Garden Wedding and Event Venues
Friendship Botanic Gardens is a unique, beautiful setting for outdoor weddings or other special events. Wedding venues are scheduled from May through October and can be held any day of the week. We offer tours of our venues year-round!
We are currently taking reservations for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The Gardens include over one hundred acres of woods and landscaped areas, providing the most beautiful outdoor wedding venues in Northwest Indiana. We can accommodate a small and intimate wedding ceremony of a few family members and friends, or a larger wedding ceremony for up to 500 guests! We welcome and honor marriages of all types.
All ceremony rentals include the use of our VIP Cabin. The wedding party may use the cabin for pre-ceremony prep and belonging storage. Ceremony venues include three-hour allotted time, a one-hour rehearsal privilege, chairs and chair setup, pictures anywhere on property that is not disruptive to another event via people movers, and cart transportation (weather-permitting). Events can be longer at a charge of $200/extra hour. Our Wedding Coordinator will also be on-site to provide personal assistance and guidance during your event. Take a look at what people have to say about weddings at the Gardens!
Ceremonies and receptions will be customized by our Wedding Coordinator.
We can host up to 3 wedding ceremonies and 2 reception per day. Please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Lauren, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to assist you in providing information or scheduling a tour of our venues. Venue and Pricing information is available on the PDF document at bottom of this page. There is a 'RESERVE VENUE' form to fill out at bottom of this page also. When you complete the form, it will take you directly to PayPal and you can pay your Date Reservation Fee directly with a credit card or debit card. A Non-Refundable Date Reservation Fee will reserve the date, time and location for the ceremony and/or reception. This fee is not applied towards the cost of the event. There is a separate date reservation fee for each event. We will hold the date for your event for 7 days without a signed agreement. Friendship Botanic Gardens must have a signed agreement within 7 days of the paid reservation fee to continue to hold the date thereafter. If we do not have a signed agreement, we will remove the ‘date hold’ until we one, which may result in you losing your date. Thank you for your cooperation!
View a PDF guide to our pricing and wedding venues Here.
Our new premiere venue for events is located on Celebration Side, and overlooks Lake Lucerne with a new magnificent multi-colored fountain, that will be a “WOW” factor for your event. Located in close proximity to the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden and Play Area for younger guests. The Pavilion has lighting, ceiling fans, and sides.
View pricing details on the following link: Celebration Pavilion Pricing.docx
Symphony Garden: This canopied area can seat up to 250 Guests
As the premiere venue of Friendship Botanic Gardens, the Symphony Garden provides an elegant and spacious backdrop for a larger ceremony or reception. Your guests will walk a brick pathway beside a reflecting pool of gently sprinkling fountains before being seated beneath an arched canopy that can accommodate up to 250 people. Situated at the foot of a forested hillside and shaded by towering spruce trees, the Symphony Garden is bordered by lush flowerbeds and a crystal-clear sparkling brook that trickles down from the surrounding hills before flowing into Trail Creek. Reserve.
The Chinese Bridge is an iconic signature feature of the Friendship Botanic Gardens landscape. Your guests will be seated in a grassy meadow along the shores of Lake Lucerne where a traditional Chinese terra cotta warrior statue keeps watch among the fern leaves. The sprawling Celebration Side of the gardens unfurls on all sides offering panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the nearby Persian rose garden. Reserve.
The secluded Scottish Garden features a brick platform enveloped in yarrow, salvia, geraniums, and sedum, providing three seasons of blooms and color. A flag of St. Andrews flaps in the breeze near two lion statues. Reserve.
Experience stunning panoramic views from this island garden on the gentle waters of Lake Lucerne. A snow-white gazebo is encircled with colorful perennials at the former site of the “Theater of Nations” stage, where world-famous performers entertained thousands in the mid-twentieth century. A wall of Majestic weeping willows rises into the sky on the adjacent shore. This is an idyllic setting for a smaller, more intimate ceremony of up to 100 people. Reserve.
The Persian Rose Garden has a rich history dating back to 1937, when the King of Persia bequeathed the original roses to Friendship Gardens in the spirit of peace and goodwill among the nations of the world. Today you can commemorate the timelessness of your love by saying your vows among a dazzling kaleidoscopic array of brilliant red and pink blooms. Consult our staff to learn about the best months to enjoy the rose blooms at their most spectacular. Reserve.
The Norway Garden is a quaint and cozy spot where Old Norse imagery comes to life along the banks of Trail Creek. A solemn Viking sculpture overlooks rows of lily beds near a miniature wooden bell tower adorned with dragon carvings. An open meadow area between small groves of ornamental trees offers space for a small ceremony, reception, or picnic. Reserve.
The tea house sits in a secluded cove at the edge of a forested riverbank that gently slopes into Trail Creek. This miniature white lattice shelter sets off an intimate glade area dappled in sunlight with views of vast rolling hills and winding nature trails on all sides. Reserve.
In the shadow of a massive old-growth sycamore, the Romanian garden is a hidden nook with a circular meadow ensconced in a tapestry blue salvia, red impatiens, and yellow marigolds. At the edge of the tree line sits an array of stone tablets carved with the names of Romanian provinces. Reserve.
The woodland meadow provides a vast open space in the shade of towering spruce trees. This expanse of grassy meadowlands dotted with flowerbeds and sculptures is like a blank canvas offering endless possibilities for your reception or ceremony. Reserve.
Reserve Your Garden Wedding Venue
If you have looked at the list of available garden venues and are ready to reserve your date of event, please fill out the form below. After submitting form you will be directed to payment page to finalize your reservation.
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