Beautiful Outdoor Locations for Romantic Weddings/Elopements – Low or NO Costs

With the weather turning nicer, many brides have requested information about LOW COST or NO COSTS locations where they can get married.   We put this list together some time ago, but I think it was a great idea to update it, as there are some new additions we wanted to include.

Did we miss something?  Do you know of a place that should be included on the list?  Let us know, and we definitely will spread the word.


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.  Don’t forget about the Jewel Box (Outside).

The Muny in St. Louis



















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 – Recently Updated.  (I miss the old waterfall there!)

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.

Oak Knoll Park in Clayton














Bee Tree Park in South County.

The City Garden has a nice waterfall

The Old Courthouse Steps












Tower Grove Park – Most everyone knows about the ruins, the lily pond, and the many, many gazebos.  There is also a “secret” private garden with water feature on the South side hided away.

Tower Grove Park 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

New Chesterfield City Park







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

Various New Town Locations in St. Charles

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













August Busch Memorial Conservation Area – Lots of beautiful Open Space & Ponds.

Weldon Springs Clark Park – This park has awesome views.

Kister Park Gazebo – Great for Photos (That’s the gazebo in downtown St. Charles …and there are bathroom below!)

Why not on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (It’s beautiful) or at the St. Louis Art Museum.


I know there are many more great locations, so if there is something we missed, let us know and we will add it to the list.




Venues that Allow Outside Catering

A lot of brides have asked us if we could provide a list of venues that allow outside caterers.  We found these choices – from community spaces to elegant historic homes. Some of these venues have “preferred” catering companies while others allow you the freedom to choose your own.   If you book one of these venues, be sure to tell the venue that you found them through

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.

If you know of other venues that allow Outside Catering, please write us at and let us know so that we can share with others.


34 Venues that allow you to bring your own catering company

Outside Catering Venues

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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.

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


560 Music Center,

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

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

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

Tuscany Gallery and Events

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.

Bear Creek Golf Club – Venue Profile Review

VENUE NAME:  Bear Creek Golf Club


Street Address: 158 Bear Creek Drive. Wentzville MO 63385


Phone:  636-332-5018

Representative: Elizabeth Hamman

Email Address:

Facebook Site:


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 or call 636-332-5018


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


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.


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



Haue Valley

7100 Thornton Road




Phone: 314-805-7721

Contact: Kristin Binford




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.



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.


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)



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


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 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


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:   Click on this link to review video on Haue Valley Venue.

Hendri’s Event – Venue Profile Review

VENUE: Hendri’s Events


Phone: 314.752.4084

Representative: Dan Sulz


Facebook: “Hendri’s Events” at

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.