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Price range: $2,800 - $4,000 Price range: $2,800 - $4,000
Couples usually spend $3,400 Couples usually spend $3,400
Reception
$750 starting price
Ceremony
$250 starting price
Reception
$750 starting price
Ceremony
$250 starting price

About

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is a wedding venue in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Centrally located between Greenwich and New Haven, Beardsley Zoo is situated on 52 spacious acres in Beardsley Park. Their lush gardens and unique buildings provide a beautiful backdrop for your special day. Your guests can dine and mingle with North and South American animals, providing a truly unforgettable experience. Their experienced staff will work alongside you to design and create your one-of-a-kind wedding and turn your dreams into a reality!

Facilities and Capacity

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces to host any year-round event, large or small! Each space features its own unique ambience in a gorgeous setting, perfect for your ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is also available for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehersal dinners and so much more! Their spectacular spaces include:

  • Victorian Greenhouse - unique and intimate greenhouse space for 75 seated guests.
  • The Carousel Building - spacious circular building which features an indoor working carousel and comfortably fits 180 seated guests.
  • Picnic Grove - beautiful outdoor space for up to 500 guests.
  • Hanson Exploration Station - rustic log cabin accommodating 100 seated guests.

Services Offered

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo offers many wedding-related services as well as providing tables and chairs for your event. Whether you want your wedding to be during the day or at night after zoo hours, their professional rentals and event staff will help make your day exactly as your envisioned it to be. They even provide a preferred vendor list to help make your decisions a little easier. The wedding services they offer include:

  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Preferred vendors
  • Setup
  • Wireless internet
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access

History

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has a proud history of over 90 years as Connecticut鈥檚 only zoo. They are an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, a program dedicated to the preservation of endangered animals and actively developing strategies that will protect species and preserve their wild habitats. All proceeds from your wedding directly support the zoo and its conservation efforts.

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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

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

$750

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?

$250

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

$250

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

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

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Farm/Ranch
Museum
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
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What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
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Kat H. Sent on 01/28/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Unique and Exceptional

I can鈥檛 say enough good things about our wedding experience at the Beardsley Zoo. A major shout out to Lindsay Durkee who is the events coordinator at the zoo and an incredible asset to their staff. She is the self-assured, no-nonsense and straight forward person who helped make this entire day possible. She was incredibly punctual with emails, a delight to talk to and was there for us through the planning phase and day of madness. Can鈥檛 say enough good things about her and the rest of our day-of staff.
The Zoo itself is charming, with a multitude of options for both the ceremony and reception areas. We chose to have our ceremony in the green house and had our reception in the carousel building. It was a fantastic choice for us, as the zoo is exceptionally reasonable in its price point, while needed very little as far as decorative assistance. Our pictures were beautiful, our guests loved the experience of being in the zoo and to have the bonus of a carousel to ride on made the experience really unique. (we also had the added benefit of having the lantern festival going on during our event, making our pictures extra special)
If you鈥檙e looking for a more off-beat and unique wedding experience, this is it.
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Caitlin A. Sent on 03/27/2022
5 out of 5 rating

An absolute cakewalk!

My wedding and planning with the Beardsley zoo team could not have been more delightful! Lindsay the coordinator is absolutely phenomenal, nice, organized and a master leader in making things happen. Our wedding was beautiful and Lindsay and her team had everything the exact way that we wanted everything. I had zero worries because they were so amazing to work with. We love the zoo and are huge animal lovers and nothing made us feel better than being married at one of our favorite places and having the entire process be seamless! I can鈥檛 recommend the Beardsley zoo enough!!
Cassandra
Cassandra S. Sent on 06/22/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We couldn't have asked for more!

We had THE BEST time hosting our non-formal reception at The Beardsley Zoo! Lindsay was SO accommodating and helpful from the get-go. She walked us through all our options and helped us pick the best location for our dream party. She was so communicative and helpful all the way leading up to the event. The day of the staff could not have been more helpful and great to work with. We even got to have some fun animal guests come out to greet our guests! I wish I could have a second wedding to do it all again!
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Great venue and Lindsey is great to work with

CT JP Mary Pugh CT JP Mary Pugh Wedding Officiants

One of my more memorable weddings was at the Beardsley Zoo! The couple loved it and we took a ton of pictures all over the zoo. The staff was lovely...and we all had such fun!

Maureen Davis - Minister & JP Maureen Davis - Minister & JP Wedding Officiants

Great venue for a wedding ceremony

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