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Weddings

As a result of a busy schedule of booked events this year, we are no longer accepting new reception bookings with event dates prior to November 2022. Limited ceremony bookings are still available. Please use the inquiry form at the bottom of this page to submit your request, and allow up to five business days for a response.

Weddings at the Gardens

RBG provides gorgeous wedding venues for both receptions and ceremonies, nestled in the heart of Canada’s largest botanical garden in Hamilton / Burlington. We offer delectable catering options, peerless hospitality, and – our specialty – endless opportunities for those perfect photos.  

With expertise in physically-distanced events, our staff are dedicated to taking the worry out of your wedding and providing the personal service you deserve to help plan your big day. 

A Note on Current Availability

Please note RBG is unable to accommodate new event bookings on the following dates:

  • Corporate/Meeting Rentals: April through August 2022
  • Social/Private Event Rentals: April, May, or June 2022
  • Wedding Ceremonies: May 13 through 15, 2022.
  • June 7 through 12, 2022
  • June 23 through 26, 2022
  • July 8 through 10, 2022
  • July 15 through 17, 2022
  • September 2 through 4, 2022
  • September 16 through 18, 2022
  • September 23 through 25, 2022
  • Wedding receptions prior to November, 2022 (ceremony dates still available)

For dates other than those listed, please submit a booking request and allow our team up to 5 business days to review.

COVID-19 Event Policy

March 1, 2022: In line with provincial “Exit Step” guidelines, indoor and outdoor events are permitted without capacity limits at RBG. Proof of vaccination is not required to enter; please note that passive screening and mask-wearing are required for all clients and guests.

For more information, please submit a booking request via the form at the bottom of the page.

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  • Bride and groom sitting on a bench in the Mediterranean garden
  • Bride and groom in scented garden beside fountain
  • Bride and Groom in breezeway decorated for the holidays
  • Bride and groom standing close and putting their hands together in Hindu ceremony
  • Bride and Groom sitting at table in dark reception hall with romantic lighting

Image Credits: ESM Photography (header), Fotoflare Photography (2,6), Captured Memories Photography (3,4), Mark Zelinski (1, 5)

Ceremonies in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens is home to six ceremony spaces for weddings, inspired and surrounded by nature. Whether your vision is an intimate affair of 20 in the Mediterranean Greenhouse, or a larger celebration at an outdoor venue with 150 of your friends and family, Canada’s largest botanical garden is here to make your special day one to remember.

Photo by Foto Flare Photography

Cherry Hill Tent

Available May to October

Located just inside Hendrie Park gates and adorned by mature trees, manicured shrubs and plants, Cherry Hill tent is the perfect size for the smaller, intimate ceremony.

Seats up to 100 guests

Photo by Mark Zelinski

Rose Garden Tent

Available May to October

Positioned in Hendrie Park between breathtaking gardens, tiered fountains and a majestic stone and cast iron gate, the Rose Garden Tent is the perfect spot for your dream ceremony, surrounded by the beauty of our rejuvenated Rose Garden.

Seats up to 300 guests

Photo by Foto Flare Photography

Royal Court

Available May to October

An idyllic setting for your intimate ceremony, this lovely outdoor courtyard at RBG Centre features a sheltered canopy, colourful foliage and ornamental ponds to provide a quaint garden setting for your special moment.

Seats up to 120 guests

Photo by Foto Flare Photography

Mediterranean Garden

Available Year-Round

This indoor garden’s upper terrace at RBG Centre provides a cozy ceremony space embraced by lush, exotic foliage of the Mediterranean climate.

Accommodates up to 20 guests

Café Annex

Available Year-Round

This smaller, charming ceremony space sits just outside our Greenhouse Café in RBG Centre. Recent renovations include beautiful new flooring and rich wall accents perfect for your intimate indoor ceremony.

