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Weddings in the Garden - SGC

Sarasota , FL
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1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236 US (map)

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941-955-0875
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.0/5.0
Venue is beautiful, but BEWARE!!! The staff is very unprofessional and are more apt to tell you what you CANNOT do, rather than what you CAN do. They will also soak you for everything they can. We booked the venue for 8 hours for our daughter's wedding which was to take place at 5:00. We were planning to use some of those hours to decorate the morning of the wedding. We were later informed the 8 hours had to be continuous and could not be broken up into increments. We were told we could book additional hours at a rate of $187/hour or come to the venue during the hours we had booked which would mean coming to the venue in our wedding attire to decorate. We WERE able to come in the day before, but it had to be during their office hours which are from 9AM to 1PM and that was at a rate of $107/hour. So, bottom line is you are at their mercy and you ARE going to pay extra to decorate. Also, when we received our deposit back, they had taken $75 for cleaning. We had asked Aurora, the hostess assigned to us, three times if the venue was alright when we got done cleaning up and she stated yes. Also, my husband, tried to go back into the venue just to double check and found the doors locked. This was at 11:00 PM and we had the venue booked until 11:30 PM. When I called the Garden Club I was informed by the Treasurer of the club, that the custodian had stated the floors in the hall were exceptionally sticky and the bathrooms were very dirty. When I explained that Aurora had stated everything was fine, I was told, " Well, she is not the custodian". So I guess that means you need to either wash the floors and clean the toilets or make sure the custodian is there to give his approval of the status of the venue or you can expect to be charged extra for clean up. I have never written a bad review before, but the lack of professionalism of the staff at Sarasota Garden Club spoils what should be a beautiful experience for someone getting married.
Venue is beautiful, but BEWARE!!! The staff is very unprofessional and are more apt to tell you what you CANNOT do, rather Read more...
Venue is beautiful, but BEWARE!!! The staff is very unprofessional and are more apt to tell you what you CANNOT do, rather than what you CAN do. They will also soak you for everything they can. We booked the venue for 8 hours for our daughter's wedding which was to take place at 5:00. We were planning to use some of those hours to decorate the morning of the wedding. We were later informed the 8 hours had to be continuous and could not be broken up into increments. We were told we could book additional hours at a rate of $187/hour or come to the venue during the hours we had booked which would mean coming to the venue in our wedding attire to decorate. We WERE able to come in the day before, but it had to be during their office hours which are from 9AM to 1PM and that was at a rate of $107/hour. So, bottom line is you are at their mercy and you ARE going to pay extra to decorate. Also, when we received our deposit back, they had taken $75 for cleaning. We had asked Aurora, the hostess assigned to us, three times if the venue was alright when we got done cleaning up and she stated yes. Also, my husband, tried to go back into the venue just to double check and found the doors locked. This was at 11:00 PM and we had the venue booked until 11:30 PM. When I called the Garden Club I was informed by the Treasurer of the club, that the custodian had stated the floors in the hall were exceptionally sticky and the bathrooms were very dirty. When I explained that Aurora had stated everything was fine, I was told, " Well, she is not the custodian". So I guess that means you need to either wash the floors and clean the toilets or make sure the custodian is there to give his approval of the status of the venue or you can expect to be charged extra for clean up. I have never written a bad review before, but the lack of professionalism of the staff at Sarasota Garden Club spoils what should be a beautiful experience for someone getting married. Read less
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Camielle
Wedding:
3/12/2016
5.0/5.0
We wanted a nice intimate garden wedding where we could have an outside ceremony but an inside reception, because Florida weather. We also wanted to be able to enjoy the gardens as we particularly wanted a garden wedding and for the gardens to be part of the decor. Well the Sarasota Garden Club was perfect for us. It is small and intimate but beautiful. Their reception room has three glass walls that look upon the gardens and the doors and the doors open to make the inside outside garden experience seamless. It was just perfect for our Spring wedding in March. Carol was easy to work with and always happy to answer our questions. The price was great, less than some of the larger gardens in the area but just as beautiful. We had our ceremony on the tropical garden patio which is a nice fenced off private area. The butterfly gardens in from is what I fell in love with though more than anything. The day before we were able to decorate and set up and the garden club also had members out there gardening and beautifying the garden so it was in tip top shape for our wedding. I am not sure if it was coincidental or not but it made us feel special. All of our guests loved the venue and commented on how beautiful it was. It didn't need much dolling up because it's beauty truly spoke for itself. I am so happy we chose to have our wedding there it couldn't have been more inviting or perfect for us.
