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Reception
$7,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,700 starting price
Bar service
$24 per person
Reception
$6,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,700 starting price
Bar service
$24 per person
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On WeddingWire since 2013

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park is a wedding venue situated in San Diego, California. With options for getting married to views of rhinos, giraffes, and gazelles in the distance, your day will be so special. Ideal for animal and nature lovers alike, this zoo can host your one-of-a-kind celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples have three ceremony sites and six reception options for the special day, allowing each couple to find the space that reflects their wedding vision. Some highlights of the ceremony spaces include options for an African safari theme, with safari-inspired accents, trees, animals, and plains. An intimate lagoon spot with exotic plants near the water and lawn setting with sweeping branches and extraordinary animals is also a great ceremony site choice. Accommodations at the ceremony sites range from 50-200 guests. With so many reception sites, options include a beautiful African building with 35-foot vaulted ceilings and stunning lights or a lush, tropical space without walls. There are also venues featuring specific animals, like an expansive terrace overlooking the zoo’s elephants and a mystical bamboo passage into a tranquil forest with tigers, Indonesian longhouses, and a gorgeous interior with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Services Offered

The staff at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park will go above and beyond to make your day as incredible as possible. They have an experienced team who will guide you through every step of the way for stress-free planning. Included in the rental fee are chairs, clean up, linens, parking, set up, and tables. There is also in-house catering and an in-house bar for an exceptional day. Of course, your wedding at the zoo can be filled with wildlife encounters if you choose. This zoo features rare and dynamic species, from birds to reptiles to mammals, that will be an incredible, exciting addition to your day.

Cuisine

There are many catering services and menu options at the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, ranging in offerings. Many menus include bar service with beer, wine, and soft drinks, a choice of cheese and vegetable display, or two passed hors d’oeuvres.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

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

$7,000

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

$6,000

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?

$1,700

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

$1,700

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)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$24

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

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Limited Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

12

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
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
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
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
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
July
August
December
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4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
73 Reviews
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    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
99% Recommended by couples

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Alyssa K. Sent on 02/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A Dream Wedding

The SD Safari Park was truly a dream venue for me. The team there made every step of the process so easy and Delanie in particular was fantastic to work with.

My husband and I knew we wanted to have as cool a venue as possible and what is cooler than having your ceremony in front of a herd of giraffes or your reception in front of the tiger enclosure?

Every single person we invited raved about our venue. Your guests get a free day pass to visit the zoo before the wedding so we got so many pictures of our friends and family having a great time with the animals in the morning.

Everything about the wedding was perfect, from the physical space to the food. We got so many comments on how good our food was, and everyone's biggest regret was that they were too stuffed to eat more of it! (As a side note, everyone who had the short ribs would not stop talking about how good they were.)

I think the best part about the Safari Park is that it isn't astronomically more expensive than any other vendor available in San Diego. If I'm being honest, I would argue that it's either on par if not cheaper than most venues we looked at. It's also an all-inclusive rental/catering/bartending service so really the only outside vendors I needed to hire were cake, florals, music, and my coordinator. It made wedding planning incredibly easy.

All in all, I highly recommend considering the Safari Park as a wedding venue and if I'm being honest I would throw another wedding there in a heartbeat.
Kirsten
Kirsten T. Sent on 02/20/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Tommy and the SD Safari Park Team were AMAZING!

We recently got married at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at the Kijamii Overlook venue at it was incredibly. Our coordinator, Tommy, and the entire team went above and beyond to make our day so special. We loved the wedding package options and the tastings that they offered helped us to be confident in what the food would look and taste like.

The communication prior to our wedding was excellent and Tommy was there for us every step of the way to answer questions and help us make decisions. We were able to have our rehearsal and the SD Safari Park team were amazing in wrangling our wedding party and helping us get our wedding decor to the location.

We did our first look at the park and Tommy helped to make sure we were able to get around the park with ease and our photographer had everything she needed. Shuttles helped get our guests to the venue and they were able to come early and enjoy the park prior to the wedding.

The location was spectacular and the Safari Park team runs like a well-oiled machine. There was a huge group of people helping to make sure our day got off without a hitch.

Once our ceremony was finished, we had the animal ambassadors at our cocktail hour and it was a highlight for us and our guests. The staff who shared the animals with us were informative and fun! The food exceeded our expectations and we were told by so many of our guests that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding.

The SD Safari Park service team were amazing and all of our guests were looked after and cared for the whole night. I cannot recommend this venue enough!! We were exceedingly happy with everything, our photos were spectacular because of the amazing surroundings, and we had a blast!

Tommy was such an amazing help and so professional the entire time. He was a spectacular coordinator, no question or concern was too silly, and he looked after us with such care throughout the whole process. Communication exceeded my expectations and he made the whole process a dream! Highly, highly recommend him as a coordinator.

We had the wedding of our dreams and are so thankful to all who helped make it possible!
Nikki
Nikki H. Sent on 10/31/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Safari Park Rave Wedding

Alyssa was our venue coordinator and was so amazing throughout the entire process. We booked the venue early (over a year) for our date of 10/28/2023 to make sure we could lock in the Saturday of halloween weekend. She provided so many options of available vendors and pre set time line for the day and even when I wanted to scratch out a bunch of traditional items to create my own timeline she was always supportive and accommodating to change requests throughout the process. Even when having to deny my outrageous requests for aerial dancers she was sweet about trying to see if it was a possibility. She made sure that we were able to enjoy our appetizers and drinks through out the night even while entertaining our guests. An extra nice touch. The perks of day access to the park for our guests and annual membership for bride and groom were a steal with the wedding package. Our guests had constant wow moments with so many photo ops with baby tigers, rhinos, giraffes and so many more exotic animals! They had comments like it felt like a million dollar wedding without the million dollar price tag. We didn’t even need to dig into our budget for flowers or furniture rentals because the venue itself was wow enough but if you want to be extra extra you can! Furniture rentals on the turf would add extra wow. Its really cool how you can stay as close to the food and bevy min that youd like or go all out even more if ya want! 10/10 recommend. If you are an animal lover this is def the venue for you. They have the events dialed in well. We would absolutely consider having an event at the safari park again.
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What a FUN & UNIQUE spot for special events & weddings! Nothing says ADVENTURE like a wedding setup near Tiger Trail! Such a cool place for guests, for eye candy, for exciting noises at night! We absolutely love working at both the Zoo and the Safari Park and have so much fun with the designs we can create to capture the NATURAL BEAUTY of these locations. The Catering team is amazing and offers so much in the event options and reminds you that, with so much excitement around you, there is not much else you need to do to make it a COOL EVENT!

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San Diego Zoo & Safari Park frequently asked questions

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
The space offered by San Diego Zoo & Safari Park for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Zoo
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park is recommended by 99% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in average response time, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in flexibility.

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