The Wedding of Your Dreams

 

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.

Wedding venue options

Celebration Pavilion

Symphony Garden

Romanian Garden

Chinese Bridge

Rose Garden

Celebration Pavilion – Reception Only

Featuring stunning views of Lake Lucerne and its color-changing fountain, Celebration Pavilion is centrally located and is our most popular reception venue, accommodating up to 250 guests. It is also the only venue that can accommodate food trucks.

Select this option if booking a reception only. Ceremony + reception combo options are available for booking in conjunction with our ceremony venues: Symphony Garden, Romanian Garden, Chinese Bridge, Rose Garden, Gazebo Island, Scotland Garden, Tea House Garden, Norway Garden, and Woodland Meadow.

Reception for up to 250 guests: $4,200

Table & chair rental required.

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Symphony Garden

Featuring our stunning reflection pool and fountains, Symphony Garden boasts a wide variety of plant species and is among our most popular event venues.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 101 – 250 guests: $1,900

Reception for up to 150 guests: $3,000

Tables and chairs included at no additional cost.

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Romanian Garden

Our most private wedding venue setting, surrounded on two sides by Trail Creek.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,100

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,300

Romanian Garden

Our most private wedding venue setting, surrounded on two sides by Trail Creek.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,100

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,300

Romanian Garden

Our most private wedding venue setting, surrounded on two sides by Trail Creek.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,100

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,300

Romanian Garden

Our most private wedding venue setting, surrounded on two sides by Trail Creek.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,100

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,300

Romanian Garden

Our most private wedding venue setting, surrounded on two sides by Trail Creek.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,100

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,300

Chinese Bridge

One of our most popular venues for amazing photos of the happy couple or the entire wedding party.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,200

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,400

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,600

Chinese Bridge

One of our most popular venues for amazing photos of the happy couple or the entire wedding party.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,200

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,400

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,600

Chinese Bridge

One of our most popular venues for amazing photos of the happy couple or the entire wedding party.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,200

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,400

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,600

Chinese Bridge

One of our most popular venues for amazing photos of the happy couple or the entire wedding party.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,200

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,400

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,600

Chinese Bridge

One of our most popular venues for amazing photos of the happy couple or the entire wedding party.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,200

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,400

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,600

Rose Garden

Featuring stunning 360 degree views, The Rose Garden is a wide open space nestled between Celebration Pavilion and Lake Lucerne.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,500

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,900

Rose Garden

Featuring stunning 360 degree views, The Rose Garden is a wide open space nestled between Celebration Pavilion and Lake Lucerne.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,500

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,900

Rose Garden

Featuring stunning 360 degree views, The Rose Garden is a wide open space nestled between Celebration Pavilion and Lake Lucerne.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,500

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,900

Rose Garden

Featuring stunning 360 degree views, The Rose Garden is a wide open space nestled between Celebration Pavilion and Lake Lucerne.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,500

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,900

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Scotland Garden

Located in the center of the property with Trail Creek as its backdrop, The Scotland Garden is a great option for smaller guest lists.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Scotland Garden

Located in the center of the property with Trail Creek as its backdrop, The Scotland Garden is a great option for smaller guest lists.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Tea House Garden

Among our most intimate settings, The Tea House Garden is perfect for smaller wedding ceremonies.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Tea House Garden

Among our most intimate settings, The Tea House Garden is perfect for smaller wedding ceremonies.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Tea House Garden

Among our most intimate settings, The Tea House Garden is perfect for smaller wedding ceremonies.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Tea House Garden

Among our most intimate settings, The Tea House Garden is perfect for smaller wedding ceremonies.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Norway Garden

Located in the center of the property with Trail Creek as its backdrop, The Norway Garden is a great option for smaller guest lists.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $800

Woodland Meadow Celebration Pavilion Combo

Featuring stunning views of the pond and fountain, this is our largest venue option for couples expecting more than 250 guests. Rent a tent and place it in our sprawling meadow, use Celebration Pavilion as a spacious dance floor, or have your ceremony in the Rose Garden and use the meadow/ pavilion for your reception…the possibilities are endless!

Connect with our Wedding Coordinator if you have questions prior to booking this venue.

Reception for 250 – 400 guests: $6,200

Tent rental is available via a third-party vendor.

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Gazebo Island

Scotland Garden

Tea House Garden

Norway Garden

Woodland Meadow

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

Celebration Pavilion - Reception Only

Featuring stunning views of Lake Lucerne and its color-changing fountain, Celebration Pavilion is centrally located and is our most popular reception venue, accommodating up to 250 guests. It is also the only venue that can accommodate food trucks.

