There are so many venue options out there. While private estates, ranches, barns, glamping resorts, farms and boutique hotels have become more popular, greenhouses are a very unique venue choice. They might not be traditional wedding or event venues, but these stunning indoor gardens can provide exactly the kind of feel that many people are looking for.
Because they are full of flowers and greenery, greenhouses can allow you to have an outdoor setting even though you are actually indoors. Having a greenhouse venue for a wedding reception will also save you from weather worries. An expensive tent (for a bad weather back-up plan) would not be necessary. Tent wedding costs can be very steep in general, so choosing a venue that has a greenhouse can be a cost-effective way to have an "outdoor wedding."
Here are our favorite greenhouse venues from around the world...
Babylonstoren - Franschhoek, South Africa
Located in the winelands of South Africa, Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in Franschhoek. Not only does it have a stunning greenhouse, it also features beautiful gardens, vineyards, farm fields, a shop, a tasting room, and two delicious onsite restaurants. The aptly-named Greenhouse is a restaurant by day, but it is also available for hosting events in the evening. Everything prepared in the restaurant comes directly from the nearby gardens. We highly recommend trying one of the fresh-pressed juices and a garden salad. Of course, a meal here would not be complete without a glass of Babylonstoren wine. The farm shop sells local products including olive oil, wines, bread, cheeses, charcuterie, and even tableware, linens and household goods. In addition to the Greenhouse Restaurant, Babylonstoren has a farm-to-table restaurant called Babel.
If you are planning on hosting an event here, the possibilities are endless: host a wedding ceremony in the gardens, enjoy a cocktail hour under one of the gorgeous trees and hold a dinner reception in the glass greenhouse. Babylonstoren also offers accommodations in a Dutch farmhouse. You can read more about our personal experience at Babylonstoren.
Belmond Le Manoir is located in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire, England. The estate has 32 rooms available for guests, and it can accommodate up to 100 people for an event. The Greenhouse is a real working indoor conservatory set in a larger garden area. It makes for a stunning backdrop for any wedding or special event. In addition to the greenhouse venue, Belmond Le Manoir offers other settings. These include the spectacular manor house and other garden and lawn locations.
Los Poblanos is located just a few footsteps from the banks of the Rio Grande in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not only is Los Poblanos an organic farm covered with lavender fields and cottonwood trees, it is also a lovely bed and breakfast that hosts weddings, events and getaways. Amongst the gardens is a greenhouse that produces many of the fruits and vegetables served at the inn. The greenhouse can also be used as a backdrop for weddings and events. Los Poblanos has 20 rooms, all of which face the breathtaking flower fields. All guests get to enjoy a daily organic breakfast. They also have use of bicycles for cruising around town. Los Poblanos is a greenhouse venue, farm, garden and boutique hotel all in one.
Rancho Dos Pueblos - Santa Barbara, California
There really is no other event venue like Rancho Dos Pueblos in Santa Barbara, California. Where can you have a rustic barn, a private estate, a greenhouse, a private beach, a ranch and a lawn the length of a football field all in one place? The greenhouse at Dos Pueblos is a great option for a small intimate gathering such as a family-only wedding ceremony or a rehearsal dinner. The entire estate can be rented for the weekend so you can have free use of all the amazing spaces on the property.
While most people consider the Foundry an industrial event and wedding venue, this urban space in Long Island, New York also has a greenhouse. In addition to the charming glass-roofed building, the Foundry has a rooftop space that is perfect for a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour or a tented reception. The Foundry can accommodate up to 200 guests.
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