The aviary is the perfect venue if you want a fun reception in a non-traditional setting. We rented the rose garden tent for cocktail hour outside and then moved inside under the atrium for dinner and dancing. Both places were so beautiful, even before they had any decorations. The rooms at night, with flowers and tables, look so different from how they do during the day. It's amazing. You can also have bird encounters for an additional fee and I highly recommend that. That was a big hit. We had a penguin, a parrot, and an owl. I wish I had a reason to host another big party there again! It is an amazing value for the price and the people were great to work with! More pluses - you bring your own alcohol, the aviary supplies tables and chairs, you choose your caterer. Something good and bad is that you provide any rentals (linens, dishes, flatware, glasses, etc.) It's good because you get what you want, but it is hard if you don't know what you're doing. (Jean Ross from Opening Night Catering helped us with this and she was GREAT!)
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