated green and red carpet (in the Great Room).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!
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Montana
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Selby Gardens was the most beautiful, romantic and picturesque location for our wedding ceremony. We could have been more thrilled with the facilities, staff and backdrop for our special day. Our wedding portraits taken throughout the property are stunning and unique. The banyan trees, bamboo, gazebos, koi pond and the mansion provided so many locations for our photos. Our guests have not stop raving about the setting and it's beauty. I highly recommend Selby Gardens as a location for any special event. We will be back for years and years as it will always be a special place for us. Thank you Dan & Barbara!
Selby Gardens was the most beautiful, romantic and picturesque location for our wedding ceremony. We could have been more Read more...
Selby Gardens was the most beautiful, romantic and picturesque location for our wedding ceremony. We could have been more thrilled with the facilities, staff and backdrop for our special day. Our wedding portraits taken throughout the property are stunning and unique. The banyan trees, bamboo, gazebos, koi pond and the mansion provided so many locations for our photos. Our guests have not stop raving about the setting and it's beauty. I highly recommend Selby Gardens as a location for any special event. We will be back for years and years as it will always be a special place for us. Thank you Dan & Barbara! Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
2/18/2012
4.7/5.0
Beautiful location! Somewhat hard to get a hold of during the planning process but closer to the date of the wedding communication became more consistent and frequent. very happy with the staff.
Beautiful location! Somewhat hard to get a hold of during the planning process but closer to the date of the wedding Read more...
Beautiful location! Somewhat hard to get a hold of during the planning process but closer to the date of the wedding communication became more consistent and frequent. very happy with the staff. Read less
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Suzy
Wedding:
1/14/2012
5.0/5.0
The setting wzs perfect.... under the banyans trees and dancing on the patio. We ended with a greater number of guests; totally ok as we were seated outdoors and used mansion for buffet. Definately recommend
The setting wzs perfect.... under the banyans trees and dancing on the patio. We ended with a greater number of guests; Read more...
The setting wzs perfect.... under the banyans trees and dancing on the patio. We ended with a greater number of guests; totally ok as we were seated outdoors and used mansion for buffet. Definately recommend Read less
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Dan
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Selby Gardens was the most beautiful place we could have selected. It was the perfect place for our enchanted garden themed wedding. The ceremony was elegant and it was very pleasant hearing the leaves on the tree in the mild wind and we loved the beautiful backdrop that Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offered. Dan Johnson was amazing and was an absolute joy to work with. We thank them so much for all that they did for us.
Selby Gardens was the most beautiful place we could have selected. It was the perfect place for our enchanted garden Read more...
Selby Gardens was the most beautiful place we could have selected. It was the perfect place for our enchanted garden themed wedding. The ceremony was elegant and it was very pleasant hearing the leaves on the tree in the mild wind and we loved the beautiful backdrop that Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offered. Dan Johnson was amazing and was an absolute joy to work with. We thank them so much for all that they did for us. Read less
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NBoerner
Wedding:
4/9/2011
4.5/5.0
Selby Gardens is a stunning venue for a wedding! As soon as we took a look at the gardens we KNEW it would be a great spot for us. We wanted to get married in Florida but not have the typical "beach" wedding. Our guests said it was a beautiful ceremony! And any time we told locals where we were getting married the response was always the same... "Oh how beautiful! Selby is perfect for a wedding!"

We got married under the fig tree (great pictures!), had cocktails at the mansion, and our reception in the great room by the bay. The room we had our reception in is definitely a little outdated but we did our best to mask the "ugly" factor with some draping at the back, and up-lighting. Honestly...i don't think any of our guests noticed the "ugly" parts of the room. And the patio is a perfect area for the bar and some lounge chairs.

One of the MAIN reasons we really loved Selby is because we were able to bring in outside vendors for everything. Catering, DJ, etc were all our choice and we weren't locked into a specific company. AND we worked it out with our caterer so we could bring in our own alcohol - big $$ saving tip.

It does take the event manager, Dan, a little while to get back to any questions you have. But he's all by himself so wait a few days and he'll get back to you. Also - my coordinator was able to answer most of my questions regarding Selby Gardens - i think the local vendors are used to working at Selby and will have most of the answers to your questions, anyway! The days coming up to the wedding Dan was very accommodating and helped us out a lot. He even chauffeured us around the gardens the day of our portraits so we didn't melt in the sun and humidity :)

Selby is great, you won't regret having your wedding here!
Selby Gardens is a stunning venue for a wedding! As soon as we took a look at the gardens we KNEW it would be a great spot Read more...
Selby Gardens is a stunning venue for a wedding! As soon as we took a look at the gardens we KNEW it would be a great spot for us. We wanted to get married in Florida but not have the typical "beach" wedding. Our guests said it was a beautiful ceremony! And any time we told locals where we were getting married the response was always the same... "Oh how beautiful! Selby is perfect for a wedding!"

We got married under the fig tree (great pictures!), had cocktails at the mansion, and our reception in the great room by the bay. The room we had our reception in is definitely a little outdated but we did our best to mask the "ugly" factor with some draping at the back, and up-lighting. Honestly...i don't think any of our guests noticed the "ugly" parts of the room. And the patio is a perfect area for the bar and some lounge chairs.

One of the MAIN reasons we really loved Selby is because we were able to bring in outside vendors for everything. Catering, DJ, etc were all our choice and we weren't locked into a specific company. AND we worked it out with our caterer so we could bring in our own alcohol - big $$ saving tip.

It does take the event manager, Dan, a little while to get back to any questions you have. But he's all by himself so wait a few days and he'll get back to you. Also - my coordinator was able to answer most of my questions regarding Selby Gardens - i think the local vendors are used to working at Selby and will have most of the answers to your questions, anyway! The days coming up to the wedding Dan was very accommodating and helped us out a lot. He even chauffeured us around the gardens the day of our portraits so we didn't melt in the sun and humidity :)

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Kristen
Wedding:
3/26/2011
4.8/5.0
Selby Gardens is the perfect location for a wedding! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the reception hall is directly across from Sarasota Bay which provides your guests with a phenomenal view through dinner. The front wall of the room is entirely windows, and one of my favorite moments of the evening was when everyone was sitting down eating dinner and we all were able to watch the sun set over the water. Dan Johnson, the event coordinator is extremely flexible. Just talk with him about your ideas and he'll try to find a way to make him work. The only downfall for us was that he can sometimes be tough to get ahold of.
Selby Gardens is the perfect location for a wedding! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the reception hall is Read more...
Selby Gardens is the perfect location for a wedding! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the reception hall is directly across from Sarasota Bay which provides your guests with a phenomenal view through dinner. The front wall of the room is entirely windows, and one of my favorite moments of the evening was when everyone was sitting down eating dinner and we all were able to watch the sun set over the water. Dan Johnson, the event coordinator is extremely flexible. Just talk with him about your ideas and he'll try to find a way to make him work. The only downfall for us was that he can sometimes be tough to get ahold of. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
3/25/2011
4.4/5.0
Selby was absolutely beautiful. I could not imagine getting married somewhere else...and I didn't! The grounds are beautiful and worth the money.

The second best part about the venue is you can pick your own vendors so long as they are independently insured and you provide this to the staff. However, so many people get married here they have worked with pretty much everyone. You are not stuck with a list of 3 caterers. So the flexibility is fabulous!

The only reason I gave them a lesser mark for responsiveness was due to time in responding to questions. However, at the time the event manager did not have any assistants...now he does. He is very friendly and willing to help in any way. I think he was just REALLY busy without any help at the time.

Also, value for the cost is less due to the indoor venue space. We made it look fantastic but it is a little outdated. It looks more appropriate for meetings. We did tall centerpieces, one panel of drapery to cover the brick wall and filled the room with plants and it was perfect. We just had to get creative.

When it comes down to it you cannot beat Selby for a venue. It being right on the Sarasota Bay Front and so many locations that you can have your ceremony you can't get any better (but maybe I am biased;-)
Selby was absolutely beautiful. I could not imagine getting married somewhere else...and I didn't! The grounds are Read more...
Selby was absolutely beautiful. I could not imagine getting married somewhere else...and I didn't! The grounds are beautiful and worth the money.

The second best part about the venue is you can pick your own vendors so long as they are independently insured and you provide this to the staff. However, so many people get married here they have worked with pretty much everyone. You are not stuck with a list of 3 caterers. So the flexibility is fabulous!

The only reason I gave them a lesser mark for responsiveness was due to time in responding to questions. However, at the time the event manager did not have any assistants...now he does. He is very friendly and willing to help in any way. I think he was just REALLY busy without any help at the time.

Also, value for the cost is less due to the indoor venue space. We made it look fantastic but it is a little outdated. It looks more appropriate for meetings. We did tall centerpieces, one panel of drapery to cover the brick wall and filled the room with plants and it was perfect. We just had to get creative.

