My wife and I held our reception in the Dolphin Pavilion at the Indianapolis Zoo. What am amazing venue! Weeks later our guests still cannot stop talking about how amazing it was to walk through the dolphin dome and see them swimming around under the lights all night long. Jackie and her zoo staff were superb from beginning to end. She always made us feel like her top priority and eliminated any concern during the planning process. We used a planner to handle most things, and Jackie was very receptive to her as well in terms of handling scheduling, meetings, and decoration questions.
The venue itself was a perfect location for our reception. Even if you didn't decorate a thing, the underwater dome and swimming dolphins would be enough. But with some lighting and table decor it is absolutely perfect! The built-in bar area is plenty large enough to handle a large crowd, and the dance floor is being and in perfect view of windows into the dolphin tanks. It's hard to believe such a great space came at a value far better than lesser venues we looked at.
Catering at the zoo has to be handled internally by Centerplate, but this is a bonus! Miranda and her staff with Centerplate were fabulous. She worked closely with Jackie and our planner and things went perfectly. The food was amazing, and received many compliments from guests. And the servers and bartenders were friendly and attentive all night. We could not have asked for more from our reception venue or caterer. If you want a reception in an amazing, unique location that your guests will remember for a long time, this is the place to be!