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:
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:
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a proud partner of SSA Inc, the event caterer based in the zoo premises. SSA's executive head chef, Adam Milledge, 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:
Recommended by 96% of couples
Ann · Married on 06/01/2013
Planning a wedding can be very challenging and stressful! But thanks to the professional and courteous staff at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, it was a pleasure. Every time I presented a hiccup in my planning, the staff resolved the issue immediately! I could never have pulled this off without their help! And I can't tell you how delicious the food was! All of the guests raved about the food and the kind and courteous wait staff. The venue is gorgeous for an outdoor event with the beautiful foliage and fountains. I highly recommend the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens for your special occasion. We will always have very fond memories of our daughter's wedding.
Casey Chestnut · Married on 11/03/2018
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
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Doreen · Married on 09/02/2017
We couldn't have been happier. They made everything so easy.
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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.
SUCH a pretty place and great food !!
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.