3 Things to Consider When Researching a Venue

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When you begin planning your wedding, the very first thing that needs to be determined is the venue. Everything else bounces off that date and the “look” of that reception site. And it represents generally over 50% of the entire budget. Here are three basic things that you need to ask before booking your venue. Reviewing just these three things will keep you on track:

Location – Just like buying a house, location is key. Is it close to the ceremony site, is it within driving distance, or is it too far to travel? And check out parking – especially downtown. Is the venue in a safe and comfortable location? Is there enough complimentary parking? Will guests feel uncomfortable having to leave this area late at night?

Size – Can this venue COMFORTABLY accommodate the size of your guest list and wedding party?

What’s included – Here’s the hardest part of comparing one to another – what’s included? Assume nothing. Do they have extra hidden charges, like charges for cutting the cake? Are tips and gratitudes included in the price quoted? Do they provide audio systems for toasts and speeches? Is there a charge for break down and cleaning? Do they include tables/chairs/linens and centerpieces. When can you get in to beginning decorating – and are there restrictions?

Choosing the right venue can be overwhelming, but start with these three concepts and the job will be easier.

To help you in this task BrideStLouis.com has began posting blog reviews of a number of venues (See previous post for list of venues.) and will very shortly be launching their updated web site that includes a venue search function with COMPLETE information on all venues.

Venue Profile Reviews

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Soon we will publish Venue Profile Reviews for more than 300+ Venues in the St. Louis/St. Charles and Southern Illinois Area.  But in the meantime, you can go to our blog page to read about the venues listed below.  Within the next few weeks watch for our new updated website that will allow you to search all the venues by various categories.  You will be able to find all the venues that fit your needs WITH COMPLETE information.  How many rooms, how large are the rooms, do they have an outdoor area, what is their pet policy, what are their prices, and so much more!  No longer spend hours and hours searching for the right venue.  BrideStLouis.com asked what was your biggest problem in planning your wedding and you told us “Finding a Venue”.  So we have addressed that issue to make wedding planning easier.  We want to be your once source for complete wedding planning – so don’t forget to check out our professional wedding vendors as well.  There are over 1700 vendors listed in 63 categories!  You will find everything you need right here at BrideSTLouis.com.

Bellecourt Banquet Center

Fabulous Fox Theater

International Hall of Fame

Hyatt at The Arch

Omni Majestic Hotel

Sheldon Concert Hall

The Christy Banquet Center

Bogey Hills Country Club

Giovanni’s On The Hill

Beyond Broadway

Patty Long’s 9th Street Abbey

Friends – A Meeting Place

The Bluffs on Broadway

Barnett on Washington

The Randall Gallery

Pezolds Banquet Center

Crown Valley Winery

Quail Ridge Lodge

Landry’s Seafood House

Landings at Spirit Golf Course

Renaissance St. Louis Airport

Chandler Hill Vineyards

Charles F. Knight Center

Holiday Inn Six Flags

The Promenade by Westin

Gateway Center

The Magic House

The Larimore House Plantation

Little Piney Lodge

GRBIC Private Event Space

Peabody Opera House

Ambruster Great Hall

(Additional Venue Profiles will continue to publish every few days.)

Bellecourt Banquet Center – Venue Profile Review

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VENUE NAME:  Bellecourt Banquet Center

Address: 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville, IL 62220

Website:  www.bellecourtbc.com

Phone: 618-233-8490

Representative:  Ellie Miller

Facebook Site: www.Facebook.com/BellecourtBanquetCenter

Description:  Two Historic Buildings beautifully renovated and decorated with a warm and elegant atmosphere.  The perfect place for ceremonies and receptions.

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image1SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type:  Banquet, Historic Building

Venue Style: Elegant

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests 30 to 375

Is your venue Handicap Accessible?  Yes – Ramps and Elevator

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?  Yes  –  We have sound systems

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?  Yes

What is your Cake Cutting Charge?   No Charge if using wedding package.

Is a Dance Floor Included?   Yes         Is there an extra charge?  No

Are Decorations Permitted?  Yes   Please list anything that is not allowed:  Glitter, Colored Water

What’s Included with your facility:    tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, champagne toast for bride and groom

Parking Options:    Street Parking and Parking Lots

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area?   No

Do you have an outdoor area?  No

Are there good photographic locations close by?  Yes

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area?    Yes

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen?  Yes

What is your pet policy?   No Pets Except Service Pets

What is your Rehearsal Policy?   One Hour Rehearsal

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ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name:  The Manor

Rental Price   $0    Number of Guests:   150 minimum and 375 maximum.

Ceiling Height:    12 foot               Chandelier(s) Yes

Room Dimensions  50’ X 100’

 

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE?  YES

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person?  $20 – $53 (PerPerson)

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? ___________

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? ___________

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ?_____________

Do you have a Liquor License?  Yes

When is Food Tasting?  After booking by appointment.

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Fabulous Fox Theatre – Venue Profile Review

Fox Theater - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Venue

Fox Theater – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Venue

VENUE NAME:  __Fabulous Fox Theatre__

Address:  (City, State, Zip) ___527 N. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63103 _________

Website: ____http://www.fabulousfox.com/_____

Phone: _____314-657-5051__________

Representative: ___Cassi Zigler_____________

Facebook Site: ____https://www.facebook.com/fabulousfox_________

Twitter Site: _____https://twitter.com/foxtheatrestl__________

Fox Theater - BrideStLouis.com   Photo Credit: Bernie Elking

Fox Theater – BrideStLouis.com Photo Credit: Bernie Elking

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type:  (Either Banquet, Restaurant, Golf Course, Winery, Hotel, Historic Home, Historic Bldg. or other) __Historic Building_____.

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other) ____Unique/ Other____

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests:__20-500++__

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? ___Yes___

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?______________ If yes, details_________________________

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator? __Yes__What is your Cake Cutting Charge? __Included_

Is a Dance Floor Included?____Yes____Is  there an extra charge? __No__

Are Decorations Permitted?  _Yes____.   Please list anything that is not allowed:

___Glitter/Confetti__________________________________________________________

What’s Included with your facility: (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)   Tables, chairs, linen, select décor, parking, event coordinator,  votive candles, photo booth, food and beverage including passed hors d’oeuvres, two course dinner, 4 hour premium open bar, champagne toast, table number stands, dance floor, set up, clean up, staffing, Lighting design, select A/V equipment, tasting, cake cutting , service charge

Parking Options: (Valet, Street Parking, Secured) ___Secured lot parking, accessible available_______

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included?  _ Tables, chairs, linen, select décor, parking, event coordinator,  votive candles, photo booth, food and beverage including passed hors d’oeuvres, two course dinner, 4 hour premium open bar, champagne toast, table number stands, dance floor, set up, clean up, staffing, Lighting design, select A/V equipment, tasting, cake cutting , service charge

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? ___No, however we have a few ceremony area options______

Do you have an outdoor area?  _No___

Are there good photographic locations close by? ____Yes_________________

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area?__Yes____

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? _______ Yes ________

What is your pet policy? ____See consultant for details_____________________

What is your Rehearsal Policy? _______availability based on show and events schedule___________

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?  (Multiple Rooms List on Separate Sheet)

Room Name __ See consultant for details __________

Fox Theater - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE? ___ Yes ____

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person?___115-150+_________

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? __Yes_____

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? __ See consultant for details ___

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ?__ Yes ______

Do you have a Liquor License? __ Yes ____________

When is Food Tasting? ___ See consultant for details _______
Is there an Outside Catering Option?  ___No____________

 

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

___Stage and upgraded décor – See consultant for details ___________________

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International Hall of Fame – Venue Profile Review

International Photography Hall of  Fame - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

International Photography Hall of Fame – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

 

Address: 3415 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103

Website: iphf.org

Phone: 314-535-1999

Representative: Paty Wente

Description: Have your wedding experience by immersing you and and your guests among beautiful photographic works! The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum’s 6000 sq. feet of space is located in the heart of Grand Center – off Olive Street. The museum is able to accommodate up to 250 guests.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type: Museum

Venue Style: Classic, Traditional

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: Up to 250 guests

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes – Elevator

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities? Yes – We have projector/microphone system.

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator? Yes What is your Cake Cutting Charge? none

Is a Dance Floor Included? Yes Is there an extra charge? No

Are Decorations Permitted? Yes Please list anything that is not allowed: Animals

What’s Included with your facility: (tables, chairs, linens, etc.) tables/chairs

Parking Options: (Valet, Street Parking, Secured) Valet, Street Parking

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included? No

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? No

Do you have an outdoor area? No

Are there good photographic locations close by? Yes – SLU, Downtown, Forest Park

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area? Yes

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? Yes

What is your pet policy? No Animals

What is your Rehearsal Policy? Arranged individually.

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name : Museum Floor

Rental Price $750 Monday – Thursday and $1500 Friday – Sunday.

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 250

Ceiling Height : Standard Chandelier(s) None

Room Dimensions: 6000 sq. feet

Describe Space: Our event space is new and a “hot spot” for weddings.

International Photography Hall of  Fame - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

International Photography Hall of Fame – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE? Yes – Urban Canvas is Caterer

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person? Flexible

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? Flexible

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? Flexible

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ? No

Do you have a Liquor License? Yes

When is Food Tasting? Arranged Individually

International Photography Hall of  Fame - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

International Photography Hall of Fame – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Is there an Outside Catering Option? No – Urban Canvas is Caterer

Hyatt at The Arch – Venue Profile Review

 Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Hyatt at The Arch - Venue Profile Review, Grand Ballroom

Hyatt at The Arch – Venue Profile Review, Grand Ballroom

Address: 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Website: http://stlouisarch.hyatt.com/en/hotel/weddings.html

Phone: 314-655-1234

Representative: Jessica Schuette, Wedding Sales Manager

Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/hyattregencystlouisatthearch

Twitter Site: https://mobile.twitter.com/hyattstl

Description: Give your special day every advantage for romance and ambiance nestled in vibrant downtown St. Louis. Whether you’ve dreamed of a lavish affair in our Grand Ballroom or an intimate evening under the stars on our Gateway Terrace, our venues feature elegant interiors and stunning views of the Arch.

