Colleen’s Journey – Wedding Planning – Part 2 “Choosing a Venue”

Bride St. Louis

 

Welcome back, St. Louis brides!  The next step in your wedding planning process definitely requires a glass (or three) of wine!  It’s time to think about your venue!  This was definitely the most stressful part of wedding planning that I’ve experienced so far.  Yet, once it’s over you can breathe a HUGE sigh of relief.

Picking a venue has so many challenges that come with the task.  There are so many things that you have to take into consideration that I didn’t even know I would ever worry about.  Not only do you have to worry about the price per person for food and drinks, you also have the room rental to consider, the ceremony and the ceremony fee, the space for guests, etc.  After emailing and calling so many places, I started to lose track of you who I had and had not talked to!  I highly recommend creating a spreadsheet!  It was very simple and basic since I knew eventually I will have chosen a place and I wouldn’t need it.  My spreadsheet included the location, the price per person, venue rental, ceremony fee, and the person I was in contact with.

Next step…calling and emailing and emailing and emailing.  So many emails!  The most important thing to consider when you are considering your venue is what type of reception you are wanting.  I was interested in a “party” vibe.  I want my guests to just eat and drink to their heart’s desire and of course, have a blast!  I wanted a place where I could put out some games like giant Jenga, cornhole, etc.  I knew I needed more of a barn or brewery type of vibe!  So, I could immediately rule out some of the places I talked to that were more industrial and seemed “cold” to me.  Distance was also a huge factor!  Which set of family and friends was going to have to drive a distance and which set were going to have a short commute?  Were there hotels nearby?  What about a fun restaurant or bar that guests might be able to get a drink at after the reception? (Can you tell yet that I really just want my guests to have fun?)

Another way to narrow down your search is by thinking about what is absolutely too far for guests to travel.  If you’re on the fence about a place, I suggest taking a “drive-by” before you schedule an official visit.  I drove by a location that I was unsure about and by just driving to the location, I immediately ruled it out.  It just wasn’t what I was looking for and through this approach, I didn’t have to spend my Saturday at an appointment at a spot that I knew wasn’t going to work.

After taking all of these aspects into consideration, I was able to narrow my search down to two places!  I booked an appointment with one of the places and the next day I toured the location.  I didn’t even call my second option for an appointment because I fell in love with the first one!  It has the room and ability to play games, it has a great price for food and drinks, a beautiful area for a ceremony, and it’s the perfect distance for so many of our guests.  I can finally breathe!  The hardest part is over.  Like my fiancé said, “When you know, you know.  Just like when I saw you.” Aww, sappy I know 😊.  More to come next week!

 

NOTE:  Bride St. Louis has a sister site called VenuesofStLouis.com.  There you will find over 300 Venues Listed with detailed information.  That site is searchable by location, price, and type.

 

Are you looking for a Distinctive Destination for your wedding?

Are you looking for a Distinctive Destination for your wedding?    Here are fourteen suggestions of great wedding venues that will set your wedding apart.   These are just a few of the great locations you can find at our sister site, VenuesofStLouis.com.

 

Garth Woodside Manion, Hannibal, Missouri  – www.garthmansion.com

Contact: Julie

Phone:  888-427-8409

Garth Woodside Mansion Distinctive Wedding Destination - VenuesofStLouis.com

Of the many wedding venues in Missouri, Garth Mansion is special as it offers their beautiful historical mansion and bed and breakfast experience.  Enjoy the manicured property and additional cottage space.  Their personalized planning services makes it stress free and easy.  The gardens and property features accentuate every aspect of the outdoor beauty one would want for their special day!

 

Cedar Creek, New Haven, Missouri –  www.cedarcreekcenter.com

Contact:  Jeni Grunzinger

Phone: 636-266-9975

A distinctive destination for your St. Louis wedding by VenuesofStLouis.com

Located just one hour west of St. Louis, in New Haven, Missouri, the natural beauty of Cedar Creek provides a romantic setting for your truly unforgettable wedding. Featuring on-site overnight accommodations for up to 125 guests, a salt water pool, a golf course and so much more. Popular areas for use include The Barn, The Lake, the Saloon and Town Hall, and our on-site restaurant located in our iconic Western Town. Why not turn your wedding day, into your wedding weekend? The possibilities are endless!

