Outdoor Places with Gazebos or Gardens

Recently we had a future bride ask about outdoor places with gazebos or gardens that could be used for wedding ceremonies.  (She was looking for FREE or almost free!) I can’t believe we haven’t written about this.  So – I tossed together some locations that come to mind.  We, of course, would love to hear any additional suggestions from you that we can share with our readers.

Alton Gordon Moore Public Park

Bellevue Park, Belleville.  It has a beautiful gazebo and a medium size lake.

Forest Park – Waterfall off Lagoon Street, The Muny Entrance (Gazebo and beautiful lake in front of the Muny), General Grounds, the Basin area, and Old World’s Fair Pavilion are my favorites.

Waterfall in Forest Park off Lagoon Drive

Waterfall in Forest Park off Lagoon Drive

Muny Area of Forest Park

Muny Area of Forest Park

Faust Park – By The Village, Outside the Butterfly House, or at the Thornhill Mansion grounds that is behind the Butterfly House.

Missouri Botanical Garden – That’s not free, but it is beautiful.

Kiener Plaza – Now just a memory.  We will see what happens when they complete renovation.

Carondelet Park

The Water Tower off Grand

Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit.   It’s $5.00 per person to enter, but it’s worth it!   They have a beautiful lake and in spring 1000 of daffodils.

Oak Knoll Park in Clayton.  It’s behind the St. Louis Artists Guild.

Oak Knoll Park in Clayton

Oak Knoll Park in Clayton

Bee Tree Park in South County.

The City Garden has a nice waterfall

Tower Grove Park – Most everyone knows about the ruins, the lily pond, and the many, many gazebos.

Tower Grove at The Ruins

Tower Grove at The Ruins

Castlewood State Park off Manchester Road in Ballwin

The J.C. Stage in St. Charles on the Riverfront.  It cost a little to rent, but it’s very nice.  They also have two other smaller pavilions.

Why not on The Arch Grounds?

Lafayette Square & Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Queeny Park in Manchester

The New Chesterfield City Park in St. Charles

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St. Ferdinand Park in Florissant – Both Lake & Gazebo.

Various New Town Locations

Drace Park in Des Peres – not well known, but very nice.

Longview Farm off Clayton Road in Town & County.

Creve Coeur Lake Park

Kirkwood Trail Station (Get married inside the train station.  A great location  when the weather is bad.)

Fort Zumwalt Park

Quail Ridge Park – St. Charles County. A favorite location of mine with gazebo and beautiful lake.

 

Oakland House – Venue Profile Review

 

Affton Oakland House - Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

Affton Oakland House – Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

VENUE NAME:  Oakland House

Address:  (City, State, Zip) 7801 Genesta Ave., Afton, MO 63123

Website: www.AfftonOaklandHouse.com

Phone: 314-352=5654

Representative: Jean McDaniel (314-821-7166)

Facebook Site: www.Facebook.com/OaklandHouseSt.Louis

Affton Oakland House - Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

Description:  Oakland House is a special beautiful historic home which can accommodate inside ceremonies up to 70 guests or 64 guests for a sit down reception.   There is a terrace which will hold up to a 40’ X 80’ tent for a 250 guest reception and a terrace on the house for the wedding ceremony.  The gounds around the Oakland House provide numerous photo sites.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type:  Historic Home

Venue Style: Classic, Garden

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 25- 250

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes    Details:  Ramp to House

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?  Yes – Electric available outside and inside.

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?  Yes

What is your Cake Cutting Charge?  No Charge

Is a Dance Floor Included? No  (Is there an extra charge?  Yes, Depends on Size)

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

Nothing Attached Inside or outside which would deface property.

 

Affton Oakland House - Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

Affton Oakland House – Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

 

Parking Options:  Secured

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? Yes

Do you have an outdoor area?  Yes.  Terrace for a tent.  Veranda for Ceremony

Are there good photographic locations close by? Yes

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area?   Yes

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen?  No

What is your pet policy?  Service pets only.

