Ceremony Packages

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is the perfect garden venue location for your outdoor ceremony, with a variety of locations and price points, our facilities can accommodate large groups and intimate ceremonies alike. 

See our ceremony package list below for pricing and general information:

Wedding Event Inquiry

Check our calendar for availability and then submit a private event inquiry: 

Wedding Event Inquiry Form


Event Information:

  • All Sites included in Ceremony Reservations are for 3 Hours (including chairs and tables)
  • Deposit Requirement: 20% of overall venue cost
  • Wedding Reservation and Use Policies 
  • After submitting your inquiry, we will call or email to schedule a time to book your reservation. 
The Lawn

The Lawn Package Includes:

  • Ceremony seating for up to 250 guests
  • 30x30 tent
  • (3) 10 x 10 pop up tents
  • White Arbor (2 styles)
  • 1-on-1 Wedding Consultation with Event Planner
  • Chairs and Tables

Cost: $1,400


Ernst Tree Terrace

Ernst Tree Terrace Package Includes: 

  • Ceremony Seating for up to 120
  • White Arbor (2 styles)
  • 1-on-1 Wedding Consultation with Event Planner
  • Chairs and Tables


  • Seasonal Fountain
  • Pergola
  • Overlook pond and lower gardens
  • "Tucked away" privacy from busy areas

Cost: $650 




Jurney Stage Garden

Jurney Stage Garden Package Includes:

  • Ceremony Chairs for up to 30 guests
  • White Arbor (2 Styles)
  • 1-on-1 Wedding Consultation with Event Planner
  • Chairs

Cost: $450



  • Intimate Seating
  • Pond + lawn and garden views
Ceremony and Reception

Ceremony and Reception Package Includes:

  • Up to 8 hours for your Wedding (includes setup and clean up)
  • Ceremony site of your choice
  • Reception site of your choice
  • Chairs for ceremony and reception (125 for each)
  • Tables for seated reception
  • 30 x 30 tent (w/optional side walls)
  • White Arbor (2 styles)
  • (3) 10 x 10 tents 
  • One on One Wedding Consultation with Event Planner 

Cost: $2,695


Walk on Weddings

Package Includes 

  • 10 Guests or under
  • No setup included

Cost: $50

Professional photography fee is not waived. Day-of-the-week and seasonal discounts are excluded as well. Please fill out the walk-on wedding request form and email to ejcarboretum@jmu.edu.

Photo Credit: Kyra Allen Photography



Frances Plecker Education Center(pre-wedding dressing area): Cost $175

Additional Chairs: $1.50 per

Additional Tables: $7.50 per 

Additional Facility Charge per Hour: $125 per 

Staff Charge per hour: $25 per hour

10 x 10 Tent Rental: $125 per tent


A discount to the total reservation cost may be applied to the following, discounts may be added to one another:

  • 10% JMU Faculty, Staff, and Alumni
  • 10% Friday and Sunday weddings (Walk-on weddings excluded)
  • 10% Off-season weddings held in December, January, or February (Walk-on weddings excluded)
Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Since our venue is outdoors and we do not have the capacity to house more than 40 guests inside the Frances Plecker Education Center, for groups larger than 40, we always recommend a good rain backup, due to unpredictable weather.


Recommended Back-up Locations

All food and drink must go through JMU Special Events & CateringNO outside vendors are permitted. 


No.  Only brown bag lunches are permitted, otherwise please use JMU Catering

Give us a call, typically this is not possible as we have a gift shop open, but in Winter months, it may be possible.

Parking in JMU Lot R5 is strongly encouraged. Click here for directions 

We have limited parking in two small, in-ground parking lots, one lot at the Frances Plecker Education Center, 780 University Blvd, and another close to our Pavilion.

Occasional Arboretum event parking on University Blvd. east side, above the Arboretum large lawn, is available when 'No Parking' signs replaced by 'EJC Arboretum Event Parking' signs

The Arboretum and all Arboretum parking lots close at dusk daily.

  • With 10-day weather forecast and 10-day final guest count, final payment is due 7 calendar days before event. Discount(s) given at final payment
  • Users are advised for best event planning practice for outdoor events to secure alternative, back-up, inclement-weather facility. The arboretum is not responsible for damage to personal property or event preparedness expenses or loss due to severe inclement weather.
  • Reimbursement (less20% administrative cancellation fee for all cancellations) is payable with social security number of contract signer with cancellation notices.
  • Cancellations are accepted at 48-hours from event date only for severe inclement weather per N.O.A.A. forecast, when percentage predicted is not in event’s favor 50% or greater, or with 90 days’ notice from event date for non-weather cancellations. Notice in person or by e-mail is accepted. Or if reserving party selects to cancel for 90 day cancellations only, by US Mail, notice is not accepted on postmark but is accepted on arboretum in-office receipt date stamp. NO US MAIL CANCELLATIONS for 48-hour extreme inclement weather cancellations. Only contract signer may cancel by email, phone or in person at 48 hours cancellation
  • Non-reserved parking is allowed in designated spaces in north lot within grounds, south lot within grounds. Parking outside of designated area may result in citation. Availability varying depending on public visitor use and JMU classes in session or not in lot R-5 on University Blvd and Convo G lot on Driver Drive. Arboretum not responsible for JMU major events such as football games impact to parking availability. Contractee responsible to read parking policy on the Directions page found at the arboretum website. Users are responsible to check JMU website event calendar to monitor JMU events before signing contract and throughout planning period.
  • Food and Beverage consumption policy on grounds, in buildings, within arboretum facilities, for individuals or groups:
  • No personal home cooked, no pot-luck, or outside agency catering, no hot or cold carry-on dishes of any kind
  • No walk-on canned, bottled, kegged, or otherwise contained alcohol or intoxicant may be carried onto premises
  • JMU full-service bartending may be contracted through JMU Catering for reserved events
  • Brown Bag lunches and beverages or snack-type, picnic carry-on foods and nonalcoholic drinks exclusively are permitted
  • All food and beverage catering and bartending service is required to be provided by JMU Special Events Catering 540-568-6637
  • Responsible Individual, and/or Group, either is or both together are, liable for any damage to Arboretum property
  • Liability Release (found on website) is required for corporate and business events. Weddings are exempted from submitting Liability Release
  • No physical alteration, amendment, or adjustment to property is allowed (I.e., no marking of trees, cutting botanicals, set-up of personal tents, no nailing/tacking signs,leaving tied ribbons on trees, etc. is allowed)
  • No fires of any sort, including smoking, lit candles, fires within portable grills, no fires are allowed on premises and grounds whatsoever. Extinguished cigarette butts may not be discarded on wood chip trails, on the forest floor, in trash receptacles or on lawns or in beds anywhere within grounds: Extinguish cigarettes before leaving cars and use car ash trays
  • Visitors must remain on wood-chip trail and, lawns. Traversing garden beds, forest floor, ponds and waterways, drain basins, is prohibited
  • Grounds including parking lots remain open to the public during reserved event times with signage posted at event site advising public of private restricted site use
  • Sporting activities such as football, soccer, Frisbee inevitably cause flower bed damage and are prohibited at the arboretum
  • Users must leave no evidence of event decorations, debris and trash at use site, and use waste receptacles provided or bear a $25/hour trash pickup fee per staff per each hour needed if arboretum cleans
  • Dogs may be at weddings and must be under control, kept on trails, out of gardens, forests floor and out of waterways, and all leavings must be removed by owner/handler.
  • Users and guests must vacate premises and parking areas by dusk unless otherwise negotiated by contract for events

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