 

Defiance Ridge Vineyards, Defiance, MO – www.defianceridge.com

Contact: Michelle

Phone:  636-798- 2288

Distinctive Destination for Your Wedding - VenuesofStlouis.com

Defiance Ridge Vineyards is a beautiful facility located in Missouri Wine Country and provides a gorgeous setting to celebrate your special day.  Enjoy the vineyard, sparkling lake, and lush garden – offering great backdrops for your photos, and roaming area for your guests to explore. Your wedding at Defiance Ridge can tell your story and reflect your personality and vision.  With accommodations for a small or large gathering and full catering menu, they can help you craft the perfect event that guests will never forget.

 

 

Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO – www.foundryartcentre.org

Contact: Melanie, events@foundryartcentre.org

Phone:   636-255-0270

A Distinctive Wedding Venue by VenuesofStLouis.com.

The Foundry Art Centre in located alongside the Missouri River and Katy Trail in downtown St. Charles.  The beautifully redesigned interior of the old Foundry is where railroad cars were once produced and it is now a cultural center of national and international regional art.  Dramatic high ceilings, balconies above for viewing, combined with flowers, music and delicious food, makes The Foundry your special venue.  Truly one of a kind location.

 

 

Dodson Orchards, Fredericktown, MO – www.dodsonorchards.com

Phone:  573-561-3093

Dodson Wedding Venue by VenuesofStLouis.com

Experience the magic of your wedding inside the authentic 100+ year old barn, surrounded by your loved ones.  Dodson Orchards is located in the rolling hills of the Ozarks and is about an hour’s drive south from St. Louis County.   You will be the main attraction and because they are an all inclusive venue, you can relax knowing that everything will be just as you envisioned.  Plus, you have full access to their vast array of rustic chic décor and antique furniture pieces to use as accents and gift tables.

 

 

Hermann Hill, Hermann, MO – hermannmoweddings.com

Contact: Becky

Phone: 573-486-4455

Host a romantic, private wedding ceremony along the scenic Missouri River at Hermann Hill Weddings, a picturesque and popular wedding event venue nestled in a storybook setting in Hermann, Missouri.  The location is conveniently accessible to couples from St. Louis to Columbia via I-70.  The maximum number of guests you may host for an indoor ceremony is 225, while up to 300 guests may be served for an indoor reception or outdoor ceremony.  Hermann Hill offers various packages that can accommodate most budgets.  Included in some of the packages are use of a Bride and Groom’s room, use of pavilion for reception, use of chapel or gazebo.

 

 

Inn at Hermannhof, Herman, MO – www.innathermannhof.com

Contact: Samantha,  sales@innathermannhof.com

Phone: 573-486-5199

The Inn at Hermannhof is a perfect weekend getaway destination in the romantic Missouri Wine Country.  It is situated in the historic town of Hermann, Missouri – known for its German heritage and one of the oldest wine growing regions in the U.S.  If you are having out of town guests, this is a perfect spot as their bed and breakfast can accommodate your family and friends all in one great location.

 

Peace Tree Farms, Eolia, MO –  www.PeaceTreeFarms.com

Contact:  peacetreefarmsllc@gmail.com

Phone:  573-470-6777

Peace Tree Farms - Venue Review at VenuesofStLouis.com

 

Peace Tree Farms is dedicated to conservation, organics, preserving nature and the beauty of our Earth.  They specialize in Custom Weddings within their 150 Acres of Beautiful!  Choose your perfect ceremony and reception site – garden and main pavilions, lakeside, woodland, or orchard and meadow.  Coming Fall 2019 the new Garden Barn.  If you can dream it, Peace Tree Farms can make it happen.

