U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens




For your special day, plan a wedding made by nature. Set your wedding outdoors in one of the formal gardens or spaces, or indoors amid the lush tropical setting of the Conservatory. This venue offers seven distinct spaces in which to host your stunning ceremony or lovely outdoor reception. Say your vows in the summer-blooming Gateway Garden where sunflowers nod overhead and butterflies and hummingbirds dart between flowers in a flurry of activity. You will say, “I do” beneath the arch in the pavilion and guests watch while sitting amid the gorgeous landscaping. The colorful Perennial Garden provides the perfect space for a formal ceremony layout with chairs against the central aisle and the ceremony taking place in the semi circle of white perennials. The changing colors of the perennial beds will always blend and reflect any color scheme for fantastic photographs. Willow Pond Island is a truly special place for the ceremony where you will cross the water and pass between the reeds to a secret garden, creating a sense of serenity and isolation. Views across wildflowers to the tranquil water beyond you and your guests will be surrounded by rugged natural beauty.

Venue Style

Event Center, Park/Garden


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 100 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 100 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $1,000 for a reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The set up fee for a ceremony ranges from $1,200 to $1,500.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens is estimated at between $8,458 and $18,377 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Beer and wine only
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
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Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM