Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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About Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a wildlife park wedding venue located in Columbia, South Carolina. Home to more than 2,000 magnificent animals, the zoo offers indoor and outdoor event facilities that exhibit elegance, class, and an extraordinary experience for couples and their guests to enjoy. An exotic alternative to the traditional wedding venues, the zoo facilities provide weddings with a nature-inspired setting, as well as great backdrops for photo opportunities.

Facilities and Capacity
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces that can accommodate both intimate celebrations and festive galas. Ceremonies are held after hours in the property's Magnolia's Garden Terrace, Ndoki's patio, or Riverbanks' Entry Plaza. Receptions, cocktail hours, and rehearsal dinners can be held in venue's five event facility options:

  • Ndoki Lodge is a safari-themed space featuring high beam ceilings, panoramic views of forest foliage, and at certain times, the opportunity for an elephant or meerkat sighting. The lodge can accommodate up to 500 guests with use of indoor and outdoor space.
  • Magnolia Room is one of the most breathtaking and unique spaces in the zoo, accommodating up to 350 guests using indoors and patio space. It features French doors that open out onto a bricked terrace, boasting views of stately fountains, cascading waters, seasonal flowers, and Riverbanks’ beautiful gardens.
  • Tuskers is an ideal space for cocktail parties and can accommodate up to 250 guests. At night, the venue transforms into a chic event facility, featuring bamboo cloud lighting, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a dance floor area, and a viewing deck overlooking zebras, ostriches, giraffes, and a ten-foot alligator.
  • The ARC or Aquarium Reptile Complex, is perfect for a smaller wedding or any other evening celebration. It showcases a 55,000-gallon coral reef tank with sharks, moon jellyfishes, and gharial crocodiles perfect for a strolling cocktail hour or reception.
  • The Birdhouse can accommodate up to 175 guests. It is a sky-lit atrium where guests can have the opportunity to be accompanied by penguins, hornbills, and other exotic birds.


Services Offered
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden provides event rentals for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bridal showers. The venue also accepts appointments for bridal portrait shoots, held after park hours at the Botanical Garden or zoo. Other services offered by the venue include:

  • Bridal suites (dependent on wedding space and date)
  • Lighting and sound system rentals
  • In-house bar and catering
  • Set up and clean up


Cuisines
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a proud partner of SSA Group, LLC. the event caterer based in the zoo premises. SSA's executive head chef, Andrew Humphreys, customizes menus and create new dishes exclusively for the event. SSA supports sustainability, helps local farmers, and showcases a variety of different cuisine options. The caterer offers couples the following serving-style options:

  • Buffet
  • Hors-d'oeuvres
  • Plated dinners
  • Stations
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Family-style
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Gardens Ceremony Area at Night
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Magnolia Room - Sparkler Exit
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Ndoki Lodge - First Dance
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Ndoki Lodge - Reception (Band)
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Ndoki Lodge - First Dance
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Ndoki Patio at Night
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Ndoki Patio - Couple
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A.R.C. - Reception
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Couple Giraffe Feeding
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Main Entrance Signage
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23 Reviews for Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Recommended by 95% of couples


4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Megan · Married on 03/23/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    So many options!

    Multiple areas to hold your ceremony and reception. McKenzie answered any and all questions we had and was very quick to respond to emails. There are a ton of add-ons available to make your experience more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend!

    Sent on 01/15/2019

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden's reply:

    Megan, we cannot wait to host your special day here at Riverbanks! We are looking forward to getting into the planning process to get those perfect details for your big day!
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    Casey C. · Married on 11/03/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Wedding/reception

    We had Mckenzie Roland to help us with everything. He was great to work with and very friendly. The staff with Riverbanks that helped us the day of were wonderful as well.

    Sent on 11/13/2018

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden's reply:

    Hey there Casey,
    Thank you for those kind words! We certainly enjoyed working with you on your big day and getting to know you all. Thank you again for choosing Riverbanks to host such a special day. We wish you many years of happiness!

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 8000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 6500
  • 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?
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 8.95
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    7
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
    Park
    Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • 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
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    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
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    September
    October
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    June
    July
    August
    November

Team of Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Kayleen Peretto

Kayleen Peretto

Social Sales and Venue Coordinator

Hey there! I'm Kayleen, Wedding Sales & Venue Coordinator here at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. I just relocated from Colorado to Columbia, SC in 2019. Prior to my role here, I worked in events and catering in various industries from hotels and hospitality, to the radio industry.
I would be your point of contact for your facility, catering, bar, and rental needs for your wedding at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. I hope to hear from you soon and can't wait to see your special day come to life!

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3 Endorsements

  • Bonnie Brunt Cakes Wedding Cakes

    Love working with the professional team at Riverbanks Zoo! Courteous, organized and always pros! Beautiful venue and FANTASTIC food. Exciting, appealing displays and again...just a terrific staff.

  • American Floral Wedding Florists

    SUCH a pretty place and great food !!

  • Vintage Bakery, LLC Wedding Cakes

    Lovely venue and facilities! Know that your wedding arrangements are in the hands of friendly and helpful experts! The ambiance here is that you are in a magical place! Great background for your memories and photos as well.

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  • 500 Wildlife Parkway Columbia, SC, 29210 See on map
    803.602.0900 (Phone number)
    9:00-5:00pm Mon-Fri (Event Sales Office), 9:00-4:00pm Mon-Fri (Site Tours, by appointment)
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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden?

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

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

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)

At Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar

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

The space offered by Riverbanks Zoo & Garden for wedding events is known for:

  • Garden
  • Park
  • Zoo

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden for wedding events?

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offer?

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offer for wedding events?

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Riverbanks Zoo & Garden have available for wedding events?

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

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

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.7 in professionalism and 4.7 in value.