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Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Saint Paul , MN

LOCATION

1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103 US

PHONE

651-487-8200

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Paulette Gibbins
Wedding:
7/1/2011
4.8/5.0
Even though this venue was somewhat expensive, we couldn't have been happier. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful. Our evening wedding came with its own light show (lightening and thunder as well as rain) but along with the indoor spot lights, pond, fountain, etc. it was the most beautiful ceremony ever.
Even though this venue was somewhat expensive, we couldn't have been happier. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful. Our Read more...
Even though this venue was somewhat expensive, we couldn't have been happier. The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful. Our evening wedding came with its own light show (lightening and thunder as well as rain) but along with the indoor spot lights, pond, fountain, etc. it was the most beautiful ceremony ever. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
They were great to work with, our wedding was amazing. The only piece is we were rushed out right after our wedding since our time was up and another wedding was coming in - have to keep on schedule. Other then that they were a pleasure to work with.
They were great to work with, our wedding was amazing. The only piece is we were rushed out right after our wedding since Read more...
They were great to work with, our wedding was amazing. The only piece is we were rushed out right after our wedding since our time was up and another wedding was coming in - have to keep on schedule. Other then that they were a pleasure to work with. Read less
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whoa08
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
This place was awesome! The chicken was a little dry, but the apps, salad, decor, organization, and staff were the best!
This place was awesome! The chicken was a little dry, but the apps, salad, decor, organization, and staff were the best!
This place was awesome! The chicken was a little dry, but the apps, salad, decor, organization, and staff were the best! Read less
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Tamara
Wedding:
8/21/2010
4.4/5.0
We just recently had our ceremony only in the Sunken Gardens. The place was gorgous. They even had my favorite flower on display, I couldn't have planned it better. Granted they didn't know that was my favorite. The venue is very strict with times and not tossing anything in or around the conservatory. I completely understand why. They don't want any damage to the place or grounds (while your party might be careful, the next might not). Also the max amount is 10 chairs in that garden due to space constraints in the aisles. Also completely understandable. I was just thankful they allowed some chairs for my elderly guests. It is difficult to get in touch with them. For other reasons, we hired a planner (mostly a day of planner) so I didn't have to worry too much with being in contact with them. They apparently didn't have any issues working with the conservatory people (rated them higher in responsiveness because of this). Even had the fountains on right up until I was to walk down the aisle. A great touch for guests. Also morning weddings are cooler temp wise. We had hand fans & water for guests just in case. It gets steamy in there so be prepared.
We just recently had our ceremony only in the Sunken Gardens. The place was gorgous. They even had my favorite flower on Read more...
We just recently had our ceremony only in the Sunken Gardens. The place was gorgous. They even had my favorite flower on display, I couldn't have planned it better. Granted they didn't know that was my favorite. The venue is very strict with times and not tossing anything in or around the conservatory. I completely understand why. They don't want any damage to the place or grounds (while your party might be careful, the next might not). Also the max amount is 10 chairs in that garden due to space constraints in the aisles. Also completely understandable. I was just thankful they allowed some chairs for my elderly guests. It is difficult to get in touch with them. For other reasons, we hired a planner (mostly a day of planner) so I didn't have to worry too much with being in contact with them. They apparently didn't have any issues working with the conservatory people (rated them higher in responsiveness because of this). Even had the fountains on right up until I was to walk down the aisle. A great touch for guests. Also morning weddings are cooler temp wise. We had hand fans & water for guests just in case. It gets steamy in there so be prepared. Read less
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Kalena
Wedding:
7/9/2010
4.5/5.0
Amazing pictures and memories for years to come here! This was a fantastic day-just wish you had a little longer for the pictures and ceremony.
Amazing pictures and memories for years to come here! This was a fantastic day-just wish you had a little longer for the Read more...
Amazing pictures and memories for years to come here! This was a fantastic day-just wish you had a little longer for the pictures and ceremony. Read less
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Rstoltz
Wedding:
6/4/2010
4.2/5.0
