Weddings & Engagements

VOTED #1 WEDDING DESTINATION IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

Imagine a secluded garden where beauty and serenity combine to provide the perfect setting for your wedding day. The sun streams through a canopy of trees to illuminate lush plants and delicate blooms. The gentle sound of the wind carries the songs of many birds as the enchanting sounds of 60 carillon bells resonate throughout the gardens.

Bok Tower Gardens invites you to celebrate your wedding day and reception in a truly natural setting. The splendor of nature provides an exquisite backdrop for your wedding, making memories that last forever.

The 205-foot marble and coquina Singing Tower is the focal point of the National Historic Landmark dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929. The architectural treasure has tile mosaics, sculptures, carvings and custom iron-work. Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines fashion a lush backdrop of flowering foliage and the spectacular seasonal color of azaleas, camellias and magnolias showcase an ever-changing work of art.

(photo above courtesy of Caldwell Photographic Studio.)

*Bok Tower Gardens is currently not accepting requests to be added on to our vendors list.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION PACKAGES

These affordable wedding packages include pricing to host both your wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Bok Tower Gardens.

Visitor Reception

Garden Ceremony & Visitor Reception

Maximum 80 (seated) attendees: $6,500
Following your garden ceremony, enjoy an after-hours reception in the grand lobby of the Visitor Center.

Olmsted

Garden Ceremony & Olmsted House or Outdoor Kitchen Reception

Maximum 72 (seated) Olmsted and 60 seated Outdoor Kitchen $5,500
The Olmsted House features large windows, a spherical ceiling, wide open indoor spaces, and a view of the Tower.

GARDEN CEREMONY LOCATIONS

These affordable Central Florida wedding ceremony locations include pricing for the setup and use of up to 100 chairs at your location.

INTERESTED IN HOLDING YOUR WEDDING HERE?

Complete the information request form below and our Wedding Coordinator will be in contact with you.

Contributing photographers: KT Crabb Photography, Jenna Nicole Photography, Fox & Film Photography, The Ganeys, Lora Rodgers Photography, Green Print Photography, Emily Katherine Photography

ENGAGEMENT PROPOSALS

Engagement

Engagement proposals are welcomed as long as these events do not block any paths, cause sound disturbances or interrupt the visitor experience. We have a few recommendations and options to help with your planning.

PLANNING AN ENGAGEMENT PROPOSAL

Advance reservations are not required and all celebration attendees must pay general admission, including witnesses, photographers, or videographers. Bok Tower Gardens is open to the public, thus areas of the Garden cannot be reserved for proposal events. Transportation is not available to any area of the Gardens. Proposals are not permitted inside the Yellin gates or The Singing Tower. We do not have the resources to provide a photographer and recommend you hire a professional or recruit a friend or family member to take photographs.

We recommend engagement proposals in these picturesque locations:

Sundial Overlook

Sundial Overlook

The grand vistas and moss covered oaks serve as a breathtaking backdrop for your proposal. The Singing Tower brings an added element as it peeks over the surrounding trees.

Step through our “sneaky” arch and stroll upon the swirls of a pebble mosaic created by sculptor Kevin Carman as your garden adventure begins. Those who may need a slightly larger entrance can walk through our beautiful entrance gate leading to a gorgeous overview of our children’s garden.

Sundial Overlook

Horseshoe Garden

Horseshoe Garden

Surrounded by a living bouquet of flowering annual beds, this location is truly inspiring. The Singing Tower brings an added element as it peeks over the surrounding trees.

Horseshoe Garden

The Singing Tower Lawn

The Singing Tower Lawn

The Great Brass Door serves as a breathtaking backdrop for your proposal

The Singing Tower Lawn

Round Garden

Round Garden

This location is nestled down a winding garden path near the Singing Tower. The small lawn is surrounded by flowering annual beds that add a splash of color to the backdrop.

Round Garden

White Garden

White Garden

Delicate white blossoms, a canopy of tall shade trees, and lush green foliage create an atmosphere of sheer beauty and tranquility.

White Garden

Sunset Overlook

Sunset Overlook

This sunset view inspired Mr. Bok’s dream of the Gardens during his visits. At an elevation of 298 feet, this is one of the highest points in peninsular Florida for your proposal.

Sunset Overlook

Reflection Pool

Reflection Pool

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the landscape architect who designed the Gardens, specifically designed the pathway to shield the view of the Tower until reaching this point. This grand view of the Singing Tower is the perfect place to pop the question.

Reflection Pool

El Retiro Lawn

El Retiro Lawn

A beautiful English-style country garden with a rolling lawn and a pond that reflects the afternoon sunsets.

El Retiro Lawn

Front Gardens of El Retiro

Front Gardens of El Retiro

A formal Mediterranean-style garden with a Spanish frog fountain that leads guests into an enchanting stone grotto at the front of the house

Front Gardens of El Retiro

Secret Garden Path

Secret Garden Path

This mulch path cuts through the woods providing a shortcut between two of the main paths.
When you step onto the Secret Garden Path you will feel even more surrounded by nature than in the rest of the Gardens. It's very quiet, has a bench for relaxing, and even has a banana grove with large banana trees!

Secret Garden Path

North End Lawns

North End Lawns

This corner of the Gardens has some stunning live oaks towering over the path and the lawns. The azaleas are also beautiful in this area when they are blooming in the spring!

North End Lawns

Wetland Boardwalk

Wetland Boardwalk

Meander along the Wetland Boardwalk for a peaceful view of the pitcher plants and wildflowers, as well as the pond and wetlands of the Wild Garden.

Wetland Boardwalk

Wild Garden Overlook

Wild Garden Overlook

A secluded and tunneling path (beginning between Window by the Pond and the Endangered Plant Garden) will wind you through the trees to a private viewing platform with two benches to look out over the scenic Wild Garden.

Wild Garden Overlook

PERMITTED ITEMS

· Natural or dried flower petals
· Small signs or handheld props

PROHIBITED ITEMS

· Silk flower petals
· Balloons, glitter, and confetti
· Large furniture or props
· Drone photography

PICNIC PLANNING SERVICES

For a more formal engagement celebration, we recommend contracting the services of an approved 3rd party event planning service. We have successfully worked with the following picnic companies that offer several different packages.

PLEASE NOTE:

General admission is still required when contracting with these companies.