Selby Gardens Wedding

Written by Sheila on February 14th, 2010

Selby Gardens – A beautiful spot in Sarasota for a wedding – with its beautiful tropical and subtropical backgrounds, bayfront access looking over Sarasota .  Sometimes the big question about your wedding is where in Selby Gardens should I have my wedding?  Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds, from the broad expanse of the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavillion to under the lush foliage of the banyan trees, to the tranquil and beautiful area beside Sarasota Bay. Here are some samples from a few weddings held there:

Selby Love













Getting Ready













Love in Bloom













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Bridal Party













The walk













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Flower Girl Baskets













The Kiss













Bridal Walk


couple in tree

Banyon Tree






Bride in Selby Mansion

Wedding Party Selby Gardens

With its beautiful tropical and subtropical plants, serene sunsets over Sarasota Bay, and its proximity to downtown Sarasota, Selby Gardens has become a favorite location for weddings. For brides and grooms, the most difficult decision is not whether to have their wedding at Selby Gardens, but rather where in the Gardens to have the wedding.

Summer Discounts: Hold your wedding and/or reception at the gardens during the months of June, July, August and September and receive 25% off the total rental.

Friday and Sunday Discounts: Hold your wedding and/or reception at the Gardens and receive a 20% discount off of the entire rental.


Wedding Options

Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds. The most popular areas are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion and the Bayside Oak adjacent to the Mansion. Other areas include the Great Room by the Bay and the Mansion Museum.

Indoor receptions are generally held in the Great Room by the Bay and the Mansion. The Great Room by the Bay is a 3,600 square-foot room and it has 60-feet of glass windows facing west for spectacular bay and sunset views. It seats approximately 175 persons at round dinner tables or up to 250 people theater style. The Mansion will accommodate 45 guests for a sit down dinner or up to 75 for a cocktail reception.

Duration of Events

The following time periods are provided as part of the contract the day of your event unless previously approved by a Selby Gardens Manager.

  • Set up time (Receptions; 3 hours, Wedding Ceremony; 1 hour)
  • Wedding Rehearsals, 1 hour maximum
  • Wedding Ceremony, guest arrival to departure, 2 hours
  • Receptions, Parties, Dinners, etc., as noted on your contract
  • Dressing Rooms (if available after 3:00 p.m.), 2 hours prior to ceremony until 1 hour following ceremony
  • Cleanup, removal of decorations, caterer clean up, etc., 1 hour

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