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Venues in Powell, OH,
(614) 724-3562
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 27 Reviews


    Andrea Adkins

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  • Wedding during covid. Amanda the coordinator amazing. Beautiful venue. Tastings were cancelled. Limited catering menu. Venue needs to let vendors in more than one hour ahead of ceremony. Tables not set up in time. Also, ran out of certain alcoholic bevs early after paying for 4.5 hours of open bar.

    Cindy Frobel

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  • My son and daughter-in-law were married at Water's Edge in October 2019 and the wedding was nothing short of awesome. Many guests commented how wonderful the venue was and truly enjoyed the animals.

    Mike Mason

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  • Amazing wedding at Water's Edge Boardwalk in the Columbus Zoo. We were told by so many of our guests that it was the best wedding they had ever attended. We loved having our own time with the zoo animals that were brought to us for pictures prior to being taken to our guests. Staff did an amazing job!

    Chris Condron

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    3.6 out of 5
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  • The zoo did an amazing job with animals and food. The wedding planner on the other hand was hard to get ahold of and stressed my wife out constantly. We were told one thing and then it would change a few days later. They need to realize that they do a lot of weddings but the couple getting married have not. Overall the zoo was amazing and our families had a blast

    Sebastian

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  • I absolutely loved having my wedding at waters edge .

    Katherine

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    5 out of 5
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  • Amanda Januzzi went above and beyond for us, answering all our crazy emails and questions throughout the planning process. She really helped us plan our wedding from day one. The venue was gorgeous at the Heart of Africa, and I really appreciate that their per person costs include the bar in with it. The food was good, the service was excellent, and the staff members that we got to meet throughout the planning process were wonderful.

    Allyson

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had the best experience at the zoo with Amanda and Brooke! I could not have imagined a better wedding experience. The Africa event center is absolutely stunning. The food and alcohol which come from venue is amazing! The selection of food is incredible and the catering Team was just as great to work with. We have gotten so many compliments about the entire process from family and friends.

    Tyler

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    5 out of 5
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  • Amanda and Brooke made our venue/food/drink planning the easiest part of the wedding. They were there every step of the way, and if we ever had any questions was only a call or text away. There are words that just can’t describe these two and the tremendous amounts of help they gave us to make our day perfect. They saved us some appetizers while we were being pulled everywhere to take pictures and were always asking not only us but our families if there was anything that they needed these two have huge hearts and truely love what they do! Thank you Amanda and Brooke. We got married at the Africa event center and The venue speaks for itself. It was stunning in all aspects and people cannot stop raving about it. The promotional animals were awesome and kept our guests entertained while my wife and I ran around To take pictures throughout the zoo. Make sure you pay the extra money for the giraffe feeding, again everyone is raving about it. Our day was perfect thanks to Amanda, Brooke... Read more

    Ashleigh

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was nothing short of WONDERFUL! Let me bullet point a few of our favorite parts ( I LOVE bullet points) ! - First... we need to make a BIG shout out to the Columbus Zoo Wedding Coordinator- Amanda Januzzi. We are BEYOND grateful to have had Amanda as our wedding coordinator. Amanda is probably one of the kindest, most personable and professional people we have had the privilege to work with. She makes your special day her number one priority. Your wedding is in GREAT hands with her! - We were blessed/fortunate to have our ceremony and reception at the African Event Center...it was BEAUTIFUL! The giraffes not only added an essence of fun but the Savannah is absolutely gorgeous. It was the number one thing our guests stated they loved about our wedding ceremony. I don’t want to brag.... but our ceremony pictures are AWESOME thanks to the adorable giraffes! - ANIMALS- My husband (that’s so much fun to say) asked me to be his g... Read more

    Elise

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    5 out of 5
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  • We held our ceremony and reception at the African Event Center. The venue was absolutely amazing and so incredibly unique. We received countless compliments on how beautiful the space was, how fun our wedding was, and how delicious the food was! Our guests were able to feed giraffes and interact with the baby animals during cocktail hour. There is no was to describe how gorgeous and special it is to have giraffes walking around in the background while you're getting married. It tied the entire event together perfectly! In addition to the venue being perfect, the team we worked with was stellar. Amanda and Alyssa are professional, organized, and accommodating. We had a few unique requests, which they happily managed. We planned our wedding from across the country and they helped ensure that we didn't skip a beat in the planning process. Additionally, they were very fun to work with - I enjoyed every interaction we had with the two of them! I can't say enough about this venu... Read more

