Weddings

The Birmingham Zoo

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About

Birmingham Zoo is an exotic wedding ceremony and reception venue based in Birmingham, Alabama. This venue is a great option for the couple who are truly kids at heart. If you want a wedding celebration that is going to stand out, then this is the place for you. The staff at the Birmingham Zoo goes above and beyond to make sure that your wedding day is one that you will enjoy and remember.

Facilities and Capacity
With a maximum capacity of around 2,500 guests, you’re going to be pressed to find another venue that has as much space as the Birmingham Zoo. The zoo offers several amazing rental spaces throughout the property that include a secluded, wooded area, interactive barn animal area and even a space that overlooks the African bull elephant exhibit. As for transportation and access, the wheelchair accessible venue has parking, and golf-cart rentals are available.

Services Offered
For those couples who want to really wow their guests, event extras are offered, which include animal demonstrations, greetings and walkabouts. Not only is the venue available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but it is also open for bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners. Some of the additional services that the Birmingham Zoo offers include:

  • Bridal suite (available for a charge if not already renting the Zoo Lodge)
  • In-house bar
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Event rentals
  • Outside vendors allowed, with the exception of food and beverage
  • Wireless internet

Cuisine
Whether you are looking for fun finger foods or an elegant, sit-down dinner, the catering staff at the Birmingham Zoo will make sure that you and your guests are completely satisfied. As part of their culinary services, the venue offers barware, flatware, linens, plates and cups. They even offer bar services which include signature drinks, specialty wine, premium liquor and specialty beer. Some of their catering services include:

  • Buffet
  • Dessert
  • French service
  • Outside cake
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Cocktail reception
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated stations

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$750.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$750.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$750.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$750.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Dessert
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Park
Rooftop
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
November
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Recommended by 90% of couples
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    Ashley G. Married on 09/26/2020
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    An Incredible Zoo Experience

    We held our wedding at the Zoo Lodge at the Birmingham Zoo on 9/26. We were in talks with the zoo in the planning stages for over a year, and got to know a few wonderful people who work in their event planning sector. Every single person we met with was outstanding, fun, warm, and professional. They are all passionate about making your day the best day it can be. We were never turned away for planning meetings, visits to do measurements or take photos, etc. They were all incredibly helpful. We loved having the event at the lodge- it's cozy and warm interior set a comfy and cozy mood for the day. The entire property is glorious. We were also able to take wedding photos inside the zoo with the help of their staff. It was truly a one of a kind experience. I could not recommend this staff enough, and would happily plan events with them in the future! They are THE BEST group of people I've worked with in years.
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    Brooke D. Married on 10/26/2019
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    The Birmingham zoo

    The girls are fantastic they keep in touch. They make sure your day is your day. My wedding has not yet passed but it has been a breeze with them so far. I’m so looking forward for the big day with them
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    Carol L. Married on 10/27/2018
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    Beautiful Fall Wedding

    We originally had reserved Gabrella Manor for my granddaughters wedding. Then by accident we heard about the Lodge at the Birmingham Zoo. We went to check it out and my granddaughter fell in love. A stone lodge in the middle of the woods on the grounds of the Birmingham Zoo. The perfect backdrop to her fairy-tale outdoor wedding. The only "glitch" if there was one, was the animals. We paid to have two animals for 30 minutes. One of the animals we wanted was not available that day and we knew that was a possibility. However, it was hard to determine WHEN to have the animals there since we knew what time the ceremony started so we thought 30 minutes before the ceremony. Didn't really work. The animals arrived but none of the guest had. So it wasn't a fault of the zoo as just timing. But after the wedding it was decided that it really wasn't worth the cost since no one got to see the animals and they were not there the entire 30 minutes. But hey, it was money for the zoo and not much $$ at all so we were okay. Just wanted it to be a note as to better time when to have the animals arrive. Make it much closer to the arrival time - or even better - during the reception!! The staff was great. The grounds and interior of the lodge were great. We decided to have the wedding in the grass in the front of the lodge instead of by the fireplace. That worked out perfectly for us. We had the reception in front of the fireplace. We had the catering and cake inside the lodge.

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2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, AL, 35223
205-909-4522
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The Birmingham Zoo frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Birmingham Zoo?

The Birmingham Zoo includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Birmingham Zoo, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Birmingham Zoo includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)

At The Birmingham Zoo, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Birmingham Zoo includes:
  • House Beer
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The Birmingham Zoo in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Birmingham Zoo for wedding events is known for:
  • Park
  • Rooftop
  • Zoo

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Birmingham Zoo for wedding events?

The Birmingham Zoo offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Birmingham Zoo offer?

The Birmingham Zoo offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Birmingham Zoo offer for wedding events?

The Birmingham Zoo offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Birmingham Zoo have available for wedding events?

The Birmingham Zoo offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Birmingham Zoo and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Birmingham Zoo is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in value, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.5 in quality of service, 4.5 in professionalism and 3.8 in average response time.

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