7 Things to Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue

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Choosing your wedding venue is a big decision as it impacts your entire wedding – number of guests, theme, menu, and more. Review these factors before signing that contact:

Location:  

You need to consider your guests and how they will arrive.  If most of your guests are coming from out of town, transportation needs to be readily available.  Your venue also needs to be somewhat close to a choice of hotels.  And most importantly, that venue should be easy to travel to the hotel from the reception without having to leave bread crumbs.   A good option here is to consider a venue that also has cottages and rooms available.  Hotels and destination locations like Pere Marquette, Hermann Hill, and Cedar Creek Center etc. are all good choices.

If you are choosing a location where the wedding is held outdoors is there an “indoor” Plan B option in case of bad weather?  What does it cost to move to this alternative Plan B.

Size:

Weddings where everyone is crammed into too small a room is the last thing you want.  Be sure to create a tentative guest list to estimate how many people you anticipate.  Most times you can expect about 80% of those invited to attend.

Wedding Location, Wildwood Hotel, BrideStLouis info on Venues

Ambiance:

Choose a venue that matches the look and feel that you desire – classic ballroom elegance, rustic and outdoorsy, or something you can add your own personal touch.  A naturally beautiful place will save you money on decorations.   I also recommend to find a place that provides a multitude of photo locations.  Sometimes it can be in the general vicinity – like downtown, and other times it can be on the property of the venue itself like at Lake Creek Winery, Crown Valley Winery or other wineries.

Service:

This is an extremely important issue.  Do they have experienced professionals on staff to assist with all the details and make sure everything runs as you expected?   If they have an event coordinator, that person will assist with all details of the venue.  (Note:  this is not your “wedding” coordinator – that person is responsible for ALL the details of your wedding, not just the venue.)

BrideStLouis wedding venue information, Union Station as a venue

Food:

Does this venue offer food in-house or can you hire your own catering company?  Do you want the flexibility of bringing in a food truck or choosing your own catering company?  Does this venue only allow you to choose from a selection of Preferred Catering Companies?   If, in-house, do you have a wide choice of food options that will appeal to all your guests – and does it taste good!   And finally, take a look at the price/per person.  Be sure that you include gratitude and tax, which is normally added to the per person expense and that can be as high as 30-35% more. 

Bar Service

Is a basic bar service included?  What does it include?  Is it a generic brand of alcohol or house wine?  Can you upgrade to a premium service and what does it cost?

Extras:

Watch the extra costs.  Do you need to pay for a dance floor or a cake cutting charge?  Do they provide water service at the tables.   (Many places no longer include this.)   Ask what is included and not.  Ask about rehearsal times and if they are included in the quoted price.   Find out if they provide extras in the price.  Holiday Inn at Six Flags provides a free bride’s room and overnight accommodations, plus much more. 

Very soon BrideStLouis.com will be announcing our new sister site, VenuesofStLouis.com which will have information on all 425+ venues in the St. Louis, St. Charles, and So. Illinois area.  It will be searchable by location, price, and style.  Stayed tuned.  We believe in helping you with everything you need to know to plan and execute a beautiful wedding

Your St. Louis Area Guide to Barn Weddings – Get That Country Feeling and Loving!

One of the strongest trends in our area is the barn wedding – brides are looking for that vintage, rustic inspired, down-home country feeling and atmosphere.  It also gives couples the opportunity of adding a lot of fun to the day with features such as a barbecue pits (roast that pig), fire pits for S’mores, and grassy area for yard games.   The romance and feeling of being outdoors and having a wonderful time is a strong appeal.  And being out in the country provides plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photos and a lot of homespun details, including family heirlooms, for the décor.   In fact, Pinterest has tons of ideas that you can incorporate into your reception and ceremony site.  Just search “barn weddings” and you will be flooded with ideas.

Barn weddings do have their challenges.   While fields and pastures are beautiful, can Grandma and Grandpa navigate the terrain?  And what happens if it rains just prior to your wedding…will you have a field of mud.   And anytime you are outdoors, you have to think about bugs and the weather – will it be too hot or too cold.

Here are some locations and venues that you might want to consider if you decide a barn wedding might be just the perfect option for you.

Haue Valley, Pacific MO (hauevalleyweddings.com)

Haue Valley has a large patio overlooking the property’s three lakes.  A rustic building with beautiful concrete floors and cedar wood beams.  They do provide tables and white wedding chairs and have indoor bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible.   Prices begin at $4500.  They do have exclusive caterers from which you must choose.

Rocking J Ranch, High Ridge, MO (www.stlouisbarnwedding.com)

Rocking J Ranch offers both an all-inclusive and a DIY package for weddings on a budget.  The all-inclusive is $55/person (minimums apply) and the DIY package starts at $4500.  The barn has a dirt floor except for a small dance area, and there is a lovely area set up for the ceremony just outside the barn with a small pond.  They usually release the horses in the pasture behind the ceremony area during the ceremony.  The farm house is provided as a bride’s get ready area.

Seven T Farms, Sullivan, MO (seventfarms.com)

Seven T Farms is a 400 acre venue that offers a large reception room, patio and an indoor/outdoor bar, stone fireplace, and a stunning view overlooking the farm.   Rentals start at $3750 and can accommodate up to 450 seated guests.  Russo catering is their exclusive catering company.

 

 Lake Creek Winery, Marthasville, MO (www.lakecreekwinery.com)

Lake Creek Winery is an 1860’s farmhouse, covered deck & patio area with spectacular views.  While not actually a “barn” wedding, the historic house adds that farm, vintage feel to any wedding.   There is an old barn that makes a great picturesque backdrop for your photos.  They can accommodate up to 250 people.

Sweet Clover Farm Events, Hermann, MO (sweetcloverfarmevents.com)

Sweet Clover Farms has a newly remodeled reception building that has a barn feel with wagon wheel chandeliers and white round tables and chairs.  They can accommodate up to 200 guests.  The Bride’s Cottage is included in the rental for the bride preparation prior to her day.  They allow you to choose your own vendors for catering, music, officiant and other.  One other note is that they do not supply alcohol and bartenders are not provided.  Prices begin at $2400 for a Saturday ceremony and reception,

Dodson Orchards, Fredericktown,  MO  (www.dodsonorchards.com)

Dodson offers an authentic old barn which is spacious and can accommodate up to 250 comfortably.  The old timbers and tin roof were put together around 1900.  Combine this with the vintage chandelier and string light and you have a stunning venue.  They also offer an outdoor garden chapel and a bridal cottage.  They offer both an all-inclusive with many additional options available such as ungraded china, S’more bar and more.   A venue only option is available only for off-peak dates.

Valley Farms, Foristell, MO  (www.valleyfarms.us)

Valley Farms is one of the newest BARN venues and is located in Foristell, MO. A beautiful NEW barn with concrete floors.  They offer lots of options including bonfire, hayride, S’more bar, and drone footage on your wedding.  You can also use one of the remote areas of the 20 acre farm to tie the knot.  Prices begin at around $3000 and you have flexible options for catering and other vendors.  They will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  Be sure to come out and see this beautiful venue.

Illinois Barn Weddings (Calhoun County Illinois) (www.barnweddingsillinois.com)

 

Host a breathtaking country wedding at either the beautifully restored 150-year-old Mount Hope Barn, located on 250 acres or perhaps you would prefer the White Tales Lodge nested on 5 acres.   Packages stat at $2500 for the Lodge and $3500 for the Mount Hope Barn.  They offer many different packages so be sure to give them a call for more specific details.

The Pour Vineyard, Red Bud, Illinois (www.thepourvineyard.com)

The Pour Vineyard is one of Illinois newest wedding destinations and offers a rustic barn, large lake and over six acres of vineyards.    They offer many ceremony locations and they allow you to choose your own vendors.   Pour Vineyards can accommodate 200 for a barn ceremony, and about 225 for a vineyard or lake ceremony/reception.

Bear Creek Golf Club – Venue Profile Review

VENUE NAME:  Bear Creek Golf Club

 

Street Address: 158 Bear Creek Drive. Wentzville MO 63385

Website: http://www.bearcreekgolf.com

Phone:  636-332-5018

Representative: Elizabeth Hamman

Email Address: events@bearcreekgolf.com

Facebook Site:  https://www.facebook.com/bearcreekwentzville/?fref=ts

Description:

Close to Home, Far from Ordinary…

At Bear Creek you will find a seasoned staff that is committed to ensuring your special day is relaxing and enjoyable. Each reception is tailored to your request and is complimented with a professional staff and superb cuisine.

Set against the scenic backdrop of our championship golf course, Bear Creek Clubhouse will make a memorable impression on your guests.  With a beamed cathedral ceiling, commanding stone fireplace, and floor to ceiling wall windows, it brings nature indoors and provides a beautiful setting.

Specializing in Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Showers, Anniversary Parties and More!  For more information please contact our Event Coordinator, Elizabeth at events@bearcreekgolf.com or call 636-332-5018

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type:  Golf Course with a Banquet Room

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 50-200

Is your venue Handicap Accessible?  Yes

Details:  no steps inside, ramps to the outside Ceremony Area

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?   Yes.   We have 3 TVS in our bar Area and 1 large TV . We have a mic and speakers too.

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?   Yes. Elizabeth Hamman

What is your Cake Cutting Charge?   Complimentary

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

Are Decorations Permitted?    Yes.   Glitter and confetti not allowed

What’s Included with your facility:  tables, chairs, white table lines, and the napkin color of your choice, use of our table and mantle  décor.

Parking Options:   Parking lot – Free

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area?  O utside we have a space and inside in front of the fireplace

Do you have an outdoor area?  Yes.   Set your ceremony against the scenic backdrop of our championship golf course and have the use of our wood trellis and seating for 200. ($1,000 rental for one hour)  Set up and clean up provided by our staff.

Are there good photographic locations close by?  Yes.  We are a beautiful Golf Course.

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area?  No

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? Yes

What is your pet policy?   Please, no pets.

What is your Rehearsal Policy?   Normally the week of the event

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name:    Banquet Room

Rental Price:  $1,000 (for four hours)   (Set up and clean up provided by our staff .)            Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests  50-200

 

Our clubhouse offers a cathedral beamed ceiling, commanding stone fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows with a wrap-around deck overlooking our championship golf course.  Bear Creek provides a perfect backdrop for a memorable occasion. Outdoor ceremony site available. Seating for 200 available.

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE?   Yes   (Except for dessert.)

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person?_$21.95-$27.95

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service?  No

Bar range from draft beer:  Call  brand $13.25-$18.75

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service?  $21.95  ) Our Premium bar is everything we have, we do not limit you

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ?  No

Do you have a Liquor License?  Yes

When is Food Tasting?   60/90 days out

Is there an Outside Catering Option?   No, Except desserts.

 

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

Use of  two of our passenger golf carts to take pictures around our course-$250.

Add an hour top your reception $400

We have a Lower level that has a max of 50 people that you can rent for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners

VENUE PROFILE REVIEW: HAUE VALLEY

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Haue Valley

7100 Thornton Road

Pacific

Missouri

63069

www.HaueValleyWeddings.com

Phone: 314-805-7721

Contact: Kristin Binford

Email:  hauvevalley@gmail.com

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/HaueValley

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Description:  After 125 years of cherishing the 246 acre Haue Valley Farm, the descendants of the Haue family set out to share this little piece of heaven with close friends and family. The charming 7,000 sq ft. venue was built using cedar from the farm, and sawed on a mill built by the family. With the help of many, many good friends, the venue hosted its first event in April 2013. The venue was opened to the public in 2014 and has played a small part in many large events since its inception. We look forward to playing a part in yours too.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type:  Outdoor, Farm, Winery, Historic Property

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 0-200 Maximum

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes

Details:  ADA Complaint.  Ample handicap parking.

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?  No

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?  Yes (See what’s included.)

What is your Cake Cutting Charge?  N/A

Is a Dance Floor Included?  Yes

Is  there an extra charge?  No

Are Decorations Permitted? Yes

Please list anything that is not allowed: All exclusions regarding décor are common to ensure the venue stays clean and beautiful for generations to come.

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The wedding rental fee includes:

  • Exclusive access to the 7,000 sq. ft. rustic venue and grounds
  • Tables and upgraded white wedding chairs for 200 guests setup to your specifications
  • Indoor bathrooms (wheelchair accessible)
  • Large bar area with refrigeration for drinks
  • Beautiful brides and grooms dressing areas, perfect for pictures
  • Caterer’s prep area which includes a commercial fridge, two prep tables, and an industrial sink
  • Two Haue Valley team members onsite throughout the evening
  • Hundreds of classic and vintage decor items
  • Outdoor games such as Giant Jenga, Giant Dominoes, and Giant Yahtzee
  • Some fun and unique photo booth props
  • Professional parking lot (with lights) and concrete floors
  • Use of our fireplace – including wood, in the case of a chilly evening at no additional charge
  • Two ceremony locations, including a beautiful backup under roof in the case of rain or cold weather
  • Multiple spots for photos that will last a lifetime

No hidden fees (There are no additional Haue Valley service fees and taxes are included.

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What are your Parking Options?  Ample onsite parking with ample lighting.

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included?   See above.

Do you have a Ceremony Only area?  Yes.

Do you have an outdoor area?   Yes

Describe:  The venue is located on a 246 acre historic farm and is enclosed with beautiful glass garage doors. The entire space can feel like an outdoor venue, or the doors can be closed to ensure the comfort of guests in the case of bad weather.

