The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Located in San Francisco, California, The Conservatory of Flowers is a historic landmark available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The white and glass structure is flanked by trees, including a couple of palm trees, as well as a manicured lawn. They have 5 permanent galleries of exotic plants and flowers, as well as a special exhibit, which can range from prehistoric plants to spring flowers. At the edge of Golden Gate Park, the venue is centrally located. For couples seeking an unusual and highly recognized landmark for their wedding, The Conservatory of Flowers is an excellent option.
This space is available for intimate weddings and cocktail hours.
This area offers an ideal space for cocktail hours. The space is filled to the brim with lush rain forest plants and flowers. The glass building offers good acoustics for live music.
This entryway of the Conservatory offers a space for outdoor ceremonies.
In the back, the Raised Platform runs along a manicured lawn that can accommodate up to 300 guests. Tenting can also be added to the platform.
This space is a famous landmark. Couples can get married in front of the flower beds with the Sutro Tower in the backdrop. The explosion of colors makes for a memorable backdrop.
This special pavilion is located behind the Conservatory and can accommodate receptions. The wood flooring and abundance of natural light offer an airy atmosphere. The Orchid Pavilion can accommodate up to 200 guests.
What You Should Know
The venue can accommodate up to 500 guests in total, should the greenhouse orchid Pavilion and platform be used in conjunction. The space is available through midnight after the doors close to the public. Catering must be chosen from their approved list. There is no kitchen on-site, but there is a prep area. Wedding packages include:
- Private access to the Conservatory and Orchid Pavilion
- Chairs and tables
- Time for vendors to set up and clean up
- Reserved parking
Couples should plan to get ready elsewhere, as there is no bride's suite or groom's lounge on-site. Outside vendors should be hired for lighting, the cake and photography.
Couples booking the venue may also take advantage of additional perks.
- A site coordinator
- Event staff to help couples with the planning and coordination of the wedding day
- Exclusive access to the exhibits
- After hours weddings, ensuring the utmost privacy
- Docents available to greet guests and to introduce people to the exotic plants and flowers
From the Vendor
Rent the Conservatory of Flowers!
The Palm Terrace is the perfect space for those seeking an al fresco event. Views of the Conservatory Valley flowerbeds, Sutro Tower and a backdrop of the magnificent Victorian Conservatory, create a truly San Francisco experience. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres throughout our five exhibit spaces with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. Our reception hall, the Orchid Pavilion, is the ideal place to host your seated dinner and dance the night away. This industrial tent is an empty palette for your creativity when planning the perfect wedding, corporate/private event. The Conservatory of Flowers is excited to introduce the Lily Pad Lounge! This new addition to our wedding package serves as an ideal space for the bride and her party to get dressed before the ceremony.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Garden, Museum, Historic Venue, Park, Tented
Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
My wife and I chose to have our wedding reception for ~130 people at the the Conservatory of Flowers this past July. We met in San Francisco, we spent a lot of time in Golden Gate Park, and the Conservatory of Flowers was the perfect choice for a venue that provided beautiful views, an outdoor feel, and an iconic San Francisco landmark for our guests to enjoy. For those of you looking for a shorter review know this; our wedding reception could not have been more perfect. If we could go back and re-do our wedding 100 times we would always choose the Conservatory of Flowers over any other possible venue. The Conservatory Manager of Special Events, Samantha Ordway, was an absolute pleasure to work with as she was extremely professional, provided excellent communication, and was attentive to everything we wanted for our wedding reception. She went out of her way to help coordinate the entire event and everything went off without a hitch. This went a long way in relieving our stress with wedding planning as we knew we could rely on her/her team’s execution to get everything done just right. WE EVEN HAD PARK RANGERS PROVIDE SECURITY FOR THE EVENT! Our rental included the entire Conservatory greenhouse for the cocktail hour as well as the Orchid Pavilion for our four hour reception. While we did not get to enjoy that much of the cocktail hour (busy taking photos), our guests raved about how beautiful all of the exhibits were and many remarked that it was the most beautiful wedding venue they have ever visited. We were very fortunate to have superb weather on the day of our wedding which made the photos we took out front of the Conservatory come out incredibly gorgeous. The setup of the Orchid Pavilion was ideal for a wedding of our size. We had enough room for all of our guests to sit comfortably while also fitting our taco bar, DJ booth, bar, and photobooth. All in all, we could not be more satisfied with our choice of wedding venues. The Conservatory of Flowers provided us an experience that felt authentic, unique, and was just a fun place to visit for all of our guests. This venue will always hold a special place in our hearts and we highly recommend the Conservatory of Flowers to other couples seeking a wedding venue.
Unique and beautiful with a great team!Reviewed on 4/13/2014 Katie M
The team at the CoF is extremely easy to work with. Annie was very responsive and helpful with emails, walk throughs, and planning questions. Many of our guests complimented the unique venue, which during the evening is akin to a Midnight Summer's Dream/Never Never Land/Victorian garden. The site is well laid out to accommodate the wedding staples: ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Guests are able to sight see while they mingle, giving those who do not know one another something in common. The blank canvas of the Orchid Pavilion (where dinner and dancing are typically held) allows for the couple to design their ideal ambiance. Heaters were used to keep the space cozy and warm. We were lucky enough that the CoF let us bring items two days early and pick them up the day after the wedding, greatly reducing the stress of packing in and out. Compared to other venues in San Francisco, the CoF was an economical choice. If I had to choose a venue again, I'd still go with the Conservatory of Flowers!