Venues that Allow Outside Caterers

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A lot of brides have asked us if we could provide a list of venues that allow outside caterers.  We found for you lots of choices – from community spaces to elegant historic homes.  If you book one of these venues, be sure to tell the venue that you found them through BrideStLouis.com.

Be aware that some venues do charge extra fees for non-preferred catering.  Some are reasonable and some are extremely high.  All will require proof of insurance and other such documents that a good business caterer should have no problem producing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130, www.wustl.edu/arts/560.html

Dog Museum, 1721 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO., 63131, www.museumofthedog.org

Ballwin VFW Hall, 115 Minosa Lane, Ballwin, MO 63011, www.ballwin.mo.us

Blanchette Park Memorial Hall, 1900 W. Randolph St., St. Charles, MO 63101, www.stcharlesparks.com

Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave., St. Louis, MO., www.casalomaball.com

Charles F. Knight Center, Washington University, www.wustl.edu/arts

City Hall Rotunda, 1200 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri

Concordia Turners, www.ConcordiaTurners.org

The Edge of Webster, 359 Marshall Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119, www.theedgeofwebster.com

Florissant Egan Center, Florissant, Missouri, www.florissantmo.com

Foundry Art Center, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301, www.foundryartcenter.org

The Hawken House, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119, www.hawkenhouse.org

Kuhs Estate and Farm, 13061 Spanish Lake Pond Road, St. Louis, MO. 63138, www.kuhsfarm.com

The Lodge at Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63131, www.desperesmo.org

Machinists Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044

Magic Chef Mansion, 3400 Russell,St. Louis, MO, 63104, www.magicchefmansion.com

The Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO, www.mahlerballroom.com

Oakland House, www.AfftonOaklandHouse.com (5 to choose from)

Old Courthouse – Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri

Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO, www.slso.org

Quail Ridge (St. Charles County Parks), Wentzville, MO 63385, http://sccmo.org/parks

Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO. 63108, www.thesheldon.org

Silver Oaks Chateau, www.silveroakschateau.com (several to choose from)

St. Louis City Hall, St. Louis, Missouri

Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, MO, www.stlglass.com

 

If you know of others that you would like us to add to the list, let us know, and we will check them out.

2015 Update – Venues that permit Outside Catering

It’s time for an update and reposting of one of our most popular blog topics – Venues where you can choose you own catering company.  It’s been almost two years since we updated this list.

A lot of brides have asked us if we could provide a list of venues that allow outside caterers.  We found for you lots of choices – from community spaces to elegant historic homes.  If you book one of these venues, be sure to tell the venue that you found them through BrideStLouis.com.

 

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560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130

Ambruster Grand Hall

Barnett on Washington  (A list of 7 from which to choose – more on the way)

Dog Museum, 1721 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO., 63131

Ballwin VFW Hall, 115 Minosa Lane, Ballwin, MO 63011

Blanchette Park Memorial Hall, 1900 W. Randolph St., St. Charles, MO 63101

Butterfly House (Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House)

Charles F. Knight Center, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

City Hall Rotunda, 1200 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri

Cultural Art Center, St. Peters, Missouri (Behind the Rec Plex)

Edge of Webster, 359 Marshall Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Fast Lane Cars, 427 Little Hills Industrial Blvd., St. Charles, Mo 63301

Florissant Egan Center, Florissant, Missouri

Foundry Art Center, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301

Gallery 400, 4th & Washington, St. Louis, MO. (A list of 9 from which to choose)

Hawken House, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Jefferson Undergound, 2400 S. Jefferson, St. Louis, MO

Kuhs Estate and farm, 13061 Spanish Lake Pond Road, St. Louis, MO 63138

Lodge at Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63131

Machinists Hall (District 9), 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044

Magic Chef Mansion, 3400 Russell,St. Louis, MO, 63104

Magic House, Kirkwood, MO

Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

NEO on Locust, 2801 Locust, ST. Louis, MO (Over 20 Catering Company to choose from)

Old Courthouse – Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri

Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO

Regional Arts Commission

Quail Ridge Lodge (St. Charles County Parks), Wentzville, MO 63385

Saint Louis Carousel at Faust Park

Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO. 63108

Shrewsbury City Center

St. Louis City Hall, St. Louis, Missouri

Third Degree Glass Factory

Wm. D. Purser Center

 

Additional contact information can be found in our vendor section.  If you know of others that you would like us to add to the list, let us know, and we will check them out.

