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Emily Roberts · Married on 07/11/2020
Helped pulled together wedding in a month!
When we had to completely replan our entire wedding within a month, Powell Gardens was amazing! They took care of everything, answered all my questions quickly, and made sure our day was beautiful! We did our ceremony at the Garden Arbor and it was absolutely perfect for our small gathering. The setting was gorgeous and easy for our guests to find with the help of their staff. I would recommend this place to anyone!Sent on 07/15/2020
Grace Cunningham · Married on 11/09/2019
This location was our 1st choice the moment we saw it. I was just a little disappointed that items were left around the chapel, but our amazing reverend was able to clean things up a little. Overall, fantastic experience.Sent on 12/11/2019
Powell Gardens's reply:Hi Grace,
Marcella · Married on 06/29/2019
Intimate, amazing architecture, beautiful botanical garden
When I came here to tour the chapel for my wedding, I knew immediately it was where I wanted to exchange vows with my husband. I came here as a child, with my mother and grandmother. On the day we visited, there was a wedding that had just ended at the chapel. I admired the bride in her dress, and my grandmother and I walked down the aisle together. She told me, 'Maybe someday, you could get married here.' So it was also a sentimental reason that led me to get married here, since she passed away when I was 13 years old. It was a great way to feel connected with her, since she could only be there for my wedding in spirit.Sent on 07/11/2019
The chapel itself has a 'wow' factor. You have to stop and take a picture, because it just grips you. The chapel itself is small, and only fits about 120-125 people. It is an intimate setting. Our chapel was completely full, and the room had such a feeling of energy and love. It was an incredible experience. The chapel feels inviting, and the architecture is impressive. The lines and windows are just outstanding. We had a harpist play at our wedding, and the acoustics were great. I absolutely loved it!
Everyone was easy to work with. They set up the space for me exactly the way I wanted for my wedding day. The chapel is air conditioned, which is great. They will take you to the chapel in a golf cart if you don't want to walk the whole way (great when you're in a heavy dress with heels in the hot summer!). They also have a space for you to do some last minute touch ups before you walk up to the chapel. I completely recommend Powell Gardens Chapel!
Powell Gardens's reply:Thank you so much for your kind review, Marcella. We are so happy that we got to be a part of your wedding day. Congratulations to you and Timothy!
User4752961 · 2+ years ago
What can I say but what a terrific job they did at powell gardens for our wedding. It always seems to look fantastic out there regardless of the season!Sent on 02/09/2015
Jennifer · Married on 10/05/2012
Beautiful venue for our ceremony! We had an evening wedding and the chapel was amazing at night! We have wonderful memories and great photos too.Sent on 10/19/2012
Amanda · Married on 09/05/2008
Powell Gardens is the perfect site for a beautiful wedding. The chapel is amazing and creates such an intimate environment for a wedding. The Grand Hall is a great place for a reception. The space is great on its own and doesn't need any extra decorating. The only thing I would recommend is to check the microphone in the chapel...there was bad feedback. You might not even need a microphone.Sent on 09/23/2008
Sherrie · Married on 07/26/2008
Powell Gardens was a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony and reception! The cost seems a little high initially (you are also required to book catering there)but taking into consideration the fact that guests do not have to travel from a church to a seperate location for the reception, they provide the set up and clean up at the chapel and reception, and the setting is so beautiful that the only flowers that we had were the bridal party flowers and it was still amazingly beautiful, it was well worth the cost! It was pretty hassle and stress free! The rental coordinators will help you through the process and pretty much hold your hand the whole way through! Sam was an amazing help and always promptly returned my calls and readily and pleasantly answered any and all of my questions! On our wedding night, one of the heals on my shoe broke and we couldn't fix it. One of the wedding coordiators, Andrea, that was there to make sure everthing goes smoothly, took off her healed (white) sandles and offered for me to wear them for the rest of the night! She put on some flip flops! She told me to just leave them at the reception before we left! I was so grateful to her kindness, I will never forget that! THAT is service, my friend! We highly recommend Powell Gardens! The cost below is for the chapel, Grand Hall for reception and catering.Sent on 08/03/2008
Powell Gardens's reply:Sherri, you are the best. We all loved happy you here as a wedding couple!
