Post # 1
I am a San Diego native and I always thought the idea of having my wedding at the San Diego Zoo/Safari Park was a neat idea (it was one of my favorite places to go as a kid). My fiancee and I toured 4-5 venues offered at Safari Park and we loved/are about to book one of them (with a pretty view of the savanna in the background, there were no bad smells either). The prices are actually slightly cheaper than other venues we looked at in San Diego, and the coordinator told us a portion of what we pay goes towards animal conservation efforts. However, when I told a few of my friends I’ve gotten funny looks, and one of my (potential) bridesmaids flat out said “Ew” when I told her. My parents also told me when they told our relatives a couple of them were disapproving (our relatives daughters usually get married at upscale resorts, wineries, golf clubs, etc). Any thoughts about getting married at a zoo?
Post # 2
I would say get new friends (kidding… slightly). I would be SO EXCITED to attend a wedding at a zoo knowing the proceeds would go towards conservation efforts.
Post # 3
Sounds awesome to me! Especially as San Diego Zoo is a top notch zoo with enclosures suited for their animals and they put in a lot of conservation efforts. If it was a place like Sea World I would side eye. But I think a zoo wedding would be so cool!!! I’d love to attend- your family and friend sound boring lol
Post # 4
A wedding at a zoo (or aquarium) would be my PERFECT wedding! That’s so fun and special! I seriously can’t think of a better venue! Getting married at a winery or golf club or resort sounds so boring. Go with what makes you happy and if people don’t like it, that’s their problem!
Post # 5
l think it is a great idea if you can be absolutely totally sure that the zoo is all about conservation and does not have big animals in cages or herd animals in solitary etc .
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2022 - Newton Square, PA
I think it’s cute! I love an uncoventional venue.
Post # 7
I did a Google Image search for San Diego Zoo wedding and lots of pretty photography came up. We have weddings at our zoo all the time.
Post # 8
I’d say pass depending on how many ppl u plan to invite
Some ppl including my self find zoos offensive and seeing u haven’t had a great reaction so far
Id saw keep brain storming
Post # 9
I love zoos. And it sounds like the zoo has the accommodations for it. Some people have a rigid idea of what a wedding is supposed to be. Or maybe they don’t understand there is an appropriate facility there. You do you. Don’t explain or bargain. Just make sure people understand what the dress code is as some May wonder if it is more casual.
Post # 10
It’s not weird at all! Many zoos have beautiful buildings and being surrounded by animals is so cool. My parents got married in a conservatory at a zoo, and the Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago does beautiful weddings. You’re not getting married in an oversized hamster cage. People who are turning up their noses aren’t classier than you, they’re just acting snooty.
Post # 11
My cousin had her wedding at San Diego Zoo ( the zoo not the safari park). It was great and the Safari Park is even prettier! Your friends are not fun. Don’t listen to them.
Post # 12
The last normal wedding I attended, before Covid, was at a zoo. It was wonderful–formal ceremony in an aquarium space, cocktail hour in & outdoors, formal dinner and dancing indoors.
Post # 13
I’m not a pet person, but I enjoy going to zoos. I’d be happy to go to a wedding at a zoo. I’ve been to both the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, and it would be a wonderful scene for a wedding.
Post # 14
I am a strong proponet of zoos, and I just wanted to say this…
The San Diego Zoo is a worldwide leader in convservation and ecological education. High-quality zoos – such as the San Diego Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, the Smithsonian National Zoo, etc – are not roadside attractions that stuff animals in cages for humans to stare at. They are multi-million-dollar institutions that usually work closely with leading universities in the area to provide approproate habitats for the animals in their care while also studying them and learning about them for better conservation in the wild, and they also run rehabilitation programs to put animals back into their natural habitats every year. High-quality zoos coordinate with other high-quality zoos across the world to create large international conservation initiatves that get resources from wealthy nations into nations that may not have access to the same science. High-quality zoos are GOOD things! They are not anything to be offended over.
I don’t want to derail the thread so I won’t repsond to any comments about this, but I just wanted to put this out there. OP, if the zoo you’re going to get married at is a high-quality, accredited zoo, and not a roadside attraction, you should not be worried about or ashamed of giving them your money.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2021 - Australia
I agree with this! I LOVE the zoo! My sister did plan to have her wedding at Taronga in Sydney, but then covid restrictions meant the venue wasn’t big enough. I would love to go to a wedding at the zoo, and am surprised your friends and family aren’t on board. I guess though, that it really depends on what percentage feel that way, and whether you’re comfortable knowing how they feel about it. Seems like an odd attitude to have. I quite like the opportunity to see an unusual venue in a new light myself – whether it’s a museum, gallery, zoo, theatre or whatnot, but maybe I’m in the minority with that.