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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is a wedding venue located in Rockford, Illinois. This event space is the third largest conservatory in the state and provides stunning indoor and outdoor backdrops for your wedding photos. Couples hosting their celebration here are guaranteed memories to be treasured for many years to come.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue offers numerous event spaces to help bring your one-of-a-kind wedding vision to life. The 1,700-square-foot Ipsen Atrium boasts a wood-beam ceiling, plenty of sunlight, views of the Rock River, and a terrazzo floor. Ideal for large groups, this space can accommodate up to 125 seated guests or 150 standing. Couples can wow their guests in the 11,000-square-foot glass Exhibition Area, featuring lush greenery, an infinity koi pond, outdoor terrace, sculptures, and more. This area is best for intimate celebrations, with room for 30 for a wedding ceremony or 125 for a standing cocktail reception. The JL Clark Meeting Room includes audiovisual equipment and outdoor terrace and can seat up to 70 people. It can also be used as a dance room for your reception if extra space is desired.

If an outdoor event is what you are after, you can opt for the Riverview Terrace, overlooking the river and rose garden. This area can host up to 150 of your loved ones for a ceremony or 125 for a seated dinner. An additional outdoor possibility is the Sightseeing Garden. Here, you will find winding streams and waterfall features. Couples and their guests can enjoy the pathways adorned by perennial and native plants along with views of the Eclipse Lagoon. Up to 30 guests can be present here for your ceremony or up to 50 for a standing cocktail party. The Tea House Garden is a historic area that serves as a tranquil site for ceremonies or standing receptions of up to 125 people. A fourth outdoor option is the Waterfall Garden, with room for up to 75. Your loved ones will delight in the fragrant scent of the nearby rose garden, as they watch you say “I do.” Finally, the Perennial Garden offers flexible space, capable of hosting smaller ceremonies or those with up to 175 guests. A charming white pergola and abundance of perennial flowers ensure a truly memorable setting for your big day.

Services Offered

The professional staff at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is dedicated to providing you with an experience that is as free of stress as possible. They offer a list of select catering options and suggested vendors to aid in the seamlessness of your event. In addition, couples can avail of a variety of wedding packages to suit a range of budgets and needs.

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Nicholas Conservatory was THE BEST venue for our wedding. The setup of the facility allowed for separate spaces for our guests to enjoy the night. Having three separate spaces allowed people to enjoy the dancing, wander through the gardens or enjoy each others company. I can't even say enough about the staff. Leslie and her team are absolutely amazing.
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