Amanda · Married on 07/14/2012
Sent on 08/20/2012
Powell Gardens was our first choice of venue and we’re both so very glad we were able to make it happen. Before we were engaged, and in my husband’s case before we’d even met, we both thought Powell Gardens would be a lovely place for a wedding. In person, the chapel is even more amazing! The architecture will give your guests something to talk about for years. You feel as if you’re exchanging your vows in nature.
We booked the earlier evening package which included the multi-purpose room for our reception. We did rent the Fountain Gardens but the July heat was a bit harsh to really be able to enjoy if until after sunset.
I will say also to keep in mind that Powell does many weddings each year. Sometimes even multiple weddings going on at the same time, or within hours of each other. Despite a busy schedule Sam and Denna were always very helpful with any questions we had regarding specific items, time frames, scheduling on site visits for us and our vendors and troubleshooting anything that came up. The night of the reception Sam and Denna stopped by several times to check and make sure that we had everything we needed. They are an experienced, dedicated, professional event planning team.
The only thing I would to tweak about Powell Gardens is the lighting in the parking lot. Several of our guests commented that it was very dark by the time they left (around 10:00 p.m.) and it was somewhat difficult to find their way to their cars. Powell also has a very specific timetable for weddings regarding when you will have access to the changing rooms, chapel and reception areas. Make sure that you keep that in mind when planning and that your vendors are aware of it as well. We didn’t have much trouble working with the schedule and communicating with our vendors for setup times. I enjoy the idea of going back to visit Powell Gardens in the future with my husband for many years to come.
Marisa · Married on 07/07/2017
Powell Gardens is an aboslutely beautiful setting to get married and the team is so easy to work with! We definitely do not regret getting married here at all and this was the perfect setting for us to be married in!Sent on 07/19/2017
Mary · Married on 12/31/2008
The only problem I had at all with this venue was one woman who was just not very friendly. Besides that, this is a wonderful place for a wedding and we loved it. Our friends and family were blown away by how beautiful this place is and how perfectly it fit in to our wedding. The venue alone has such a vast array of flowers and plants and beautiful things. My wedding was really like a fairy tale and would not have been anywhere near what it was without the venue. Amazing...absolutely amazing!Sent on 01/07/2009
Powell Gardens's reply:I am so pleased you had your wedding here and glad that you were heppy, I would have called you but I do not show we had a wedding on 12/31/08, perhaps it was a typo? But thank you so much fro the review.
Adrienne · Married on 04/20/2013
Powell gardens is beautifulplace to have a wedding. I would highly recommend it to any couple getting married.Sent on 06/03/2013
Robyn · Married on 06/01/2008
I have loved Powell Gardens since I moved to the KC area and knew if I ever married again I would walk down the aisle of the chapel there. Sam and Denna were helpful, and Jayme and the catering team were absolutely unbeatable. As most others have mentioned, there are some very frustrating restrictions in the contract - and with my family, who are late for everything, that proved to be a bigger problem than I anticipated. I highly recommend having someone who is not in your wedding party there as early as allowed (one hour before your wedding) to decorate the chapel. We didn't do much decorating, as it is already soooo beautiful - but we did want to tie in our theme colors a bit. Also, trying to drag all of your stuff out of the dressing room when you are in your bridal gown and everyone in high heels- big pain - so have someone on hand to take care of that too! (If PG had a service that would do these things I gladly would have paid for it!)Sent on 07/09/2008
Overall, the venue cannot possibly be beat for beauty, ambiance, and price - although my heart was already set on PG, I did check some other venues to see how the price rated, and it truly is a great bargain!
Our small reception was in Cafe Thyme (I highly recommend this if you have less than 100 people, as it is prettier than the multi-purpose room) and everyone was very impressed with how elegant it was. The food was marvelous, champaine bar was perfect for our Sunday evening wedding, and the staff was so helpful and kind. I kick myself for not remembering our bartender's name, because she was an absolute delight and so very helpful and funny.