 

Aeries Terrace Banquet Center, Grafton, IL – www.aeriesview.com

Contact:  Angie events@aeriesview.com

Phone:  618.786.8438

Aeries Wedding Venue - Venue Review by BrideStLouis.com

Memorable events deserve an unforgettable setting – someplace different.  Aeries is close to home, yet being there feels like an escape.  Awesome, natural beauty and adventure around every corner.  You wedding will be at the edge of a breathtaking panorama that is simply the best view in the Midwest.

 

Pour Vineyard, Red Bud, IL – www.thepourvineyard.com

Contact: Travis – thepourvineyard@gmail.com

Phone:  618-304-4516

 

The Pour Vineyard is located in Red Bud Illinois and is one of Illinois’ newest wedding destinations.  Pour Vineyard offers a rustic barn, large lake and over six acres of vineyards.  They offer many ceremony locations and they allow you to choose your own vendors.  About 200 can be accommodated for a barn ceremony and 224 for a vineyard or lake ceremony/reception.

 

Seven T Farms, Sullivan, MO – www.seventfarms.com

Contact:  Matt & Mia,  events@seventfarms.com

Phone: 573-915-6760

Seven T Farms - Review by VenuesofStLouis.com

Many say that Seven T Farms is the perfect backdrop to say “I DO”!  From modern to vintage, Seven T Farms offers a unique setting for your wedding or event.  Enjoy a 300 acre venue located one hour west of downtown St. Louis just outside Sullivan, Missouri.  They have several ceremony options, a large reception room with stage for a head table or DJ setup, and an additional room perfect for rehearsal dinners or cocktail hour.  The patio offers outdoor seating, an indoor/outdoor bar, stone fireplace and a stunning view overlooking the farm.  An on-location bridal suite accommodating up to 12 is also available for rent.

 

 

 

The White Owl, Wright City, MO – www.the-white-owl.com

Contact:  Janie – thewhiteowlinfo@gmail.com

Phone:  636-030-6005

Wedding Venue Review by VenuesofStLouis.com.

The White Owl is a private outdoor event venue that works hard to craft a personal, unique, and unforgettable event for its customers located in Wright City, MO. They believe events such as a wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation, corporate celebration have the power to do more than celebrate a milestone; they create long-lasting impressions through social interactions, memorable moments, and custom personal touches. They also believe in enjoying what you do and doing it with the ones you love.

 

Noboleis Vineyard, Augusta, MO – www.noboleisvineyards.com

Contact:  Angie

Phone: 636-482-4500

Noboleis Vineyard by VenuesofStLouis.com

Looking for your dream wedding in a vineyard?  Noboleis Vineyards offers panoramic views of rolling hillsides while the surrounding vineyards offer the backdrop to an outdoor ceremony and/or a reception for up to 200+ people in a tented pavilion.  There’s a bride’s loft for getting ready, plus great photo spots in the vineyards and cellar.

 

The Larimore, St. Louis, MO – www.larimoreweddings.com

Contact:  Dena – info@larimoreweddings.com

Phone: 314-265-2531, 314-868-8009

The Larimore Wedding Venue by VenuesofStLouis.com

The Larimore 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!

How to Choose A Venue

ChandlerHill - BrideStLouis.com

ChandlerHill – BrideStLouis.com

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make in planning your wedding is where to have it.  Because there are over 350+ Venues, your decision can be difficult.   Here are some basic concepts to consider when deciding on a location.

Budget:

This is the most important factor.  The reception cost is generally about 50% of your entire budget.  If you are on a tight budget and the venue you want is beyond your price range, think about having a brunch or cocktail reception at the venue instead of a plated dinner.

Size:

Consider the number of guests you anticipated inviting.  If you are having a small wedding you might feel dwarfed in a venue that is too large.  Conversely, if you are having a large number of guests, you want to make sure that you don’t feel cramped.

Feel:

Did you always dream of an outdoor wedding?  Do you like the ideal of a grand ballroom?  Be true to you feelings, and make it meaningful for you.  Bear in mind, with an outdoor wedding you might be at the mercy of the elements, so have a Plan B in place.

Finally, be flexible with the day of the week.  Fridays & Sundays are generally less expensive and more available.  Popular places can book up over a year in advance, so start your search for a venue early.

