Seattle bride in the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Editorial images taken by Kyle Johnson – Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom Magazine

The Conservatory is a lovely romantic and intimate location for a private ceremony consisting of 12 or fewer total people. Because of the space limitations of the Conservatory, ceremonies are required to follow the guidelines listed below. Please read it to see if your party of 12 or fewer would be a good fit here.

Your ceremony will need to be held after operating hours, that is, at 4:15 p.m. or later, Tuesday through Sunday (ceremonies and other private events are not permitted during public hours, 10am – 4 pm.)

How to schedule your ceremony:

Review the Guidelines below to be sure your plans fit our space.

  • Phone the Conservatory garden staff office at 206-684-4743 to check date availability.
  • Once you have a date agreed upon, then you need to call the Parks Scheduling Office at 206-684-4081 to arrange your permit, fees and event monitoring. Your chosen date is not confirmed until your permit has been issued by the Scheduling Office.
  • Contact the Conservatory office again (206-684-4743) to schedule a meeting or phone visit with garden staff to discuss specific needs for your chosen location.
  • We look forward to working with you for your special day. Please let us know if we can answer any questions. We look forward to welcoming you on your special day.

Conservatory Guidelines that will make your Ceremony a Success:


  • Confetti, bird seed, rice, flower petals or the like are not allowed.
  • Flowers: Only hand held bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres are allowed.No floral arrangements of any kind are permitted.
  • Limited alcohol is allowed indoors during non-operating hours only with department permission and a special permit.
  • No food of any kind is permitted in the Conservatory.
  • Music: Soft to moderate live or amplified music is allowed.


  • Your guests will be allowed to visit the Conservatory for the duration of your permit. This is included in your site fee.
  • Although Conservatory hours are posted and it will be closed to the public, the door must remain open to allow you and your guests in. We suggest that you post a person at the door to discourage the public from attending.


  • You have permission to take photos for the duration of your permit. This is included in your site fee.


  • Stepping into planted exhibits and handling of plants or flowers are not allowed.


  • Chairs are available, please request at least one week in advance.
  • Please keep in mind that we want you to have a wonderful celebration, and if you are unable to honor any of the requests above, we will work hard to help you choose an alternative site.
  • If the site is damaged we will assess the damage at current City of Seattle rates and bill the last party scheduled.

2 Comments Add Yours

  1. Amy Pruzan

    Hi My name is Amy Pruzan. Im looking for a unique venue to have a wedding party. My fianse and i are both Plant buffs buffs, We helped design a show garden at last years flower and garden show. When i was in college i participated in a conservatory photo contest. We were thinking about September but not sure yet. we don’t want to have a ceremony, just a party, and we want to use our own catering. We were thinking of having around 100 guests. can you give me some quotes? do you offer any special activities for guests? Thanks


    • Anthonio

      Hi Amy –

      Currently the Conservatory can only be reserved for wedding ceremonies as opposed to receptions. We hope to be able to offer additional opportunities in the future. To find out about scheduling and pricing, please contact the Seattle Parks and Recreation at the number listed on this page.

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