(If you book this venue - check out my cake vendor review as she has done many cakes for weddings at PG!)
FYI - I did not include the catering costs with my "spend estimate" on this review, but they were average-low compared to catering costs in the area. If you hold your reception there, you do have to use their catering services - but you definitely won't be disappointed!
Powell Gardens's reply:thank you so much for the kind words! We welcome you to visit anytime!
Candace · Married on 12/29/2006
Powell Gardens is an exceptionally beautiful venue for a wedding, and since we were married during the winter time, we not only had very little trouble selecting a date but we also received reduced rates. We also chose the least expensive area out of three for our reception, but we were never treated as less valuable to them. Both the wedding coordinators and the caterer comitted to helping us have the best wedding we could want!Sent on 09/03/2008
Julie Morrison · Married on 09/19/2020
Powell Gardens to the rescue!
After we had to cancel our destination wedding due to covid, we had 7 weeks to replan our wedding in KC and Powell Gardens saved the day! They offered a beautiful venue at an affordable price. We loved having access to the Study to get ready in before hand. They worked very well with our vendors for a stress free experience. Finding this venue was a little tricky for guests the day of rehearsal but the day of the wedding they had signage which was very helpful! The only thing we said would have been a helpful addition, that was missing, was if the venue offered adding on a day of coordinator but they did at least offer helpful recommendations.Sent on 10/04/2020
Meredith · Married on 09/28/2019
Dream Wedding Ceremony Venue
I grew up about 10 minutes from here and have always wanted my wedding ceremony to be held in the chapel. This was worth every penny we paid for the rental. You get the Chapel Study to get ready in the 2 hours prior to your chapel rental time, which was perfect. All pictures came out fantastic in both these spaces. There is very little you need to decorate, because of the natural beauty of the spaces. The staff here is so easy to work with and did fantastic. I would recommend the Chapel any day to someone who is on the fence about it.Sent on 01/05/2020
Powell Gardens's reply:Meredith, it is always a pleasure to work with couples like you and Bradley! What a beautiful day it was, and we are so grateful to have been a part of it! Wishing lots of love and happiness. Come back anytime!
User4469882 · 2+ years ago
I absolutely love this site for a wedding, the chapel was amazing for pictures. All my guests kept up to me after saying, "This is the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to." So I am pleased with the product and appreciate working with Powell Gardens. The only issue I had was when I need a few extra details about the venue before the wedding, the availability of seeing the grounds was difficult because it's a public place as well. I also did not seem to have particular flexibility with the number of chairs I could use, the venue really put their foot down and it created a bit of a strain in my planning. However, I am excited to say that the pictures and the ceremony were worth the stress, and in the end I loved our wedding.Sent on 10/13/2014
Ashley · Married on 06/23/2007
The gardens were beautiful and very affordable for the Kansas City area. I would recommend the garden to anyone who wants a more laid back wedding with a smaller ceremony (150 max). They were always friendly and helpful and gave us a free membership for a year just for having our wedding there.Sent on 02/01/2008
Kristin · Married on 06/03/2017
Powell Gardens is a beautiful place to get married. We got married in the chapel at sunset and had several guests tell us that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended. You have to be very organized to get everything setup and get pictures taken in the time allotted. You also have to use caterers they select and their alcohol, but I think it was worth it. Cassie and Dena were very helpful in the rental department, as well.Sent on 06/17/2017
Jenny · Married on 06/23/2007
I couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate our wedding. The serene setting was perfect! Jaymie and Sam were great to work with and accomodated every request we had.Sent on 05/07/2008
The only thing we didn't think of was lighting the main reception hall for the evening time....every time we visited was in the day. The candle lit mood was beautiful, but it did make for tough photo opportunities with very little light.
