Conservatory of Flowers Conservatory Access Road • San Francisco • CA 94117


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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 140 years.

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.

Throughout Potted Plants are hibiscus 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. Seussian, 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 West Gallery, dominated by the ethereal, spun-sugar look of the Conservatory’s structure. Ceremonies often take place here against the backdrop of a fern wall.

The Orchid Pavilion is ideal for larger, sit-down dinner functions, events or meetings. Outdoor ceremonies for up to 200 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.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $4,600–25,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count
    • Event duration


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 50 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 200 200
Reception Seated 150 200
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 160.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Conservatory can accommodate up to 50 standing indoors and 200 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION MEETING CAPACITY: The Conservatory holds up to 200 standing. The Orchid Pavilion holds 150 for a seated dinner or 200 for a standing reception.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, 6pm–midnight. Daytime hours are available with some restrictions.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Museum
  • Non-Profit
  • Unique
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Panoramic
  • Park
  • Valley

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: white wooden folding chairs, and round, cocktail, and rectangular tables provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: stone flooring throughout
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


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK indoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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