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The Toledo Zoo

Toledo , OH

LOCATION

2 Hippo Way
Toledo, OH US 43609 (map)
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ABOUT US

Exotic meets upscale at the Toledo Zoo! We have several classy and unique venues that are perfect for wedding ceremoies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, or bridal showers. Whether your... Read more
Exotic meets upscale at the Toledo Zoo! We have several classy and unique venues that are perfect for wedding ceremoies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, or bridal showers. Whether your wedding is small and intimate or a large event with hundreds of guests, we can accommodate you in style! Our chef and catering staff serve up excellent meals, and our bakery can create your dream wedding cake that will dazzle your guests. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1900
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
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?
150
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
57
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1900
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
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?
150
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
57
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Kelsey
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
The Toledo Zoo was perfect for our wedding. We had our ceremony in the Formal Gardens, cocktail hour with the penguins, and our reception in the Great Hall. Everything was absolutely gorgeous and we got tons of compliments! Bailey, our coordinator, did such a great job helping us plan and also was a huge help the day of. All of the staff seemed super knowledgable and managed everything very well. It was very helpful to know that everything was all taken care of together and we didn't have separate vendors for rentals, caterer, cake and planner. The coordinators there set things up for us, so all we had to do was drop everything off the night before. That was great! Appetizers, dinner and cake were all delicious! I would definitely recommend anyone to get married at the zoo.
The Toledo Zoo was perfect for our wedding. We had our ceremony in the Formal Gardens, cocktail hour with the penguins, Read more...
The Toledo Zoo was perfect for our wedding. We had our ceremony in the Formal Gardens, cocktail hour with the penguins, and our reception in the Great Hall. Everything was absolutely gorgeous and we got tons of compliments! Bailey, our coordinator, did such a great job helping us plan and also was a huge help the day of. All of the staff seemed super knowledgable and managed everything very well. It was very helpful to know that everything was all taken care of together and we didn't have separate vendors for rentals, caterer, cake and planner. The coordinators there set things up for us, so all we had to do was drop everything off the night before. That was great! Appetizers, dinner and cake were all delicious! I would definitely recommend anyone to get married at the zoo. Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We loved the whole concept of having my daughter's reception @ the Toledo Zoo. Colleen and Bailey were excellent to work with in planning her special day. The food was delicious! Service was exceptional! Everyone went out of their way to assist you in anything you may need. The Nairobi Pavilion located in the African Exhibit was so awesome! The Overlook was great for drinks/hors d'oeuvres! We paid to have the animals out during the cocktail hour which was so cool! All our guests loved it! Atmosphere was so different than any other reception I ever went too! We wanted something unique and we got it! I'll never forget that day! Thanks again!!!!
We loved the whole concept of having my daughter's reception @ the Toledo Zoo. Colleen and Bailey were excellent to work Read more...
We loved the whole concept of having my daughter's reception @ the Toledo Zoo. Colleen and Bailey were excellent to work with in planning her special day. The food was delicious! Service was exceptional! Everyone went out of their way to assist you in anything you may need. The Nairobi Pavilion located in the African Exhibit was so awesome! The Overlook was great for drinks/hors d'oeuvres! We paid to have the animals out during the cocktail hour which was so cool! All our guests loved it! Atmosphere was so different than any other reception I ever went too! We wanted something unique and we got it! I'll never forget that day! Thanks again!!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the helpful staff at the Toledo Zoo, but I will try. During the 18 months between booking the zoo and the wedding there were staff changes. Our original contact kept in contact with us up until the end to make sure we were feeling good, and our new contact was knowledgeable about the decisions we had already made and clearly did her homework.

Working with Bailey was such a great experience. I felt like I didn't have to worry about anything.

I also appreciate the helpful staff that was provided on the day of the wedding and at the rehearsal. They set up the tables perfectly, checked on me throughout the night, and helped pack up after the reception was over. They carried umbrellas around during pictures just in case it rained.

If you are looking for a unique venue that will make your life easier and your day very special, go with The Toledo Zoo. You will not regret it!
I cannot say enough about the helpful staff at the Toledo Zoo, but I will try. During the 18 months between booking the Read more...
I cannot say enough about the helpful staff at the Toledo Zoo, but I will try. During the 18 months between booking the zoo and the wedding there were staff changes. Our original contact kept in contact with us up until the end to make sure we were feeling good, and our new contact was knowledgeable about the decisions we had already made and clearly did her homework.

Working with Bailey was such a great experience. I felt like I didn't have to worry about anything.

I also appreciate the helpful staff that was provided on the day of the wedding and at the rehearsal. They set up the tables perfectly, checked on me throughout the night, and helped pack up after the reception was over. They carried umbrellas around during pictures just in case it rained.

If you are looking for a unique venue that will make your life easier and your day very special, go with The Toledo Zoo. You will not regret it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My experience with the zoo was fantastic. Colleen is great to work with, and our wedding coordinator made everything so easy for us. Everything went so smoothly! The food was delicious! Our guests complimented everything from the food, the friendly staff, the beautiful setting, etc. I definitely recommend the zoo for a ceremony or at least reception venue!
My experience with the zoo was fantastic. Colleen is great to work with, and our wedding coordinator made everything so Read more...
My experience with the zoo was fantastic. Colleen is great to work with, and our wedding coordinator made everything so easy for us. Everything went so smoothly! The food was delicious! Our guests complimented everything from the food, the friendly staff, the beautiful setting, etc. I definitely recommend the zoo for a ceremony or at least reception venue! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Colleen Tankoos and her event staff at The Toledo Zoo were absolutely fantastic to deal with from beginning to end. Colleen always made us feel as if we were her only priority-when I knew that she had many clients to deal with. She always had a smile on her face. She is a "can-do" type of person- the kind of person you want to deal with when spending a lot of time and money on a wedding. My daughter wanted a venue that was somewhat unique and fun and could accommodate 350 people. We booked the Zoo's Nairobe Pavilion for her reception and it was everything we could hope for and more. We had many requests that were over and above the basic wedding package- from the size of the dance floor to carpeting a portion of the facility to the chairs to the number of appetizers we would serve during cocktails. Colleen handled each request and was able to provide those services at a reasonable cost. Nancy Gold, the catering manager was excellent to work with and was on site the entire event to make sure everything was perfect. The wait and bar staff were friendly and accommodating and our "day-of" coordinator, Bailey handled everything beautifully. Even the animals were cooperative and accommodating - hanging around during cocktails for our guests to enjoy. It was a truly magical evening and I highly recommend The Toledo Zoo for any event large or small.
Colleen Tankoos and her event staff at The Toledo Zoo were absolutely fantastic to deal with from beginning to end. Read more...
Colleen Tankoos and her event staff at The Toledo Zoo were absolutely fantastic to deal with from beginning to end. Colleen always made us feel as if we were her only priority-when I knew that she had many clients to deal with. She always had a smile on her face. She is a "can-do" type of person- the kind of person you want to deal with when spending a lot of time and money on a wedding. My daughter wanted a venue that was somewhat unique and fun and could accommodate 350 people. We booked the Zoo's Nairobe Pavilion for her reception and it was everything we could hope for and more. We had many requests that were over and above the basic wedding package- from the size of the dance floor to carpeting a portion of the facility to the chairs to the number of appetizers we would serve during cocktails. Colleen handled each request and was able to provide those services at a reasonable cost. Nancy Gold, the catering manager was excellent to work with and was on site the entire event to make sure everything was perfect. The wait and bar staff were friendly and accommodating and our "day-of" coordinator, Bailey handled everything beautifully. Even the animals were cooperative and accommodating - hanging around during cocktails for our guests to enjoy. It was a truly magical evening and I highly recommend The Toledo Zoo for any event large or small. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our day was wonderful! The whole team at the zoo made everything very unstressful. Everything was done the way we had discussed. The food was awesome and so was the cupcakes!!!
Our day was wonderful! The whole team at the zoo made everything very unstressful. Everything was done the way we had Read more...
Our day was wonderful! The whole team at the zoo made everything very unstressful. Everything was done the way we had discussed. The food was awesome and so was the cupcakes!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Toledo Zoo was absolutely perfect- friendly and detail oriented staff, outdoor garden an huge pavilion for a reception of delicious food, unique decor and a fun dance floor! Plus African animals out for cocktail hour! Perfection!
The Toledo Zoo was absolutely perfect- friendly and detail oriented staff, outdoor garden an huge pavilion for a reception Read more...
The Toledo Zoo was absolutely perfect- friendly and detail oriented staff, outdoor garden an huge pavilion for a reception of delicious food, unique decor and a fun dance floor! Plus African animals out for cocktail hour! Perfection! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Amazing. The zoo was so accommodating and had such a wonderful staff to help. They made wedding planning easy for me and were able to immediately answer any question I threw at them. The wedding was perfect, everyone did such an amazing job that night. If I could do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing.
Amazing. The zoo was so accommodating and had such a wonderful staff to help. They made wedding planning easy for me and Read more...
Amazing. The zoo was so accommodating and had such a wonderful staff to help. They made wedding planning easy for me and were able to immediately answer any question I threw at them. The wedding was perfect, everyone did such an amazing job that night. If I could do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding at the Toledo Zoo turned out so much better than I had expected! My guests still talk about how awesome and fun it was. They loved the venue. The cost was unbelievable! ColleenTankoos and her staff were just fabulous through the entire process. Even my other vendors commented on how great the staff was at the zoo. Ladies, while you're looking & comparing venues do NOT overlook this gem!!!!!! My wedding was in April and yes it was cold but no snow thankfully. We had the reception in the Arctic Encounter and it was so stunning and beautiful inside I could not get over it. I planned my wedding in under 3 months so I had a lot of decisions as well as changing my mind a bit, Colleen was so wonderful and calming through all of it. She made it so easy and just outstanding! THANK YOU SO MUCH Colleen!!
My wedding at the Toledo Zoo turned out so much better than I had expected! My guests still talk about how awesome and fun Read more...
My wedding at the Toledo Zoo turned out so much better than I had expected! My guests still talk about how awesome and fun it was. They loved the venue. The cost was unbelievable! ColleenTankoos and her staff were just fabulous through the entire process. Even my other vendors commented on how great the staff was at the zoo. Ladies, while you're looking & comparing venues do NOT overlook this gem!!!!!! My wedding was in April and yes it was cold but no snow thankfully. We had the reception in the Arctic Encounter and it was so stunning and beautiful inside I could not get over it. I planned my wedding in under 3 months so I had a lot of decisions as well as changing my mind a bit, Colleen was so wonderful and calming through all of it. She made it so easy and just outstanding! THANK YOU SO MUCH Colleen!! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Colleen, Tiffany, and Michelle worked as a wonderful team to create my fairytale wedding. From the little extra touches during the ceremony, to the food, and linen everything was amazing! The formal gardens create a picture perfect backdrop to our garden wedding. The weather cooperated but if it hadn't there was always a rain space back up plan.

The food was delicious and the reception was fun! Having an appointed wedding planner made everything easier, Michelle really went above and beyond.
Colleen, Tiffany, and Michelle worked as a wonderful team to create my fairytale wedding. From the little extra touches Read more...
Colleen, Tiffany, and Michelle worked as a wonderful team to create my fairytale wedding. From the little extra touches during the ceremony, to the food, and linen everything was amazing! The formal gardens create a picture perfect backdrop to our garden wedding. The weather cooperated but if it hadn't there was always a rain space back up plan.

The food was delicious and the reception was fun! Having an appointed wedding planner made everything easier, Michelle really went above and beyond. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We loved having our wedding and rehearsal dinner at the zoo. We wanted something different than the average wedding venue. We did our rehearsal dinner in the polar bear exhibit and it was a really neat experience. I would recommend to someone even if they want to use the zoo just for a rehearsal dinner. Our ceremony was in the theater (rainy weather) and our reception was in the Great Hall. There are a few different buildings that you can choose from based on what you like and amount of guests which I think is awesome. We loved the Great Hall though and it looks beautiful decorated. The food at our reception was excellent and they saved a plate of appetizers for us from cocktail hour. We got to go to a tasting day and bring 2 guests to help us pick out our choices. They had lots of options to choose from and it was a lot of fun. We also chose to use Timberline Bakery, at the zoo, for our wedding cake and our cookie favors. Made things very simple and they did a great job. Everything tasted great.

Working with Colleen, the sales manager, was wonderful. She is very professional but a lot of fun to work with. She tries to make your wedding planning as painless as possible. We enjoyed the time we spent with her. She tried to take care of and address any minor issues/blips that came up in a timely manner and made sure we were happy. She was very quick to respond to any questions that we had (we had a lot!). It was very rainy on our wedding day and we opted to do the rainy day plan and have our ceremony inside the theatre. I think it's such a great part of their contract that they have this option! Jennifer, our day of coordinator was fabulous. Any issues that came up she was wonderful and took care of them and made me feel at ease like when the question of the bad weather came up and I was trying to decide on inside/outside. She even carried my dress train for me as my husband I were walking through taking our photos outside and it was getting dirty. I can't say enough nice things about her. She was always available and making sure everything ran smoothly. She went above and beyond! Thanks Colleen and Jennifer! I would recommend the zoo to anyone looking for a fabulous venue in the Toledo area!
We loved having our wedding and rehearsal dinner at the zoo. We wanted something different than the average wedding venue. Read more...
We loved having our wedding and rehearsal dinner at the zoo. We wanted something different than the average wedding venue. We did our rehearsal dinner in the polar bear exhibit and it was a really neat experience. I would recommend to someone even if they want to use the zoo just for a rehearsal dinner. Our ceremony was in the theater (rainy weather) and our reception was in the Great Hall. There are a few different buildings that you can choose from based on what you like and amount of guests which I think is awesome. We loved the Great Hall though and it looks beautiful decorated. The food at our reception was excellent and they saved a plate of appetizers for us from cocktail hour. We got to go to a tasting day and bring 2 guests to help us pick out our choices. They had lots of options to choose from and it was a lot of fun. We also chose to use Timberline Bakery, at the zoo, for our wedding cake and our cookie favors. Made things very simple and they did a great job. Everything tasted great.

Working with Colleen, the sales manager, was wonderful. She is very professional but a lot of fun to work with. She tries to make your wedding planning as painless as possible. We enjoyed the time we spent with her. She tried to take care of and address any minor issues/blips that came up in a timely manner and made sure we were happy. She was very quick to respond to any questions that we had (we had a lot!). It was very rainy on our wedding day and we opted to do the rainy day plan and have our ceremony inside the theatre. I think it's such a great part of their contract that they have this option! Jennifer, our day of coordinator was fabulous. Any issues that came up she was wonderful and took care of them and made me feel at ease like when the question of the bad weather came up and I was trying to decide on inside/outside. She even carried my dress train for me as my husband I were walking through taking our photos outside and it was getting dirty. I can't say enough nice things about her. She was always available and making sure everything ran smoothly. She went above and beyond! Thanks Colleen and Jennifer! I would recommend the zoo to anyone looking for a fabulous venue in the Toledo area! Read less
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gtbalm
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
The Toledo Zoo wedding was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen! My ceremony was in the Formal Gardens, we were in a secluded area surrounded by trees, bushes, flowers, grass! Everything was in bloom providing the most gorgeous and lush ceremony site ever! We had our reception in The Lodge, and oh my gosh it was perfect. The zoo staff were so helpful and did all the work for me. They helped me with every detail and made the event wonderful. Their chefs made the MOST AMAZING food. Included in the buffet style was 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 veggies and 2 starches. They let me change to 3 veggies and 1 starch with no problems. Colleen Dandar was my contact at the zoo, and she was too amazing! She was quick to answer any and all questions, and her motto was: You're the bride! During the event, Jamie Anaya kept everything on track, before the wedding, she called all my vendors to coordinate arrival times and make sure they knew how to get into the back gate with their gear. She took all the worry off my shoulders and got everything done! Both Colleen and Jamie clearly love their jobs, and are very good at them. The best thing I did was have my wedding at the zoo. All my guests said this was the most beautiful, and most fun wedding they've ever been too, including their own weddings.
The Toledo Zoo wedding was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen! My ceremony was in the Formal Gardens, we were in a Read more...
The Toledo Zoo wedding was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen! My ceremony was in the Formal Gardens, we were in a secluded area surrounded by trees, bushes, flowers, grass! Everything was in bloom providing the most gorgeous and lush ceremony site ever! We had our reception in The Lodge, and oh my gosh it was perfect. The zoo staff were so helpful and did all the work for me. They helped me with every detail and made the event wonderful. Their chefs made the MOST AMAZING food. Included in the buffet style was 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 veggies and 2 starches. They let me change to 3 veggies and 1 starch with no problems. Colleen Dandar was my contact at the zoo, and she was too amazing! She was quick to answer any and all questions, and her motto was: You're the bride! During the event, Jamie Anaya kept everything on track, before the wedding, she called all my vendors to coordinate arrival times and make sure they knew how to get into the back gate with their gear. She took all the worry off my shoulders and got everything done! Both Colleen and Jamie clearly love their jobs, and are very good at them. The best thing I did was have my wedding at the zoo. All my guests said this was the most beautiful, and most fun wedding they've ever been too, including their own weddings. Read less
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christen
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Colleen Rocked ! The zoo made my husband and I very happy everything I or he asked for was done ! Everyone loved the food and the way we where treated!
Colleen Rocked ! The zoo made my husband and I very happy everything I or he asked for was done ! Everyone loved the food Read more...
Colleen Rocked ! The zoo made my husband and I very happy everything I or he asked for was done ! Everyone loved the food and the way we where treated! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Ceremony Music, Favors & Gifts, Officiant, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Sara
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
The moment we saw the Formal Gardens at the Toledo Zoo we knew we had found the perfect place for our wedding. We loved that we were able to have the wedding and reception all in one place. The venue was unique yet still beautiful. The Toledo Zoo was able to cater the wedding and the Timberline Bakery provided the cup cakes. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. Every step of the planning process was smooth and the staff at the Toledo Zoo was organized and energetic. They were helpful and kind. The staff went above and beyond in every aspect of our big day, including making sure my aunt had a special dinner plate delivered to her seat at the reception because she has severe food allergies. We researched several venues and honestly believe the Toledo Zoo was the best experience and value for our money. Our wedding day was stress free and we enjoyed every minute!!
The moment we saw the Formal Gardens at the Toledo Zoo we knew we had found the perfect place for our wedding. We loved Read more...
The moment we saw the Formal Gardens at the Toledo Zoo we knew we had found the perfect place for our wedding. We loved that we were able to have the wedding and reception all in one place. The venue was unique yet still beautiful. The Toledo Zoo was able to cater the wedding and the Timberline Bakery provided the cup cakes. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. Every step of the planning process was smooth and the staff at the Toledo Zoo was organized and energetic. They were helpful and kind. The staff went above and beyond in every aspect of our big day, including making sure my aunt had a special dinner plate delivered to her seat at the reception because she has severe food allergies. We researched several venues and honestly believe the Toledo Zoo was the best experience and value for our money. Our wedding day was stress free and we enjoyed every minute!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Maybride2011
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
I was looking for a venue that could hold both the ceremony and reception. I met with Colleen at the Toledo Zoo and immediatly decided this was the place. She is not only great at her job, it's obvious she loves doing it. She was enthusiatic, provided immediate feedback, and kept on top of everything the entire process. Her staff, along with the catering staff really put their heart into making my day sepcial. It rained on my wedding day, yet never once did I worry about my guests comfort as the zoo provided such dedication to my event there was nothing left for me to worry about....trust me future brides, this kind of service is priceless! Also, Kristin who is in charge of the wedding cakes is awesome!! The cake was exactly how I dreamed it to be and my family still talks about my cake to this day! It's obvious she too loves her job! These people really have wedding/event planning down pat. Kuddos to the TOledo Zoo!
I was looking for a venue that could hold both the ceremony and reception. I met with Colleen at the Toledo Zoo and Read more...
I was looking for a venue that could hold both the ceremony and reception. I met with Colleen at the Toledo Zoo and immediatly decided this was the place. She is not only great at her job, it's obvious she loves doing it. She was enthusiatic, provided immediate feedback, and kept on top of everything the entire process. Her staff, along with the catering staff really put their heart into making my day sepcial. It rained on my wedding day, yet never once did I worry about my guests comfort as the zoo provided such dedication to my event there was nothing left for me to worry about....trust me future brides, this kind of service is priceless! Also, Kristin who is in charge of the wedding cakes is awesome!! The cake was exactly how I dreamed it to be and my family still talks about my cake to this day! It's obvious she too loves her job! These people really have wedding/event planning down pat. Kuddos to the TOledo Zoo! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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ALLIE
Wedding:
9/1/2013
4.9/5.0
Jeremy and I loved having our wedding and reception at The Toledo Zoo. The venue is so unique and beautiful. The staff was great and Colleen was very helpful in planning the day out. Our guests raved about the food well after our wedding!
Jeremy and I loved having our wedding and reception at The Toledo Zoo. The venue is so unique and beautiful. The staff was Read more...
Jeremy and I loved having our wedding and reception at The Toledo Zoo. The venue is so unique and beautiful. The staff was great and Colleen was very helpful in planning the day out. Our guests raved about the food well after our wedding! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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MOB
Wedding:
6/11/2011
4.8/5.0
The Toledo Zoo was an AMAZING venue for our daughter's wedding reception. She and her husband were looking for a location that would allow them to have an "indoor/outdoor" experience - the Zoo was the right place! Our guests enjoyed a wonderful cocktail hour on the overlook in the African Savanna watching the animals in their environment. They were then treated to a fabulous meal and night of dancing in the Nairobi Pavilion. Guests were able to enjoy the festivities inside the pavilion or step outside for some fresh air. It was a wonderful evening and we received many compliments on the unique experience and exceptional service. The zoo staff went out of their way to entertain and educate our guests as they took them to/from the parking lot in the golf carts. Several children signed up for classes at the Zoo as a result of the interest created by the staff!
The Toledo Zoo was an AMAZING venue for our daughter's wedding reception. She and her husband were looking for a location Read more...
The Toledo Zoo was an AMAZING venue for our daughter's wedding reception. She and her husband were looking for a location that would allow them to have an "indoor/outdoor" experience - the Zoo was the right place! Our guests enjoyed a wonderful cocktail hour on the overlook in the African Savanna watching the animals in their environment. They were then treated to a fabulous meal and night of dancing in the Nairobi Pavilion. Guests were able to enjoy the festivities inside the pavilion or step outside for some fresh air. It was a wonderful evening and we received many compliments on the unique experience and exceptional service. The zoo staff went out of their way to entertain and educate our guests as they took them to/from the parking lot in the golf carts. Several children signed up for classes at the Zoo as a result of the interest created by the staff! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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sevans627
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.8/5.0
The Toledo Zoo is the perfect place to get married, we loved it. They are great there and are there for your every need!
The Toledo Zoo is the perfect place to get married, we loved it. They are great there and are there for your every need!
The Toledo Zoo is the perfect place to get married, we loved it. They are great there and are there for your every need! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Julie Forfinski
Wedding:
9/19/2009
4.7/5.0
Having my Wedding at the Toledo Zoo was so different and unusual. Everything was great. The food was excellent. There could have been heat lamps - many people were cold and better lighting for the cake table but other than that - FABULOUS!
Having my Wedding at the Toledo Zoo was so different and unusual. Everything was great. The food was excellent. There Read more...
Having my Wedding at the Toledo Zoo was so different and unusual. Everything was great. The food was excellent. There could have been heat lamps - many people were cold and better lighting for the cake table but other than that - FABULOUS! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Molly
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.5/5.0
We loved our ceremony and reception at the Toledo Zoo. They were very easy to work with even planning a wedding from long distance. It was beautiful and easy for me and my family
We loved our ceremony and reception at the Toledo Zoo. They were very easy to work with even planning a wedding from long Read more...
We loved our ceremony and reception at the Toledo Zoo. They were very easy to work with even planning a wedding from long distance. It was beautiful and easy for me and my family Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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LOlson
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.5/5.0
Beautiful venue, great people, unique ambiance! The Toledo Zoo is great value for all the services you receive. I can't say there were no issues, but I can say they were all so small, they made little difference in the night.

