1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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About Us

Matthaei Botanical Gardens are the premier wedding ceremony site for outdoor weddings in Ann Arbor.  Each year we host nearly 100 weddings in either the outdoor gardens during the warm months, or in our glass conservatory during the colder months.  

Our services for an outdoor garden wedding include:

  • Your choice of an outdoor ceremony site with up to 75 white wooden folding chairs.  Our outdoor garden spaces can hold up to 150 guests, but some will be standing for the duration of the ceremony if there are more than 75. Sites include the Gateway, Perennial, Herb Knot or Willow Pond Island.  All sites offer varying degrees of flowers based on the season.  
  •  A rehearsal scheduled to last up to 45 minutes.
  • A room for the bride's party to do their final dressing.
  • A host from the Garden's staff to assist the guests and wedding party
  • An indoor backup so you never have to worry about inclement weather.  The Auditorium is the indoor site for all weddings scheduled to start before 5:30 pm, and the  Conservatory is the indoor site for weddings that begin at 5:30 pm.  
  • Restrooms and a building that can welcome visitors.
  • Electricity available at two of the sites (Gateway or Perennial Gardens)
  • $1100 includes all of the above, with a two hour limit that includes your wedding ceremony plus photos before and after the wedding.
  • Paved parking lot for up to 120 cars, but parking fees vary between $30 to $100 depending on the amounts of guests attending. Parking fees may be added on to the final payment once your guest list is finalized, so your guests may enjoy free parking.

Our services for an indoor ceremony include:

  • A ceremony site within the Conservatory for up to 100 guests.  60 white wooden folding chairs are included, but the site can hold up to 100 guests.  Therefore, if you have more than 60 guests, we suggest removing some of the chairs to make room for three to four rows of chairs with standing room behind the rows.  
  • Wedding ceremonies that begin at 5:30 pm or later.
  • A rehearsal scheduled to last up to 45 minutes.
  • A room for the bride's party to do their final dressing.
  • A host from the Garden's staff to assist the wedding party and guests.
  • Restrooms and a building that can welcome visitors.
  • Electricity.
  • $950 includes all of the above, with a two hour limit that includes your wedding ceremony plus photos before and after the wedding.
  • Paved parking lot for up to 120 cars, but parking fees vary between $30 and $75 depending on the amounts of guests attending.  Parking fees may be added on to the final payment once your guest list is finalized so your guests may enjoy free parking.

Our services for a reception site include:

  • Use of the air conditioned Auditorium for a party that lasts five hours.
  • Use of the terrace with outdoor seating, a great space for offering appetizers before the meal is served as well as visiting after the party gets underway.
  • Your choice of hiring a caterer from our approved vendor list.
  • The serving of beer and wine (no hard liquor allowed) provided the caterer brings a certified bartender to staff the bar.
  • A host from the Garden's staff to assist the wedding guests and caterer.
  • Restrooms and a building that can welcome visitors.
  • $1000 includes all of the above, with an additional few hours added on for the set up and clean up of the room by the catering staff.
  • Paved parking lot for up to 120 cars, but parking fees vary and can be discussed once your reception time is planned.  You will have the opportunity to pay for parking for your guests so they can enjoy free parking while they are here. 

Features

Ceremony Options
Ceremony Personalization
Outdoor Ceremony - Uncovered
Yes
Officiant Services
Civil UnionsCommitment Ceremonies
Onsite Venue Services
Ceremony SiteOnsite ParkingOutside Alcohol AllowedOutside Catering AllowedReception Facility
Venue Style
Eco-friendly / Green
Venue Type
Botanic Garden / Park

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