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Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue in Dubuque, Iowa. This 56-acre property features more than 60 unique gardens and an array of excellent event spaces, providing ample opportunities to design a celebration that suits your vision.

Facilities and Capacity

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is home to many great outdoor event sites, perfect for hosting a memorable celebration with loved ones. Say your vows under The Lagen-Buelow Gazebo, a classic and romantic structure situated in the rose garden. For a more intimate ceremony, opt for the Formal English Garden, a stunning garden with brick walkways, manicured hedges, and a bubbling fountain. Suppose you're concerned about inclement weather but would still like an open-air atmosphere. In that case, the Packard Pavilion Amphitheatre is an excellent option. This covered structure provides incredible views of the flowering gardens. The Japanese Garden is also the ideal spot for an intimate ceremony. Surrounded by Japanese style this garden and pond is intended to offer peace and quiet contemplation, a perfect area for your special day. Whispering Pines, ideal for your wedding in the woods, a touch of elegance, whimsical, and boho. Lastly, is The Conifer Forest, which is a perfect year-round venue spot to be surrounded, by fir, pine, and spruce. The locations above are some of the most popular wedding locations; however, one can chose their favorite spot for their wedding within the vast gardens and acreage.

Services Offered

Rental fees at this venue include your choice of the ceremony site, 100 chairs, and the use of the Packard Pavilion Amphitheatre should it rain on your wedding day. The wedding party can use the Garden Room to get ready and relax an hour before and after the event, and all parties are welcome to decorate their ceremony site to suit their style and design. While the Arboretum will remain open to the public, your party will have exclusive access to your wedding area, allowing you to enjoy privacy amidst the sprawling property with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Additionally, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden offers great venue spots for rehearsal dinners, receptions, and bridal showers, check out the facility rental page on the website!

More Information

For more information visit our wedding page on the Dubuque Arboretum's website. This will provide you with additional details, photos, and answer your remaining questions. If you are interested in checking a venues availability for your special day send us a message or check online. Lastly, congradulations on your engagement!

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Covered Outdoor
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Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance

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What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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Reviews of Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

4.5 out of 5 rating
4.5 out of 5 rating
3 Reviews
90% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.2 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.3 out of 5 rating
4.5/5 3 reviews
4.8/5 1173 reviews
Katelyn Sent on 05/24/2019
5 out of 5 rating


Absolutely beautiful venue for both my wedding ceremony and rehearsal dinner. Staff was always friendly and professional and willing to assist.
Sydney Sent on 02/14/2017
4.3 out of 5 rating
The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens provides you with a back up option of the amphitheater for bad weather. Downfall is only getting to start set up an hour before your ceremony.
Aayush Sent on 07/04/2011
4.2 out of 5 rating
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Laura Pauly
Laura Pauly
Office Coordinator

Hello! Congratulations on your engagement :) I am new to the Dubuque Arboretum as staff, but certainly not new to the beauty of the park. I grew up in Dubuque and have utilized the Arboretum's beautiful venues on countless occasions personally, and have attended many memorable weddings, reunions, birthday parties, etc. as an excited guest.

If you are wanting to celebrate your special occasion amongst Mother Nature's breathtaking beauty, look no further!! Please email me with any questions, or call me at 563.556.2100.

I'm very much looking forward to hearing from you!



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Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens frequently asked questions

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The space offered by Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Park
  • Waterfront
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Wifi
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is recommended by 90% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in value, 4.7 in average response time, 4.5 in quality of service, 4.3 in flexibility and 4.2 in professionalism.

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