Nestled amidst a sea of lush green foliage, just south of Denton sits the newly-renovated Ashton Gardens – one of North Texas’ most idyllic settings for a wedding that captures the best of nature from the comforts of the indoors. The on-site chapel boasts high wooden beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the tree-filled property, promising for the most picturesque photos no matter the season or time of day. A winding trellised walkway from the chapel leads directly to the reception ballroom, where up to 400 guests are welcomed in celebration of the matrimonial occasion! With a beckoning list of included amenities such as certified bartenders, catering attendants, dining furniture and place settings to name a few, it’s no wonder why countless brides have selected this highly-rated venue as the host of their special day. To gain even more insight on this oft-mentioned locale, we chatted with Director of Marketing, Ashley Love, to learn about what makes Ashton Gardens so unique. Read on below!
Q: What is the average price range for a ceremony and reception at the Ashton Gardens?
A: Our facility is so fortunate to be able to work with most budgets throughout the year! Our pricing varies based on day, time of the day and time of the year. Rentals vary from $4,000 to $9,500 with per person menu costs starting at just $35 per person.
Q: Speaking of menu, how can couples customize their catering options with the in-house chef?
A: Our culinary team used great care when reworking our menus just last year. We really wanted to offer an array of menu options. From fun items like mac & cheese bites to sophisticated entrée selections like beef tenderloin, we did everything we could to accommodate every taste. An added bonus is our ability to accommodate dietary restrictions or ethnic and religious requirements.
Q: What kind of planning and coordinating packages do you offer potential clients?
A: Whether you rent the chapel for a short ceremony or host your event on a Saturday evening, we always include an event coordinator to take over the planning about 60 days before your event. The day of the event, our coordinators are by the couple’s side from start to finish.
Q: Prior to the ceremony, what kind of timeline are vendors given to begin setup?
A: Our access times differ for different days of the week. Ultimately, we could offer longer access times based on our event schedules and those details are confirmed at booking and then 15 days before the scheduled event.
Q: If they so choose, where on the property can the bride and groom designate a cocktail hour in-between ceremony and reception?
A: This one depends on the guest count and weather conditions. More times than not, we will see one side of the ballroom used as a formal cocktail area pending the guest count is right. Our trellised walk way has served as a beautiful backdrop for cocktails as well, so there really are so many options!
Q: And lastly, in your opinion, where is the most special location on the property for a couple’s “first look”?
A: We have so many! If we had to pick just one, it would probably be under the beautiful trellised walk way.
Photos 1-4: Magg Shots Photography | 5: Celina Gomez Photography | 6: Jessica Gold Photography