Point Defiance Pagoda




Inspired by Japanese architecture when it was built in 1914, the Pagoda is the focal point of Point Defiance Park's Japanese Garden. Surrounded by a Japanese garden featuring pools, a waterfall, a footbridge, sakura cherry trees, and an authentic Shinto shrine and Tori Gate presented by Tacoma’s Sister City in Kitakyushu Japan, the Pagoda serves as a venue for garden shows, classes and community celebrations. This rare historic site is also available as a scenic setting for your special wedding celebration. Maybe you would like to exchange your vows outdoors in the breathtaking setting. After, you can continue the festivities outdoors with an outdoor reception. Should the weather become chillier in the evening, you may opt to host your reception inside the brick building that is as warm and charming as the beautiful setting it is located in. The possibilities are endless at Point Defiance Pagoda!

Venue Style

Event Center, Community Center, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $800 to $1,200 for a ceremony and reception and includes 2 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $250/hr. A refundable security deposit of $500 is required. There is an additional clean up fee applied to all events.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Point Defiance Pagoda is estimated at between $3,969 and $11,119 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight