The Secret Garden of Woodbridge Ponds is tucked in the beautiful gardens of Ripples Winery and their Water Garden Nursery. 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 their ginger lilies fill the night air.
Facilities and capacity
The Secret Garden of Woodbridge Ponds 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.
The professional team of coordinators at The Secret Garden will create an idyllic ambiance for you on your big day. Every detail will be taken under consideration. You have the flexibility to bring in your own catering service and 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.
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Melissa A. · Married on 15/08/2020
Do not book here!
I wish I could leave 0 stars here but that is not an option.Sent on 08/12/2020
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 of Woodbridge Ponds'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 · Married on 02/08/2020
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!Sent on 18/09/2020
Ashley N. · Married on 04/10/2019
If you do not book here, you are foolish!Sent on 07/10/2019
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 L. · Married on 31/08/2018
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.Sent on 04/09/2018
The Secret Garden of Woodbridge Ponds'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 V. · Married on 06/07/2018
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!Sent on 12/07/2018
The Secret Garden of Woodbridge Ponds's reply:Thankyou Amanda, for your sweet words.
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Owner and General Manager of The Secret Garden and Woodbridge Ponds. Supported by a fabulous team of people I spend most days exercising my lips and looking busy.
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