Unexpected Wedding Venues
These wedding venues might be nontraditional, but they offer that special something every bride wants on her big day.
By Jennifer Adamson | Photos by Terry Sweeney, Preston Dial Photography, courtesy Titanic Museum/Branson, Missouri State University Photographic Services, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
1. Andy B’s Restaurant & Entertainment
1127 E. Battlefield St., Springfield, 417-883-1234, andybspringfield.com
Why We Love It: A modern design and colorful, high-energy atmosphere take tying the knot to the next level, especially when you’re on a stage above luxury bowling lanes.
Added Bonus: More than 40 arcade games keep your guests entertained while the wedding party takes pictures.
Price Range: $28 and up per person
Seating Capacity: 150
2. Titanic Branson
3235 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, 417-334-9500, titanicbranson.com
Why We Love It: Romance abounds when you say “I do” atop a built-to-scale replica of the RMS Titanic’s iconic grand staircase or at the outdoor fountain along the water’s edge of the attraction.
Added Bonus: An ordained captain in full uniform performs the ceremony, plus museum staff can arrange a first-class reception.
Price Range: $450 and up
3. Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave., Springfield,
Why We Love It: Missouri State lovebirds can relive the magic of meeting in college and get married at any campus location that’s memorable to them.
Added Bonus: Campus is full of fun backdrops for photos, like the steps of Meyer Library and the 50 yard line at Plaster Field.
Price Range: $500–1,000
4. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center
3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield, 417-833-2660, ozarkempirefair.com
Why We Love It: With several indoor and outdoor ceremony spots available, the property can accommodate intimate gatherings and huge parties.
Added Bonus: Arena and barn facilities are the perfect settings for a rustic-themed event.
Price Range: varies depending on catering demands
5. Discovery Center
438 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield,
Why We Love It: Large windows and exposed brick add urban flair, and you don’t have to go far afterward to reach the city’s hottest downtown destinations.
Added Bonus: A ride on a high-wire bike that is suspended three stories above the ground makes your heart flutter even more than your significant other does.
Price Range: $450–2,500
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