Select this option if booking a reception only. Ceremony + reception combo options are available for booking in conjunction with our ceremony venues: Symphony Garden, Romanian Garden, Chinese Bridge, Rose Garden, Gazebo Island, Scotland Garden, Tea House Garden, Norway Garden, and Woodland Meadow.Reception for up to 250 guests: $4,200

Table & chair rental required.

Symphony Garden

Featuring our stunning reflection pool and fountains, Symphony Garden boasts a wide variety of plant species and is among our most popular event venues.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 101 – 250 guests: $1,900

Reception for up to 150 guests: $3,000

Tables and chairs included at no additional cost.

Romainian Garden

Our most private wedding venue setting, surrounded on two sides by Trail Creek.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,100

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,300

Chinese Bridge

One of our most popular venues for amazing photos of the happy couple or the entire wedding party

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,200

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,400

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,600

Rose Garden

Featuring stunning 360 degree views, The Rose Garden is a wide open space nestled between Celebration Pavilion and Lake Lucerne.

Ceremony for up to 100 guests: $1,500

Ceremony for 101 – 200 guests: $1,700

Ceremony for 201 – 300 guests: $1,900

Gazebo Garden

Surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Gazebo Island features paved access and offers the perfect backdrop in an intimate setting.

Ceremony for up to 50 guests: $1,000

Scotland Garden

Located in the center of the property with Trail Creek as its backdrop, The Scotland Garden is a great option for smaller guest lists.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Tea House Garden

Among our most intimate settings, The Tea House Garden is perfect for smaller wedding ceremonies.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $900

Norway Garden

Located in the center of the property with Trail Creek as its backdrop, The Norway Garden is a great option for smaller guest lists.

Ceremony for up to 75 guests: $800

Woodland Meadow & Celebration Pavilion Combo

Featuring stunning views of the pond and fountain, this is our largest venue option for couples expecting more than 250 guests. Rent a tent and place it in our sprawling meadow, use Celebration Pavilion as a spacious dance floor, or have your ceremony in the Rose Garden and use the meadow/ pavilion for your reception…the possibilities are endless!

Connect with our Wedding Coordinator if you have questions prior to booking this venue.

Reception for 250 – 400 guests: $6,200

Tent rental is available via a third-party vendor.

Venue Benefits and Booking Details

 

Ceremonies:

  • 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)

Receptions:

  • 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

Tours

 

We get it…finding the perfect venue for your special day can be difficult, especially when you’ve only seen photos of the space.

We’re happy to give you a complementary guided tour so you can see each venue option in person before making the big decision.

 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

A simple reservation process

1. Select Your Venue & Wedding Date

2. Book your spot and pay your deposit

3. Customize your special day with help from our wedding experts

4. Pay your balance 180 days prior to your wedding date

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees needed to book an event?

 

We require a non-refundable Agreement Fee, Venue Fee and a refundable Damage Deposit

What payment options do you accept?

 

You can pay your deposit and any payments toward your Venue Fee via credit card through our website, by cash, check or credit card in our cabin (during open season May – October) or simply mail us a check.

Can I book a tour to come see the venue before I book?

 

Absolutely! We highly recommend booking a tour with our Wedding Coordinator before making your decision.

Can I use outside vendors?

 

Absolutely, you are able to use whatever vendors you’d like.  Of course, we have a preferred vendors list if you need suggestions.

How can my elderly guests get down to my venue?

 

We offer golf cart transportation to and from your venue locations for anyone who needs or wants a little help getting around.  The bride and groom assume all liability for guests on golf carts

Can I decorate the day before my wedding?

 

– No, you will have access to The Gardens at 9:00 AM CDT, the day of your event.

Is a rehearsal included with a ceremony?

 

Yes, a one hour rehearsal window is included with your ceremony venue booking.

Does the Agreement Fee go towards the Venue Fee?

 

No, the Agreement Fee is separate and is non-refundable.

When is my balance due?

 

Your deposit is due when you book a date with us. The Venue Fee must be paid in full 180 days in advance of your event date.

Can I have alcohol at my reception?

 

Of course!  We just need the proper documentation in place and a police officer present.  You can add bar service to your event from our rental add-ons page after booking your special day.  Our Wedding Coordinator can also help you with this. Bottoms up!

Do you have somewhere I can use to make last minute preparations before my ceremony?

 

You can use our VIP Cabin to get ready in and stay hidden from your guests.

Do you have restrooms at the venues?

 

There are two restrooms located on the Symphony Garden side of the property and there are porta potties available on the Celebration Pavillion side of the property.  We’re happy to provide golf cart transportation to and from restrooms.

Do you have any packages for smaller guest counts (25 or less)?

 

Yes!  Please contact our Wedding Coordinator for special pricing for smaller guest counts.

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