Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to many frequently asked questions. Please look there and to our brochure for more information about planning your private event!


Information About Timing of Rental

  • The earliest private event guest entry is 5 pm. 
  • The Garden closes as early as 4:30 pm to the public so that preparations can be made in time for private event guest entry.
  • Private events can go as late as midnight.
  • Clean up must end by 1 am in the Upper Garden and 1:30 am in the Lower Garden.
  • The main set up time can begin as early as 3 pm in the Lower Garden and 3:30 pm in the Upper Garden.
  • Market Lighting can be set up in outdoor areas from 7 am until 10 am, before the garden opens to the public and inside the Inamori Pavilion from noon until 3 pm. This is a free time period for overhanging decor to be set up.
  • All other set up and clean up must occur during rented time frame, other than a free half hour, and in the case of a Lower Garden rental beginning at the earliest rental start time, a free hour. Remember to include the set up and clean up when figuring out approximate rental fees.
  • In the event of rain in the forecast some extra free time for canopies to be set up can be arranged. 
  • For weddings, a free rehearsal is also included with your event rental. A rehearsal is scheduled by appointment with our Event Coordinator for a time during our public hours.

Information About Vendors

  • We do not allow outside catering. You will find a list of our catering partners on the last page of our brochure. They are great to work with so try contacting them to get some information about their services.
  • You may bring in desserts from outside of the catering list. Whether it's from your favorite bakery or a family member made them, desserts are okay!
  • We also allow for you to provide your own alcohol as long as it is served by someone with the license and insurance to do so. Many of our clients just hire one of our caterers to add on a bar service.
  • Attaching any decor to the buildings in the Lower Garden must be done by San Diego Linens. See the page about the Inamori Pavilion in our brochure.
  • All other vendors just need to be insured professionals.
  • The JFG offers table, chair and other rentals as well, but you are not required to rent these from us. We do offer a good deal and there's no delivery fees on our rentals, but you're not restricted to our stock and can rent from an outside vendor if you wish. Check out our brochure or scroll down the the Add Ons section of this page to see more about what rentals we offer.

Information About Decor

  • We do allow you to use real candles as long as the abide by the following rules:
    All candles must...
    • be in attended areas only. 
    • be on tables. No candles are allowed on the ground or hanging from anything.
    • be in a container with a couple of inches of glass above the flame.
    • not be top heavy or easily knocked over or next to something flammable that is easily knocked over.

If you would like to use candles in a way that does not abide by the above then LED candles should be used.

  • The following ARE allowed for send offs, etc.
    • Real, white or very light colored petals may be tossed, but must be cleaned up afterwards. 
    • Bubbles, glow sticks and ribbon wands are a great option for send offs.
  • The following are NOT allowed.
    • Sparklers, sky lanterns, etc are not allowed as they pose a fire hazard.
    • Rice, seeds, confetti or fake petals are allowed to be tossed as they can create a slipping hazard or harm animals and the environment.
    • Colored flower petals are also not allowed to be tossed or strewn on the floor as they can cause stains when stepped upon.

  • The cocktail hour is the most popular time for photo taking, and if the other of our two venues has not been rented out, then you can schedule with our Event Coordinator to use that time to take pictures in the opposite venue.
  • Even if the other venue has been rented out, you can take photos there still after your event's set up time has begun and before the garden closes to the public. This is perfect for first looks or just getting all the bridesmaids together for some photos.

Photography


  • We offer 5% off the hourly rate to clients who are active or retired military.
  • We offer 10% off for company events for 501(c)(3) non-profits.

Information About Discounts


JFG's Add On Rental Options

  • The JFG offers table, chair and other rentals as well, but you are not required to rent these from us. We do offer a good deal and there's no delivery fees on our rentals, but you're not restricted to our stock and can rent from an outside vendor if you wish. Refer to our brochure for pricing and stock information.
     
 
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60 Inch Diameter Round Tables
Available for the Lower Garden


These tables are 60 inches in diameter and can accommodate 8-10 guests.

Another perk of renting these tables is that we'll have them set in place before your set up time begins, which will get your set up crew one step ahead for a smoother event prep.

Linens must be rented from and outside vendor as the Japanese Friendship Garden does not have any in stock for this type of table.

30 Inch Diameter Belly Bars
Available for the Lower Garden

These tables are 30 inches in diameter and are available with 42 or 30 inch high poles. The taller pole is perfect for a cocktail table for guests to stand and mingle around, while the short table is great for ceremonies, cake table or other displays.

Linens must be rented from and outside vendor as the Japanese Friendship Garden does not have any in stock for this type of table.
 

 
Photo credit: Tatiana M. Photography

Photo credit: Tatiana M. Photography

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Japanese Screens
Available for the Lower Garden.


The Japanese Screens as featured in this photo are great for using as a backdrop or as seen here to hide the entry way to the restrooms creating a more elegant look.

Each panel is 4 feet wide and the width each pair covers when opened fully is roughly 6 to 7 feet. 

The hedges, floral and lounge furniture in this photo were provided by an outside vendor.

Natural Wood Folding Chairs
Available for the Lower Garden


These wood folding chairs are perfect for both ceremony and receptions in our Lower Garden. The natural wood color goes great with the look of the Inamori Pavilion and looks great with any color theme.

 
Photo credit: Tatiana M. Photography

Photo credit: Tatiana M. Photography

 

6 foot Rectangular Tables
Available for the Upper & Lower Garden


These tables are 6 feet long by 30" wide. They are perfect for most of your non-dining table needs, such as buffet tables, water station, sign in station, DJ or photo booth tables, etc.

While they might not be the best option for guest dining due to how narrow they are for seating on both sides, they do make for a great sweetheart table

The Japanese Friendship Garden does offer linens for these tables in black, but has a limited number in stock. For other colors and large quantities of linens using an vendor is recommended. 

White Plastic Folding Chairs
Available for the Upper Garden


These white folding chairs are a popular option for ceremonies in our Upper Garden as they are very easy to fold up and put away after the ceremony. 


 

Banner Photo Credit: Acqua Photography