Columbus' famed conservatory is a wedding-day dream.
Do not covet thy neighbor's wedding venue! You can totally get married there, too.
"We aren't completely booked up like many people might think," says Colleen Tassone, client services manager at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The East Side's lush flora and fauna haven is renowned for the beautiful weddings hosted there-and for its popularity, which leads many brides-to-be to fear it's inaccessible. The venue does, after all, host nearly 200 weddings a year.
"We have so many different options available," Tassone say. "We try to have a lot of different price points, too, that can accommodate any budget."
While most larger weddings (a cocktail party in the Grand Atrium or Zen Terrace can accommodate up to 500 people) are booked as far as to two years out, other smaller bookings can be reserved two weeks in advance.
Each of the conservatory's main rentable areas come with an indoor and outdoor space; a Saturday wedding in the Palm House and West Terrace starts at $2,000, the Grand Atrium and Zen Terrace at $3,000.
But intimate wedding rental rooms are available as well and at a less expensive starting point. Perhaps the bubbling water fountain and white redbud trees lining the stone paths of the Brides Garden (available for $550) is the perfect setting for you and your betrothed. Or maybe you'll prefer the uber-romantic Rose Pavilion ($400) and its quiet storybook gazebo.
Conservatory weddings also include free parking, security and an onsite coordinator who helps guide the couple through every step of the wedding process. Rental costs vary; one style of chair, for example, costs more than another. You can mix and match details to your budget's content.
"What's nice about Franklin Park Conservatory is that each space is beautiful in its own way," Tassone says.
Its lush, romantic appeal and versatility has made it the spot for many a wedding. It could be your spot, too.