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Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco Wedding Venue
100 John F Kennedy Drive
San Francisco, California 94117
Contact: Facility Rental
Phone: 415/845-2394


Why We Like This Place

If you're looking for a symbolic place to begin your marriage, you can't beat the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. This seemingly fragile, multi-faceted gem of a building with a thriving, ever-growing, organic heart, has suffered fire, earthquakes and windstorms—and yet, it's still standing after 130 years.

In December 1995, a Pacific storm with 100-mile-an-hour winds shattered 40 percent of the frosty white glass panels, and damaged the framework so badly that the entire structure had to be dismantled and reassembled using a mixture of old and replacement wood beams. Luckily, a rebuilt and thoroughly revitalized Conservatory was able to reopen in the fall of 2003.

The Vestibule is the entry to the Conservatory and a lovely entrée to your event. While you're serving cocktails in this peaked roof section, take a look at the surrounding glass: It's not all white or clear, but punctuated by jewel-like insets of green, tiger lily orange, ruby and delphinium blue.

From the Vestibule, go through the Lowland Tropics, the large central gallery with the gorgeous pointed cupola housing the enormous century-old philodendron and a dense mix of other tropical plants. The cool Highland Tropics gallery contains a collection of delicate high-altitude orchids. The Aquatic Plants gallery has a water lily pond with little waterfalls and fantastic Victoria amazonica lily pads—the kind that grow so large they're depicted in fairy-tale books with children sitting on them.

Inside Potted Plants, the wooden arbor is tailor-made for exchanging vows. It's flanked by potted palms, and the vines overhead drip with star-shaped lavender flowers. Throughout this gallery are hibiscus plants with showy blooms in yellows, pinks, oranges and reds, and orchids in all the crazy variety of sizes, shapes and colors that orchids exhibit. Huge pots of Dr. Suessian, spiky-stemmed Madagascar Palms sit here, and two banks of plants with a mesmerizing diversity of leaf textures, shapes and patterns run the length of the room.

Just past Potted Plants is Special Exhibits, a large open gallery dominated by the ethereal, spun-sugar look of the Conservatory's structure. Depending on the availability of this space, ceremonies take place here among changing plant exhibitions; past exhibits have featured butterflies, carnivorous and poisonous plants, and local history.

The Orchid Pavilion is ideal for larger, sit-down dinner functions, events or meetings. Outdoor ceremonies and tented events for up to 300 people can be held on the Conservatory's lawn or platform.

Flower lovers will find no better place for a celebration than this Conservatory. It's a uniquely beautiful San Francisco landmark.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 75
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 160
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 300

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 160

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Conservatory can accommodate up to 50 standing indoors and 300 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION MEETING CAPACITY: The Conservatory holds up to 200 standing. The Orchid Pavilion holds 160 for a seated dinner or 200 for a standing reception. Smaller celebrations as well as larger tented events can be accommodated; call for details.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

25% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to event date. The rental fee ranges $2,500–20,000 depending on the space, guest count, and length of time rented.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Services/Amenities

Catering: select from list

Kitchen Facilities: prep only

Tables & Chairs: white wooden folding chairs and rectangular tables provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: wood flooring throughout

Bride's Dressing Area: no

AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO or through vendor

Parking: reserved parking included, street parking available

Accommodations: no guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: access only

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: caterer build-out

Cleanup: caterer

View: landscaped grounds, Golden Gate Park


Venue Views

Garden
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds
Panoramic
Park
Valley

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Garden
Historic/Landmark Building
Late Night
Museum
Other

Restrictions

Alcohol: BYO, licensed server

Smoking: not allowed

Music: amplified OK indoors with restrictions

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: liability required


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