When it comes down to it you cannot beat Selby for a venue. It being right on the Sarasota Bay Front and so many locations that you can have your ceremony you can't get any better (but maybe I am biased;-) Read less
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Clane911
Wedding:
3/12/2011
4.4/5.0
If you want to get married and feel like you are in the garden of Eden, get married here! My husband proposed under the large banyan an trees on the grounds. Our pictures were perfect bc the surroundings are amazing. Just one visit to this place and you will fall in love. It made my wedding so perfect. I got ready in the mansion which also made for excellent pictures. The hall does need some work, so get ready to pay to make it look better. Rent chairs for sure. The contact does take a few days to return messages but he is all by himself, so be patient. It is worth the $$ bc all the $$ goes to the gardens! Right on the water, but no sand, it's great! Happiest day of my life and we will return soon for a visit to buy yearly passes.
If you want to get married and feel like you are in the garden of Eden, get married here! My husband proposed under the Read more...
If you want to get married and feel like you are in the garden of Eden, get married here! My husband proposed under the large banyan an trees on the grounds. Our pictures were perfect bc the surroundings are amazing. Just one visit to this place and you will fall in love. It made my wedding so perfect. I got ready in the mansion which also made for excellent pictures. The hall does need some work, so get ready to pay to make it look better. Rent chairs for sure. The contact does take a few days to return messages but he is all by himself, so be patient. It is worth the $$ bc all the $$ goes to the gardens! Right on the water, but no sand, it's great! Happiest day of my life and we will return soon for a visit to buy yearly passes. Read less
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Florida Bride
Wedding:
11/12/2010
3.8/5.0
I knew that I wanted my wedding at Selby Gardens. The location is beautiful!! Dan is great to work with. He was very flexible and accessable the day of. It was a little difficult to track him down by phone sometimes, but he was available the few weeks leading up to the wedding and he and his team were fantastic the day of!
I knew that I wanted my wedding at Selby Gardens. The location is beautiful!! Dan is great to work with. He was very Read more...
I knew that I wanted my wedding at Selby Gardens. The location is beautiful!! Dan is great to work with. He was very flexible and accessable the day of. It was a little difficult to track him down by phone sometimes, but he was available the few weeks leading up to the wedding and he and his team were fantastic the day of! Read less
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tarah
Wedding:
10/15/2010
5.0/5.0
I knew as soon as I saw the gardens that it was where I wanted our wedding... So many thanks to Dan and the gardens staff for helping us have a perfect & beautiful wedding!
The gardens was the 1st of the vendors we chose, so we had a lot of questions for Dan...but I'm glad we asked b/c he was so helpful and made me feel relaxed! Dan was great about working with us for all of those months of planning & in working with all of our vendors to make our day perfect!
I knew as soon as I saw the gardens that it was where I wanted our wedding... So many thanks to Dan and the gardens staff Read more...
I knew as soon as I saw the gardens that it was where I wanted our wedding... So many thanks to Dan and the gardens staff for helping us have a perfect & beautiful wedding!
The gardens was the 1st of the vendors we chose, so we had a lot of questions for Dan...but I'm glad we asked b/c he was so helpful and made me feel relaxed! Dan was great about working with us for all of those months of planning & in working with all of our vendors to make our day perfect! Read less
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Cassidy3
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
This venue is absolutely breathtaking. We held our ceremony at the Pavilion and our reception at the Mansion. Also, because no one else booked an event at the Great Room for our date, we were able to use that facility for our rain plan (which we thankfully didn't need!). Dan, Selby's event coordinator, was very laid back and calming where other vendors overwhelmed me with details. All of our guests gushed over the setting, and and sunset over the Sarasota bay was incredible. Selby was a dream venue for a reasonable price -- I highly recommend!
This venue is absolutely breathtaking. We held our ceremony at the Pavilion and our reception at the Mansion. Also, Read more...
This venue is absolutely breathtaking. We held our ceremony at the Pavilion and our reception at the Mansion. Also, because no one else booked an event at the Great Room for our date, we were able to use that facility for our rain plan (which we thankfully didn't need!). Dan, Selby's event coordinator, was very laid back and calming where other vendors overwhelmed me with details. All of our guests gushed over the setting, and and sunset over the Sarasota bay was incredible. Selby was a dream venue for a reasonable price -- I highly recommend! Read less
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GREGORY
Wedding:
4/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Selby, not to mention beautiful, took such good care of us. What ever we needed, they did there best to make it happen. Dan was unbelievable with communication during the whole process and deserves an award. We recommend Selby Gardens to anyone!
Selby, not to mention beautiful, took such good care of us. What ever we needed, they did there best to make it happen. Read more...
