Wedding FAQ’s

How long are ceremonies?

Ceremony only events are available from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Your ceremony (up to 200 guests) may start anytime during this time frame, but must conclude by 3:00 p.m. A ceremony with reception (up to 120 guests) may begin at 4:00 p.m. or later. Wedding guests are free to enjoy the beauty of the Gardens one hour prior to the wedding and after the wedding until the Gardens close to the public. Please see operating hours here.

How long are receptions?

Receptions begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April through October. All receptions must end at 10:00 p.m. Wedding guests are free to enjoy the beauty of the Gardens one hour prior to the wedding and after the wedding until the Gardens close to the public.  Please see operating hours here.

What is the maximum number of guests for a sit-down reception?

The maximum number of guests for a sit-down reception in the tent and the Educational & Horticultural Wing is 120.

Can I select my own catering vendor?

The Hershey Lodge must provide all food items, excluding the wedding cake and any favors. All outside items and vendors must be approved by your caterer/coordinator. The Hershey Lodge is familiar with the Gardens and offer the highest quality of catering and support. The preferred caterer can be contacted with the information below:

Hershey Lodge
Catering Events Coordinator
Amy Shadday
717.520.5434
aeshadday@HersheyPA.com

Can we provide our own alcohol?

All alcohol must be purchased and served through the preferred catering option (The Hershey Lodge).

Can I get married November through March?

Yes, however, due to flower shows and educational exhibits, ceremonies are limited to a maximum attendance of 60.

May I take pictures in the Gardens with my wedding party?

If you are having your wedding ceremony or reception at the Gardens, you are free to take pictures in the Gardens before or after your wedding. Wedding parties that are not having their wedding at the Gardens may take pictures with the requirement that all guests in the wedding party and the photographer pay general admission. The photographer should complete and sign a photography release form, which will be given to admissions staff upon arrival. Photographers and wedding parties should be mindful of other guests and keep walkways clear. Wedding parties are not permitted to take photos in The Butterfly Atrium.

How do I reserve a date?

Dates are reserved when a contract is signed. Deposits will be taken by the selected caterer fourteen (14) days after the facility agreement is signed. Hershey Gardens does not hold dates without a signed agreement. 

What happens when there is inclement weather?

As a back-up, outdoor ceremonies will be moved to the tent or the Educational & Horticultural Wing. A rain plan will be made with your caterer at least 72 hours prior to the event, should rain or severe weather be forecasted for your wedding day.

Is there a dressing room available for the bride and attendants to get ready in?

The Conservatory has a small bridal dressing room available. 

Are the Gardens wheelchair accessible?

Hershey Gardens is wheelchair accessible. To avoid steep terrain, please follow the suggested route on the map guide. Hershey Gardens has a limited number of manual wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchairs may not be reserved in advance.

Is there parking?

Hershey Gardens has sufficient free parking for your event.