Your Southwest Missouri Wedding Planning Guide

Your ultimate resource for planning and creating the perfect wedding in Springfield and southwest Missouri.

Jan 2021

closeup of bride and groom's hands and bridal bouquet
Where Would You Like to Start the Wedding Planning Process?

IT'S WEDDING PLANNING TIME! You've found the one. Now say "I do!" to these select vendors who can help you create the perfect wedding day. We've put together your Wedding Guide to make planning your big event in Springfield, Missouri, or anywhere in the ozarks, even easier!


Indoor and outdoor locations for any event.

Chapel at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson MO
Honeymoon Cabin at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson MO
Reflecting Pool at sunset at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson MO
Cedar Creek Spa Grotto Pool at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson MO

Big Cedar Lodge

190 Top of The Rock Rd., Ridgedale, MO | 1-800-225-6343

Located in the Ozark Mountains, overlooking Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge is a secluded haven of natural beauty with numerous stunning venues for your dream wedding. Big Cedar Lodge is a renowned, world-class resort located right here in your backyard and has been recognized as the No. 1 resort in the Midwest for three consecutive years by Travel and Leisure magazine. This premier wilderness resort offers everything you need for your special celebration, from the engagement party to the honeymoon. As for where to say your vows, choose from one of four distinctive chapels or multiple captivating outdoor settings. The celebration continues with your choice of reception venues. Whether you envision an intimate and rustic setting or a grand gathering place, Big Cedar has an option for nearly every bride’s unique style. Experienced wedding planners and a full-service catering department take care of all of the little details for your ceremony, reception and beyond. Their goal is for you to relax and enjoy every moment.

Inviting accommodations and countless activities will have you, your guests and your wedding party feeling as if your wedding is a vacation. From four world-class golf courses to a 50,000-square-foot adventure center with an underwater-themed bowling alley and NASCAR-inspired go-kart track, there is no shortage of opportunity for adding fun to your wedding weekend. As you get ready to say “I do,” pamper yourself at Cedar Creek Spa, an 18,000-square-foot luxury experience that offers multiple treatment rooms, an indoor grotto pool and even a private bridal suite. And, when the celebration concludes, curl up with your new spouse by the fireplace in one of Big Cedar’s many romantic accommodations. Big Cedar Lodge offers everything you need for the perfect wedding, allowing you to soak in every moment of your special day.

Wedding at 425 Downtown in Springfield MO

425 Downtown

Located in the historical heart of Springfield, Missouri, 425 Downtown is the perfect venue for anyone who loves the restored beauty of the Queen City’s downtown. Customers can hold a flawless dream wedding reception, reunion or top-notch corporate event in a well known local location. 

In addition to its beautiful, brick-interior atmosphere, 425 Downtown offers all-inclusive packages that include catering, bar service, tables, chairs and linens. Looking for a little extra? You always have the option to add on services to make your life easier and your event extravagant, like valet, professional cake cutting, coat check and ceremony setup. 

425 Downtown’s spacious banquet hall allows for the complete customization of your event. The team at 425 Downtown has thought of everything to make your downtown event experience as perfect as possible, including having their own dedicated parking lot for you and your guests. 

Since its doors opened 11 years ago, 425 Downtown has sought to be the go-to location for 417-landers seeking the perfect venue. Owner Matt Krupa and his well trained staff work to make every event, big or small, a success. Their goal is to give customers the experience of a lifetime with hassle-free planning and an end result that all guests will rave about. 

Bride and Groom with Branson Dream Weddings
Suite option with Branson Dream Weddings
Couple with Branson Dream Weddings

Branson Dream Weddings

Branson, MO | 417-243-3419

Say “I do” at a one-of-a-kind venue with the finest accommodations. How? With Branson Dream Weddings, of course! Branson Dream Weddings is your one-stop location for the wedding or event of your dreams. They have the spectacular wedding venues you’re looking for. Tie the knot in front of the Branson Landing’s $7.5 million fountain show, as the fountains shoot 120 feet into the air to celebrate your first kiss as a married couple. Or be whisked away by the breathtaking views at Branson Hills Golf Club, ranked the number one golf course in Missouri by Golfweek since 2012. Superb photo opportunities abound in both of these striking settings!

