California Botanical Garden Wedding

California Botanical Garden Wedding (Formerly Ethereal Gardens)

California Botanical Gardens is a unique wedding venue in Escondido that is perfect for the bride and groom who want an intimate outdoor ceremony. Why? The location has a ton of greenery and so many hidden spots for a wedding photographer to get creative. Oh, and did I mention the freaking groom and bridal suite each come with a bar and bartender. Yeah, dude. You read that right. Cocktails on demand all morning for the bride and groom! If that is not a selling point for why someone should get married at California Botanical Gardens I really do not know what is. But honestly there are a lot of reasons to have a California Botanic Garden wedding, and in this article I am going to explain why. Not to mention, share some real wedding photos from Ethereal Gardens!

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California Botanical Gardens Wedding Venue – A Bride’s Review

Pre Wedding Day

Our favorite part about California Botanical Gardens was how beautiful & enchanting the entire wedding venue was. It really is the perfect setting for a destination wedding! The bathhouses were SO cool!  The gardens, twinkling lights in the trees, and the fact that we had it all to ourselves to enjoy with our family and friends were just perfect! We literally could not find one thing we didn’t like about California Botanical Gardens. As soon as my Mom showed us the outdoor wedding venue, I knew it was the place we needed to get married! And with a short 6-month engagement, I’m so grateful we were able to get in, as most people book their wedding venue up to 18 months in advance!

The Wedding Day

The staff was so helpful and catered to our every need. From the moment we walked on site, we had the best service with two very nice girls helping me with drinks, carrying my dress train, holding my Chardonnay/bouquet. Anything I needed they were right beside me to help. The rustic/bohemian/chic vibe was just what we were looking for and it could not be any more perfect! Also, compared to many other wedding venues we considered, California Botanical Gardens was surprisingly one of the most budget-friendly! California Botanical Gardens made the planning process of the wedding so effortless. Rae Bennett was our coordinator and took care of almost everything for us. All-inclusive was definitely the way to go! They provided vendors to choose from and made everything so easy! Not one bridezilla moment over here thanks to California Botanical Gardens! My advice to other brides would be to go with a wedding venue that does all the work for you and things will be much more enjoyable.

See what other brides have to say about Ethereal Open Air wedding venue on Wedding Wire


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The Bride’s Favorite Moments From California Botanical Gardens

I was most nervous during the wedding ceremony and the vows, but Kevin and I actually wrote our vows together and practiced with each other which made it less intimidating. That is something I would recommend to everyone do before getting married. I also really loved our first look and seeing his expression when he opened his eyes. I also loved our first dance. We took 3 lessons with a private instructor which was such fun! On the morning of our wedding, we were even practicing in our hotel room. We were really able to enjoy ourselves once the lights dimmed low to start dancing and loved letting loose with all of our friends, especially with the Shout dance & Cupid’s shuffle. Kevin’s favorite part was seeing me walk down the aisle and the sparkler exit.

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Ethereal Gardens Wedding Cost

How Much Does It Cost To Get Married At Ethereal California Botanical Gardens?

Couples searching for a garden wedding venue will drool over the naturally beautiful wedding and reception grounds at Ethereal California Botanical Gardens. If you are looking to host your wedding or any special event at the outdoor venue anticipate investing between $5,000 and $50,000 for the event space. Wedding packages will fluctuate depending on:

  • What day of the week you are getting married at the tropical gardens
  • Time of the year for the wedding planning
  • The number of guests for ceremonies and receptions (space can hold up to 500 people!)
  • The amount of customization for the rose garden, event lawn, or indoor gardens

Honestly, I really love the Ethereal garden wedding venue and would encourage couples from San Diego to Los Angeles to plan your visit to the property to see the property with your own eyes.

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Ethereal Gardens Wedding Ceremony Locations – 6 Options For Brides & Grooms

Ethereal Gardens offers a variety of unique ceremony locations, each with its distinct charm and ambiance. Whether you desire a classic, rustic, or natural setting, there’s a spot that will resonate with your wedding vision. Here are the 6 options for you to choose from:

  1. Orchard Barn. Nestled among fruit trees, this venue boasts authentic wooden architecture and a cozy atmosphere. It’s perfect for a country-chic wedding, complete with natural lighting.
  2. Passion Vine Greenhouse. This location stands out with its glass walls and ceiling, creating a serene greenhouse effect. It’s ideal for those who love greenery and natural beauty, offering a vibrant, plant-filled setting.
  3. Brick and Timber Chapel. The chapel’s historic brick walls and wooden beams provide a classic, refined look. The wedding ceremony site’s architectural beauty is complemented by the warmth of natural wood.
  4. Starry Night Meadow. Open skies and natural landscapes encompass this space, allowing for a stunning sunset ceremony. The meadow’s expansive setting is suited for a large guest list and offers unlimited décor possibilities.
  5. Ethereal Garden Pergola. Surrounded by gardens, the pergola is a floral haven. It features an intimate setting with the scent of flowers in the air, giving a private garden party vibe.
  6. Ethereal Open Air Pavilion. With its open sides and roof structure, this pavilion merges indoor comfort with an outdoor setting. The panoramic views and fresh air appeal to those wanting an elegant, yet natural experience.

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I would like to give Molly and Kevin one more huge CONGRATS on their kick-ass wedding at California Botanical Gardens in Escondido, California! It was such a great time getting to hang with you guys and your crew of friends all day, and I wish you both the absolute best in life! I hope you are having an amazing time in the Bahamas right now swimming with sharks and ravaging fruity cocktails!

Anyone interested in checking out some more killer real weddings should head on over and let your eyeballs feast on Nicole and Derek’s Temecula wedding at Lake Oak Meadows that was booze-tastic.

Ethereal Garden Wedding Venue Details

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