Melbourne Zoo provide a beautiful backdrop to any wedding and we loved that our guests could explore the Zoo while we were doing photos, as well as the opportunity to feed a giraffe as part of our photo tour. The food was great even though we couldn't pronounce half of it, and the service we had was wonderful, in particular, Jade who was our guide for our photo tour. The hickups we had across the day were minor and remedied quickly. We planned mostly via email which provided some obstacles and our coordinator put everything together for us.
The Zoo was the perfect location for our wedding. The grounds are beautiful, the food is delicious and the staff were exceptionally helpful. The Zoo provides a wedding planner to assist with all the details - which made planning super easy! We also got some great pictures with the animals!
Wedding ceremony: Japanese Garden. Reception dinner: Rainforest Room. For 70 people, it was a very good fit and both locations are stunning. Great experience for the guests - after the wedding, the kids were super excited to tell us about a monkey running overhead during the vows! (We missed it, of course.) They also loved being able to walk around the zoo before the ceremony. Everyone we dealt with at the Zoo was extremely friendly - the event coordinator, function supervisor on the day, and the photo tour guide were lovely helpful people. One thing that could be improved is the Zoo's own documentation process - you are provided with a planner document to complete in Word, which the Zoo manually transforms into a final planner/runsheet/invoice. It's quite confusing to read and the process seems prone to error. Other than that, it was amazing!
Getting married at MelbZoo was a life long dream of ours. Our Wedding Co-Ordinator Emma was fantastic - from the beginning to the very end - even as I arrived to walk down the aisle she was there to ease my mind. Thanks to Emma and all the staff at Melb Zoo and Restaurant Associates for making our dreams come true! We feel so very blessed!
Location was a great setting for our wedding. The animal experiences made for very unique wedding photos and set the scene for a fun and relaxed event. Having everything at one location was a bonus. The venue was everything we wanted: a garden wedding, central to CBD, and amongst nature.
Vanessa was brilliant - so much help and made everything super simple and easy.
We held our ceremony only at the Zoo as the spaces were so beautiful, and at the price how could you not?!
If I had have booked a botanical garden and hired the furniture it would have been about the same - only gardens don't give you the space exclusively, and don't give you someone to manage it. So booking the Zoo was a no brainer really!
Not to mention the amount of people who when I said we were getting married at the Zoo who replied "the Zoo? Oh WOW!".
My only issue was that as a nervous bride heading toward the ceremony there were a lot of kids around which I may have preferred not to have, but if you're not in a limo your car can drive you straight up to the ceremony site which in hindsite would have been better. That was me though, not the venue.
Definitely recommended if you want to do something a little different, but still keep the ceremony sentimental and proper.
Perfect venue! We had our ceremony in the butterfly-house and reception in the Rainforest room and both were absolutely perfect! The butterfly-house was amazing and our guests loved it because it was so unique. The Rainforest room is absolutely stunning, it really created the perfect atmosphere and the perfect day
I cannot recommend the Zoo as a wedding venue highly enough. It was a late winter wedding and the japanese gardens looked amazing still and the rainforest room was the perfect location for our reception. Our day was incredible all aided by the wonderful team there and we just didnt want it to end
Vanessa and Bec thank-you making our wedding day more beautiful than we could every imagine. Customer service, organisation, the beautiful Japanese Garden and Rainforest Reception Room. Everything was perfect. Special mention to Chris and Jan helping ensuring the photography, the food and the reception were run without a hitch. The zoo is such a magical place to celebrate the beginning of your new life with the love of your life.
Liberty Catering at the Melbourne Zoo was amazing. Our personal co-ordinator Vanessa was on hand in the months leading up and on the day to help with all of our requests. She made sure the ceremony and reception was set out how we had imagined and we ran to schedule. The food was amazing and the guests loved it. The waiters and staff on the day were great and felt like family.
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