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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Tacoma , WA

LOCATION

Tacoma, WA US 98407 (map)

PHONE

253-404-3823

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and our unique venues are perfect for a wedding or special occasion. With views of Puget Sound,Incredible Surroundings and Experienced Staff, we provide an... Read more
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and our unique venues are perfect for a wedding or special occasion. With views of Puget Sound,Incredible Surroundings and Experienced Staff, we provide an unforgettable experience for gatherings large and small. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1905
When was your venue last renovated?
2010
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
600
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1905
When was your venue last renovated?
2010
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
600
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Adam
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Point Defiance Zoo was outstanding. Since the wedding on March 22nd my wife and I have received countless comments on how beautiful the venue turned out to be and how amazing the food was. Lancer Catering and Chip Venzone were amazing from the time we started planning until the end of the event.
Our wedding at the Point Defiance Zoo was outstanding. Since the wedding on March 22nd my wife and I have received Read more...
Our wedding at the Point Defiance Zoo was outstanding. Since the wedding on March 22nd my wife and I have received countless comments on how beautiful the venue turned out to be and how amazing the food was. Lancer Catering and Chip Venzone were amazing from the time we started planning until the end of the event. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Sabina
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue and amazing service
Beautiful venue and amazing service
Beautiful venue and amazing service Read less
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Sabina
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything went smoothly. Chip made the whole process easy and stress free.
Everything went smoothly. Chip made the whole process easy and stress free.
Everything went smoothly. Chip made the whole process easy and stress free. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Beautiful views, professional and knowledgeable staff, and the food was FANTASTIC!
Beautiful views, professional and knowledgeable staff, and the food was FANTASTIC!
Beautiful views, professional and knowledgeable staff, and the food was FANTASTIC! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We really wanted to get married in an "unusual but not weird" location and since we both love aquariums, we figured we'd check out our options. We ruled out the Seattle Aquarium because of the cost and minimum number of people required. We'd never been to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium before but thought we'd check it out.

We loved it at first site. We talked with the coordinator, Heidi, who completely sold us on the location. She had ideas for where to hold different parts of our event and was willing to work through the logistics with us whenever and however we needed. We booked the South Pacific Aquarium for the ceremony and the North Pacific Aquarium for the reception. It was perfect for the number of people and the price was totally reasonable.

We did book 14 months prior to our wedding and visited the aquarium numerous times. Heidi was always willing to let us into the venue to check things out and was very responsive to all our questions.

During the course of the 14 months, the zoo changed catering companies. While this made us nervous, it certainly benefited us in the end. The new catering company, Lancer Catering, did a great job. The food was excellent, the staff was professional and kind, and everything was exactly as we had asked for. They were flexible in the menu options and we were able to switch out a few things. They honored parts of the contract that existed with the old caterer which we appreciated.

The venue was set up exactly as we had requested and all the staff were very patient with us on the wedding day. Heidi even gave up her office so my MOH and I could get ready for the ceremony.

We had a perfect wedding in a great location and highly recommend it.
We really wanted to get married in an "unusual but not weird" location and since we both love aquariums, we figured we'd Read more...
We really wanted to get married in an "unusual but not weird" location and since we both love aquariums, we figured we'd check out our options. We ruled out the Seattle Aquarium because of the cost and minimum number of people required. We'd never been to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium before but thought we'd check it out.

We loved it at first site. We talked with the coordinator, Heidi, who completely sold us on the location. She had ideas for where to hold different parts of our event and was willing to work through the logistics with us whenever and however we needed. We booked the South Pacific Aquarium for the ceremony and the North Pacific Aquarium for the reception. It was perfect for the number of people and the price was totally reasonable.

We did book 14 months prior to our wedding and visited the aquarium numerous times. Heidi was always willing to let us into the venue to check things out and was very responsive to all our questions.

During the course of the 14 months, the zoo changed catering companies. While this made us nervous, it certainly benefited us in the end. The new catering company, Lancer Catering, did a great job. The food was excellent, the staff was professional and kind, and everything was exactly as we had asked for. They were flexible in the menu options and we were able to switch out a few things. They honored parts of the contract that existed with the old caterer which we appreciated.