Book your block of rooms and luxurious suites at the Hiltons of Branson, located on the Branson Landing and attached to the Branson Convention Center in historic downtown. And enjoy the most delicious food from Level 2 Steakhouse at your rehearsal dinner. The options are truly endless, with everything you need from wedding venue, reception venue and lodging for your family and guests. In addition, Branson Dream Weddings has a dreamy list of preferred vendors to put the finishing touches on your special day.

Branson Dream Weddings has special package options for weddings of every size, including elopements. Call today to start planning yours!

Wedding at Dogwood Canyon in Branson MO
Wedding at Dogwood Canyon in Branson MO
Wedding at Dogwood Canyon in Branson MO

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

For a one-of-a-kind destination wedding, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park offers unforgettable wilderness venues unlike anywhere else. Let your perfect day unfold against the backdrop of their crystal-clear streams, cascading waterfalls, handcrafted bridges, stables and meadows.

Surrounded by more than 10,000 acres of pristine wilderness, there are numerous settings throughout the park that can accommodate celebrations both large and small. Their specialists can assist you in selecting a venue that suits your individual tastes and comfortably accommodates the size of your wedding.

Dogwood Canyon offers one-of-a-kind customizations to make your day unforgettable. Ask about special touches like horse-drawn carriage rides, bicycles for your guests to ride between the ceremony and reception sites, fire pits and s’mores, getaway canoes, fly fishing receptions and more.

With its stunning natural beauty and long-standing tradition of genuine Ozarks hospitality, there is perhaps no more perfect place to say “I do” than Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is also delighted to host your rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch and any other special events related to the big day. Wedding and reception venue tours can be arranged.

DoubleTree by Hilton in Springfield MO
DoubleTree by Hilton in Springfield MO
DoubleTree by Hilton in Springfield MO

DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield and the Glendalough Conference Center specialize in large-scale weddings of up to 400 guests. They have a beautiful 10-story atrium that is the perfect space for guests to enjoy cocktails with your special event. To make planning simple, they provide a wedding specialist, and their wedding packages include custom menus and a honeymoon suite. In fact, they offer over 200 guest rooms, so each of your guests has the option of a comfortable stay throughout your big event.

DoubleTree’s entire staff is passionate about hospitality and genuinely cares about people. They do whatever it takes to make every guest smile. Their event staff and catering team are on hand to ensure that your event runs without a hitch! Plus, they have a "Make it Right" policy that empowers every team member to make sure that each guest stays 100% happy and satisfied.

Their full service hotel provides amenities like digital check in, digital key, complimentary airport shuttle and two restaurants on site. Nearby attractions your guests may enjoy include the beautifully revitalized Commercial Street historic district and Big Shots Golf.

DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield is here to help you celebrate in style!

Wedding at Heritage Chapel in Willard MO
Photos by Kellie Michelle
Wedding at Heritage Chapel in Willard MO
Photos by Kellie Michelle
Wedding at Heritage Chapel in Willard MO
Photos by Kellie Michelle

Heritage Chapel & Reception Venue

Love isn’t cancelled, kindness isn’t paused and positivity isn’t postponed.  Heritage Chapel & Reception Venue is honored to work with amazing wedding professionals in the 417 area, and they are uniting to help couples “stay strong and plan on” during these uncertain times to make sure their dream wedding still happens.  Whether your wedding has been postponed or planning has come to a pause, they encourage you to stay strong and plan on, as they also stay committed to your big day. Stay hopeful, stay strong and stay tuned to Heritage Chapel’s social media for planning tips, encouragement and giveaways!

