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Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Madison , WI

LOCATION

3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704 US

PHONE

608-246-4733

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G
Wedding:
5/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at Olbrich Gardens was perfect. There was supposed to be a 40-60% chance of rain that day, but the weather held long enough for us to have our ceremony outdoors followed by about an hour or so of pictures. The flowers were in bloom and it was simply gorgeous.

Working with the rental coordinator was easy and quick. She responded to emails promptly and helped us arrange things so that we could do a rehearsal at the Outdoor Event Gardens and just peep into the Atrium. We weren't able to do a rehearsal at the Atrium due to a event that was scheduled to happen that day, but she allowed us and our day-of coordinator to peep in to get an idea of how to set up the room.

Thanks for a simply wonderful wedding day!
Our wedding at Olbrich Gardens was perfect. There was supposed to be a 40-60% chance of rain that day, but the weather Read more...
Our wedding at Olbrich Gardens was perfect. There was supposed to be a 40-60% chance of rain that day, but the weather held long enough for us to have our ceremony outdoors followed by about an hour or so of pictures. The flowers were in bloom and it was simply gorgeous.

Working with the rental coordinator was easy and quick. She responded to emails promptly and helped us arrange things so that we could do a rehearsal at the Outdoor Event Gardens and just peep into the Atrium. We weren't able to do a rehearsal at the Atrium due to a event that was scheduled to happen that day, but she allowed us and our day-of coordinator to peep in to get an idea of how to set up the room.