We had out ceremony in the Sunken Gardens on a friday morning. The area was beautiful! We had no problems booking the site and all questions were answered. I was a little disappointed in the times available for use and the lack of seating for guests, but otherwise had a great experience. I thought it was beautiful.
We had out ceremony in the Sunken Gardens on a friday morning. The area was beautiful! We had no problems booking the site Read more...
We had out ceremony in the Sunken Gardens on a friday morning. The area was beautiful! We had no problems booking the site and all questions were answered. I was a little disappointed in the times available for use and the lack of seating for guests, but otherwise had a great experience. I thought it was beautiful. Read less
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jnewton
Wedding:
9/9/2009
3.8/5.0
That place is so beautiful. Didn't need to add anything
That place is so beautiful. Didn't need to add anything
That place is so beautiful. Didn't need to add anything Read less
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Falafelqueen
Wedding:
12/28/2008
3.5/5.0
We were really excited to get married here, but there were a few issues that arose. For one thing, it was nearly impossible to get hold of any staff over the phone. We did most correspondence via e-mail, but we found that they were flexible. We wanted a cocktail reception, which did not allow enough seating for all of our guests. The peerson who we were working with sent us a seating chart. We didn't like it and sent our own and they changed it. I was impressed.
We ordered several hors d'oeurves and were very disappointed that the beef pasties were stale. I asked around and several people described the taste as rancid. They were awful. We also didn't like that the staff pulled the food while people were still eating. I wouldn't recommend using the buffet set up there.
One other issue came up was the decor in the Sunken Garder where we had the ceremony. We were aware of the holiday poinsetta display, in fact we've visited the holiday display in years past. However, on the morining of the wedding, we went in to take photos and discovered creepy Carousel ponies throughout the room. We were not pleased. Thankfully our photographer was able to work around them.
We had a wonderful time and everyone had a great time, despite the unexpected things that came up.
We were really excited to get married here, but there were a few issues that arose. For one thing, it was nearly Read more...
We were really excited to get married here, but there were a few issues that arose. For one thing, it was nearly impossible to get hold of any staff over the phone. We did most correspondence via e-mail, but we found that they were flexible. We wanted a cocktail reception, which did not allow enough seating for all of our guests. The peerson who we were working with sent us a seating chart. We didn't like it and sent our own and they changed it. I was impressed.
We ordered several hors d'oeurves and were very disappointed that the beef pasties were stale. I asked around and several people described the taste as rancid. They were awful. We also didn't like that the staff pulled the food while people were still eating. I wouldn't recommend using the buffet set up there.
One other issue came up was the decor in the Sunken Garder where we had the ceremony. We were aware of the holiday poinsetta display, in fact we've visited the holiday display in years past. However, on the morining of the wedding, we went in to take photos and discovered creepy Carousel ponies throughout the room. We were not pleased. Thankfully our photographer was able to work around them.
We had a wonderful time and everyone had a great time, despite the unexpected things that came up. Read less
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nward.104
Wedding:
10/4/2008
3.6/5.0
We just had our ceremony (not the reception) at the conservatory. It was a great location, didn't have to worry about decorating at all, and it was just an all around great location.
We just had our ceremony (not the reception) at the conservatory. It was a great location, didn't have to worry about Read more...
We just had our ceremony (not the reception) at the conservatory. It was a great location, didn't have to worry about decorating at all, and it was just an all around great location. Read less
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T
Wedding:
10/2/2008
4.1/5.0
We had only our ceremony at the Sunken Garden and it was beautiful! We live in Grand Forks, ND and planned our wedding via phone & email. Things worked well and the staff I worked with answered all my questions. We had our ceremony on a Thursday evening which provided for a reduced cost. A staff member greeted us when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend for a small, intimate wedding.
We had only our ceremony at the Sunken Garden and it was beautiful! We live in Grand Forks, ND and planned our wedding via Read more...
We had only our ceremony at the Sunken Garden and it was beautiful! We live in Grand Forks, ND and planned our wedding via phone & email. Things worked well and the staff I worked with answered all my questions. We had our ceremony on a Thursday evening which provided for a reduced cost. A staff member greeted us when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend for a small, intimate wedding. Read less
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