Post # 1
My niece’s wedding ceremony & reception are going to be held at a beautiful pavilion at our local zoo.
Would it be weird or over the top to have a live animal encounter during the reception?
I just thought it would be fun and an unexpected surprise for the guests.
Post # 3
I think it would be AWESOME. As a guest I’d love it, but I’m a huge animal fan and I love the zoo. And it would be so memorable.
Post # 4
I think it all depends on the animal and how the bride and groom feel about it. Could be a little distracting from the wedding activities.
Although, if it were my wedding and you brought out elephants I would probably die of excitement. All depends on the couple.
Post # 5
I think it depends on what animal. A nice, docile animal, like a giraffe, would be pretty cool, or anything that you see in the kiddie petting zoo, such as a sheep. I probably wouldn’t include a bird of prey or anything that can be unpredictable and poop on people. A lot of zoos I’ve been to also have peacocks walking around the food area, so that might be fun, assuming none of your guests are scared of birds.
That being said, Darling Husband and I are huge animal lovers so that’s probably coloring my opinion.
Post # 6
nope I think it would be great just keep it small and not dangerous :).
Post # 7
I think if you’re going to have a reception at a zoo, a live animal encouter is a MUST 😉
Post # 8
I think this is great, in theory.
Does the zoo have a petting zoo? How far from the shelter is it? It would be super cute to having a “pet-tail hour” [cocktail hour, but you know, in a petting zoo!]. I don’t think I’d bring any animals to the actual reception though…. they can get smelly, and they poop.. alot! If everyone is all dolled up nobody wants to smell or see poop in the same area they’ll be eating.
Post # 9
I also think it’s a must since we’re having it at the zoo!
I was thinking along the lines of a small animal, perhaps a baby if there is one available at the time. No birds of pray, snakes or anything that will creep people out. Just something that a handler can bring into the reception area and let people interact with.
A baby monkey would be awesome! LOL
Post # 10
As a person who doesn’t even like housepets because of their hair and slobber, there’s no way I would get near an animal when I was all dressed up for a wedding. I’m probably in the minority though.
Post # 11
Oh.my.GOD! I would sell my grandmother for an elephant ride at a wedding!!!
Post # 12
@Sheepshead: I think it’s one thing to subject an unhappy monkey to being passed around to kids with sticky fingers, but at the zoo, there are other animals that are happy to be in the spotlight for a brief period of time. A live animal encounter doesn’t necessarily have to include handling said animal. It could just be a quick demonstration, similar to the ones they already put on during the day. For example, I highly doubt the giraffes that line up for hand-fed treats from the zoo attendees are feeling upset and angry about the “encounter”.
Post # 13
Oh my gosh I LOVE the zoo! I’m so jealous right now haha.
GO FOR IT! <3
Post # 14
@Nona99: LOL (for serious)
@dittobelle: I agree with others that it depends on the animal.
Post # 15
@Sheepshead: What’s wrong with a zoo?
Post # 16
This is a wild animal park that is heavily into conservation and rehabilitation. It’s also an educational center that provides all kinds of demonstrations to local schools.
That’s the type of presentation it would be… a brief speech about conservation and I’m sure the animal itself.
I don’t know how in depth it will be or how much contact people will actually be allowed to have. I just found out it’s an option that’s offered and was wondering if it was a good idea or a bad one. LOL
Y’all have raised many good points. Clearly I need more info from the park.
I mainly just wondered if it was something done tastefully and with plenty of thought to the animals well being if it would be something worth considering.