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile Review, Grand Ballroom

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile Review, Grand Ballroom

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type: Hotel.

Venue Style: Modern

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 75 – 500+ guests

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes Details: We offer Handicap Accessible guest rooms. Our location provides ramp and elevator access. We provide Handicap Restrooms.

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities? Yes, our In-House AV option is PSAV.

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator? No, but we do have a Wedding Sales Manager and a Wedding Butler.

What is your Cake Cutting Charge? Complimentary

Is a Dance Floor Included? Yes. Is there an extra charge? No.

Are Decorations Permitted? Yes. Please list anything that is not allowed: Glitter, Confetti, Bubbles

What’s included with your facility: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Napkins, Silverware, China, Glassware, Staging, Dance Floor

Parking Options: Valet, Self Parking & Street Parking

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included?   Not All Inclusive

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? No, but we do offer Ballroom space for Ceremonies.

Do you have an outdoor area? Yes . Our Gateway Terrace is located on the 18th Floor and offers 2,900 square feet of space with an illuminated dance floor. This space offers a breathtaking view of the Gateway Arch, which provides the perfect backdrop to your ceremony and reception.

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Gateway Terrace at Night

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Gateway Terrace at Night

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Exterior View

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Exterior View

Are there good photographic locations close by? Yes, the Arch Grounds, Busch Stadium, City Garden, the Old Post Office, Keiner Plaza, Old Courthouse

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area? Yes

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? Yes

What is your pet policy? Pet Friendly

What is your Rehearsal Policy? We offer a one hour rehearsal time 1 or 2 days before the wedding ceremony complimentary.

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Gateway Terrace in White

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Gateway Terrace in White

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name – Gateway Ballrooms

Rental Price $13,500.00++ – $15,000.00++

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 150/75

Ceiling Height 12’ Chandelier(s) Yes

Room Dimensions Gateway East – 50’x44’x12’

Gateway West – 38’x44’x12’

Gateway Terrace – 53’x56’

Describe Space: Gateway East and West Ballrooms offer 6,000 square feet of spectacular indoor and outdoor event space on our 18th floor featuring breathtaking views of the Gateway Arch. Floor to ceiling glass doors open up onto a spectacular outdoor terrace that features an illuminated dance floor.

Room Name – Regency Ballroom

Rental Price $17,000.00++

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 800/150

Ceiling Height 16’ Chandelier(s) Yes

Room Dimensions 100’x84’x16’

Describe Space: Our Regency Ballroom boasts 16,800 square feet of sophisticated interior space also featuring elegant chandeliers. – Divisible into six sections with a 10,400 square foot pre-convene area, this ballroom offers the ideal choice to accommodate 150 guests and larger banquet style.

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Regency

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Regency

Room Name – Grand Ballroom

Rental Price $22,000.00++

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 800/150

Ceiling Height 18’ Chandelier(s) Yes

Room Dimensions Grand ABC – 42’x111’x18’

Grand ABCD – 89’x111’x18’

Describe Space: Breathtakingly spacious with elegant chandeliers, the Grand Ballroom offers 20,000 square feet of well-designed interior space for your large wedding. Divisible into eight sections, with a 14,600 square foot pre-convene area, this St. Louis ballroom is one of the city’s finest event venues and is distinguished as the setting for a number of high society events.

Room Name – Park View

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Parkview

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Parkview

Rental Price $7,000.00++

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 140/70

Ceiling Height 12’ Chandelier(s) Yes

Room Dimensions 66’x50’x12

Describe Space: Conveniently located across from the Grand Ballroom, this event venue is ideal for more intimate occasions. Featuring more than 3,300 square feet of unique contemporary space, the Park View offers guests beautiful arched windows, elegant chandeliers and a commanding view of the famous Gateway Arch.

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile,

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile,

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE? Yes. Wedding Cakes can be provided In-House, or the couple can use an outside caterer.

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person? $90-$115 per person

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? Yes

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? $6 per person

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum? Yes

Do you have a Liquor License? Yes

When is Food Tasting? 2-3 months prior to the Wedding
Is there an Outside Catering Option? Yes, for Multicultural Weddings.

Are there preferred catering companies? No.

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

There is a $1,500.00++ Ceremony Fee to host your Wedding Ceremony on property.

Hyatt at The Arch - Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Exterior

Hyatt at The Arch – Bride St. Louis Venue Profile, Exterior