Selby, not to mention beautiful, took such good care of us. What ever we needed, they did there best to make it happen. Dan was unbelievable with communication during the whole process and deserves an award. We recommend Selby Gardens to anyone! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
4/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Selby Gardens is a really beautiful bay view location for our wedding. Our ceremony was at the pavillion and then we all moved indoors to the Activity Center. First time that you see the center; OMG... but our event planners did a fab job makeing it absolutely stunning.
Selby Gardens is a really beautiful bay view location for our wedding. Our ceremony was at the pavillion and then we all Read more...
Selby Gardens is a really beautiful bay view location for our wedding. Our ceremony was at the pavillion and then we all moved indoors to the Activity Center. First time that you see the center; OMG... but our event planners did a fab job makeing it absolutely stunning. Read less
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prpl_kitten
Wedding:
3/6/2010
4.8/5.0
Selby Gardens is a beautiful venue, and a no-brainer if you're looking for a great place to have your outdoor wedding. We had our ceremony in front of the gazebo (a little cheaper than the pavilion, and still beautiful) and our reception under the canopy of banyans. Dan is currently the only one dealing with events, so it may take a while to get back to you. However, he was extremely flexible and accommodating to our needs/requests. Just about everywhere you go in the gardens, there are great settings for photos. If you plan to have your wedding in the evening and outdoors, make sure to budget for lighting! Since Selby is not usually open at night, they have very little lighting around the grounds.
Selby Gardens is a beautiful venue, and a no-brainer if you're looking for a great place to have your outdoor wedding. We Read more...
Selby Gardens is a beautiful venue, and a no-brainer if you're looking for a great place to have your outdoor wedding. We had our ceremony in front of the gazebo (a little cheaper than the pavilion, and still beautiful) and our reception under the canopy of banyans. Dan is currently the only one dealing with events, so it may take a while to get back to you. However, he was extremely flexible and accommodating to our needs/requests. Just about everywhere you go in the gardens, there are great settings for photos. If you plan to have your wedding in the evening and outdoors, make sure to budget for lighting! Since Selby is not usually open at night, they have very little lighting around the grounds. Read less
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moonstone523
Wedding:
2/6/2010
4.0/5.0
The wedding was amazing, and the venue is simple spectacular. Selby Gardens is breathtaking and our wedding guests couldn't stop commenting on what an amazing venue our wedding was at. The facility director knows his venue inside and out, but he just isn't the best man to be in charge of weddings. He took over weddings when the previous wedding coordinator was out on sick leave and never returned. It is obvious weddings are an addition to his already busy work schedule. He doesn't return calls or emails as soon as I would like, but he does eventually get to them - just very slowly! There were also a few mishaps along the way. The first one was he told me a date was open for our wedding and held that date for us, only to call a few days later and say that he made a mistake and it was booked. The second, which isn't his fault, was that there was a second wedding in a mansion booked for the same night. When we signed the contract this was a possibility, but he said it never happens that two parties want to share the venue. Well, it happened to us, which meant that we had to get ready in the great room in a storage closet turned dressing room instead of in the beautiful mansion. It all worked out in the end though, as it always does, and we had the wedding of a lifetime.
The wedding was amazing, and the venue is simple spectacular. Selby Gardens is breathtaking and our wedding guests Read more...
The wedding was amazing, and the venue is simple spectacular. Selby Gardens is breathtaking and our wedding guests couldn't stop commenting on what an amazing venue our wedding was at. The facility director knows his venue inside and out, but he just isn't the best man to be in charge of weddings. He took over weddings when the previous wedding coordinator was out on sick leave and never returned. It is obvious weddings are an addition to his already busy work schedule. He doesn't return calls or emails as soon as I would like, but he does eventually get to them - just very slowly! There were also a few mishaps along the way. The first one was he told me a date was open for our wedding and held that date for us, only to call a few days later and say that he made a mistake and it was booked. The second, which isn't his fault, was that there was a second wedding in a mansion booked for the same night. When we signed the contract this was a possibility, but he said it never happens that two parties want to share the venue. Well, it happened to us, which meant that we had to get ready in the great room in a storage closet turned dressing room instead of in the beautiful mansion. It all worked out in the end though, as it always does, and we had the wedding of a lifetime. Read less
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smharper2
Wedding:
1/3/2010
5.0/5.0
The staff was wonderful to work with.
The staff was wonderful to work with.
The staff was wonderful to work with. Read less
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Krentzgirl89