Built in 1887, historic Heritage Chapel & Reception Venue offers a beautiful and unique location for your wedding day. With your wedding and reception in one location, Heritage Chapel offers all-in-one convenience for you and your guests. The venue features the historic chapel in addition to a beautiful banquet room with crystal chandeliers and cedar beams. The venue also features a private courtyard for outdoor ceremonies or a space for outdoor activities. Brides will love the spacious, beautifully appointed Bride’s Room with multiple vanities and mirrors galore. Use the caterer of your choice, or self-cater in their full catering kitchen. Alcohol is permitted.

Bride with her wedding party at Hotel Vandivort in Springfield MO
Hotel Vandivort in Springfield MO

Hotel Vandivort

Hotel Vandivort is the first-of-its-kind boutique hotel in Springfield, Missouri, offering a 4-Diamond experience the moment you walk through the doors. A revitalized landmark, the hotel takes root in a 114-year-old historic building, centrally located in the heart of a bustling downtown.

Fully renovated, the hotel embraces its past, accentuating historic elements, paired with modern design for a vintage-industrial vibe. Its 98 guest rooms sit alongside The Order restaurant, Vantage Rooftop Lounge and over 9,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed indoor and outdoor event space.

Whether you are planning an engagement party, rehearsal dinner or wedding, the multiple event spaces at Hotel Vandivort can flex perfectly to host any celebration for up to 200 guests. The Ballroom, known for its blend of historic elegance and modern design, features high ceilings, chevron hardwood floors, contemporary chandeliers and grand windows overlooking downtown Springfield.

Hotel Vandivort offers a truly turn key experience with stunning backdrops, personalized event planning services, an array of on-site culinary offerings and a dedicated banquet team to ensure your special day flows seamlessly.

Wedding at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield MO

Oasis Hotel & Convention Center

Say “I Do” to the Oasis wedding venue! If you are looking for the perfect venue and reception hall for your upcoming wedding, you’ve found it. The Oasis Hotel & Convention Center offers full service catering and a breathtaking venue, which includes their convention center lobby, with its tall glass windows showing the beautiful landscaping outside and sparkling terrazzo flooring—a photographer’s dream. Pair the elegance of their property with their team’s years of experience, and you’ll have all the elements at your fingertips for your wedding day to go perfectly.

Oasis understands that wedding planning can be hard. There are so many decisions, and you want your day to be perfect. Don't stress—Oasis has helped countless brides and grooms navigate the event planning process in their decades as an event venue. They provide options, guidance and leeway when it comes to staging your perfect ceremony and reception. Plus, you'll work directly with their catering team to collaborate on your specific needs and select the perfect menu. With a dedicated staff, fantastic food and a great wedding venue, your special day will go smoother than you could ever imagine!

Contact the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center today to get started planning the wedding of your dreams.

The Gambrel Barn in Verona MO

The Gambrel Barn

The Gambrel Barn looks like it has been standing for decades. Reclaimed wood adds warmth, aged corrugated tin creates depth and the setting overlooking a valley makes it the premier country venue. It provides more than 5,000 square feet for indoor weddings and receptions. Another 2,100 square feet of open space lends itself to outdoor dancing and mingling. The outdoor ceremony area has a stamped brick walkway, wooden pergola and bench seating. Unlike other venues, the location is set on a family farm, providing a quiet setting.

Venue space at The Loft at Keith Farms in Ash Grove MO

The Loft at Keith Farms

The Loft at Keith Farms is the perfect place for your perfect day. Timber-frame structure, seven oversized chandeliers, a massive 35-foot-tall stone fireplace and sliding glass doors that open up to a courtyard with market lights strung overhead are just a few of the details that make this place absolutely amazing. Multiple outdoor options include a beautiful pond surrounded by trees. Say “I do” beneath the trees with a beautiful water landscape in the background. For over a decade the Keith family has owned and operated one of the top entertainment companies in the 417 area. Offering DJ services, photography, chocolate fountain, photo booth and other services allows them to put together some amazing package deals. All in all, they have what it takes to help you create the most perfect day. Nic Keith says, “We absolutely love the opportunity to help bring so much joy to people on their most special day!”

Sparrow Lane Venue in Willard MO

Sparrow Lane Venue | Willard | 417-594-1061

Sparrow Lane Wedding and Event Center is set up like no other wedding venue in southwest Missouri. They provide four separate buildings, including a reception barn and a chapel, plus two cottages that serve as “get ready rooms” and can also provide overnight accommodations for you or your guests.

You can’t take a bad bridal picture at Sparrow Lane! Their venue is quite literally a photographer’s dream, with Magnolia-inspired rustic elegance executed in all white for your big day. The refined atmosphere will give you an experience that you and your guests love, with the backdrop for wedding photos that will never go out of style.

Bride and Groom  on their wedding day at a Springfield MO park

The Parks

Springfield, MO | 417-864-1049

Dreaming of a stunning outdoor wedding? Many park locations are very affordable at $500 or less, or choose a gazebo at the Botanical Gardens for just $100 per hour. The Springfield–Greene County Park Board has dozens of locations including: Springfield Botanical Gardens, Lake Springfield Boathouse, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, Jordan Valley Park, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Northview Center inside of Doling Park, The Davis House and Park Pavilions. Any of these would make an unforgettable ceremony or reception.

Wedding at Venue on Brick in Ozark MO
Photo by Shea Brianne Photography

Venue on Brick

Nestled on the charming Ozark Square, you will find Venue on Brick, a hidden gem that is a wedding and event venue best described as "rustic elegance." Owners Jon and Lisa Lane restored a nearly 100-year-old Ozark building into an event venue full of character.

And now they have opened a second location, Venue on Brick II, also located on the Ozark Square. This space can accommodate up to 50 guests and is rented for various small events or as a private groom’s suite.

Their full-service amenities allow couples and families to experience a stress-free, best day ever.


Experts in wedding catering, cakes and desserts.

Aviary Cafe catering option in Springfield MO

Aviary Cafe

Aviary Cafe is pleased to assist with your bridal events, including engagement celebrations, showers, girls’ night out, bridal brunches and more. Their private event room is available for reservations, and is a beautiful space where antique vintage meets modern. Aviary also provides mouth-watering and unique catering for your reception and more. Options range from salads to savories, sandwiches to sweets. They’ll even bring along their famous crepe bar for guests to enjoy, with whipped mascarpone, nutella, creme anglaise, chocolate gnash and fresh fruit!

Visit to make your room reservation and explore their full menu, or call to begin planning your special event.

You’ll also find local Lavender Falls Farm products at Aviary Cafe and for sale on their website. These aromatic delights make perfect gifts for your bridal party, out-of-town guests, and for yourself!

Aviary Cafe serves traditional French-inspired entrees with stellar wines, beer and cocktails. All of their dishes utilize premium ingredients, seasonal vegetables and their very own baked goods.

Enjoy a signature cocktail, an order of delicious hand-cut Pommes Frites, and be sure to pair it with one of their incredible dessert crepes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, at Aviary Cafe you’ll encounter a unique dining experience that will leave your tastebuds dancing with joy!

Wedding cupcakes
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Wedding catering
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Wedding bouquet
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When brides see photos of weddings that Hy-Vee has helped with, they almost always say the same thing: “I didn’t know Hy-Vee could do that!”

It’s true! Hy-Vee is a one-stop location for most of your wedding’s needs, at a Pinterest-level of quality and execution. Hy-Vee knows that you have high expectations for your big day, so they provide nothing but the highest standards for full-service catering, florals, fresh bakery items, wine and spirits. They offer a professional catering staff for your convenience, and locals love the quality they receive for the value from Hy-Vee.

A local bride speaks to her recent experience: "We had Hy-Vee cater our wedding this weekend, and they were fantastic! Our guests raved over the food, and the team was extremely helpful! They set up our buffet so beautifully and stayed the entire night to help serve our guests. I highly recommend Hy-Vee catering for any event!"

Keep Hy-Vee in mind for more than your wedding reception. Their fresh groceries, prepared foods, treats, catering and award-winning floral team are always available for your engagement party, bachelorette and bachelor parties, rehearsal dinner, wedding day brunch and so much more!