The venue was set up exactly as we had requested and all the staff were very patient with us on the wedding day. Heidi even gave up her office so my MOH and I could get ready for the ceremony.

We had a perfect wedding in a great location and highly recommend it. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Heather
Wedding:
5/10/2008
4.7/5.0
This venue is AWESOME!!!! Despite the problems we had with rain and me being stubborn and wanting everything to go as originally planned.....the venue was everything i had imagined. The view from the ceremony plaza area was amazing. The guests raved about being able to see the tiger while the keeper was having it do "tricks." The reception location was great, plenty of space for all of our needs. You don't need to buy too many decorations in this venue because you can simply work around what's already there. The zoo has tons of flowers and plants that you don't really want to distract from. Price was pretty good compared to other vendors in the area. Would recommend this location to anyone...very unique and fun!

You do have to use the onsite caterers at the zoo... my only suggestion would be to EXPLICITLY state to the staff what you expect for the reception. Don't rely on the fact that you think they know what they are doing, otherwise things may end up in the wrong places and that's the last thing a bride wants!
This venue is AWESOME!!!! Despite the problems we had with rain and me being stubborn and wanting everything to go as Read more...
This venue is AWESOME!!!! Despite the problems we had with rain and me being stubborn and wanting everything to go as originally planned.....the venue was everything i had imagined. The view from the ceremony plaza area was amazing. The guests raved about being able to see the tiger while the keeper was having it do "tricks." The reception location was great, plenty of space for all of our needs. You don't need to buy too many decorations in this venue because you can simply work around what's already there. The zoo has tons of flowers and plants that you don't really want to distract from. Price was pretty good compared to other vendors in the area. Would recommend this location to anyone...very unique and fun!

You do have to use the onsite caterers at the zoo... my only suggestion would be to EXPLICITLY state to the staff what you expect for the reception. Don't rely on the fact that you think they know what they are doing, otherwise things may end up in the wrong places and that's the last thing a bride wants! Read less
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Renee
Wedding:
2/22/2014
4.6/5.0
I think Chip did a fantastic job organizing my wedding event at the Point Defiance Aquarium. The food from the catering service provided there was absolutely delicious! I had many wedding attendees compliment about how good the food was. Also, the aquarium was a perfect spot, beautiful scene and ambiance so no need to spend extra money on wedding flowers!!
I think Chip did a fantastic job organizing my wedding event at the Point Defiance Aquarium. The food from the catering Read more...
I think Chip did a fantastic job organizing my wedding event at the Point Defiance Aquarium. The food from the catering service provided there was absolutely delicious! I had many wedding attendees compliment about how good the food was. Also, the aquarium was a perfect spot, beautiful scene and ambiance so no need to spend extra money on wedding flowers!! Read less
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SCousyn
Wedding:
8/4/2012
4.4/5.0
Such a cool and unique venue!! My guests were amazed at the spectacular view of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. We had the zookeepers feed the tiger and keep the monkeys out! It was a fabulous family friendly venue that all our friends were WOW'd by! Thanks PDZA!
Such a cool and unique venue!! My guests were amazed at the spectacular view of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. We had the Read more...
Such a cool and unique venue!! My guests were amazed at the spectacular view of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. We had the zookeepers feed the tiger and keep the monkeys out! It was a fabulous family friendly venue that all our friends were WOW'd by! Thanks PDZA! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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lgc
Wedding:
7/30/2011
4.2/5.0
The setting was unique and beautiful and a great outdoor location. We had the plaza and the shark tank, which made for cool pictures and a nice place to go when it started to get chilly later in the evening. The price was very reasonable. You have to use their caterer, but the food was good.
The setting was unique and beautiful and a great outdoor location. We had the plaza and the shark tank, which made for Read more...
The setting was unique and beautiful and a great outdoor location. We had the plaza and the shark tank, which made for cool pictures and a nice place to go when it started to get chilly later in the evening. The price was very reasonable. You have to use their caterer, but the food was good. Read less
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