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.
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:
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.
Recommended by 98% of couples
Leanne · Married on 03/25/2010
All i can say is wow. We had originally been working with a different event person, she was nice enough, but a month or so before the ceremony i attempted to make contact with her and found her email address was no longer valid...i had a little "oh no" moment. But it turned out for the best. We got to work with Ruth Muir, and i feel lucky that things worked out the way they did. She was a real professional and really went above and beyond when helping with my ceremony. When we were facing time constraints with the photos, she did not approach me with the issue, she spoke directly with the photographer. Although i was aware it was happening i was so pleased that i didn't have to deal with it!Sent on 03/27/2010
Thank you so much Ruth! You are a special person!
Ty · Married on 12/04/2015
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!Sent on 12/21/2015
Erin · Married on 01/16/2015
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.Sent on 01/20/2015
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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