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The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery

Abbotsford, British Columbia View map
Rating 4.2 out of 5
18 reviews
50 to 140 Guests

About

50 to 140 Guests

The Secret Garden is tucked in the beautiful gardens of Ripples Winery and New Wave Distilling. The ambiance is tropical garden party meets elegance. Their beautiful clear roof reception space is filled with large tropical trees and shrubs and draped with elegant chiffon with massive, dimmable crystal chandeliers that twinkle all night. Water features add soft gurgles and the sent of jasmine and ginger lilies fill the night air.

Facilities and capacity

The Secret Garden of Ripples Winery offers a gorgeous outdoor space for your ceremony and a unique inside/outside reception area. Their willing staff can move the ceremony to the inside garden if the weather doesn't cooperate and there are many cozy little nooks and patios both covered and not for guests to relax and mingle. Max capacity is 140 people both inside and out.

Services offered

We have created idyllic ambiance for you on your big day. Our team is there to assist you with every detail to make the day run smoothly. You have the flexibility to bring in your own catering service an DJ. You can DIY for decorating or leave it in the hands of our capable staff. An affordable, extensive bar service is offered. Guests can sample wine and spirits in their tasting room during wait times.

Highlights

Availability

Type

Farm, winery

Style

Country, eclectic, garden, tropical, vintage

Event Services

Bridal suite, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound, outside vendors, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$5,900

More information

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party

What catering services do you offer?

Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House wine
House liquor
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Aisle markers
Audio equipment
Centerpieces
Chair covers
Dance floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5,900

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$5,900

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$5,900

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
Linens
Lighting/sound
Parking

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Bartenders

18 reviews

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  • Kennedy
    Kennedy V. Married on 25/09/2021
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    Beautiful Venue

    The venue is beautiful, if you are looking for an elegant garden vibe with hints of rustic this is the venue for you. Also, it is a very laid-back atmosphere along with being beautiful and our guests did enjoy our wedding. We knew with COVID we would have restricted numbers but we still were allowed 70 people which ended up being a good number for us. The vendor did respond to our emails at a good reply time and the venue turned out how I wanted. However, I did not get a day of coordinator which I believe was part of the package we had purchased. Also, during our rehearsal, we did not have anyone assisting us and another large bridal party was booked at the same time as us which made it awkward. If it was not for our officiant we would have been totally lost during our rehearsal and ceremony. Further, I did ask two close friends to pop in early and make sure the setup, that I paid extra for, was happening and they ended up having to assist a lot with setting up which was disappointing including having to hang our flowers on the arch and take the flowers from ceremony to reception. The waiting area for the bride to walk out of is now a bussing station and there were ketchup and garbage on the ground so that felt very awkward, since we did not have a day of coordinator or anyone from the venue check-in with us I did not know if there was another area to wait beside the bride room but this was minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start so I did not want to be way back there but still hidden from guests. Also, my dad had to ask someone how to get into the bridal room since it was locked. However, the reception was beautiful and very fun and that went perfectly. My only wish was that we had more communication and involvement the morning of just before the ceremony or else I would have hired a wedding planner if I knew the venue would be so hands-off.
  • Melissa
    Melissa A. Married on 15/08/2020
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    Do not book here!

    I wish I could leave 0 stars here but that is not an option.

    On May 8th, my fiancé and I had unfortunately made the tough decision and contacted Secret Garden/Caroline to cancel our wedding for August 15, 2020. With restrictions in place on weddings and the fact that we didn't want to harm any of our guests (most were over the age of 65) and I myself have an immune issue with a higher risk of contracting covid-19. We thought that we were doing the right thing, and being safe. The contract carried a "force majeure" clause which includes "acts of god" and "government interventions." We politely requested our $4000 down payment back and we were refused this option. Secret Garden said they were going through a hard time financially and offered us to rebook next year. If we rebooked next year (2021) we would have to pay an extra $1000 for Saturdays. Upon looking at the calendar we did not see any available Saturday dates left that would work for our family. We were then told if we wanted to cancel this wedding, even though it was 3 months in advance and plenty of time to rebook a new client, that we would lose $2000! This was crazy, this company has only met with us once for an hour to show us the venue and we went to a "mixer" type event where we got 2 free tickets and paid $25 each for 2 more tickets. This amount of time was definitely not worth $2000, I would say not even worth $1000!
    Secret Garden and Caroline stood their ground on only wanting to give us $2000 back of the $4000, even though we were doing the right thing by canceling because of the pandemic.

