Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a zoo wedding venue located in Highland Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This one-of-a-kind venue offers three fantastic event spaces to host your wedding celebration. Here, you and your guests can enjoy immersive animal exhibits that will make your day truly unforgettable.
Facilities and Capacity
At the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, you can choose to host your ceremony and reception event in one of three unique settings. Say ‘I do’ surrounded by cascading waterfalls and luscious rainforest foliage. Guests can marvel at the breathtaking aquatic wildlife on display. This event area can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and features two levels, allowing your guests to take in the beauty from the balcony level also.
Pier Town is a magnificent coastal village setting for your ceremony and reception with space for up to 140 seated guests. Wonder at the majestic polar bears, sea lions, sea otters, and more on display here. Share a kiss with your beloved in the aquatic tunnel. These enchanting exhibits are sure to delight guests of all ages during your wonderful wedding occasion.
The 7,200-square-foot Garden Tent offers an elegant wedding location surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens and luscious foliage. The illuminated white wedding tent can comfortably accommodate up to 300 guests for your ceremony and reception. String lights and drapery can transform this space into a fairytale aesthetic for your day.
Rental of Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium includes four hours of event time, tables and chairs, linens, silverware, glassware, and china. A shuttle service is available to take your guests directly from the venue entrance to your chosen event space. Catering and coffee service is also included, with a wide variety of cuisine to choose from. Beverage service can also be added, with packages including house and premium offerings. Outside vendors are welcome to serve your event, with setup and cleanup of your occasion provided by the in-house staff.
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Tara G. · Getting married on 05/09/2021
Best Wedding venue ever
I am so thankful for Caroline and team, it was truly magical night! I didn't feel like I had to stress or worry about a single thing once I came through the front gates. Everything was taken care of and I could finally relax and enjoy myself. Everything was spectacular. I've received so many compliments about the venue, as well as the food. The food was absolutely delicious! The docents were truly lovely and adding a magical touch to the night as well. Your organization and assistance took a huge weight of my shoulders during the planning process. It was absolutely invaluable, and I truly feel I wouldn't have been able to realize my vision without them. It was everything I could've hoped for and then some.Sent on 02/27/2020
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's reply:Thank you for your kind words, Tara! Our team had such a great time assisting in the planning and execution of your wedding reception. Your colors looked incredible in the PPG Aquarium and your guests were so fun. We hope you and Bryan visit soon! - Caroline & Gabby
Emily S. · Married on 02/29/2020
We had an amazing time!
Our wedding was amazing! There was not one part of the night that wasn't amazing
A week after, we are still getting compliments about every aspect of it.Sent on 03/06/2020
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's reply:Hi Emily,
Erica · Married on 10/26/2019
Caroline and Samantha were fantastic to work with! They were very timely in answering the millions of questions that I had. If I had to do my wedding all over again, I would still pick the PPG Aquarium all over! They set up and take down all of the tables and decorations. And they do it all beautifully! All of the guests had so much fun looking at the exhibits and playing in the touch tank. Bonus was the shuttle that took us and the guests to and from the aquarium. I couldn't have asked for a better night, and a better group of people to work with to create my dream!Sent on 11/14/2019
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's reply:Thank you so much for your review, Erica! You were one of the easiest brides to work with and everything turned out beautifully; we especially loved your homemade favors and table names! We're so happy you and Brandon enjoyed your reception with us. Wishing the two of you all the very best!
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Great unique, professional and a totally creative environment for your beautiful wedding, reception, party, etc. A world class venue totally different from the traditional standard. Our studio highly recommends The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. -John Lokmer - Lokmer Photography Inc.
Beautiful, dreamy setting for any wedding or special event!
Very unique and scenic for a wedding. A photographers dream location.