Botanical Gardens in Buffalo gets award for weddings

Abramovsky wedding at Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Buckey and Lara Abramovsky at their wedding at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (Photo by Nickel City Studios)

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has received a Bride’s Choice Award 2011 from WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

“This is truly an honor,” said Mary Rose, wedding and event coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. “We are so pleased to have made such wonderful memories for our clients.”

Winners of the award were determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from more than 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Awards were given across 20 service categories.

Jen and Jon Wieser photo by NY West Photography
Jen and Jon Wieser marry in an outdoor ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. (Photo by NY West Photography)

The Botanical Gardens is the venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and showers.

“We’re booked solid for 2011, and we sometimes have several on one Saturday,” said Erin Grajek, director of marketing. “It’s an extremely popular site, and its popularity has spread by word of mouth.”

Events can be held in various spots at the Botanical Gardens, including the waterfall, under the dome or outside, Grajek said. In case of rain, the event is moved inside.

The Botanical Gardens offers a choice of caterers in different price ranges, Grajek said.

The money that the Botanical Gardens makes helps support its educational mission.

“Every dollar goes back into the building and our collection of plants,” Grajek said. “It’s a way for us to raise money and maintain ourselves and this beautiful facility.”

Joe and Ruby Orcutt photo by Ben Read Photographer
Joe and Ruby Orcutt marry inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. (Photo by Ben Read)

Many brides and grooms who have their wedding ceremonies and receptions elsewhere like to take their wedding photos at the Botanical Gardens. They must make a reservation ahead of time, but they’re guaranteed to be the only wedding party there during that time slot. There is a fee.

In addition to weddings, many other celebrations and events are held at the Botanical Gardens, Grajek said, including birthday parties, retirement parties, tea parties for little girls, Christmas parties, picnics, meetings, retreats and team-building exercises. The venue can accommodate groups from four to 500, depending on the event.

For more information on holding an event at the Botanical Gardens,  go to the  website, email or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 219.

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