Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is an outdoorsy wedding venue in Hesston, Kansas. They offer the perfect location for wedding receptions, rehearsals and outdoor ceremonies. Their beautiful limestone and cedar Prairie Pavilion and Visitor and Education Center overlook the lake and are engulfed in natural light for the perfect indoor and outdoor event. Couples looking to have their special day in a garden atmosphere, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is the right place for you.
Facilities and Capacity
For your outdoor ceremony, you have the option of choosing from several locations that overlook the lake or their more private amphitheatre for a more intimate prairie garden ceremony. For the reception, the venue options include the gorgeous larger Prairie Pavilion, which has a covered patio with sliding glass doors. Or you can choose the smaller Visitor and Education Center, which includes a kitchen, bridal room, full-length windows, a gallery and entry hall. Both of these locations have full views of the gardens and grounds. Both buildings also provide a sound system and drop-down screens for showing videos or slideshows. Rental of both buildings, which are connected by a patio, is recommended for wedding parties of over 150 guests, and/or for weddings serving a formal dinner. However, this venue space can accommodate a maximum occupancy of 200 guests comfortably.
The venue's coordinator will assist you to make sure your wedding vision will come to life. For your outdoor ceremony, white chairs are available to rent. For your reception, you have full usage of their banquet tables and padded wooden chairs. Plus, a preparation kitchen in the Visitor and Education Center is available for use by outside caterers. Services include:
The arboretum was a gift of Harold and Elva Mae Dyck, who are well-known for their contributions to the Hesston community where they have lived since 1949. The first tree of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains was planted October 10, 1981 on the 13 acres that comprise the current gardens. Now, the arboretum has matured into one of the largest native plant gardens in the region, featuring more than 1,000 varieties of native and adaptable trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. It was their hope that the arboretum would encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the prairie and the simple beauty of Kansas.
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Alisha F. · Married on 08/08/2020
I will say that first off Janelle at the Arboretum so so flexible I had some things come up in 2019 and had to postpone my dates and they had to problem working with me.
She was very patient and accommodating.
The arboretum is beautiful place. We had our wedding ceremony on 8/8/2020. and it was georgous weather. We had our ceremony out by the bridge and them reception in doors.my biggest thing was have a back up plan if the weather was bad and Janelle helped give me have peace of mind that the tables can be orgained to accommodate a ceremony indoors than turn chair for reception. Multiple different floor plans. I appreciate everything they did for us. They made it easy and less stressful. We planned for about 100 guests and with covid only about 50 were able to be there but regardless we could accommodate.
Alisha and Scott JohnsonSent on 11/16/2020
Megan K. · Married on 04/04/2020
Kindness Beyond Expectations
My husband and I had picked out this venue more than two years before our prospective wedding date. Throughout the process, we had kept in touch with the Arboretum and had completed planning across the full two years. Of course, as many brides currently know, the pandemic threw those two years of planning right in the garbage and we started all over with a brand new date, new seating requirements, and many other things that were worlds away from what we originally planned. Even with our wedding finally taking place three long years after we booked this venue, the staff at the Arboretum were compassionate at every step, and made sure that our day was finally as perfect as it could be. They went above and beyond what we had asked for and paid for, including helping us take our wedding decorations down from a high tree branch. I never felt like I was just one wedding booked into a busy schedule, and they certainly do have quite a few weddings in their beautiful facilities. If you're looking for a local place that will make you feel like a priority, with a reasonable budget and gorgeous views, the arboretum is for you.Sent on 11/13/2020
Alexandria · Married on 10/19/2019
Wonderful and beautiful
It was such a beautiful venue and everyone was so nice! We couldn't have been happier!Sent on 10/29/2020
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Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is one of my all time favorite places to photograph! There is a wonderful variety of locations to take photos indoor and out! They also so have a beautiful reception space with walls of windows and sliding glass doors over looking the arboretum and pond area. Rain on your wedding day? No problem! There is a separate space to set up an indoor ceremony space. The staff at Dyck Arboretum is so accommodating and helpful! Recently I shot a very rainy day wedding at the arboretum and Janelle was kind enough to hold an umbrella for me to keep my equipment dry while I photographed the wedding party under a covered porch. This is a wedding venue I will recommend over and over again!
We highly recommend the Dyck Arboretum! Competent, caring staff, clean facility and a beautiful venue!