You don’t need to head deep into the woods to get married in nature. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the city.

For 25 years, couples have been saying “I do” among the animals at the Woodland Park Zoo. Not only is it a lovely location, but zoo weddings also contribute to a good cause.

“Couples get to surround themselves with the lush, beautiful horticulture in a space filled with exotic animals from all over the world that rely on our conservation efforts to keep them from extinction,” says Joanna Moore, the zoo’s senior manager of group sales.

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In addition to visiting the resident animals, couples can invite a guest from the Ambassador Animal Program to the wedding. Send a save-the-date to Harry the handsome skunk, Lucy the recycling raccoon, or lovely Luna the barn owl, to name a few. “Our Ambassador animals are part of our zoo’s educational programs, helping build guests’ empathy for animals and promoting ways to take action for wildlife,” says Moore.

Aside from all of the birds and beasts, the Woodland Park Zoo offers its own party essentials. The on-site caterer, Levy Restaurants, provides sustainable and locally sourced menu options curated by Chef David Vangelder, and couples have access to tents, chairs, and tables. For the rest of your wedding needs, the zoo works with a number of preferred vendors but, other than catering, doesn’t require that clients use them exclusively.

It’s a good time to book a zoo wedding, as outdoor spaces are in demand due to Covid-19 health regulations. “We take the safety of our guests and staff very seriously and follow all state and county mandates,” says Moore. And because we live in an unpredictable world, the zoo has a flexible cancellation policy with no additional fees for rebooking or canceling.

“We understand that safety is important to our clients and their families, and we don’t want to add additional stress by denying them the flexibility of moving their date or offering a full refund if an alternative date does not work,” says Moore. “During this unprecedented time, it is important that we have empathy and support our clients and community however we can.”

Ready to be wed in the wild? The residents of the Woodland Park Zoo are ready to cheer on your next chapter.

 

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