A one-of-a-kind wedding venue in San Diego, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers exotic venues for an unbelievable backdrop. With options for getting married with views of rhinos, giraffes and gazelles in the distance, or saying your vows in a tropical setting surrounded by rare birds and vibrant plant life, your day will be so special.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples have three ceremony site option and six reception options for the special day, allowing each unique couple to find the space that reflects your wedding vision. Many of the venue options can be paired with one another to create a bigger space. Some highlights of the ceremony spaces include options for an African safari theme, with safari-inspired accents, trees, animals and plains; or an intimate lagoon spot with exotic plants near the water and lawn setting with sweeping branches, extraordinary animals and more. Accommodations at the ceremony sites range from 100-250 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. Another indoor option is a serene venue reminiscent of a plantation in South Africa with authentic decor and waterfalls among a forest canopy. The final option is the Zoofari Party Area for a large outdoor celebration with vibrant decor. Overall, the venues can hold 120-250 guests.
The staff at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park will go above and beyond to make your day absolutely incredible. They have a talented and experienced team who will guide you through every step of the way for stress-free planning. Included in the rental fee is chairs, cleanup, linens, parking, setup 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 animal encounters if you choose. This zoo features rare and dynamic species, from birds to reptiles to mammals, that will be an incredible, exciting addition for your day.
There are many catering services and menu options at the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, ranging in cost and 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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Lauren Poitras · Married on 11/24/2018
Coolest Wedding Ever!!!
We absolutely loved having our wedding here! If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable wedding where your guests will even say it is the coolest wedding they have ever been to then you have to have it here at the Safari Park.
We had our ceremony at the Harusi Lawn which overlooks the giraffes and cheetah training area. Our cocktail hour followed just behind the ceremony where guests enjoyed an open bar and trays of appetizers. We surprised our guests by having an animal presentation where they brought out an adorable fluffy fox, a lizard, owl, servile, and wait for it. . . A CHEETAH!!!! They allowed my now husband and I to get close pictures with each of the animals. Our guests and ourselves were just in total shock and disbelief for how cool it was! After the cocktail hour, everyone was shuttled up to the reception site, passed the savanah to see more animals, and finally dropped off at the Sambutan Longhouse where we celebrated all night next to the tigers!!! The food was amazing!
The park included all the linens, tables, chairs, overlays, food, bar package, China, and silverware. Just keep in mind that you will have to book desserts, a DJ, lights, and flowers. Most outside vendors will charge extra for their delivery and setup fees since it is such a unique and semi difficult place to maneuver.
During our whole process we worked with Sydney Holtz who was such a delight, fun, and insightful person to have as the venue coordinator! If you are able to have the budget we would whole heartedly suggest booking your wedding or event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!
Christina · Married on 12/19/2018
A night to remember
We could not have asked for a better venue for our wedding. It was absolutely fantastic! The staff and food were wonderful and Sydney, our coordinator, was absolutely amazing. All of our guest are still talking about our wedding and how amazing it was even weeks later.
Thank you for a wonderful night we will never forget!!
Angela Marinone · Married on 10/06/2018
A Wild and Wonderful Wedding!
What a phenomenal place to have our wedding! We got married at the Mombasa Lagoon last month, and everything about the day was absolutely perfect. The setting was gorgeous, the food was outstanding, and all of our guests had such a fun time! Two of the biggest highlights for us were: 1. The guests were able to get their admission tickets (included in the wedding package) at any time throughout the day. We had a lot of out-of-town relatives who enjoyed being treated to a day at the Park prior to our wedding! 2. We added an animal presentation onto our package, and it was one of my absolute favorite parts of the day. Our cocktail hour included a serval, a boa, and a cheetah! We are very grateful to the animal keepers, to the waitstaff, and to our truly amazing coordinator, Sydney, for blowing all of our expectations out of the water! Our big day was far above and beyond anything we could have hoped for or imagined!
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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!