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The Toledo Zoo

Toledo, OH View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
57 reviews
$9k - $11k For 100 Guests

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$9k - $11k For 100 Guests

Your guests can travel to faraway places, without ever leaving Toledo. Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres overlooking Africa, dinner in the Arctic, mingling near a Caribbean reef, dancing in Malawi next to a 73ft long fish tank, the zoo is your wedding getaway. With our all-inclusive packages & event staff, your wedding will be uniquely amazing!

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Malawi Event Center, capacity 500 people:
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Aquarium, capacity 100 people:
https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=9enwQ63Trca

Arctic Encounter, capacity 50 people:
https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=ZX6mdBqrdyu

Great Hall, capacity 150 people:
https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=KdicXv9fuNP

Facilities and Capacity

Couples may host up to 500 wedding guests at the Toledo Zoo for their ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners. Both couples and guests will adore this classic modern venue with extravagant, beautiful creatures and sounds. Couples may hold their ceremony in the tranquil Formal Garden amongst luscious, vibrant plants or in various other settings around the park. Indoor and outdoor venues are truly stunning and are wonderful options to hold both small or large event gatherings. Such a fun venue would be an exciting choice to entertain guests for your wedding celebration.

Services Offered

The Toledo Zoo offers their hardworking staff to help you with your wedding day needs. An on-site event planner will help coordinate your wedding and couples may rent event items, such as audio equipment, chair covers, chairs, a dance floor, and tables. The Toledo Zoo also has a liquor license and offers in-house bar services, which includes bartenders, a cash or open bar, house beer, wine, and liquor, premium liquor, specialty beer and wine, a champagne toast, and a signature drink.

Cuisine

The Toledo Zoo will provide in-house catering for your wedding events. They offer buffet, plated, stations, hors d’oeuvres, and family serving styles, as well as cocktail reception services. They provide couples with servers and offer tastings to preview and select menu items. Rehearsal dinners come with a custom menu; couples may choose to hold their dinner in a private room or private section of the zoo. Talented culinaries would be proud to create delicious dishes for couples, including chicken marsala, eggplant or chicken parmesan, rib eye, New York strip steak, and much more. Dietary needs for those who are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-, lactose-, pork-, and nut-free will be honored.

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?

$500

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

$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?

$2,000

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

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables
Transportation

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?

$8

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

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Specialty Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Garden
Historic Building
Museum
Park
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
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?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
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?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April

57 Reviews

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Recommended by 97% of couples
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    Lindsay W. Married on 06/04/2022
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    Beyond Amazing

    I had my wedding reception in the Malawi center. It was beyond perfect. The whole planning process was made so easy by the Zoo staff! Everyone was amazing and very attentive. Rayann and Alivia are amazing people to work with. I did not have to worry at all about anything. All the guests were in awe when walking in! The cocktail hour was on the terrace by the African animals and the guests still have not stopped talking about how cool that was! I cannot thank them enough for a perfect day!
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    Jeffrey V. Married on 05/07/2022
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    Absolutely Perfect!

    We could not have been happier with our wedding at The Toledo Zoo! Every person on their team was so helpful! Any questions we had throughout the entire planning process were quickly answered. Having a day-of coordinator made our wedding day a breeze - she took away so much stress, making sure we didn't have to worry, and was willing to help with anything needed. Even having to make a last minute switch from the Formal Garden to the Aquarium due to rain was no big deal because they handled everything! The whole experience from start to finish was 10/10. All of our guests raved about the food (and they were being genuine)! The catering staff was so friendly and did an excellent job keeping up with everything. There is nothing bad that we could say about our experience! Both of our families have been loyal zoo members since we can remember, and our amazing wedding just adds another reason to the list of why we love the zoo so much.
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    Ashley B. Married on 04/23/2022
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    Toledo Zoo Aquarium

    They did an amazing job, they were kind, professional, and punctual. They made everything go smoothly and as planned. They kept in informed and made the day so wonderful. It was more affordable than I thought it would be also,

Awards

  • 57
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Samantha & Robert
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    70 photos · 09/16/2017

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Colleen is great to work with. The Toledo Zoo is an amazing ceremony and reception venue. You will be amazed by the gorgeous setting!

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The Toledo Zoo offers the finest in event venues! With top notch service and wonderful people, this romantic and unique setting is perfect for all types of special events. Laura Hamel Candlelight Occasions

Map

2 Hippo Way Toledo, OH, 43609
4193855721
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The Toledo Zoo frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Toledo Zoo?

The Toledo Zoo includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
  • Transportation

At The Toledo Zoo, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Toledo Zoo includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At The Toledo Zoo, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Toledo Zoo includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The Toledo Zoo in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Toledo Zoo for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
  • Park
  • Zoo

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Toledo Zoo for wedding events?

The Toledo Zoo offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Toledo Zoo offer?

The Toledo Zoo offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Toledo Zoo offer for wedding events?

The Toledo Zoo offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Toledo Zoo have available for wedding events?

The Toledo Zoo offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Toledo Zoo and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Toledo Zoo is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in flexibility.

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