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Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk , VA
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LOCATION

6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518 US (map)

PHONE

757-441-5830

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Located adjacent to Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk Botanical Garden is an oasis of 30 themed gardens encompassing 155 breathtaking acres. In additional to a variety of idyllic outdoor... Read more
Located adjacent to Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk Botanical Garden is an oasis of 30 themed gardens encompassing 155 breathtaking acres. In additional to a variety of idyllic outdoor settings, the garden offers three indoor banquet spaces that come equipped with catering kitchens and service areas. Our dedicated staff stands ready to assist you with selecting the best site to suit your needs for a spectacle event. Please visit our website at: www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org. You can contact us by phone at 441-5830 ext. 320 or by email at specialevents@nbgs.org. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1938
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
10
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1000
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1938
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
10
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1000
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
4.8/5.0
Very helpful and responsive. We were also able to add two extra hours to our rental time at a very reasonable price.
Very helpful and responsive. We were also able to add two extra hours to our rental time at a very reasonable price.
Very helpful and responsive. We were also able to add two extra hours to our rental time at a very reasonable price. Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
11/15/2014
4.6/5.0
Working with Norfolk Botanical Gardens made my reception go by very smoothly. When first contacting them, they were very responsive and were quick to give me available dates and a contract. There is an initial deposit of $500 that was eventually returned to me, but the price of the venue varied depending on both location and time of year. Since my wedding was in November and had a guest count of 200 people, we used Rose Garden Hall. It was the perfect size, but because of the number of people, we had to put our buffet table and cocktail bars outside. They were very easy to work with, but a few things to point out:
1) they utilized a list of preferred vendors (although we were very happy with ours)
2) the room and chairs are rather plain, so it helped to have lighting and chair covers to spice everything up
3) there was a list of "DO NOTS" associated with the venue such as balloons, etc., so make sure you're aware of those if there's something you ABSOLUTELY want to do
The staff was always willing to help, and the gardens outside made a GORGEOUS backdrop for our photos. They do a great job and are there for you every step of the way!
Working with Norfolk Botanical Gardens made my reception go by very smoothly. When first contacting them, they were very Read more...
Working with Norfolk Botanical Gardens made my reception go by very smoothly. When first contacting them, they were very responsive and were quick to give me available dates and a contract. There is an initial deposit of $500 that was eventually returned to me, but the price of the venue varied depending on both location and time of year. Since my wedding was in November and had a guest count of 200 people, we used Rose Garden Hall. It was the perfect size, but because of the number of people, we had to put our buffet table and cocktail bars outside. They were very easy to work with, but a few things to point out:
1) they utilized a list of preferred vendors (although we were very happy with ours)
2) the room and chairs are rather plain, so it helped to have lighting and chair covers to spice everything up
3) there was a list of "DO NOTS" associated with the venue such as balloons, etc., so make sure you're aware of those if there's something you ABSOLUTELY want to do
The staff was always willing to help, and the gardens outside made a GORGEOUS backdrop for our photos. They do a great job and are there for you every step of the way! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Norfolk Botanical Garden was wonderful to work with! They were so easy to set meetings up with, and were always organized and professional during all communication and scheduled meetings. They would even meet with us if we happened to be at the Garden and had a question. Amanda Hupp, our wedding coordinator, was extremely prompt during all communication, and was a pleasure to work with. The day of our wedding we didn't worry about anything, because we knew all the details would be taken care of. I recommend their services to anyone planning an event and looking for a quality, professional vendor!
Norfolk Botanical Garden was wonderful to work with! They were so easy to set meetings up with, and were always organized Read more...
Norfolk Botanical Garden was wonderful to work with! They were so easy to set meetings up with, and were always organized and professional during all communication and scheduled meetings. They would even meet with us if we happened to be at the Garden and had a question. Amanda Hupp, our wedding coordinator, was extremely prompt during all communication, and was a pleasure to work with. The day of our wedding we didn't worry about anything, because we knew all the details would be taken care of. I recommend their services to anyone planning an event and looking for a quality, professional vendor! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
6/22/2014
1.9/5.0
I was very unsatisfied with the venue and ended up wishing we had chosen a different venue. The original event coordinator was very poor with flexibility, however when I said something to her, she transferred me to someone else and decided not to deal with me anymore. This next coordinator was much better. They are somewhat flexible but I had to raise questions before they were willing to work with me. Their hours are typical working hours, so if you have a job plan on taking time off to schedule appointments with them. There were details of our wedding that the coordinator completely overlooked and then threw on me and my fiancee a week before our wedding. We were unable to fix these discrepancies, and had to go without during our wedding. Thank goodness it did not rain, or our money would have been thrown down the drain. The coordinator the day of was pleasant and helped out with what she could.
I was very unsatisfied with the venue and ended up wishing we had chosen a different venue. The original event coordinator Read more...
I was very unsatisfied with the venue and ended up wishing we had chosen a different venue. The original event coordinator was very poor with flexibility, however when I said something to her, she transferred me to someone else and decided not to deal with me anymore. This next coordinator was much better. They are somewhat flexible but I had to raise questions before they were willing to work with me. Their hours are typical working hours, so if you have a job plan on taking time off to schedule appointments with them. There were details of our wedding that the coordinator completely overlooked and then threw on me and my fiancee a week before our wedding. We were unable to fix these discrepancies, and had to go without during our wedding. Thank goodness it did not rain, or our money would have been thrown down the drain. The coordinator the day of was pleasant and helped out with what she could. Read less
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Norfolk Botanical Garden responded with the following comments:

Congratulations to you on your recent marriage. On behalf of the entire staff here at Norfolk Botanical Garden, thank you for choosing to celebrate the most important occasion of your life with us. We endeavor in all cases to provide excellent service to our clients.

Thank you for your comments and feedback, they have been noted.
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Jen
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.9/5.0
The botanical gardens is a beautiful place for a wedding. We did have a mishap with getting the rain room double booked, but Amanda helped us get everything figured out- I'm glad we chose to get marred here!
The botanical gardens is a beautiful place for a wedding. We did have a mishap with getting the rain room double booked, Read more...
The botanical gardens is a beautiful place for a wedding. We did have a mishap with getting the rain room double booked, but Amanda helped us get everything figured out- I'm glad we chose to get marred here! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. If you are planning an wedding be sure to ask for Amanda in wedding. She will see you through from beginning to end and make your day amazing!
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. If you are planning an wedding be sure to ask for Amanda in wedding. She will see you Read more...
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. If you are planning an wedding be sure to ask for Amanda in wedding. She will see you through from beginning to end and make your day amazing! Read less
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DMc
Wedding:
9/21/2013
2.2/5.0
Gorgeous venue, no question at all. Our pictures turned out beautifully. The security guard did a great job of keeping other people out of our wedding space, and the few jets that took off during our ceremony actually lent a bit of charm.

The quality (really, lack of) of service we received for what we paid was a constant headache, and one that I would not recommend to other brides unless you have nerves of steel :-) Was our wedding beautiful? Yes. Would we recommend to other couples? No. If you do decide to take the plunge, be aware that every rule mentioned is non-negotiable--and there are many. A few very specific things that brides should know if you choose Baker Hall as your venue:

1.) Baker Hall gets EXTREMELY warm, even with a small guest list. Perhaps it's the vaulted ceilings, or maybe the system is old (or, maybe the AC was never turned on). Our guests were uncomfortably warm--our priest actually had to leave in the middle of dinner because he was so overheated. It's not fun being a sweaty bride, especially when I've paid thousands of dollars for a venue.

2.) NBG will NOT budge on rental time and arrival. They are clear on this when signing contracts, but know that it is not an arbitrary rule. Be prepared to have an extremely efficient team of vendors who will be able to set up quickly, as no one is allowed in before 5. No exceptions--including the bridal party.

3.) If you choose to take pictures, know that your permissible area is very limited. We chose to pay $150 extra so we could arrive an hour before our contracted time and take pictures before it got dark.

4.) The "ready room" for the bride will also be shared with your caterer, so it is not really yours until about 6 p.m. The blinds blocking the guests' view are broken, so I would suggest getting ready elsewhere and arriving at the last minute unless you would like personal greetings from each of your guests as they arrive.