What is your Rehearsal Policy?  Thursday Night – Friday Night, if house is not booked.

 

Affton Oakland House - Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

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

Room Name:  First Floor of House with Bride’s Room on Second Floor

Rental Price   Varies – Depends of Event

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 25 to 250

Ceiling Height   14 ft.       Chandelier(s) 2

Describe Space:    Antebellum House & Grounds.  Oakland House offers a unique venue with beautiful historic ambiance.

 

FOOD OPTIONS:    Yes, 5 caterers to choose from.

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person.  Contact Caterers

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? No

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum?  No

Do you have a Liquor License? No

When is Food Tasting?   Schedule with caterers
Is there an Outside Catering Option?  Yes/No – Just the 5 catering firms on our list.

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

Horse Carriage service available by separate service.

Affton Oakland House - Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

Affton Oakland House – Venue Profile Review, BrideStLouis.com

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.

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

Omni Hotel – Venue Profile Review

Omni Hotel - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Omni Hotel – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Omni Majestic Hotel 

Address:   1019 Pine Street St. Louis, MO 63101

Website: _www.omnimajestic.com

Phone:  (314) 436-2355

Representative:  Charlynne Zelee

 

Description:   Classic elegance meets modern comfort in a package that’s for sure to please. Housed in a structure originally built in 1913 and that’s now a National Historic Landmark, this downtown St. Louis hotel is a testament to a more graceful era. Textured wallpaper, stylish furnishings and rich mahogany and gold accents adorn the lobby, making you feel as though you’ve stepped through time into a different era, while guest rooms at this boutique destination feature a sleek and sophisticated décor. Soaring ceilings and crown molding, soft earth tones and crisp white linens lend each oversized guest room an intimate ambiance, while a flat screen TV and broadband internet access afford each guest a healthy dose of modernity. Style, after all, shouldn’t come at the expense of modern day comfort and convenience. Perfectly located within walking distance of all of downtown’s attractions.  

Omni Hotel - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Omni Hotel – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

SPECIFICATIONS

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

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other).    Classic Vintage

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests:   80

Is your venue Handicap Accessible?   Yes:  Elevator access to all floors

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?    Yes   6×6 screen, projector,flip charts and AV cart

 

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Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?    Yes What is your Cake Cutting Charge?    $0

Is a Dance Floor Included?   No

Are Decorations Permitted?  Yes

What’s Included with your facility:  Tables , Chairs, Linen Silverware, Glassware

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

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

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area?    Yes

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?    25lbs and under $50 no refundable fee

What is your Rehearsal Policy?   N/A

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ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

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

Room Name:  Salon A&B

Rental Price:   Negotiable  Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 1-80

Ceiling Height:  8ft     Chandelier(s):  no

Room Dimensions:  1450 sq ft

 

 

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE?    Yes

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person?    $20-$34

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service?    No

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service?   $25/person/hour

Do you have a Liquor License?   Yes

When is Food Tasting?    negotiable
Is there an Outside Catering Option?    No

 

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:  Taxes and gratuity

Omni Hotel - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Omni Hotel – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Sheldon Concert Hall – Venue Profile Review

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

080823_0543648 Washington Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108

Website: www.thesheldon.org

Phone: 314.533.9900

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

Twitter Site: https://twitter.com/sheldonstl

Description:

The Sheldon invites you to experience the elegance of a bygone era. Located in the Grand Center Arts and entertainment district in midtown St. Louis, The Sheldon has reigned among the city’s finest special event facilities since 1912.

Sheldon Concert Hall - BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

Sheldon Concert Hall – BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type: (Either Banquet, Restaurant, Golf Course, Winery, Hotel, Historic Home, Historic Bldg. or other): Banquet, Historic building, Concert Hall

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other): Traditional, Classic, Vintage

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 0-750 Guests

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes

Details: Elevators and accessible entrances

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities? Yes.