    I will never be doing business with this company and I do not recommend dealing with this business or Caroline. She is not friendly, and not warm, she is just there to run her businesses and take your money. She didn't even come to visit us during the wedding social event. We did not feel welcome there. Do not book your wedding here if you want good customer service or your money back if you cancel.

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    As with all things there are two sides. The tribunal court hearing that was initiated by you, ruled in our favor because you refused all the very reasonable options that were presented to you. We offered you the option of proceeding with your event in August under the then current government restrictions of 50 people but at 50% reduced price of our rate. Something many other couples chose to take advantage of. You were also given the option of postponing to 2021 at no extra cost. There were still weekend dates available or weekdays at a significantly reduced rate. As of today we still have openings for Saturdays but yes, not in August, our most popular month. Given the unprecedented circumstances, we also did offer to cost share the financial burden of a full cancelation as both parties loose in that situation, and yes, we did indeed retract that when you initiated court proceedings. The fact that the court ruled in our favor does not feel like a win for us. We tried very hard to find solutions for all our clients including yourself. Fortunately we were able to do this for others but nobody wins in a situation like this. I empathize with all the couples that have had wedding plans for 2020 and felt that they could not proceed, but have also had the pleasure of witnessing many lovely 50 person weddings here this summer. We have a large open air venue that has allowed for safe, beautiful events and we have developed many policies to keep people feeling reassured. Lastly, my apologies for not visiting you at the social 2 years ago. We had over 100 couples turn up for the event and I definitely did not get to visit with all.
  • Melissa
    Melissa Married on 02/08/2020
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    Beautiful Venue!

    We got married at the Secret Garden at Woodbridge Ponds this past August and the setting was absolutely beautiful! We loved the outdoor space, surrounded by lush greenery, fish ponds, plants, and intimate seating areas for our guests. The winery onsite provided all of our beverages, including amazing liqueurs, cocktails, champagne and dinner wine. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a romantic, garden setting for their wedding!
  • Ashley
    Ashley N. Married on 04/10/2019
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    Fricking Amazing!

    If you do not book here, you are foolish!

    The Secret Garden exceeded our expectations. The kind, genuine, thoughtful staff went above and beyond to accommodate all of our requests.

    We only had 42 people present.... but we partied like there were 140 and they did not bat an eye! We had a lively crew who kept everyone on their toes and yet the staff rolled with the punches and made very single person feel special.

    I can not thank Caroline and her staff for making our wedding dreams come true!
  • Alicia
    Alicia L. Married on 31/08/2018
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    Breathtaking Place

    Hands down the most gorgeous place to get married in the Fraser Valley, maybe even all of BC! It’s a beautiful venue and an amazing experience. The staff at the Secret Garden was courteous, professional and absolutely instrumental to making my wedding perfect. They anticipate every need and made the entire process of planning my big day easy, and stress free. If you haven’t already, you MUST see this place. It will give you goosebumps.

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    Thank you, it was a delight to host your wedding! A beautiful day, you were such a lovely couple. I particularly loved how when you came off the ceremony grounds you had a little teary eyed moment together. We wish you a very happy life together.
  • Amanda
    Amanda V. Married on 06/07/2018
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    Stunning!!

    The venue and staff has been absolutely the best to work with!! They handled everything with ease and let us enjoy our day! There was no stress!!! You feel like family when your there! The venue in itself lets you have endless photo opportunities and minimal décor needed to be brought in. They made our vision come to life!

