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The Gardens at Elm Bank

Wellesley , MA
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Mass Hort - The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 US (map)

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The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization located in Wellesley, MA. View the uniquness of our historic property and lush grounds, nestled on 33 acres of land,... Read more
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization located in Wellesley, MA. View the uniquness of our historic property and lush grounds, nestled on 33 acres of land, including 8 gardens. Enjoy the beauty of an outdoor ceremony in our Italianate Garden, followed by cocktails in our Children's Garden with your reception in our restored Carriage House. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, 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?
800
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Matt
Wedding:
10/17/2015
4.0/5.0
Elm Bank is a beautiful place. We stumbled across it after having looked at 20+ venues. Many of the venues in greater Boston are expensive (or are affordable but have mandatory, expensive catering). We wanted something classic but with a slightly rustic, vintage feel. Elm Bank has all of that. Romantic, beautiful gardens, an old estate, beautiful antique fountain, and a carriage house with gorgeous beams. Indoor and outdoor options--so great! We loved it from our first visit (we wished we had found it earlier)! As some other reviewers have mentioned, the venue is truly a blank slate. We really liked being able to handpick all of our vendors and have more control over the pricing and feel of our day; however, as some others have mentioned, there are some things that aren't included that are slightly frustrating: a dance floor and any chairs beyond standard, green conference chairs (you pay extra for those). It's a bit pricey, so it'd be great if they started to include those two standard wedding venue inclusions. If you are looking for a flexible, classic indoor/outdoor space with beautiful and whimsical touches-- and you are not afraid to put in some work--look no further!
Elm Bank is a beautiful place. We stumbled across it after having looked at 20+ venues. Many of the venues in greater Read more...
Elm Bank is a beautiful place. We stumbled across it after having looked at 20+ venues. Many of the venues in greater Boston are expensive (or are affordable but have mandatory, expensive catering). We wanted something classic but with a slightly rustic, vintage feel. Elm Bank has all of that. Romantic, beautiful gardens, an old estate, beautiful antique fountain, and a carriage house with gorgeous beams. Indoor and outdoor options--so great! We loved it from our first visit (we wished we had found it earlier)! As some other reviewers have mentioned, the venue is truly a blank slate. We really liked being able to handpick all of our vendors and have more control over the pricing and feel of our day; however, as some others have mentioned, there are some things that aren't included that are slightly frustrating: a dance floor and any chairs beyond standard, green conference chairs (you pay extra for those). It's a bit pricey, so it'd be great if they started to include those two standard wedding venue inclusions. If you are looking for a flexible, classic indoor/outdoor space with beautiful and whimsical touches-- and you are not afraid to put in some work--look no further! Read less
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Richard
Wedding:
9/17/2015
4.7/5.0
Kayleigh Downey was a pleasure to work with. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and our guests were amazed with the location. We had an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Wheezie's garden is an amazing spot for cocktail hour. There was a great spot for a live band an plenty of space to mingle with guests. It was a great venue, we were very pleased.
Kayleigh Downey was a pleasure to work with. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and our guests were amazed with the Read more...
Kayleigh Downey was a pleasure to work with. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and our guests were amazed with the location. We had an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Wheezie's garden is an amazing spot for cocktail hour. There was a great spot for a live band an plenty of space to mingle with guests. It was a great venue, we were very pleased. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
9/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We loved having our wedding at Elm Bank. We are still getting compliments about how beautiful the site was. Kayleigh was a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend visiting the grounds, the pictures do not do it justice!
We loved having our wedding at Elm Bank. We are still getting compliments about how beautiful the site was. Kayleigh was a Read more...
We loved having our wedding at Elm Bank. We are still getting compliments about how beautiful the site was. Kayleigh was a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend visiting the grounds, the pictures do not do it justice! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, everyone that we worked with was so easy to work with and incredible friendly and helpful, Erin especially is great. The space really is a blank canvas, which we absolutely loved. It was a little pricey for the rental, as well as all of the other things that you have to get to go along with it (catering, linens, etc), but it is far from a cookie cutter venue and you can really customize it to have exactly what you want for you wedding. Absolutely beautiful and really unique venue. :)
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, Read more...
Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was the perfect place for our wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous, everyone that we worked with was so easy to work with and incredible friendly and helpful, Erin especially is great. The space really is a blank canvas, which we absolutely loved. It was a little pricey for the rental, as well as all of the other things that you have to get to go along with it (catering, linens, etc), but it is far from a cookie cutter venue and you can really customize it to have exactly what you want for you wedding. Absolutely beautiful and really unique venue. :) Read less
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abby
Wedding:
8/23/2014
4.8/5.0
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I fell in love with it at first sight and we knew we had to get married there! It fit the casual elegant vibe we were hoping for perfectly. If you are up for a bit more work than a more typical venue or country club it can really be amazing. There was a bit of a turnover with wedding coordinators during our engagement but they remained responsive and professional. A list of recommended vendors is provided. You are stuck a little with transportation because there is a bridge to the venue with a weight limit- I would have preferred to use larger buses but we had to do 2 trips with a 28person bus. Your choice of caterer can guide you through most of the other rentals needed as this venue really is a blank slate. The gardens are so amazing. We had our ceremony in the Italiante Garden, which was really romantic. Cocktail hour was also outside in Wheezies Garden and guests could stroll from there to the carriage house on site for our reception. This building is beautiful and includes a permanent tent in the back where we sat a few tables and the bar. We fit 165 people comfortably. It looked even better where we did uplighting! If you are looking for a garden venue there is no place more beautiful around.
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I Read more...
Elm Bank at the Mass Horticultural Society is one of the most stunning wedding venues I've ever seen. My husband and I fell in love with it at first sight and we knew we had to get married there! It fit the casual elegant vibe we were hoping for perfectly. If you are up for a bit more work than a more typical venue or country club it can really be amazing. There was a bit of a turnover with wedding coordinators during our engagement but they remained responsive and professional. A list of recommended vendors is provided. You are stuck a little with transportation because there is a bridge to the venue with a weight limit- I would have preferred to use larger buses but we had to do 2 trips with a 28person bus. Your choice of caterer can guide you through most of the other rentals needed as this venue really is a blank slate. The gardens are so amazing. We had our ceremony in the Italiante Garden, which was really romantic. Cocktail hour was also outside in Wheezies Garden and guests could stroll from there to the carriage house on site for our reception. This building is beautiful and includes a permanent tent in the back where we sat a few tables and the bar. We fit 165 people comfortably. It looked even better where we did uplighting! If you are looking for a garden venue there is no place more beautiful around. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The service and flexibility were great. We wanted to make the most of the different Gardens and they allowed us the flexibility to do so. The venue was also very catering to all of our vendors and their schedules, which enabled a smooth event. We were so happy with the service delivered. They even had an attendant on site who helped our elderly guests get from the parking lots to the tent with golf carts. I would highly recommend this venue, not only for its incredible beauty but also for its service and flexibility.
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The Read more...
We can't say enough about the venue. The natural beauty of the Gardens at Elm Bank are unprecedented in high season. The service and flexibility were great. We wanted to make the most of the different Gardens and they allowed us the flexibility to do so. The venue was also very catering to all of our vendors and their schedules, which enabled a smooth event. We were so happy with the service delivered. They even had an attendant on site who helped our elderly guests get from the parking lots to the tent with golf carts. I would highly recommend this venue, not only for its incredible beauty but also for its service and flexibility. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the planning phase but even more helpful the day of. Jen, the event coordinator, was so organized and responsive, anytime I had a question she would email back same day. The gardens were amazing for cocktail hour and the carriage house and tent were ideal for the reception dinner and dancing that came after. I honestly recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, it was truly a beautiful event, I wouldn't have picked any other site.
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the Read more...
