St. Louie, as it’s affectionately called, is one of America’s most hidden gems. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, the city is not only a vibrant cultural destination with a wide array of museums, music and theatre venues, and fine dining. It also boasts the tallest monument in the U.S., the sprawling and gorgeous Forest Park, and not one, but two downtowns! It’s also one of the most charitable cities in the country and has more free major tourist attractions than any other city in the country (besides D.C.). There are so many amazing wedding venues in the Gateway to the West, but we’ve curated a list of the absolute best to send you and your S/O off on the right foot!
Best Big Guest List Venues
Mount Pleasant Estates
Mount Pleasant Estates rests on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Valley, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Augusta Appellation. Sold yet? So are we! With beautifully landscaped grounds and historic structures everywhere, this stunning winery has no shortage of beautiful spots in which to share an unforgettable “first look” or pose for gorgeous post-ceremony wedding photos. The winery’s charming white arbor and panoramic views will provide a picture-perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Your friends and family will love the outdoor and indoor options, celebrating with cocktails on the deck and dinner in the gorgeous Terrace Ballroom. With the help of your dedicated wedding coordinator, a professional staff, and a talented culinary team, Mount Pleasant Estates will offer you a magical setting and quality service. And, they’re partnered with many ideal local hotels for added benefits!
A wedding in a windmill?! We know, just hear us out! Das Bevo, the century-old windmill in the heart of St. Louis, will win the hearts of you and your guests within minutes. Surprise your party around every corner of the building as they feast in the bierhall, dance throughout the prohibition-era speakeasy, and end the night shooting pool at the top of the windmill. If the season is right, incorporate the Biergarten, too! Combine the Historic Bierhall, the Biergarten, and the Das Bevo Underground for a full takeover of 250 guests — the details are yours to decide. The Historic Bierhall is the show-stopping main level of the iconic Mill. It includes an ornately-decorated Mill Room, hosting 19th-century murals, a grand triple-fireplace, copper chandeliers, whimsical hand-carved wooden characters, and a private side patio for outdoor mingling. The outdoor Biergarten features a large bandstand for entertainment or performances, a retro fire truck, sculptures by local artists, and the most important fixture: an outdoor bar. The Das Bevo Underground was famously a speakeasy during Prohibition, hosting the most elite of beer barons! It has a stage with a stained glass backdrop, a baby grand piano, and a cozy jazz-club feel. It’s perfect for your rehearsal dinner or an intimate space at your reception. At the highest point of the mill, you’ll find a tiny room with a giant chandelier — not to mention an amazing view of the city!
Best Countryside Venues
Nestled on a quiet woodland lake in Missouri wine country just 10 miles from historic Hermann, Little Piney can be your own private estate for the whole weekend. Overnight accommodations for you and your wedding party in our luxurious waterfront lodge and cozy log cabin will leave you pampered, refreshed, and relaxed — you can’t make great memories if you’re too stressed! Featured in England’s Wedding Magazine, their elegant, nature-inspired atmosphere will have your guests talking about your amazing day for years to come. Choose or combine their many spaces for your big day! Your ceremony under the gazebo will overlook a quiet lake surrounded by trees. Park benches on the surrounding patio and lawn accommodate up to 200 people. Feel the breeze and listen to the birds as you walk down the winding path adjacent to a waterfall and trickling stream. Feel free to borrow their shepherd hooks and lanterns to line your path with rustic elegance. The outdoor Pavilion is nestled at the edge of the woods, and features beamed ceilings, lanterns, and string lights, giving the space a natural yet refined vibe. It has a built-in bar, restrooms, and tables and chairs for up to 200 guests. It also has a large patio ideal for cocktails and appetizers, dancing, and their portable bonfire pits. There is another raised patio that’s perfect for the DJ, band, photo booth, or lawn games. The lodge is the ideal headquarters for your big day. The versatile great room is the perfect space for an intimate rehearsal dinner, a wedding day hair & make-up party, a gift-opening brunch, or a quiet respite by the fire with close friends and family. The lodge has a recently updated bridal suite and full bath ideally suited for the bride. Two additional bedrooms, full laundry, and kitchen, and another full bath make the lodge an oasis for the bride and her attendants all weekend long.
Big Cedar Lodge
Whether you’re imagining an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, Big Cedar Lodge is a majestic and beautiful venue choice! Choose from 10 luxury rustic spaces like the charming Garden Chapel, intimate patios, spacious lawns, and a grand ballroom — all with breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake. Before and after the ceremony, they offer extraordinary settings to gather, celebrate, rest, and honeymoon. Imagine hosting your rehearsal dinner aboard the Lady Liberty, a 62’ luxury yacht, or playing a round of golf on one of their five world-class golf courses. As you prepare for your wedding ceremony, treat yourself and your bridal party to a private room in the new full-service Cedar Creek Spa for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation. The suite features stone top vanities, full-length mirrors, custom-built window seats, and French doors leading to a private patio with a grand outdoor fireplace.