One of the easiest ways to find your venue is to read the Venue Profile Reviews on BrideSTLouis.com under the blog section. (www.BrideStLouis.com/blog)   Just search for “Venue Profile Reviews.”  (Soon we will be updating our web site with a venue review search feature that provides COMPLETE information on all venues by seachable fields.)  Currently, you can also use the Venue Section of the Vendor Guide where venues are listed in one of seven areas:  St. Louis City, St. Louis Midtown, South, North, St. Charles, Missouri Other, Illinois.

Randall Gallery - BrideStLouis.com

Randall Gallery – BrideStLouis.com

The Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse

The Forest Park Golf Cour Clubhouse - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

VENUE NAME: The Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse or The Norman K. Probstein Golf Course Clubhouse in Forest Park

Address: 6141 Lagoon Drive, St. Louis Missouri, 63112

Website: www.forestparkgc.com

Phone: 314.367.6648

Representative: Amy Milne

Facebook Site: www.forestparkgc.com

Email Address: AMilne@Arcisgolf.com

Description: The Clubhouse offers a unique setting, conveniently located in Forest Park. Vaulted ceilings, wood beams, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course and panoramic views of historic Forest Park.

Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse Weddings - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse Weddings – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

SPECIFICATIONS:

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

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other) An eclectic blend of traditional, outdoor, classic and contemporary!

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: Max is 250 for a seated dinner with dancefloor. 350 for cocktail only style. We do host smaller events on Friday and Sundays, in season. Off season, any size party welcome!

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes Details: Ramp access to building, handicap accessible restrooms, and 8 handicap parking spaces in our lot.

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities? Very limited – yes. Details: we have a projection screen, microphone, CD player for music if needed (does not replace a DJ or live band who would provide their own equipment.)

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator? Yes

What is your Cake Cutting Charge? None -included in all packages.

Is a Dance Floor Included? Yes

Is there an extra charge? No

Are Decorations Permitted? Absolutely!

Please list anything that is not allowed: Confetti, glitter, items nailed or glued to the walls.

What’s Included with your facility: (tables, chairs, linens, etc.). Tables, chairs, china, glassware, silver, service staff, bartenders, accessory tables – gift, cake, head table.

Parking Options: (Valet, Street Parking, Secured): Our own parking lot, adjacent to the clubhouse.

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included? Our packages are not all inclusive of tax and service however, they do include the bar, appetizers, dinner and the hotel suite at the Chase for the bride and groom.

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? Not an option, we can do ceremony with the booked reception.

Do you have an outdoor area? Multiple outside patio areas. We have a covered veranda that runs the length of the building, a lower patio with a built in stone fireplace, the south patio with a built in bar.

Are there good photographic locations close by? Absolutely – anywhere in Forest Park or on the Golf Course.

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area? Yes

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? Not a private room for the men

What is your pet policy? Pets are allowed on the outside veranda or on the patio for ceremony, no pets inside unless service dog.

What is your Rehearsal Policy? Anytime that does not conflict with another wedding reception booked.

www.forestparkgc.com

www.forestparkgc.com

 

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price? (Multiple Rooms List on Separate Sheet)

Room Name: The Champion’s Room

Rental Price: Waived with reception packages

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 250 in season, smaller groups off season or on Friday/Sunday wedding receptions in season.

Ceiling Height beams @ 16 feet, 24 foot vaulted ceilings

Chandelier(s): None

Room Dimensions: 80 feet X 40 feet, not including the main bar area.

We are convenient location in Forest Park, beautiful vaulted ceilings, wood beams, stone feature wall and floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of historical Forest Park. In house catering provides an opportunity to customize menu packages to fit the needs and most budgets! PLUS no Room Rental Fees

Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse Weddings - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE? Food, Bar, Appetizers. Cake, favors or late night snacks are provided by client.

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person? $50-85; discounted Fridays/Sundays and under 21 years old.

