On April 1st, Jerry and Christine Jones celebrated their wedding reception. Wichita, KS has a great wedding venue at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Surrounded by family and friends, they celebrated their second chance at love.
Jerry and Christine met through combined friends. Both Jerry and Christine lost their spouses of 30-plus years to cancer in the years before. They met one night and had an instant connection. Then they started texting, which moved to talking on the phone, which moved to an amazing first date night with an equally amazing charcuterie board. Christine and Jerry shared the grief of losing a spouse to cancer. They helped and guided each other through the trials of recovery.
Jerry proposed to Christine during a family dinner. All of their combined children and grandchildren were present at this family dinner. Together they have six children. And six grandchildren with more on the way! The kids all attended the wedding reception in Wichita, KS, to help celebrate their new blended family.
Why Jerry and Christine Chose Tanganyika Out of All the Reception Locations in Wichita
Christine and Jerry wanted a small intimate ceremony with their closest loved ones and a large reception with everyone present later. There are a few reception locations in Wichita big enough for their guest list, but they decided to hold it at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. For their ceremony, they held a small exchange of vows in their home with all the children and grandchildren present.
When asked, “Why did they choose Tanganyika out of all the reception locations in Wichita?” they answered, ” They are members of TWP 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 had hosted his retirement party previously here at Tanganyika and loved it so much he decided to host his wedding reception here. They stated, during their final consultation, that they loved TWP so much they were going to ” host an event here every year”!
For their reception, they got most of their décor from Endless Treasures. Endless Treasures provided a beautiful photo area, mint green linens, and stunning table décor.
Absolute Sound was their DJ. He provided amazing music with lights that bounced with the beat. Bagatelle Bakery made a delicious cake and cheesecake.
Blue Moon was an amazing caterer. They made a perfect dinner of beef medallion, potatoes, and a cheese board. Blue Moon is a great choice for any wedding reception. Wichita, KS, has some great local vendors to choose from.
For their bar, the Jones brought their own beer and then had Tanganyika provide all the wine and liquor. The Longabough’s got to pick out 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 ambassadors come to their reception. Since Tanganyika Wildlife Park happens to have a white tiger named Grayson, we managed to surprise them with a thrilling tiger demo 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 was beautiful, and everyone had a fantastic time. The room was filled with many friends and family who celebrated Christine and Jerry’s love. Jerry stated that his favorite part of the night was ” his family’s speeches and what they said”! When Christine was asked she said, “My favorite part of the night was spending time with my family and all of it!”
We loved hosting Christine and Jerry’s Reception. They were amazing to work with. Every guest that attended exuded the same energy as Christine and Jerry. They were all 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.
The Best Unique Wedding Locations
When it comes to planning your big day, finding unique wedding locations can be a daunting task. But if you’re looking for a unique and memorable location, Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita, KS, is it. You might think you must be an animal lover, but we’re more than just a zoo.
We have stunning outdoor scenery and unique outdoor space. 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.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park is one of the best unique wedding locations in Wichita, KS, offering various wedding reception venues. 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, you’re sure to find a package that fits your needs and budget.
If you’re searching “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.
Out of all the wedding reception venues in Wichita, no one can else can offer a wedding on a giraffe deck or provide a water fountain show as part of your outdoor reception. Whether you’re looking to create a one-of-a-kind wedding experience or want to add a touch of whimsy to your big day, Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a perfect choice.
Book Your Unforgettable Wedding Reception Wichita, KS Today
This was the case for Jerry and Christine Jones when they thought “wedding reception Wichita, KS,” their favorite event venue, came to mind. Tanganyika Wildlife Park was the perfect choice for their reception, as they are members and have been coming to the park for a long time. With upgrades that include catering, bar service, and excellent entertainment vendors, Tanganyika Wildlife Park is one of the best unique wedding locations in Wichita, KS.
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