Kudo's to Colleen and her staff for their professionalism and assistance in making my daughter's night amazing!
Beautiful venue, great people, unique ambiance! The Toledo Zoo is great value for all the services you receive. I can't Read more...
Beautiful venue, great people, unique ambiance! The Toledo Zoo is great value for all the services you receive. I can't say there were no issues, but I can say they were all so small, they made little difference in the night.

Kudo's to Colleen and her staff for their professionalism and assistance in making my daughter's night amazing! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Catie
Wedding:
5/26/2013
4.0/5.0
Overall we had a good experience with the zoo but there were certainly a few bumps in road here and there. The two main issues we ran into were A.) it's a zoo first and a wedding venue second therefore no matter how hard Colleen and her team work sometimes the activities there trump other events and B.) because they do have so much going on at once it seems like their resources are spread a little thin. So I guess my advice would be that if you have a decent amount of decorations for your reception space to just give in and hire a separate wedding planner or have family members/ friends you trust set it up because the summer interns or other zoo staff may not have time to take the care in getting every detail right. Other than that our guests had a fantastic time, the gardens and weather were lovely for our ceremony, and the food was delish.
Overall we had a good experience with the zoo but there were certainly a few bumps in road here and there. The two main Read more...
Overall we had a good experience with the zoo but there were certainly a few bumps in road here and there. The two main issues we ran into were A.) it's a zoo first and a wedding venue second therefore no matter how hard Colleen and her team work sometimes the activities there trump other events and B.) because they do have so much going on at once it seems like their resources are spread a little thin. So I guess my advice would be that if you have a decent amount of decorations for your reception space to just give in and hire a separate wedding planner or have family members/ friends you trust set it up because the summer interns or other zoo staff may not have time to take the care in getting every detail right. Other than that our guests had a fantastic time, the gardens and weather were lovely for our ceremony, and the food was delish. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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