Catering by Downing Street Pour House in Springfield MO

Downing Street Pour House

Your guests are there to love and support you. Feed them right!

Downing Street Pour House serves up the unexpected, with fully catered, American, wood fired comfort foods, plus a classic pub-style venue in historic Hollister with seating for 50.

Their menu items are cooked over live Missouri hardwood coals and delivered with a twist, as they go next-level on many pub classics. They focus on unique and high-quality ingredients, like whole muscle grind Snake River Farms wagyu burgers, Nashville hot fried chicken, housemade kettle chips, fresh seasonal vegetables and so much more.

Your guests are going to love that you chose Downing Street Pour House!

Catering by Gettin' Basted in Nixa or Branson, MO

Gettin' Basted

Gettin’ hitched? There’s no better choice for catering than Gettin’ Basted. They bring champion-caliber food to you! Wow your guests with a world-class eating experience. Delight them with Wagyu brisket, racks of ribs, saucy wings, creamy, cheesy sides and more. Gettin’ Basted’s catering even includes specialty options for your big day, like a Wagyu burger bar, soup and salad bar and the ever-trendy taco bar!

Gettin’ Basted is renowned for their competition-winning, Ozarks-style barbeque. The meats and techniques that their pitmasters win trophies for again and again are the same as what they serve up for guests. Gettin’ them for your event is a must!

Catering by Piccolo in Nixa MO


Piccolo would love to cater your big event! With options for pickup and delivery, they'll absolutely deliver on delizioso for your special day. Piccolo's pasta pans can add up to include free delivery within 20 miles of the restaurant, and free garlic parmesan breadsticks are included with every order! Choose from Piccolo-famous-favorites, made with D'Arpino's marinara, plus delicious vegan options to feed every guest's dietary lifestyle. Don't miss out on dessert! Their deconstructed cannoli cups are a delight and come in a variety of flavors. Visit their website for the full catering menu with pricing, and treat yourself to the area's most indulgent, contemporary Italian cuisine!


Experts in everything wedding entertainment and rentals.

Wedding guests dancing to songs chosen by DJ Broc Barton of Elevate Entertainment
Photos by Emily Nicole Photo and Sean Reid Photography
Wedding guests dancing to songs chosen by DJ Broc Barton of Elevate Entertainment
Photos by Emily Nicole Photo and Sean Reid Photography

Elevate Entertainment

Springfield, MO | 417-893-0435

No single service has a greater impact on the experience of an event than the entertainment. It’s one of the things guests remember the most from a wedding. Don’t look for a DJ who simply presses ‘play’ on a set list. Invest in a DJ who can not only powerfully engage and entertain, but take your vision for your event and bring it to life!

Recently named Missouri’s Best DJ by Missouri Magazine and selected by 417 Magazine for their events, Elevate Entertainment offers custom emcee, DJ and event hosting services for weddings in Springfield and the surrounding area. Award-winning DJ Broc Barton and his team of event hosts strive to craft incredible event experiences that are uniquely personal, never cookie cutter and always extraordinary. Every wedding is custom tailored and individualized for the bride and groom, whether they want high-energy and electric or cool and classy. Well-known for their professional, energetic personalities and creative engagement strategies for drawing guests into the experience, Elevate DJs are dedicated to making sure incredible memories are made.

In addition to premium DJ services, Elevate also offers custom uplighting capabilities, DJ + Live Band hybrid experience and uniquely interactive photo booth services.

Bride and Groom dancing

All That Music


All That Music is a mobile DJ service that brings excitement, charisma and joy together with your dreams to create the wedding of a lifetime. They’re one of the top DJ services across the Midwest and will have your guests dancing the night away! From beginning to end, they help to orchestrate, host and announce the entire evening. In addition to their mobile DJ service, they also offer photography, photo booth and uplighting. They hope to be a part of your special day and wish blessings upon you and your marriage. 


Wedding beauty, style and gift experts.

