The Gardens at Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a historical venue located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Couples will be surrounded by twelve different gardens on 36 lush acres. You can have a beautiful outdoor ceremony and then dance the night away in their restored carriage house. The Gardens at Elm Bank offers guests the chance to enjoy architectural gems, fields, forests and amazing gardens just 30 minutes from Boston.
Facilities and Capacity
Our unique and stunning property can accommodate weddings and celebrations up to 400 guests. You can exchange vows in the formal and romantic Italianate Garden surrounded by the flowers of the season. Then you can move to the whimsical Children's Garden while enjoying cocktails. Finally, you can finish the night at the elegant Hunnewell Building which was once the carriage house for the former Cheney-Baltzell estate. It includes 3,000 square feet of event space adorned with a vaulted and trussed ceiling.
This award-winning venue is available any time of the year. Their services include:
In addition to hosting your wedding, the Gardens at Elm Bank will also host the following:
61 Reviews for The Gardens at Elm Bank
Recommended by 94% of couples
47 User photos
Alison G. · Married on 07/24/2021
Most Beautiful Wedding Venue Ever!
My now husband, Jon, and I were one of the many couples who were forced to postpone our July 2020 wedding for a year. As our July 2021 date was quickly approaching, the COVID restrictions in the city of Boston were not easing up, and our dream of a city wedding wasn’t looking promising. Jon reached out to multiple venues outside of Boston proper and to our luck, there was a last-minute opening on our date at the Gardens at Elm Bank. I was extremely hesitant to switch venues and re-plan our wedding in only 3 months, however, Jon convinced me to at least tour the Gardens at Elm Bank. Kayleigh and Lindsay were extremely accommodating and arranged for us to tour the property at a time that worked around our schedules. Our first visit to the Gardens at Elm Bank was on a cold, yucky, SNOWY April day. While the weather was terrible, the beauty of the property was still evident. And after meeting Kayleigh and Lindsay, there was no doubt that switching venues was the right decision. Kayleigh and Lindsay were extremely responsive, flexible and helpful. They accommodated our tight timeline and ensured that my parents, who live out of town, were involved with every step of the process. In addition to the impeccable service, is the property itself. It is wonderfully maintained and is absolutely breathtaking! With every visit, I fell more and more in love with the beauty of the gardens and the charm of the Hunnewell building. On the day of our wedding, the venue truly looked like a picture out of a magazine! The best part is, we didn’t have to spend a fortune on décor/add-ons because it is simply stunning as-is! The guests at the wedding could not stop raving about how beautiful the venue was! The space was a perfect mix of everything – from cocktail hour outside at the Italianate Garden, to dinner inside the Hunnewell building, and then dancing in the adjoined tent. Given the current state of the pandemic, our guests felt extremely comfortable because the space is large enough to comfortably spread out both in and outdoors. While we initially thought our dream wedding was in the city, Jon and I are now convinced, more than ever, that this was the luckiest thing that has ever happened to us (aside from meeting each other ) Thank you Kayleigh and Lindsay for giving us the wedding of our dreams! We could not recommend The Gardens at Elm Bank enough!Sent on 07/29/2021
The Gardens at Elm Bank's reply:Ali, it was such a pleasure to work with you and Jon! You had an amazing team of vendors supporting you and even with short-planning, it was an absolutely perfect and GORGEOUS wedding! Sending lots of love to you both! - Kayleigh & Lindsay
Brittany · Married on 10/12/2019
Gorgeous venue with great staff!
We could not imagine a more beautiful venue for our wedding. Kayleigh was a delight to work with. She was responsive, attentive, and worked hard to give us a day we wouldn't forget. The grounds are gorgeous and our guests raved about gardens.Sent on 11/27/2019
Alexandra S. · Married on 08/09/2019
Elegant, great staff
We loved getting married here!!Kayleigh took great care of us and was quick with replies and detail oriented.Sent on 08/30/2019
The Gardens at Elm Bank's reply:Thank you Ala! I loved working with you and Michael and I hope the wedding was everything you dreamed of and more! Congratulations and please visit the gardens again soon! Best Wishes, Kayleigh
This summer I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding for one of my couples, they chose The Gardens at Elm Bank as their ceremony location. What a gorgeous setting! It was a stunning place to tie the knot, everything was coordinated beautifully to perfection. Even in the 95 degree heat it still was a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. Even though the heat deterred us from using the gardens to the fullest for photography, the shade of the estate provided a great spot for family photos and some bridal portraits. I'm looking forward to photographing at The Gardens at Elm Bank again in the future!
The staff are very professional. The venue is beautiful. They will make sure you have the best day of your life. DJ Photo Booths highly recommends The Gardens at Elm Bank. www.facebook.com/djphotobooths
The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley is a beautiful venue offering several options as places to hold your ceremony. Depending upon the season, the gardens provide ever changing flowers, plants etc. to enhance wedding photos.