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My fiance and I are getting married next July at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois. Has anyone either been to a zoo wedding or had one yourself? I am looking to do some things myself (programs, place cards, table numbers, centerpieces, favors, etc). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! There will be small touches relating to the zoo “theme”, but I don’t want it to be too cheesy. It’s an outdoor wedding. Colors are orange and fuschia. Flowers are gerbera daisies. THANKS SO MUCH! Happy planning 🙂
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That’s awesome! Getting married at the zoo would have been neat, but timing and our finances won’t allow for it unfortunately. In regards to the DIYs, that should be fun. An idea I have, though it may not be great, is for each table to have its own distinct zoo animal on the place cards. I don’t know, just a random idea!
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@Sara9684: YAY! I’m also getting married at zoo! Chester Zoo in the UK. So happy to speak to a fellow zoo bride!
The zoo actually has a Georgian house on site so our theme is kind of an ‘Out of Africa’ – British vintage refinery mixed with elements of wild africa – kind of like a 1930s safari.
I also have the same problem in that I’m so tempted by loads of animal related things but don’t want it to look tacky!
Post # 5
My cousin’s wedding was at the Santa Barbara Zoo. As I recall, they didn’t really use the zoo as a theme so much, they used more of a nature theme. I would be nervous that too much of a zoo theme would be overkill. But I think simple touches would be okay.
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Do you have a favorite animal? Maybe use a small wooden sculpted animal or two on your cake table, or a miniature ceramic animal couple as your topper? Or animal print candles? Maybe you already have or might find something on a vacation or trip this summer? Just some ideas 🙂
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@Sara9684: Hi Sara! I’m also getting married at the Brookfield Zoo!! Congratulations! We are using painted wooden animals as a way to identify the tables. I purchased the puzzles at Micheals and we are going to build and paint them for each table.
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That sounds awesome! I think it’s so cool that I found someone else who’s getting married at Brookfield Zoo! Are you working with Stephanie? My fiance and I wanted something “different.” I’ve never been, but everyone I’ve talked to raves about the weddings! Anyway, I’m just curious…do you have your sites picked yet? We’e going with the Main Fountain (ceremony), the Great Bear Wildnerness (cocktails), and the Swan Pavilion (reception). When I saw it, I fell in love! I’d love you get updates on your planning 🙂
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- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
I followed this blog awhile back, if you look through the archives you can find some great ideas, she names her blog “i do at the zoo”: http://thegooseandus.blogspot.com/ She had so many great zoo themed ideas!
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@Sara9684: Hi Sara! We are actually working with Terry. We are planning on having the ceremony in front of the Roosevelt Fountain, cocktails in the Great Bear Wilderness, and the reception in the Swan Pavillions. I agree all the sites at the zoo are amazing, I love it!! How is the planning going?
Post # 12
We just saw a zoo in our area and think that’s where we’re going to get married! (Found this when googling “zoo weddings”) 🙂
Place Cards/Table Numbers: When looking through pictures at the zoo, a cute idea was using a picture of an animal instead of table numbers. One couple used pictures from an author instead of table numbers (1st link), and used the same ones on the place cards (2nd link).
Favors: If you’re hoping to do bubbles after the ceremony (they’re allowed at my zoo) orientaltrading.com had some cute animal bubbles. (search: “Valentine Character Bubble Bottles”, “Big Zoo Animal Character Bubble Bottles” and “Zoo Animal Character Bubble Bottles”. They’re kind of silly, but cute. Bubble containers are all kind of “chinsy” looking though.
Another idea for favors that I though of was getting shortbread cookies of animal cutouts with icing around them. If you’re looking for a challenge, you could try making them yourself. They should stay fresh for a few days.
Or get a box of animal crackers (you can get in bulk online) or a big bag/jar in bulk and fill a cute favor box that’s not necessarily animal/zoo themed.
Cake toppers: Same person who makes the monkeys listed earlier also makes, elephants, bunnies, penguins, seals, etc.
Post # 13
I think you could do a FEW cute things without going overboard. Maybe naem each table a different animal, and stamp said animal on the placecards. Or maybe have an animal cake topper, with you as one animal and your groom as another..or a pair of the same animal. I would just do a few small things and not get too crazy or it will look like a carnival. LOL. Maybe do something with the favor if you ae doing them? Animal cookies would be cute!
Post # 14
My BFF’s wedding was at the Minnesota Zoo a little over a year ago! It was wonderful! such a great place to do it.
Post # 15
OMG! Please tell me how the process goes for you. I’m from Chicago and have been looking into a zoo wedding myself. Their website has tons of information about how to inquire and set up for the event. Best of luck to you and awesome idea!
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I just came across this thread. I had a zoo wedding last July. We did tables named after animals, had a birdcage for the cards, had a tree guest book, animal crackers for favors. Our colors were fuchia and green. My BIL’s girlfriend designed all the programs, invites, table markers and place cards and they were really simple but elegant. I can send you pics if you’d like.