Weddings

Host a wedding like no other!

Are you looking for an out of the ordinary spot to tie the knot? The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to over 700 animals, and we’re also one of Central New York’s most unique spots to host a wedding. Celebrate your big day in a relaxed setting that reflects your fun-loving style and personality. Best of all, your special day helps support the animals of the zoo. 

Host a wedding like no other — say “I Do” at the zoo!

You can make your day even more memorable by inviting one of our charming animal ambassadors to meet and mingle with your guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our minimum guaranteed guest count is 50 people.

While our banquet room rental capacity is up to 200 guests for a buffet style dinner, we recommend 175 or less for events with a dance floor (like weddings!) and 150 or less for plated dinners with a dance floor. We can accommodate up to 300 people for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception.

An appointment is required to view our venue. Our event calendar tends to be very busy and our banquet room may be in use by another client if you drop in unexpectedly. One of our event coordinators would be happy to give you a detailed tour and answer any questions you might have.

Catering at the Zoo is a full service in-house catering facility and we are not able to accommodate outside caterers. 

We get this questions all the time, but it really depends on your vision for the day. Cash bar vs. open bar, zoo rentals and menu choices all affect the price tag. The number of people you are expecting is a huge factor in the overall cost, and entertaining 50 people is vastly different from entertaining 150. We believe you can have a beautiful, meaningful wedding on any budget, but the more people you wish to join the festivities the more you can expect to invest. 

We do have a required minimum spend of $7500 (total cost including food, beverage, alcohol, facilities rental, service charge and sales tax) on Saturdays from June to October. On Fridays and Sundays during the season or during off-peak months we have more flexibility. 

What our clients say...

The zoo was an amazing wedding venue! From the beautiful outdoor ceremony space to the reception, food, setup, and outdoor patio, the entire day was truly the “best day ever.” Julie and Brittany went above and beyond and were continuously available and professional through the entire planning process. I seriously can’t say enough about it all. Plus, the in-house catering through Catering At The Zoo is wonderful. PS – rent the indoor zoo, our guests loved it!

Marissa Porter Brockhuizen

The Catering at the Zoo team blew it out of the water! Julie and Brittany were amazing, as were the waitstaff and bartenders. Absolutely do not hire a day of coordinator because these guys will take care of everything. They even set up everything so my family didn’t have to lift a finger. We can’t thank the CATZ staff enough. Everyone is still talking about what a cool venue it was and how much fun they had. I’m still hearing about how cool the lions were. The food was amazing!

Charlene Valletta

We had the best wedding! Everyone had a great time. The staff was so friendly, the food was awesome, and the animals were so fun! I highly recommend this venue to any bride!!!

Emily Tripepi

Highly recommend events here. Laura and Brian‘s wedding could not have gone more smoothly or received more compliments. Food, staff and facilities were all of highest caliber and so easy to work with. Thank you to everyone!

Laura & Brian Burrows

Paula Daley

Can’t say enough amazing things to express how happy we are that we went with the zoo for our wedding!! Everyone was unbelievably helpful and on the ball through the whole process, and our wedding day was so fun that we are still hearing about it regularly almost six months later. If I could rate higher than excellent, I would. They’re awesome!!! 

Becky and Ken Jones

Rebecca Jones

The Zoo catering crew exceeded all of our expectations! Our family and friends all had a fabulous time and we even had friends saying they wished they had done their wedding at the zoo. Thank you for a fantastic night!

Andy and Kate Luckett

Andy & Kate Luckett

From start to finish, the event coordinators at the zoo were extremely friendly, professional, and helpful with us planning our big day. To be honest, when we first considered the zoo, I had hesitations, with it being a non-traditional location. However, when we visited and met with Julie and Brittany, I immediately felt comfortable with them, and the ceremony/reception spaces at the zoo are amazing.

Jeff Spradlin

It was so much fun see everyones expression of wow your getting married at the zoo. But not only that it was beautiful new ballroom and patio ceremony area. The catering was so much more than the food they were like having a wedding planner. I didn’t have to lift a finger. The food was so delishious[sic]. I wish I could go there as for a date night dinner. Truly made our wedding a fairytale.

Amanda Tschudi

This is a beautiful place to get married! The patio was stunning, the courtyard impressive (thanks for supplying a beautiful sunset), the inner zoo and Eagon the Eurasian Eagle Owl brought happiness, and the banquet room looked gorgeous. Brittany and her team were amazing to work with and the food was delicious. We are so very happy we chose Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Fabulous!

Angela McLane