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? Yes

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? $7.00 or $10 per person package

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ?_ Yes; 10K on peak Saturdays in May, June, September/October; lower and more custom to guest count numbers in off peak or Friday/Sunday dates

Do you have a Liquor License? Yes

When is Food Tasting? In January, year of reception unless client signs after January or unable to attend. The tasting is complimentary.

Is there an Outside Catering Option? No

 

Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse Weddings - BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse Weddings – BrideStLouis.com Venue Profile Review

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges:

Our Culinary Staff can provide an array of options from the Ice Cream Sundae station to custom sliders. A candy station, popcorn bar, cordials cart for after dinner drinks and adult snow cones are just a few of our Bells and Whistles! Price ranges from $1.25-$8 per person

Our expert culinary staff takes pride in their ability to accommodate any dietary request or need. Our team members have years of experience in the field and work with the Wedding Couple & Family through the entire process. Clients come back to visit and hold other events with us, including their corporate holiday parties, anniversary parties, birthdays, other family members weddings. Word of mouth referrals fill our calendar! Most clients have played golf here or attended an event!

St Louis Art Museum – Venue Profile Review

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

VENUE NAME:  St Louis Art Museum

Address:   1 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, MO 63110

Website:  http://www.slam.org/dining/social.html

Phone:  314-655-5387

Representative:  Erica Stone

Facebook Site:  https://www.facebook.com/PanoramaAtTheSaintLouisArtMuseum/?fref=ts

Twitter Site: none

Description:

Showcasing stunning facilities, as well as classic galleries including Sculpture Hall, the Saint Louis Art Museum is an elegant setting for your special event. With many space and catering options to meet your specifications, we can accommodate everything from small, intimate parties to grand-scale receptions, and anything in between. Dining options for your event will be prepared by Executive Chef Ivy Magruder, known throughout St. Louis for his creative culinary style.

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

SPECIFICATIONS:

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

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other)  Classic Elegance

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 20-275

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes Details

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?   No

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?  Yes

What is your Cake Cutting Charge?  None on our wedding packages

Is a Dance Floor Included? Yes

Are Decorations Permitted?  Florals and Uplighting only . Please list anything that is not allowed: Balloons, Glitter, Banners.

What’s Included with your facility: (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)  Tables, chairs, basic linens, glassware, table settings, and parking garage are included in our wedding packages

Parking Options: (Valet, Street Parking, Secured) Garage is included, Valet is additional_

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included?  No

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area?  No

Do you have an outdoor area?  Yes.  The new South Terrace off of the Sculpture Garden is included in the rental fee or King Louie Plaza on Art Hill across the street for rent through the St Louis Parks Department

Are there good photographic locations close by?   Yes  –  It’s Forest Park

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area?  No

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen?  No

What is your pet policy?   No pets

What is your Rehearsal Policy?  None offered

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price? (Multiple Rooms List on Separate Sheet)

Room Name  Sculpture Hall

Rental Price :  $3000 Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests, 100-275 Seated, up to 400 for cocktails

Ceiling Height   78’      Chandelier(s)  No

Describe Space:   A large open space, with high ceilings, marble floors, and a neutral décor so that any wedding colors fit beautifully. It is an elegant, unique venue, for the classic bride.

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE?  Yes.   Executive chef is Ivy Magruder

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person?   $150-$200

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service?   Yes

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service?   $5 per person

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ?   $10,000 in Sculpture Hall, $5,000 in Taylor Hall

Do you have a Liquor License?   Yes

When is Food Tasting?  Within 2 months of the event so that you may taste what is in season
Is there an Outside Catering Option?  No

 

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center – Venue Profile Review

Pere Marquette Ledge - Venue Profile Review

Pere Marquette Ledge – Venue Profile Review

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center

Address (City, State, Zip): Grafton, IL. 62037

Website: www.pmlodge.net

Phone Number:  618-786-2331

Representative: Leslie Franklin (Advertising and Marketing) Arielle Tewell (Director of Catering & Wedding Coordinator)

Facebook Site: Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

Twitter Site: @pmlodge

Description of venue:  Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center is set in the rolling bluffs just outside Grafton, Illinois and overlooking the scenic Illinois River. Pere Marquette Lodge is a grand, historic building built in the 1930s. It is a treasure-trove of nature and beauty with a rustic feel, located on 8,500 wooded acres. The Lodge will create an unforgettable ambiance and backdrop for your wedding day.