Accommodates up to 75 guests

Your Perfect Reception

Royal Botanical Gardens offers five wedding reception options, accommodating receptions up to 300 guests with beautiful spaces and on-site catering. This is your moment, and it is our goal to make it a care-free experience that you and your guests will remember for the rest of your lives. Click through the gallery to learn more about our reception offerings. For more information including menus and pricing, submit a request online.

Photo by Foto Flare Photography

Camilla & Peter Dalglish Atrium

This award-winning structure is a unique and spectacular setting that brings outdoor beauty, inside. Two enormous living walls provide a gorgeous head table backdrop while the Aldershot Escarpment Garden courtyard features flowers and plants and serene water features.

Seats up to 120 guests

Photo by Foto Flare Photography

Auditorium

Our main ballroom is adjacent to a beautiful foyer, available for your cocktail and hors d’oeuvres service. Once inside the ballroom, your guests have exclusive access to our Royal Court where they can enjoy the evening air under cover.

Up to 300 guests without dance floor
Up to 250 guests with dance floor

The Great Room at Rock Garden

Found inside the award-winning Rock Garden Visitor Centre, this architectural wonder features towering windows that provide the inspiring views of our historic Rock Garden. The Great Room offers 3,455 square feet of premium reception space.

Seats up to 110 guests

Photo by Mark Zelinski

Café Annex & Greenhouse Café

The Café Annex is a charming space ideal for intimate receptions. Luscious potted plants and a rock feature-wall bring the nature indoors. The space can open-up to the adjoining Greenhouse Café, overlooking beautiful Spicer Court, for cocktails and dancing.

Seats up to 80 guests. 

  • Catered Platter Of Hors d'Oeuvres
  • Catered Buffet Table
  • Outdoor Bar With Wine
  • Cheese Platter Closeup
  • Chicken Skewers
  • Catered spread of Guatemalan cuisine on an outdoor table

Catering

Our on-site caterer includes all the bells and whistles for an amazing wedding day! With delicious options, flexible menus and a focus on locally sourced ingredients, the catering team at Royal Botanical Gardens promise to make your reception one to remember.

As a Feast On™ certified venue, Royal Botanical Gardens prides itself on creating cutting edge events and food by using products that are sourced and produced locally. Supporting our local economy and Ontario’s farmers is important for us all.

Whether we’re sourcing liquor, beer and wine for our beverage service or proteins, produce and grains for our catering menus, Ontario offers some of the best product available world-wide.

Wedding Photography

Our colourful array of blooms is a beautiful backdrop to your wedding photos. Spectacular outdoor gardens and the indoor Mediterannean Garden are available year-round.

RBG offers four beautiful garden areas to choose from for your wedding photography. You will be required to select one of the options below upon booking.

Mediterranean Garden

As our only public greenhouse, RBG Centre’s Mediterranean Garden is an excellent indoor option choice just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. Enjoy two levels of exotic plants, along with the koi pond, stairs, archways, and more. Bookings May to October also includes access to Hendrie Park.

Photo by ESM Photography

Hendrie Park

Our largest garden area, Hendrie Park is home to a wide array of blooms and architectural features. Pose with the double reflecting ponds, the famous iron gates, fountains, bridges, the Rose Garden, and acres of incredible flowers and plants. Booking also includes access to our Mediterranean Garden.

Photo by Foto Flare Photography

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden

The historic Rock Garden has been recently rejuvenated, home to winding water features, perennial plants and rustic limestone steps. Descend into the lower bowl for a truly unforgettable landscape.

Laking Garden

Available May to October

Set on a fertile terraced plain, formerly a market garden, Laking Garden is home to RBG’s herbaceous perennial collections, including a wide plain of iris and peonies. The Hilda E. Marrs Gazebo and terraced landscape make for a truly romantic atmosphere.

Submit a Wedding Venue Request

Are you interested in hosting your wedding with us? Submit your booking request using the form below.

Please note, the weddings team is not available for drop-in tours.

Please submit a booking request, and we will respond with more information about your requested dates within 72 hours.

Sending in a booking request over the Easter weekend? Please allow up to 5 business days for a response.