Best Intimate Venues
The Jewel Box
A true gem in Forest Park, Jewel Box is a newly renovated architectural beauty with an art-deco ambiance, setting a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding. With vertical glass walls and soaring ceilings, it lets in a flood of sunlight that illuminates your festivities while you exchange your vows. The golden afternoon light will set the scene for dining and dancing in celebration with your family and friends. A large water fountain and baskets of lush greenery add additional romantic elements to the beautiful setting, making the Jewel Box a unique greenhouse space full of whimsy and romance for your special day. Choose to add seasonal flowers from the city’s greenhouses, grown and planted by the Flora Conservancy, to supplement the permanent floral displays that live in the Jewel Box!
Seven Gables Inn
Always wanted to host your wedding in an extravagant European-style boutique inn? Seven Gables offers a cozy spot to relax, celebrate, and get married! Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this gem — located in the center of downtown Clayton, MO — has served the St. Louis community since 1926. They just finished a $10.5 million dollar top to bottom renovation in the Spring of 2020, so take advantage of this venue ASAP! The full-service Inn is styled in Tudor Revival architecture, distinguished by steeply pitched roofs, an enormous chimney, tall and narrow windows, and decorative half-timbering. The fountain-filled and tree-covered courtyard will bring you and your guests into their secret oasis, tucked away from the rest of the world. During warm weather, the tranquil courtyard is perfect for low-key weddings. When the weather cools down, you may still enjoy outdoor seating with fire pits and heat lamps. With 32 modern and unique hotel rooms including 1 spacious bridal suite, they are truly the whole package: stay the whole weekend! There is nothing better than a quaint hotel to unify your two families.
Best Affordable Venues
The historic Larimore is located in St. Louis, MO, offering a charming, rustic location for an elegant celebration. From the classic chapel to the sprawling grounds of the farm, the Larimore offers you and your guests a wealth of opportunities for your special day. Standing since the 1800s, the Larimore takes pride in its storied history and timeless charm. Recently restored for you, the modern guest, it offers a hybrid experience of age-old elegance and contemporary convenience. With 6 acres of pristine farmland, it is easy to share your vows in such a beautiful and natural setting. The Marble Wedding Gazebo, with its secluded gardens, cobblestone walkways, and a bright atmosphere, offers the ideal space for a romantic outdoor ceremony. For an indoor occasion to remember, this venue’s wedding chapel holds space for 250 guests in a quaint and elegant setting. Once you’ve tied the knot, the elegantly restored barn filled with character awaits you. Built in 1858, this space is filled with refined decor and romantic air.
Boo Cat Club
Boo Cat Club, located in St. Louis, MO, is brimming with architectural details to enthrall. Here, loved ones mingle at an event that strikes the imagination and leaves a lasting impression. A fun and fascinating venue, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to how you create your one-of-a-kind wedding. Boo Cat Club used to be the home of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, supporting the arts in the local community. Built in 1908, a theater was added in 1916. Renovating the building while preserving the antique charms, the team created a modern ambiance with a historic twist. Looking for a traditional ballroom to host your nuptials? Boo Cat Club offers one with an art-gallery style. The tall ceiling converges into a glass skylight for a cultivated feel. Or, check out The Catacombs. The white walls are complemented by sophisticated chandeliers, and elegant arches throughout reveal the history of the building. You’ll find a baby grand piano, lounges with fireplaces, and an amazing bar. The devoted staff will work with you to translate your dreams into a happening to remember!
Best Barn Venues
The Artisan at Baetje Farms is a stunning barn wedding venue in Bloomsdale, MO. As a working creamery, this idyllic farm will offer you a relaxing setting in a historic location surrounded by pastoral vistas and rolling hills. A location filled with charm (and frolicking baby goats), it blends modern style with historic charm to create a hybrid property filled with potential. This elaborately-adorned event space is dedicated to wedding receptions, and the wide-open outdoor space leaves plenty of room for you and all your loved ones. Pairing their artisanal products with local cuisine, they provide a wide selection of delicious dishes for all palates. Their indoor event space is decorated with a modern touch, with high ceilings and ample lighting creating a bright, airy atmosphere. Outdoor ceremonies are welcomed, with the peaceful countryside and a classic 1900s red barn setting an ideal backdrop for a heartfelt service. Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and flatware are all provided, along with premium wines and liquors upon request. Get-ready rooms and a number of smaller spaces are also available, so you and your party can prepare for your big moment in peace.
An all-inclusive barn wedding on a historic farm? Sign us up! Dodson Orchards offers the perfect rustic barn and a lush, rose garden ceremony site that overlooks serene panoramic views. You’ll feel like you’re living in a painting as the magical countryside rids you of all stress. They also have vineyards, a blackberry orchard, and a blueberry orchard. The farm has now been renewed with a new purpose, offering new products and services that will blow you and your guests away! If you are looking for a rustic outdoor wedding venue, then look no further: this is the ideal image of how an American Country Farm should look.