Wedding Packages - Blank Park Zoo

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The Zoo could not have been a better venue for our wedding. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. The coordinator helped with everything from the moment we booked our date. Our wedding was nothing like anyone else's, and the family thought it was beautiful. Overall, it was perfect.

- August, 2013

Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions
Boardwalk Bridesmaids
Photo by Black Label Wedding Photography

Premium Package                                                            
Use of entire zoo exclusively for guests
Ceremony, Cocktail Hour & Reception in the locations of your choice
Outdoor & indoor exhibits open until 8:00 pm, exclusively for your guests
*times subject to change
Deluxe Package
Ceremony, Cocktail Hour & Reception in the locations of your choice
Indoor exhibits available upon request
*times of exhibit subject to change
**Friday and Sunday weddings receive 10% off the entire rental fee.
Please contact the Events Manager at 515.974.2506
or  for pricing information.
Photo by Life Art Photographs
Wedding Ceremonies
Pavilion Ceremony
Discovery Center Ceremony
Sea Lion Deck Ceremony
Aquarium Ceremony

Wedding Receptions
Discovery Center Rooms


Premium Reception
Dinner and dancing in the location of your choice
Outdoor & indoor exhibits open until 8:00pm, exclusively for your guests
*times of exhibit subject to change
Deluxe Reception
Dinner and dancing in the pavilion or Discovery Center Rooms
Indoor exhibits open until 8:00 pm
*times of exhibit subject to change
Zoo Reception
Dinner and dancing in the location of your choice
Discovery Center Rooms


Ceremony & Reception Locations

Outdoor Pavilion
This covered, outdoor structure is open on three sides
and surrounded by nature. It can hold 200-250 guests.
Discovery Center Rooms
One whole wall of this indoor room is made of windows,
providing a view of the indoor Discovery Center exhibit’s
waterfall, palm trees, monkeys and free flight birds. It can
hold up to 160 guests.
Aquarium (Ceremony or Cocktails only)
Located inside the Discovery Center exhibit, the aquarium
is an intimate space under the waterfall that can hold up to 50 guests.
Outdoor Pavilion

Sea Lion Deck (Ceremony or Cocktails only)
This open-air structure overlooks our new sea lion exhibit and can hold up to 50 guests.

Located next to Africa, the ZooPlex allows for receptions of up to 400 guests.









Photo by M&M Photo

‚ÄčWedding Package Details

  • Use of entire Zoo for pictures
  • Cocktail tables, round tables, banquet tables
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Set-up and tear down of chairs, tables, and equipment
  • Wedding arch and platform
  • Coat racks
  • Bridal room by request
  • Ceremony rehearsal by request
  • Zoo members receive a 10% discount on rental space
Food & Beverage
We are proud to have Johnny's Italian Steakhouse as our exclusive caterer at Blank Park Zoo.  The menu at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse is designed specifically for the Zoo and offers complete food and beverage service. Their staff will work with you to customize the cuisine for your event.  Whether you are looking for a simple menu or something elegant, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse has menus that meet every style and price range.
You are free to select the licensed bakery of your choice for your wedding cake.  Johnny's Italian Steakhouse does have a selection of cakes, tortes and cheesecakes available for your dessert needs.
Call 515-974-2535 for more information about catering from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is your rain policy?
If your event is due to take place outside we offer our indoor facility for 25% of the specified rental space in case of an unwanted weather emergency.  The offer is optional and dependent on space availability.
Can I have a rehearsal the day before my wedding?
Please discuss rehearsal time with your event coordinator. Rehearsals depend on the  calendar of events for the week. The zoo also features rooms for your rehearsal dinner. Your event coordinator will be happy to discuss a personalized opportunity.

Is there a discount to have a wedding on a non-Saturday date?
Yes, Friday and Sunday weddings receive 10% off their entire rental fee. If you are already a member, you will receive 15% off the rental fee. This applies throughout the entire year. 

Can we decorate the room for our event?
Yes, with approval from your event coordinator. A licensed florist or wholesaler must  provide the floral arrangements. Flowers and plants may not be brought from home gardens or farmers markets. Balloons, glitter, straws, swizzle sticks, plastic stirrers, rice, birdseed, and bubbles are not allowed in the indoor or outdoor exhibits. We also do not permit the use of nails, hooks, tacks, or screws on the walls of the indoor facility. The indoor facilities’ ceilings provide a great atmosphere to hang decorative items and the outdoor pavilion provides a wonderful space for streamers and other creative ideas.
Can we have a band or DJ?
Yes, you may have music at your event. Your event coordinator, for the safety of the animals, will control music levels. We do not allow fog or bubble machines, strobe, laser, or cop lights in the exhibits to provide the additional safety for our animals.
Do I need to bring my own audio visual equipment?
Blank Park Zoo offers various audio visual equipment for your use. Please discuss further details with your event coordinator.
Is there a deposit required to reserve a room?
A non-refundable deposit (half of the rental fee) is required at the signing of the contract. The sooner you sign, the sooner you save the date!
Is there a security charge?
Blank Park Zoo requires the use of a security guard at any event dispensing alcoholic beverages or any event using the grounds outside normal business hours. The security charge is $25 per hour with a minimum of two hours billed through Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse.
Can we bring our own alcohol or baked goods?
No. All alcoholic beverages consumed on the premises must be provided by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, in accordance with the Iowa Liquor and Beer Control Act. Baked goods must be purchased through a certified bakery.

For more information please email the Private Events Coordinator at or call 515.974.2506 to schedule a tour!
Photo by Huffaker Photography



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