Nashville Zoo is the ideal location for a destination wedding that is conveniently located near all the excitement Nashville has to offer.

By choosing Nashville Zoo as your venue, you can be assured to have a truly unique experience. As an added benefit, you can be confident that your choice of venue serves to help the greater Nashville community and wildlife near and far.

In addition to the Zoo’s extraordinary spaces, we offer the best in cuisine and service from Taste of the Wild, our exclusive on-site caterer. Offering a variety of menus, a la carte items and custom options, Taste of the Wild provides a delectable selection for any size group or palette.

Call our events sales office at (615) 833-1534 x190 or fill out an online form for more information.

View our Wedding Guide (PDF) to start planning!


(up to 100 guests*)

Great for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, small ceremonies, and engagement parties.

With a gorgeous view of the African Savannah and the majestic African Elephants, you and your guests will feel like you have traveled to exotic lands.

*Capacity: 60 - seated / 100 - cocktail reception

Nashville Zoo Wedding Botswana

Nashville Zoo Wedding Croft Historic Home

Croft Historic Home - Lawn Ceremonies

(up to 300 guests)

Built in 1810, the Croft Historic Home Lawn is the ideal backdrop for a wedding ceremony. This picturesque scenery engages an expanse of rich history paired with a quaint and intimate setting – perfect for a romantic ceremony.

Please note, ceremonies are only available in conjunction with reception rental.

Jungle Terrace Pavilion - Receptions

(up to 300 guests)

This covered 50 x 90 tent is nestled amongst a lush landscape, perfectly situated between the whimsical wild animal carousel and fanciful Jungle Gym. It is the perfect backdrop for an evening outdoor wedding reception.

Nashville Zoo Wedding Jungle Terrace

Nashville Zoo Wedding Wild Animal Carousel

Wild Animal Carousel

(up to 200 guests)

Great for cocktail hour receptions, engagement parties, and small receptions.

For the couple young at heart, this whimsical setting is sure to fulfill all your wildest dreams. Why not let your guests take a wild spin on a giant anteater or clouded leopard?

Call our events sales office at 615-445-7825 or fill out an online form for more information.

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Important Information About Your Nashville Zoo Wedding

Wedding and Reception Availability

All weddings and receptions are only allowed after the Zoo closes. Our hours of operation can be found here.


Taste of the Wild Catering is the exclusive onsite caterer for all events taking place on Zoo grounds. They can customize menus to suit your palette. To view the Taste of the Wild menu, click here.


"Our wedding at the Zoo was PERFECT! Such a unique and beautiful environment and the staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating. Our guests are still talking about it!"

"I think the day was a huge success - great weather, great support from you and your team getting everything set up, great accommodations for the wedding party and great fun for all our guests. While everything came together very nicely, I was particularly impressed by the food! I don't believe that I have ever had a buffet-style meal that was even close to what we served. Everything was appropriately hot (or cold), the quantity was just right and the flavors - wow!"

"The wedding and reception were absolute stress-free occasions. There was not a single negative moment, from our arrival up until the last dance. It was the most amazing day, and we are so very thankful and appreciate for that."

“The wedding was absolutely perfect. Everything went exactly to plan and we are still waiting to hear of a single hitch or glitch that happened and now we realize there can't have been one. The weather might have been our one 'dramatic moment' and we were just so fortunate with that too… We have heard from so many people how good they thought the meal was. A great variety and plenty of it well displayed. All your staff worked so hard and were so pleasant. My mind is a blank about so much of it. I just know that thanks to you all, we were able to be true guests at our own party and able to enjoy it all without any of the responsibilities.”