Wedding Guest Information

wedding procession 

We are happy to welcome you as a guest for an upcoming wedding ceremony at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The information below will help ensure an enjoyable day for everyone.

Arrival

A greeter will meet guests in front of the Ridgway Visitor Center at 4344 Shaw Blvd and provide directions to the wedding site. Wedding guests do not need a ticket to enter the Garden. Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and park and walk to the site.

Ceremony sites are located across the Garden and all require a 10- to 20-minute walk so please wear comfortable shoes. Allow extra time if you require assistance. Wheel chairs are available on a first-come basis at the Garden's ticket counter. 

View ceremony site map

Policies and Etiquette

The Environment

  • Stay on pathways and mowed lawn areas. Do not walk or pose for photos in mulched or planted garden beds.

  • Please leave flowers and plants for everyone to enjoy. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits and vegetables, plant labels, etc.

  • We care about the environment. Please dispose of all waste in recycle bins when appropriate. Do not litter.

  • Picnicking is not allowed anywhere on Garden property. Please no outside food, picnics, coolers, grills, or open flames.

  • While the Garden encourages the use of refillable water containers, we do understand that on extremely hot days wedding parties may want to bring a small quantity of bottled water to the ceremony site for guests.  If you do so, please collect all empty bottles and dispose of them in the recycling stations in the Ridgway building. Refillable Garden logo water bottles for your guests are available for purchase in the Garden Gate Shop and the Sassafras Café and are refillable at our bottle filling stations.  Absolutely no alcohol may be brought into the Garden.

  • The Garden is naturally beautiful.  We discourage bringing additional décor. Nothing may be attached (taped, tacked, glued, hung, nailed, stapled) to any surface including trees or shrubs at the Garden.

  • Awnings, gazebos, archways and related structures are not allowed on the grounds unless organized solely through Catering St. Louis.  Aisle runners are discouraged since they may not be affixed to the ground presenting a trip hazard and are unappealing when laid down on grass or cement.

  • Nothing may be stuck into the ground or turf in any area and no additional signage is allowed.

  • Balloons of any kind, flower petals, rice, birdseed, streamers or confetti may not be brought into or distributed at the Garden

  • No benches or other garden items including planters or hanging pots may be moved for any reason including photography.

  • No animals or pets allowed. Assistance animals are welcome at the Garden and guidelines for visiting with assistance animals are available on our website

Quick Links

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Indoor Facility Rental
Spink Pavilion
Monsanto Hall
Shoenberg Theater

Photography Policy
Wedding Photography

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Catering St. Louis 
Catering St. Louis
 is the Garden's exclusive caterer. For more information, please visit cateringstlouis.com or call (314) 577-0200.