25 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.
When we first started researching wedding reception venues in the Toledo area, we immediately fell in love with the idea of having it at the Toledo Zoo. We have always loved going to zoos together, especially lights before Christmas. We made our way through the major zoos in Ohio and even one in Germany! Zoos were kind of our thing. But we didn't know what to expect as far as planning a wedding there.
From the first contact with the wedding coordinators at the Toledo Zoo, we knew we made the right choice. They were so fun and easy to work with. They were passionate, experienced, and extremely helpful. We were living in Columbus at the time and they were very flexible with helping us with the planning process. We didn't get a chance to see our venue, the Nairobi Pavilion, decorated for a wedding before our big day, so we put a lot of trust in the pictures they provided and what we were told from other vendors who have worked closely with them. (All the vendors I worked with loved working with the Toledo Zoo which I think says a lot as well.) The zoo still proceeded to exceed all expectations. The atmosphere it provided was the perfect mix of fun and elegance. The food was delicious. The service was fantastic. There was a carousel and train running during the cocktail hour. The African Safari animals were out. The dance floor was perfect and the ceiling was decorated beautifully by Candlelight Occasions to give it a sophisticated and elegant feeling even though it was an open air pavilion at the zoo. The entire day and even the weeks leading up to the wedding could not have gone more smoothly.
I still have wedding guests telling me it was the best reception they have been to. If you are looking for a fun and unique place to host a great party for your wedding reception that will have your guests talking for months, I cannot imagine a better place. Oh, and the price isn't bad either! Especially considering all that they provide and how much FUN this venue is!
I'm the Mother of the Bride and pretty much did most of the planning. I'd like to commend Colleen, Bailey, Sidney, Nancy and all the Zoo's staff for all the hard work they do! First of all the weather was absolutely beautiful; 78, sunny and very low humidity. We had cocktails & hors d'oeuvres on The Overlook! Awesome! We paid the zoo to keep the animals out for an hour. Everyone loved it! Just so unique and fun! We then went in to the Nairobi Pavilion which I had Chris Magers decorate with mini white lites, organza and blue and lime green Chinese lanterns above the dance floor. Between the flowers, décor, linens, great ,music and not to forget awesome food which the zoo does all their own catering! The wedding cake and cupcakes were made by Timberline Bakery which is the zoo's bakery.....yum!!!!!!! The entire evening went off without anything going wrong. Everyone had a great time and we're still getting compliments on what a fun reception it was! I have always loved the zoo and just thought it would be a different venue to have Katie & Eric's reception at! They do a great job and highly recommend them for weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, etc.... Thank you for a wonderful evening! One that I will never forget!
The day of the wedding went very smoothly, Bailey was very helpful on getting us to where we need to be on time, and getting photos that we wanted done. The food was amazing and the staff was very professional. The rehearsal however was VERY unorganized no one knew, where to go, what to do, or what was going on. Sydney our assistant that was assigned to us for the rehearsal and the coordinator for the day of, didn't know what was going on, and was not flexible, thankfully Bailey was there to help as well.
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!
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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