Elm Bank is not only one of the prettiest venues in Massachusetts but the staff on site was always helpful during the planning phase but even more helpful the day of. Jen, the event coordinator, was so organized and responsive, anytime I had a question she would email back same day. The gardens were amazing for cocktail hour and the carriage house and tent were ideal for the reception dinner and dancing that came after. I honestly recommend the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, it was truly a beautiful event, I wouldn't have picked any other site. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/25/2013
4.6/5.0
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her emails to answer questions, offer suggestions and really help in any way that she could. The gardens are beautiful and the carriage house and tent are equally impressive. The only negative would be for $6,000 to rent the venue - you have the opportunity to pick from a handful of caterers. We found them to be pricey and not exactly what we were looking for. To hire a catering company off of the list, there is an additional charge of $1,000. All in all though, it was a beautiful venue with amazing staff. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. :)
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her Read more...
My wedding was in May at Elm bank in Wellesley, MA. Jen, the function manager was amazing. She was extremely prompt in her emails to answer questions, offer suggestions and really help in any way that she could. The gardens are beautiful and the carriage house and tent are equally impressive. The only negative would be for $6,000 to rent the venue - you have the opportunity to pick from a handful of caterers. We found them to be pricey and not exactly what we were looking for. To hire a catering company off of the list, there is an additional charge of $1,000. All in all though, it was a beautiful venue with amazing staff. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. :) Read less
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Amuirhead
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue is that you have a lot of freedom.
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue Read more...
We had a great time working with the crew from Mass Hort. Our wedding was beautiful, and the great thing about this venue is that you have a lot of freedom. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not religious people at this point in our lives and so decided we should have our wedding ceremony outdoors. We could not have picked a more perfect New England venue than Elm Bank! Our guests were shuttled from downtown Boston through picturesque Wellesley and into the Reservation - during beautiful fall foliage. The grounds are immaculately maintained and inviting. The functions staff, namely Jen Courtney, are great to work with - Jen is extremely responsible, responsive, and helpful with all things wedding planning. It also helps that Mass Hort keeps a list of trusted caterers and other vendors on hand, and they actually re-evaluate the vendors EACH YEAR to ensure that couples getting married at Elm Bank are getting set up for nothing but the best in terms of service. I loved that as a venue, I simply paid a fee to them and had a reliable and trustworthy point of contact through the process - from there, we basically got to do whatever we wanted! We hired our caterer, brought in our own alcohol, rentals, DJ, florist, you name it - they had a list of prior partners on hand for us, but ultimately we could have chose whomever we wanted. The only down side is that the cost is a bit much for "just" a venue (especially if you are going to be doing the Ceremony in a church, say, and the Reception at Elm Bank). However, the ambiance is so remarkable and memorable for your guests, and as a couple, you will be treated with utmost respect, attention, and professionalism that it made the cost burden a lot more bearable. You and your guests will have great memories of your event at Elm Bank!
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not Read more...
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a stunning place to hold your wedding and reception. My fiance and I are not religious people at this point in our lives and so decided we should have our wedding ceremony outdoors. We could not have picked a more perfect New England venue than Elm Bank! Our guests were shuttled from downtown Boston through picturesque Wellesley and into the Reservation - during beautiful fall foliage. The grounds are immaculately maintained and inviting. The functions staff, namely Jen Courtney, are great to work with - Jen is extremely responsible, responsive, and helpful with all things wedding planning. It also helps that Mass Hort keeps a list of trusted caterers and other vendors on hand, and they actually re-evaluate the vendors EACH YEAR to ensure that couples getting married at Elm Bank are getting set up for nothing but the best in terms of service. I loved that as a venue, I simply paid a fee to them and had a reliable and trustworthy point of contact through the process - from there, we basically got to do whatever we wanted! We hired our caterer, brought in our own alcohol, rentals, DJ, florist, you name it - they had a list of prior partners on hand for us, but ultimately we could have chose whomever we wanted. The only down side is that the cost is a bit much for "just" a venue (especially if you are going to be doing the Ceremony in a church, say, and the Reception at Elm Bank). However, the ambiance is so remarkable and memorable for your guests, and as a couple, you will be treated with utmost respect, attention, and professionalism that it made the cost burden a lot more bearable. You and your guests will have great memories of your event at Elm Bank! Read less
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