Aldridge Gardens is one of our favorite Birmingham wedding venues, but it really is more than a wedding venue. Aldrige Gardens is a sanctuary, Birmingham’s hidden gem, a place for people to reconnect with nature. The gardens were first just a dream of Eddie Aldridge and his father. “When I first met Kay, we would walk around the gardens and talk about my father’s vision for the property to one day become a public garden,” Eddie wrote in his memoir. “She never questioned my dream to fulfill this vision.”
The History of Aldridge Gardens
Eddie and Kay built this vibrant retreat within a rapidly growing city with a dream that one day it would become a publicly owned space for people to escape and reconnect with nature. The City of Hoover officially began the process of making the garden’s public in the 1990s fulfilling Eddie’s dream.
The gardens are full of meandering walking paths, scattered streams, and ever-changing floral features, the gardens are meant to be experienced, Weaver, The director of Aldridge Gardens says. The landscape continues to evolve each year—growing the legacy that the Aldridges planted so many years ago. The gardens are not only known for the oasis hidden within the city of Hoover but are home to the world-renowned Snowflake Hydrangea. A hydrangea patented by Eddie Aldridge.
Aldridge Gardens, still owned and subsidized by the City of Hoover, still captures the personal presence of Eddie and Kay’s family home. “It’s a unique experience to feel like you’re strolling the grounds of someone’s private oasis. It’s a very tranquil, peaceful setting that allows you to sort of escape from all that stuff out there.” Weaver says.
With such a unique property hidden within a bustling city, many Birmingham area residents don’t even know it exists, but those who do cherish it. With 30 acres of gardens, there are plenty of different spaces for your dream wedding. When Madison and I were looking for a place to get married in Birmingham we considered a lot of wedding venues in the area, but for us, the magic and connection to the gardens kept drawing us back. On June 15, 2019, surrounded by our closest family and friends we said, I Do, in front of the beautiful Arbor with blooming hydrangeas on both sides, and we shared private vows on the property.
The gardens will always be open and available to the public just as Eddie and Kay dreamed of back in the early ’90s, so we have the opportunity to visit the spot where we got married time and time again. Which, is something not every couple has the ability to do. The gardens are special to us in so many ways, and we hope they will become special to you as well!
The Arbor – Accommodates 200-250 guests
The Arbor has a beautiful and classic wedding look. It has hydrangeas planted on both sides of the arbor which bloom in early June.
Gingko Tree – Accommodates 200-250 guests
Shade Garden Lawn – Accommodates up to 85 guests
The shade garden is perfect for an intimiate wedding or elopement.
Pavilion – Accommodates up to 200 guests standing or 150 seated.
This space is a beautiful spot for your wedding ceremony or a great “rain plan” in the event you had inclimate weather on your wedding day.
Lakeside – Accommodates up to 250
The Lakeside is a beautiful grassy spot for your wedding ceremony if you are wanting a lake in the background!
Lakeside in the Woods – Accommodates up to 180 guests
The Lakeside in the Woods is perfect if you are having a smaller wedding and want to have an outdoorsy/woods vibe for your ceremony. This spot looks out over the lake.
Under the Pines – Accommodates 200-250*
Patio – Accommodates up to 70
Camellia Garden with Pergola – Accommodates up to 150 standing or 130 seated
The Pavilion is a covered open-air facility with lighting and fans. A small amphitheater with café lighting provides additional seating and the shade garden lawn area may be used as well. A catering kitchen and public restrooms are located nearby.
The Aldridge House
The Kay and Eddie Aldridge Art and Historical Museum opens to a large brick patio and offers a spectacular view of the 6-acre lake. The rotating art gallery features artworks of noted local and national artists and is the home of a large collection of Frank Fleming sculptures. Also, the Aldridge Museum features hardwood floors, an antique fireplace, and the bride’s room.
A few things to note when planning your wedding from the Aldridge Gardens Staff: