4977 East Zora, Joplin; 417-499-0069
When It Opened: April 2019
Price Range: $2,000-2,500
Number of Guests it can hold: Up to 400 inside
Why We Love It: If youʼve looked at wedding venues in Joplin before, then chances are you know exactly where The Sterling Event Center is located. The brand new industrial modern venue sits on the same 50-acre property as the popular Silver Spoon Barn. The Sterling is on the east side of the estate, and Silver Spoon is on the west side. And while Silver Spoon is shabby chic, The Sterling has more of a modern and romantic atmosphere thanks to black metal accents, sparkling chandeliers, exposed brick and stained concrete floors. Inside, the expansive venue is large enough to host both the wedding and the reception under one roof, and there are plenty of outdoor facilities if brides and grooms would rather celebrate their big day outside on the venueʼs average or use the space as a happy hour location.
809 N. Carnation, Aurora; 417-425-4233
When It Opened: January 2019
Price Range: $800 Monday–Thursday; $1,000 Friday–Sunday
Number of Guests it can hold: 200
Why We Love It: Lil’ Boom Town Wedding Venue & Event Center makes it easy to live out your romantic Hollywood Western dreams. The venue features kitschy elements you’d find on the set of a classic Dodge City Western, like a log cabin, saloon and covered wagon. Take advantage of the interior’s gentle waterfall for a photobooth. Lil’ Boom Town has a large sound system, projector and a kitchen for your caterer with a large refrigerator and freezer for ice. And getting ready on-site is easy, thanks to the spacious bride and groom rooms with large mirrors and sinks.