How Much Does a Cleveland Botanical Garden Wedding Cost?

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The Cleveland Botanical Garden in Northeast Ohio, which was founded in 1930, provides an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and wedding photography.

With its ten landscaped acres of gardens, crystalline glasshouses, and exquisite gardens, the location offers an array of indoor as well as outdoor wedding venues and rehearsal dinners.

Cleveland Botanical Garden by EDrost88, on Flickr
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How much does a Cleveland Botanical Garden wedding cost?

The ceremony site fee depends on the time year, the day of the week and the number of guests attending.  Refer to the costs we had researched online for the receptions at the venues offered on site.  If an evening ceremony is held in conjunction with a reception in any venue, a $500 ceremony fee will be charged.  As for the plate fee, the estimates are said to be around $125 a head average.

The number of guestsAverage rental fee for ceremony ONLYAverage rental fee for reception and ceremony
50 or less$1,900$3,000 to $4,500
50-75$2,100$3,000 to $4,500
75-125$2,300$4,800 to $6,000
125-200$2,500$5,500 to $7,500
200+$3,000$5,500 to $8,000

NOTE:  These are just estimates and are not guaranteed.  These estimates came from a bride who was kind enough to share her costs via email.  Use this as a budget only. notes the cost of the Sunken Garden ranges from $1,900 to $2,900 based on the number of guests, whereas the Geis Terrace starts at $4,000.

On this forum thread at Wedding Bee, one member said they were quoted about $6,000 to get a room outside, plus $125 a plate as average.

Cleveland Botanical Garden wedding overview

The “ceremony only” fee includes two hours at the garden, whereas the rental fee includes the outdoor ceremony space, an indoor location in case it rains, the use of the bridal room, chairs, guest parking and staff to help coordinate the wedding.  The evening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. with the reception following immediately after.  Reception fee includes up to six hours and may end as late at 12:00 a.m.

An outdoor ceremony can be scheduled for either 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday or 1 p.m. on Sundays.  The Gis Terrace, available for evening weddings only, is available between 6 p.m. and midnight.  The rain venue is in Clark Hall.

Venue options

Clark Hall – The largest indoor wedding venue, Clark Hall offers a spectacular view out of a two-story wall of windows.

Woodland Hall – This is a private reception room that provides a very elegant feel as well as a beautiful view of the Japanese Garden and the sunset.

Geis Terrace – With a large reflective pool complete with water lilies and a fountain, The Geis Terrace provides a gorgeous architectural space for receptions and ceremonies.

Japanese Garden – The Japanese Garden is an outdoor setting that can help you appreciate the beauty of nature.  Complete with well-placed bushes and flowers surrounding a stream and waterfall, this venue is also an amazing place for pictures.

Sunken Garden – This venue is a very private that can be in bloom in many different colors and seasons, especially in the spring.  The area goes slightly downhill, thus the name, which means that all of your guests will have a spectacular view of your wedding ceremony.

Mary Ann Sears Swetland Garden – This space is meant for small ceremonies, usually around 35 people and is considered to be a very private and intimate setting.

Allee – Instead of the private garden atmosphere, this venue offers a ceremony and reception on the lawn next to many of the gardens.  There is also a center walk for brides rather than just walking through the grass.

Restorative Terrace – With the constant sounds of running water and birds singing, this space offers a very romantic and peaceful setting for you and your guests.

Garden Room – This indoor venue has a wonderful view of many areas of the garden and is the backup room for weddings that are scheduled outdoors and get rained out.

Conway Ellipse – Natural skylight complements this indoor ceremony space that has a two-story window behind where the bride and groom stand.  This makes for great pictures and a peaceful setting.

Japanese Overlook Garden – This is a cozy hall that does not fit quite as many people but also provides a good indoor venue in case of rain.

Garden Cafe – An open space with a lot of natural sunlight and a great view, the garden cafe is a more subtle space with less decor.  This means that you can decorate with your own style.

What are the extra costs?

The ceremony rate only includes two hours at the garden.  Every additional hour can cost $300 an hour.

Events with more than 300 guests are billed at 15% service charge on the total facility rental fee.

Valet parking is provided for evening events at an additional fee.

Tips to know:

The Cleveland Botanical Garden offers weddings from April to mid-October.

Couples are advised to meet with one of the event planners from the Cleveland Botanical Garden to arrange for a site tour and discuss wedding ceremony and reception details.

How can I save money?

Consider scheduling your wedding event during the nonpeak days, specifically Sunday through Friday when the Garden provides lower rates.  This can be said about reserving any wedding venue.

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Average Reported Cost: $2500

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  1. Mary (Cleveland,  Ohio) paid $2500 and said:

    Pretty spot on. Paid $2,500 for 150 guests~. This was reservation fee only.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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