Are there good photographic locations close by?  Yes!  Many!

Explain:  See above

Do you provide a Bridal Prep area?  Yes

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen?  Yes

What is your pet policy?  We welcome dogs on a leash.  Other animals with prior approval.

What is your Rehearsal Policy? (Answer not provided)

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ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES:

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name:  Entire Facility.

Rental Price   Price varies based on day of the week between $3500 – $5500.

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 200 Maximum

Ceiling Height:  Approx. 26 feet

Chandelier(s)?  Glass Lanterns

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Describe Space:  Your wedding day should be the most memorable day of your lives, and the days and interactions with your vendor team leading up to that day shouldn’t feel like a business transaction. At Haue Valley, we have lots of passions. We didn’t intend to get into the venue business. It happened when several sweet couples found our farm, fell in love, and persuaded us to open our private estate for their wedding day. We quickly learned that these couples had become part of our family, and it was an experience we enjoyed so much we hoped to do it again. From the soaring ceiling, beautiful wood beams cut from cedar on our family farm, the romance of a fire in our stone fireplace, and the view from the patio of the 246 acre farm, every decision we’ve made has been with you in mind. We are so blessed that so many couples have allowed us to play a small part in their big day. We hope to have the opportunity to play a small part in yours as well. For hundreds of photos please follow us on Facebook.com/HaueValley and on Instagram @HaueValley. For pricing, available dates, FAQs, and articles to help you plan your wedding in St. Louis, please visit our website at www.HaueValleyWeddings.com.

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE?  No

Is there an Outside Catering Option?   Yes

Are there preferred catering companies?  Yes

Who?  Pappy’s, The Hawthorne Inn, Two Mike’s Catering, Graze Catering_

 

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

https://vimeo.com/187925906   Click on this link to review video on Haue Valley Venue.

Hendri’s Event – Venue Profile Review

VENUE: Hendri’s Events

Website: www.hendris.com

Phone: 314.752.4084

Representative: Dan Sulz

Email: catering@hendris.com

Facebook: “Hendri’s Events” at www.facebook.com/hendrisevents

Description: Hendri’s is a full-service Events & Catering Company that has been serving clients throughout
St. Louis, Missouri for over 40 years. Our friendly and professional staff works with you to achieve your ideal
event by creating the atmosphere you want in our space or the location of your choice. We are flexible and
open to suggestions ~ from conventional to exceptional, casual to chic. Our own event space, designed by a
leading restaurant architect, provides warmth and luxury for both you and your guests. The Old World
Charm is enhanced by a distinctive fireplace, antique carved wooden bar and unique paneling. The single
room facility guarantees you and your guests a truly private reception…no sharing restrooms or hearing
music from other functions. We seat from 50 to 250 guests, hosting events ranging from intimate rehearsal
dinners to extravagant fundraisers. With our spacious dance floor and relaxed atmosphere, you and your
guests are sure to have a night to remember.
SPECIFICATIONS:

How to Choose A Venue

ChandlerHill - BrideStLouis.com

ChandlerHill – BrideStLouis.com

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make in planning your wedding is where to have it.  Because there are over 350+ Venues, your decision can be difficult.   Here are some basic concepts to consider when deciding on a location.

Budget:

This is the most important factor.  The reception cost is generally about 50% of your entire budget.  If you are on a tight budget and the venue you want is beyond your price range, think about having a brunch or cocktail reception at the venue instead of a plated dinner.

Size:

Consider the number of guests you anticipated inviting.  If you are having a small wedding you might feel dwarfed in a venue that is too large.  Conversely, if you are having a large number of guests, you want to make sure that you don’t feel cramped.

Feel:

Did you always dream of an outdoor wedding?  Do you like the ideal of a grand ballroom?  Be true to you feelings, and make it meaningful for you.  Bear in mind, with an outdoor wedding you might be at the mercy of the elements, so have a Plan B in place.

Finally, be flexible with the day of the week.  Fridays & Sundays are generally less expensive and more available.  Popular places can book up over a year in advance, so start your search for a venue early.

One of the easiest ways to find your venue is to read the Venue Profile Reviews on BrideSTLouis.com under the blog section. (www.BrideStLouis.com/blog)   Just search for “Venue Profile Reviews.”  (Soon we will be updating our web site with a venue review search feature that provides COMPLETE information on all venues by seachable fields.)  Currently, you can also use the Venue Section of the Vendor Guide where venues are listed in one of seven areas:  St. Louis City, St. Louis Midtown, South, North, St. Charles, Missouri Other, Illinois.

Randall Gallery - BrideStLouis.com

Randall Gallery – BrideStLouis.com