**Good luck! **
Gorgeous venue, no question at all. Our pictures turned out beautifully. The security guard did a great job of keeping Read more...
Gorgeous venue, no question at all. Our pictures turned out beautifully. The security guard did a great job of keeping other people out of our wedding space, and the few jets that took off during our ceremony actually lent a bit of charm.

The quality (really, lack of) of service we received for what we paid was a constant headache, and one that I would not recommend to other brides unless you have nerves of steel :-) Was our wedding beautiful? Yes. Would we recommend to other couples? No. If you do decide to take the plunge, be aware that every rule mentioned is non-negotiable--and there are many. A few very specific things that brides should know if you choose Baker Hall as your venue:

1.) Baker Hall gets EXTREMELY warm, even with a small guest list. Perhaps it's the vaulted ceilings, or maybe the system is old (or, maybe the AC was never turned on). Our guests were uncomfortably warm--our priest actually had to leave in the middle of dinner because he was so overheated. It's not fun being a sweaty bride, especially when I've paid thousands of dollars for a venue.

2.) NBG will NOT budge on rental time and arrival. They are clear on this when signing contracts, but know that it is not an arbitrary rule. Be prepared to have an extremely efficient team of vendors who will be able to set up quickly, as no one is allowed in before 5. No exceptions--including the bridal party.

3.) If you choose to take pictures, know that your permissible area is very limited. We chose to pay $150 extra so we could arrive an hour before our contracted time and take pictures before it got dark.

4.) The "ready room" for the bride will also be shared with your caterer, so it is not really yours until about 6 p.m. The blinds blocking the guests' view are broken, so I would suggest getting ready elsewhere and arriving at the last minute unless you would like personal greetings from each of your guests as they arrive.

**Good luck! ** Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
9/7/2013
3.7/5.0
We were married in the Rose Garden and it was so beautiful. I wish I could relive that moment everyday. The garden is very well taken care of and has so many beautiful locations. Our reception was there as well and it was nice to have it all in the same place. Just can be hard to get in touch with them.
We were married in the Rose Garden and it was so beautiful. I wish I could relive that moment everyday. The garden is very Read more...
We were married in the Rose Garden and it was so beautiful. I wish I could relive that moment everyday. The garden is very well taken care of and has so many beautiful locations. Our reception was there as well and it was nice to have it all in the same place. Just can be hard to get in touch with them. Read less
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Kay
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day at Norfolk botanical gardens was truly amazing thanks to Primo Events and the amazing vendors. Planning a wedding is very time consuming and my fiance' and I work long hours and have conflicting work schedules so trying to meet with the vendors together was next to impossible. I decided to look on the Knot wedding site and found Virginia weddings by Primo events and noticed they could bring the vendors to our ceremony and reception site. We chose a wedding package that included a caterer, coordinator, dj,, photographer, and florist. Our wedding was handled by Ron who worked with us from the beginning to the end. I couldn't have a wedding without these wonderful people. Thank you sooo much.
Our wedding day at Norfolk botanical gardens was truly amazing thanks to Primo Events and the amazing vendors. Planning a Read more...
Our wedding day at Norfolk botanical gardens was truly amazing thanks to Primo Events and the amazing vendors. Planning a wedding is very time consuming and my fiance' and I work long hours and have conflicting work schedules so trying to meet with the vendors together was next to impossible. I decided to look on the Knot wedding site and found Virginia weddings by Primo events and noticed they could bring the vendors to our ceremony and reception site. We chose a wedding package that included a caterer, coordinator, dj,, photographer, and florist. Our wedding was handled by Ron who worked with us from the beginning to the end. I couldn't have a wedding without these wonderful people. Thank you sooo much. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Ceremony Music, DJ, Flowers, Photography, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Theresa
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
A beautiful location to celebrate your wedding. We had ours in the Rose Garden. Visit the location and it will sell itself. Very pretty gardens!
A beautiful location to celebrate your wedding. We had ours in the Rose Garden. Visit the location and it will sell Read more...
A beautiful location to celebrate your wedding. We had ours in the Rose Garden. Visit the location and it will sell itself. Very pretty gardens! Read less
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