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RHS Garden Wisley
  • Reception-only garden wedding venue
  • Handily located just east of Woking
  • Range of unusual venues available
  • Stunning Victorian glasshouse
  • Stylish restaurant for smaller parties
  • Formal reception capacity of 110 guests
  • Evening reception capacity of 250 guests
  • Bring your own caterer (where approved)
  • All amenities fully available after 6pm

Welcome to the Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Gardens, as described here below on The Wedding Secret. These stunning historic gardens present a beautiful range of novel and unusual spaces in which to host various parts of your wedding reception including an outstanding Glasshouse, Restaurant, a Food Hall, a Laboratory, an Events Centre, and even a site for marquees!

As a fully-functioning highly-reputed public amenity, opening all year round until 6pm every day, the majority of the venues on site are available only for evening hire, apart from the Events Centre, which is available throughout the day. However, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team to discuss options for non-evening receptions, as something might be arranged.

History

These historic gardens were founded and created by Victorian entrepreneur George Ferguson Wilson in 1878. Setting up the 'Oakwood Experimental Garden' on part of the site, he devoted himself to growing non-native or difficult indigenous species of plants. Shortly after Wilson's death in 1902, the grounds were purchased by garden designer Sir Thomas Hanbury, who was known for creating the Giardini Botanici Hanbury on the Italian Riviera. He donated the gardens to the RHS the following year.

The Venues

The Glasshouse

Arguably the most spectacular place in the gardens to host a celebration, this huge glass structure offers a perfect natural backdrop to any wedding reception. It is able to seat up to 110 guests for a formal wedding breakfast, and is typically available for evening hire between 6pm and midnight from just £5,400.

It would also make for a spectacular evening reception space, with live music until midnight. It can accommodate 250 guests.

Formal Reception Capacity - 110 Guests

Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests

The Restaurant

This modern room is available for formal receptions, complete with a terrace commanding lovely views of the garden. Not to mention delicious food! It can seat up to 80 guests for a formal meal, and is available to hire from £2,160 (October to March).

Formal Reception Capacity - 80 Guests

Catering And Accommodation

Caper Green is the RHS Wisley's recommended caterer, and can create a delicious range of cuisine. You are also welcome to bring in your own caterers, at the coordinators' discretion.

Take a peek at this sample Caper Green wedding menu, here.

Accommodation

Although there is no accommodation on-site, there is plenty to be found in the surrounding countryside and at nearby Woking.

Address
RHS Garden Wisley
Woking
Surrey
GU23 6QB

Reviews

  • Alexandra and Aled Jones – 11/10/2016

    What can I really say about our wedding at Wisley, such a gorgeous place was bound to provide the perfect day, and it certainly did! All the staff were excellent, from first enquiries up to & throughout the day, liaising with all the suppliers to ensure everything went to plan. Our guests were bowled over by the beauty of the gardens, many will be returning. I can't wait to go back and reminisce about our perfect wedding!

  • Rachel and Matt – 06/07/2016

    We had a humanist ceremony and reception at RHS Wisley in a marquee, followed by dinner and party at the beautiful Glasshouse. Despite some super dodgy weather on previous days, we had an amazing (and dry!) day, and all our guests commented on the beauty of the venue - which also lent itself to some fantastic wedding photos. Throughout the whole planning process, Chrissie was very helpful and accommodating, helping us get a late licence for the party and quickly re-plan aspects on the wedding when our plans for the day changed. And, importantly, Chrissie's team alongside our caterer made sure that the day ran like clockwork. All in all, a fantastic venue and team!

  • Helen Mason – 17/06/2016

    We had our wedding reception at RHS Wisley gardens last Saturday. The whole day was absolutely perfect. We had drinks opposite the Loggia and our wedding breakfast in a marquee in wilsons wood. Chrissie the events manager is such a pleasure to work with - extremely professional. We had so many lovely comments from guests about the wonderful venue. Everything went like clockwork. You couldn't ask for a better location for your wedding photos! Highly recommend.

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