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Centrally situated in the beautiful Forest Park, it's hard to beat the lovely surroundings of the park alongside the manicure grounds the Zoo offers.
The Zoo has quite a few unconventional facilities to choose from. And the Zoo is a turn-key alternative for the Brides who fancy natural space!
The process in booking and detailing your wedding is efficient and effective. The Zoo's catering procedures are cut and dry; and explicitly outlined online.
It's not hard to highlight all the staff as well-polished at the Zoo. Operations seem to be a beautiful hybrid of museum structure meets attentive catering. There was never an instance where I felt my persnickety ways were undermined. They truly defined what it meant to listen and execute my precise visions.
The Zoo knows how to throw a party! Through consideration of the Chef, I was able to craft a menu custom to my needs and palate. I seeked for a menu serving passed appetizers, an array of displayed cheeses and not the typical proteins of salmon and pork-loin. I received a variety of compliments on the menu and how greatly tended the bar was.
As a non-profit, public attraction, the Zoo can save you thousands as it is Tax-Free. Having your wedding at the Zoo means you're doing it for the animals! I was able to give back AND celebrate. All proceeds go directly back into the habitats that our community frequents year round.
Holding an event at the Saint Louis Zoo isn't about all the reasons you can't go wrong, it's about how you will get it right.
The St. Louis Zoo was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. They have multiple event spots that are wonderful - we chose River Camp for its size, it's unique location, the neat aquarium, and the ability to use their outdoor patio. Jason, our event coordinator, was very gracious with us. We were planning this wedding from a distance (we live in NY) but he was very responsive to our emails and calls.
They do require that they use the on-site catering services, but the wedding package is a great value and made catering decisions very easy. My guests loved the food.
Day of, the event staff were incredibly helpful and ensured everything went smoothly. The food service staff were wonderful as well.
The room size ended up being perfect for our 115 guests, even when the bar had to be moved inside due to spotty rain.
A very good experience from beginning to end; made planning our reception incredibly easy.
We had our reception at the lakeside cafe. rave reviews for every step of the process. Sarah was great to work with, and Maggie (the night of coordinator) even delivered our cake topper to our hotel at 2AM after the reception to make sure that we got it! Would do it all over again at the zoo in a heartbeat.
We had our ceremony and reception at the Zoo. Our event manager, Jason Moder, and day-of facilitator, Mary, were incredibly helpful and responsive to all of our questions and needs the day of. Each of our vendors were contacted ahead of time to coordinate delivery and set-up, and all the staff was willing to help us with our last minute requests. The site at the South Entrance was beautiful, and I am happy that we took Jason's recommendation to walk out from the stairway above the ceremony. The staff as a whole were seasoned professionals and knew exactly what worked best for the venue. All of our guests were thrilled with the site and complimented how smoothly things went and were handled. We highly recommend the Zoo for weddings, and any other special occasions.
We had Sarah T. as our event coordinator, she was the best to work with. We had a different day of coordinator, Her name was Mary Lou, She tried really hard but she didnt live up to the expectations that we had for the zoo. I would ask for a different day of coordinator..But the location was beautiful and our entire families had such a good time
We loved everything about our zoo wedding. Sarah Thalmann was our coordinator, and she was fantastic. We had some odd requests (we wanted to bring in a large kissing booth, cotton candy, etc) and all were accommodated with grace. The staff the day of seemed to anticipate our needs before we could even verbalize them. Thanks so much to everyone who made our day perfect!
Working with the Saint Louis Zoo was a wonderful experience. They were completely professional and were a good value. A wonderful cake from Encore Bakery in Maplewood was included in the price of the dinner/drinks package. Jason Moder and his entire team really worked hard to make sure eveything was perfect and taken care of. It unfortunately rained twice the day of our outdoor ceremony and lakeside reception. The team at the Zoo worked so hard to make it all happen and everything still went perfectly. They made the neccesary adjustments and made sure everything still flowed as smooth as possible. Also, our guests were very pleased with the food. I absolutely recommend using the Zoo as both a ceremony and reception location. They helped create the wedding of my dreams. Thanks!
We had both our ceremony and our reception at the St. Louis Zoo. Sarah Thalmann was our facilitator and was wonderful. She was always quick in responding to my emails and answered every question we had while proviing advice along the way. Our ceremony was at the South Entrance and the entry down the staircase was everything a bride could ask for. In Mid-October the trees are turning colors and make for some beautiful pictures. We were also provided with a day of coordinator who kept us on schedule, took us around in a golf cart and made sure everything went smoothly.
The food is amazing and the catering staff is superb. We were talking to guests while dinner was served and we arrived back at the table to find that they had left our entrees covered and a member of the staff immediately appeared to remove the cover and hand us our napkins. You also get more for your money than any other locations we looked at and there is no tax.
If you have a smaller group (under 140) I highly recommend River Camp for your reception as it is a location that is only open for events so your guests won't have seen it. There's also an aquarium and an outdoor patio which our guests loved.
We had our ceremony at the Zoo and Sarah Thalmann was our coordinator. She was very helpful in the planning and was always responding in a timely manner to my many emails. However, she was not the coordinator the day of the wedding and the service that day was less then perfect. But, overall, it was wonderful. All of our guests had a good time and we still get compliments on the location and how beautiful it was. The pictures turned out amazing as well with such an awesome backdrop. You are able to use any part of the Zoo you want if it is available. The cost is also a great deal! We now participate in the Zoo Run every year and can go back on our anniversary :)
We ordered specialty potato chips from the zoo and they were delicious! They were very accommodating and flexible on our pickup time and even met us at an entrance with the chips so that we didn't have to carry the bags through the zoo. They were great!
I can't remember exactly how much it cost but I think it was less than $100.
I really enjoyed our reception at the Zoo. The train ride rocked. Everyone loved it. The food was well above average. Everyone is still talking about the food at the reception!