Weddings

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines, IA View map Visit website

About

Blank Park Zoo is an exotic wedding venue located in Des Moines, Iowa, that provides a unique and exciting setting for weddings. Nestled on 22 acres of land, this wildlife park allows guests to be entertained by zoo animals during the cocktail hour, offering an out-of-the-ordinary wedding experience.

Facilities and Capacity
This venue provides five outdoor and indoor facilities that can host up to 400 guests. The Discovery Center ballroom is best suited for weddings of 120 people or less and overlooks our indoor rainforest. The brand new Holmes Foster Event Center can accomodate up to 350 guests banquet style for larger wedding parties.

Services Offered
Blank Park Zoo offers spaces for hosting wedding ceremonies, receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. It has a friendly, attentive staff to choreograph and ensure that the event will be a complete success. They will help provide the following services:

  • Set up
  • Bride & Groom suites
  • Event planning
  • Sound/AV
  • Linens
  • Clean up


Other Services
Aside from being a wedding venue, Blank Park Zoo also offers educational and fun classes, educating young children and even adults on how to take care of the animals. The park also accommodates fun, educational field trips and camping, exhibiting the park’s rainforest and zoo animals.

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?

$3000

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

$3000

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?

$500

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Server(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Park
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?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
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?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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Recommended by 90% of couples
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    After first, it was a little rocky, because we ended up working with 3 coordinators, but once we got in contact with Gavin, it was smooth sailing. He was very accommodating and made things stress free during the big day. I was definitely happy we ended up having our wedding at the zoo, it's different and super easy to entertain your guests with. I would recommend this venue 100 times, they were truly amazing! :)
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    Ashli Married on 05/23/2014
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    The Zoo was by far the greatest venue I could have anticipated! Caitlin, the events coordinator at the zoo, was absolutely fantastic, and working with the staff at Johnny's (Audrey) was amazing! The day went so smoothly! A large part of that was meeting with Caitlin early on and being on the same page from the beginning. Everyone knew what was going on and where things needed to be. Caitlin has a ton of experience, and she was able to ask questions you might not typically think about, as well as give ideas of what other brides have done with the venue. It was a beautiful day, our pictures were stunning, and we are so thankful we had our wedding at the zoo!

    Blank Park Zoo's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words! I absolutely loved working with you!

Awards

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Deals

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Discount

10% discount off of full package fee for current Zoo members or those who become Zoo members at the time of booking.

Pricing

Blank Park Zoo Price Rates

Team

Allison Bollinger
Allison Bollinger
Rental & Sales Coordinator

Allison has worked in the Weddings & Special Events industry for over 6 years.

She began working part time for Ultimate Entertainment in Cedar Falls, IA. as a DJ and photo booth operator. As she spent more time observing the in's and out's of the wedding industry, she quickly grew to love it.

Quickly out of college, Allison began work as the Events & Sales Coordinator for the Grout Museum District. There she managed multiple event venues, including a historic home, the Science Center, and the Sullivan Brothers Veterans Museum.

Allison eventually relocated to Des Moines, IA. and worked for the Science Center of Iowa as their Rental & Sales Coordinator and now oversees all rentals at Blank Park Zoo.

Allison is dedicated to providing each and every one of her couples with a unique, one of a kind experience, and hosting your wedding at the Zoo is just the way to do that!

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Lauren Campbell Photography Lauren Campbell Photography Wedding Photographers

The staff at the Blank Park Zoo goes above and beyond to make every wedding and event perfect. Every request my most recent bride made during her event was met with an upbeat, positive response. Great staff to work with, great catering from Johnny's, and a fantastic venue!

A Special Event DJ & Photobooth A Special Event DJ & Photobooth Wedding DJs

If you are looking for a unique venue, and a great team to help you plan your event - look no further than Blank Park Zoo! They work hard to make sure you are thrilled with your ceremony & reception!

Absolute Music DJ Service Absolute Music DJ Service Wedding DJs

A wildly different place to have your reception and ceremony, if you like. Very friendly and easy to work with.

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Map

7401 SW 9th Street Des Moines, IA, 50315
515-420-1725
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