Outdoor Places for Low Cost Ceremonies

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!)   So – I tossed together some locations that come to mind.

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.

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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 – The old Kiener Plaza was a beautiful setting.  The new one is a bit busy all the time.

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 they have 1000s of daffodils.

Oak Knoll Park in Clayton.   There is a sunken garden area to the West of the building and also a small lake.

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.

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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.

The Arch Grounds.

Lafayette Square & Park

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Laumeier Sculpture Park

Queeny Park in Manchester

Chesterfield City Center Park

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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

Quail Ridge Park in St. Charles County

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At some of these locations you can reserve a shelter.  For almost all locations I recommend you check with the various authorities for any permits that may be required.

We, of course, would love to hear any additional suggestions from you that we can share with our readers.

Are you planning to rent a tent for your outdoor wedding?

Outdoor weddings can be very beautiful, but with the hot St. Louis weather and possibly storms have you considered renting a tent for your event?  If you are only days away from your wedding and rain is predicted, chances are you won’t be the only one looking for a tent at the last minute.  Tents are NOT a cheap alternative to a banquet hall, and there are some things you need to consider.

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First and foremost – does your location have ample space for a tent?  Do they even allow tents?

Second – what size tent will you need?  The amount of guests will determine the size.  If you have up to 100 guests a 30X60 canopy should be fine.  Guest counts of 150 require a 40X60 canopy and any guest count over 200 requires a tent at least 40X80.   

Third – What type of tent do you want?  A pole tent works best on a grassy area and is secured with stakes.  There will be at least one center pole supporting the tent.  A frame tent can be place on relatively any surface and there are no center poles to obstruct your view and event layout.  However, we always suggest the pole tent, when the location is suitable, because of their pretty and high roofline.  It looks great from the exterior and interior.   (Photo credit – Patricia Lyons of Easton Events.)


There is a lot more expense to a tent than just the rental.  There is the labor to set up and tear down the tent, delivery charges, and there may be charges for liners and drapery.  If lighting is not included, what type of lighting will you provide?    Chandeliers are popular options in a white wedding tent, but again you are looking at some additional bucks.  And, is there electric service available?  Do you want a dance floor?  Add that to the tab as well.   

Did you know that tents act like greenhouses, so heat can build up, so when the temperature soars over 75 degrees, you will need some options, like fans, to keep everyone comfortable.    Tents that have side flaps that roll up can help when the temperature is high, and these flaps are very useful if a storm blows through.

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Here are three local companies that are experienced in our area with tent installations:

Event Partner, www.EventPartners-stl.com, 314-729-7776

Weinhardt Party Rentals, www.WeinhardtPartyRentals.com, 314-822-9000

Fund Ways of Missouri, www.FundWaysofMo.com, 636-250-4100.