Weddings in the Gardens
Bellingrath Gardens and Homes provides a picture-perfect setting for weddings and receptions and a perfect way to capture beautiful memories of your special day. To check an available date, call 251.973.2217 ext. 147.
Dates and Hours
Bellingrath Gardens is available for your daytime Saturday wedding and/or reception May 1 through October 30. We are unable to schedule weddings during our busiest seasons. Your event must begin no later than 2:00 P.M. Our entrance closes daily at 5:00 P.M. but you and your guests may enjoy the grounds until dusk. Shuttle service ends daily at 5:00 P.M.
Wedding Venues and Fees
|Wedding Venue||Cost||Guest Capacity||Gardens Admissions|
|South Terrace||$1,000*||150||100 guest tickets|
|Great Lawn||$1,000*||500||100 guest tickets|
|Chapel||$600*||24||30 guest tickets|
Additional Gardens tickets are $5, and children 4 and younger, as always, are free. A 50% cancellation fee will be charged if the reservation is cancelled up to 60 days prior to event. The full deposit is forfeited after that.
A rehearsal is included with a paid wedding package. The event must begin prior to the 5:00 P.M. closing of the Entrance Building but you and your guests may stay on the grounds until dusk. We just need to know how many garden passes you will need in advance.
Wedding Photography Session
The bride and her photographer may schedule a photo session in the Gardens in advance of the wedding at no extra cost. Non-Bellingrath brides are charged $200 per session.
Reception at the Gardens
Reception Venues and Fees
Receptions are held on the Great Lawn and require the rental of a tent. Please call Port City Rental (our exclusive rental agency) at 251.471.5484 for choices and prices.
|Reception Venue||Reservation Fee with Onsite Wedding||Reservation Fee with Offsite Wedding|
|The Great Lawn||$500*||$1,000*|
A 50% deposit is required to hold a date with the balance due one month prior to the event. Checks payable to Bellingrath Gardens should be mailed to us at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road • Theodore, Alabama 36582. Credit cards are also welcomed. Prices subject to change unless previously guaranteed by deposit.
In the event of cancellation, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged within 60 days of the date. The full deposit is forfeited after that.
Equipment rentals for weddings and receptions—including tents, chairs, tables, linens, and electric fans—are handled exclusively with Port City Rental of Mobile. Call 251.471.5484 for information regarding items needed for your event. Port City Rental will deliver and remove all items.
Catering for wedding receptions at Bellingrath Gardens, including all food and drinks, is exclusively handled by Naman’s Catering of Mobile. Please contact them directly at 251.473.3900 with questions regarding reception menus and pricing.
Does Bellingrath Gardens and Home provide a bridal coordinator to help schedule and oversee events at the site?
While Bellingrath Gardens and Home is pleased to provide you with a perfect setting for your wedding or reception, we do ask that you provide your own bridal coordinator.
Can Bellingrath Gardens and Home assist with transporting guests from the parking lot to the ceremony/reception site?
Yes, shuttle service is available to wedding and reception participants and guests free of charge until 5 PM. When confirming your date, please specify whether you will take advantage of this service.
Does Bellingrath Gardens and Home provide tents, chairs, tables and linens for the reception site?
No. All items must be rented through Port City Rentals in Mobile be reached at 251.471.5484.
Can Bellingrath Gardens and Home assist with floral arrangements for the wedding party, wedding site and reception site?
While we offer a beautiful backdrop for your special event, you are responsible for any custom arrangements, such as bride’s bouquet and altar flowers.
May I have my own caterer furnish the affair?
Catering is provided exclusively through Naman’s Catering of Mobile. Naman’s offers a wide selection of fare to fit the style of your wedding, from simply elegant to fabulously extravagant. Reach Naman’s Catering at 251.473.3900.
Can I arrange a ceremony rehearsal with members of the wedding party?
Yes, and there is no additional fee for a rehearsal. You must, however, provide advance notice on the time and number of Gardens passes needed. Please confirm with Port City Rental on the delivery of chairs and tables for rehearsals. Because the Entrance building closes daily at 5 PM, rehearsal events must start well in advance of closing. Guests may remain within the Gardens until dusk.
Can I preview the Gardens before I decide if it’s the right venue for my wedding or reception?
Of course! Please call 251.973.2217 ext. 135 to arrange a Gardens pass. The Gardens are open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM, with personnel available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
How do I reserve a date for my event?
Call 251.973.2217 ext. 147 to reserve your date. A 50% deposit is required to hold the date and the balance must be paid no later than one month prior to the event. Make checks payable to Bellingrath Gardens and Home, attention Weddings and Receptions. You may deliver your payment in person or mail to:
Weddings and Receptions
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road
Theodore, AL 36582
What do I need to do to cancel my reservation?
Contact us immediately at 251.973.2217 ext. 135. A 50% cancellation fee will be charged within 60 days of the date. The full deposit is forfeited after that.