Kazie · Married on 05/10/2007
Beautiful Location but very pricey (around 2200 just for church and flowers) but perfect for an outdoor wedding or reception with beautiful flowers.Sent on 08/21/2007
Powell Gardens's reply:We do not offer at this time outdoor venues for over 50
Jeremy · Married on 05/23/2009
was a wonderful venue for the wedding ceremony! you cannot deny that it is incredibly beautiful and perfect for a wedding. we decided not to have our reception on site because the venue is small, and the food seemed a bit overpriced. unfortunately it rained the whole day and there is nowhere to go in the rain as you are getting ready (especially for the guys...) and pictures are either in the chapel or in the rain. we did both. we found them very friendly, and helpful. the restrictions are pretty tight and time frames are snug (especially for the rehearsal) but somewhat understandable. i would highly recommend this venue, but you must be flexable to work with them. :)Sent on 06/10/2009
it is expensive, but we had a monday wedding and the price is much more reasonable... fridays and sundays are good options.
First Name · Married on 11/29/2008
Powell Gardens is a beautiful place! We had a beautiful wedding! However if you choose to have your reception there too you have to use Cafe Thyme. I wan't thrilled with with the way it was set up, it was not set up properly like jamie and I had discussed, there was no room for the dance floor we had to move it around after the reception had already started. Also, I was told I could only have 2 hours to get ready before my wedding, so I called back and asked for more time to get ready, luckily I was the only wedding that day so I was allowed in, but you might have to make prior arrangements to get ready somewhere else to have enough time for pictures too.Sent on 12/20/2008
James · Married on 10/10/2009
Powell Gardens has an absolutely BEAUTIFUL chapel. We fell in love with it the moment that we first saw it. If that is all there was to rate, this would be PERFECT. However, for the price paid they allow very little time in the chapel prior or after for photography; have a very small place for the Bride and her Bridesmaids to change - and only a small hallway and a cramped bathroom for the gentleman. The chapel is not a "church," so it must have been set up as a place for weddings, yet they do not offer the amenities one would expect for the price they charge. All in all, it really is a great place to get married, and the photo opportunities that the site offers are endless. They really should invest in a few things, and offer a bit more flexibility, however. If you want a BEAUTIFUL place to be married, Powell Gardens is one of the best. If you desire any pampering (for you or your bridal party), however, they do not fit the bill.Sent on 11/10/2009
Michelle · Married on 05/24/2008
The thing I loved about Powell Gardens is that it is beautiful!! Everyone loved the location which included the gardens, chapel overlooking a pond, & reception area. They have a lot of different reception areas depending on the size of the wedding party. The Chapel seats 100 people and is made of windows and wood which is stunning (check out the website). The only drawbacks are that they are sticklers on doing things their way, meaning they have a long and detailed contract that you must stick to and they don't really work outside of that. Also, rehearsals are done on the Wednesday and Thursday before the wedding not on Fridays. This can be good or bad depending on who can come from out of town how early (they also don't remind you to book those in advance but I highly recommend you do and to get it in writing). I can't remember for certain but I think you can only use their catering services. If you want anything outside what is in the contract you have to pay extra and or have have someone else take care of it for you as they do 5+ weddings per weekend. Overall, I highly recommend them so long as you like what all they have in the contract. I would not have gone with anyone else despite the little annoyances that occurred.Sent on 06/08/2008
User3596719 · 2+ years ago
Beautiful venue, made for a lovely backdrop and a gorgeous wedding. The time restraints are very strict. Plan to hire someone to do the decorating at your reception because this will have to happen while you are getting married. This was difficult for me because I am very particular about how I want things, I wasn't able to see and of the decorations until after all of the guests did. There are also select caterers, if you plan to provide any of your own food/beverage, think again because Powell Gardens will not accept any outside caterers because they won't make any $$ off of it. The select caterers charge you an additional percentage that goes to Powell Gardens. Sneaky hidden fees. =/ Aside from all of that mess, the wedding itself was beautiful, but for the amount you are asked to pay, you should be able to have more wiggle room and flexibility in making your day exactly the way you want it.Sent on 10/11/2013