Happy bride on her wedding day
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180° Health

You’ve worked hard to plan the perfect day. The last things you need are dehydrated groomsmen, extra pounds from stress eating, or looking tired in all of your pictures. Put your feet up and let 180° Health help. Their IV Therapy treatments deliver vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants directly to your body’s cells!

Ask about their “Diet & Detox” Vitamindrip®, and say goodbye to stubborn fat. This option detoxifies your body, boosts your energy levels and more.

Brides who want an extra glow choose 180° Health’s “Cosmetic” treatment. It’s fortified with amino acids and active ingredients to repair and stimulate collagen growth naturally.

Visit 180° Health before or the morning after your bachelor and bachelorette parties for the “Hydration” therapy. Its combination of IV hydration and vitamin additives will virtually eliminate dehydration, and your crew will thank you.

While you’re there, talk to their team about the “Libido Enhancer,” “Energy” and “Mood Support.”

180° Health was founded with the mission to provide a broader spectrum of health care options to 417-landers, with compassionate patient care and a whole body approach. They extend their heartfelt congratulations on your engagement and wish you happy days of planning and happy years ahead!

Miranda Eudaly
Miranda Eudaly

Innovative Dental

Miranda was riding her bike to class through campus when her bike broke down. Cue Steve, a fellow cycling hero, who, with one glance, knew exactly how to fix her bike. They exchanged numbers, and the rest is history. 

While wedding planning, Miranda entered Innovative Dental’s Smile Makeover Contest in 417 Magazine. To her surprise, she was selected as the winner. 

After only 18 weeks of Accelerated Invisalign, Miranda was ready for her cosmetic smile makeover with eight cosmetic veneers. 

“It was a surprisingly easy process,” Miranda says. “People warned me, ‘They’re going to grind your teeth to nothing. It’s going to hurt. You’ll sit for hours!’ This is not how it actually happened. I was in the chair for maybe two hours. That night I was ready for dinner with my fiancé and had the night out.” 

Miranda’s smile shined on her wedding day, but the transformation benefits extended beyond a single day.

“It’s completely changed the way I feel about myself,” Miranda reflects. “You could almost say that I’m happier, because I smile more at people­—at strangers, my friends, my family members. Because I’m smiling more, I’m just generally happier.”

Mitchum Jewelers in Springfield MO
Mitchum Jewelers in Ozark MO
Wedding and engagement rings at Mitchum Jewelers in Ozark MO
Wedding and engagement rings at Mitchum Jewelers in Ozark MO

Mitchum Jewelers

Mitchum Jewelers has provided jewelry for brides since 1965. They are proud to be the oldest family-owned jewelry store in the area.

Mitchum has a five-star reputation for going above and beyond for their clients. Brides love that Mitchum stays on top of all the trends for engagement rings and wedding bands, including stocking a large selection of halo and bloom-style designs. Of course, each ring can be custom designed with the store’s 3d illustrations, wax replica molds and two in-house jewelry artisans. This process is not only sentimental and unique for the loving couple, it’s easy, fun, and can help accommodate style preferences with the couple’s budget.

Mitchum prides themselves on their selection of loose diamonds, strategically hand-selected for brilliance and value. They offer a lifetime diamond upgrade policy, allowing customers to upgrade over the years, dollar for dollar. They also stock the most popular colors of gold that brides want, including yellow, white and even rose!

Mitchum’s mission is to develop a loyal relationship with customers and to convert them to friends. Couples in love can purchase with confidence from Mitchum Jewelers, knowing they are truly getting the best value for their investment.

Sun tanned Bride

Sun Tan City

Locations in Springfield, Ozark and Nixa

It’s your wedding day. Let yourself shine! Sun Tan City wants to help you add that special glow. It’ll stand out against your white dress, give you confidence and add that finishing touch you’ll admire in photos for years to come! Whether you’re looking to get a traditional sun tan or a sunless tan, Sun Tan City has options for you. They believe in giving their bridal clients the best in everything—great prices, educated staff, advanced equipment and high-quality products—all with plenty of options to customize your plan to achieve a gorgeous sun-kissed look for your big day. 

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