(Closed) Brookfield Zoo wedding

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I also am dreaming of the Brookfield Zoo, so please report back if you find anything interesting ๐Ÿ™‚  Do you mind asking how far in advance they are usually booked??  Also, some things I have wondered which you may want to ask are any restrictions on decor (heard they don’t allow balloons so wondering what else) and how they handle guest admission (do we pay for it, do they say they are with the wedding at the entrance, is it included in the per head fee, etc).

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I actually looked into the Brookfield Zoo for my wedding.  I sent an inquiry and they sent me a packet of information which was very useful.  I found the prices comparable to a lot of the hotels out there.  The reason why we didn’t go forward was because the space would not be able to accomodate our 440 guests. 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am having my wedding at Brookfield Zoo in april 2013. Its actually a great deal – we are having contails with the animals in the swamp exhibit, and the reception is at the bocaditos – which is a great room overlooking the zoo. The price is reasonable – we are having about 65 guests at about $100 per person. But it includes the open bar, the cake, appetizers, dinner, linens, dishes, cake cutting, flowers for our head table, parkng and admission for all the guest – who are free to walk around before while we take pictures, pictures with the animals … most places will charge extra. Plus terry is awesome.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am having my wedding at the Brookfield Zoo! And I actually also work there, in the Design dept, but worked in the catering dept all through high school and college! Kathy is an amazing woman, and Terry and Steph are both great too!

It really is a great deal, and a great place to have a beautiful, unique wedding! Feel free to ask me if you have any questions!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Beckyk08:  Also, Terry is one of the three sales manager, not the director of the department. He, Kathy and Steph are the three sales managers you can work with to plan an event!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

okay ladies… I got my ring yesterday so this morning I contacted the zoo!!  Good luck to all of our zoo weddings XD!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@elysion:  Yay! Congrats ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Congrats Brides!  I’m envious of your zoo weddings!  =)

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

My Fiance and I visited the zoo and put a courtesy hold on our date!!  Ceremony at Roosevelt Fountain, cocktail hour at the Bear Wilderness exhibit, and reception at Bocaditos if we can pare our guest list down ๐Ÿ™‚  I’m super excited!!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@elysion:  Nice! We are doing our reception at the GBW too, but we are doing our ceremony at the Formal Pool, and the reception at the Pavilions ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@Baker2Be:  Terry actually only showed us the pavillions as a rain option for the ceremony, I didn’t even think to ask about it as a reception location.  Do you know if there are any seasonal or guest count restrictions to using one of the pavillions for a reception??  Just wondering if you might know — I will probably ask Terry (if Fiance is interested at least; maybe August is too sticky at night for outdoors?) once we have gotten our guest list finalized and stuff.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It may actually be booked. It’s our most popular venue, so that could be the reason.

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