Facility Use

Garden Ceremonies

The Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew provides beautiful and unique settings for weddings or commitment ceremonies.

To ensure a memorable event, with minimal disruption to regular visitors to the garden, there are some necessary restrictions*. 

Garden Ceremony Fees
Guest Count Cost (plus 6.0 % tax)
For 10 people or less     $395.00
For 11-15 people 
For 16-25 people 
For 26-30 people   $895.00
For 31-35 people 
*Number of guests must include bride, groom, officiant, and photographer.

The Gardens are open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  From October through May, when the Gardens are at their busiest, we strongly require that garden ceremonies be scheduled at 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.  At other times of the year, ceremonies may take place any time between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  No one will be allowed in before 10:00 a.m. and all guests must depart by 5:00 p.m.

Number of Guests and entrance on the day of the event
Wedding parties, including the bride, groom, and photographer, should not exceed thirty-five people.  It is difficult for groups larger than this to assemble and not hinder access for other visitors to the Garden. Two weeks prior to the ceremony we require a full guest list.  On the day of the event, it is important that everyone (including the bride and groom) “check-in” at the Admission Desk.  Please make sure that your guests are aware of this requirement.

Seating, Arches, Canopies, Confetti, Birdseed, Rice, and Candles
By their very nature, garden ceremonies are informal.  We cannot allow canopies, arches, seating*, etc.  Confetti, birdseed, rice, and candles are also not allowed in the Gardens.* The Gardens are fully accessible for wheelchairs and we will allow elderly or inform guests to use a lightweight folding chair.

For gatherings of greater than 10 guests, three areas of the gardens are available for a garden ceremony. 
(1) The north-west corner of the Yamato-Kan (marked 23 on the garden map)
(2) Rocky Point (marked 24 on the garden map)
(3) Morikami Falls (marked 25 on the garden map) 

Gatherings with fewer than 10 guests may be able to assemble for a short period of time at alternative locations within the Gardens (subject to approval from Facility Rental Department.)

Music, Food, and Refreshments
Only low volume, peaceful, atmospheric music is permissible.  Pre-recorded music must be battery powered as electrical outlets will not be available.  Live music is permitted, such as a violin, guitar, or flute.  The musician must be able to walk while playing their instrument.  Larger instruments such as a piano or keyboard would not meet the Morikami’s live music requirements. 

No food or refreshments, including champagne toasts, are allowed in the Gardens.  Depending on timing, the Cornell Café may be able to offer space for an informal reception.  Please call Christy Chen at (561) 495-0233 x 219. (Rental fees and/or labor charges may be applicable.)

Dressing Room
A dressing room may be available for use, but brides preparing for evening ceremonies or a museum event could prevent use of the dressing rooms. 

On the wedding day, couples are allowed access of the Gardens prior to their ceremony for photographs, but not before the official opening time of 10:00 a.m.

Payment Terms
Payment in full should be remitted at the time the event is booked based on estimated attendance. 

*Under certain circumstances, installment arrangements may be available provided a $200.00 deposit is made in order to confirm the date.

*In the event that actual attendance on the day of the event is greater than anticipated and exceeds the pre-paid amount, additional charges may be applicable if the guest count falls into a different pricing bracket.  A signed credit card authorization form may be requested in advance.

* All bookings are subject to the Morikami Museum’s full Rules and Regulations, which must be read, signed, and returned with the booking contract (Facility Use Agreement.)