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Say “I do” in any one of our elegant and unique settings.

Celebrate your wedding at the perfect Cleveland Metroparks venue, like a romantic spot within the park, a wild time in The RainForest at the Zoo or a step back in time at Squire's Castle.

Our indoor and outdoor venues can accommodate groups of any size with banquet and catering facilities that are perfect for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions.

/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/wedding_giraffe.jpg Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/wedding_waterfall.jpg The RainForest - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/squirescastle.jpg Squire's Castle - North Chagrin Reservation
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/edgewater wedding.jpg Edgewater Park - Lakefront Reservation
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/wedding_jump.jpg The RainForest - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
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Group Guidelines - Wedding Reception

Conditions of Use

Please contact the Special Events and Experiences with questions 216-635-3304. 

  1. The primary business of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is operation of the Zoo and The RainForest.  Our primary concern is the safety and well being of the animals at the Zoo and The RainForest.  To support these concerns and to insure the safety of the Guest Group, the Zoo has the right to terminate or move the location of the event.  If the Guest Group causes termination, then the Guest Group will not be entitled to any reimbursements of payments made.  If the Guest Group does not cause termination, then all payments made by the Guest Group will be refunded in full.

  2. Zoo staff will be on-site during the event.  All before & after-hour events must have a Cleveland Metroparks Ranger(s) for security.  The rate 2013 is $30.00 per hour per ranger (four-hour minimum).  Payment must be received 14 days prior to the event via cash, credit card or check made payable to Cleveland Metroparks.

  3. Treetops Catering by ARAMARK is the exclusive caterer and holds a liquor license for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  No outside food or beverages are permitted in the rental facilities.

  4. The Zoo may, at its discretion, limit the time of and/or sound level of live or recorded music.

  5. Smoking is prohibited in any indoor facility.

  6. No open flames are permitted.  Candles must be enclosed in either a hurricane glass or a votive.   Balloons, confetti, piñatas, and glass containers are not permitted in any facility or in the Zoo.

  7. Invitation copy, pamphlets, and flyers must be sent to the Group Sales Office for review and approval prior to being printed for distribution.  Allow sufficient time for approval.  Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will provide camera-ready art of its Zoo logo and directional map.

  8. After hours, Guest Group may not enter or use rooms or areas not specified in the permit.

  9. Storage for equipment or goods is not provided, and the Zoo assumes no responsibility for loss. 

  10. The Guest Group is permitted to begin to set up for their event alongside the Zoo’s staff once the Zoo and The RainForest close to the public.  Between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, set up can begin at 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, and Monday through Friday set up can begin at 5pm.  Vendors are permitted to drop off and set up their items only during this time.

  11. hereby authorize Cleveland Metroparks to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or video that may pertain to me (or my child/ward, having not attained the age of 18) — including my (or my child/ward) image, likeness and/or voice without compensation. I understand that this material may be used in various publications, public affairs releases, recruitment materials, broadcast public service advertising (PSAs), multimedia exhibits or for other related endeavors. This material may also appear on Cleveland Metroparks or project sponsor's Internet Web Page and/or digital social media services.   By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the above release and agree to be bound thereby. I hereby release all claims against any person or organization utilizing this material (if the participant is under 18 years of age, the parent/guardian must sign).  rev. 09/13


A permit must be obtained to conduct a wedding ceremony in Cleveland Metroparks. Requests are accepted up to one (1) year in advance and until one (1) month prior to the date of the wedding ceremony.

Additional Event Information

Wedding Packages
Packages may include animal encounters, wedding photos, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, reception, bridal showers and ceremony. Contact us for pricing.

Flexible Capacity
If you desire a small, intimate wedding or a larger party, Cleveland Metroparks can accommodate any capacity with indoor and outdoor venues.

Exceptional Food & Beverage
Cleveland Metroparks offers on-site catering and beverage service. All Zoo locations are catered exclusively by ARAMARK.

Free Convenient Parking
Cleveland Metroparks offers free on-site parking at all event facilities.

Planning & Consultation
A Cleveland Metroparks staff member will be happy to help you plan all aspects of your event with suggestions for hotels, music, catering and more.