Sheffield Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography

I’m a wedding photographer based in Sheffield, and I provide wedding photography services throughout the area.

I’d love to photograph a wedding at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, and have visited recently to scope out this unique wedding venue and get some ideas for couple portraits. It’s a fantastic location for wedding photographs, there’s a huge variety in both the garden planting and also the landscape. 

The Botanical Gardens are made up of thirteen different garden areas that cover 19 acres of land. The gardens are neat and pretty with a wide variety of planting arrangements. The Glass Pavilions welcome visitors to the garden from Clarehouse Road. Designed and built in the early Victorian period, they are Grade II listed and filled with lush tropical greenery.

Scroll down to see my ideas for wedding photos at Sheffield Botanical Gardens and read the answers to some frequently asked questions about getting married at the venue.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens Wedding Photo Tips

The Botanical Gardens are an amazing place to have your wedding photos taken. There are lots of ideal locations for wedding photographs. Here are a few of my ideas for how the venue can be used on your wedding day.

Wedding Portrait Photograph Ideas

Obviously the gardens are never ending with beautiful blooms to surround yourself with in your wedding photos. But here are some ideas on what you may want to consider if your wedding day isn’t dry and sunny:

  • Inside the glass pavilion amongst the tropical plants is a great option for a rainy day. There’s nothing I love more than a conservatory filled with greenery! 
  • The Thompson Road Walk has been specifically planted to provide colourful borders in the autumn and winter.
  • The Lower Lawns featuring lots of mature trees which bloom with blossom in the early spring. 
  • The Asia Garden features rhododendrons which bloom in the late spring.

Click here to read more about how I take wedding couple portrait photographs. 


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Family Group Photograph Ideas

Group photos generally need space and some shelter. They are best taken out of direct sunlight and with a fairly simple backdrop. For a wedding at Sheffield Botanical Garden I would recommend taking photos in front of the Pavilions for a classic architectural backdrop. Or if you want something softer, Osborn’s Field on the east side of gardens is sheltered spot filled with lush greenery. 

Click here to read my top tips for getting easy and quick family group photos that don’t take you away.  from enjoying your wedding.


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Confetti Photograph Ideas

Because of the nature of Sheffield Botanical Gardens as a venue, it is not advised to use regular confetti. However, you can still create a fun and colourful confetti-style moment that is equally joyful. Some ideas are to use petals, twirling ribbons, paper planes or even twinkling bells. The best location for this kind of shot would be on the broadwalk as you exit from your ceremony in the Pavilions. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Married at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Can you get married at Sheffield Botanical Gardens?

Yes! Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a licensed wedding venue in Sheffield. This means that you can hold your civil wedding ceremony at the venue, and also your reception.

The Central Dome of the Pavilions in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is licensed for civil weddings and blessings.

If you want to hold your wedding reception in the gardens, then The West Lawn is available to hire for a marquee reception. The marquee is not included in the cost of hiring the Botanical Gardens. 

Are Sheffield Botanical Gardens a dog friendly wedding venue?

Dogs are allowed in the the gardens provided that they are kept on a lead. If you want to read more about having your pooch attend your wedding, then click here to see the blogs I have written featuring advice from experts and loads of cute photos of dogs at weddings. 

Where is there to park for a wedding at Sheffield Botanical Gardens?

There is no car park at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. However there is diabled parking next to the Thompson Road entrance. On street parking is available on the roads surrounding the Botanical Gardens, but is limited. 

Can you have wedding photos taken at Sheffield Botanical Gardens?

If you are getting married at Sheffield Botanical Gardens then you will 

If you are getting married elsewhere but want to use the gardens for your wedding photos then it is possible to have your wedding photos taken within the grounds. Advance booking is essential and details can be found here. 

How much does it cost to get married at Sheffield Botanical Gardens?

At the time of writing, if you wanted to get married at The Botanical Gardens and also host your marquee reception in the grounds, the hire fee is £3495. The cost does not include the hire of a marquee for your reception.

There are other options available for hiring the Glass Pavillion for your ceremony only, with prices starting from £745.

More information can be found on their website here

What is included in the fee to get married at Sheffield Botanical Gardens?

When you choose to get married at The Botanical Gardens the hire fee includes exclusive hire of the Central Dome of the Glass Pavilions for use as the Marriage Ceremony room, plus also tables for the ceremony and drinks reception with white linen table cloths, chairs for a maximum of 12 guests and use of the grounds for wedding photographs. 

How many people can you have your Sheffield Botanical Gardens wedding?

The Central Dome in the Glass Pavilions can accommodate up to 80 people for a civil ceremony. 

Can you hire the Glass Pavilion for an evening wedding reception?

The Glass Pavilion at The Botanical Gardens is only available to hire for the wedding ceremony during the day. If you wanted to host your evening wedding reception at the venue, you would need to hire a marquee for the grounds. 

Can confetti be thrown at The Gardens?

Because of the nature of the gardens it is not possible to throw confetti in the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, or at the main entrance on Clarkehouse Road. However you may want to consider alternative confetti ideas like bubbles, paper planes, twirling ribbons or tinking bells.

What needs to be hired in for a marquee reception on The West Lawn?

The West Lawn is a beautiful setting for a marquee wedding reception at The Botanical Gardens. If you are planning for this at your wedding, you will need to hire a reputable marquee company that will provide all relevant insurance certificates, security, generators and waste removal. 

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