Post # 1
My fiance and are are very interested in having our wedding at the San Diego Wild Animal park and were wondering if anyone on here had any experience with them or with any other non traditional venues. We’ve been to the park before so we aren’t doing this completely blind, but I’ll have a different perspective when organizing a large group there!
The park has done several weddings before so the wedding package looks great (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/catering/weddings.html), but I’d love to hear about anyone else’s experiences.
I’m also going to be doing this from a distance (I live in Oregon and my fiance will be in Oregon with me for part of the year and in Los Angeles for the rest), so any additional recommendations for organizing a wedding from afar would be appreciated!
Post # 3
You might want to contact Melissa Barrad at I Do Weddings. She recently did a wedding at the Wild Animal Pak. Here’s a link to where she talks about it in her blog:
Post # 4
Thanks for the link, that’s really helpful!
Post # 5
I got hitched at the wild animal park in 2007. Melissa from I Do Weddings was my coordinator. It was the first one she’d done at the park, but I believe she has done one or more since then. It was a fantastic experience. I have a full vendor report on another san diego wedding site if you’d like the link. or email me if you have any specific questions about the park. I 100% recommend it!
Post # 7
As a followup, we did end up doing our wedding there, and it was fantastic! The guests loved that they got free admission for the day and loved the venue, the price was great and the provided coordinator (we worked with Candace) was amazing and walked me through everything! I was incredibly impressed by the food as well. I highly recommend the Park if you’re looking for an different style of venue! If anyone is curious or has any other questions I’d be happy to answer them!
Post # 8
Oddly, I’ve gotten three PMs in the last two weeks about having a wedding at the Park (which I guess is now the Safari Park).
I wanted to link to a feature on my wedding on Offbeat Bride, which should help answer a lot of people’s questions!
The feature is here.