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Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar service
$7 per person
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar service
$7 per person
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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?

$5,000

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

$5,000

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

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$7

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Garden
Park
Waterfront
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
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
April
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
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Reviews of Reid Park Zoo

4.5 out of 5 rating
4.5 out of 5 rating
6 Reviews
90% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.4 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.5 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.5/5 6 reviews
Google
4.6/5 10154 reviews
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Leslie Sent on 07/20/2015
5 out of 5 rating
The staff at Reid Park Zoo were amazing!
We felt like they really cared personally for my Kids! We recommend them for all your special events!
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Danielle Sent on 01/10/2012
5 out of 5 rating
Karen was perfect in every way. She unfailingly responded immediately to every email I sent, and helped make the entire wedding day stress-free and beautiful. Her entire staff was friendly and easy-going, and the catering was over-the-top delicious.
Jillianne
Jillianne Sent on 05/02/2012
5 out of 5 rating
Our Reid Park Zoo wedding was a dream come true! Every zoo employee went out of their way to make our wedding exactly what we asked for. My husband and I are so happy we chose the zoo for our wedding venue and we couldn’t imagine a more special location to have gotten married!

Thanks to this unique & beautiful venue, our wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty, one of the most popular and respected wedding sites! View the feature here: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2012/02/22/reid-park-zoo-wedding-by-brushfire-photography/

PLANNING:
The zoo had many options to help us create whatever kind of wedding we wanted. At first we met with an event coordinator to help us know our available options (of which there are many - thanks Karen!). We were relieved to have the extra assistance and felt no need to hire a wedding planner because of it. Of all the venues we visited, this was the only one where we felt we had the freedom to do exactly what we wanted to do. It was also the most affordable venue we found.

The zoo offers many menu options for hors d’oeuvres, meals, and drinks. Though they have a buffet option, we chose a plated South of the Border dinner with Mexican-style hors d’oeuvres and a beer/wine bar. We later had a tasting where we tried our food selections, which was a lot of fun! The food was delicious and the zoo staff treated us like VIPs. They even prepared a personalized recipe belonging to my husband’s mother, which Don (the chef) cooked perfectly. And they also created a vegetarian meal for me. They were more than willing to customize anything to fit our needs. The zoo will also allow you to bring in your own wedding cake (Don offered to create a cake for us but we had already purchased one through another vendor).

I feel I should mention that we had some hiccups in the beginning as the zoo was still new to weddings and there were some mix-ups with our paperwork when we switched coordinators. But once they got back on track all of the details were planned to a T and the wedding ran exactly as expected (better actually). In the end the only surprises were good ones. Our final coordinator was Karen T. Wylie who was great about organizing all the proper contracts, meetings, cost estimates, event timeline, insurance, and floor plans. She even ordered from outside her usual venders to get me the exact table runners I wanted. She was a delight to work with and we highly recommend her help.

CEREMONY:
Our wedding was beautiful. The central location was easy to find for our out of town guests and there were front and back options for parking. The guests especially liked the freedom to walk around the zoo before hand to enjoy the animals. The entire zoo was basically ours for the night! Because there was a bit of walking, I was happy there weren’t any issues with my long train and bugs on the ground. My train did get a little dirty but it’s nothing a dry cleaner couldn’t fix… hey you only wear it once, right? The zoo was also very flexible on ceremony locations, which was great because there were endless possibilities… every bit of the zoo is a beautiful photo opp. so we couldn’t go wrong. Ultimately we decided to get married under the large tree near the entrance. They provided garden chairs for our guests and allowed us to hang origami cranes in the tree. The ceremony was out of a fairytale as the weather was perfect (married Oct. 8th) and the scenery gorgeous. Even as we said our I Do’s, birds sang and peacocks roamed around guests. And there were no issues with noise as the bigger animals were pleasantly quiet. I was particularly ecstatic when a single white peacock walked up to me. I took it as a sign of good luck. It couldn’t have been planned better. (Though I have a feeling the staff sprinkled some food on the ground to coax the peacocks out. Again, they pulled out all the stops for us).

After the ceremony the wedding party had a giraffe feeding on the giraffe platform. If you’ve never fed the giraffes at the zoo I highly recommend you try it. It’s hilarious fun and this moment at our wedding made for some amazing photos. After this, my husband and I journeyed over to the pond where we had some beautiful newlywed pics of us taken. We had to chase the flamingos around the pond to keep them in the background so this was one of many happy, spontaneous moments… we couldn’t stop laughing. Again, the scenery made for incredible photos. Meanwhile, the guests were able to feed the giraffes in the barn. We had photos taken of each guest feeding a giraffe and later sent the photos to them along with thank you cards as a fun keepsake.

RECEPTION:
We had our reception at the Conservation Learning Center upstairs deck with a beautiful view overlooking the zoo. This complimented our eco-chic style décor perfectly (you’ll have to take down all your own décor after the wedding, but we found this wasn’t an issue since everyone was happy to help). The CLC is a new area with plenty of room for all the guests to dine and dance. The zoo set everything up for us including the tables, bar, rented décor, and outdoor lighting among many other things. We had scheduled an “animal encounter” for the reception with a Tamandua, which our guests loved. And after, we were pleasantly surprised how the staff continued to bring out animals including a skink, a snake, and a hedge hog! Much more than expected! Btw if you’re having children at your wedding, this in an ideal venue. All of the kids at our wedding were kept busy the entire night and never bored. The zoo even offers other options we didn’t purchase like face painting. The dinner was great and all of the food was just as delicious as it was at our tasting. No surprises. The churros were an absolute hit and everyone adored the children’s meals complete with toys and animal masks. We also had animal crackers for the guests to take as favors. And if you want to help out the animals, we found the zoo’s “adopt an animal” program was a great alternative to run-of-the-mill wedding gifts.

Overall we were astonished at out how smoothly the wedding ran with all the details we had scheduled at various locations within the zoo. The staff did an incredible job accommodating our guest’s needs and making sure the group was always where they needed to be. We love this zoo and are so proud to have gotten married there. It sounds cliché’ but it was truly the happiest day of my life and my husband and I agree it’s because we chose Reid Park as our venue.
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Reid Park Zoo frequently asked questions

Reid Park Zoo includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
Reid Park Zoo includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at Reid Park Zoo includes:
  • Bartender(s)
The space offered by Reid Park Zoo for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Park
  • Waterfront
  • Zoo
Reid Park Zoo offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Reid Park Zoo offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Reid Park Zoo offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Reid Park Zoo offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories
Reid Park Zoo is recommended by 90% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in value, 4.5 in flexibility, 4.4 in quality of service, 4.3 in average response time and 4.3 in professionalism.

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