The Guide to St. Louis Weddings

So he finally put a ring on it!!! And you couldn’t wait to marry the love of your life! But excitement doesn’t get you hitched: planning does, months and months of it.

You might feel a little bit overwhelmed already, but planning your perfect St. Louis wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. Which is why I’ve carefully curated this list of best wedding vendors in St. Louis. It showcases the best ceremony and reception venues, caterers, planners, bridal salons, videographers, hair salons and make up artists, and other wedding vendors in the St. Louis area.

These are vendors that I have come to know, trust, and love, many of which I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past. I hope a curated list like this will guide you through your planning process and save you the trouble of having to sift through all the different options the good old St. Louis has to offer.

Best Wedding Venues in St. Louis for Outdoor Ceremony

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO): For outdoor ceremonies, you can choose from Gladney Rose Garden (150 Seated), The Lehmann Rose Garden (150 Seated), and Japanese Garden (200 Seated); indoor receptions are also available at Spink Pavilion (90 seated) and Monsanto Hall (240 seated).

Gladney Rose Garden Wedding Ceremony in Missouri Botanical Garden by st. louis wedding photographer

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis (St. Louis, MO): Wedding ceremony can be held at the outdoor patio (230 seated), overlooking the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River! The ballroom at this riverfront hotel is also a great venue for an elegant indoor reception (500 seated).

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Haue Valley (Pacific, MO): outdoor ceremony and indoor reception (200 seated), perfect for rustic farm weddings

The Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens (House Springs, MO): outdoor ceremony and reception (150 seated). Their website might need some serious updating, but, with “its eclectic charm, unparalleled backdrop, the beauty of nature and an abiding sense of home,” this place is MAGICAL!!! Here’s what 34 brides have to say about the Lalumondiere on WeddingWire.

Best Greenhouses in St. Louis for Wedding Ceremony

Jewel Box – Forest Park (St. Louis, MO): This art deco conservatory is truly the “jewel” of Forest Park, beautiful inside and out. Air conditioned. For more information about indoor ceremonies(250 seated) and receptions (120 seated), call the Parks Division at 314-289-5389.

Piper Palm House – Tower Grove Park (St. Louis, MO): As the oldest standing greenhouse west of the Mississippi River, the Piper Palm House is perfect for both indoor (150 seated) or outdoor ceremonies. Air conditioned.

The Conservatory (St. Charles, MO): indoor ceremony (100 seated). Air conditioned.

Best Churches in St. Louis for Wedding Ceremony

Patty Long Catering’s 9th Street Abbey (St. Louis, MO): nondenominational; indoor ceremony & reception (210 seated)

Graham Chapel (St. Louis, MO): nondenominational; indoor ceremony (300 seated)

St. Francis Xavier College Church (St. Louis, MO): catholic; indoor ceremony (300 seated)

Matt and Kristin's wedding at St. Francis Xavier College Church

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (St. Louis, MO): catholic, indoor ceremony

Shrine of St. Joseph (St. Louis, MO): catholic, indoor ceremony

Best Historical Places in St. Louis for Wedding Reception

Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion (St. Louis, MO): Sitting atop of Government Hill, the World’s Fair Pavilion commands one of the most dramatic views of Forest Park. This magnificent open-air shelter is great for large receptions (450 seated).

Barnett on Washington (St. Louis, MO): With its Spanish Mission-style architecture with high-ceiling, pillared rooms and sweeping staircases, this luxurious midtown venue provides a romantic and stylish option for indoor receptions (200 seated); NOT recommended for indoor ceremony.

Barnett on Washington wedding

St. Louis Union Station (St. Louis, MO): With its iconic clock tower stretching skyward, sweeping archways and majestic mosaics, the Grand Hall at the St. Louis Union Station is an incredible place for your grand indoor reception (300 seated).

