The Tampa Garden Club is a lovely setting for outdoor weddings and gatherings. The garden, grounds, and bay provide beautiful backdrops for your special event and pictures to cherish all of the memories! The Tampa Garden Club building is a contemporary 6,000 square foot building. The Grand Ballroom is a wonderfully adaptive space with a stage and multi-story window wall facing the bay.
Guests can enjoy views of the romantic and lush gardens out one window, and gaze out across the scenic and tranquil bay through another! The Tampa Garden Club provides the historic charm of South Tampa with the peace and tranquility of lush nature! Perfect location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, social parties, meetings, luncheons, bridal and baby showers, and more! Feel free to contact us for a tour!
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43 Reviews for Tampa Garden Club
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Heather C Mariscal · Married on 11/14/2020
Perfect Wedding Venue!
We had our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at the Tampa Garden Club in November 2020. As soon as we arrived for the tour, we knew that we had found the right place. Bridget showed us around the grounds and explained their policies and timeframe for the event. She met us for a second tour with my father so that he could see the venue as well. Bridget was so great during the entire process. She always kept in contact regarding any paperwork or information needed. She answered the many questions that we had and offered advice and recommendations. The grounds and garden are beautiful, the conservatory and patio area were perfect for cocktail hour, and the ballroom was large enough to allow us to space the tables out. The view through the wall-to-wall windows toward the water was beautiful during the day, as the sun set, and in the evening. The ballroom is such a classy space that we really did not need many decorations to achieve the classic look we were going for. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and we know that is in large part due to the coordination and professionalism of Bridget and her team at the Tampa Garden Club.Sent on 01/10/2021
Tampa Garden Club's reply:Thank you so much for sharing your experience!!! It was absolutely our pleasure to be of assistance with your beautiful day!
Jessica Lingscheit · Married on 11/07/2020
We had the night of our lives and the venue highly contributed to that. We were able to bring in our own vendors as long as they had a specific amount of insurance and it really helped us to personalize and direct our own wedding. The venue is a beautiful blank canvas with amazing views of Bayshore Boulevard. Our ceremony took place in the garden and it was PERFECT. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more gorgeous wedding and I’m so lucky I found this venue! They have a large max capacity and even with the current pandemic issues it allowed people to spread out and feel comfortable. I HIGHLY recommend The Tampa Garden Club.Sent on 11/15/2020
Tampa Garden Club's reply:Thank you Jessica! We are truly grateful for the trust you put in us to house your beautiful day!!
Disappointed · Married on 05/10/2020
Tampa Garden Club should be ashamed
Under no uncertain terms, did we agree to socially distance ourselves from our family during the most important day in our lives. Nor did we expect to have to choose between our wedding and the life or death of immediate family members. Specifically, parents on both sides, that are already battling their own health crisis.Sent on 08/06/2020
We were so excited about the venue and to work with the director on staff Bridget, however this Pandemic has unfortunately showed Tampa Garden Club true colors.
My Fiancé and I signed a contract on September 3, 2019 with Tampa Garden Club to have our wedding on October 17, 2020. On March 23, 2020, I emailed Bridgette Baker, the Director of Private Events at the Tampa Garden Club. My fiancé and I were extremely concerned about having our wedding on October 17th. Our main concern was with regards to the uncertainty of the safety of our guests during a global pandemic. We both have a parent on each side with compromised immunity illnesses.
Bridgette let me know that they were following the CDC 8-week guidelines. Since our wedding was not in that timeframe, she said that if there were to be a CDC mandate in October, she would offer us an alternative wedding date at no cost as per their Disaster Preparedness Policy. She ended the email with saying that the situation was, “very fluid” and that as things changed/updated, she would be in touch.
We took that to mean that she would be working with us. It was only after I contacted her again 2 months later June 26 regarding postponing my wedding, did she tell me they are in Phase 2 of reopening and our covid-19 policy does not extend to October. Under the current local and state ordinances they have been given, they were able to "accommodate" our 200-person guest count.
I expressed to Bridgette that our overwhelming concerns for our family’s well-being has compelled us to postpone our wedding and pleaded for her to understand our situation. It was a heartbreaking decision to do after such a long planning process. And still we were told no.
Finally, after a long discussion with my fiancé and each other’s family, we decided to ask for a refund. Only after that request did they offer to postpone our wedding until next year. However, we were told, "This option will not be extended again. If Covid is still a factor at the time of our new event date, we will be following the CDC, state and local guidance, on if your event can be held or not."
Since that would put us in the same situation we are in now, we declined. Our last contact with Tampa Garden Club was a voicemail from its President, Michele Vatalaro telling us how much “money we were leaving on the table”.
I feel that Bridget was dismissive towards me when I first contacted her in March. She acted as though she would be flexible and reasonable, and I trusted her. She only attempted to somewhat “accommodate” us with no guaranty of working with us in the future. And she only did that when she realized that I would not be paying the remaining balance.
Cancelling our wedding was not an easy decision, however, when juxtaposed with the loss of life that has resulted from the Coronavirus, that was our only option. The Tampa Bay Garden Club has been anything BUT "fluid" and should be ashamed of trying to profit from unsuspecting couples during this National Pandemic.
Signed, Deeply Disappointed
Tampa Garden Club's reply:Hello Disappointed,
We love working at the Tampa Garden Club! It's a beautiful facility overlooking Bayshore. The room is a blank canvas, allowing for any style/theme. The team at the Tampa Garden Club is wonderful, we always look forward to working with them!
The Tampa Bay Garden Club is a gorgeous place to hold a wedding. The picturesque gardens make for great photos to cherish forever and the Ballroom is just as gorgeous! This truly is a great venue!