Weddings

Detroit Zoo

Royal Oak, Michigan View map
Rating 4.9 out of 5
   7 reviews
Up to 300 guests

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Up to 300 guests

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.

Facilities and Capacity
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.

Services Offered
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


Cuisine
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.

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?

$500.00

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

$500.00

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?

$500.00

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

$500.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Park
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
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?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Event Planner
Event Rentals

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access
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Recommended by 98% of couples
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    Ty Married on 12/04/2015
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    The Detroit Zoo was amazing at putting everything together! I couldn't be happier with the staff and how we were taken care of with every detail. Brigette was our planner and her communication, detail orientation and personality were great! Thank you for a wonderful time!
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    Erin Married on 01/16/2015
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    If you are looking for an unique wedding venue, I highly recommend the Detroit Zoo. My husband and I decided to get married in under a month, and had it not been for the helpful staff at the Zoo, we wouldn't have been able to do it all. Brigette, the main coordinator, was amazing. She provided helpful tips along the way and made certain that the wedding went off without any issues. The staff was great and we received many compliments from guests about the courtesy of the staff, from the security professionals to the caterers.

    The venue itself is gorgeous. The ceremony was in the butterfly garden, and after showing pictures to people, they thought we went to a tropical island to get married! The reception area is classic.

    Lastly, the food was amazing. Again, we received several compliments about the food.
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    Barb Married on 09/13/2014
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    Where to begin. This wedding venue and reception was a dream come true. If you love animals, then this is the place for you. It started out where we were able to take a picture tram around the zoo with our family and friends two hours before the ceremony and the interaction between the zoo guests was truly out of a fairy tale. I felt like a princess. I thank everyone at the Detroit Zoo (guests and employees alike) who congratulated me along the way and especially Brigette G. (our Venue Coordinator) who worked with me from day one. She helped me plan my initial visit, to my wedding day and everything in between. Truly a miracle worker!!! :) The pictures that I have are so spectacular and amazing, I whole-hearted recommend. My reception was held inside the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and the ceremony was held within the Butterfly garden. It was the perfect place. If you're looking for a truly magical day with amazing service, food, and an unforgettable evening, this is the venue for you. Request Brigette!!! :)

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8450 W 10 Mile Rd Royal Oak, Michigan, 48067
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Detroit Zoo frequently asked questions

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

Detroit Zoo includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

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

Detroit Zoo includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

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

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

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

Detroit Zoo offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Detroit Zoo offer?

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

What services does Detroit Zoo offer for wedding events?

Detroit Zoo offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals

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

Detroit Zoo offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Tents

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

Detroit Zoo is recommended by 85% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.

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