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Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Wellesley , MA
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Mass Hort - The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 US (map)

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The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization located in Wellesley, MA. View the uniquness of our historic property and lush grounds, nestled on 33 acres of land,... Read more
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization located in Wellesley, MA. View the uniquness of our historic property and lush grounds, nestled on 33 acres of land, including 8 gardens. Enjoy the beauty of an outdoor ceremony in our Italianate Garden, followed by cocktails in our Children's Garden with your reception in our restored Carriage House. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, everyone that we worked with was so easy to work with and incredible friendly and helpful, Erin especially is great. The space really is a blank canvas, which we absolutely loved. It was a little pricey for the rental, as well as all of the other things that you have to get to go along with it (catering, linens, etc), but it is far from a cookie cutter venue and you can really customize it to have exactly what you want for you wedding. Absolutely beautiful and really unique venue. :)
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, Read more...
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, everyone that we worked with was so easy to work with and incredible friendly and helpful, Erin especially is great. The space really is a blank canvas, which we absolutely loved. It was a little pricey for the rental, as well as all of the other things that you have to get to go along with it (catering, linens, etc), but it is far from a cookie cutter venue and you can really customize it to have exactly what you want for you wedding. Absolutely beautiful and really unique venue. :) Read less
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abby
Wedding:
8/23/2014
4.8/5.0
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I fell in love with it at first sight and we knew we had to get married there! It fit the casual elegant vibe we were hoping for perfectly. If you are up for a bit more work than a more typical venue or country club it can really be amazing. There was a bit of a turnover with wedding coordinators during our engagement but they remained responsive and professional. A list of recommended vendors is provided. You are stuck a little with transportation because there is a bridge to the venue with a weight limit- I would have preferred to use larger buses but we had to do 2 trips with a 28person bus. Your choice of caterer can guide you through most of the other rentals needed as this venue really is a blank slate. The gardens are so amazing. We had our ceremony in the Italiante Garden, which was really romantic. Cocktail hour was also outside in Wheezies Garden and guests could stroll from there to the carriage house on site for our reception. This building is beautiful and includes a permanent tent in the back where we sat a few tables and the bar. We fit 165 people comfortably. It looked even better where we did uplighting! If you are looking for a garden venue there is no place more beautiful around.
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I Read more...
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I fell in love with it at first sight and we knew we had to get married there! It fit the casual elegant vibe we were hoping for perfectly. If you are up for a bit more work than a more typical venue or country club it can really be amazing. There was a bit of a turnover with wedding coordinators during our engagement but they remained responsive and professional. A list of recommended vendors is provided. You are stuck a little with transportation because there is a bridge to the venue with a weight limit- I would have preferred to use larger buses but we had to do 2 trips with a 28person bus. Your choice of caterer can guide you through most of the other rentals needed as this venue really is a blank slate. The gardens are so amazing. We had our ceremony in the Italiante Garden, which was really romantic. Cocktail hour was also outside in Wheezies Garden and guests could stroll from there to the carriage house on site for our reception. This building is beautiful and includes a permanent tent in the back where we sat a few tables and the bar. We fit 165 people comfortably. It looked even better where we did uplighting! If you are looking for a garden venue there is no place more beautiful around. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The service and flexibility were great. We wanted to make the most of the different Gardens and they allowed us the flexibility to do so. The venue was also very catering to all of our vendors and their schedules, which enabled a smooth event. We were so happy with the service delivered. They even had an attendant on site who helped our elderly guests get from the parking lots to the tent with golf carts. I would highly recommend this venue, not only for its incredible beauty but also for its service and flexibility.
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The Read more...
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The service and flexibility were great. We wanted to make the most of the different Gardens and they allowed us the flexibility to do so. The venue was also very catering to all of our vendors and their schedules, which enabled a smooth event. We were so happy with the service delivered. They even had an attendant on site who helped our elderly guests get from the parking lots to the tent with golf carts. I would highly recommend this venue, not only for its incredible beauty but also for its service and flexibility. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the planning phase but even more helpful the day of. Jen, the event coordinator, was so organized and responsive, anytime I had a question she would email back same day. The gardens were amazing for cocktail hour and the carriage house and tent were ideal for the reception dinner and dancing that came after. I honestly recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, it was truly a beautiful event, I wouldn't have picked any other site.
