Every bride wants her wedding to be the best day ever. How about hanging out with Howler Monkeys, or an African Pygmy Goat, Two-Toed Sloth, or even an Eastern Hellbender?

I think most of us long for a wedding to remember, not only for ourselves, but also for our guests. It's also pretty stressful for many brides and grooms putting together the guest list if there are a lot of children potentially involved. No children allowed often becomes a sticking point for your special day.

Enter the possibility of the best of both worlds. How about having your wedding at the zoo?

In a story from ctpost.com a long time favorite destination in Connecticut just got a nice honor.

Beardsley Zoo has been recognized as a winner of the 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards as a Connecticut wedding venue.

WeddingWire, Inc., is a popular global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, and every year they honor the top five percent of wedding professionals that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

Lindsay Durkee, Beardsley Zoo's rentals and events manager had this to say to ctpost.com

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is host to nearly two dozen weddings or wedding-related events per year, and that number is growing as more people hear about the Zoo’s availability as a unique venue. Couples love the carousel, beautiful outdoor wedding sites, and the possibility to interact with their favorite animals

Yes, you read that correctly, you can interact with the animals. On the website beardsleyzoo.com/weddings you'll find answer to frequently asked questions like:

  • can I have alcohol on zoo grounds - the answer is yes!
  • can I have an animal at the wedding - the answer is yes! daytime wedding guests have full access to visit the zoo
  • can I have my wedding at night - the answer is yes! nighttime weddings offer the chance to rent the whole zoo and keep the exhibits open for guests to enjoy

Seems to me that the zoo offers you the chance to have that unique wedding you may have always hoped for, and include all the kids in your families as well. Plus, you get to find out exactly what an Eastern Hellbender is.

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