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Tampa Garden Club

Tampa , FL
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LOCATION

2629 Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629 US (map)

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813-251-5059

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The Tampa Garden Club is a lovely setting for outdoor weddings and gatherings. The garden, grounds, and bay provide beautiful backdrops for your special event and pictures to cherish all... Read more
The Tampa Garden Club is a lovely setting for outdoor weddings and gatherings. The garden, grounds, and bay provide beautiful backdrops for your special event and pictures to cherish all of the memories! The Tampa Garden Club building is a contemporary 6,000 square foot building. The Grand Ballroom is a wonderfully adaptive space with a stage and multi-story window wall facing the bay.

Guests can enjoy views of the romantic and lush gardens out one window, and gaze out across the scenic and tranquil bay through another! The Tampa Garden Club provides the historic charm of South Tampa with the peace and tranquility of lush nature! Perfect location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, social parties, meetings, luncheons, bridal and baby showers, and more! Feel free to contact us for a tour! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
668
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Waterfront, Classic, 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?
325
What event services do you offer?
Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK

REVIEWS

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Chelsea
Wedding:
10/23/2016
4.2/5.0
Overall, we enjoyed the venue itself. However, on the day-of, they did not let the vendors in on time. From my understanding from my family who was there, the vendors that were there, and my planner, they weren't let in until about 30 -45 minutes after our start time. As a result, my planner was unable to complete the decorations for the wedding, and many, many things were not put up. We were very disappointed by that.

We also had an issue with the bridal suite. One of the reasons we booked the venue was the beautiful bridal suite to get ready in. We were told by the manager when we booked it that we could get in before our allotted decor time (as early as 9am). She stated that the maintenance staff would be there to let us in since they would be setting up our tables. We relied on her word, and signed the contract. I suppose I shouldn't have taken her word. A few weeks later, the manager was replaced, and we weren't told until 2 months before our wedding (when I was giving TGC our timeline) that we weren't able to use the bridal suite before our contracted start time. Which defeats the purpose of having a bridal suite in the first place...I was very upset and the new manager would not budge. We were told that we could buy more time to use the bridal suite for $150 PER HOUR. Which for us was somewhere around $600. Unacceptable. It left us scrambling to find a place to get ready, and I ended up having to pay for a hotel for 2 nights instead. It was money that we were not planning to spend since we were told the bridal suite was open as early as 9am. So we were very disappointed with it, and we didn't use the bridal suite at all. Had we known this going in, we likely would not have booked the venue.

We were also told the tree on the property was a Japanese Wishing Tree, which was perfect since our honeymoon was Japan. We planned to have guests follow the wishing tree tradition. Until we found out the tree is a Florida native tree, not a Japanese Wishing Tree.
Overall, we enjoyed the venue itself. However, on the day-of, they did not let the vendors in on time. From my Read more...
Overall, we enjoyed the venue itself. However, on the day-of, they did not let the vendors in on time. From my understanding from my family who was there, the vendors that were there, and my planner, they weren't let in until about 30 -45 minutes after our start time. As a result, my planner was unable to complete the decorations for the wedding, and many, many things were not put up. We were very disappointed by that.

We also had an issue with the bridal suite. One of the reasons we booked the venue was the beautiful bridal suite to get ready in. We were told by the manager when we booked it that we could get in before our allotted decor time (as early as 9am). She stated that the maintenance staff would be there to let us in since they would be setting up our tables. We relied on her word, and signed the contract. I suppose I shouldn't have taken her word. A few weeks later, the manager was replaced, and we weren't told until 2 months before our wedding (when I was giving TGC our timeline) that we weren't able to use the bridal suite before our contracted start time. Which defeats the purpose of having a bridal suite in the first place...I was very upset and the new manager would not budge. We were told that we could buy more time to use the bridal suite for $150 PER HOUR. Which for us was somewhere around $600. Unacceptable. It left us scrambling to find a place to get ready, and I ended up having to pay for a hotel for 2 nights instead. It was money that we were not planning to spend since we were told the bridal suite was open as early as 9am. So we were very disappointed with it, and we didn't use the bridal suite at all. Had we known this going in, we likely would not have booked the venue.

We were also told the tree on the property was a Japanese Wishing Tree, which was perfect since our honeymoon was Japan. We planned to have guests follow the wishing tree tradition. Until we found out the tree is a Florida native tree, not a Japanese Wishing Tree. Read less
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Tampa Garden Club responded with the following comments:

Thank you Chelsea for your review.

Regarding your vendors, your contracted time started at 1:30 PM with your vendors. The building log confirmed doors opened at 12:47 and vendors entered the building 1:03. I confirmed with your planner that she entered the building earlier than the start time and completed every assigned task.

