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:
Aquarium, capacity 80 people:
Arctic Encounter, capacity 50 people:
Great Hall, capacity 150 people:
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.
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.
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.
53 Reviews for The Toledo Zoo
Recommended by 97% of couples
26 User photos
Jessica Quillen · Married on 10/12/2019
We could not have asked for a better experience!
We could not have imagined a smoother, more enjoyable wedding planning and day experience. Lexie was wonderful to work with throughout, and always answered questions thoroughly in a timely manner! We are also thankful for Kaitlyn, making sure rehearsal and the day of went nicely. The Formal Gardens were beautiful and the Great Hall in the Museum of Science is magical. The venue and people at the zoo provided us with an incredible wedding, and we are incredibly grateful.Sent on 10/30/2019
The Toledo Zoo's reply:Jessica thank you so much for your beyond kind review. This truly makes our day to hear this!! We wish you and James all the best! Please come visit us again soon
Sarah Gillean · Married on 10/05/2019
October 5 2019
Organized, friendly peopleSent on 10/10/2019
I’d write a lot more amazing things, but I don’t have time. Lol
The Toledo Zoo's reply:Thank you, Sarah! We loved working with you and Chris on your wedding day!! We wish you guys all the best!
Chelsea · Married on 09/07/2019
DO THE ZOO! Best decision I have made for my wedding!
LOOK NO MORE! The Toledo Zoo- Malawi Center exceeded my every wish for our wedding! Lexie Finnegan is the most amazing, organized, helpful, selfless wedding planner. She went FAR above and beyond helping out my mom and I plan. I miss her actually! The giraffe feeding was unforgettable, the food delicious, the facility immaculately clean, the cocktail hour lovely. This is a MUST for your venue. Your guests will talk about your wedding and how unique and stunning it was forever. Lexie- thank you for making the best day of my life so easy and perfect!Sent on 10/14/2019
The Toledo Zoo's reply:Thank you Chelsea for your kind words! You were the best bride to work for and we miss you and John!! We wish you guys all the best!
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Great outdoor venue! An amazing staff to help plan that perfect event!
Colleen is great to work with. The Toledo Zoo is an amazing ceremony and reception venue. You will be amazed by the gorgeous setting!
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