With a setting seemingly taken from a movie, Shelldance Orchid Gardens is the perfect wedding venue for those having an elopement or small intimate wedding! Exciting for both botanists and lovers alike, one can’t help but look around in awe at how well maintained the plants are and how unique this setting is for a wedding day. Just a short drive south of San Francisco, this wedding venue is known for its lush greenery and wide plant varieties, since it primarily serves as a nursery. It is so gorgeous inside the venue, there really is no need for any other wedding decor and you can save on hiring a florist! 😀 For those who want a very unique setting for their small elopement wedding, Shelldance Orchid Gardens is the perfect place to say I do.
Shelldance Orchid Gardens not only enchants guests with its calming atmosphere, but also provides a flawless natural backdrop for photography. Filled with exotic plants, the greenhouse is filled with gorgeous natural light and immediately encourages guests of all ages to walk around, explore, and appreciate what nature can offer.
There are several sections in the venue, each serving a unique purpose both during normal business hours and during the wedding day. Among the more popular rooms are the Big Orchid Room, Foyer, and North Wing.
The Big Orchid Room
With a thorough gardening routine, the gardeners at Shelldance Orchid Gardens ensure that each and every plant is in its best possible condition for your guests to appreciate. The Big Orchid Room is where guests can peruse the hundreds of orchids on sale, as well as serve as a momentary escape for some unique couples portraits amongst the plants. This area is one of my favorite rooms at the venue because only after seeing rows of orchids of all shapes and colors did I really appreciate the beauty and variety of orchids. It’s a bit shameful to admit, but I grew up with a mother who had dozens of orchids in her garden and I never appreciated them as a child. All grown up now, I can appreciate why they are my mom’s favorite plant and one of the highlights at the Shelldance Orchid Gardens.
The Foyer includes an array of plant species that greet your guests immediately for an unforgettable first impression. On a day as important as your wedding, the initial moments at the venue are often times the most impactful and set the tone for the rest of the day. As you enter, you can’t help but look around in awe and appreciate the venue. With the hanging moss and refreshing scent of nature welcoming you, the Foyer acts as an appetizing initial room to show what this venue is all about.
The North Wing
Arugably the most important, the North Wing is the ceremonial (and reception) space for your wedding. The North Wing is a beautiful, bright, and protected space that glows with natural sunlight. With a path leading from the Foyer to the stage, it seems like this room was designed with weddings in mind! With enough seating for 50 of your closest friends and family, this room provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding ceremony. And if the reception is also being done indoors, it can be easily turned around while your guests enjoy cocktail hour outside since the decor is mostly taken cared of!
This venue is truly a memorable wedding getaway, with an excellent reputation from all visitors. Even with a thorough online search, it is rare to find sub 5-star reviews. Couples who have held their ceremony at Shelldance and guests alike describe the grounds as “enchanting”, “whimsical”, and “fully immersive.” The staff also receives high praise for their attentiveness, attention to detail, and flexibility with requests.
Your wedding venue requires an extraordinary amount of care and consideration to make the perfect decision. Shelldance Orchid Gardens is an exceptional setting for any wedding and is well worth your consideration. One glance at it and you will know why it is so special, and why I consider it the best wedding venue for an intimate wedding and elopement.