The Oakfield at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo really is a wedding destination like no other!

Quirky, unique, distinctive, unconventional, you can debate the best term to describe a Chester Zoo wedding. Still, there is no debate about just how beautiful it is!

Started in 1930 by George Mottershead as a place to keep his growing animal collection, Chester Zoo has grown to become one of the largest in the UK, covering 130 acres. The Oakfield, originally the family’s home, lies at the heart of the zoo and has been beautifully restored with intricate wood panelling, historical photos and views out onto the gardens.

Few wedding venues offer the opportunity to celebrate your wedding in such stunning surroundings and have your wedding photos with some of the world’s most endangered wildlife.

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If you choose to say your vows at Chester Zoo you wedding will take place at the beautifully restored Oakfield surrounded by intricate wood panelling. The ceremony room has large windows filling the room with natural light and providing stunning views out over the beautiful landscaped gardens. Once you have tied the knot zoos stunning gardens and animals are just a short walk away.

You and guest joining you at the Oakfield for your wedding, have full access to the zoo to explore. Given the estates size, make sure everyone is aware of when to be back for food before the go of exploring.

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We all know where Chester Zoo is, right? [There’s a rather substantial hint in the name!] But did you know Chester Zoo is only 15 minutes from Chester city centre? Honestly, this one surprised us as well, and we have been visiting Chester Zoo for years!



Being so close to the city there are plenty of of options for accommodation close by


Chester zoo now offers two unique wedding spaces. The Oakfield with its stunning Victorian mansion charm is suitable for wedding parties of upto 80 in the day and 120 in the evening. The Square is where old meets new, and this new venue is suitable for 200 guest in the day and up to 380 in the evening.

To get all the information you need to plan you unique wedding at Chester zoo along with the latest pricing, speak to the team directly and start the journey towards your very own one of a kind wedding.


Can we throw confetti at Chester Zoo

Due animal welfare its not possible to have confetti, but there are always alternative options. For a recent wedding we supplied the guest with several cheap bubble blasters. The effect is very similar to confetti, without any risk to the animals! Click the play link below to see how this looks.


We #love #confetti shots but there not always possible, for yesterdays wedding @chesterzooofficial we came up this 🥰

♬ Unstoppable – 颜妹

Can we have Fireworks or launch Chinese lanterns at Chester Zoo?

Due to the close proximity to the amimals neither fireworks nor Chinese lanterns can be launched.

Fitzpatrick Photography came about from the idea of doing something different!

To move away from the traditionally uncomfortable, staged wedding photos we all know so well! Instead, we wanted to create memories, authentic, emotional and genuine mementoes of each day. To Photograph how we knew we would want to be photographed!

To help with your wedding planning we have put together a comprehensive 32 step guide taking you every step of the way from picking your venue, to last minute details. Wedding planning, shouldn’t be stressful, and we would love to join you on your journey from saying “Yes” to “I Do”

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