We can accommodate beautiful ceremonies and receptions for up to 250 guests while offering wonderful package options, delicious on-site catering and comfortable lodging for your guests. Pere Marquette Lodge features 50 lodge guest rooms and 22 natural stone cabin rooms – all are perfect for a romantic wedding celebration.

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Ceremony Room

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Ceremony Room

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue type: Banquet Space, Hotel, Winery, Restaurant, Historic Building

Venue Style: Rustic, Earthy

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: $500-$8,000, the minimum depends on what day and month you select. If you meet the set minimum, the banquet space is at no charge. 250 is the maximum number of guests.

Is your venue Handicap Accessible: Yes. Details: Access to ramps, elevators in building, and handicap hotel room options.

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities: Yes. If yes, details: Speakers, microphones, converters, power strips and extension cords all available.

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator: Yes.

What is your cake cutting charge: No charge, this is offered complimentary.

Is dance floor included: Yes Is there an extra charge: No

Are decorations permitted: Yes

Please list anything that is not allowed: No outside food or beverage, except for wedding cakes or dessert in place of a wedding cake. Food must be catered through Pere Marquette.

What’s included with your facility: 6ft rectangle tables, 8ft rectangle tables, 60 inch round tables, table cloths, table skirting, chairs, cloth napkins, decorative mirror plates, votives with candles, glassware, utensils, water goblets, complimentary champagne toast for the head table, complimentary Bride and Groom room, on site wedding coordinator to help with the planning and timeline of events.

Parking Options: Complimentary on site parking

Is your venue “all inclusive”: No

Do you have ceremony only locations: No

Do you have an outdoor area: Yes, we have 2 outdoor areas to choose from- our cabin lawn or our river lawn. Our cabin lawn is set in the middle of 7 rustic, stone cabins surrounded by beautiful trees and overlooking the massive lodge. Our river lawn is in an open, green space and provides an excellent view of the river.

Are there good photographic locations close by: Yes! We are inside of Pere Marquette State Park. The State Park is on 8,000 acres of wooded area and has several look-out points on the bluffs. From these look-out points, you can see the river and clear over into St. Louis County. Our lodge grounds also make for a beautiful back drop. Not to mention, our massive 700 ton, 50 feet tall, double sided stone fireplace.

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area: Brides are able to use booked hotel rooms to get ready in.

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen: They are able to use booked hotel rooms to get ready in.

What is your pet policy: No pets allowed unless okay’d by our General Manager.

What is you rehearsal policy: Rehearsals are done on your own time here at our location and are at no cost.

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Cabin Lawn Ceremony

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Cabin Lawn Ceremony

 

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

Room Name: The Grand Ballroom

Rental Price: If you meet your given food and beverage minimum, the space is offered at no charge.

Maximum Number/Minimum Number of guests: 1-250

Ceiling Height: Vaulted ceilings

Chandlers: 8

Room Dimensions: 77 feet X 37 feet and 8 inches

Describe Space: 2,900 square feet of flexible venue space with a great atmosphere and view to enhance your reception. The conference area can accommodate up to 250 guests and can be sectioned off to cater to smaller receptions. The space offers 8 massive chandeliers, a window wall overlooking the river, a balcony, and 2 stone walls.

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Great Room

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Great Room

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE: Yes, everything except wedding cakes.

Price range of food service per person: $16.95-$32.95

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service: No

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service: We have multiple bar packages to decide from.

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum: Yes. Anywhere from $500-$8,000. Minimums depend on the day and month decided upon.

Do you have a Liquor License: Yes

When is food tastings: We do not offer tastings because several options can be purchased in our onsite restaurant.

Is there outside catering options: No.

OTHER OPTIONS & Additional Charges: Tax, gratuity, and the $200 ceremony fee.

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center

Venue Name: Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center