Sustainability is always in style. There's no reason even the most lavish dream wedding can’t also be an eco-friendly celebration. For an elegant event that’s memorable for all the right reasons, choose a venue that prioritizes the relationship between people and the planet.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is an iconic urban oasis where natural beauty meets sophisticated elegance. With 28 gardens and four natural areas on 385 acres on and around nine islands, this luxe wedding venue is gorgeous year-round. Indoors and out, there are a host of settings to choose from, all featuring beautiful vistas whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall. And as one of the world’s most stunning living museums, the Gardeninfuses nature and plants into every event.
Here are three ways the Chicago Botanic Garden weaves earth-friendly practices with natural glam to create the perfect eco-luxe wedding.
Naturally Elegant Style
From heirloom roses to wisteria-covered English Walled Garden and warm natural light, the surroundings are so stunning on their own that additional decor is practically unnecessary. Instead of cut flowers, surround yourself with thousands of planted blooms and fresh greenery that will live long past your wedding day. Whether you imagine a summer vow exchange on a waterfront patio, a cocktail reception bursting with vibrant color, or an intimate dinner surrounded by 5,000 fragrant rose blossoms, your options are all undeniably breathtaking.
Building a Living Legacy
The natural beauty that makes for an unforgettable backdrop during your vows is also home to diverse species of plants and wildlife. In addition, the Garden’s plant conservation research inspires awareness and build connections between people and plants. Booking a wedding at the Garden helps support that important work and helps ensure the Garden is a vibrant, thriving cultural institution for future generations.
One of the most impactful steps you can take to have an environmentally friendly wedding is carefully selecting your menu items. The Garden’s world-class culinary and event team will bring your big ideas to life while also minimizing your footprint. Their focus on shopping locally and sourcing fresh, high-quality ingredients reflects the season, supports area farmers, and saves harmful carbon emissions by reducing food miles via land, sea, and air.
The Garden’s catering team also recycles and composts in their kitchen, uses green cleaning products, takes steps to reduce food waste, and looks for innovative ways to replace single-use plastics with reusable and compostable options. These tangible things can make a real difference.