Melbourne Zoo offers couples a unique wedding event space in stunning natural surrounds - garden ceremonies, animal experiences, beautiful wedding event spaces. The Zoo is only minutes from the CBD. Say 'I do' at the Zoo and book your special wedding day with us!
Melbourne Zoo has a number of versatile reception venues and a range of outdoor ceremony sites, each with their own special charm. Just being in the Zoo, or actually glimpsing the different animal exhibits, can inspire animal-themed elements in your wedding, or the opportunity to include an animal experience as part of your wedding package.
From smaller more intimate weddings to larger functions, Melbourne Zoo offers a romantic, unforgettable setting for your wedding day.
Inside, the Rainforest Room looks onto the lush greenery of the playful Tamarin monkey habitat. Outside on the terrace, it overlooks the award-winning Japanese Garden and lake. With its light-filled cathedral ceilings, permanent dance floor and private bridal suite, it’s a perfect place for your wedding reception.
Located at the heart of the Elephant Trail, the Bong Su Room is reached through a twisting bamboo forest, with a deck overlooking the elephant pool. Serene, elegant and ideal for animal lovers.
The evening-only Lakeside Bistro overlooks the Zoo’s award-winning Japanese Garden and lake. With its built-in dance floor and gorgeous views, this reception-ready room will see you and your guests dancing the night away in style.
The Japanese Garden is a seasonal feast for the eyes. From Spring and cherry blossoms to leafy Autumnal tones, lush Summer greens and Wintery garden forms; whatever month you book your wedding, you can be inspired by nature!
From the outside, Leopard Lodge facade has a mid-century architectural appeal with lush garden surrounds. Overlooking our beautiful gardens and lawns, this flexible venue is within lion’s roar of the big cats’ habitat – a suitably dramatic backdrop for your big day.
Our Leopard Lodge function room is also our biggest, with room for up to 600 guests (or 240 seated).
Situated just off the central main drive, our newest architecturally-designed deck offers an edgy, fun venue and visual link to the Giraffe and Zebra Exhibit. The deck is sheltered by a timber canopy roof, which also provides framed views of the exhibit, and supporting this structure are a series of slim structural steel columns that are shaped to loosely interpret the profile of a giraffe.
The kiosk building adjacent to the deck, used for some of the catering preparation, is a small free-standing structure clad in naturally finished timber so that it is sympathetic to the heavy vegetation of the surrounding site. Timber was also chosen as the preferred cladding material as, when used with the rusted mild steel, the colours would reflect the coat of giraffes.
This event space is perfect for cocktails and canapes, and a perfect setting for gorgeous photos.
Say ‘I do’ in a truly special setting, at any one of our stunning outdoor ceremony sites.
Imagine exchanging your vows by the Japanese Garden and lake, in the natural surrounds of the Platypus Lawn, or under the big Fig Tree.
Ask us about your options. We can help you with providing a red carpet, registration tables, chairs and a license for photography within the Zoo grounds.
When it comes to choosing a setting for your wedding photos, you’ll be spoiled for choice, with our manicured gardens, South East Asian bamboo forests and, of course, animals wandering in a natural environment.
At Melbourne Zoo Events, we are committed to supporting the environment in which we work. Therefore, we are proud to support local producers and suppliers when possible, and prepare all of our food fresh onsite for each event.
We can accommodate any style of wedding reception, whether an intimate family affair or an eleborate black-tie event. We have a range of options to choose from and, most importantly, we will work with you to design your ideal menu and dream wedding. If you have special requests, our chefs can work with you to tailor our restaurant-quality menu for your event.
For more information about our beautiful wedding packages and event spaces, contact the Zoo’s caterer, Restaurant Associates on (03) 9285 9440 or MelbourneZooFunctions@restaurantassociates.com.au