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Weddings at the Garden

Welcome to the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic Garden, one of the best places and award-winning venues in North Texas for an outdoor wedding. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony or a grand event for all your family and friends, the Garden has a spot that will help you fulfill your dreams. Be sure to check out our wedding packages to get a quick look at the options for weddings and receptions.

Weddings include 2 hours in the garden wedding location of your choice – time enough for the ceremony and for photographs of the wedding party and guests. A wedding attendant will be there prior to and during your ceremony to assist you and answer questions. Cost is $400.00

Chair rental is $5.00/chair, which includes set up and tear down.  You must use our chairs if you provide chairs at your wedding.  You are NOT allowed to bring in chairs.

Visit our Rates and Time Structure page for more pricing details.

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Schedule a Wedding

To schedule a wedding contact
(817) 392-5533 -  botanicgardeninfo@fortworthtexas.gov
or
(817) 392-5535

Japanese Garden Weddings

To reserve a date and space in the Japanese Garden, a signed contract and the full rental fee is required. Contact Danae Sheridan 817-392-5548 or dsheridan.fwbs@aol.com

Small weddings (25 people or less) may be held at the Hill Arbor, Waterfall Overlook or Mikoshi Deck for $350.00 for two hours. This rate does NOT apply to weddings in the Pavilion or on the Moon Viewing Deck.

Hill Arbor – This intimate spot overlooks Moon Bridge and the Upper and Middle Pools. The Japanese inspired shelter gives a sense of enclosure while being outdoors.

Waterfall Overlook – This small open area looks out on a large tranquil pool with a small island in the foreground and a large waterfall in the background. A beautiful spot for your wedding photos.

NEW!  Mikoshi Deck - Description coming soon...

Weddings and receptions may also be held in the Japanese Garden Pavilion or on the Moon Viewing Deck.

Japanese Garden Rentals

Pavilion*
6 hour rental, up to 250 guests$2,500/6 hr
Pavilion plus Moon Viewing Deck*
6 hour rental, up to 250 guests$3,250/6 hrs
Moon Viewing Deck Only
$750/3 hrs
Each Additional Hour
$400/hr
Changes in Contract
Small Wedding$25
Large Wedding$50

* The following items are included in these fees: one Botanic Garden
staff person, one police officer, and Bride’s room.

The Gardens Restaurant is the caterer for the Japanese Garden.

Alcohol permitted if purchased through The Gardens Restaurant. One police officer for each 125 guests is required if alcohol is served.

DJs, small ensembles and music permitted as long as these are not disruptive to the garden atmosphere.

Rates subject to change without notice.

To schedule a wedding at the Japanese Garden, contact Danae Sheridan at
(817) 392-5548 or dsheridan.fwbs@aol.com.

All answers are for all gardens that are listed on the weddings page, except for the Japanese Garden, separate answers are listed. Visit our Rates and Time Structure page for more pricing details. 

What if it rains?

Alternate sites are available in case of rain. Ask about them when you schedule your wedding.

Japanese Garden - Ask for information when you schedule your wedding.

Can I decorate the area?

Freestanding decorations may be used with administrative approval.  No objects may be driven into the ground.

Japanese Garden - Approved decorations may be used on the Pavilion and Moon Viewing Deck.

May I bring chairs?

No.  Chairs are available for rent for $5.00 each.  Your wedding attendant will set them up for you according to your specifications and will store them when your event is over.

Japanese Garden - the number of chairs is restricted on the Hill Arbor (10),Waterfall Overlook (10), Meditation Garden (10), and the Mary Kay Tea House (10). There are no chair restrictions on the Pavilion or the Moon Viewing Deck.

How long do I have access to the wedding site?

You have the site for a two (2) hour time period. Most people have the wedding ceremony 30 minutes into this time period to allow guests time to gather beforehand and leave afterwards.

Japanese Garden - The rental time period in the Japanese Garden is six hours.
Click here for information on the Japanese Garden rates and times.

Is the wedding site blocked off or guarded?

Yes.  A wedding attendant will block off your wedding area during the time you have reserved it.  The public does have access to other areas of the Garden so you may see or hear them.  Any serious problems may be reported to the Garden's security officers.

Japanese Garden - An exception to this is the Japanese Garden, where the Pavilion and the Moon Viewing Deck is blocked off for weddings. Click here for information on the Japanese Garden rates and times.

