Conservatory of Flowers

100 John F Kennedy Dr,
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Average Base Cost: $30,000

Our average base cost for a Conservatory of Flowers wedding is calculated by figuring an 125-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $150/pp common for the area. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The venue hosts private ceremonies just outside the Victorian greenhouse and then invites guests into the gardens for cocktails, then out to the Orchid Pavilion for dinner and dancing. For a 6 hour event the cost would be $10,000.

conservatory of flowers wedding venue
Photo by Kien Lam

What’s Included: 

  • Access to the venue for 6 hours (weddings can start at 5 p.m.)
  • Full, private access to Conservatory’s outdoor platform, all indoor exhibit spaces and the Orchid Pavilion
  • One hour ceremony rehearsal the day before your wedding
  • Site coordinator and event staff
  • Reserved parking for up to 50 cars
  • Complimentary vendor setup and breakdown time
  • Use of portable sound system
  • Use of 160 white wooden folding chairs
  • Use of 20 six foot folding tables
  • Security
  • Docents upon request
conservatory of flowers wedding venue
Photo by Kien Lam

Extras: Additional time can be rented for $1,650 per hour

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Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed, but there is a fee of $1,000 to use vendors outside of the preferred list.

conservatory of flowers wedding venue
Photo by Deborah Coleman Photography

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: 150 with a dance floor in the Orchard Pavillion, 160 without.

conservatory of flowers wedding venue
Photo by Kien Lam (This wedding happened to be at the same time as a dinosaur exhibit! How cool is that?!)

Bridal Suite: No

Parking: Yes, complimentary for up to 50 cars.

How Will Grandma Get There? The venue is located in Golden Gate Park. The best hotels will be in downtown San Francisco, which is a 20 minute drive from the venue.  While there are a vast array of hotels in the area at varying price points, the Fairmont, Hilton Union Square and Nikko Hotel are good options.

conservatory of flowers wedding venue
Photo by Irja Elisa Tannlund via Global Gourmet Weddings

Party On! Events can go until midnight.

The Report: 

The Conservatory of Flowers was built in 1878 and is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park. It houses a collection of rare and exotic plants, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Interesting Fact: The Conservatory of Flowers was built of wood vs. iron (those didn’t start becoming popular until the 1880’s), and is the oldest remaining wood municipality in the United States (it was also the first!).

conservatory of flowers wedding venue
Photo by Delbarr Moradi

Woman Getting Married Says:

I really, really, love this as a San Francisco wedding venue. The setting is urban yet tranquil, and the location is nearly perfect. The only downside if I had to pick one would be the tent-like appearance of the Pavillion (and I do think some money should be spent on things like uplighting and some drapery to really make it amazing), but overall this is a must-stop for a San Fran bride.

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 9
Location 10
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 8

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