Regarding the salon: Your actual contract was signed with the current manager on 12-29-15. You were advised while reviewing the contract that access to the building would be 4 hours prior to your start time. We don't have a maintenance company to set up the tables and chairs. We have a contracted janitorial company who comes in at midnight to set up for events. Our bylaws communicates an TGC employee has to be onsite to allow access to the building to a renter. Prior access has never been granted prior to the contracted time neither has access been allowed by anyone other than a TGC employee. Your contract explains in detail your rental period and how it is structured.

Regarding the tree: We are unsure of which tree you are referring to or who advised you of the inaccurate information, however we are a garden club, we do all of our planting for the plants and trees on our grounds, as such we are educated with what we have onsite. We are not sure who gave your inaccurate information, but feel confident that it was not an employee of the Tampa Garden Club.

We would never intentionally ruin one of the most important days of someone's life. It is never our intentions to mislead anyone. We apologize for any miscommunication. We appreciate your rating and wish you and Jarrett the absolute best.
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/4/2016
4.9/5.0
I am over the moon with what a fabulous venue the Tampa Garden Club is! Everything about my September 4th wedding was amazing and Mrs. Wanda, the Garden Club manager, was there to help me along the way. She is so patient and answered all of my questions and let me view the venue any time with my vendors. If I could, I would do it all over again and still choose this venue. The ONLY thing I would say is a con would be that we would need a little more time for set-up or clean-up, 4 hours before the event and it felt a little rushed, but that's it! Being able to bring in all my vendors and being able decorate it how I wish, I was able to see my wedding vision come to life! Thank you, thanks you, thank you! :)
I am over the moon with what a fabulous venue the Tampa Garden Club is! Everything about my September 4th wedding was Read more...
I am over the moon with what a fabulous venue the Tampa Garden Club is! Everything about my September 4th wedding was amazing and Mrs. Wanda, the Garden Club manager, was there to help me along the way. She is so patient and answered all of my questions and let me view the venue any time with my vendors. If I could, I would do it all over again and still choose this venue. The ONLY thing I would say is a con would be that we would need a little more time for set-up or clean-up, 4 hours before the event and it felt a little rushed, but that's it! Being able to bring in all my vendors and being able decorate it how I wish, I was able to see my wedding vision come to life! Thank you, thanks you, thank you! :) Read less
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Alex & Devin
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
This venue was perfect for us and the office staff were extremely accommodating! We wanted a venue where we could host our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception inside the air conditioning since we got married in June. The staff at the Tampa Garden Club worked well with our planner, caterer, photographer and other vendors to ensure that the space was decorated to perfection and comfortably cool by our ceremony time. There's free parking for your guests and plenty of space inside and out for people to enjoy the beautiful views of Tampa Bay. It's conveniently located on Bayshore so it wasn't far at all for our guests staying in downtown Tampa and a short trip for our family coming in from Pinellas and Hillsborough. There's a full, good sized kitchen for the caterer and a stage for a band or dj. I'm so happy we went with this venue, it was perfect for our summer wedding!
This venue was perfect for us and the office staff were extremely accommodating! We wanted a venue where we could host our Read more...
This venue was perfect for us and the office staff were extremely accommodating! We wanted a venue where we could host our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception inside the air conditioning since we got married in June. The staff at the Tampa Garden Club worked well with our planner, caterer, photographer and other vendors to ensure that the space was decorated to perfection and comfortably cool by our ceremony time. There's free parking for your guests and plenty of space inside and out for people to enjoy the beautiful views of Tampa Bay. It's conveniently located on Bayshore so it wasn't far at all for our guests staying in downtown Tampa and a short trip for our family coming in from Pinellas and Hillsborough. There's a full, good sized kitchen for the caterer and a stage for a band or dj. I'm so happy we went with this venue, it was perfect for our summer wedding! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/8/2015
5.0/5.0
Britt, the manager was awesome. She was so helpful and patient with me. I was there every weekend measuring and taking pictures and she just laughed and helped me count. I had an amazing experience with her, even afterwards. The venue was gorgeous. The ceremony was outside and all of my guests loved it. It was very convenient for my out-of-town family to just walk right from the garden to the cocktail hour and from the cocktail hour to the reception. No driving :)
Britt, the manager was awesome. She was so helpful and patient with me. I was there every weekend measuring and taking Read more...
Britt, the manager was awesome. She was so helpful and patient with me. I was there every weekend measuring and taking pictures and she just laughed and helped me count. I had an amazing experience with her, even afterwards. The venue was gorgeous. The ceremony was outside and all of my guests loved it. It was very convenient for my out-of-town family to just walk right from the garden to the cocktail hour and from the cocktail hour to the reception. No driving :) Read less
