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How to book

When you book your outdoor wedding with the Dubuque Arboretum, you have your choice of using any area of the Arboretum’s grounds. [See venues, descriptions, guest capacities, and fees below.] A wedding venue at the Dubuque Arboretum can range from small, open-air, and intimate to larger, covered, and more expansive.

[See steps to book: 1-4.]

Already have a date in mind?

Call to secure your date and time.

1 / Choose the venue

Choose your wedding venue: you have your choice of using any area of the Arboretum’s grounds.

2 / Call about the date

Contact the Arboretum to check date-time availability.

3 / Send the deposit

Send your deposit ($200 or $250) to confirm your reservation.

4 / Pay the balance

Pay the balance of the rental fee 90 days prior to your wedding date to finalize your reservation.

BONUS:

Personalized Video

Wedding Invitation

All 2020 weddings at the Dubuque Arboretum are eligible to receive a complimentary, personalized video wedding invitation that can be sent to family and friends. [See sample.]

Sample Video Wedding Invitation

The Lagen-Buelow Gazebo

A covered garden gazebo with a gently sloping green area for guest seating.

  • Guest capacity: The site can comfortably accommodate about 100 guests.
  • Features: Its proximity to our beautiful rose arbors makes this a sought-after wedding venue; equipped with electrical outlets adequate for most usage.
  • Fee: $400.

The Japanese Garden

For smaller, more intimate gatherings. A unique setting with a bridge overlooking our koi pond.


  • Guest capacity: The site can comfortably accommodate about 20 guests.
  • Features: This wedding venue features a koi pond with an arched bridge over a small, flowing stream.
  • Fee: $400.

Formal English Garden

For smaller, more intimate gatherings. Very formal surroundings.


  • Guest capacity: The site can comfortably accommodate about 25 guests.
  • Features: Charming arbors serve as entrances to this enchanting, authentic English garden.
  • Fee: $400.

The Amphitheatre* | Packard Pavillion

A covered garden gazebo with a gently sloping green area for guest seating.


  • Guest capacity: The site can comfortably accommodate about 200 guests.
  • Features: Its roof and covered seating capacity (200) offer both weather-proofing and a larger wedding venue; equipped with electrical outlets adequate for most usage.
  • Fee: $500.


* The Amphitheatre location is always included as a back-up option for your wedding, should the weather not cooperate with an open-air first choice.

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