We wanted a nice intimate garden wedding where we could have an outside ceremony but an inside reception, because Florida Read more...
We wanted a nice intimate garden wedding where we could have an outside ceremony but an inside reception, because Florida weather. We also wanted to be able to enjoy the gardens as we particularly wanted a garden wedding and for the gardens to be part of the decor. Well the Sarasota Garden Club was perfect for us. It is small and intimate but beautiful. Their reception room has three glass walls that look upon the gardens and the doors and the doors open to make the inside outside garden experience seamless. It was just perfect for our Spring wedding in March. Carol was easy to work with and always happy to answer our questions. The price was great, less than some of the larger gardens in the area but just as beautiful. We had our ceremony on the tropical garden patio which is a nice fenced off private area. The butterfly gardens in from is what I fell in love with though more than anything. The day before we were able to decorate and set up and the garden club also had members out there gardening and beautifying the garden so it was in tip top shape for our wedding. I am not sure if it was coincidental or not but it made us feel special. All of our guests loved the venue and commented on how beautiful it was. It didn't need much dolling up because it's beauty truly spoke for itself. I am so happy we chose to have our wedding there it couldn't have been more inviting or perfect for us. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/21/2015
4.9/5.0
The Garden Club has been wonderful to work with so far! We are less than 3 months away, but I have had such an easy and enjoyable experience working with them. Carol is fantastic at responding quickly and thoroughly. We can't wait to get married here!
The Garden Club has been wonderful to work with so far! We are less than 3 months away, but I have had such an easy and Read more...
The Garden Club has been wonderful to work with so far! We are less than 3 months away, but I have had such an easy and enjoyable experience working with them. Carol is fantastic at responding quickly and thoroughly. We can't wait to get married here! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.0/5.0
Venue is gorgeous but beware...you will be talked down to and bullied and told last minute what you can and can not do (there is very little you CAN do). Let me just say this is my first public negative review I have ever left. Because your wedding day is such a big deal I felt that I needed to share my experience. They all seem so sweet but beware, Aurora will tell YOU, the paying customer, how YOU will be running your wedding and is so incredibly rude. I was absolutely appalled at how she spoke to me before the wedding and to my family and bridal party during the wedding. I know the price is good but it adds up since they are just a venue and you have to do all of the rentals yourself. Unless you are doing a small cut and dry wedding, take your business elsewhere! They do NOT appreciate you as a customer and are very catty. Their lack of professionalism the closer it gets to your wedding is unreal. I had a beautiful wedding and loved every minute of it but what I had to go through behind the scenes and before hand with them had me thinking the whole time how I wish I would have booked elsewhere. No bride or groom should have to deal with that!
Venue is gorgeous but beware...you will be talked down to and bullied and told last minute what you can and can not do Read more...
Venue is gorgeous but beware...you will be talked down to and bullied and told last minute what you can and can not do (there is very little you CAN do). Let me just say this is my first public negative review I have ever left. Because your wedding day is such a big deal I felt that I needed to share my experience. They all seem so sweet but beware, Aurora will tell YOU, the paying customer, how YOU will be running your wedding and is so incredibly rude. I was absolutely appalled at how she spoke to me before the wedding and to my family and bridal party during the wedding. I know the price is good but it adds up since they are just a venue and you have to do all of the rentals yourself. Unless you are doing a small cut and dry wedding, take your business elsewhere! They do NOT appreciate you as a customer and are very catty. Their lack of professionalism the closer it gets to your wedding is unreal. I had a beautiful wedding and loved every minute of it but what I had to go through behind the scenes and before hand with them had me thinking the whole time how I wish I would have booked elsewhere. No bride or groom should have to deal with that! Read less
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Judy
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Sarasota Garden Club is an absolutely beautiful location to have a wedding. The grounds are gorgeous. The pricing was the most reasonable we could find for such a beautiful location. The staff was wonderful, and very helpful. It is conveniently located close to many hotels and popular Sarasota sites. I highly recommend it.
Sarasota Garden Club is an absolutely beautiful location to have a wedding. The grounds are gorgeous. The pricing was the Read more...
