Of course ~ it’s a wedding after all!! We only ask that it is kept within the Clifton Pavilion and that only biodegradable paper is thrown, please no real or fake rose petals as they stain the floor, linen and wedding dresses.
Candles are permitted within the building during the wedding breakfast only; however, we ask that they are displayed within a hurricane vase or lantern making the flame encased. More and more couples are opting for the inexpensive and effective LED candles.
Yes, you are more than welcome to play music during the ceremony, The registrar will give you a guide of what is legally allowed to be played and when. We can arrange for a CD player/IPod dock to be placed in the room during your ceremony, we just ask to select a member of your wedding party to press play. If the music is burned onto a CD, we would recommend that you arrange to come and test the CD on our equipment before the wedding date.
We have 2 cake stands that you are welcome to use (14 inch, one square and one round) along with a cake knife, please indicate to your co-ordinator if you wish to use them. As each wedding couple/day/theme is different we are able to recommend suitable decoration suppliers for you. As we are entrusted by Bristol Zoo Gardens to care for the Clifton Pavilion we do have guidelines to adhere regarding decorations ~ please contact your co-ordinator to discuss any ideas you may have before you book any suppliers.
We have an easel to display your table plan along with table numbers and stands that can sit on each table. Although we do not provide name cards, we are more than happy to place them on the tables for you.
We ask that all suppliers deliver on the morning of the wedding between 10am-11am.
All guests are welcome to explore the Zoo gardens throughout your wedding day alongside the public until 5pm. During the months of April – September, this may be extended to 7.30pm, however, as the Zoo hosts a number of after hour’s events to the public throughout the year this would be subject to availability and confirmed to you as soon as the dates have been released.
You are welcome to organise a band or disco to play during your evening reception ~ please let us know if you require any recommendations. All we ask for is a copy of their current public liability insurance (cover must be no less than £5,000,000)and PAT certificate before the wedding date and due to space and noise levels we ask the band to only consist of 5 members or less. Please note we do not allow Karaoke or smoke machines at the Clifton Pavilion. All music must end by midnight.
Last orders are called at 23.45, and the bar will close at midnight.
If you are looking for something different from our standard menus, our chefs are more than happy to discuss a bespoke wedding menu with you; the prices will be dependent on the menu chosen. Please ask your co-ordinator for further information.
We are able to offer 20% of guests free car parking, further car parking will be charged at £3.00 per car subject to availability.
Yes, smoking is permitted outside of the Clifton Pavilion within the Zoo grounds.
The balcony is welcomed to be used in the daytime and has a great view of the Zoo grounds! Once the sun has set and the party starts, we then close the balcony.
Yes, yes, yes and yes!! We take care of all of your catering requirements just leaving you to decide who will bake your wedding cake!
We have seen everything from personalised chocolates to Bristol Zoo key rings and donations. However, to comply with our licence, we do ask that no alcohol is given.
No problem ~ we have a microphone that you are welcome to use in the Clifton Suite.