The Larimore House Plantation – Venue Profile Review

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Venue:  The Larimore House Plantation

Venue Type: The Larimore House Plantation is a private, historic estate established in 1858. This Venue boasts 6 acres of enchanting grounds, the charming Victorian mansion and an elegant banquet center. This hidden gem is perfect for those searching for a spectacular event that is “ Unique” and offers plenty of “WOW” factor! Provides for Gazebo weddings in the Garden or Quaint Chapel Weddings, and indoor Receptions.

Venue Style: Elegantly Rustic, Vintage, Classic

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: Min. 95 guests on a Friday, Saturday afternoon or Sunday. Min. 155 guests on a Saturday evening. Max 250

Handicap Accessible: Grounds and Banquet center and Chapel are wheelchair accessible. Mansion is not.

Audio Visual Capabilities: Projector and screen available for $50

On Site Event Coordinator:Yes

Cake Cutting Charge: $1 p/p provides for plate, fork, cutting and service

Dance Floor Included: yes, lighted

Decorations Permitted: yes

What’s Included: Sole use of the Historic Estate, Mansion and Banquet center

Parking Options: lighted, on site

Ceremony Only Area: reception required

Outside Area: Garden ceremony available.

Bridal Prep Area:Victorian dressing rooms

Pet Policy: Are welcome outside

Rehearsal Policy: One hour Rehearsal time available on Thursday evenings of Friday afternoons with purchase of ceremony.

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ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

Rental of Estate and Banquet Center: Rental is $1400 for a 4 hour reception during Nov. through April. Rental is $2000 for a 4 hour reception rental May through October

Ceiling Height: 10 foot

Chandelier(s): Yes

Room Dimensions

Describe Space: Renovated historic building with rustic and elegant charm.

FOOD OPTIONS:

In House: Yes. Required.

Price Range of Food Service Per/Person: A plated dinner is offered with price range of $52 to $32 (plus tax and grat.) depending on volume discounts. Provides for tables, chairs, white linens, silverware, glassware, and uniformed servers.

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? no

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? 4 hour Standard bar package starts at $9.50 and 4 hour Premium bar starts at $12.50

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum: On a Friday, Saturday afternoon or Sunday is $5500. On a Saturday evening $8000.

Do you have a Liquor License:Yes

When is Food Tasting Scheduled: On evenings we have an event taking place


Outside Catering: No

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

2 Hour Early Arrival for Wedding Party for Pictures: Wedding Party only, with access to the Grounds, Mansion, and dressing rooms for the Ladies. Ranges from $300 to $400

Add Wedding Ceremony: Ranges from $800 to $1500 depending on month and day of week. Includes Garden Gazebo, Wedding Chapel, rehearsal time, and wedding coordinator. Ceremony scheduled 1 hour before reception.

Holiday or Holiday Weekend: add $500

Dove Release: $75

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Larimore House Plantation

 

Contact:  Dena Bovey, Wedding Coordinator & Co-Owner

info@larimoreweddings.com

www.LarimoreWeddings.com

 

Little Piney Lodge – Venue Profile Review

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Website: littlepineylodge.com

Phone: 636.561.8615

Representative: John and Julie Moss

Email:  littlepineylodge@gmail.com

 

Description:  Rustic, elegant,  country estate with indoor and outdoor ceremony/reception options.  Barn is heated and air conditioned.  Accommodations for up to 12 guests for 2 nights included in our weekend package.  Couples may have rehearsal dinner on site for free.

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type:  (Either Banquet, Restaurant, Golf Course CC, Winery, Hotel, Historic Home, Historic Bldg, or other) winery/farm

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor w/Gazebo, Gardens, Barn, other) Outdoor with gazebo, lakefront, barn

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: minimum: 2/ maximum 200

Handicap Accessible: (Please detail) we have golf cart service when assistance is needed.

Audio Visual Capabilities: portable sound system available for ceremony.  ipod compatible speakers throughout the property

On Site Event Coordinator: ask for recommendations

Cake Cutting Charge:  use caterer for cake-cutting

Dance Floor Included:  yes

Decorations Permitted:  yes

What’s Included:  all inclusive

Parking Options:  parking on site with parking attendants available with golf carts for those needing assistance

If all inclusive – what’s included:  tables, chairs & benches; 2 nights accommodations for up to 12 people; use of facility from friday 11am til sunday 11am; rehearsal dinner on site; use of barn, pavillion & lake front gazebo for ceremony and reception.

