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Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis , MO
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1 Government Dr
St. Louis, MO 63110 US (map)

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Are you searching for the perfect venue for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, wedding reception or send-off brunch? Did you know that the Saint Louis Zoo has a number of... Read more
Are you searching for the perfect venue for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, wedding reception or send-off brunch? Did you know that the Saint Louis Zoo has a number of beautiful locations to host all your wedding festivities?

At the Zoo, we understand that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We want to make the planning of your event as effortless for you as possible, all while providing the details that can make each event as unique as each couple.

Whether you seek the drama and grandeur that surround you as you enter The Living World’s 65-foot rotunda or the quaint views of Missouri wildflowers and cascading waterfall at the McDonnell Center at River Camp, the Zoo has the space that is just right for you. The Zoo has the perfect location to set the stage for your special day – intimate outdoor events among the Zoo’s animal collection or extravagant indoor celebrations in elegant surroundings.

The Zoo offers animal meet-and-greet and attraction rental options that can help make your special event even more exciting for your guests. Imagine having animals like fennec foxes or Bateleur eagles greet your guests! And, to make your event more impressive, how about taking a quick tour of the Zoo on the Zooline Railroad or a spin on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel? Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern, Tropical
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, 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, Limited Bar, 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

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Ashley
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
I was so amazed by the amount of effort that the wonderful staff at the zoo put into our wedding. I was a bit concerned at first, considering that weddings are obviously not their primary job. I never should have worried. First of all, having your wedding at the zoo means that the money you're spending on the event goes in to animal research and conservation. So if you're an animal lover like me, this was the primary reason why we decided to have our wedding at the zoo. That being said, their prices were extremely reasonable compared to so many of the other venue spaces we were looking at. The event coordinators, Jason and Josh, were always prompt about answering my questions. They were willing to go the extra mile to accomodate different things that we wanted in our wedding. On the day of the wedding, a woman named Jackie was there the entire day to help our vendors set up. She made it so my family members who showed up early to help weren't stressing out. The zoo also does all it's own catering and Oh My Goodness what catering it is. The prices were very reasonable and I was amazed by the quality and portions of the food. My husband has food allergies, and the chef himself came out to explain how he and his staff would be keeping the kitchen peanut free for the evening. Overall, the Saint Louis Zoo made for a very unique and fun wedding atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone!
I was so amazed by the amount of effort that the wonderful staff at the zoo put into our wedding. I was a bit concerned at Read more...
I was so amazed by the amount of effort that the wonderful staff at the zoo put into our wedding. I was a bit concerned at first, considering that weddings are obviously not their primary job. I never should have worried. First of all, having your wedding at the zoo means that the money you're spending on the event goes in to animal research and conservation. So if you're an animal lover like me, this was the primary reason why we decided to have our wedding at the zoo. That being said, their prices were extremely reasonable compared to so many of the other venue spaces we were looking at. The event coordinators, Jason and Josh, were always prompt about answering my questions. They were willing to go the extra mile to accomodate different things that we wanted in our wedding. On the day of the wedding, a woman named Jackie was there the entire day to help our vendors set up. She made it so my family members who showed up early to help weren't stressing out. The zoo also does all it's own catering and Oh My Goodness what catering it is. The prices were very reasonable and I was amazed by the quality and portions of the food. My husband has food allergies, and the chef himself came out to explain how he and his staff would be keeping the kitchen peanut free for the evening. Overall, the Saint Louis Zoo made for a very unique and fun wedding atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/20/2016
5.0/5.0
absolutely stunning! The staff is great and the venue is awesome! I highly suggest a reception at Lakeside Cafe. at night the place really transformed.
absolutely stunning! The staff is great and the venue is awesome! I highly suggest a reception at Lakeside Cafe. at night Read more...
absolutely stunning! The staff is great and the venue is awesome! I highly suggest a reception at Lakeside Cafe. at night the place really transformed. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the zoo. Jason was our event coordinator and answered MANY questions over our year of planning. He was extremely prompt in his responses and always willing to help. Our reception was in the Lakeside Café and it was transformed into a gorgeous space. Nancy our day-of coordinator was great, the entire staff was so helpful. We did a buffet and received multiple compliments on the quality of food. The staff made the event stress free and the unique venue was a huge hit. I will recommend this venue to all!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the zoo. Jason was our event coordinator and answered MANY questions over our Read more...
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the zoo. Jason was our event coordinator and answered MANY questions over our year of planning. He was extremely prompt in his responses and always willing to help. Our reception was in the Lakeside Café and it was transformed into a gorgeous space. Nancy our day-of coordinator was great, the entire staff was so helpful. We did a buffet and received multiple compliments on the quality of food. The staff made the event stress free and the unique venue was a huge hit. I will recommend this venue to all! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with the St. Louis Zoo made planning a beautiful wedding reception a breeze. Initially we worked with Sarah T., an event coordinator, to find the venue in the zoo to best meet our needs. Side note, there are many options to pick from, depending on availability, and they were all beautiful! The zoo does all catering in house, works with specific bakeries for your dessert option (we picked Sugaree), and provides linens, plates, and a champagne toast; which are all included their quote. The tasting at the zoo was a lot of fun, and our small group had a great time figuring out our event menu. For events, the zoo also offers complimentary parking to guests, which is convenient if there is an event in Forest Park on the night of your event. Our day of coordinators were Don and Lisa, and I appreciated that they made sure to introduce themselves to me, early on at the reception. They were never hovering, but always seemed to be easy to find when I had a question or request. The zoo event staff were great- very professional and very friendly. All of the guests after the event were so complimentary of the food, the service, the location, and appearance of the venue. We are re so happy (and lucky) to have had our reception at the zoo!
Working with the St. Louis Zoo made planning a beautiful wedding reception a breeze. Initially we worked with Sarah T., an Read more...
Working with the St. Louis Zoo made planning a beautiful wedding reception a breeze. Initially we worked with Sarah T., an event coordinator, to find the venue in the zoo to best meet our needs. Side note, there are many options to pick from, depending on availability, and they were all beautiful! The zoo does all catering in house, works with specific bakeries for your dessert option (we picked Sugaree), and provides linens, plates, and a champagne toast; which are all included their quote. The tasting at the zoo was a lot of fun, and our small group had a great time figuring out our event menu. For events, the zoo also offers complimentary parking to guests, which is convenient if there is an event in Forest Park on the night of your event. Our day of coordinators were Don and Lisa, and I appreciated that they made sure to introduce themselves to me, early on at the reception. They were never hovering, but always seemed to be easy to find when I had a question or request. The zoo event staff were great- very professional and very friendly. All of the guests after the event were so complimentary of the food, the service, the location, and appearance of the venue. We are re so happy (and lucky) to have had our reception at the zoo! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The zoo staff was absolutely amazing. Jason went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for the event. The zoo even took into account the polar bear opening and provided additional covered parking with transportation for all of our guest. The venue was beautiful and was such a transformation from the daily zoo that we all know and love.
The zoo staff was absolutely amazing. Jason went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for the event. The Read more...
The zoo staff was absolutely amazing. Jason went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for the event. The zoo even took into account the polar bear opening and provided additional covered parking with transportation for all of our guest. The venue was beautiful and was such a transformation from the daily zoo that we all know and love. Read less
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Brittney
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
*Full review on Yelp due to character limitations*

Centrally situated in the beautiful Forest Park, it's hard to beat the lovely surroundings of the park alongside the manicure grounds the Zoo offers.

The Zoo has quite a few unconventional facilities to choose from. And the Zoo is a turn-key alternative for the Brides who fancy natural space!

The process in booking and detailing your wedding is efficient and effective. The Zoo's catering procedures are cut and dry; and explicitly outlined online.

It's not hard to highlight all the staff as well-polished at the Zoo. Operations seem to be a beautiful hybrid of museum structure meets attentive catering. There was never an instance where I felt my persnickety ways were undermined. They truly defined what it meant to listen and execute my precise visions.

The Zoo knows how to throw a party! Through consideration of the Chef, I was able to craft a menu custom to my needs and palate. I seeked for a menu serving passed appetizers, an array of displayed cheeses and not the typical proteins of salmon and pork-loin. I received a variety of compliments on the menu and how greatly tended the bar was.

As a non-profit, public attraction, the Zoo can save you thousands as it is Tax-Free. Having your wedding at the Zoo means you're doing it for the animals! I was able to give back AND celebrate. All proceeds go directly back into the habitats that our community frequents year round.

Holding an event at the Saint Louis Zoo isn't about all the reasons you can't go wrong, it's about how you will get it right.
*Full review on Yelp due to character limitations*

Centrally situated in the beautiful Forest Park, it's hard to Read more...
*Full review on Yelp due to character limitations*

Centrally situated in the beautiful Forest Park, it's hard to beat the lovely surroundings of the park alongside the manicure grounds the Zoo offers.

The Zoo has quite a few unconventional facilities to choose from. And the Zoo is a turn-key alternative for the Brides who fancy natural space!

The process in booking and detailing your wedding is efficient and effective. The Zoo's catering procedures are cut and dry; and explicitly outlined online.

It's not hard to highlight all the staff as well-polished at the Zoo. Operations seem to be a beautiful hybrid of museum structure meets attentive catering. There was never an instance where I felt my persnickety ways were undermined. They truly defined what it meant to listen and execute my precise visions.

The Zoo knows how to throw a party! Through consideration of the Chef, I was able to craft a menu custom to my needs and palate. I seeked for a menu serving passed appetizers, an array of displayed cheeses and not the typical proteins of salmon and pork-loin. I received a variety of compliments on the menu and how greatly tended the bar was.

As a non-profit, public attraction, the Zoo can save you thousands as it is Tax-Free. Having your wedding at the Zoo means you're doing it for the animals! I was able to give back AND celebrate. All proceeds go directly back into the habitats that our community frequents year round.

