22 total reviews
I got married in September 2013 at the Nairobi Pavilion at the Toledo Zoo. First and foremost, Colleen Tankoos is amazing to work with. She was incredibly responsive, yet always honest and up front. The zoo is lucky to have her as an employee. We had a lot of quirky things that we wanted to take place. For instance, I asked them to make my mom's margarita recipe. With every request, they went above and beyond to accommodate. I had several people say to me that it was the coolest venue they'd ever been to. I highly recommend the Toledo Zoo!
My experience with the zoo was fantastic. Colleen is great to work with, and our wedding coordinator Bailey 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!
The Zoo was gorgeous. The team of employees were great; especially the person who the bride/groom works most with, Colleen. She was helpful before and after the wedding. The food was phenomenal! My guests complimented the food multiple times. The Zoo was accommodating to my requests and I can honestly say I can my perfect wedding.
Everything was above and beyond what I expected. Staff friendly and helpful.
From the moment I contacted the Toledo Zoo about our wedding, I was so thrilled about the venue. The options they offered were amazing and totally fit into our budget! Colleen and Nancy made planning easy for me. They went step by step and covered everything that I could possible have questions about. They reassured me that no matter what happened or changed at the last minute, they would have a plan and it would all work that. That's exactly what ended up happening. The day of our wedding, after everything was set up for the beautiful garden, the sky opened up and it poured rain. I was very hopeful that it would stop, but it just rained harder as the night went on. Fourty five minutes before the wedding, the wedding coordinator came to me and ask me what I wanted to do. I opted to move the ceremony into Niarobi, where the reception was. I was nervous about this because I didn't want to get married in a room where people were sitting at their tables eating appetizers. I didn't even know what the room looked like. Our dressing room was in the museum and zoo staff used their own personal umbrellas and vehicles to drive us to the ceremony. They all kept us smiling and laughing, despite the dreary weather. Once in the paviliion, staff lined us up and made sure everything was set. The music started playing and they cued us down the isle. When I turned the corner I was amazed at what I saw. The chairs were all lined up down the isle, people on each side, and the room was decorated beautifully! The coordinators took our decorations and directions for set up and made it look so much more beautiful than we ever imagined. The setting was perfect, I can't even imagine it looking any better. It rained so hard that it was hard to hear the pastor at times, but other than that, it was amazing. After the ceremony, everyone took their chair from the isle and went to their table. Appetizers were served and the night went flawlessly. The food served was wonderful! All of my guests loved the food and the cake, that was baked at the Timberline Bakery of the Toledo Zoo. The entire day was perfect. The zoo staff all did a wonderful job and never once got pushy or demanding. They didn't rush us or make us feel uncomfortable in anyway. I only have good things to say about the Toledo Zoo as a venue. From the wedding coordinators right down to those who disassembled the reception, everyone was amazing, so genuine, and so accommodating. The wedding was perfect, I have nothing negative to say about the night, the staff...even the rain. Perfect, perfect wedding. If you like animals and love the exotic theme, I urge you to consider the Toledo Zoo as your venue. You will not regret it.
We had a small wedding (20 people) at the toledo zoo. Was very happy with all the services and small touches. It was just what we needed to make this still feel like a grand wedding even with a small group. Pricing includes almost everything. Great food. Lots to choose from.
I cannot say enough about the staff at the Toledo Zoo. They are professional, caring, and made my daughter's wedding special.
They are easy to work with and took all the worries out of everything. We were able to enjoy the whole experience right down to the end of the night.
When thunderstorms were on the radar, a garden wedding was out of the question. Kate made the back up plan happen with out a hitch.
Nancy had the Nairobi room looking fantastic.
Colleen answered all our questions leading up to the big day.
Because of the great people working at the Toledo Zoo, we had a very fun wedding night. Thank you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the entire staff at the Toledo Zoo for our fabulous wedding!! We were married July 4th in the gardens and had our recpetion in the Arctic Encounter. The guest list was 50 people. From start to finish, everything was perfect. The planning was simple (luckily, since we did EVERYTHING in 3 months!), the excecutuon flawless, and the Zoo had all of our concerns and questions answered before we could even think to ask them.
I HIGHLY reccommend the Toledo Zoo for weddings, and any other event. Ask for Colleen Tankoos - she's awesome!! Our day-of coordinator Katelyn Morschak was also wonderful . . . even our DJ raved about her and the ease of the evening! The entire staff, from servers to chef, and even our golf cart driver, Zowoi, were so gracious and hospitable. We have not a single complaint. Thanks again!!
From the first phone call to start planning the wedding, to the end of reception, the Toledo Zoo personnel went above and beyond to make sure the wedding was a perfect occasion. They took care of every detail (large or small) to perfection! We had so many compliments on the venue, the food, and the staff. I would not hesitate to recommend or use them again for upcoming events. Thank you Toledo Zoo, Colleen, and your staff for a most perfect day!
The formal garden was gorgeous for our ceremony. The reception was in the great hall which was also very pretty. The staff was very helpful through out the whole process.
When my fiance suggested getting married at the zoo, even he admitted that he was kidding. After doing some research, however, we realized that we were really on to something. They bent over backwards to make sure we had everything that we needed, and worked hard to fulfill every silly little request. Any time I had a question, I got an answer within the next 24 hours. They were also very good about accommodating our guests with very serious dietary restrictions. It may have been my wedding, but I can honestly say that it was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to, and it is all thanks to the hard work of Colleen and her team. The food was amazing, the cake was superb, and the decorations were breathtaking. My guests really appreciated being in one place for the ceremony and the reception, rather than having to travel between locations, and they had wheelchairs on site for guests with mobility problems.
I guess this is one thing that happened that really sums up how wonderful *everyone* was to us at the wedding. At one point during the reception I was really overheating, and wanted to find one of our programs to use as a fan. They had already been packed up by the staff, so some of the girls in the kitchen found a paper fry basket, broke it down, and gave it to me to use. It was such a kind gesture from someone who really could have just stayed in the background, and it really touched me. (And really helped cool me down!) A few minutes later, one of the girls found the fans and left one on our table. If I hadn't been about a million degrees, I would have given her a big hug.
If you want an absolutely amazing wedding for a great price and low stress, get married at the Toledo Zoo.
Colleen our wedding.coordinator was just amazing in making sure everything was right in planning our wedding. Our day of coordinator Bailey was sweet and made sure we had nothing to worry about.
Our wedding was just everything a girl dreams about! The Toledo Zoo is like a little hidden gem for weddings! Colleen Tankoos and her staff did EVERYTHING to put me at ease and make the day fabulous! I would highly recommend the zoo to anyone!! I didn't lift a finger... Every detail was perfectly executed and our guests are still raving about our wedding two months later! We have priceless memories and endless smiles to remember our perfect day!
The toledo zoo is a great place for a wedding. They are very helpful and everything will turn out great!
We had our wedding reception at The Toledo Zoo during the first week of October and it was amazing! I worked with the coordinator at the zoo for over a year while planning my wedding and they were so accomodating and always available to answer any of my questions or concerns. The night of the reception, everything went so smoothly. They had everything set up for me, the food was delicious and the service was wonderful. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. I couldn't have asked for anything 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.
I honestly don't even know where to begin. Chris and I knew we didn't want a "traditional" wedding venue, and once my mom suggested the Toledo Zoo and we researched it online, we knew it was exactly what we wanted. Once we met with Colleen and the staff, we were confident it was going to be the wedding of our dreams, and we were right! Colleen was so wonderful to work with and constantly kept us informed, on task, and answered numerous emails from me and my mom. We were supposed to get married in the gardens, but automatically had a "rain" venue reserved, so I was not at all stressed when it rained on our wedding day. Besides our wonderful floral arrangements, centerpieces, etc., we didn't really have to add any decorations, because the Nairobi Pavilion was already so unique and perfect for our reception! We and our guests got to enjoy rides on the carousel and a train ride on the Safari Railway to see the many African animals! It was so fun and unique! I cannot even being to describe how delicious the food was, and how kind the staff was with working to make sure the menu was exactly how we wanted it. We got married in September 2011, and people are still commenting to us how it was the best wedding they've ever been to! We've had numerous of our male friends and family say that they usually don't enjoy weddings, but that they had a blast at ours! I highly recommend trusting Colleen and the entire Toledo Zoo staff with your wedding. Not only will you NOT be at all disappointed, but it will surpass anything you could have imagined and turn out to truly be the wedding of your dreams!
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 we honestly believe we got the best experience and value for our money. Our wedding day was stress free and we enjoyed every minute!!
I moved not to long after my engagement from Toledo, Ohio to Denver, Colorado. I had found all my vendors including the zoo before I left. I was worried I would have a problem...I worried for no reason. Collen at the Zoo was timely with her responses to my never ending questions and they were very accomadating to some of the requests I had to make for some possibly difficult guests. They had great opinions and organization to make planning from far away more pleasant. My family did my food tasting and said that it was enjoyable and when we got the food everyone was very happy unlike some of the other weddings I have been to where the food is terrible. I found the pricing on the bar and food to be a good deal for having a served meal. The bar staff was great and they were helpful with the teardown and set up. My set up went smoothly and they were very enthusiastic about our table arrangements ( peacock themed) which made me feel great ( important when you spend so much time planning). All of my other vendors loved working with the zoo. Pictures went realy well considering it had rained that day and they were very sympathtic to out group and the other wedding about how hot we all were! BEST THING EVER ! having an animal demo at the cocktail hour, my guest were so surprised to have something differnt and the handlers were very patient with all the guests. I ended up with amazing pictures of happy guests and wedding party at all different types of places. In the end I would say that I would do it over and over again the exact same way with the Zoo because I believe they made a special experience very memorable for the Bride and Groom and the guests and in the end thats what you have to ask for! Best thing about my wedding besides my new husband was how well the zoo brought everything together for me .
The venue was perfect for my daughter and son-in-law - out of the norm, but picturesque, easy on our guests, great service and food. The wedding was to be in the gardens but due to inclement weather, moved into the theatre. In hind sight, although we missed the beautiful flowers, I think our guests felt more involved in the theatre setting. The decision was made at noon before a 4:30 p.m. wedding. The staff and our flower ladies were fast acting and flexible. The weather cleared so all were able to parade to the Nairobi Pavilion for cocktails, rides on the train and carousel and then a marvelous buffet dinner. Colleen was so patient with our endless emails and lists leading up to the event. They were responsive to our comments on the food choices and bent over backwards to please our palates. As a result I think we never experienced a glitch as Colleen held our hand through the entire day and evening. The package the zoo offers is one of the most reasonable I have ever encountered. I think one must keep that in mind when looking at extra fees. Our guests, six months later, are still raving about the event. Thank you, Toledo Zoo, for wonderful memories.
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Toledo's destination wedding location...
Have your guests travel to faraway locations, without ever leaving Toledo. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Africa, dinner in the Arctic, mingling near a Caribbean reef, dancing in Nairobi, the zoo is your wedding getaway. With our all-inclusive packages and event staff, your wedding will be
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Botanic Garden/Park, Unusual/Alternative
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013