    Rachel

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    5 out of 5
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  • My fiance and I had both our ceremony and reception at the Africa Event Center venue and it was a FANTASTIC experience. First of all, the venue itself was just amazing. From anywhere in the venue you could see the beautiful giraffes out on the Savannah walking around which made for incredible pictures and atmosphere. We decided to pay for the giraffe feeding which was so worth it! Also, as a part of the venue, they bring in animal guests during cocktail hour and while they couldn't promise us any specific animals (the well being of the animals is the top priority as it should be!) we got lucky and they brought out a baby bobcat and a baby clouded leopard! They also brought out a penguin, a small fox (which I got to hold!!), and a super cute little owl! My fiance and I got to go out to see and take pictures with the animals before they were brought into the venue for the rest of our guests. Our guests were entertained all night and they kept talking about how it was one of the coolest w... Read more

    Rachel

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I recently got married at the Columbus zoo on September 24, 2016. We got married on the boardwalk portion and it was absolutely stunning and wonderful! I heard from multiple wedding guests and it was the most beautiful and fun wedding they have ever been to. The exotic animal cocktail hour made it so unique and the guests could not get enough! They brought a baby clouded leopard, bearcat, penguin, and a baby kangaroo. It also makes for cool pictures! The staff is so amazing and made the experience so much better. They have this down to a science. They can predict the flow of the evening and how to make it best and easiest for us and the guests! I didn't even have to go up to any of them all night because they were keeping everything flowing so nicely! You will be amazed when you talk to them about how much easier they will make your lives! If you choose this venue, you need to add on the smores bar and late night snack attack (soft pretzels and cheese, cookies, and flavo... Read more

    Terry

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    5 out of 5
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  • Do your research. First, we studied lots of Columbus-area venues on line. We narrowed down the list to six possibilities and visited all 6 in a two-day period. While the other five were beautiful, the Africa Event Center was a standout. The animals brought an element of fun and surprise without being too cutesy or juvenile. With it's glittering chandeliers, beautiful linens, new upholstered seating, and sparkling tableware the effect was elegant yet inviting. Our two event planners were a true pleasure to work with; not missing one detail. The food was definitely NOT the typical wedding fare. Our guests commented that it was some of the best food they've had in Columbus. Even during the reception, the wait staff were so professional and anxious to lend a hand with whatever we needed. It was truly an effortless event on our part and beyond our highest hopes. Absolutely outstanding!

    Kelli

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sara and Alyssa were incredibly fantastic to work with! They were so proactive and timely with all of their responses of the questions I had for our upcoming wedding! Throughout the planning process, I never felt uncomfortable or unsure about anything!! I can't thank Sara and Alyssa enough for all of the support and encouragement they provided!! Leading up to our wedding day, they reached out to my vendors with information so I didn't have to be the one relaying the details for day of! Our wedding went off without a hitch!! It was so perfect and so wonderful that I couldn't have imagined anyone else playing the part that Sara and Alyssa filled!!! The catering staff were wonderful and helpful and so pleasant!!! I advise everyone who is looking to have their wedding at the Zoo to give them the business because you won't be disappointed!!! Thank you again for such a perfect wedding day that will always be remembered, for myself and my husband, as well as the guests that attended!!!

    Melissa

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  • We absolutely LOVED having our wedding at the zoo. From the moment we walked in we knew that's where it was going to be. When booking we loved that everything was one price per person. It made it so much easier on us. They also offered discounted rates for kids and non-drinkers. Amanda and Alyssa, who we worked with, were completely amazing! They were there for every little detail and they ecspecially came through on wedding day! The staff at the zoo was completely amazing as well. They carried our plates to our seats, were professional, and literally had everything cleaned up so no one in our bridal party hardly had to lift a finger. The food is amazing, bar was excellent with amazing beer, wine and liquor choices as well. On top of all of that you have the amazing feature that you're at the zoo. Our guest kept gushing about how cool and stunning our venue is. They loved that when they were eating dinner they could look up and see he giraffes playing. On top of being able to access ... Read more

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