How far in advance may I book my wedding?

A year in advance.

Japanese Garden - You may book eighteen months in advance.

Is there a place where I can change clothes?

Yes. You may rent the Bride's room at the Botanic Garden Center for $50.00 for a two-hour period.

Japanese Garden - Use of the Bride's Room is included in the rental of the Pavilion and the Moon Viewing Deck.

May I have my reception at the Garden as well?

Yes. You may rent space in the Botanic Garden Center as available or in the Gardens Restaurant.

Japanese Garden - You may have your reception on the Pavilion.

May I have music during my ceremony?

Non-amplified music or music provided by live musicians is acceptable as long as the volume does not disturb other patrons.

Japanese Garden - In the Japanese Garden, music is permitted as long as the atmosphere of the Garden is maintained.

May I have dancing at my reception?

Dancing is permitted in the Garden Center if the appropriate sized room is rented.

Japanese Garden - Dancing is permitted at the Japanese Garden on the Pavilion and the Moon Viewing Deck.

Is alcohol permitted at my reception?

Wine and champagne are permitted with no further action by the renter.  If you wish to serve any other type of alcohol you must request a waiver from the Department Director.

Japanese Garden - In the Japanese Garden, alcohol must be purchased through The Gardens restaurant.

Wedding Venues

The Garden has 8 locations within its 110 acres that are
designated for weddings:




Basic Wedding Package

$450 - Includes*

2 hour Garden rental
2 hour rental – Bride’s room
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer Pass
Signage/Stanchions
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)


Super Saver Wedding Package

Includes*

2 hour Garden rental
2 hour rental – Bride’s room
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer Pass
Signage/Stanchions
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)
Chair rental
4 hour reception during regular hours (Monday  - Friday or Saturday and Sunday before 5:00 PM) - includes tables and chairs in room - does NOT include dance floor

Dance floor requires twice the room space and additional time for set up by DJ or musicians

*Does NOT include food or beverages, decorations, table linens, tableware, or the cost of the minister or photographer.  These are provided by the renter.

Wedding w/
48 - 64
Room Capacity

120

240
10 chairs in garden$675$850$1,100
25 chairs in garden$750$925$1,175
50 chairs in garden$875$1,050$1,300
75 chairs in garden$1,000$1,175$1,425
100 chairs in garden$1,125$1,300$1,550

Saturday Night Wedding Special Package

Includes*

2 hour Garden rental
2 hour rental – Bride’s room
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer pass
Signage/Stanchion
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)
Chair rental
4 hour Room Rental + evening overtime (without Dance Floor) - includes tables and chairs in room

*Does NOT include food or beverages, decorations, table linens, tableware or the cost of the minister or photographer.  These are provided by the renter.

Wedding w/64Room Capacity

120
240
(SINGLE)(DOUBLE)(OH)
10 chairs in garden$875$1,050$1,300
25 chairs in garden$950$1,125$1,375
50 chairs in garden$1,075$1,250$1,500
75 chairs in garden$1,200$1,375$1,625
100 chairs in garden$1,325
$1,500$1,750


All Inclusive Deluxe Wedding Package

Includes*

2 hour Garden rental
2 hour rental – Bride’s room
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer pass
Signage/Stanchion
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)
Chair rental
7 or 9 hour Room Rental (with Dance Floor) - includes tables and chairs in room
Saturday or Sunday Including Overtime Hours

*Does NOT include food or beverages, decorations, table linens, tableware, or the costs of the minister, photographer, musicians or DJ.   These are provided by the renter.

Wedding w/
64
Room Capacity

120

240
10 chairs in garden
3pm – 10pm$1,225$1,600$2,325
1pm - 10pm$1,400$1,900$2,800
25 chairs in garden
3pm – 10pm$1,300$1,675$2,400
1pm – 10pm$1,475$1,975$2,875
50 chairs in garden
3pm – 10pm$1,425$1,800$2,525
1pm – 10pm$1,600$2,100$3,000
75 chairs in garden
3pm – 10pm$1,550$1,925$2,650
1pm – 10pm$1,725$2,225$3,125
100 chairs in garden
3pm – 10pm$1,675$2,050$2,775
1pm – 10pm$1,850$2,350$3,250


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