Holding an event at the Saint Louis Zoo isn't about all the reasons you can't go wrong, it's about how you will get it right. Read less
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Camille
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about our reception at the St. Louis Zoo - Lakeside Cafe! First of all, the venue itself was amazing. It was a really nice evening, so we fully-utilized the huge deck over the lake. We had a run-time from 6:30-11pm, and did a cocktail hour on the deck, then dinner and dancing inside. With 160 people and a seated dinner, 8-piece band, there was plenty of room. The food - FANTASTIC. We're still hearing compliments. The Zoo has their own catering company, which was nice because I thought the value was much better and food was MUCH better than the other venues in Forest Park who have specific caterers. We worked mainly with Sarah, who I cannot say enough good things about. She was attentive, friendly, very responsive! and truly cared about the event. The on-site staff was amazing, and made my Husband and I feel as though we had no worries that night! The animal greeters were my favorite part :)

If I were to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. The Zoo was such a special venue, and it was SUCH a fun night!
I cannot say enough great things about our reception at the St. Louis Zoo - Lakeside Cafe! First of all, the venue itself Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about our reception at the St. Louis Zoo - Lakeside Cafe! First of all, the venue itself was amazing. It was a really nice evening, so we fully-utilized the huge deck over the lake. We had a run-time from 6:30-11pm, and did a cocktail hour on the deck, then dinner and dancing inside. With 160 people and a seated dinner, 8-piece band, there was plenty of room. The food - FANTASTIC. We're still hearing compliments. The Zoo has their own catering company, which was nice because I thought the value was much better and food was MUCH better than the other venues in Forest Park who have specific caterers. We worked mainly with Sarah, who I cannot say enough good things about. She was attentive, friendly, very responsive! and truly cared about the event. The on-site staff was amazing, and made my Husband and I feel as though we had no worries that night! The animal greeters were my favorite part :)

If I were to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. The Zoo was such a special venue, and it was SUCH a fun night! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The St. Louis Zoo was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. They have multiple event spots that are wonderful - we chose River Camp for its size, it's unique location, the neat aquarium, and the ability to use their outdoor patio. Jason, our event coordinator, was very gracious with us. We were planning this wedding from a distance (we live in NY) but he was very responsive to our emails and calls.

They do require that they use the on-site catering services, but the wedding package is a great value and made catering decisions very easy. My guests loved the food.

Day of, the event staff were incredibly helpful and ensured everything went smoothly. The food service staff were wonderful as well.

The room size ended up being perfect for our 115 guests, even when the bar had to be moved inside due to spotty rain.

A very good experience from beginning to end; made planning our reception incredibly easy.
The St. Louis Zoo was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. They have multiple event spots that are wonderful - we Read more...
The St. Louis Zoo was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. They have multiple event spots that are wonderful - we chose River Camp for its size, it's unique location, the neat aquarium, and the ability to use their outdoor patio. Jason, our event coordinator, was very gracious with us. We were planning this wedding from a distance (we live in NY) but he was very responsive to our emails and calls.

They do require that they use the on-site catering services, but the wedding package is a great value and made catering decisions very easy. My guests loved the food.

Day of, the event staff were incredibly helpful and ensured everything went smoothly. The food service staff were wonderful as well.

The room size ended up being perfect for our 115 guests, even when the bar had to be moved inside due to spotty rain.

A very good experience from beginning to end; made planning our reception incredibly easy. Read less
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Hallie
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn't be more thankful to have held our reception at the St. Louis Zoo Living World. By far, the zoo is the most inclusive reception site we found. The staff was incredibly professional, responsive, and knowledgable. Jason made our vision come to life! Everything was perfect from start to finish! I strongly recommend the St. Louis Zoo for anyone looking for a stress free and unique reception venue.
We couldn't be more thankful to have held our reception at the St. Louis Zoo Living World. By far, the zoo is the most Read more...
We couldn't be more thankful to have held our reception at the St. Louis Zoo Living World. By far, the zoo is the most inclusive reception site we found. The staff was incredibly professional, responsive, and knowledgable. Jason made our vision come to life! Everything was perfect from start to finish! I strongly recommend the St. Louis Zoo for anyone looking for a stress free and unique reception venue. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at the lakeside cafe. rave reviews for every step of the process. Sarah was great to work with, and Maggie (the night of coordinator) even delivered our cake topper to our hotel at 2AM after the reception to make sure that we got it! Would do it all over again at the zoo in a heartbeat.
We had our reception at the lakeside cafe. rave reviews for every step of the process. Sarah was great to work with, and Read more...
We had our reception at the lakeside cafe. rave reviews for every step of the process. Sarah was great to work with, and Maggie (the night of coordinator) even delivered our cake topper to our hotel at 2AM after the reception to make sure that we got it! Would do it all over again at the zoo in a heartbeat. Read less
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