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    Thankyou Amanda, for your sweet words.
    It was our pleasure being apart of Donovans and your special day.

  • Heaven-Leigh
    Heaven-Leigh C. Married on 26/05/2018
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    Amazing Venue!

    The Secret Garden does it all! The decorations were apart of the package and better than anything I could have come up on my own. I didn't have to worry about a thing on my wedding day, I just got to enjoy the day with my Husband. It was wonderful, I can't recommend this venue enough!

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    We are honored to have hosted your big day and happy to hear that it was everything you dreamed of.
    Thankyou
  • Merissa
    Merissa R. Married on 30/09/2017
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    We recently had our wedding (ceremony and reception) at the beautiful Secret Garden in Abbotsford, BC. All we can say is that it is truly a gem. Ourselves and our guests were so surprised and in aw at the beauty and uniqueness of the venue. The ceremony space is perfect for an intimate ceremony and the new reception tent is amazing. Also the private bridal suite is perfection in every way. We highly recommend having your next event at their venue. Thank you again !!!

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    Thankyou Merissa & Scott for sharing your beautiful day with us! We appreciate your wonderful review!
    We look forward to seeing more pictures

    -Caroline & Paul
  • Grenville
    Grenville R. Married on 02/07/2021
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    Frustrated at the Opportunism

    It seems like i am not the only one being frustrated by this venue as we come out of this pandemic. My daughters wedding is booked at the venue for July 2nd and until yesterday we had heard no word back from the venue until we were sent a final invoice and told a 50 person wedding was going to be held.
    We asked if we could postpone as a months notice to hold the wedding is not enough and as family cant travel then it would be pointless. Having 50 people there is not what we contracted for. I offered to be very flexible with the postponement.
    This was flatly denied. Not even considered.
    I then asked for a partial refund of the $4,500 already paid.
    Again, flatly refused without consideration.
    I have no option now but to waste further resources even though a more sensible, amicable and collaborative solution was there to be found. Coming out of this pandemic I am sure we have all learnt that "be kind" is a mantra we should all adopt but sadly lacking for some businesses who would rather to exploit the position the pandemic has placed us in than work towards a kinder, more better way.

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    I understand your frustration but it is not entirely true that everything was flatly denied. We have tried to be as accommodating as possible and have been in continual email contact with your daughter Eden. We did our due diligence and have documented correspondence with her was to make sure she completely understood that it was unlikely that they would have more than 50 guests at their wedding prior to making her second deposit. She understood this, acknowledge it, was fine with it and paid the second installment! We are currently at that 50 person maximum, as was anticipated, but likely by the time you were scheduled to have your event, restrictions will be lifted even more. You are correct, there are other customers that are unhappy with the less than 140 people weddings, however this really isn't a beach of contact on our part. We are trying our best to accommodate clients within the existing restrictions and find solutions that work for both parties. A compromise is a solution that gives both parties a satisfactory solution. Something we have achieved with most of our clients over the past year. Expecting your venue and vendors to bare the full financial responsibility of your decision to postpone or cancel because you don't like the current restriction, is not a compromise. I understand that, as we suggested, a transfer of you deposit to a micro wedding was also not favorably met because Jayden and Eden were married in March. I also understand that now the only thing you want from this contract is a celebration party for 140 people rather than a wedding. By reserving a date in our calendar you have prevented others from boòking that date and postponing means ultimately no income for us on that date. For this reason there is a contract. Breach of contact is when we cannot provide you with services agreed upon. We can absolutely provide you with your event, albeit possibly only 50 people, but possibly more.
    'Be kind' is something we all should live with, all the time, not just during covid, and it is not exclusively applicable to us. I also fail to see how we have exploited the current situation by offering a compromise rather than giving in to your demands.
  • Lani
    Lani M. Married on 19/07/2020
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    Disappointed

