If you’re looking for an unusual wedding venue to host your big day, what about choosing to have your wedding at a zoo? A zoo wedding venue is a great way to add some fun to your wedding and will give you some amazing photo opportunities.
We’ve rounded up the best zoo and safari park wedding venues to inspire you as you search for the dream setting for your wedding.
Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo – Edinburgh
The beautiful Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is an elegant location for your wedding, with all the fun of the zoo a short stroll away. The building is steeped in over 200 years of history and will provide a charming backdrop to the proceedings. You can also have a religious, civil or humanist ceremony there in the beautiful Macmillan Room, which features striking blue décor and views across the gardens.
You and your guests can take advantage of the location and wander around the zoo on the day – pose for photographs as the penguins parade past, or visit one of the most famous couples in the UK – the pandas Yang Guang and Tian Tian. What could be more fun?
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Twycross Zoo – Warwickshire
Add a few hundred animals to your wedding party by celebrating your big day at Twycross Zoo. Your wedding ceremony would take place in the excellently named ‘Windows on the Wild’ room, which overlooks a wading birds aviary and boasts its own private entrance which will give your celebrations an exclusive feel.
After the ceremony is over you and your guests can have drinks in the Uda Walawe classroom, which overlooks the elephants, or you could venture outside and mingle with the penguins. If you’re planning a big party, there’s the option of hosting your wedding in a marquee within the zoo. All the profits from booking your wedding at the zoo go towards helping the running of the zoo and conservation efforts around the world, and you can also enjoy a private tour and the chance to feed some of the creatures who live at the zoo.
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Woburn Abbey Estate – Bedfordshire
The beautiful Woburn Abbey Estate has three very different wedding venues on offer to suit all kinds of couples, including the splendid Sculpture Gallery and the select Woburn Hotel, however it’s the Safari Lodge that has our attention.
This unique setting is in the heart of Woburn Safari Park and overlooks the lake, meaning you can celebrate your marriage amidst some of the world’s most endangered animals. Whilst you can’t host your ceremony at the lodge, you can have it at the Woburn Hotel before hosting your reception on safari, as it were.
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Marwell Wildlife – Hampshire
This Grade I listed building is located in the heart of Marwell Wildlife, part of the outstanding landscape that makes up the South Downs National Park. Marwell Hall is surrounded by a fascinating variety of exotic species, making it an excellent choice for nature loving couples.
You can enjoy exclusive use of the beautiful hall, before having access to the park for you and your guests before it’s time for the reception. Marwell Wildlife is a conservation charity so should you choose to host your wedding there you are helping to support the care of the animals at the venue and helping towards the conservation field programmes in the UK and Africa.
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Safari Venues – Worcestershire
Animal lovers will adore Spring Grove House, which is set within the grounds of West Midlands Safari Park. The Georgian building is a luxurious backdrop for your big day, but if you’d prefer something a little more quirky, what about Treetops Pavilion, which is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and has a glamorous marquee venue feel, with capacity for 450 guests.
You’re spoilt for choice with Safari Venues, which also includes Cellarz, a contemporary events space that provides a chic blank canvas for your party. Whether you’re going for celebratory drinks in the Rhino House or you want to pose for photos on one of the rides, there are plenty of unique ideas for couples who want a wedding venue that will reflect their personalities.
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Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Mansion – Kent
Want to share your wedding day with lots of rare species? Consider hosting your wedding at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, which offers a beautiful mansion building with three rooms to choose from for your wedding ceremony and four to pick from for your wedding breakfast and evening reception.
If your guests weren’t amazed enough by the gorgeous setting, wait until you reveal to them that you’ll all be going on a VIP safari around the Wilds of the African Experience and the gorilla enclosure where you can say hello to the famous gorilla Ambam.
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The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens – Bristol
This amazing 1920s style wedding venue is the perfect setting if you want to throw a Great Gatsby-worthy party to celebrate your wedding. The beautiful interiors, which include high ceilings, glittering chandeliers and large windows, will add to your décor and look amazing in your photographs.
You and your guests can look out over the immaculate grounds, which are graced by flamingos. You can also enjoy complimentary access to the zoo gardens – the perfect setting for some unique wedding photographs. Your guests will love exploring the zoo and seeing all the animals that live there.
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London Zoo (ZSL) - London
If you’re looking for a unique London wedding venue, what about London Zoo? A cool alternative to the traditional style of wedding venue, your guests will never want to leave. You can have your wedding in the Grade II listed Mappin Pavilion which provides panoramic views of the surroundings – which includes the emus and wallabies milling around their Outback home.
Your reception can take place in one of the animal houses, where everyone can enjoy canapes and fizz as they check out the creatures – will you go for the tigers or opt to hit the beach with the penguins? Finally, if that wasn’t enough, you can do a meet and greet with some of the friendliest and funniest animals at the zoo.
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If this has got your imagination going but you still haven’t found your dream wedding venue, don’t miss our edit of the best alternative wedding venues – handpicked for quirky couples!