Sunken Gardens is a tropical garden wedding venue located in St. Petersburg, Florida. As St. Petersburg's oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. The botanical paradise is tucked away the midst of a bustling metropolitan city, giving you a private, tranquil atmosphere and timeless beauty that will add to the air of romance to your special day. An event held at the garden offers your guests a unique experience as well as a convenient location close to hotels, shopping, museums, dining, and entertainment. This tropical oasis provides a stunning backdrop for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
Facilities and Capacity
Sunken Gardens offers both indoor and outdoor venue options for your ceremony and reception, accommodating up to 200 guests. Exchange your vows in the historic Wedding Lawn, the North Lawn, or under the canopy of shade trees in the Oak Pavilion. Then celebrate with dinner and dancing in their banquet Garden Room that overlooks the exquisite gardens. This special room is located in the historic 1926 main building and was designed with its history in mind, creating a loft-like feel with high ceilings and metal beams.
Sunken Gardens provides many wedding related services to ease the stress of planning and give you a memorable wedding experience. The venue is also available to host bridal showers. The wedding services they offer include:
In 1903, a plumber by the name of George Turner, Sr. purchased the six acres that would become a world-famous botanical attraction. Three generations of the Turner family continued the vision that created this unique tropical garden, with its flowing ponds. Rooted in a 100-year history, Sunken Gardens was designated a Local Historic Landmark in 1998. The City of St. Petersburg purchased Sunken Gardens in 1999 with the goal to preserve the historic botanical garden and provide cultural and educational opportunities.
Recommended by 91% of couples
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Kelley M · Getting married on 03/27/2021
Excited to get married at Sunken Gardens!
Sunken Gardens was our first choice for a wedding venue and I'm so excited to exchange wedding vows with my future husband in 2021. Sarah helped show us the venue space and provided details and options for ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas. Sunken Gardens is absolutely stunning and provides a home away from home feel for those who would love to get married somewhere tropical!Sent on 09/08/2019
Lairhe · Married on 05/19/2019
Sunken Garden was my perfect dream Wedding
Sunken Garden and their team was seriously amazing! I couldn’t have ask for better people to work with like Stacey and Sarah, and couldn’t have ask for a more stunning and beautiful venue. All my guests for in awe on how beautiful the gardens are, and all the places to take photos are amazing!Sent on 06/12/2019
Allyson · Married on 04/05/2019
Most Magical Wedding Venue
The most magical place for a wedding!Sent on 05/29/2019
The venue speaks for itself in how gorgeous it is. From the moment my finance and I stepped foot onto this serene piece of heaven we instantly knew this was our perfect spot for our magical fairy tail wedding. And we signed the dotted line that day! We knew we wanted an outside garden wedding and this was it!
Sarah, Stacey and the whole Sunken Gardens team did an OUTSTANDING job from start to finish.
Our ceremony was in the North Lawn, our cocktail hour was under the Oak Pavilion, and our reception was outside in the garden under the most perfect big white tent.
We were going for that "secret garden/fairy-tale garden" look-and-feel and that is exactly how it turned out. We live right here in lovely Saint Petersburg, so we were able to visit multiple times before our wedding day so I could truly plan and picture where things would go, The girls helped with all of my unanswered questions and their were A LOT.
I was a VERY overwhelmed bride at times and would show up at their office with a question and both Stacey & Sarah would always reassure me that everything was going to be PERFECT and that it was.
They went above & beyond keeping me sane and answering & helping me with so many questions and for that I am forever grateful but what they really did was keep this bride from a total melt down with their support and how professional they both were. All while having fun and making me laugh too! We had such an amazing experience with everything from our rehearsal well so well organized and detailed & our magical wedding day well it was PERFECT
We made a life time of memories with our family & friends it was a PERFECT VENUE and the history behind this hidden slice of heaven is timeless..
We bought a keepsake block without names & wedding date, I see my husband & myself going to Sunken Garden a lot on special occasions and walk through memory lane…hand & hand. It was such a romantic, fun, beautiful and simply teacupful place to say I DO surround by spectacular greenery, palm trees, flowers, butterflies, fountains, animals, nature honestly how could you not get married or have any kind of occasion here.
Our guest were overwhelmed with the beauty of the garden and are still talking about how amazing everything was. We did hire great vendors too that helped very very much too!
We highly recommend Sunken Gardens & Give their staff and property a 5 star rating across the board! Thank you all so much
A very happy bride & groom
Allyson & Jason McCandless
April 05, 2019
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