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the Read more...
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the planning phase but even more helpful the day of. Jen, the event coordinator, was so organized and responsive, anytime I had a question she would email back same day. The gardens were amazing for cocktail hour and the carriage house and tent were ideal for the reception dinner and dancing that came after. I honestly recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, it was truly a beautiful event, I wouldn't have picked any other site. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/25/2013
4.6/5.0
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her emails to answer questions, offer suggestions and really help in any way that she could. The gardens are beautiful and the carriage house and tent are equally impressive. The only negative would be for $6,000 to rent the venue - you have the opportunity to pick from a handful of caterers. We found them to be pricey and not exactly what we were looking for. To hire a catering company off of the list, there is an additional charge of $1,000. All in all though, it was a beautiful venue with amazing staff. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. :)
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her Read more...
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her emails to answer questions, offer suggestions and really help in any way that she could. The gardens are beautiful and the carriage house and tent are equally impressive. The only negative would be for $6,000 to rent the venue - you have the opportunity to pick from a handful of caterers. We found them to be pricey and not exactly what we were looking for. To hire a catering company off of the list, there is an additional charge of $1,000. All in all though, it was a beautiful venue with amazing staff. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. :) Read less
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Amuirhead
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue is that you have a lot of freedom.
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue Read more...
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue is that you have a lot of freedom. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not religious people at this point in our lives and so decided we should have our wedding ceremony outdoors. We could not have picked a more perfect New England venue than Elm Bank! Our guests were shuttled from downtown Boston through picturesque Wellesley and into the Reservation - during beautiful fall foliage. The grounds are immaculately maintained and inviting. The functions staff, namely Jen Courtney, are great to work with - Jen is extremely responsible, responsive, and helpful with all things wedding planning. It also helps that Mass Hort keeps a list of trusted caterers and other vendors on hand, and they actually re-evaluate the vendors EACH YEAR to ensure that couples getting married at Elm Bank are getting set up for nothing but the best in terms of service. I loved that as a venue, I simply paid a fee to them and had a reliable and trustworthy point of contact through the process - from there, we basically got to do whatever we wanted! We hired our caterer, brought in our own alcohol, rentals, DJ, florist, you name it - they had a list of prior partners on hand for us, but ultimately we could have chose whomever we wanted. The only down side is that the cost is a bit much for "just" a venue (especially if you are going to be doing the Ceremony in a church, say, and the Reception at Elm Bank). However, the ambiance is so remarkable and memorable for your guests, and as a couple, you will be treated with utmost respect, attention, and professionalism that it made the cost burden a lot more bearable. You and your guests will have great memories of your event at Elm Bank!
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not Read more...
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not religious people at this point in our lives and so decided we should have our wedding ceremony outdoors. We could not have picked a more perfect New England venue than Elm Bank! Our guests were shuttled from downtown Boston through picturesque Wellesley and into the Reservation - during beautiful fall foliage. The grounds are immaculately maintained and inviting. The functions staff, namely Jen Courtney, are great to work with - Jen is extremely responsible, responsive, and helpful with all things wedding planning. It also helps that Mass Hort keeps a list of trusted caterers and other vendors on hand, and they actually re-evaluate the vendors EACH YEAR to ensure that couples getting married at Elm Bank are getting set up for nothing but the best in terms of service. I loved that as a venue, I simply paid a fee to them and had a reliable and trustworthy point of contact through the process - from there, we basically got to do whatever we wanted! We hired our caterer, brought in our own alcohol, rentals, DJ, florist, you name it - they had a list of prior partners on hand for us, but ultimately we could have chose whomever we wanted. The only down side is that the cost is a bit much for "just" a venue (especially if you are going to be doing the Ceremony in a church, say, and the Reception at Elm Bank). However, the ambiance is so remarkable and memorable for your guests, and as a couple, you will be treated with utmost respect, attention, and professionalism that it made the cost burden a lot more bearable. You and your guests will have great memories of your event at Elm Bank! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
4.6/5.0
