Wedding venues that have a definitive greenhouse or conservatory setting soared in popularity in 2022, and this year is no different...
Why? Well, they're absolutely in keeping with the ever-popular English Garden themed wedding, and most can easily project the Regency Era vibe found in the hit series Bridgerton, a style that so many couples are still swooning over. And when overflowing with fresh botanical garden collections, dripping with hanging varieties like wisteria or lavender and anchored by lush, green topiaries, greenhouse weddings couldn't be any more romantic.
Greenhouse or conservatory weddings are inherently gorgeous, thanks in part to the brilliance of the full glass windows encasing the spacious room. They have such an open and airy nature, with daylight streaming in from all angles. And at night, the glass becomes mirrors, reflecting the indoor lighting and making it come alive.
But you can further enhance the beauty and romance of these "outdoors brought indoors" settings with extra special touches like:
Greenery garlands. These soft and leafy beauties enhance the lush garden atmosphere for guests when laid across tables and draped from eaves and ceiling trusses.
Tons of warm candlelight. Add taper candles to guest tables, pillars in hurricane vases on your place card tables and lots of flickering tea lights everywhere. Watch how the light reflects off the glass and dances around the room!
Hanging floral installations or chandelier embellishments. Station intertwined blooms, vines and greenery above guests' heads for another layer of added interest and excitement!
Watercolor pastel color schemes. Choose light and soft, spring-like colors for your linens, décor and wedding party attire. And brides, consider choosing a wedding gown with color, too! Colored floral embroidered bridal gowns are continuing to trend for 2023 weddings. And pastel wedding dresses in light blue, soft yellow, sage and blush grace more and more designer collections each year. Check out these amazing, innovative gowns from Andrew Kwon!
Rustic wood accents. Enhance the earthy, organic qualities found within the natural botanical setting with rough-hewn wood accessories like signs, planters, centerpiece stands and lanterns.
Antique (or antique-looking!) furniture can be set up in the reception or lounge areas to bring in that Regencycore ambience. Consider renting these functional, yet dramatic furniture pieces for your occasion. Think provincial or Louis XVI settees, soft, upholstered French dining chairs and delicately carved side tables.
Ceremony flower arrangements. Line your ceremony aisle with delicate petals or eye-popping floral arrangements. Or have romantic flowering vines draped along the row of chairs. How about using copper or vintage-looking watering cans as vessels for your flowers?
Toile and vintage china place settings. Classic china patterns with floral or pastoral landscape designs couldn't be more perfect in these horticultural surroundings.
A fitting wedding cake. Trim each layer of your traditional white buttercream cake with fresh or edible floral embellishments. Or consider a naked or semi-naked cake which has a more rustic, uncomplicated quality.
If this is the look you've always envisioned for your big day, and you're getting married in the Philadelphia area or in New Jersey, check out these gorgeous greenhouse or conservatory venues:
The Horticulture Center. Located in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, this spacious greenhouse venue also boasts gorgeous manicured grounds, a modern exhibition hall, outdoor reception spaces and a beautiful reflecting pool. We loved every minute of all our past clients' weddings there!
Curtis Arboretum. This historic venue sits on a 45-acre arboretum in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, with landscaping designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted (yes, the designer of the grounds of NYC's Central Park!). Onsite is Curtis Hall, the original 1893 music ballroom of the estate. And attached is a peaceful, climate-controlled glass ceiling tent that accommodates up to 200 guests. It definitely has a greenhouse vibe.
The Madison Hotel Conservatory. In addition to its glamorous ballroom, The Madison Hotel offers a huge Victorian-inspired conservatory adorned with gorgeous hanging floral arrangements for your ceremony and/or reception. We were thrilled to film as Celia and Scott celebrated at their reception here in the breathtaking conservatory!
Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. This new-ish rustic chic conservatory, located on the county fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey, also has a spacious courtyard featuring seven gorgeous gardens, several gazebos, pergolas and bubbling fountains. Couples rave about the abundance of natural light in the eco-friendly conservatory and the endless photo ops provided among the well-manicured grounds.
Greenhouse or conservatory venues are ideal because they're inherently beautiful and romantic with their botanic décor and natural lighting, simply perfect for any ceremony or reception. They're almost always nestled among gardens, providing stunning surroundings for your wedding day as well. And if your garden venue has a greenhouse on-site that's not open to the public, ask if it can be used as a backdrop during your photo shoots!