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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor , MI

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1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 US
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CHELSEA
Wedding:
11/26/2016
4.7/5.0
We had a small ceremony of about 15 people in the Conservatory. We got extremely lucky because our wedding was last minute and a student so kindly stayed after work for us to be able to get married there! It was absolutely gorgeous all said and done. The only tricky part about this location is figuring out a place for everyone to stand and watch the ceremony.
We had a small ceremony of about 15 people in the Conservatory. We got extremely lucky because our wedding was last minute Read more...
We had a small ceremony of about 15 people in the Conservatory. We got extremely lucky because our wedding was last minute and a student so kindly stayed after work for us to be able to get married there! It was absolutely gorgeous all said and done. The only tricky part about this location is figuring out a place for everyone to stand and watch the ceremony. Read less
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Vesna
Wedding:
7/9/2016
1.6/5.0
While the gardens are absolutely gorgeous, and our photos will reflect this forever, the best word to describe our experience with the wedding coordinator and treatment from the other staff onsite in the process of planning and especially on our big day is "unaccommodating".

The coordinator, Linda, made our experience much more stressful and disappointing than it needed to be. And when we were so poorly treated the day of, I don't think we would've picked this venue if we'd known what to expect beforehand. Very poor service for such a gorgeous venue :( a new, more personal and respectful coordinator would really make a positive difference. Hopefully this is taken into consideration for others planning their upcoming weddings, and the other employees who were rude and intimidating to us and our guests can receive some customer service training.
While the gardens are absolutely gorgeous, and our photos will reflect this forever, the best word to describe our Read more...
While the gardens are absolutely gorgeous, and our photos will reflect this forever, the best word to describe our experience with the wedding coordinator and treatment from the other staff onsite in the process of planning and especially on our big day is "unaccommodating".

The coordinator, Linda, made our experience much more stressful and disappointing than it needed to be. And when we were so poorly treated the day of, I don't think we would've picked this venue if we'd known what to expect beforehand. Very poor service for such a gorgeous venue :( a new, more personal and respectful coordinator would really make a positive difference. Hopefully this is taken into consideration for others planning their upcoming weddings, and the other employees who were rude and intimidating to us and our guests can receive some customer service training. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My partner and I planned our wedding from Australia. We are both from the US and still have family in the Midwest which is why we wanted to get married back home. Linda and the staff at the Conservatory were fundamental in helping us pull this off. We only had our ceremony at the Conservatory, our dinner was at a restaurant. We had a total of 19 people in attendance. Regardless, I cannot imagine doing it all over again without Linda's help.

She was straight forward about the limitations of the botanical gardens / conservatory. We had to abide by the time limits and rules, which makes complete sense. My husband and I both do research on plants, we understand that one cannot ask the humidity controls be turned off for the ceremony. I appreciated that Linda was up front about what was possible. She didn't mind my regular emails to ask new questions as they arose.

More importantly, Linda gave me recommendations of restaurants, beauty salons, hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, etc. She sent out vendor lists that were compiled from previous weddings at the conservatory. For someone who's primary role is not weddings, she certainly blew us away!

My husband and I were so fortunate to have worked with Linda. However the most important thing to note is that the website does not do the conservatory justice! Our wedding was in the middle of December. This could have been a dreary grey Michigan day. However, the sunset was spectacular with just a dusting of snow on the ground. That was all a lucky chance. The inside of the conservatory was spectacular. I highly recommend a sunset wedding at the conservatory. Inside, the light changed so dramatically during our ceremony. It emphasized our place within a broader context of this world and nature. The colors changed as natural light diminished and artificial lighting came on. The subtle mood change was breathtaking. Thanks to Linda and all the conservatory staff for helping create our wedding!
My partner and I planned our wedding from Australia. We are both from the US and still have family in the Midwest which is Read more...
My partner and I planned our wedding from Australia. We are both from the US and still have family in the Midwest which is why we wanted to get married back home. Linda and the staff at the Conservatory were fundamental in helping us pull this off. We only had our ceremony at the Conservatory, our dinner was at a restaurant. We had a total of 19 people in attendance. Regardless, I cannot imagine doing it all over again without Linda's help.

She was straight forward about the limitations of the botanical gardens / conservatory. We had to abide by the time limits and rules, which makes complete sense. My husband and I both do research on plants, we understand that one cannot ask the humidity controls be turned off for the ceremony. I appreciated that Linda was up front about what was possible. She didn't mind my regular emails to ask new questions as they arose.

More importantly, Linda gave me recommendations of restaurants, beauty salons, hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, etc. She sent out vendor lists that were compiled from previous weddings at the conservatory. For someone who's primary role is not weddings, she certainly blew us away!

My husband and I were so fortunate to have worked with Linda. However the most important thing to note is that the website does not do the conservatory justice! Our wedding was in the middle of December. This could have been a dreary grey Michigan day. However, the sunset was spectacular with just a dusting of snow on the ground. That was all a lucky chance. The inside of the conservatory was spectacular. I highly recommend a sunset wedding at the conservatory. Inside, the light changed so dramatically during our ceremony. It emphasized our place within a broader context of this world and nature. The colors changed as natural light diminished and artificial lighting came on. The subtle mood change was breathtaking. Thanks to Linda and all the conservatory staff for helping create our wedding! Read less
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D'Lisa
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
It was beautiful and the staff was amazing!
It was beautiful and the staff was amazing!
It was beautiful and the staff was amazing! Read less
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Private User
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:
2+ years ago
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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