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Morton Arboretum Weddings: A Natural and Romantic Venue for Your Big Day

Updated: Mar 26


A Morton Arboretum Wedding featuring a bride, groom and their wedding party.

Morton Arboretum is a beautiful and serene destination for couples looking for a unique and picturesque wedding venue. The staff at Walden Floral Design highly recommends Morton Arboretum for your wedding venue. The Arboretum offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues that can accommodate weddings of all sizes and styles. Couples can choose from eight different venues, each with its own distinct charm and ambiance.

Whether you're looking for a grand ballroom or a rustic outdoor setting, Morton Arboretum has something to offer. The Fragrance Garden, for example, is a popular choice for couples who want to exchange vows surrounded by the sweet scent of blooming flowers. The Gingko Room, on the other hand, is an elegant indoor venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

With its breathtaking scenery and exceptional service, Morton Arboretum is the perfect setting for a wedding that is both memorable and magical. Whether you're planning an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, the Arboretum's team of experienced wedding planners will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your special day is everything you've ever dreamed of.

Location and Venue

Overview

The Morton Arboretum is a stunning nature preserve located in Lisle, Illinois, just 30 miles west of Chicago. With over 1,700 acres of lush greenery, the arboretum provides a picturesque backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue offers a variety of indoor and outdoor options to cater to different preferences and guest counts. Whether you're looking for a romantic outdoor ceremony surrounded by blooming flowers or an elegant reception in a grand ballroom, the Morton Arboretum has something to offer. The venue's natural beauty and serene atmosphere make it an ideal location for couples seeking a tranquil and romantic wedding setting.

Venue Options

The Morton Arboretum offers a range of venue options to suit different wedding styles and guest counts. Here are some of the most popular venues:

​Venue

​Capacity

Description

​Fragrance Garden

​200

​A beautiful outdoor garden with a fountain and arbor, perfect for intimate ceremonies and receptions.

​Meadow Lake

​300

​A spacious outdoor venue with stunning lake views and a covered pavilion for receptions.

​White Pine Pavilion

​200

​A rustic outdoor pavilion with a fireplace and open sides, ideal for casual receptions and dinners.

​Gingko Room

​120

​A modern indoor space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace overlooking the arboretum.

​Founder's Room

70

​A cozy indoor space with a fireplace and a private patio, perfect for small receptions and dinners.

A groom leans in to kiss his beautiful bride at Morton Arboretum.

For larger weddings, the arboretum also offers the Arbor Room, Sycamore Room, and Firefly Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 400 guests. These venues feature stunning views of the arboretum and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment to enhance your wedding experience.

With its beautiful natural surroundings and versatile venue options, the Morton Arboretum is an excellent choice for couples seeking a unique and memorable wedding experience.

Morton Arboretum Venue Rates


According to Morton Arboretum's latest wedding package brochure, venue rates are as follows:


East Side Locations

Location

Friday Evening

Saturday Daytime

Saturday Evening

Sunday Daytime

Sunday Evening

Ginkgo Room, includes Ginkgo Terrace

$7,000

n/a

$10,000

n/a

$5,000

Sycamore Room

$2,000

$1,000

$3,000

$1,000

$2,000

Firefly Pavilion

$6,000

$8,000

$8,000

$4,000

$4,000

Grand Garden

$1,800

n/a

$1,800

n/a

$1,200

Meadow Lake Point

$1,200

n/a

$1,200

n/a

$1,200


West Side Locations

Location

Friday Evening

Saturday Daytime

Saturday Evening

Sunday Daytime

Sunday Evening

Arbor Room

$4,000

$3,000

$6,000

$3,000

$3,000

Founder's Room

$4,000

$3,000

$6,000

$3,000

$3,000

Fragrance Garden

$600

$600

$600

$600

$600


Wedding Packages and Services

Ceremony and Reception Packages

The Morton Arboretum offers a variety of wedding packages to suit your needs. The Ginkgo Package includes a rental rate of $4,500 and includes a ceremony, dinner, and dancing in the Ginkgo Room, as well as a cocktail reception in the Orientation Hall. The Thornhill Package, with a rental rate of $3,000, includes a ceremony in the Founder's Room, a cocktail reception in the foyer, and dinner in the Arbor Room. Both packages include a bridal suite, patio, and a choice of indoor or outdoor ceremony locations.


Catering and Bus Services

The Morton Arboretum offers a range of catering and bar services to make your wedding day unforgettable. Choose from a variety of menus, including hors d'oeuvres, plated dinners, and buffet-style meals. A bar package is also available, which includes a selection of beer, wine, and spirits. The Arboretum's experienced catering team will work with you to create a customized menu that fits your tastes and budget.


Accommodations and Rentals

In addition to wedding packages and catering services, the Morton Arboretum offers a variety of accommodations and rentals to make your wedding day perfect. The bridal suite is included in all wedding packages and provides a private space for the bride and her attendants to prepare for the ceremony. Other rental options include audiovisual equipment, lighting, and decor. The Arboretum also offers a variety of accommodations for out-of-town guests, including nearby hotels and vacation rentals. Overall, the Morton Arboretum offers a range of wedding packages and services to suit your needs. From ceremony and reception packages to catering and bar services, the Arboretum's experienced team will work with you to create a wedding day that is unforgettable.

Planning and Coordination

Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, but with the help of the Morton Arboretum's experienced event planning team, your special day can be stress-free and unforgettable. The Arboretum offers a variety of services to assist with the planning process, including event planning assistance, vendor referrals, and day-of coordination.


Event Planning Assistance

The Arboretum's event planning team is dedicated to helping couples plan their dream wedding. They offer personalized assistance every step of the way, from selecting the perfect venue to choosing the ideal vendors. The team is committed to ensuring that every detail is taken care of, so couples can relax and enjoy their special day.


Vendor Referrals

The Arboretum has established relationships with a variety of vendors, including caterers, florists, photographers, and more. The event planning team provides couples with a list of recommended vendors, making it easy to find reliable and experienced professionals. This can save couples time and effort, as they won't have to spend hours researching and contacting vendors on their own.


Day of Coordination

On the day of the wedding, the event planning team will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly. They will oversee the setup of the venue, coordinate with vendors, and handle any unexpected issues that may arise. This allows couples to relax and enjoy their special day, knowing that everything is being taken care of by experienced professionals. In summary, the Morton Arboretum's event planning team is dedicated to making every wedding a memorable and stress-free experience. From event planning assistance to vendor referrals and day-of coordination, the team is committed to ensuring that every detail is taken care of, so couples can enjoy their special day.

Additional Information

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about weddings at Morton Arboretum:

​Q: What is the capacity for weddings at Morton Arboretum?

​A: The capacity varies depending on the venue. The Fragrance Garden can accommodate up to 250 guests, while the Gingko Room can accommodate up to 120 guests.

​Q: Do you offer catering services?

​A: Yes, Morton Arboretum offers on-site catering services.

​Q: Can we bring our own alcohol?

​A: No, outside alcohol is not allowed. Morton Arboretum offers a variety of bar packages for your event.

Q: What is the rental fee for a wedding at Morton Arboretum?

​A: The rental fee varies depending on the venue and package. Contact the events team for more information.

Reviews and Testimonials


Here are some reviews and testimonials from couples who have had their weddings at Morton Arboretum:

  • "The Morton Arboretum was the perfect venue for our wedding. The outdoor ceremony was beautiful and the reception space was perfect for our guests. The staff was also incredibly helpful throughout the planning process." - Sarah and Tom

  • "We couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue. The Arboretum provided a stunning backdrop for our special day and the staff went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect." - Emily and Mike

  • "The Fragrance Garden was the perfect location for our ceremony. The flowers were in full bloom and the setting was truly magical. We also loved the convenience of having the reception in the Gingko Room." - Jessica and Brian


Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour of the wedding venues at Morton Arboretum, contact the events team:

Morton Arboretum is an amazing wedding venue. Walden Floral Design highly recommends Morton Arboretum for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Many of our brides and grooms continue to share their great Morton Arboretum Wedding memories.

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