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The Elizabethan Gardens

Manteo , NC

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1411 National Park Dr
Manteo, NC 27954 US

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252-473-3234

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Brittney
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Paula was a dream to work with. This venue is worth every cent, so unbelievably beautiful. The staff was amazing and so easy to work with!!
Paula was a dream to work with. This venue is worth every cent, so unbelievably beautiful. The staff was amazing and so Read more...
Paula was a dream to work with. This venue is worth every cent, so unbelievably beautiful. The staff was amazing and so easy to work with!! Read less
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LINDSAY
Wedding:
5/16/2015
4.9/5.0
Having our wedding and reception at the gardens was one of the best decisions we made! It's an absolutely beautiful venue on the OBX, so perfect for destination weddings, too! We had our wedding on the overlook terrace and our reception in the tent near the rose gardens. The staff was so attentive to detail and so helpful and the value was amazing! We decided to stick to a budget and this was definitely a decision that helped with that! The photos ended up fabulous because of how beautiful it was. Thankfully, the weather was amazing, but keep in mind that it can get breezy that close to the water! We would definitely get married there all over again! Highly recommended!!
Having our wedding and reception at the gardens was one of the best decisions we made! It's an absolutely beautiful venue Read more...
Having our wedding and reception at the gardens was one of the best decisions we made! It's an absolutely beautiful venue on the OBX, so perfect for destination weddings, too! We had our wedding on the overlook terrace and our reception in the tent near the rose gardens. The staff was so attentive to detail and so helpful and the value was amazing! We decided to stick to a budget and this was definitely a decision that helped with that! The photos ended up fabulous because of how beautiful it was. Thankfully, the weather was amazing, but keep in mind that it can get breezy that close to the water! We would definitely get married there all over again! Highly recommended!! Read less
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Jesse
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
We only had our ceremony at the Gardens. It rained all day until our ceremony. We originally planned to have it on the Overlook Terrace, the the rain kept that from being an option! The staff at the Gardens were absolutely amazing! They offer backup accommodations for in-climate weather! So instead of the Overlook Terrace we had our ceremony still outside but under the tent and it was perfect! The weather cleared enough for pictures too! Could ask for better on our special day!
We only had our ceremony at the Gardens. It rained all day until our ceremony. We originally planned to have it on the Read more...
We only had our ceremony at the Gardens. It rained all day until our ceremony. We originally planned to have it on the Overlook Terrace, the the rain kept that from being an option! The staff at the Gardens were absolutely amazing! They offer backup accommodations for in-climate weather! So instead of the Overlook Terrace we had our ceremony still outside but under the tent and it was perfect! The weather cleared enough for pictures too! Could ask for better on our special day! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Carl and the staff at The Elizabethan Gardens were incredible to work with! They made every effort to make our vision come alive in an incredibly beautiful setting. Possible inclement weather and a cold, windy day didn't stop this team from getting the job done and we will forever be grateful.
Carl and the staff at The Elizabethan Gardens were incredible to work with! They made every effort to make our vision come Read more...
Carl and the staff at The Elizabethan Gardens were incredible to work with! They made every effort to make our vision come alive in an incredibly beautiful setting. Possible inclement weather and a cold, windy day didn't stop this team from getting the job done and we will forever be grateful. Read less
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melipen
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony was on a gorgeous October day at the gardens and it was simply breathtaking! The guests loved it. I'll never forget being in the gazebo, hearing and seeing the water and the sense of peace I had with everyone who loved me around us in this picture perfect place. We took a chance hoping for good weather, but I am so glad we did.

I did not have my reception here. I think the reception hall is a little "church fellowship hall"-esque so I probably would not recommend that. An outdoor reception there would be fabulous!
Our ceremony was on a gorgeous October day at the gardens and it was simply breathtaking! The guests loved it. I'll never Read more...
Our ceremony was on a gorgeous October day at the gardens and it was simply breathtaking! The guests loved it. I'll never forget being in the gazebo, hearing and seeing the water and the sense of peace I had with everyone who loved me around us in this picture perfect place. We took a chance hoping for good weather, but I am so glad we did.

I did not have my reception here. I think the reception hall is a little "church fellowship hall"-esque so I probably would not recommend that. An outdoor reception there would be fabulous! Read less
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soccerfan77
Wedding:
9/26/2009
0.8/5.0
I would NOT recommend the Elizabethan Gardens for a wedding reception. It is a beautiful setting for a ceremony and I would recommmend it for a ceremony but NOT a reception. The lady I dealt with up until 2 months before my wedding quit. The new person who took over had no idea what was previously discussed. I was told the day BEFORE my wedding that I had to be cleaned up and out of there at 10pm. My reception wasn't due to end until 10pm. We were told a head of time that we had to clean up our decorations and take them with us. That was fine. The lady I dealt with wasn't even the person who stayed for the event. The staff member that stayed was EXTREMELY rude! Pathways were not lit leaving the gardens and several older guests had problems walking out on the gravel path in the pitch dark. We were made to stack all the tables and chairs. And they had to be stacked a certain way. Oh and put them all away in the closets. But I think the icing on the cake....was we had to take ALL the trash with us. In my wedding gown, I had to haul trash away. That was absolutely ridiculous!!!! When I asked where I supposed to take it, the response was "call the city dump in the morning." So remind me again what I paid them for??!! The wedding was beautiful but my last memory of the night was hauling away bags of trash in my wedding gown, then driving around for 1/2 an hour trying to find a place to dump it. Mind you we were from out of town so we did not know the area. BRIDES BE WARE!!!! Don't let this happen to you!
I would NOT recommend the Elizabethan Gardens for a wedding reception. It is a beautiful setting for a ceremony and I Read more...
I would NOT recommend the Elizabethan Gardens for a wedding reception. It is a beautiful setting for a ceremony and I would recommmend it for a ceremony but NOT a reception. The lady I dealt with up until 2 months before my wedding quit. The new person who took over had no idea what was previously discussed. I was told the day BEFORE my wedding that I had to be cleaned up and out of there at 10pm. My reception wasn't due to end until 10pm. We were told a head of time that we had to clean up our decorations and take them with us. That was fine. The lady I dealt with wasn't even the person who stayed for the event. The staff member that stayed was EXTREMELY rude! Pathways were not lit leaving the gardens and several older guests had problems walking out on the gravel path in the pitch dark. We were made to stack all the tables and chairs. And they had to be stacked a certain way. Oh and put them all away in the closets. But I think the icing on the cake....was we had to take ALL the trash with us. In my wedding gown, I had to haul trash away. That was absolutely ridiculous!!!! When I asked where I supposed to take it, the response was "call the city dump in the morning." So remind me again what I paid them for??!! The wedding was beautiful but my last memory of the night was hauling away bags of trash in my wedding gown, then driving around for 1/2 an hour trying to find a place to dump it. Mind you we were from out of town so we did not know the area. BRIDES BE WARE!!!! Don't let this happen to you! Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.5/5.0
The folks that helped us were very friendly and helpful. Ceremonies are held outside, but you may use the meeting hall (normally used for the reception) in case of rain. The property is owned by the federal government as a national park. We chose not to serve alcohol at the reception, which was also held there, because we would have had to insure the property for $2 million.

So long as you have reserved the space and time for the gardens, they allow any member of the family and the bridal party to visit for free any day prior to the ceremony, which is very nice. They schedule your rehearsal time for you, and you can choose any section of the gardens to hold the ceremony...lots of flexibility. They have a planner that works with you and takes notes during your rehearsal to ensure you have the proper number and placement of chairs...very friendly.

They reserve the meeting hall for your reception, and allow you to do whatever you want with the arrangement of chairs, wall decorations, etc., just so long as you leave it as you found it by the end of the day. There is also a medium-sized kitchen off to the side where you or the caterers may use to store, heat-up, and prepare the food and beverages for the reception. They allow you to use any glassware, silverware, etc. in case you run a few short, just so long as everything is clean and placed back where it was when you arrived. They often schedule multiple weddings per day, so sometimes there is a little bit of confusion for the guests as to where the wedding they're attending is. But they put up small signs that guide you through the gardens to the ceremony.

Overall, absolutely beautiful location and highly recommended. I grew up just down the road from it, and had always wanted to get married in the gardens.
The folks that helped us were very friendly and helpful. Ceremonies are held outside, but you may use the meeting hall Read more...
The folks that helped us were very friendly and helpful. Ceremonies are held outside, but you may use the meeting hall (normally used for the reception) in case of rain. The property is owned by the federal government as a national park. We chose not to serve alcohol at the reception, which was also held there, because we would have had to insure the property for $2 million.

So long as you have reserved the space and time for the gardens, they allow any member of the family and the bridal party to visit for free any day prior to the ceremony, which is very nice. They schedule your rehearsal time for you, and you can choose any section of the gardens to hold the ceremony...lots of flexibility. They have a planner that works with you and takes notes during your rehearsal to ensure you have the proper number and placement of chairs...very friendly.

They reserve the meeting hall for your reception, and allow you to do whatever you want with the arrangement of chairs, wall decorations, etc., just so long as you leave it as you found it by the end of the day. There is also a medium-sized kitchen off to the side where you or the caterers may use to store, heat-up, and prepare the food and beverages for the reception. They allow you to use any glassware, silverware, etc. in case you run a few short, just so long as everything is clean and placed back where it was when you arrived. They often schedule multiple weddings per day, so sometimes there is a little bit of confusion for the guests as to where the wedding they're attending is. But they put up small signs that guide you through the gardens to the ceremony.

Overall, absolutely beautiful location and highly recommended. I grew up just down the road from it, and had always wanted to get married in the gardens. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful venue for our daughters wedding. The gardens are amazing! The wedding was held in the overlook terrace and we could see the sound. The staff at the gardens were very helpful during the rehearsal and wedding day. The gardens are perfect for a wedding!!
What a beautiful venue for our daughters wedding. The gardens are amazing! The wedding was held in the overlook terrace Read more...
What a beautiful venue for our daughters wedding. The gardens are amazing! The wedding was held in the overlook terrace and we could see the sound. The staff at the gardens were very helpful during the rehearsal and wedding day. The gardens are perfect for a wedding!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
The Gardens are absolutely gorgeous! And I say that not just because my wedding was in May, but because it is truly a beautiful place year round. The Gardens make it easy to hold a wedding ceremony outside since they include chair rentals and setup and clean up of chairs; little to no decorating is needed because of the natural beauty; so much quieter than the ocean and less windy but you still get to be near the water. And it is a neat place for out of town guests to visit. Everyone will enjoy!
The Gardens are absolutely gorgeous! And I say that not just because my wedding was in May, but because it is truly a Read more...
The Gardens are absolutely gorgeous! And I say that not just because my wedding was in May, but because it is truly a beautiful place year round. The Gardens make it easy to hold a wedding ceremony outside since they include chair rentals and setup and clean up of chairs; little to no decorating is needed because of the natural beauty; so much quieter than the ocean and less windy but you still get to be near the water. And it is a neat place for out of town guests to visit. Everyone will enjoy! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Elizabethan Gardens was such a perfect venue for our 75-person wedding! We had our ceremony on the Overlook Terrace and our reception on the Great Lawn. The location was ideal, as it was not too far from the Outer Banks (most of our guests stayed in Kill Devil Hills and it only took them about 20 minutes to get to the Gardens). Carl Curnutte and his staff were incredibly easy to work with - they were professional, personable, communicative, and made sure everything went off without a hitch. The Elizabethan Gardens is truly a hidden gem and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an outdoor venue for their ceremony and/or reception :)
The Elizabethan Gardens was such a perfect venue for our 75-person wedding! We had our ceremony on the Overlook Terrace Read more...
The Elizabethan Gardens was such a perfect venue for our 75-person wedding! We had our ceremony on the Overlook Terrace and our reception on the Great Lawn. The location was ideal, as it was not too far from the Outer Banks (most of our guests stayed in Kill Devil Hills and it only took them about 20 minutes to get to the Gardens). Carl Curnutte and his staff were incredibly easy to work with - they were professional, personable, communicative, and made sure everything went off without a hitch. The Elizabethan Gardens is truly a hidden gem and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an outdoor venue for their ceremony and/or reception :) Read less
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