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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor , MI

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Ann Arbor, MI US

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Wedding:
9/20/2014
2.2/5.0
It is a pretty venue and the day of event staff are friendly and helpful. However, the main contact, Linda is not terribly friendly or easy to work with. Every time we talked, it felt like she was doing this for the first time and that it was really more of a hassle to her than anything else. She had an air about her that she had a lot of authority to make decisions and willy-nilly would say yes or no to our requests. I would recommend the venue because of it's beauty and price, but just be prepared for a little bit of an unpleasant planning experience.
It is a pretty venue and the day of event staff are friendly and helpful. However, the main contact, Linda is not terribly Read more...
It is a pretty venue and the day of event staff are friendly and helpful. However, the main contact, Linda is not terribly friendly or easy to work with. Every time we talked, it felt like she was doing this for the first time and that it was really more of a hassle to her than anything else. She had an air about her that she had a lot of authority to make decisions and willy-nilly would say yes or no to our requests. I would recommend the venue because of it's beauty and price, but just be prepared for a little bit of an unpleasant planning experience. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The botanical gardens were beautiful for our early fall wedding. The flowers and the grounds were very well maintained. We had the ceremony in the Perenial Garden and the reception at another venue. Linda was very helpful in organizing the timeline of events for the ceremony. We used the white metal arch and it was a pretty backdrop for the alter area. The bridal room was very useful in final preparations before the ceremony.
The botanical gardens were beautiful for our early fall wedding. The flowers and the grounds were very well maintained. We Read more...
The botanical gardens were beautiful for our early fall wedding. The flowers and the grounds were very well maintained. We had the ceremony in the Perenial Garden and the reception at another venue. Linda was very helpful in organizing the timeline of events for the ceremony. We used the white metal arch and it was a pretty backdrop for the alter area. The bridal room was very useful in final preparations before the ceremony. Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
6/22/2013
4.7/5.0
We had planning to have our wedding on Willow Pond Island but a looming thunderstorm moved it into the conservatory, which was absolutely beautiful. I'm actually glad we ended up inside as our pictures are amazing and there was still room for all of our guests to sit. There are pretty strict rules about timing, but we paid for the extra 1/2 hour to get dressed, did a first look before the ceremony, and found we had plenty of time to get all of our pictures taken. Additionally, we hired a student to set up and take down our chairs, which was well worth it as we didn't have to worry about having additional people come early to help with that. The only negatives were it was somewhat difficult to get someone on the phone during the planning stages (a few months before the wedding). Once the wedding day was closer everything was fine and our day of coordinator was great.
We had planning to have our wedding on Willow Pond Island but a looming thunderstorm moved it into the conservatory, which Read more...
We had planning to have our wedding on Willow Pond Island but a looming thunderstorm moved it into the conservatory, which was absolutely beautiful. I'm actually glad we ended up inside as our pictures are amazing and there was still room for all of our guests to sit. There are pretty strict rules about timing, but we paid for the extra 1/2 hour to get dressed, did a first look before the ceremony, and found we had plenty of time to get all of our pictures taken. Additionally, we hired a student to set up and take down our chairs, which was well worth it as we didn't have to worry about having additional people come early to help with that. The only negatives were it was somewhat difficult to get someone on the phone during the planning stages (a few months before the wedding). Once the wedding day was closer everything was fine and our day of coordinator was great. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We had our summer wedding in the Perennial Garden and we could not have asked for a better place to wed. Linda was an amazing coordinator and so patient with my many questions in the weeks leading up to the wedding. The only "con" to having a wedding at the gardens is the tight timeline of 2 hours to setup, marry and get pics, and that you are responsible for setting up your own chairs. We had family volunteer to help, so no big deal!
We had our summer wedding in the Perennial Garden and we could not have asked for a better place to wed. Linda was an Read more...
We had our summer wedding in the Perennial Garden and we could not have asked for a better place to wed. Linda was an amazing coordinator and so patient with my many questions in the weeks leading up to the wedding. The only "con" to having a wedding at the gardens is the tight timeline of 2 hours to setup, marry and get pics, and that you are responsible for setting up your own chairs. We had family volunteer to help, so no big deal! Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a winter wedding inside the conservatory and it was absolutely beautiful with the flood lighting. Many guests commented about the beautiful location. Just be careful not to have too many guests. About 60 guests can sit comfortably. We ended up having guests all around us on the sides and above as well to see the ceremony.
We had a winter wedding inside the conservatory and it was absolutely beautiful with the flood lighting. Many guests Read more...
We had a winter wedding inside the conservatory and it was absolutely beautiful with the flood lighting. Many guests commented about the beautiful location. Just be careful not to have too many guests. About 60 guests can sit comfortably. We ended up having guests all around us on the sides and above as well to see the ceremony. Read less
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Lin
Wedding:
12/15/2012
5.0/5.0
I had a lovely wedding ceremony at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, not only because of the beautiful venue with lots of plantation but also the informative and professional service provided by staff there.
My wedding is in winter but I wanted a lot of greens, their indoor Conservatory was perfect with plenty of tropical trees and plants.
The coordinator not only provided all the information and help we need for our ceremony but also recommendations for photographer, music, flower, officiant and many more. It saved us a lot of time researching for these services. In the end, our officiant, photographer, cake and flower are all from the selected lists provided by Linda.
At the ceremony, the staff at spot did everything she could to help. I can't ask for more and I'm so happy to have had my ceremony here.
I had a lovely wedding ceremony at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, not only because of the beautiful venue with lots of Read more...
I had a lovely wedding ceremony at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, not only because of the beautiful venue with lots of plantation but also the informative and professional service provided by staff there.
My wedding is in winter but I wanted a lot of greens, their indoor Conservatory was perfect with plenty of tropical trees and plants.
The coordinator not only provided all the information and help we need for our ceremony but also recommendations for photographer, music, flower, officiant and many more. It saved us a lot of time researching for these services. In the end, our officiant, photographer, cake and flower are all from the selected lists provided by Linda.
At the ceremony, the staff at spot did everything she could to help. I can't ask for more and I'm so happy to have had my ceremony here. Read less
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Crystal
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
I'm sure a lot of what I'm about to say has already been said.

