Best Wedding: Get married at one of Florida’s lush botanical gardens

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Outdoor garden wedding (credit: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)

Outdoor garden wedding (credit: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)

Florida Travel Guide to a garden wedding in Florida

If you’re searching for Florida wedding ideas that don’t involve the beach, maybe you’ll consider getting married at a lush botanical garden. There are dozens of amazing garden venues in the state, so we’ve tried to narrow down your options a bit! Here are five locations for you to consider for your garden wedding in Florida.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville has one of the largest herb garden you’ve ever seen, and one of the largest public displays of bamboos in the state. Get married in one of the 62-acre garden facility’s outdoor or indoor spaces. The most colorful time of year to get married here is between June and September. Say your vows in one of the facility’s many specialty gardens, like the Hummingbird Garden, the Water Garden, the Asian Garden, the Ginger Garden or Butterfly Hill.

Harry P Leu Gardens

If you’re searching for Orlando wedding ideas, consider the stunning 50-acre botanical oasis of Harry P Leu Gardens and home to The Leu House Museum. Garden weddings at this venue have been a tradition for years and ceremonies take place here all year round.  While ideal for small intimate weddings, Leu Gardens can also accommodate a larger affair. For a wedding with 26-180 guests, you’ll ask for details about the Standard Wedding package which gives you the option of saying your vows at the Rose Garden, on the Leu House Museum Lawn, at the Floral Clock or the Landing. Smaller weddings take place at 
White Garden, the South Woods Gazebo or the Trellis & Courtyard Gazebo.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

If you’re looking for garden wedding ideas that won’t put you in debt, celebrate your special day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables among rare palms, cycads, flowering trees, vines or lakes. The venue is visually stunning but while you can easily choose to have a grand evening wedding here, you can also opt to have an economical daytime wedding which costs only $500 for 30 people. You aren’t allowed wedding canopies, runners, food or beverages for the daytime ceremony but you would be allowed unamplified music such as harps, guitars or flutes.

Sunken Gardens

Exchange vows at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, a venue with flowering plants and cascading waterfalls where hundreds of others have been married since 1935. Imagine walking down a meandering walkway in your gown, surrounded by lush vegetation. Hold your ceremony at the Wedding Lawn, the North Lawn or in the Oak Pavilion under a canopy of shade trees. It’s a timelessly romantic place for a wedding. If you worry about it raining on your special day, book the Garden Room, with its high wood ceilings and metal beams. It’s overlooking the gardens so it will still be a lovely setting!

Gaylord Palms

Did you know there’s a wedding venue in Kissimmee that allows you to have an outdoor wedding indoors? The Gaylord Palms Resort is a dream come true for any bride wishing for an outdoor garden wedding without the stress that can go along with that. Even though Florida is the Sunshine State, the weather can take a turn for the worse, especially at certain times of year. Under the Gaylord Palm’s signature glass atrium, however, the lush gardens can let you have the ceremony of your dreams with no chance of rain!

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