The wedding co-ordinator at Bok is Rita DiJoseph Horton. Bok offer 3 wedding times each day (9:00AM, 11:00AM, or 1:25PM) and book one ceremony per time slot. If you decide on a reception package, then the wedding time changes to 4:30PM.
The wedding fee includes everyone’s admission, a private room for the bride and girls to get dressed in, golf cart transportation from that room to your chosen wedding garden, chairs for all guests (white, square shaped, with padded seats), use of the wedding garden for 1 hour, carillon bell music (60 bells ranging from 16 pounds to 11+ tons) from the Tower for your processional, full use of all of the landscape gardens for your photos (there isn’t a time limit and we’ve got 157 acres), our staff members to assist you, and the 1 year gift membership for you and your spouse. Everyone is invited to enjoy the rest of the Gardens, the carillon music, and our Visitor Center after your wedding ceremony has concluded.
Bok is a non-profit, the wedding fees are used to support our many conservation efforts, as well as their educational and environmental programs for children and adults.
Rates begin at $695.00 and go up to $4,995.00, depending on which package you select. There is a special rate for the sort of renewal of vows ceremony which we had – we had a small number of attendees (8, including the wedding party) so we were able to use the wedding gardens, (we chose the White Garden) for a very discounted ceremony only rate of $350, instead of the regular rate of $695, and it still included absolutely everything that comes with the $695 wedding ceremony.
Rita also provided us with a list of recommended photographers, hair stylists and wedding officials. We used our guests for photographs and I styled my own hair. We did use one of the recommended wedding officials – Rev. Georgiana Johnson ~ firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 339-4050. It was actually Reverend Michael on the day and he was absolutely fabulous. They took the time to ask us what type of ceremony we wanted and asked about our history and took some feedback from each of us individually on each other making our ceremony very personal and meaningful to us.
There really are not enough words to recommend both Bok and the wedding officials enough. Please go to http://boktowergardens.org/weddings for more information.