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Olbrich Gardens

Madison , WI
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Madison, WI 53714 US (map)

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608-246-4733

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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK

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Jenni
Wedding:
10/22/2016
4.5/5.0
I just want to say that I came across a few iffy reviews of Olbrich when making the decision to book them for the wedding. I was a little nervous, but the location and setting were too perfect. This venue was well worth the investment, and Patti was always responsive to questions. She was very helpful, and definitely an expert in terms of what works best. I did not find her to be bossy, however. She offered up great suggestions and I felt like she was invested in helping me make the best wedding I could. Yes, there are quite a few rules to be sure to follow, but they aren't unreasonable, and there weren't any demands made of us. It was all about making sure things went smoothly. And seriously, the day of the wedding really was smooth.
I just want to say that I came across a few iffy reviews of Olbrich when making the decision to book them for the wedding. Read more...
I just want to say that I came across a few iffy reviews of Olbrich when making the decision to book them for the wedding. I was a little nervous, but the location and setting were too perfect. This venue was well worth the investment, and Patti was always responsive to questions. She was very helpful, and definitely an expert in terms of what works best. I did not find her to be bossy, however. She offered up great suggestions and I felt like she was invested in helping me make the best wedding I could. Yes, there are quite a few rules to be sure to follow, but they aren't unreasonable, and there weren't any demands made of us. It was all about making sure things went smoothly. And seriously, the day of the wedding really was smooth. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
10/8/2016
4.4/5.0
Will update after the wedding.

So far, working with Olbrich has been smooth and easy. As others have noted, they have some very specific rules about where you can place things, which caterers you can work with, and there's only one caterer who can provide alcohol. The reception room itself is not particularly impressive, but given the overall rental price and that you have access to the gardens - definitely worth it.

That being said, Patti has been easy to work with, responsive, and straightforward in how this type of thing goes down.
Will update after the wedding.

So far, working with Olbrich has been smooth and easy. As others have noted, they Read more...
Will update after the wedding.

So far, working with Olbrich has been smooth and easy. As others have noted, they have some very specific rules about where you can place things, which caterers you can work with, and there's only one caterer who can provide alcohol. The reception room itself is not particularly impressive, but given the overall rental price and that you have access to the gardens - definitely worth it.

That being said, Patti has been easy to work with, responsive, and straightforward in how this type of thing goes down. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
So glad I chose this venue for my reception! The gardens and venue space are beautiful!
So glad I chose this venue for my reception! The gardens and venue space are beautiful!
So glad I chose this venue for my reception! The gardens and venue space are beautiful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony (but not reception) in the outdoor event garden. The gardens are beautiful! The atrium is also one of the nicest/prettiest indoor rain backup spaces we saw when looking for a a ceremony venue. Patti was helpful and very quick to respond to all of my emails.

They don't have chairs so you will have to rent them. They were upfront about this and suggested that we could split the cost with other weddings on the same date. Unfortunately no other wedding was scheduled on our date and I was really surprised at how expensive chair rentals were,

They do have a lot of rules (time limits, no flowers or anything thrown on the ground) and minimal flexibility, but it wasn't really a problem for us other than we would have liked to have been able to drop off items the night before when we were there for the rehearsal.
We had our wedding ceremony (but not reception) in the outdoor event garden. The gardens are beautiful! The atrium is also Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony (but not reception) in the outdoor event garden. The gardens are beautiful! The atrium is also one of the nicest/prettiest indoor rain backup spaces we saw when looking for a a ceremony venue. Patti was helpful and very quick to respond to all of my emails.

They don't have chairs so you will have to rent them. They were upfront about this and suggested that we could split the cost with other weddings on the same date. Unfortunately no other wedding was scheduled on our date and I was really surprised at how expensive chair rentals were,

They do have a lot of rules (time limits, no flowers or anything thrown on the ground) and minimal flexibility, but it wasn't really a problem for us other than we would have liked to have been able to drop off items the night before when we were there for the rehearsal. Read less
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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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Nicole
Wedding:
5/22/2015
3.6/5.0
Our ceremony at Olbrich was absolutely beautiful - the site was an amazing location for a wedding. There are a lot of restrictions - for example, a very limited space to set up a sound system, and the flower girl could not drop flower petals (or anything else at all). The venue coordinator was rude to the sound system guy on the day of the wedding, which really caused some undue stress. I would definitely have my wedding at Olbrich again - just beware that it's not the easiest place to work with.
Our ceremony at Olbrich was absolutely beautiful - the site was an amazing location for a wedding. There are a lot of Read more...
Our ceremony at Olbrich was absolutely beautiful - the site was an amazing location for a wedding. There are a lot of restrictions - for example, a very limited space to set up a sound system, and the flower girl could not drop flower petals (or anything else at all). The venue coordinator was rude to the sound system guy on the day of the wedding, which really caused some undue stress. I would definitely have my wedding at Olbrich again - just beware that it's not the easiest place to work with. 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:
2+ years ago
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
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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