Franklin Park Conservatory took first place in the Ceremony, Indoor; Ceremony, Outdoor; and Reception, Garden/Greenhouse categories.

From leafy parks to rustic farms, Columbus has no shortage of scenic sites perfect for a wedding ceremony or reception. Few spots, however, come with the heritage of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which has earned its status as a local landmark. The earliest incarnation of the venue was opened to the public in 1852, when the spot was earmarked for the Franklin County Fair.

Over successive decades, the grounds—not to mention the striking glass-roofed Palm House, now named in honor of former Columbus Dispatch publisher John F. Wolfe—have been the spot of choice for countless couples to tie the knot. “The conservatory has been a premier wedding venue in Columbus for years,” says Brandon Flory, the senior sales manager at the Franklin Park Conservatory. “We even get people who reach out and say, ‘I was married there in 1980.’ ”

In addition to the Palm House (a lush, palm-bedecked, gazebo-adorned space that can accommodate 190 for dinner), the site boasts other spots ideal for a ceremony or reception, including the Grand Atrium, an indoor space that can hold 250 dinner guests and 500 cocktail partakers beneath skylights and among art by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and the Wells Barn, runner up in our Reception, Rustic/Barn category.

Rentals come with not only the indoor space but an adjacent outdoor area. “Each space has a beautiful outdoor garden that clients can use, usually for the ceremony and then they have the reception indoors,” says Flory, who suggests that photographers arrive ready to capture the surroundings in all of their splendor. “Clients are able to have photos taken around the grounds, as well as in the conservatory collections.”

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus