3 featured reviews
Member Since: 7/11/2011
We had our ceremony in the wedding garden. It was a naturally beautiful space. The knot garden was a wonderful space for the cocktail hour. We had our reception in the dolphin gallery. Our guest really enjoyed the dolphins swimming during the reception. The staff at the zoo were amazing! They went above and beyond what I expected.
Member Since: 1/21/2011
I got married in the Hilbert Conservatory at the White River Gardens, with my reception in the Hulman Riverhouse. It was wonderful! The Conservatory setting was green and lovely, and meant I didn't need to spend money on flowers to decorate it! :) The Zoo staff were great, and CenterPlate catering also did a fantastic job--everyone complimented us on the meal! We had 110 guests, and that was just about the right size for this location.
A few warnings, should you choose this location:
--Be prepared to have your guests stand during the ceremony. We kept it short and sweet so that folks didn't have to stand too long, but we wanted it to be short, anyway. Up to six people per side can sit on the floor, so close family members were down there with us (along with bridal party).
--Speaking of bridal party--I wouldn't have more than 4 bridesmaids in this location. Not much space on the floor where the ceremony takes place.
--Beware if they are having butterflies in the Conservatory the year/season of your wedding. You can bring flowers in, but can't take them back out because of pollination issues. This means more expense, flower-wise, if you want to walk down the aisle with a bouquet, and then have another one during the reception/outside for pics.
If you want a short, small, beautiful ceremony, I highly recommend the Conservatory!
Member Since: 9/28/2009
We had both our ceremony and reception in the wedding gardens and Hulman Riverhouse. Jackie is amazing to work with though the whole planning process. We did a lot of things the zoo had never done before and they were able to accommodate. Highly recommended!
Romance & fun in the heart of Indy!
Create the wedding of your dreams among gorgeous gardens, breathtaking views & a choice of memorable venues. The zoo proudly utilizes green practices in addition to supporting broader conservation efforts. Wedding/reception packages, evening receptions, day weddings & rehearsal dinners available.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 350
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Botanic Garden/Park, Unusual/Alternative