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 200 people:
Opening in spring 2019
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.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Maggie Mcpartland · Married on 01/26/2019
The Toledo Zoo Malawi Event Center
This venue is fantastic! We had a winter wedding there and had some concerns that were never realized. We decided on the additional carts to shuttle the guest which was helpful. Many said it was the best wedding they'd been to! The aquarium as the backdrop is stunning and we could not have been more pleased with the entire process. Magical is one of the best descriptions I can think of. Lexie Finnegan is wonderful to work with. Very responsive and incredibly helpful. The bar and wait staff were so friendly and polite. They were a big help at the end of the night as we were packing things up. You will not be disappointed if you decide on this venue for your wedding or any large party firvtgat matterSent on 02/17/2019
The Toledo Zoo's reply:Maggie,
Greg Shankir · Married on 06/17/2019
Amazing working with Lexi and her crew. They helped make our wedding very memorable. From the planning stages, to the tasting dinner, to finalization, and even during the day itself, they were very helpful and accommodating. And where else could we have a polarbear as a guest. Thanks again.Sent on 08/30/2019
The Toledo Zoo's reply:Congratulations, Greg and Julie! We loved working with you both from start to finish and had such an amazing day with you, your guests and the polar bears! Wishing you endless love and happiness.
Kelly · Married on 01/19/2019
Perfect & unique!
Having our wedding at The Toledo Zoo was perfect and better than we even imagined- even if it happened in the middle of a snow storm! We had our first date here + were engaged here, so we picked to get married here! The aquarium was beautiful and worked out perfectly for us! Lexie was extremely professional, always responsive and made our day run smoothly from beginning to end. The zoo staff were helpful, kind and polite. The food was delicious, and the service was even better! I can’t recommend the zoo enough. All of the wedding venue options are beautiful and unique! If we had to redo our entire day over again, the zoo would still be our #1 choice!Sent on 03/10/2019
The Toledo Zoo's reply:Kelly we loved you and Alex and loved having the honor of planning your big day! Snow storm and all we had the most magical time. We know we will see you again soon at our Zoo!!
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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