The Phoenix Zoo is a tropical wedding venue located in Phoenix, Arizona. They offer indoor and outdoor locations on their luscious grounds. Though situated in the Southwest desert, the venue presents a variety of different settings, including the Savannah, a Lakeside, and Zebra Overlook. Ceremonies can be held at several locations throughout the park, with lions and elephants present as your guests. They offer directional signs, a white wicker arch, a carpet runner, and garden chairs as part of their packages. There are also a variety of reception locations that can either be booked separately or together with your ceremony. Various testimonies from past guests cite the exceptional spaces, convenient amenities, and accommodating zoo staff.
Facilities and Capacity
The zoo suggests the ceremony sites of Lakeside, Savanna, Ruby’s House, Stone House Pavilion, and Zebra Overlook. The Lakeside is the center of the zoo, and includes a peaceful view of the main lake. For this location, there is picnic-style seating for 300, and they accommodate 1,000 seated guests and 5,000 for a reception. Savanna offers views of the African-inspired Savanna exhibit, along with umbrella heaters and basic lighting. It includes round table seating for 50, and can accommodate 80 seated guests, 50 for a ceremony, and 100 for a reception-style celebration. Ruby’s House is a historic cottage that was built in 1935. The house includes space for intimate ceremonies and receptions. The cottage can accommodate table seating and a ceremony for 60 guests, with 150 guests for a reception. The Stone House Pavilion is an indoor banquet facility with an adjoining outdoor terrace. A podium and microphone are included in the space, as well as an oak dance floor. The pavilion consists of banquet seating for 300 and 550 for a reception-style event. The Zebra Overlook includes various views of the wildlife as you exchange vows.
Phoenix Zoo offers event rentals and lighting and sound equipment. They also provide in-house catering services.
The zoo is proud to offer Lancer Catering, their in-house, award-winning catering team. Their catering options include a cocktail reception, plated dishes, and a buffet meal. They can accommodate menu choices such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-friendly.
The Phoenix Zoo is right by the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The venue sits outside of Scottsdale and Tempe and also services the Phoenix area.
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Ceara · Married on 04/06/2018
Our wedding and reception here were PERFECT! The zoo has a handful of venues that were all reasonable and beautiful. The staff were also so amazingly helpful and responsive throughout the entire process - they made me feel so much at ease and would definitely recommend to a friend.
Kolby · Married on 04/29/2017
April 29, 2017: Phoenix Zoo Neely Center + Lancer Catering, Reception-Only
When my now-husband and I began looking for reception venues, we were so happy to find the Phoenix Zoo. It was everything we were looking for; it was different and fun! First and foremost, the Zoo is a non-profit venue so money goes directly to helping the animals. Secondly, they had a wide variety of sites so we were able to customize the wedding to fit our taste and budget. We held our reception of 100 guests at the Neely Center: the Zoo's largest banquet hall that includes a balcony/patio, which was absolutely perfect. We were able to keep the doors open, which really elevated the space. Guests could easily flow from eating/dancing inside to grabbing a drink at the bar, looking out over the lake or utilizing the photobooth outside. We also rented the Zoo's carousel during our cocktail hour, which gave guests another fun activity while they awaited our arrival and the beginning of the reception (it also made for some really cute pictures). In addition, the Zoo handled the bar as well as all event rentals: tables, chairs and linens. Together with their onsite caterer, it was really a one-stop shop.
Speaking of food, I really can't say enough good things about Lancer Catering. Heather Dobler, the catering sales manager, was amazing to work with. She allowed us to customize our appetizers and buffet to our exact tastes, and was super accommodating even when we had to change our salad last minute. Most importantly, everything was delicious, all of our family members continued to rave about the food for days after the wedding.
Finally, none of this would have been possible without Amy Howard, our Zoo event coordinator who essentially functioned as my wedding planner. She went above and beyond to help me prepare and made sure we had a stress free day. I really could not have planned the wedding without her.
Raquel · Married on 03/11/2017
We had our ceremony at Ruby's House and our reception at Desert Tents. The night was INCREDIBLE! We were looking for a venue that was unique, affordable, and wasn't a stale ballroom that required a lot of decoration. After visiting a lot of venues, our last stop was the zoo and we were sold! The Desert Tents are 5 permanent tents with a bonfire in the middle, with everything covered in twinkle lights. It's a really out of the box location that will take your breath away at night and truly wow your guests! Everything went smoothly from start to finish, from the start of planning until night of, everything was taken care of for us. We can't thank AMY HOWARD enough, she is truly amazing. You can tell she loves her job and that makes working with her a breeze. You won't regret choosing the Phoenix Zoo as the wedding venue of your dreams!
If you want to have an amazing wedding with gorgeous flora backdrops, the Phoenix Zoo is the place to have your wedding. Multiple locations include parks, lake, ballroom and amphitheater.
If you are looking for a unique, beautiful and affordable venue. PhxZoo is a great place. The team at PhxZoo are very helpful through all of the planning process. Take time out and call or contact Kelly Myers at Phoenix Zoo for any type/size of upcoming event!