Unique and beautiful venue. Friendly and helpful staff and guests loved touring the aquarium.
Where to start?? I thought the planning and everything was going great until the rehearsal the day before the wedding and then I realized how unorganized the lady in charge is. She was rushing us through the whole process, leaving out details that I thought were very important. When a family member or member of the wedding party would ask a question she would get snappy. It was obvious that she was only in the business for the money and not because of a passion for her profession. I left that night unsatisfied. The day of the wedding my wedding members were having to scramble around and put my centerpieces together, whereas I was told that the aquarium crew would e responsible for that. During the wedding the coordinator disappeared. She was supposed to direct my guests around and we had no idea what to tell everyone to do because she had been so vague at the rehearsal. Thankfully, I had very understanding guests and we all just laughed about all of the mishaps. We had the building until 10:30pm yet she had her crew start cleaning up and putting everything away at 9. Several guests got up to get drinks and came back to an empty table because the crew had snatched up the plates that they were still eating. The service was so extremely poor!
However, the good:
The Ocean Journey bldg provided beautiful backdrops for pictures.it was very spacious, there were several places you could have the ceremony.
Great place for the price. You have free reign of the aquarium for 3.5 hours and it requires little to no decoration because the animals are great entertainment. Great for a lot of out of town people and gives plenty of times for the bridal party to take pictures without guest having to feel obligated to wait on them
I was an employee at the time of my wedding and had my reception in the new building (Ocean Journey) before it was open to the public. It was a great venue to ave an event (very unique), and it allowed our families and friends to view the new aquarium before anyone else.
Makeup by Sara Martin
I grew up in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Aquarium is an excellent venue choice for anyone that wants the true Chattanooga experience. Your wedding photos will be so unique and distinctive in this location. It's perfect for the urban couple who want their wedding to be the biggest event in town!