The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is a unique and fun wedding event venue located in Palm Desert, California. The truly young at heart will enjoy celebrating their special day amidst swaying palm trees, desert breezes and, of course, a fun zoo for all ages.
Facilities and Capacity
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens has a number of venues including six beautiful ceremony sites and seven reception venues. Each venue offers specific services and features. The Palm Garden Patio, a lush oasis encircled with beautiful palm trees, is where you can dance the night away free from distractions of the outside world. The District Commissioner’s House, filled with early 20th century antiques, is where you and your guests will be complemented by an Amur leopard.
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens offers unique services and features. Services provided include:
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9 Reviews for The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Jackie Schart Parker · Married on 01/18/2020
Best wedding venue hands down!!
Wow! This venue exceeded our expectations! Jared and the events team went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. Our guests can not stop talking about our wedding. Every step was thoughtful,professional, and they made the entire wedding planning process enjoyable. Paul the catering manager was also a true professional and delight to work with. The food was delicious and beautiful. Setup was easy for the guests to navigate and his team made the experience so special. All the staff were top notch, and the animal keepers were over the top amazing! They spent so much time talking with the guests about the giraffes and making sure the feeding experience was awesome for both the animals and the guests. I can’t say enough about this group! I consider them all family and I look forward to using this venue again in the future and recommending them highly for any event, but if you want the most memorable wedding this venue has it ALL!
Thank you Jared!!Sent on 01/19/2020
Shannon Davis · Married on 06/04/2019
Breathtakingly beautiful,outdoor desert venue. Highly Recommended
We loved every minute of planning and hosting our wedding here! The staff were amazing. They care so much about the amnimals, the venue, and about our event! They had many many reccomendations, which we greatly appriciated. The prices was reasonable and lower than almost any venue we found in the area, but no a thing about the evening felt cheap. I read in someone else's review 'the venue was so beautiful, all we had to do was bring chairs'. That was SO TRUE. Don't waste your time, energy, and money trying to beautify the venue, it's already AMAZING!!
We used Savannah's landing for the ceremony, the cactus garden for the happy hour, and the Palm Garden for the reception. Our guests had so much fun traveling around the zoo for different events all night.
1) Do the animal encounter. We almost cut it because we didn't think our guests would care or like it, but they LOVED it!!
2) Give yourself more time than you think to do photos, there are photo opts EVERYWHERE!!!
3) The house caterer was great and really easy to coordinate with - no need to pay to bring someone else in.
4) We rented a bus to get guests to and from Palm Springs. The drive is further than it seems.
5) Really, don't worry too much about the decorations, they will get lost in the beauty of the zoo & desert.
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VENUE TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A FUN FILLED, BEAUTIFUL, OUTDOOR WEDDING!!Sent on 04/26/2019
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Sara Beck · Married on 11/03/2018
Everyone said its the best wedding they have ever been to!
Honestly, can't say enough good things about The Living Desert. The staff was great (and when you book here, there end up being A LOT of people involved) and the atmosphere was unbeatable. We got to feed giraffes and high five porcupines on our wedding day...WHAT! Such an unforgettable day and we feel so lucky to have had it at a unique venue.Sent on 01/03/2019
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What can I say, The Living Desert will always be special to us. Luke and I chose The Living Desert for our own wedding! Working with them has been a great experience. AND Who can ever complain or compare to guest interactions with a high-fiving porcupine, a hawk and an armadillo at your cocktail hour?!