City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Seattle Parks and Recreation announces pilot program to host weddings in the Seattle Japanese Garden
5/9/2013  5:03:00 PM

Seattle Parks and Recreation announces pilot program to host weddings in the Seattle Japanese Garden

For the first time, the Seattle Japanese Garden will host wedding ceremonies during the summer of 2013 as part of a pilot program. As one of Seattle's most beautiful locations, the Japanese Garden is perfect for an intimate wedding ceremony in a serene setting. Parks is working in partnership with the Japanese Garden Advisory Council to open this special space to community members to celebrate their special day.

The Japanese Garden, located in the Washington Park Arboretum, is a 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960. Local and visiting audiences have enjoyed this sublime retreat for many decades. Allowing wedding ceremonies will enable couples to build lasting memories at this historical landmark.

To kick off the pilot program, Parks will schedule three wedding ceremonies this year for parties of up to 75 people. Parks encourages these wedding parties to respect the tradition and serenity of the space. The base price is $3,000, which will cover rental of the facility for four hours—both the Garden and Tateuchi Room, a small meeting room on the premises. Weddings will take place on select Saturdays between July and September, from 4 to 8 p.m. Rehearsals will take place the day (Friday) before the wedding, after the garden is closed to the public. An additional damage deposit is required and parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parks invited people interested in a Japanese Garden wedding this summer to fill out the wedding inquiry form located here. Staff will respond to your inquiry.

To learn about how to schedule other beautiful garden venues Seattle Parks and Recreation has to offer, such as the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Kubota Garden and Parsons Garden, please visit

Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited about this collaboration with the Japanese Garden Advisory Council, a group of community members who meet the second Tuesday of each month to develop public events and programs.

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