*Weddings

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.  For your reception, you may choose an indoor location within the Garden Center, with several options that include a dance floor.  You may bring in your own food or you may choose a caterer from our approved list.  Alcohol requires a written waiver and the presence of commissioned security.  Costs vary depending on the amount of space and time rented.  To get an idea of what a wedding and reception will cost see our wedding packages.

Or if you want an outdoor wedding and reception for groups of up to 250, the Fort Worth Botanical Society rents the Japanese Garden Pavilion in six hour increments starting at $2,500.  The Moon Viewing Deck may also be used for an additional charge.  Restrooms and a bride’s room are conveniently close to the pavilion.  The Gardens Restaurant must be used as the food and beverage vendor for the Japanese Garden.

Weddings include 2 hours in one of the 8 garden wedding locations we offer – 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. The Japanese Garden also has several small locations (25 guests or less) but they do not include a wedding attendant.  Cost is $450.00.

Chair rental in the garden wedding locations 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.  Different rules apply in the Japanese Garden.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden staff book weddings in the Fuller Garden, Headquarters Garden, Lower Rose Garden, Oval Rose Garden, Perennial Garden, Horseshoe Garden and Trail Garden.  Contact us at (817) 392-5533 or (817) 392-5535 or botanicgardeninfo@fortworthtexas.gov .  The Fort Worth Botanical Society books weddings in the Japanese Garden.  Contact them at fwbs3@aol.com or call (817) 392-5548.

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

To schedule a wedding in the Japanese Garden contact 
(817) 392-5548 -  fwbs3@aol.com

Japanese Garden Weddings

To reserve a date and space in the Japanese Garden, a signed contract and the full rental fee is required. Contact Teal Delli Gatti, 817-392-5548 or fwbs3@aol.com

Small weddings (25 people or less) may be held at the Hill Arbor, Waterfall Overlook, Mikoshi Deck or Lake Arbor for $450.00 for two hours. This rate does NOT apply to weddings in the Pavilion or on the Moon Viewing Deck.

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

Waterfall Overlook – Perched above the upper pond, this location has a view of the pond's small island in the foreground and our largest waterfall in the background. A beautiful spot for your wedding photos.

Mikoshi Deck - Built in 2013, this deck is located next to the Mikoshi House, where it overlooks the upper pond and has a gorgeous view of our largest waterfall.

Lake Arbor - Being our smallest venue, the Lake Arbor is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies with a view of the beautiful Japanese Maple Trees.

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 Fort Worth Botanical Society at
(817) 392-5548 or fwbs3@aol.com.

All answers are for all gardens that are listed on the weddings page, except for the Japanese Garden, separate answers are listed.

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 two hours for the small locations and six hours for the pavilion and moon viewing deck.
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 - In the Japanese Garden the Pavilion and the Moon Viewing Deck are blocked off for weddings.  The small wedding locations in the Japanese Garden are not blocked off.  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?

If you wish to serve alcohol you must request a written waiver from the Department Director.  A commissioned security officer is also required to be present at your expense.

Japanese Garden - In the Japanese Garden, alcohol must be purchased through The Gardens restaurant.  A police officer is required and the cost is included in your rental fee.

Wedding Venues

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

 
 
 


Super Saver Wedding Package

Includes*

2 hour Garden rental (does not include Japanese Garden) + $150 refundable security deposit
2 hour rental – Bride’s room in Garden Center
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer Pass
Signage/Stanchions
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)
4 hour reception during in Garden Center regular hours + $150 refundable security deposit (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.

All rentals are dependent upon availability.

Room Capacity
48 - 64120240
Wedding & Reception$1,000$1,200$2,000

Saturday Night Wedding Banquet Package

Includes*

2 hour Garden rental (does not include Japanese Garden) + $150 refundable security deposit
2 hour rental – Bride’s room in Garden Center
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer pass
Signage/Stanchion
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)
4 hour reception in Garden Center + evening overtime + $150 refundable security deposit (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.

All rentals are dependent upon availability.

Room Capacity

48 or 64120240
Wedding & Reception$1,350$1,550$1,950

Deluxe Wedding Dance Package

Includes*

2 hour Garden rental (does not include Japanese Garden) + $150 refundable security deposit
2 hour rental – Bride’s room in Garden Center
1 hour Rehearsal
2 hour complimentary Photographer pass
Signage/Stanchion
1 Wedding Attendant (Garden Staff)
7 or 9 hour reception + $150 refundable security deposit (with Dance Floor) in Garden Center- 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.

All rentals are dependent upon availability.

Room Capacity
Wedding & Reception64120240
3pm – 10pm$1,750$2,350$2,800
1pm - 10pm$1,950$2,750$3,550