    I booked this venue February 2020 in hopes to have a dream wedding there with a 120 guests. Due to covid, I called in April to post pone to 2021 as they were cancelling weddings in the summer. I was able to do that no problem, but found out that they offered a discount rate for the dates in 2020 that I was not informed about. How come we weren’t included in it? We would’ve tried to make it work with the restrictions. We also had family that were immune compromised and could not attend during covid. Which made it hard to move forward with a wedding. Who would even attend when we were all asked to stay home and social distance? No dancing, no socializing and only a sit down service was allowed. Not what we originally signed up for. 2021 wasn’t looking any better to have the big celebration either.

    The venue wants full price for max 50 people which wasn’t what we original signed up for in the contract. We emailed several times over the year asking for a refund or cancellation or even holding a family gathering instead this year at our deposit price. There was no flexibility or options offered to us, so we had to cancel. All I can say is how hugely disappointing and maddening this was all to deal with through covid. I have other friends that were getting married last year, and their venues were understanding with postponements & refunds. So how come this venue is not? This venue turned something that was supposed to be a positive experience into a negative experience during 2020 & 2021. How many other brides did they do this to?
    I bet a lot of brides lost their deposits over the last year. That’s a lot of money for not providing any services. They should’ve allowed brides to postpone to 2022 or refund original deposits to allow brides to book at a later date. All business’ had hardships through covid so it’s not an excuse to treat clients the way we were treated, any many others I’m assuming.

    The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery's reply:

    Firstly, let me congratulate you on the upcoming expansion of your family. Something positive out of this sad year we have had. We have all struggled during this pandemic and we have tried to accommodate everybody with their different requirements. We did not cancel any of our 2020 weddings as you indicated. However we did accommodate all our clients as best we could to suit their needs, which included postponements, transfers to Micro weddings and reduced-price events. As you indicated in your review we had no issues accommodating your postponement request from 2020 to the following year and we happily honored your existing contracts prices. Yes we did host weddings in 2020 at a reduced price to accommodate many couples that did not want to postpone. Couples were informed about the reduced pricing arrangements for 2020 in our newsletter. I'm sorry you did not read that but the information did go out to all our booked clients to the email listed on their signed contract. I realize that you did not sign up for a 50 person wedding, however those restrictions are beyond our control. Yes, you did not anticipate similar restrictions when you first postponed, you probably did not anticipate a new family member either. We have all had to adjust our lives and plans. What is sad is that we vendors and venues are expected to take the full financial responsibility for couples that continue to want to postpone because they cannot have their big wedding or get other curve balls that get throw their way. We have held your first date for more than a year and subsequently your second postponement date for more than a year, we also honored your existing pricing. That is now two dates that we have not been able to book for other clients that are happy with the current restrictions. Two dates that we cannot recoup any income. For this reason we are not refunding but have given, as to yourself, multiple different other options. Contrary to your review, we have been exceptionally understanding and have postponed, transferred and adapted at all times, and no, it has not been many other that have been frustrated. Fortunately we have been able to satisfy most of our clients. It is those that we have not satisfied, like yourselves that have taken to multiple reviews. Your right of course, but it would be nice if all the facts were given.

Awards

  • 18

The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery Real Weddings

  • Lauren & Evan
    21 Photos · 16/Aug/2020
  • Ewa & Landon
    62 Photos · 02/Aug/2019
  • Taylor & Josh
    25 Photos · 07/Jul/2019
  • Zac & Kayla
    36 Photos · 09/Sep/2018
  • Heaven-Leigh & Ryan
    15 Photos · 26/May/2018

Meet the Team

Caroline Mostertman
Caroline Mostertman
Owner/General manager

Owner and General Manager of Ripples Winery and New wave Distilling, home of the Secret Garden. Supported by a fabulous team of people I spend most days exercising my lips and looking busy.

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3387 Tolmie road V3G 2T9 Abbotsford (British Columbia)

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