Ceremony Only Area:  anywhere on property

Outside Area:  75 acres

Bridal Prep Area: 3 bedroom lodge with bridal sweet

Pet Policy:  case by case

Rehearsal Policy:  rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for free

 

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?  3 bedroom lodge (sleeps 6), 3 bedroom log cabin (sleeps 6).

Weekend Rental $4800.00 – (Friday 11AM – Sunday 11AM)

 Includes:

                Choice of Pavilion or Barn

                Tables & Chairs

                Use of Gazebo & Surrounding Grounds

                Use of Great Room in Lodge

                Use of property for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Friday night

                Parking lot attendant

                Two nights lodging (Friday & Saturday) for up to 12 people

                Use of bonfire pits on Friday and Saturday nights

Sunday Rental $2500.00 – (Sunday 2pm to Sunday 10pm)

Includes:

                Choice of Pavilion or Barn

                Tables & Chairs

                Use of Gazebo & Surrounding Grounds

                Use of Great Room in Lodge

                Parking lot attendant

                Use of bonfire pits 

 

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Room Name (Please list all rooms separately)

Rental Price : included in weekend wedding

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests  max 12

Ceiling Height

Chandelier(s)

Room Dimensions

Describe Space

 

FOOD OPTIONS:

In House:

Price Range of Food Service Per/Person:

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:

When is Food Tasting Scheduled:
Outside Catering:

Are there preferred catering companies?  Couples can choose their own caterer

Who?  We recommend *Trailside Restaurant in Rhineland, Hermann Catering, The Cottage Restaurant

 

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges: linen rental available, additional night accommodations available for $250 per house per night

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GRBIC Private Event Space – Venue Profile Review

VENUE: Grbic Private Event Space

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Website: www.grbicrestaurant.com

Phone: 314-772-3100

Representative: Erna Grbic

Email: grbicevents@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/grbicrestaurant

Twitter: @grbicrestaurant

Instagram

Description: With our 15-foot ceilings, warm brick and tile interior and over 3,500 sq feet your event will surely be a memory for you and your guests to cherish forever. We are family owned and operated and take great pride in our unparalled level of service and client satisfaction. You can customize the look of your event with draping, lighting, stages, and more,. Our food is so much more than the standard banquet food and we can create custom menus as well. Our wedding buffet packages include items like Chuck Roast Steak, Beef Goulash and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken.

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SPECIFICATIONS:

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

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor w/Gazebo, Gardens, Barn, other) Traditional European

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 100-350

Handicap Accessible: (Please detail) Yes, entry, parking, restrooms all accessible

Audio Visual Capabilities: Yes

On Site Event Coordinator: Yes

Cake Cutting Charge: No

Dance Floor Included: Neutral Tile flooring

Decorations Permitted: Yes

What’s Included: Details Included in Review

Parking Options: Parking lot, Valet upon request

Ceremony Only Area: No

Outside Area: No

Bridal Prep Area: No

Pet Policy: None

Rehearsal Policy: Rehearsal is offered on Thursday evening up to one hour of time, if needed

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name (Please list all rooms separately)

Rental Price: Room rental varies from $1500-$2500, Room rental charge is waived with our food and beverage packages

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 100/350max

Ceiling Height (12- 15 feet)

Chandelier(s) NO

Room Dimensions 3,500 square feet

Describe Space:

FOOD OPTIONS:

In House:

Price Range of Food Service Per/Person: $24+

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? NO

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? Beverage packages start at $16+ per person (4-hour reception)

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum: Yes, $5000 minimum

Do you have a Liquor License: yes 3am License

When is Food Tasting Scheduled: Food Tasting can be scheduled anytime after the deposit is received. Typically food tastings can be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
Outside Catering: NO

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges: All packages subject to St. Louis City sales tax and gratuity

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Peabody Opera House – Venue Profile

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VENUE:   Peabody Opera House

Website: http://www.peabodyoperahouse.com/

Phone: 314.499.7620

Representative: Amber Daniels

Email: adaniels@peabodyoperahouse.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peabodyoperahouse

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/peabodyoperastl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peabodyoperaSTL

Instagram: https://instagram.com/peabodyoperastl/

Description:

Celebrate the happiest day of your life at Peabody Opera House. Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the classical elegance of Peabody Opera House has played host to some of the city’s greatest moments, making it the perfect place to host your unforgettable event.

