Book Your Special Day


With over 100 acres of landscaped and wooded areas for you and your guests to enjoy, weddings at The Gardens are truly magical.

Our wedding professionals take care of all of the details so you can focus on creating lasting memories.

Book Your Wedding


Fill out the form below and let us know how to get in touch with you.

Our Wedding Coordinator will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and help you complete your venue reservation.

Note: If you would like to book the Woodland Meadow combo for your ceremony and reception, please select Rose Garden for your ceremony venue and Celebration Pavilion for your reception venue.

Looking for more details?

FBG Weddings Booklet

Provides details about all our venues, pricing, and agreement fees

FBG Weddings FAQ

FAQs in a printable format

FBG Weddings Preferred Vendors

The vendors we recommend to enhance your special day

Venue Benefits and Booking Details



  • Assistance of our Wedding Coordinator for entire event
  • Use of the Wedding Cabin
  • One-hour ceremony rehearsal
  • Milestone Brick in our Symphony Garden fountain terrace (ceremonies only)


  • Assistance of our Wedding Coordinator for entire event
  • 3 hours of venue rental (additional hours are $300/hour)

Reservation requirements:

  • A non-refundable Date Agreement Fee of $250 is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reserved venue. A $200 damage deposit is required 30 days prior to your event.  Damage deposit is refunded if no damage is observed.
  • The venue rental fee must be paid in full 180 days prior to the date of your event.
  • A damage deposit is due 30 days prior to the date of your event.


Milestone Brick

Remember your special day with a complimentary Milestone Brick placed in our Symphony Garden fountain terrace. Your Milestone Brick inscription can consist of three lines of text, with a maximum of 16 characters each line.

Below is a sample Milestone Brick for your reference.

Friendship Botanic Gardens Milestone Brick

 Meet Your Wedding Coordinator

Ashley Neil

Planning your special day can quickly become overwhelming – we can help.  More than 65 couples choose to tie the knot at The Gardens each year.  As a result, we have a lot of experience helping couples customize their ceremony and reception experience; but beyond that, we also partner with each couple to help them navigate how to create the most perfect wedding experience.  That’s where our Ashley shines.

A La Porte native, Ashley’s love of wedding and event coordination began at the age of 10 when her father returned home from a business trip with a wedding magazine.  Ashley recalls pouring over that magazine from cover to cover countless times and cites it as the origin of her passion for creating amazing wedding experiences.

Since 2014, Ashley has dedicated her professional life to shaping memorable and compelling experiences through events; the majority of which have been weddings.  She holds a degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management from Indiana University.

Beyond helping to shape your perfect day, Ashley will also match you up with highly regarded wedding professionals, from catering to entertainment and everything in between, throughout the Chicagoland area who augment our incredible venues to make your special day even more memorable.

When she’s not fulfilling her dream job, Ashley loves exploring Northwest Indiana in search of novel restaurants and craft breweries that serve as inspiration for creations in her own kitchen, typically while jamming out to music from artists like Fleetwood Mac and Eminem.

We’re sure you have questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out.  We can’t wait to help you make your special day magical for you and all of your guests!

Friendship Botanic Gardens Wedding Coordinator Ashley Babcock

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