Jen Courtney, the Functions coordinator at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was a joy to work with. Even when we were not yet "clients" in our early stages of wedding planning, Jen treated us kindly, with professionalism, and promptness. The venue itself is breathtaking - guests will enter off of Route 16 in Wellesley to a long, winding drive lined with Elm trees and finally arrive at the parking lot where they can walk to any number of places where your Ceremony and Reception take place. We had both our Ceremony and Reception there and it was extremely easy for our guests - as well as for me planning it! Booking with Elm Bank is costly - don't get me wrong - but it comes with a dedicated coordinator (Jen), who yearly updates a list of only the best (seriously, they have all brides audit the vendors each year and only the best make the 'cut' to the next year) vendors listed and available for working with you on your wedding. This means that you will have your choice (and a big choice - there are tons of options!) of caterers (the biggest influence on your day) that know Elm Bank, Jen, and have done many events at the venue in the past. this also includdes trusted limo/transporation vendors, florists, design/up-lighting vendors, DJs, and an online group of current and previous "Elm Bank Brides" who can give you insight as to what to do, etc. Our wedding was in October and we had beautiful foliage and didn't do anything in terms of flowers for our Ceremony (in the Italianate Garden). The Hunnewell Carriage house is the most charming place to hold a Reception; our guests "oooh'd" and "ahhhh'd" at the entire venue all night long and we are still receiving compliments for how nice it was and well it highlighted New England (since most of our guests were from California and Minnesota). All in all, Elm Bank is a fantastic wedding venue - especially if you want to have your Ceremony & Reception in the same location. Jen is a fantastic point of contact!
Jen Courtney, the Functions coordinator at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was a joy to work with. Even when we Read more...
Jen Courtney, the Functions coordinator at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was a joy to work with. Even when we were not yet "clients" in our early stages of wedding planning, Jen treated us kindly, with professionalism, and promptness. The venue itself is breathtaking - guests will enter off of Route 16 in Wellesley to a long, winding drive lined with Elm trees and finally arrive at the parking lot where they can walk to any number of places where your Ceremony and Reception take place. We had both our Ceremony and Reception there and it was extremely easy for our guests - as well as for me planning it! Booking with Elm Bank is costly - don't get me wrong - but it comes with a dedicated coordinator (Jen), who yearly updates a list of only the best (seriously, they have all brides audit the vendors each year and only the best make the 'cut' to the next year) vendors listed and available for working with you on your wedding. This means that you will have your choice (and a big choice - there are tons of options!) of caterers (the biggest influence on your day) that know Elm Bank, Jen, and have done many events at the venue in the past. this also includdes trusted limo/transporation vendors, florists, design/up-lighting vendors, DJs, and an online group of current and previous "Elm Bank Brides" who can give you insight as to what to do, etc. Our wedding was in October and we had beautiful foliage and didn't do anything in terms of flowers for our Ceremony (in the Italianate Garden). The Hunnewell Carriage house is the most charming place to hold a Reception; our guests "oooh'd" and "ahhhh'd" at the entire venue all night long and we are still receiving compliments for how nice it was and well it highlighted New England (since most of our guests were from California and Minnesota). All in all, Elm Bank is a fantastic wedding venue - especially if you want to have your Ceremony & Reception in the same location. Jen is a fantastic point of contact! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
I got married at Elm Bank this past Saturday. As we sit in the airport waiting for our honeymoon flight, I'm still marveling at how wonderfully the day went. Before, during, and after the event, Jen was a joy to work with. She was consistently responsive with all questions, large and small. I have been consistently impressed by the value - it's pretty impressive that all of the gardens plus the Hunnewell building were included in the rental! The grounds and property are very well-kept as well - everything looked organic yet immaculate the day of the wedding. I can't imagine having our wedding anywhere else!
I got married at Elm Bank this past Saturday. As we sit in the airport waiting for our honeymoon flight, I'm still Read more...
I got married at Elm Bank this past Saturday. As we sit in the airport waiting for our honeymoon flight, I'm still marveling at how wonderfully the day went. Before, during, and after the event, Jen was a joy to work with. She was consistently responsive with all questions, large and small. I have been consistently impressed by the value - it's pretty impressive that all of the gardens plus the Hunnewell building were included in the rental! The grounds and property are very well-kept as well - everything looked organic yet immaculate the day of the wedding. I can't imagine having our wedding anywhere else! Read less
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Tamara
Wedding:
8/18/2012
4.8/5.0
My husband and I recently had our wedding at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and we cannot say enough great things about this venue. First, the grounds are absolutely beautiful and incredibly well kept. The gardens really have an elegant, yet whimsical feel to them, which we fell in love with. We had our ceremony in the gardens and our reception in the carriage house, which had a/c and really high ceilings, and looked modern and recently updated. There was also a really nice tent attached the carriage house, where we put our bar, and were able to set it up similar to a lounge. They were great about having us bring in vendors to decorate both the carriage house and tent just as we wanted it. The tent was also a great back up plan in case it did rain, but fortunately we were able to have the ceremony outside as we had planned.