With our adaptable floor plan and on-site event managers, we have everything you need to plan one of the biggest celebrations of your life.

SPECIFICATIONS:

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

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor w/Gazebo, Gardens, Barn, other) Classic

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 50-340

Handicap Accessible: (Please detail) Yes, elevators available on all levels.

Audio Visual Capabilities: Audio, screen and projector

On Site Event Coordinator: Yes

Cake Cutting Charge: None

Dance Floor Included: Yes

Decorations Permitted:  Yes

What’s Included: Tables, chairs, tableware, flatware, glassware and all non-catering and non-av staffing. 10-12 dock parking spots depending on package.

Parking Options: $15 pre-paid self-parking spots or $25 pre-paid valet spots

If all inclusive – what’s included: NA

Ceremony Only Area: Yes, but can only be booked six months in advance.

Outside Area: Portico area opened if weather permitting.

Bridal Prep Area: Yes

Pet Policy: No pets allowed

Rehearsal Policy: A one hour rehearsal is included in all ceremony packages.

 

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price?

Room Name (Please list all rooms separately) Ballroom packages

Rental Price

Our ballrooms start at $1,250 for four hours for one ballroom ($1,575 for five) with a $5,000 food and beverage minimum (pre-tax and service) but if you hit and maintain a $10,000 food and beverage minimum (pre-tax and service) the facility fee drops to $800 for four hours ($1,050 for five). If you prefer to use two different spaces we also offer packages with two ballrooms (one for ceremony and or cocktail reception and one for dinner and dancing) that start at $2,500 for four hours ($3,000 for five) with a $5,000 food and beverage minimum (pre-tax and service) but if you hit and maintain a $12,000 food and beverage minimum (pre-tax and service) the facility fee drops to $1,250 for four hours ($1,750 for five).

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests: 50-225

Ceiling Height 20’

Chandelier(s) No

Room Dimensions 50’x75’x20’

Describe Space

With 4,100 square feet of space and a full or mini stage our ballrooms are the perfect size for a wedding receptions from 50-225. Packages are available for single ballroom receptions or stacked ballrooms for ceremony and/or cocktail reception in one and dinner and dancing in another.

Room Name-Grand Lobby

Rental Price $5,250 for four hours or $5,650 for five with a $15,000 food and beverage minimum (pre-tax and service).

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests-100-250 on one level and up to 340 on both levels

Ceiling Height-33’

Chandelier(s)-Yes

Room Dimensions-86’x55’x33’

Describe Space- With a main level that accommodates up to 250 and a loge level overlook that can be added in to fit up to 340 our Grand Lobby is the perfect space for receptions large and small. Ceremonies in our ticket lobby can also be added to your package.

FOOD OPTIONS:

In House:

Price Range of Food Service Per/Person: $58-$82 (plus tax and 21% service charge)

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? $58 package includes four hours of beer and wine service.

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? $3 per person (plus tax and 21% service charge)

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum- Yes, $5,000 for ballrooms and $15,000 for the Grand  Lobby (pre-tax and service)

Do you have a Liquor License: Yes

When is Food Tasting Scheduled: Any time after a contract is signed.
Outside Catering: NA

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Ces & Judy’s Catering – Venue Review

 

I wanted to share with you a venue review that was recently posted by Patrick Pope Photography.  I also attended this wedding and agree 100% with this review.  Ces & Judy’s is a delightful facility and I would highly recommend them  for your wedding.

Venue Review: Ces and Judy’s Catering, St. Louis, MO

Patrick Pope Photography (www.PatrickPopePhotography.com)

A quick note about venue and vendor reviews: I am not associated with or paid by the reviewed parties. My thoughts are based on my experience, both good and bad, as a photographer photographing at the venue or with the vendor.

