Saying “I Do” at the Zoo provides a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Whether exchanging vows at the historic Zoo Center or sipping cocktails as sea lions look on, you and your guests will be inspired by exotic wildlife and architecture. Our spectacular indoor and outdoor venue provides the perfect setting for a one of a kind wedding, year-round.
The Bronx Zoo is truly one of the most unique wedding venues available in New York. Imagine exchanging vows in a romantic ceremony outside among the free-roaming Indian peacocks. If you prefer an indoor ceremony, celebrate your nuptials inside the historic Zoo Center. Originally named the Elephant House when constructed in 1908, it was regarded as one of the finest and most modern zoological buildings, now serving as a beautiful and dramatic background to your ceremony.
For cocktail hour, guests can sip cocktails in the Madagascar exhibit alongside lemurs, Nile crocodiles, and other curious creatures, or mingle outside with the California sea lions. Cocktail hour is followed by dinner and dancing in Schiff Family Great Hall. This spacious 4,600 square foot hall, once home to our lions, was fully renovated and is New York’s first green & LEED-certified historic landmark building. Schiff Family Great Hall helps create your fairytale wedding with its timeless architecture and character. Along with the reception space, you and your guests will have private access to our Lion’s Patio and glass-enclosed bridal suite.
This unique experience has a maximum capacity of 175-guests for a plated meal and 250-guests for a cocktail-style event. Full wedding experiences range from approximately $280-$350 per person and include; ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, and a wedding cake.
All event proceeds help support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s mission to help save wildlife and wild places around the globe.
14 Reviews for Bronx Zoo
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Imelda R. · Married on 10/04/2020
Your wedding dreams can still come true!
We did it! Yes, amid all the chaos that has been 2020, we managed to have a reduced-sized, intimate wedding, adapted for Covid-19 safety protocols, on our original day, Sunday October 4th, 2020 at our preferred venue, The Bronx Zoo. It was magical.Sent on 10/17/2020
The Events and Catering department, especially Robyn Hymowitz ensured that our special day exceeded all of our expectations in every way. Robyn is an incredible event planner. All communications and emails are responded to immediately, she is familiar with a wide variety of vendors that know the site well and she will help you to connect with the ones that will work best for you and your vision. Speaking of vendors, you won't need to hire many as most everything, chairs for the ceremony, table linens and a gorgeous wedding and anniversary cake, are already provided by the Zoo itself. Music, photography, audio and lighting are the only things not covered by this Venue. We wisely followed Robyn's recomendations and hired Jade O'Connell of Uplift Photography and Frost Productions for lighting and sound. Both vendors are incredibly talented and easy to work with. Our wedding photos are magical and Frost Productions elevated, the already present, natural beauty of the historic zoo architecture into individual spaces of other-worldly, dimentions suffused with ethereal color and patterns.
The events and experiences planned for ourselves and our guests throughout the afternoon and evening flowed smoothly, each organized yet relaxed in pace, from dressing in the Zoos on-site bridal suite, to a driven tour of beautiful places and exhibits across the park with our Photographer to take photos with the zoos exotic residences, to meeting for Family Portraits before our Wedding Ceremony in front of the beautiful dome of Historic Zoo Center, to our outdoor Coctail Hour by the Sea Lion Pool and extravagant Dinner in the Shiff Family Great Hall. This venue has so much to offer!
The food selections served at the Cocktail Hour and Dinner were incredible. All of our guests are still raving about the quality of the food, friendly professionalism of the serving staff, how beautiful the space was and how much fun they had. We couldn't agree more.
Ali H. · Married on 08/10/2019
I cannot imagine a more perfect place to have gotten married - either in NYC or elsewhere. From the day we first looked at the venue to the night of the ceremony, it consistently exceeded our expectations. The location and setting give it the perfect balance: close to the city, yet you feel far away from the chaos. Multiple guests commented on how picturesque it was even though they never would have guessed that it would be such an ideal venue. The food was delicious, and we easily fit 150 guests. Multiple guests said "I wish that I had thought of doing my wedding here!" The success of the even was entirely due to Robyn Hymowitz. She is extremely thoughtful and expressed genuine care about making sure the event was as perfect as possible. She was extremely patient despite our ever-changing ideas, and gave us great advice about every part of the ceremony/reception and a much-needed pep talk when we were nervous before the ceremony. It is impossible to express the amount of gratitude we have for her for helping make the event so unforgettable. She is just absolutely amazing. In summary, have your wedding here.Sent on 08/11/2019
Simone · Married on 07/27/2019
Be your best self and get married here
ROBYN, ROBYN, ROBYN. Is there anything else to say? Yes, the team who works alongside her is amazing, but she is the real deal. From our first visit, we knew that not only were we head over heels for the venue, but we had not (and were not going to) meet an events employee who was this savvy and genuine. In education (I'm a teacher) we call this being a "warm demander," and Robyn harnesses this strategy to get things done for her couples. That being said: the venue. It's beautiful. Classic New York, but with more natural beauty and cool animal encounters than you'll find in Manhattan, unless you're looking for the authentic NYC pigeons or subway rats....in which case, I suppose the Bronx Zoo isn't for you, since peacocks are way more plentiful than pigeons on the bucolic grounds. The food and beverage: on par with the pricier venues in Manhattan...but for less. They were able to accommodate our requests for signature cocktails (Aperol Spritz and Moscow Mule) in a way that wouldn't break the bank. They were also able to customize some of the appetizer and entree options to better suit our preferences. I would also be remiss if I didn't give a shout-out to Butterfly Bakeshop, their contracted bakery, who is beyond delicious and who you'll find at pretty much any high-end wedding planning event in the city. We were a little anxious about being close to their maximum guest count, but everything ran smoothly and no one felt squished or unattended to. My husband and I have gone to so. many. weddings and we were looking for something more outside the box for our own big day. The Bronx Zoo delivered not only for us, but for our guests, who are still remarking about what a special day it was and how they will never forget sipping champagne while watching lemurs, tortoises, and sea lions.Sent on 02/17/2020
We love working with the Bronx Zoo. They offer well done events in a unique setting. They have great professionals running thier venue.