Secondly, the Functions Manager, Jen, was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was super responsive, sweet, and very easy to get in touch with. Jen was very knowledgeable about many different vendors in the area. I always felt that she made it a priority to address any questions or requests we had in a timely manner. She went above and beyond to make things easy for us in terms of our planning!

The day of the wedding, there was a staff member there to assist. He was so helpful throughout the day between bringing older guests around from ceremony to reception in golf carts and different things that arose. He was willing to help with whatever we needed!

This was the perfect place for us to have our wedding! Our guests seemed to love it too! Throughout the wedding, our family and friends kept coming up to us and asking us how we found this place, telling us how much they loved it and how beautiful and unique it was. Our experience with this venue was amazing from start to finish! I would most definitley recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society!!
My husband and I recently had our wedding at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and we cannot say enough great things Read more...
My husband and I recently had our wedding at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and we cannot say enough great things about this venue. First, the grounds are absolutely beautiful and incredibly well kept. The gardens really have an elegant, yet whimsical feel to them, which we fell in love with. We had our ceremony in the gardens and our reception in the carriage house, which had a/c and really high ceilings, and looked modern and recently updated. There was also a really nice tent attached the carriage house, where we put our bar, and were able to set it up similar to a lounge. They were great about having us bring in vendors to decorate both the carriage house and tent just as we wanted it. The tent was also a great back up plan in case it did rain, but fortunately we were able to have the ceremony outside as we had planned.

Secondly, the Functions Manager, Jen, was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was super responsive, sweet, and very easy to get in touch with. Jen was very knowledgeable about many different vendors in the area. I always felt that she made it a priority to address any questions or requests we had in a timely manner. She went above and beyond to make things easy for us in terms of our planning!

The day of the wedding, there was a staff member there to assist. He was so helpful throughout the day between bringing older guests around from ceremony to reception in golf carts and different things that arose. He was willing to help with whatever we needed!

This was the perfect place for us to have our wedding! Our guests seemed to love it too! Throughout the wedding, our family and friends kept coming up to us and asking us how we found this place, telling us how much they loved it and how beautiful and unique it was. Our experience with this venue was amazing from start to finish! I would most definitley recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society!! Read less
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