 

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Overview Of My Experience:

On January 4th, 2014 I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding reception at Ces and Judy’s Catering in St. Louis. Upon entering I was greeted by a large, round room where cocktails were served before entering the dining room. An easily accessed balcony overlooked the area and a fireplace at the far end offers a comfortable feel. This is a great spot for a group shot with all your guests if you want one. 

The dining room itself was very nicely appointed. On this particular evening the room was accented by wonderful uplighting, although to be honest I don’t know if this was provided by Ces and Judy’s themselves or something the DJ brought. There were about 150 guests and I think that’s just about as many as I’d want in the dining room at any one time. Any more and it would start getting pretty tight between the tables.

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There is a nice sized, dedicated dance floor with room for a DJ’s table and lights. From a photography perspective, the room has white ceilings that are just the right height in order to bounce the flash and produce better photos. (Rooms that have dark painted or exceptionally high ceilings are not optimal for photos – something to keep in mind if natural looking reception photos are important to you.)

The food was very good. The chicken and beef were both juicy and tender. We also had mixed grain rice that was good enough to get seconds, and a creamy pasta with broccoli that I couldn’t get enough of. Call me weird, but I love broccoli. They did not pass Carol’s infamous “green bean” test, however, being too stiff for our preference.

I was impressed by the staff. Everyone I spoke with was very friendly and helpful and they were very cooperative from the point of view of a vendor. So many places look at the photographer, DJ, and other vendors as a nuisance they would rather not deal with, but that wasn’t the case at Ces and Judy’s where I felt as welcome as the guests themselves. How the staff treats the vendors is a good indicator of how genuinely and sincerely they will treat everyone else.

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Photographically, the building is a treasure trove of amazing indoor locations. There’s a large, four story atrium of wood and iron with an old style “cage” elevator at one end. DO NOT MISS THIS! Sneak away for ten minutes and get some photos before you wear out dancing. This is also a great place to go if the weather prevents many outdoor run-around photos. 

 

 

Pros:

• Easy access to Hwy. 40

• Interesting and unusual building with numerous indoor areas for photography.

• Attractive decor, clean and well kept.

• Exceptionally friendly and helpful wait staff.

• Good food. (Although they did not pass the “green bean” test.)

Cons:

• Slightly tight with a large guest list. (The reception I photographed had about 150 guests, I wouldn’t recommend much more. Although I believe they can accommodate a larger group it would be a bit tight.)

 

The Final Word:

I would not hesitate to recommend Ces and Judy’s Catering for wedding receptions up to about 150-175 guests. The staff was great, the food very good, and all in a building full of indoor photographic potential. I’ve photographed at a lot of reception venues and I’d rate this one close to the top of the list.

 

Contact Information:

Ces and Judy’s Catering

10405 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63131

(314) 991-6700

http://cesandjudys.com/

 

 

 

 

European Charm – The Seven Gables Inn

Tired of the usually hotel banquet rooms?  There is a delightful place in the center of Clayton that can fit most brides’ reception budget and it offers a nice, intimate location with a European charm.  The Seven Gables Inn is a small, boutique Tudor style hotel with a lovely courtyard, and several unique spaces perfect for your private event.  In fact, you can have the entire Inn to yourself.  Plus they have 32 guest rooms available for your out-of-town guests, and, of course, a luxurious bridal suite that is offered complimentary to the wedding couple if you book 10+ guest rooms.  The rooms have been recently renovated and include 32 inch flat screen cable TV; Marble countertops, deluxe bedding and plush bathrobes are included.

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Stacy Wallace is the event coordinator and she will work with you to match your ideas and requirements as well as stay within your budget.  I like this flexibility because they have lots of creative options they can offer you to make your wedding everything you would want.   Both the service and the food are exceptional, and your guests will love the location in the center of Clayton.  Prices can start as low at $200.00 for space rental for a small ceremony, and $700 for the entire first floor.   If you looking for a space that has a nice comfy kind of feel, I highly recommend you give Stacy a call at 314-863-8400.

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