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Detroit Zoo is a unique, nature-inspired wedding venue in Royal Oak, Michigan. This venue offers an exotic backdrop for your wedding reception that your guests are sure to love. Whether you’re looking for an out of the ordinary venue or grew up spending weekends at the zoo, this is the perfect place for any spectacular event. The Detroit Zoo staff has many years of experience putting together elegant events on the grounds. The various habitat-inspired venue spaces offer options for everyone, whether you’re planning something elegant or whimsical, casual, or formal. Work with an onsite event planner and the catering team to create an experience no guest will forget. Your wedding at the Detroit Zoo will go down in history as one of the family’s best.
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Detroit Zoo offers six unique event venues to host weddings of every style and venue. The most popular is the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. This historic building features a beautiful gallery, butterfly garden, and seating space for up to 250 guests. For slightly larger events, the open air Events Pavillion offers plenty of outdoor space for up to 300 guests. The Event Pavillion is lit with Italian string lighting for evening receptions. Ceremonies are typically held near Rackham Fountain, featuring a stunning statue, glistening fountain and seating space for 200 guests. For more whimsical and nature-inspired venues, you can choose one of the indoor exhibit event spaces. The Arctic Ring of Life is an underwater tunnel where guests can watch the polar bears and seals play during dinner. This tunnel offers seating space for intimate weddings of 50 people or less. Offering slightly more space, guests can watch the penguins at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. This venue seats up to 150 guests and is both elegant and family-friendly. Finally, the Cotton Family Wetlands Boardwalk is a floating boardwalk that lets guests get up close to Michigan native amphibians, birds, and reptiles. It hosts up to 90 seated guests.
Detroit Zoo provides comprehensive venue rental packages to make your wedding planning hassle-free. The events coordinator will meet with you for a consultation to discuss the options and premium upgrades best suited for your event. All packages include:
- Up to four-hour rental for the venue of your choice
- Butler-passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour
- Custom catering menu
- Fruit garnish with your wedding cake
- Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, and water
- Cake cutting service
- Tables and chairs
- Standard table linens and napkins
- Cake table, gift table, DJ table
Detroit Zoo serves the finest, freshest cuisine from all corners of the world. Their wedding packages provide both buffet or plated meal options. Each includes three hors d’oeuvre selections, two entrees, two sides, and a salad. Detroit Zoo also offers premium bar service included with every venue rental.
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