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Saint Louis Zoo

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Saint Louis Zoo is one of Saint Louis, Missouri鈥檚, finest museum wedding venues. The venue has a number of locations to host all of your wedding festivities, including ceremony and reception, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and more. The zoo is centrally located in the near vicinity of all Saint Louis attractions, with easy access by metro, trolley, and local highways.

Facilities and Capacity

Saint Louis Zoo offers a number of beautiful and distinct locations locations to host your celebration, including four elegant banquet halls and accommodations for up to 450 guests. Whether you envision an intimate outdoor event among the Zoo鈥檚 animal collection, or an extravagant indoor celebration with sophisticated surroundings, the Zoo has a variety of spaces that can accommodate your event vision. The Living World is a 9,000-square-feet event space with a 65-foot rotunda, flooded with natural light from the glass-domed ceiling. You and your guests will be greeted by life-size shark, squid, and stingray sculptures, and can also enjoy an outdoor patio that leads out onto the Zoo grounds. The Lakeside Cafe, which accommodates up to 450 guests, is a waterfront pavilion in the heart of the Zoo which provides a lively setting for weddings and events. Its covered patio overlooks a lake inhabited with waterfowl and turtles, and the interior creates a spacious and grand atmosphere with architectural columns and a vaulted ceiling. The McDonnell Center at River Camp is one of the most scenic event spaces, featuring a private terrace that runs the length of the building and overlooks the Missouri River Aquarium. The Event Tent provides clients with a unique, open-air outdoor event setting, and offers a generous amount of space for clients to mingle and dance. Nestled between the Primate House and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium, this spectacular tent provides an intimate and spacious setting for your celebration. The Saint Louis Zoo also offers a variety of meeting rooms and various size event spaces to accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes and styles.

Services Offered

The world-class event rentals at the Saint Louis Zoo include a variety of amenities, event services, and other special features that are designed to create the wedding that you鈥檝e always dreamed of. Along with state-of-the-art event and meeting rooms, the event staff offers a wide range of audio/visual equipment, an assortment of menus that are catered to your taste, and a variety of event packages that include behind-the-scenes tours and attractions. Their staff specializes in handling all the details of your celebration with flexibility, excellent service, and personalized care. The Zoo also facilitates animal meet-and-greets so that you and your guests can create unforgettable memories interracting with some of the Zoo鈥檚 most beautiful creatures. Event services include:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Bar services
  • Cake
  • Catering services
  • Clean up
  • Event planner
  • Event rentals
  • Lighting/sound
  • Outside vendors
  • Set up
  • Wifi

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?

$1,500

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

$1,500

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
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

8

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Museum
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?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
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 Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
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
June
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
July
August
November
December
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    Lisa Married on 06/29/2019
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    Fun, Unique, Flawless Wedding Space!

    Having my wedding at the Saint Louis Zoo was a wonderful experience. Danielle, our event planner, was absolutely amazing. She answered every little question I had and truly listened to my wants and feedback.

    Prior to the wedding, we rented golf carts, and it was SO fun to drive around the zoo with our wedding party and the drivers were so nice.

    The zoo provided a wonderful reception space within RiverCamp, the guests loved the aquarium, the staff was wonderful in setting-up, and the food was delicious. We also loved our animal greeters and were so glad we decided to invest in those.

    The ceremony space in the South Entrance was also breath-taking and we were so glad we got to have our wedding there!

    Overall, the Saint Louis zoo may not be the first venue choice that comes to mind but it is a great space that provides a fun and unique experience with great food and great staff. They truly know how to pull off a grand event!!
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    Marissa K. Married on 05/04/2019
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    I want to get divorced just to get married again at the zoo.

    The zoo not only was a unique and gorgeous venue for us, but the staff are completely amazing. They are so attentive to you and your guests all night, the catering is surprisingly DELICIOUS, it's a great value, and your coordinators are amazing when planning. They are basically free wedding planners! We did not want a very typical wedding, we got married on Star Wars day and wanted to include nerdy themes, wanted as many animals as possible (especially snakes and reptiles), and basically when people asked what our wedding colors were I just said "black." I was honestly needlessly self-conscious when planning a lot, because while I've always been my own goofy self, I knew this wedding would be looked at oddly. I didn't think it would come together very well, or be... "nice" and "wedding-y". However, the zoo staff pulled it all together, and we had this seamless, super elegant, goofy wedding with animals galore. I didn't feel like I had an "odd" wedding, just an awesome one. They are miracle workers.

    We chose to splurge a bit in some areas, requesting extra lights, animal greeters, and to rent the Herpetarium for the ceremony, but honestly they have options that fit most budgets, and we could have done it for a fraction of the cost if we wanted/needed to. Even with us splurging, I find that we spent a lot less than what other people seem to be spending at more "traditional" venues when you add up the cost of the setting, the catering, the bar, the cake, the decorations, the everything. I was certain I couldn't afford the zoo on my small salary that is supporting the both of us, but I COULD.

    Seriously, book with the zoo. They are fantastic.

    Saint Louis Zoo's reply:

    How about we plan an anniversary party instead? Thank you so much for sharing. We were thrilled to be a part of it all and had just as much fun as you did planning outside of the box. It was such a pleasure and fun to work with you both.
    Please stop by and say hi whenever you visit.
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    Kerry Married on 04/27/2019
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    St. Louis Zoo River Camp

    I can't say enough great things about the zoo. Everyone I worked with along the way was so kind, professional, and helpful. The catering package was really reasonable for my price range, and it made planning so easy! I loved the venue, I chose the River Camp room since I had about 100 people. The room features a fish tank which was so unique and perfect for my ocean themed wedding! I had the best time, and so many people were commenting on how different and fun my wedding was. You NEED to book with the Zoo!

    Saint Louis Zoo's reply:

    Please be sure to stop by and say hi when you're here for a visit.
    Thank you so much for making us a part of your perfect day!
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