If yes, details: All A/V can be set up through The Sheldon’s technical director. Union labor rates will apply.

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator? Yes

What is your Cake Cutting Charge? N/A

Is a Dance Floor Included? Yes Is there an extra charge? No. Price: N/A

Are Decorations Permitted? Yes.

Please list anything that is not allowed: Glitter, confetti, open flames, adhesives, nails, etc.

What’s Included with your facility: (tables, chairs, linens, etc.): Tables, Chairs, Facility Manager, Security

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

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included? N/A

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? Yes.

Do you have an outdoor area? No. If yes, describe: N/A

Are there good photographic locations close by? Yes.

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area? Yes, for ceremonies only.

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? Yes, for ceremonies only.

What is your pet policy? Service animals are welcome. No other pets allowed.

What is your Rehearsal Policy? Rehearsals are available upon Concert Hall availability and included in the fee for the rental of the ceremony space.

Sheldon Concert Hall - BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

Sheldon Concert Hall – BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

Room Name: Sheldon Ballroom

Rental Price: $1,400 – $2,000

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 0-250

Room Dimensions: 75’ x 54’ – 4,000 sf.

Describe Space: Overlooking the city’s Central West End, The Sheldon Ballroom features golden hardwood flooring, a full stage and dramatic beamed ceilings with large skylights. This intimate setting accommodates 200-250 for dinner or more than 300 for cocktail receptions.

Room Name: Louis Spiering Room

Rental Price: $1,700 – $3,000

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 0-500

Room Dimensions: 190’ x 48’ – 9,120 sf

Describe Space: This uniquely elegant room situated on the third floor of the Emerson Galleries Building provides room for 500 seated guests and up to 700 standing. Boasting a spectacular view of the city’s Central West End and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the spacious room is perfect for receptions, annual meetings, seminars and dinners. The walls of the Spiering Room are adorned with a variety of artwork and incorporated into the brickwork is a permanent collection of architectural terra cotta pieces rescued from the historic Title Guaranty Building.

Room Name: Sheldon Concert Hall

Rental Price: $1,800 – $2,500

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 0-712

Describe Space: With its perfect acoustics, The Sheldon Concert Hall is recognized among the nation’s finest performing facilities. This setting is ideally suited for special concert performances, film screenings, or wedding ceremonies. The hall features original curved wood theatre seating on two levels, with unrestricted views from all 712 seats.

Room Name: Kemper Atrium & Sheldon Art Galleries

Rental Price: $350/hour – Minimum of 2 hours

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 0-300

Describe Space: A glass walkway links The Sheldon’s historic facilities with the contemporary elegance of the Atrium Lobby and Art Galleries. The lobby, overlooking the Sculpture Garden, is perfect for luncheons and cocktail receptions. Private gallery openings can dramatically enhance any event.

Sheldon Concert Hall - BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

Sheldon Concert Hall – BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE? No.

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person? N/A

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? N/A

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? N/A

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ? N/A

Do you have a Liquor License? Yes

When is Food Tasting? N/A

 

Is there an Outside Catering Option? Yes.

Are there preferred catering companies? Yes.

  • Butler’s Pantry
  • Catering Your Way by Lisa
  • Hendri’s Catering
  • Orlando’s Catering
  • Russo’s Gourmet Catering
  • Something Elegant
  • The Social Affair

BAR OPTIONS:

What is Price Range of Beverage Service Per Person?

  • Non-Alcoholic Open Bar: $8/person – 4 hour service
  • Beer, Wine, Soda: $16/person – 4 hour service
  • House Open Bar: $20/person – 4 hour service
  • Premium Open Bar: $24/person – 4 hour service

An 18% Beverage Service will apply on all packages.

Sheldon Concert Hall - BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review

Sheldon Concert Hall – BrideStLouis Venue Profile Review