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Second Chance Jones’ Wedding Reception: Wichita, KS

On April 1st, Jerry and Christine Jones celebrated their wedding reception. Wichita, KS has a number of great wedding venues, but the couple chose to hold their reception at the beautiful Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Surrounded by family and friends, they celebrated their second chance at love.

Jerry and Christine met through mutual friends. Both had lost their spouses of over 30 years to cancer. Finding solace and understanding in each other, their bond deepened from texting to phone conversations, culminating in an unforgettable first date featuring an impressive charcuterie board.

Jerry proposed to Christine during a family dinner attended by all their children and grandchildren.  Together they have six children and six grandchildren with more on the way. The children and grandchildren joined the reception, celebrating the beginning of their new blended family.

Why Jerry and Christine Chose Tanganyika Out of Other Reception Locations in Wichita


Christine and Jerry just desired a small, intimate ceremony with their closest loved ones, followed by a larger reception with everyone present. While several reception locations in Wichita could accommodate their guest list, they chose Tanganyika Wildlife Park. For their ceremony, they had a quaint exchange of vows in their home, surrounded by all their children and grandchildren.

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                                     The newly married table

When asked “Why did they choose Tanganyika out of all the reception locations in Wichita?” they answered, “We are members of Tanganyika and have been coming here for a long time. We wanted a space that was both convenient and beautiful. So, of course, we thought of Tanganyika Wildlife Park!” 

Jerry, having previously hosted his retirement party at Tanganyika and loving it, decided to host his wedding reception here as well. They mentioned during their final consultation that they loved Tanganyika so much, they planned to ” host an event here every year!”   

For their wedding reception in Wichita, KS they sourced most of their décor from Endless Treasures, which provided a beautiful photo area, mint green linens, and stunning table décor. 

Absolute Sound, their DJ, provided amazing music accompanied by lights that pulsed with the beat. Bagatelle Bakery created a delicious cake and cheesecake, while Blue Moon catered a perfect dinner of beef medallion, potatoes, and a cheese board. Blue Moon is a great choice for any wedding reception, and Wichita, KS, offers a selection of excellent local vendors.

For the bar, the Jones brought their own beer, while Tanganyika supplied all the wine and liquor. The Longaboughs had the opportunity to select all their mixers and drinks for their bar with Tanganyika.

Christine and Jerry’s favorite animals are large cats, like tigers. They opted not to have any animal ambassadors come to their reception. However, since Tanganyika Wildlife Park is home to a white tiger named Grayson, we managed to surprise them with a thrilling tiger apparance before their reception. Of all the reception locations in Wichita, Tanganyika is the only one that can surprise you with a tiger training demonstration. 

The reception unfolded beautifully, with everyone having a fantastic time. The room was filled with friends and family, celebrating Christine and Jerry’s love. Jerry said his favorite part of the night was “his family’s speeches and the things they said.” Christine’s favorite part was “spending time with my family and, well, really all of it!”

We loved hosting Christine and Jerry’s Reception. They were amazing to work with, and every guest mirrored Christine and Jerry’s energy—all were funny and kind. The event was truly a blast and unlike any other.


Want to host your wedding reception at Tanganyika? Reach out to our events team here

Why Tanganyika Ranks as One of the Most Unique Wedding Locations

When it comes to planning your big day, finding unique wedding locations can be a daunting task. However, if you’re seeking a unique and memorable location, Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita, KS, is the perfect choice. You might think you must be an animal lover, but we’re more than just a zoo.

Our wedding reception locations range from stunning outdoor scenery to unique open-air spaces. Our indoor event spaces can seat up to 300 guests. If you do love animals, we also allow animals to attend your reception. Imagine having a penguin or sloth walk by during your first dance – it’s sure to be a memorable experience for you and your guests.

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Tanganyika Wildlife Park is among the best wedding reception locations in Wichita, offering a variety of venues to choose from. The park can accommodate up to 300 people for dinner, making it a great choice for larger weddings. Additionally, they offer upgrades that include catering, bar service, and excellent vendors that will decorate and provide entertainment. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a package that fits your needs and budget.

If you’re searching for ‘wedding reception Wichita, KS,’ we offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Not only will you and your guests be surrounded by stunning natural beauty, but you’ll also have the opportunity to interact with some of the park’s resident animals.

Among all the wedding reception venues in Wichita, no one else can offer a wedding on a giraffe deck or include a water fountain show as part of your outdoor reception. Whether you’re looking to create a one-of-a-kind wedding experience or simply want to add a touch of whimsy to your big day, Tanganyika Wildlife Park is the perfect choice.


Book Your Unforgettable Wedding Reception Wichita, KS Today

This was the experience of Jerry and Christine Jones. When they thought of ‘wedding reception Wichita, KS,’ their favorite event venue immediately came to mind: Tanganyika Wildlife Park.

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some of our animals can’t help but join you on your special day

As long-time members and frequent visitors to the park, it was the perfect choice for their reception. The park offers exceptional amenities, including catering, bar service, and a selection of excellent vendors for entertainment. Tanganyika Wildlife Park stands out as one of the most unique wedding locations in Wichita, KS.

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