Outside Caterers – Local Venues Where You Can Bring Your Own Caterer

A lot of brides have asked us if we could provide a list of venues that allow outside caterers.  We found for you lots of choices – from community spaces to elegant historic homes.  If you book one of these venues, be sure to tell the venue that you found them through BrideStLouis.com.

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Be aware that some venues do charge extra fees for non-preferred catering.  Some are reasonable and some are extremely high.  All will require proof of insurance and other such documents that a good business caterer should have no problem producing.

 

560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130

Dog Museum, 1721 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO., 63131

Ballwin VFW Hall, 115 Minosa Lane, Ballwin, MO 63011

Blanchette Park Memorial Hall, 1900 W. Randolph St., St. Charles, MO 63101

Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave., St. Louis, MO.

Charles F. Knight Center, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

City Hall Rotunda, 1200 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri

The Edge of Webster, 359 Marshall Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Florissant Egan Center, Florissant, Missouri

Foundry Art Center, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301

The Hawken House, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Kuhs Eate and farm, 13061 Spanish Lake Pond Road, St. Louis, MO 63138

The Lodge at Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63131

Machinists Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044

Magic Chef Mansion, 3400 Russell,St. Louis, MO, 63104

The Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Old Courthouse – Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri

Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO

Quail Ridge (St. Charles County Parks), Wentzville, MO 63385

Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO. 63108

St. Louis City Hall, St. Louis, Missouri

 

Additional contact information can be found in our vendor section.  If you know of others that you would like us to add to the list, let us know, and we will check them out.

Do away with the formal sit down dinner!

Are you the kind of bride that wants to see your guests and friends having a great time and mingling at your reception?  A reception is a party and creating a party atmosphere can be easily accomplished with food stations.  From a carving station to a pasta station, guests can enjoy a night to remember that is truly special.  Here are some ideas of different food stations that you might consider:

Carving Station – Smoked Turkey, Honey Ham, Prime Rib

Mashed Potato Bar – Provide toppings such as cheese, bacon, spices, blue cheese, sour cream, onions, green peppers, etc.    Add seasonings for French fries and sweet potato fries.  How about some homemade potato chips.  The possibilities are endless.

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Pasta station – mostaccioli, macaroni and cheese, chicken with bow tie pasta, etc.

Barbeque Station – Ribs, Pork Steaks, and Brats to name a few.

Nachos Station – Build your favor nachos with Mexican toppings.  Add a pitcher of margaritas for more fun.

Hot Dog Station – Wow!  I love this.  Include a variety of sausages as well.  Put toppings in clear glass jars.  Provide a variety of homemade pickles, pepper rings, sauerkraut.  Maybe have a selection of local microbrew beers.

Bread Station – What about lots of different breads, rolls, jellies, peanut butter, almond butter, honey butter.

Popcorn Station – Yes, lots and lots of great choices here.  Be sure to check out Poptions in Kirkwood for a wonderful selection including Gooey Butter, Chocolate Pecan Praline (my favorite), Aged White Vermont Cheddar and many, many more.  Poptions is located at The Village at Schneithorst’s, 1580 S. Lindbergh Blvd.  See more information at www.Poptions.com,

I think you get the idea.  It is lots of fun.  Guests love it.  Be sure to forego the ordinary and try to think of fun ways to serve everything!  Vintage dishes can be used for many of the stations.

These mini buffets are scattered throughout your reception area and are the perfect solution for non-traditional reception spaces.  Don’t be afraid to implement your own ideas.  Have fun.

Catering Options to Consider

If you are considering using a catering company there are six basic types of meal options:  Breakfast or Brunch, Luncheon, Tea Reception, Dessert Reception, Cocktail Reception, Information Dinner and Formal Dinner.  Dinner is the most traditional, and a Formal Dinner consisting of three to six courses are the most expensive.

It’s important to find the right catering service that can provide your wedding with the right cuisine and presentation that fits with the theme of your wedding.  One question to be sure to ask is if they specialize in any particular types of foods and then see if you can schedule a taste-testing of the specific food you are interested in before hiring them.   Additional questions to ask include:  Does the caterer handle all table settings?  Where is the food prepared?  Do they provide their own wait staff?  How many would they recommend, what would they wear, and is this an additional cost?  Are they licensed and insured?  Do they provide alcohol or other beverages?  Is there a corking fee if they provide bar service?

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These are just a few questions to help you start narrowing down your search. You want to ensure that your guests will leave your party happy and satisfied and that there are no sudden surprises on the day of your wedding.