The Larimore House Plantation – Venue Profile Review


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.

Larimore House Plantation

Larimore House Plantation


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.


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

Larimore House Plantation

Larimore House Plantation


Contact:  Dena Bovey, Wedding Coordinator & Co-Owner


Peabody Opera House – Venue Profile



VENUE:   Peabody Opera House


Phone: 314.499.7620

Representative: Amber Daniels







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.


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.



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’


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.


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





Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

How do you plan to invite your bridesmaids and grooms to be a part of your wedding?  Today’s brides  employ a variety of ways to invite their friends or family to be a part of the wedding party from personalized gifts to special printed and personalized invitations.    Make it personal and make it fun.  Anything from cupcakes, to bottles of wine, to clever little gifts in a box with your invite will do the job.  If you can’t pop the question in person, don’t forget about Skype.  Write up a sign and surprise them with the invitation.  We loved to hear your ideas and how you plan to get your party on board.



Friends, Family & Your Wedding


We all have friends and relatives who are offering to help with your wedding as their gift to you.  There are several areas where a donation of someone’s expertise or talents would not only save you money but would add a meaningful, personal touch to your big day.  Here are some etiquette tips regarding accepting your loved ones’ offer to help:

1.) Be sure they are qualified to do the job well.  If you are not quite sure they can measure up to the job, thank them, and tell them you already have someone helping with that task.

2.) If someone offers to help, tell them you would be happy to accept their services as a wedding gift.

3.) Tell them how much it means to you to have them contributing to make your day special.

4.) Always send a written thank you after the wedding.

The best parts of any wedding celebration are the personal touches added by the bride and groom such as creating and saying your own vows, your decorations and theme, personal photos, and other special items.  Always add your personality and passions to your wedding.

Hermann Hill – Venue Review

One of the most delightful locations not too far from St. Louis is Hermann Hill.  It started as just a Bed & Breakfast, but soon grew into a wonderful wedding venue.  It is situation on a hill and overlooks the Missouri river.  They have a beautiful chapel, large open-window reception room, great dressing rooms, a gazebo overlooking the river, and they just recently added a Peace Chapel and Fire Pit.  If you are having out-of-town guests, they have cottages right on the facility that are modern and luxurious.


But what I like most about this particular venue is their attention to service to their guests.  And, of course, their food is excellent.

Hermann Hill Wedding Chapel


Large Reception Room


Hermann is about one hour west outside of the St. Louis area.  They offer various pricing packages good for elopements or larger weddings, as their reception area can accommodate up to 300 people.  Every wedding is personally attended to by your own Personal Wedding Coordinator, and when you add up all the extras they include, it’s a great deal.  They will help coordinate ordering a wedding cake, recommending great photographers who are familiar with their facility, and will suggest various musicians and florists to make planning your wedding easy.

Fire Pit overlooking Missouri River

If you would like more information contact Jill Winkelmann at 314-550-4759 or email her at  Tell her you heard about Hermann Hill at


Resolutions and Realizations Regarding Your Wedding

The New Year is here and like most people, I have no idea where 2013 has gone.  Because New Year’s Resolutions can be daunting, I’ve consciously decided to be more realistic about expectations.  I might make a list, but I no longer feel that I have failed, if circumstances keep me from completing my goals.  This year list will include some specific items toward improving my health, my happiness, and most of all, having fun and enjoying life.  Rather than state, I will lose those 20 extra pounds, I basically resolve to eat healthier and exercise more.  So, at the end of the year, even if I haven’t lost those 20 pounds, but did eat healthier and exercise more, I’ve succeeded.

Wedding Couple at Altar BSL

The same non-specific goal might be a good resolution for your wedding.  In my ancient times when I was single, I dreamed that my wedding would be so grand, and so wonderful – unlike any other wedding – elegant, fabulous and everyone would be exclaiming over and over how beautiful our wedding was.  That was not reality.  Other brides that I have met during this last year, who have planned their wedding, down to the tiniest detail, and then, even on the day of the wedding, failed to let go of that need “to control all things the day of the wedding” failed in their realization of what a wedding should be.  A wedding is not about the perfect dress, the exact color of the flowers, or how precisely executed the wedding was.  It’s about BEING HAPPY AND HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME on the most important day of your life, the day that you marry the one you love.   So, yes, let’s have a great time this year putting together your wedding, and when it’s time for the wedding, let all expectations fly away, and just truly enjoy the day.

Drop us a line and share with us your goals, ambitions and resolutions regarding your wedding and marriage?