Sarasota Garden Club is an absolutely beautiful location to have a wedding. The grounds are gorgeous. The pricing was the most reasonable we could find for such a beautiful location. The staff was wonderful, and very helpful. It is conveniently located close to many hotels and popular Sarasota sites. I highly recommend it. Read less
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Ahnaysa
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
The garden club is a beautiful location with tons of character and some of the most beautiful spots in Sarasota! Definitely a hidden gem! You have endless possibilities to where you want your ceremony and how you want to set up your reception! They have enough tables and chairs that you probably wont even need to rent any! I am soooo happy that we decided to book this venue!
The garden club is a beautiful location with tons of character and some of the most beautiful spots in Sarasota! Read more...
The garden club is a beautiful location with tons of character and some of the most beautiful spots in Sarasota! Definitely a hidden gem! You have endless possibilities to where you want your ceremony and how you want to set up your reception! They have enough tables and chairs that you probably wont even need to rent any! I am soooo happy that we decided to book this venue! Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
The Garden Club is a beautiful location. The price was reasonable and the flexibility of inside space and inside space was wonderful. It requires little decorations and is truly magical.
The Garden Club is a beautiful location. The price was reasonable and the flexibility of inside space and inside space was Read more...
The Garden Club is a beautiful location. The price was reasonable and the flexibility of inside space and inside space was wonderful. It requires little decorations and is truly magical. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
A hidden little gem that I never noticed before I was planning my wedding. All of the ladies at the Garden Club were very kind and helpful. Especially Jean in the front office. If not for a misinformed guy at the end of the night who made us clear out a bunch of stuff that was suppose to be stored there till Monday, I would have given all 5s. Overall, everything was really beautiful and we all had a great time.
A hidden little gem that I never noticed before I was planning my wedding. All of the ladies at the Garden Club were very Read more...
A hidden little gem that I never noticed before I was planning my wedding. All of the ladies at the Garden Club were very kind and helpful. Especially Jean in the front office. If not for a misinformed guy at the end of the night who made us clear out a bunch of stuff that was suppose to be stored there till Monday, I would have given all 5s. Overall, everything was really beautiful and we all had a great time. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
The garden is absolutely beautiful. We got married under the oak tree and had our reception inside. I was very happy and pleased.
The garden is absolutely beautiful. We got married under the oak tree and had our reception inside. I was very happy and Read more...
The garden is absolutely beautiful. We got married under the oak tree and had our reception inside. I was very happy and pleased. Read less
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Steve
Wedding:
1/19/2013
1.2/5.0
The venue was nice and the facility looked good after everything was decorated. We had a nice wedding but at the end of the night, the one custodian they had there to clean was trying to convince my father in law and groomsmen to help him sweep the floors and clean. They went out of their way to help him and stayed late to ensure the place was clean. Here the kicker, they did not provide me the full deposit back because they said there were spills on the floor that needed excessive attention mopping and attention... After calling and explaining to the lady that venues typically require sweeping and mopping after weddings are over and that my guests had stayed to help the custodian on top of me tipping him before the wedding, she still wasn't willing to pay me back the deposit money they had taken. The garden is lovely and the price is good but completely unprofessional how the situation was handled and forcing my guests to help clean up the place and do custodial duties while they are in wedding attire and should have been just enjoying themselves. Solution, perhaps hire another custodian to help clean if its overwhelming for one guy to clean up after a large wedding rather than taking money from your customers because you don't have ample workers. Left a terrible taste in my mouth and for this I would not recommend them because customers who pay good money shouldn't be treated like that.
The venue was nice and the facility looked good after everything was decorated. We had a nice wedding but at the end of Read more...
The venue was nice and the facility looked good after everything was decorated. We had a nice wedding but at the end of the night, the one custodian they had there to clean was trying to convince my father in law and groomsmen to help him sweep the floors and clean. They went out of their way to help him and stayed late to ensure the place was clean. Here the kicker, they did not provide me the full deposit back because they said there were spills on the floor that needed excessive attention mopping and attention... After calling and explaining to the lady that venues typically require sweeping and mopping after weddings are over and that my guests had stayed to help the custodian on top of me tipping him before the wedding, she still wasn't willing to pay me back the deposit money they had taken. The garden is lovely and the price is good but completely unprofessional how the situation was handled and forcing my guests to help clean up the place and do custodial duties while they are in wedding attire and should have been just enjoying themselves. Solution, perhaps hire another custodian to help clean if its overwhelming for one guy to clean up after a large wedding rather than taking money from your customers because you don't have ample workers. Left a terrible taste in my mouth and for this I would not recommend them because customers who pay good money shouldn't be treated like that. Read less
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