Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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About Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Are you looking for an out of the ordinary spot to tie the knot? The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to over 700 animals, and we’re also one of Central New York’s most unique spots to host a wedding. Celebrate your big day in a relaxed setting that reflects your fun-loving style and personality. Best of all, your special day helps support the animals of the zoo.

Host a wedding like no other -- say “I Do” at the zoo!

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18 Reviews for Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Diana · Married on 08/10/2019

    5.0
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    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great place for a wedding!

    Brittany was amazing and really helped us with every step of the way. She made planning our wedding reception at the zoo super easy and stress free! She not only made the space look beautiful and exactly how we wanted for our big day, but she also worked well with all of our vendors to make every moment happen seamlessly. The banquet room is a perfect space, it's simple and the perfect backdrop to make your own! We chose up-lighting to really make the space beautiful and dance floor ready! Our guests enjoyed walking around the zoo during cocktail hour, and it's a great place for not only kids but adults to have fun in! Dinner was delicious and the open bar made everyone happy all night long. Both of our families had a blast mingling on the outdoor patio after dinner too. Overall the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is an amazing place to hold a wedding celebration! It's unique and beautiful and we would recommend this venue to everyone! Plus you're helping the zoo fund animal care and conservation efforts, which is another way having your wedding there is so special! (Photos by WeddingsbyRay - Ray Alvarez, check him out too! He's awesome!)

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    Samantha Gerbino · Married on 07/27/2019

    5.0
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    Enthusiastically Recommend!

    My husband and I had two goals when searching for our wedding venue. First, we wanted a venue that was unique, somewhat unexpected, and would excite our guests. Second, we needed a venue that was affordable, as we would be cash-flowing our entire wedding. We were so excited to find that the Rosamond Gifford Zoo met both of these criteria.

    Brittany, the event manager for the zoo, was incredibly professional and overall a delight to work with throughout the entire process. Brittany was so organized, made sure we stayed on track with our planning, and helped fully execute, alongside her incredible staff, our vision for the wedding day. She is genuinely one of the sweetest people I have ever met and can't recommend her or her team enough.

    The Rosamond Gifford Zoo offers two settings for wedding ceremonies. One is an outdoor patio adjacent to the banquet hall; when lit up and flowers are in bloom, it is a beautiful place for a ceremony. This patio accommodates smaller wedding ceremonies; it is also a lovely place to escape the festivities of the reception and is lovely at night with string lights. My husband and I had our ceremony in the main zoo area to accommodate our larger guest list. This main area is in front of a fountain. We opted for minimal decorations outside, to enhance the intrinsic uniqueness of the venue. Both of these areas provide ample opportunities for photographs; there are also several animal exhibits that serve as unique backdrops (for example, the penguins outside; a cave indoors). Outside of the zoo, there are many locations in the city of Syracuse with great places to take photographs that are within a 10-minute drive (Franklin Square, Thornden Park, Burnet Park).

    The cocktail hour is outside; guests have the option to walk through the indoor zoo exhibits (our guests loved being able to do this!). Couples can also choose, for an additional fee, to allow guests to access the entire outdoor zoo, as well.

    For the reception, the layout of the banquet room is spacious enough to accommodate many different tables (guest tables, cake table, gift tables, etc) but it is also cozy so that no one feels like they are far away from the action (dances, speeches). I especially loved that the dance floor was set up in the middle of the banquet room, so everyone had a good view of it. The food at the zoo is superb and I wish it was a restaurant where I could go back to enjoy it over and over again. Many of my guests raved about the food after the wedding.

    In conclusion, I enthusiastically recommend the Rosamond Gifford Zoo for your wedding. Guests will appreciate the uniqueness of the venue, there are beautiful spaces throughout the zoo and in the surrounding area for photo opportunities, the food is excellent, and the staff know how to plan and execute a well-run event. You can also return to the zoo, as a guest, for years to come to look back on your special day - not many venues gives you that same opportunity. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is an excellent choice for a wedding venue!

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    Bailey · Married on 09/08/2018

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    Brittany and Alyssa were amazing to work with! Brittany responded very quickly to any questions that came up over the year prior to our wedding. They were very friendly and easy to work with. The food was excellent; all the guests constantly told us how delicious it was! The venue was perfect for what we were looking for. It suited us perfectly and had great areas for good photos. I would highly recommend the zoo to anyone!

    Sent on 09/17/2018

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo 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?
    $ 600.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 600.00
  • 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?
    $ 600.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 600.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Park
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate Fountain
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • Ambiance Designers - Chair Covers
    Ambiance Designers - Chair Covers Wedding Rentals

    Ambiance Designers highly recommends this venue. They always have ample staff for each event and their attention to detail is always impressive! We love setting up lit chair covers at this venue because they have a beautifully romodes ballroom and it all comes together for weddings!

  • All Occasion Photography
    All Occasion Photography Wedding Photographers

    Excellent Wedding Vendor, Staff is very friendly, and the banquet hall is very big and romantic. Excellent food and drink options, very accommodating.

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  • Catering at the Zoo 1 Conservation Place, 1 Conservation Place Syracuse, NY, 13204 See on map
    3144358511 (Phone number)