Thanks for a simply wonderful wedding day! Read less
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Anke
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Patti is wonderful. She is very easy to work with and can answer all of your questions. We were married in the gardens because we had beautiful weather, but the atrium area would have been fabulous as well. The gardens were stunning for our guests to walk through even in early Spring.
Working with Patti is wonderful. She is very easy to work with and can answer all of your questions. We were married in Read more...
Working with Patti is wonderful. She is very easy to work with and can answer all of your questions. We were married in the gardens because we had beautiful weather, but the atrium area would have been fabulous as well. The gardens were stunning for our guests to walk through even in early Spring. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
the atrium was the perfect size room and it was beautiful with the sun shining through, and being surrounded by windows with the a view of the gardens. Patti was very helpful.
the atrium was the perfect size room and it was beautiful with the sun shining through, and being surrounded by windows Read more...
the atrium was the perfect size room and it was beautiful with the sun shining through, and being surrounded by windows with the a view of the gardens. Patti was very helpful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.8/5.0
Olbrich is a beautiful place to have a wedding. The pictures here will turn out wonderful, assuming the weather cooperates. During the process of setting up our date Patti, the rental coordinator, was helpful and fairly responsive. However, the day of the wedding she was unprofessional and rude to many of the guests. It was the polar opposite of what we had experienced through email exchanges. Also, Olbrich has a lot of rules when renting from them. It's a bit crippling to have so many restrictions placed on your wedding. On the other hand, it helps you make decisions quicker, since you have limited options. I don't regret getting married at Olbrich because of the beautiful setting and the pictures we received, but it was certainly at the cost of a staff member that was a monster.
Olbrich is a beautiful place to have a wedding. The pictures here will turn out wonderful, assuming the weather Read more...
Olbrich is a beautiful place to have a wedding. The pictures here will turn out wonderful, assuming the weather cooperates. During the process of setting up our date Patti, the rental coordinator, was helpful and fairly responsive. However, the day of the wedding she was unprofessional and rude to many of the guests. It was the polar opposite of what we had experienced through email exchanges. Also, Olbrich has a lot of rules when renting from them. It's a bit crippling to have so many restrictions placed on your wedding. On the other hand, it helps you make decisions quicker, since you have limited options. I don't regret getting married at Olbrich because of the beautiful setting and the pictures we received, but it was certainly at the cost of a staff member that was a monster. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.2/5.0
Olbrich Gardens was beautiful for our wedding. The gardens are very well maintained, and it is a clean place. The visitors, who were there, but not for our wedding, were very friendly and polite.
I can’t say the same for the event coordinator. There was no wedding scheduled before ours, and we had coordinated with the wedding after ours to split the cost of chairs and have them set up. We asked if we could have the chairs delivered an hour before our scheduled “slot” and the she got angry. Also, I had numerous guests complain about how rude she was to them. To top it off, most of my guest had no idea where to go for the ceremony site, and got lost. We made signs, but were not allowed to put them out, even though we made easels for them, so they wouldn’t be hanging from anything. She also brought in another couple and showed them the wedding spaces, WHILE I had guests in there. I thought that very unprofessional.
For as much money as I paid to reserve that space for 3 hours, I at least expected a little more professionalism from her. Also, since we were going to be out of the rental space early, so I told the wedding after ours that if they wanted to come in and decorate, just to make their day go a little more smooth, that they could. I didn’t mind, I paid for the time, and I was not going to be there. The event coordinator also got mad about that and told them they couldn’t.
Olbrich Gardens was beautiful for our wedding. The gardens are very well maintained, and it is a clean place. The Read more...
Olbrich Gardens was beautiful for our wedding. The gardens are very well maintained, and it is a clean place. The visitors, who were there, but not for our wedding, were very friendly and polite.
I can’t say the same for the event coordinator. There was no wedding scheduled before ours, and we had coordinated with the wedding after ours to split the cost of chairs and have them set up. We asked if we could have the chairs delivered an hour before our scheduled “slot” and the she got angry. Also, I had numerous guests complain about how rude she was to them. To top it off, most of my guest had no idea where to go for the ceremony site, and got lost. We made signs, but were not allowed to put them out, even though we made easels for them, so they wouldn’t be hanging from anything. She also brought in another couple and showed them the wedding spaces, WHILE I had guests in there. I thought that very unprofessional.
For as much money as I paid to reserve that space for 3 hours, I at least expected a little more professionalism from her. Also, since we were going to be out of the rental space early, so I told the wedding after ours that if they wanted to come in and decorate, just to make their day go a little more smooth, that they could. I didn’t mind, I paid for the time, and I was not going to be there. The event coordinator also got mad about that and told them they couldn’t. Read less
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Holly P.
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
The Olbrich Gardens is the perfect place for a wedding!! Its Beautiful & nice to walk around to take a break from dancing. Patti the coordinator is the BEST!
The Olbrich Gardens is the perfect place for a wedding!! Its Beautiful & nice to walk around to take a break from dancing. Read more...
The Olbrich Gardens is the perfect place for a wedding!! Its Beautiful & nice to walk around to take a break from dancing. Patti the coordinator is the BEST! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/19/2014
3.9/5.0
Olbrich was an absolutely beautiful setting for our wedding. We were so excited to get married there. The only reason they aren't rated a 5, is due to the lack of flexibility. There are some very specific, although reasonable, guidelines. I definitely recommend it overall for a scenic outdoor wedding.
Olbrich was an absolutely beautiful setting for our wedding. We were so excited to get married there. The only reason they Read more...
Olbrich was an absolutely beautiful setting for our wedding. We were so excited to get married there. The only reason they aren't rated a 5, is due to the lack of flexibility. There are some very specific, although reasonable, guidelines. I definitely recommend it overall for a scenic outdoor wedding. Read less
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madisongroom
Wedding:
5/25/2013
4.1/5.0
The gardens are beautiful and have long been the dream location for our wedding. Unfortunately, they are expensive, come with a long list of rules, and you need to book very early. All of the bookings for the next year open up on a single day in March and are first come, first served, which means you have people camping out in the parking lot at 4AM or earlier to claim their spot in line (one couple got there at 7PM the night before). It's a bit ridiculous, but it is a high-demand location and there's not really a fairer way to do it.

The high price you pay gets you only three hours in the gardens, since they book two other ceremonies the same day. You don't get any chairs or anything else to use, and those can be a costly addition to the price and a headache to deal with if you want to share them with the other weddings that day. There is a backup location indoors in case of rain that we thankfully did not have to use.

