How Much Does a Brooklyn Botanical Garden Wedding Cost?

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, locally know as simply the BBG, offers the following mission statement: “Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the natural world.”

This garden society is dedicated to inspiring the love of nature for everyone who visits.

In addition to being a breathtaking place to visit, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a popular venue for weddings and a preferred site of Manhattan society brides.  The place features landscaped grounds, rolling hills and a rustic feel.

Koi Pond, Brooklyn Botanical Garden by Chromium Photography, on Flickr
Koi Pond, Brooklyn Botanical Garden” (CC BY 2.0) by  Chromium Photography

How much does a Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding cost?

According to the multiple sources online, the location fee can range from $600 to $5,000, whereas the price per person, for food and beverage, can range anywhere from $175 to $225+ depending on the menu and options chosen.

A garden ceremony-only wedding is available and will cost $600 for up to 50 people.  Up to 10 additional guests are permitted at $15 per person, according to the official website.  The Palm House, on the other hand, has said to have a $3,500 to $5,500 venue fee, depending on the time of year and day of the week. states the average costs per person start at $186 per person for the average 300-person reception and this would include an open bar, eight hors-d’oeuvres, one cocktail station and a four-course plate.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding overview

The estimates mentioned above will include five hours of event time, excluding the setup and cleanup time.  A guest minimum will be applied to all events as well.

Aside from the outdoor garden ceremony, the BBG also offers the following spaces for a wedding ceremony:  the Palm House and the Atrium.  The Palm House can seat up to 275, whereas the Atrium, offering floor-to-ceiling walls, can seat up to 130.  Both of these rentals will come with access to the garden and offer views of the woods, fountains, garden, patios and landscaped grounds.

What are the extra costs?

There is a setup fee of $10 per person for a ceremony.

A membership fee of $750 is required to host events at the garden.

Tips to know:

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden holds only one wedding event at a time to ensure that they get special treatment during their special day.

Garden ceremonies are based on the availability and are all stand-up events.  No food is allowed and there are no chairs, tables, balloons, decorations, rice or birdseed allowed.

Garden ceremonies are held rain or shine, and there is no backup indoor facility available.

Only two ceremonies are allowed per day, and the start time for all will be 9 a.m. and will have to be finished by 10 a.m., no exceptions.  The gardens open to the public at 10 a.m.

If you plan on having a garden ceremony at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, be sure to plan early.  Spring and summer are busy and bookings are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Small, portable chuppahs are allowed and only low-volume music is acceptable.

There are very specific times and hours that wedding photography is available.  Make sure you check their schedule.

Wedding photography sessions are limited to 45 minutes, and a security guard will escort you and your party to ensure that you get the most out of your time.

To reserve a date, a client must acquire a membership and pay at least 30 percent of the catering total.  A second 30 percent catering deposit will be required six months before the wedding begins and the remaining 30 percent 30 days prior the event.

How can I save money?

Saturday evening weddings are hugely popular, are often hard to book, and are typically more expensive.  If you prefer a weekend wedding, consider booking Saturday afternoon slots or Friday or Sunday dates.

Check with the staff for seasonal pricing as they are willing to work with your budget as long as reasonable.  As with any venue, Saturday nights will be much more than a Thursday.

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