Wedding:
9/13/2009
5.0/5.0
The ceremony was wonderful it was just beautiful. It rained earlier that day and they had the inside set up in case it continued to rain. It wasnt raining when we got there but they asked me if I wanted to do it inside or outside. The choice was up to me. They warned me the grass was a little wet. In the early stages of the planning we had to change the date three times and each time they were very patient and flexible with the date I wanted and making sure it was just right. They called me and kept on top of things. They really made my day special.
The ceremony was wonderful it was just beautiful. It rained earlier that day and they had the inside set up in case it Read more...
The ceremony was wonderful it was just beautiful. It rained earlier that day and they had the inside set up in case it continued to rain. It wasnt raining when we got there but they asked me if I wanted to do it inside or outside. The choice was up to me. They warned me the grass was a little wet. In the early stages of the planning we had to change the date three times and each time they were very patient and flexible with the date I wanted and making sure it was just right. They called me and kept on top of things. They really made my day special. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
4/11/2009
4.4/5.0
Selby Gardens is a beautiful and unique venue but you may have to be flexible with your date if you are not booking more than 1 year in advance because dates fill up quickly. We were lucky to book early and have our wedding on a Saturday in April. Correspondance by email was sometimes slow, but Leigh always did get back to us. The wedding events planner was sick the week of our wedding but they appropriately contacted us and had another responsible and reliable worker help us with the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. Overall, we are very pleased with our experience of using Selby Gardens for our wedding reception and ceremony.
Selby Gardens is a beautiful and unique venue but you may have to be flexible with your date if you are not booking more Read more...
Selby Gardens is a beautiful and unique venue but you may have to be flexible with your date if you are not booking more than 1 year in advance because dates fill up quickly. We were lucky to book early and have our wedding on a Saturday in April. Correspondance by email was sometimes slow, but Leigh always did get back to us. The wedding events planner was sick the week of our wedding but they appropriately contacted us and had another responsible and reliable worker help us with the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. Overall, we are very pleased with our experience of using Selby Gardens for our wedding reception and ceremony. Read less
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Wendy
Wedding:
2/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Selby Gardens is an ideal, romantic and beautiful setting, with various spots for a gorgeous ceremony. There are so many areas ideal for photographs. It was a stunning day in a stunning location!
Selby Gardens is an ideal, romantic and beautiful setting, with various spots for a gorgeous ceremony. There are so many Read more...
Selby Gardens is an ideal, romantic and beautiful setting, with various spots for a gorgeous ceremony. There are so many areas ideal for photographs. It was a stunning day in a stunning location! Read less
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Sangriazilla08
Wedding:
11/15/2008
4.0/5.0
I would recommend Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I was in love with it the moment that Leigh gave us our tour and she was very flexible when it came time to meet. Justin was in charge of set up that day and he was absolutely amazing as well. He was always right there on his golf cart and answered all of our questions. He knew that I was having a stressful day and just talking with him made it all go away.
I would recommend Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I was in love with it the moment that Leigh gave us our tour and she was Read more...
I would recommend Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I was in love with it the moment that Leigh gave us our tour and she was very flexible when it came time to meet. Justin was in charge of set up that day and he was absolutely amazing as well. He was always right there on his golf cart and answered all of our questions. He knew that I was having a stressful day and just talking with him made it all go away. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Selby Gardens is a beautiful location for a wedding. Leigh was very easy to work with in making plans. She was flexible in meeting times when planning. We were able to get in with our various other vendors (photographer, florist, sound system, etc) to be prepared for the day of the wedding. Even though it was overcast, Darrell and I had the most beautiful wedding at Selby. We know God truly blessed us for this special day.

I would highly recommend Selby Gardens as a wedding venue.
Selby Gardens is a beautiful location for a wedding. Leigh was very easy to work with in making plans. She was flexible in Read more...
Selby Gardens is a beautiful location for a wedding. Leigh was very easy to work with in making plans. She was flexible in meeting times when planning. We were able to get in with our various other vendors (photographer, florist, sound system, etc) to be prepared for the day of the wedding. Even though it was overcast, Darrell and I had the most beautiful wedding at Selby. We know God truly blessed us for this special day.

I would highly recommend Selby Gardens as a wedding venue. Read less
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