Private Event FAQs

Q. Where are the ceremony areas at Morikami?
A. Daytime Garden Ceremonies for up to 35 guests can be held at 1 of 3 different locations within the Gardens. Evening event ceremonies take place directly behind the Museum on the lower terrace overlooking the lake.

Q. How many guests can Morikami accommodate?
A. The Morikami can host up to 150 guests for a reception with dinner and dancing on the terraces or inside the main lobby. Events with a guest count ranging from 160-400 guests may be held in our on-site tent.

Q. Does the Morikami allow outside catering?
A. All catering for private events must be done directly through our on-site restaurant and exclusive catering partner, The Cornell Café. For events that have Kosher requirements or specific cultural needs, The Cornell Café will subcontract a caterer that has already been pre-approved by The Cornell Café and The Morikami, Inc. The Cornell Café is able to provide a Kosher-style event.

Q. How many evening events can be booked for the same date?
A. Only one event is booked for any given evening. You will have exclusive access to the venue on the date that you reserve and no other events will be scheduled for the same evening.

Q. How far in advance should a date be reserved?
A. Since only one evening event can be booked for each date and reservations are made on a first-come first serve basis, we recommend that you reserve a date (especially a Saturday) at least 1 year in advance. Our most popular months are October, November, March, and April and weekend dates for those months begin to book as early as 1 ½ years in advance.

Q. What are the requirements for reserving an event date at Morikami?
A. The Morikami requires a $1,000.00 Security Deposit and fully executed Facility Rental Agreement to reserve any date. The $1,000.00 Security Deposit is separate from the rental fees and may be refunded to the lessee once the event takes place.

Q. When does Morikami Museum and The Cornell Café need a final guest count?
A. Guaranteed final guest counts must be submitted at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the event date.

Q. What other vendors need to be secured to assist with other aspects of the event?
A. While the location and catering arrangements will be provided through the renting of the Morikami Museum and contracting of The Cornell Café, other vendors may include a florist, photographer, entertainment company, officiant, valet company, etc. A full listing of our Preferred Vendors is available. We strongly recommend working with the vendors on our list to ensure the success of your event as our vendors work at the Morikami very frequently and can provide additional helpful information to make the event set-up run smoothly.

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