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Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Saint Paul , MN

LOCATION

1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN US 55103 (map)

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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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jnewton
Wedding:
9/9/2009
3.8/5.0
That place is so beautiful. Didn't need to add anything
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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.
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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.
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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.
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ComoBride
Wedding:
9/28/2008
3.6/5.0
While we loved the conservatory and the way it looked I was less than pleased with the communication from the events booking. Numerous phone calls were not returned after we booked. Before they had our money they were more than accomadating. What bothered me before hand is that I wanted to talk with a coordinator on site and they never returned my calls after I booked. It would have been nice to have questions answered on site.
Also while we were getting married numerous cars of our guests were vandalized. I was devastated when the conservatory response was "it happens all the time" to my guests. They did not even offer to help with cleaning up the broken glass. Had I known that cars are vandalized all the time I would have provided a shuttle.
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eurydice7
Wedding:
6/7/2008
3.6/5.0
The venue is beautiful for a wedding, though you have to keep it small. We were in the Sunken Garden, which only allowed for 10 chairs for guests.

The staff wasn't very responsive to emails & it was hard to get anyone on the phone. but, as long as you don't have a lot of questions, everything should be good.

Definitely a great place for photos.

**PLease note - this was just my ceremony site - not my reception site.
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jval
Wedding:
11/30/2007
4.1/5.0
The gardens were GORGEOUS!! I am so glad we had our ceremony here.
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Michon
Wedding:
9/2/2007
3.5/5.0
The Sunken Garden in the Conservatory was a beautiful and ideal spot for a wedding ceremony at any time of the year. It was also very convenient to be able to have the reception directly following the ceremony on-site. The only slight criticism I have is the inflexibility with their rules regarding time and space constraints as this is a public zoo and conservatory open 7 days a week, so you are limited to when you can be there and what you can do there. The beauty more than made up for that though.
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Keri
Wedding:
5/5/2007
2.6/5.0
Beautiful Gardens, friendly staff, reasonable prices. Very tight schedule. No getting there early and no leaving late, they're very strict. Have to come prepared. There are no rooms to get dressed in.
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alexvold
Wedding:
3/5/2006
3.1/5.0
The staff was great, and the venue was beautiful for the ceremony, but times are limited (we had less than an hour for our rehearsal, and an hour and a half for pictures, the wedding, and cleanup), it was VERY expensive for the limited amount of time ($700 for a Sunday evening... Saturday was much more expensive, and rehearsal time was extra), and there were no flower petals allowed (it had to appear as it did when we got there when we left). It was gorgeous... but a bit of a pain for what we paid.
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najda
Wedding:
10/23/2005
3.7/5.0
beautiful venue. only problem...they double booked my wedding date!!! i had to change everything on short notice because they couldn't get a hold of me. the wedding person was temping for the regular one on maternity leave and wasn't dialing "1" before our long distance number so she couldn't get a hold of us! they threw in free candelabras for free.
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