In the end, our wedding was beautiful and it was worth the costs and hoops we had to jump through. But there are other parks and outdoor locations out there that might be worth a look if you don't have your heart set on the gardens.
The gardens are beautiful and have long been the dream location for our wedding. Unfortunately, they are expensive, come Read more...
The gardens are beautiful and have long been the dream location for our wedding. Unfortunately, they are expensive, come with a long list of rules, and you need to book very early. All of the bookings for the next year open up on a single day in March and are first come, first served, which means you have people camping out in the parking lot at 4AM or earlier to claim their spot in line (one couple got there at 7PM the night before). It's a bit ridiculous, but it is a high-demand location and there's not really a fairer way to do it.

The high price you pay gets you only three hours in the gardens, since they book two other ceremonies the same day. You don't get any chairs or anything else to use, and those can be a costly addition to the price and a headache to deal with if you want to share them with the other weddings that day. There is a backup location indoors in case of rain that we thankfully did not have to use.

In the end, our wedding was beautiful and it was worth the costs and hoops we had to jump through. But there are other parks and outdoor locations out there that might be worth a look if you don't have your heart set on the gardens. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was more than I could have imagined. A big part of that was the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception at Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, WI. Our contact at the garden was Patty, she was so organized and checked in often. She was friendly, helpful, and gave great advice and tips! The other staff at the garden the day We had a list of caterers for cocktails and dinner that we could choose from. The list is short and was seen as a downfall - but the choices range from top of the line plated dinner to buffet from a local co-op, so it ended up being just great. There is only one business who hold the liquor license to serve, which is a bit limiting. However, they were great to work with, as well. The outdoor space for the ceremony was just amazing...all of the natural floral and plant surroundings were perfect. It is set back and away from the main path, so there weren't a lot of people walking through the ceremony to sneak a peek. We have some wonderful pictures from our ceremony and afterwards taking pics outside in various places in the gardens that we will cherish for many years to come. The indoor space we used worked perfectly. The getting ready room was a great place for us (bride, groom, parents, flower girls) take a breath and relax a bit before the wedding. We did some first looks by parents up there and it worked perfectly as a private space. The reception space was so spacious and worked really well for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The staff at the gardens set up all the tables and chairs and did so according to a drawing that we had to complete prior to our wedding day. I am so pleased with our choice of wedding venue - it was perfect for us. I am so thankful we had so much help from Patty and our guests left the wedding and reception pleased and with many wonderful memories.
Our wedding was more than I could have imagined. A big part of that was the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception Read more...
Our wedding was more than I could have imagined. A big part of that was the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception at Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, WI. Our contact at the garden was Patty, she was so organized and checked in often. She was friendly, helpful, and gave great advice and tips! The other staff at the garden the day We had a list of caterers for cocktails and dinner that we could choose from. The list is short and was seen as a downfall - but the choices range from top of the line plated dinner to buffet from a local co-op, so it ended up being just great. There is only one business who hold the liquor license to serve, which is a bit limiting. However, they were great to work with, as well. The outdoor space for the ceremony was just amazing...all of the natural floral and plant surroundings were perfect. It is set back and away from the main path, so there weren't a lot of people walking through the ceremony to sneak a peek. We have some wonderful pictures from our ceremony and afterwards taking pics outside in various places in the gardens that we will cherish for many years to come. The indoor space we used worked perfectly. The getting ready room was a great place for us (bride, groom, parents, flower girls) take a breath and relax a bit before the wedding. We did some first looks by parents up there and it worked perfectly as a private space. The reception space was so spacious and worked really well for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The staff at the gardens set up all the tables and chairs and did so according to a drawing that we had to complete prior to our wedding day. I am so pleased with our choice of wedding venue - it was perfect for us. I am so thankful we had so much help from Patty and our guests left the wedding and reception pleased and with many wonderful memories. Read less
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Lionel
Wedding:
7/2/2011
2.6/5.0
Venue was nice and scenic but olbrich was very inflexible about rules without needing to be
Venue was nice and scenic but olbrich was very inflexible about rules without needing to be
Venue was nice and scenic but olbrich was very inflexible about rules without needing to be Read less
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