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dana
Wedding:
11/7/2015
4.9/5.0
We loved having our event here. We had the ceremony and reception all in their outdoor space. They were great at making sure that everything was perfect.
We loved having our event here. We had the ceremony and reception all in their outdoor space. They were great at making Read more...
We loved having our event here. We had the ceremony and reception all in their outdoor space. They were great at making sure that everything was perfect. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Britt was such a wonderful person to work with. She helped us with our scheduling issues early on and helped us book the perfect date. The Tampa Garden Club is such a beautiful blank slate that you can really dress up for any style. The view of Bayshore and the natural light that floods in makes the venue a great spot for a daytime wedding.
Britt was such a wonderful person to work with. She helped us with our scheduling issues early on and helped us book the Read more...
Britt was such a wonderful person to work with. She helped us with our scheduling issues early on and helped us book the perfect date. The Tampa Garden Club is such a beautiful blank slate that you can really dress up for any style. The view of Bayshore and the natural light that floods in makes the venue a great spot for a daytime wedding. Read less
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Amy & Dan
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
We are delighted that we chose this venue for our big day! It is so beautiful in so many ways and has so many gorgeous elements. Planning was a breeze with Britt coordinating everything for the venue. She was an absolute joy to work with and was extremely helpful every step of the way. We planned our entire wedding from out of state, so her flexibility and understanding meant so much to us.It really felt like she cared about our wedding and it meant so much for us to work with someone like her and have a venue like the Tampa Garden Club.
We are delighted that we chose this venue for our big day! It is so beautiful in so many ways and has so many gorgeous Read more...
We are delighted that we chose this venue for our big day! It is so beautiful in so many ways and has so many gorgeous elements. Planning was a breeze with Britt coordinating everything for the venue. She was an absolute joy to work with and was extremely helpful every step of the way. We planned our entire wedding from out of state, so her flexibility and understanding meant so much to us.It really felt like she cared about our wedding and it meant so much for us to work with someone like her and have a venue like the Tampa Garden Club. Read less
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John
Wedding:
9/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Just Absolutely Awesome People & Service!
Just Absolutely Awesome People & Service!
Just Absolutely Awesome People & Service! Read less
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Trang
Wedding:
5/24/2015
4.8/5.0
Tampa Garden Club is a very beautiful wedding venue that could satisfy any couples. The view to the ocean is breath-taking. The staff, especially Britt were very nice and professional.
Tampa Garden Club is a very beautiful wedding venue that could satisfy any couples. The view to the ocean is Read more...
Tampa Garden Club is a very beautiful wedding venue that could satisfy any couples. The view to the ocean is breath-taking. The staff, especially Britt were very nice and professional. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.8/5.0
The Tampa Garden Club is a beautiful location for a Tampa wedding. The location is amazing with beautiful views of the bay and adjacent gardens. The garden club is a perfect place for those individuals wanting a blank slate. You are able to pick all of your own vendors including caterer and bar service. You can make the main room as dolled up or as simple as you want. My husband and I chose not to spend too much on decorating the walls, ceiling and whatnot and the space still looked amazing. The venue is a great place to have a large wedding. There are plenty of areas where guests can mingle and enjoy the wonderful views the venue has to offer. Another nice thing about the garden club is the FREE parking. There are plenty of spots to accommodate even large weddings with room to spare. Britt is the coordinator for the venue and she is amazing. She responds quickly to your emails/phone calls and is very easy to work with. My husband and I highly recommend this venue!!!
The Tampa Garden Club is a beautiful location for a Tampa wedding. The location is amazing with beautiful views of the bay Read more...
The Tampa Garden Club is a beautiful location for a Tampa wedding. The location is amazing with beautiful views of the bay and adjacent gardens. The garden club is a perfect place for those individuals wanting a blank slate. You are able to pick all of your own vendors including caterer and bar service. You can make the main room as dolled up or as simple as you want. My husband and I chose not to spend too much on decorating the walls, ceiling and whatnot and the space still looked amazing. The venue is a great place to have a large wedding. There are plenty of areas where guests can mingle and enjoy the wonderful views the venue has to offer. Another nice thing about the garden club is the FREE parking. There are plenty of spots to accommodate even large weddings with room to spare. Britt is the coordinator for the venue and she is amazing. She responds quickly to your emails/phone calls and is very easy to work with. My husband and I highly recommend this venue!!! Read less
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