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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: A Wedding Venue for Nature Lovers

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a stunning waterfront wedding venue located in Sarasota, Florida. The Gardens are home to a variety of tropical plants and flowers making it a popular choice for couples that enjoy a natural and elegant setting for their special day.

marie selby botanical gardens wedding venue in sarasota, florida

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Wedding Venue in Sarasota, Florida


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has a lush, tropical aesthetic that is perfect for couples who love nature, featuring a variety of plants and flowers, including orchids, bromeliads, and ferns, which can be used to create a unique and elegant wedding décor. The Gardens also have a beautiful waterfront setting, which provides stunning views of Sarasota Bay.

Founded by Marie Selby, a philanthropist and horticulturist, the Gardens were originally located in downtown Sarasota but were moved to their current location in 1976. The Gardens are now a popular tourist destination and research facility containing a number of noteworthy features that set it apart from other wedding venues; foremost, the beautiful waterfront setting, which provides stunning views of Sarasota Bay.


The Gardens can accommodate both indoor and outdoor weddings, with a number of indoor spaces including the Schimmel Wedding Pavilion, the Christy Payne Mansion, and Historic Mary’s Chapel. The outdoor spaces include the Banyan Walk, the Tropical Conservatory, and the Butterfly Garden.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers a variety of pricing options for weddings, although the cost of renting the gardens will vary depending on the date and the time of year in addition to their wedding collections that include catering, event planning, and floral design. Overall, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and elegant venue for engaged couples who love nature and who want a unique and unforgettable setting for their special day.

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Imagine what your wedding day could look like by viewing this real wedding day at the Historic Mary’s Chapel on the Spanish Point campus.

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Amanda Dawn

Wedding + Portrait Photographer

Amanda Dawn is a wedding and portrait photographer based in beautiful, sunny Florida that loves to travel. When she is not on the road you can find her either spending time at home with her husband or out enjoying her favorite local spots.

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