The Coronado (St. Louis, MO): The Coronado Ballroom features the original terrazzo floor that houses 45 art deco up-lights and is a remarkable choice for indoor receptions (350 seated) in midtown St. Louis. NOT recommended for indoor ceremony

Diana and Brian's wedding at The Coronado St. Louis

The Thaxton (St. Louis, MO): indoor reception (150 seated)

St. Louis City Hall Rotunda (St. Louis, MO): indoor ceremony (200)

Best Wedding Venues in St. Louis for Indoor Reception

Palladium Saint Louis (St. Louis, MO): 400 seated

Magnolia Hotel St. Louis (St. Louis, MO): 200 seated

The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s (St. Louis, MO): 300 seated; with an option for outdoor ceremonies on the terrace

Best Wedding Venues in St. Louis for Outdoor Reception

The Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens (House Springs, MO): outdoor reception (150 seated)

Unique Wedding Venues in St. Louis

These one-of-a-kind wedding venues in St. Louis offer a wedding experience like no other. From the Spanish clocktower in the heart of Forest Park to the “secret” French garden in midtown St. Louis, from the century-old, giant windmill south of St. Louis City, to European style cottages and gardens amid the rolling hills of St. Albans, Missouri: your guests will enjoy unforgettable day of celebration!

Forest Park Visitor Center (St. Louis, MO): indoor reception (210 seated)

City Cottage on Chouteau (St. Louis, MO): indoor reception (100 seated)

Das Bevo (St. Louis, MO): indoor ceremony and reception (expected to be open for weddings in the fall of 2017)

The Inns at St. Albans (St. Albans, MO): outdoor ceremony and reception; with two locations to choose from: The Studio Inn (150 seated) and Old Barn Inn (250 seated)

The Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens (House Springs, MO): outdoor ceremony and reception (150 seated). The fact that you’re seeing this the THIRD time says enough about how much I love this place!

Best Caterers in St. Louis

Patty Long Catering (St. Louis, MO)

Catering St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Butler’s Pantry (St. Louis, MO)

Ces & Judy’s Catering (St. Louis, MO)

Best Wedding Planners in St. Louis

Absolutely In Event Planning (St. Louis, MO)

Blush Events (St. Louis, MO)

Saving Grace Occasions (St. Louis, MO)

Best Cake Artists in St. Louis

The Lace Cake (St. Louis, MO)

Kaked by Katie (St. Louis, MO)

Best Bridal Salons in St. Louis

Best Hair Stylists and Makeup Artists in St. Louis

Caity Margaret Beauty (St. Louis, MO): hair

Emily Miller Makeup & Hair (Clayton, MO): hair and make-up

Kink Salon (Clayton, MO): hair

Location Ideas for Engagement and Wedding Photos in St. Louis

Parks

Forest Park (St. Louis, MO): From all the popular destinations to the lesser-known spots, the “Best City Park in America” presents numerous photo opportunities.

Tower Grove Park (St. Louis, MO)

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO)

Lafayette Park (St. Louis, MO): and the surrounding Soulard neighborhood

Faust Park (Chesterfield, MO): It features barns and historical buildings, adjacent to the Butterfly House.

Creve Coeur County Park (Maryland Heights, MO): If you love the beach, sailing or just massive body of water, you have to check out Creve Coeur Lake.

Castlewood State Park (Ballwin, MO)

Weldon Spring Conservation Area (St. Charles, MO)

Frontier Park (St. Charles, MO):

Klondike Park (Augusta, MO): This hidden gem features white sand beach, bluffs, and lake; only 1 hour west of St. Louis

Lone Elk Park (High Ridge, MO): 30 minutes southwest of St. Louis

Pere Marquette State Park (Grafton, IL): 1 hour north of St. Louis

Elephant Rocks (Belleview, MO): 2 hours south of St. Louis

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park (Middle Brook, MO): 2 hours south of St. Louis

Horseshoe Lake (Granite City, IL): 30 minutes northeast of St. Louis

Urban / Lifestyle

Delmar Loop

Central West End

Downtown Clayton

Laclede’s Landing

Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park: with breathtaking sunsets and an amazing view of the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis

Architecture and Arts

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO)

Citygarden (St. Louis, MO): This “urban oasis” features sculptures, cityscape, with a view of the Gateway Arch

St. Louis Public Library – Central Library (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis City Hall Rotunda (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis Union Station: with one-time permit ($250)

Washington University in St. Louis – Danforth Campus

Saint Louis University campus

Laumeier Sculpture Park: sculptures + scenic natural area

The Old, The Offbeat, The Abandoned

National Memorial Church: abandoned church in midtown St. Louis with ivies

Cotton Belt Freight Depot: abandoned buildings with graffiti

Kosciusko Graffiti Wall: more graffiti!

Chain of Rocks Bridge: edgy, industrial, view of the Mississippi River