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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

Dec 2016

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

Capacity: 100


3. Missouri State University

901 S. National Ave., Springfield, 

417-836-5885, missouristate.edu

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

Capacity: 500


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

Capacity: 2,400


5. Discovery Center

438 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 

417-862-9910, discoverycenter.org

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

Capacity: 75–500