Linda's a doll. She was great to work with. Communication was on point, offered helpful advice without being pushy, and did everything I could have asked for.

It is a bit pricy when comparing to other venues- it was $1100 for my ceremony in September. I scheduled my wedding for 5pm so that I could have the greenhouse as backup in case of inclement weather. The weather was perfect, so I was married in the Gateway Garden.

The timing thing is a bit tricky- a lot of rushing to try to do everything in time constraint.

However, not having to pay for ceremony decorations was nice :)
I'm sure a lot of what I'm about to say has already been said.

Linda's a doll. She was great to work with. Read more...
I'm sure a lot of what I'm about to say has already been said.

Linda's a doll. She was great to work with. Communication was on point, offered helpful advice without being pushy, and did everything I could have asked for.

It is a bit pricy when comparing to other venues- it was $1100 for my ceremony in September. I scheduled my wedding for 5pm so that I could have the greenhouse as backup in case of inclement weather. The weather was perfect, so I was married in the Gateway Garden.

The timing thing is a bit tricky- a lot of rushing to try to do everything in time constraint.

However, not having to pay for ceremony decorations was nice :) Read less
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CMB
Wedding:
8/6/2011
4.0/5.0
Overall a very nice place for my daughters wedding. The flowers in the Gateway garden were a little bare compared to last year at the same time. It may have been because of the extremely hot summer we have had. But the flowers that were there were beautiful and so were the pictures! The hostess was very good, she made sure the ceremony ran smoothly.
Overall a very nice place for my daughters wedding. The flowers in the Gateway garden were a little bare compared to last Read more...
Overall a very nice place for my daughters wedding. The flowers in the Gateway garden were a little bare compared to last year at the same time. It may have been because of the extremely hot summer we have had. But the flowers that were there were beautiful and so were the pictures! The hostess was very good, she made sure the ceremony ran smoothly. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
7/31/2011
3.0/5.0
Even in the rain our Ceremony pictures are gorgeous! Just wish we had the option to have our ceremony in the greenhouse area since it was raining, only because our hair turned a little flat from the weather. They weren’t to flexible with anything, which was another downer. However everything else turned out great.
Even in the rain our Ceremony pictures are gorgeous! Just wish we had the option to have our ceremony in the greenhouse Read more...
Even in the rain our Ceremony pictures are gorgeous! Just wish we had the option to have our ceremony in the greenhouse area since it was raining, only because our hair turned a little flat from the weather. They weren’t to flexible with anything, which was another downer. However everything else turned out great. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
7/2/2011
1.6/5.0
VERY disappointed with the site. They ripped all of the flowers out of the center of the Gateway Gardens so it was just a barren area. I had seen it about a month before the wedding and they were just planting flowers. I asked if it would be in bloom by my wedding day and they assured me they would, however, there weren't any sprouts.

Furthermore, our hostess was completely clueless. During the rehearsal, she forgot to place the best man, maid of honor, and the fathers. She had no idea what was going on. On the day of the wedding she wasn't much more help. The biggest thing she was concerned about was kicking us out of the bridal holding room in time despite the fact that I was trying to recover from a near heat stroke. I'm sure we still got some great pictures but very poor service.

Booking the rehearsal was a hassle as well. Linda had to check what time the wedding at 5:30 (Ours was 2:30) wanted to do a rehearsal before she would book mine despite the fact that I obviously had called her to book it before them. It was like their wedding was more important than ours.
VERY disappointed with the site. They ripped all of the flowers out of the center of the Gateway Gardens so it was just a Read more...
VERY disappointed with the site. They ripped all of the flowers out of the center of the Gateway Gardens so it was just a barren area. I had seen it about a month before the wedding and they were just planting flowers. I asked if it would be in bloom by my wedding day and they assured me they would, however, there weren't any sprouts.

Furthermore, our hostess was completely clueless. During the rehearsal, she forgot to place the best man, maid of honor, and the fathers. She had no idea what was going on. On the day of the wedding she wasn't much more help. The biggest thing she was concerned about was kicking us out of the bridal holding room in time despite the fact that I was trying to recover from a near heat stroke. I'm sure we still got some great pictures but very poor service.

Booking the rehearsal was a hassle as well. Linda had to check what time the wedding at 5:30 (Ours was 2:30) wanted to do a rehearsal before she would book mine despite the fact that I obviously had called her to book it before them. It was like their wedding was more important than ours. Read less
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