Intimate Wedding Venues
Adorable and oh-so-tiny, we’re focusing on five petite spaces for the bride who wants an intimate wedding featuring 100 or fewer guests.
By Ren Bishop | Photos by Chuck Travers, Main Street Lake Cruises, Big Cedar Lodge, The Fireplace Room at 319, Bear Creek Bed & Breakfast Lodge
Walnut Street Inn
900 E Walnut St., Springfield, 417-864-6346
Why We Love It: Walnut Street Inn is an oh-so-cute (and pink!) wedding venue for you and a comfortable place to stay for your guests. The bed-and-breakfast’s parlor, dining room and deck are covered in vintage charm.
Added Bonus: The inn’s spacious front porch is great for a receiving line. Plus, brides have access to on-site coordinators the day of their event to help with last-minute details.
Price Range: $2,500–5,000
Number of guests it can hold: 40 for a ceremony, 75 for a cocktail hour reception
Main Street Lake Cruises
7 N. Boardwalk, Branson, 417-239-3980
Why We Love It: Take your love to Lake Taneycomo for a romantic ceremony on the water. From the “I dos” to the brews, private cruises are a fun and intimate way to celebrate a happily ever after. Plus, a full-service bar on board keeps the party moving.
Added Bonus: Captains don’t just drop anchor before the ceremony begins. You can say your vows while docked or while sailing aboard the Lake Queen paddleboat.
Price Range: prices vary for private events
Number of guests it can hold: 100 guests
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
2038 MO 86, Lampe, 417-779-5983
Why We Love It: Tucked in a ridge just south of Branson sits Dogwood Canyon, a 10,000-acre natural preserve. For couples looking to elope, the glistening Glory Hole and Thunder Falls waterfalls are epic backdrops. For traditional brides, the park’s romantic and rustic Hope Wilderness Chapel features wooden pews and perfect views of one of the park’s waterfalls.
Added Bonus: No matter where you say “I do,” the park’s Creekside Pavilion and Chuckwagon reception sites are cozy and rustic spaces for up to 100 guests.
Price Range: $500–800 to elope, $1,800 for the chapel, $2,100 for the chapel and reception site.
Number of guests it can hold: 25–100
The Fireplace Room at 319
324 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-379-6745
Why We Love It: 319 Downtown’s more petite Fireplace Room is a quaint space for a small affair. Exposed brick, high pressed tin ceilings and a working stone fireplace lend to the space’s charming interior.
Added Bonus: Guests have access to a shared outdoor patio, and this cozy venue includes access to an audio/visual system for toasts and tunes.
Price Range: $500–800 for venue rental
Number of guests it can hold: 100 for a ceremony, 60 for a reception
1320 Keithley Road, Walnut Shade, 417-443-0036
Why We Love It: At the end of a wooded path sits Treetop Chapel, a small wooden church. Oak trees and the Ozark Mountains surround this extra-small church, and couples stand before a fireplace as they pledge their love.
Added Bonus: Year-round, the stunning grounds and gardens surrounding this intimate chapel provide dozens of locations for photos before and after the ceremony.
Price Range: $599 for a ceremony, $2,195 for a complete wedding day, including officiant, food, photography and a cake.
Number of guests it can hold: 35 guests for a ceremony
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