A Secret Garden is a historic wedding venue located in Independence, Missouri. This secluded venue lives up to its name as it provides a private hideaway for a wonderful wedding. Offering luxurious interiors and charming outdoor spaces that both look splendid, day or night, this is a remarkable place to host your ceremony and reception.
Facilities and Capacity
The outdoor garden area provides a great deal of flowers and shrubbery that provide color, fragrance, and natural beauty for you and your guests to admire. With an acre of space, there is more than enough room for comfort. Just picture yourself walking arm-in-arm with your significant other as the wedding party enjoys the day’s atmosphere. Providing a beautiful backdrop for such a significant moment, the floral surroundings truly add to the venue’s splendor.
For your ceremony at A Secret Garden, the courtyard area offers room for your guests to sit on chairs that are dressed in white covers. Rose petals can be scattered along the paved surface that acts as your aisle as outdoor chandeliers hang from above. A large tree wraps itself elegantly around the space where you can be joined in matrimony by your chosen officiant on a slightly raised area. As sparklers are set off, applause rings out, and you mark the occasion with a kiss, you can rest assured that no-one will forget the moment.
With your union official, you can make your way inside the Palm House. Here, the reception, dancing, and dining can begin in earnest. Boasting 2,700 square feet of space, the house offers a charming hall where the wedding party can come together.
No elegant touch is spared in the hall. On the ceiling, enchanting ivory satin adds sophistication as it drapes from the ceiling, while seven chandeliers create a twinkling sparkle. Round tables with bow-tied chairs provide seating for your guests to savor the cuisine of the day. A dance floor provides somewhere for them to while away the night.
Cleanup and setup services are available for the couple of honor to avail of at A Secret Garden, reducing the stress of fixing up the venue prior to, or after, the wedding. Event rentals can also be made available for you to use how you wish - such as centerpieces, chair covers, an arch, tables, chairs, and more. An event planner service can also be offered to reduce some of the stress involved in preparing for the big day. Conveniently, outside vendors are welcome to come in, meaning the newlyweds can personalize the space and the entire experience.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Rae · Married on 05/11/2018
A well-kept secret indeed! Before this review becomes Too Long; Didn't Read: highlights! Russ is spectacular from start to finish and beyond. The garden is a hidden gem. You will be so well taken care of, it's ridiculous!Sent on 05/16/2018
Here's the scoop!
So, to be completely honest, I had no clue this place existed. My mom and I met Russ at a bridal show.
There was a little line to speak to Russ, but, within 3 minutes of talking to Russ, he had my mom in happy tears and we booked a site visit .
If you like, fun, whimsy, stress-free, and, fairy tales, this is your place. The entrance to the garden starts with a little puzzle, where you are then rewarded with a hallway decked in beautiful paintings done by Russ that then leads to the piece de resistance: The Garden. The work he has put into making this place full of magic cannot be understated. The winding pathway leads you past sculptures, ponds and fountains, beautiful trees and flowers, a curiosity shop, a treehouse, a waterfall, trees bedecked in chandeliers, and, if you're lucky, you will be visited by SG's resident white rabbit, Hatter! On the property, Russ has also built a stunning reception hall which is host to 3 bathrooms (1 men's, 2 uni sex), an English pub, a koi pond and fountain, as well as live flowering banana trees!
When it came to planning, it quickly became apparent that we had nothing to worry about. My husband (then fiance) and I are both incredibly busy, but Russ put our minds at ease by taking care of the decorations, tablescapes, flowers, photography(!), DJ, AND giving us a list of his preferred vendors. Day of, he provides Annie to be your bride minder/savior. He makes sure the couple eats and is constantly cared for. Same with Moms! RUSS WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY COME TRUE. For all he offers, SG IS A STEAL, and, I can't say enough about it! 5000/10 would totally recommend to anyone who will listen !!
Sydney quick · Getting married on 05/01/2021
We’re only in the wedding planning stages, but Russ listens to everything we want and need. He’s been fantastic and has worked with us so well! And the garden is BEAUTIFUL.Sent on 12/20/2018
Casie Stovall · Getting married on 10/12/2019
Russ is fantastic! He listens to what I want as the bride and had ideas I would never have thought of.Sent on 04/01/2019