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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Tacoma , WA

LOCATION

Tacoma, WA 98407 US (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

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Italian, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, No Pork, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room, Public Seating
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events

REVIEWS

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Melissa
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
You will not find a more professional or courteous group of wonderful people to work with. My family is grateful for the services Lancer Catering provided for my daughters wedding. Chip Venzone and Emily Treadwell provided this first time catering client a total piece of mind so I could focus on all the other aspects of a wedding. The staff on the event night were amazing looking after every small detail so the guests could truly enjoy the wonderful and magical aquarium. Thank you again
You will not find a more professional or courteous group of wonderful people to work with. My family is grateful for the Read more...
You will not find a more professional or courteous group of wonderful people to work with. My family is grateful for the services Lancer Catering provided for my daughters wedding. Chip Venzone and Emily Treadwell provided this first time catering client a total piece of mind so I could focus on all the other aspects of a wedding. The staff on the event night were amazing looking after every small detail so the guests could truly enjoy the wonderful and magical aquarium. Thank you again Read less
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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:
2+ years 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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Jessica
Wedding:
5/30/2015
4.9/5.0
Chip and his team were on top of everything and worked to accomodate all my requests. Long distance planning ( I live in Florida) was difficult and they made sure everything went according to plan. The venue (S. Pacific Aquarium) was incredible! Every single one of my wedding guests commented on what an awesome space we were in! I was nervous about the food since we did not get the opportunity to do a taste testing, but everyone was absolutely blown away by how delicious the food was. It went above and beyond my expectations. The catering staff was SO nice. They were smiling and friendly all evening. It was by far the most amazing night and everyone had an awesome time watching the sharks swim around! Thank you to Chip and the PDZA for making it such a memorable night!
Chip and his team were on top of everything and worked to accomodate all my requests. Long distance planning ( I live in Read more...
Chip and his team were on top of everything and worked to accomodate all my requests. Long distance planning ( I live in Florida) was difficult and they made sure everything went according to plan. The venue (S. Pacific Aquarium) was incredible! Every single one of my wedding guests commented on what an awesome space we were in! I was nervous about the food since we did not get the opportunity to do a taste testing, but everyone was absolutely blown away by how delicious the food was. It went above and beyond my expectations. The catering staff was SO nice. They were smiling and friendly all evening. It was by far the most amazing night and everyone had an awesome time watching the sharks swim around! Thank you to Chip and the PDZA for making it such a memorable night! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Ku'uipoCouple
Wedding:
10/11/2014
4.7/5.0
We had our wedding in the aquarium. The ceremony was in front of the sharks with the reception in the big north shores area. It was beautiful and unique. Chip the cater coordinator was responsive with most of my questions. For most things they were either easy going or understanding. You can't hang stuff but really there was no need to and even minimal decor goes unnoticed. A few things to keep in mind is that we didn't get to taste the food even though they said we would get to, the food was fine but still. Also my poor mother and MIL only got thirty minutes to set up very stressful but it looked great. It was more the zoos fault because they didn't people out there fast enough. Lastly keep in mind all the little fees, they Add up. Set up fees, 20percent comp, cake cutting fee etc. otherwise though it was dream.
We had our wedding in the aquarium. The ceremony was in front of the sharks with the reception in the big north shores Read more...
We had our wedding in the aquarium. The ceremony was in front of the sharks with the reception in the big north shores area. It was beautiful and unique. Chip the cater coordinator was responsive with most of my questions. For most things they were either easy going or understanding. You can't hang stuff but really there was no need to and even minimal decor goes unnoticed. A few things to keep in mind is that we didn't get to taste the food even though they said we would get to, the food was fine but still. Also my poor mother and MIL only got thirty minutes to set up very stressful but it looked great. It was more the zoos fault because they didn't people out there fast enough. Lastly keep in mind all the little fees, they Add up. Set up fees, 20percent comp, cake cutting fee etc. otherwise though it was dream. Read less
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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Chip made sure that i would not have to worry about anything on my special day! It was touch and go on the wheather but the staff made sure that everything turned out stunning!
Chip made sure that i would not have to worry about anything on my special day! It was touch and go on the wheather but Read more...
Chip made sure that i would not have to worry about anything on my special day! It was touch and go on the wheather but the staff made sure that everything turned out stunning! Read less
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DEALS

Summer Sundays
Print Deal
Redeem In-Store   $800 Value
Book any open Sunday (June-September 2015) and we will waive set-up fees-cake cutting fees and throw in a free Champagne Toast for your Group! Subject to availability and prior booking. Call to check on open dates.

Offer Expires: 09/01/2015

Available to the first 10 couples
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