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Your Southwest Missouri Wedding Planning Guide

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

Jan 2020

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!

VENUES

Indoor and outdoor locations for any event.

Chapel at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson MO
Reflecting Pool at sunset at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson MO
Honeymoon Cabin 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 | 417-335-2777


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, 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 Downtwon 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 10 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. 

Wedding party with Branson Dream Weddings
Couple with Branson Dream Weddings
Suite option 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 couple at Chateau on the Lake in Branson MO
Bride and Groom on a dock at Chateau on the Lake in Branson MO
Chateau on the Lake in Branson MO

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa


No matter the season, weddings at Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa offer the beautifully unique backdrop of the Ozark Mountains to make your celebration distinctive and memorable. Exchanging your vows high atop the Ozarks delivers a breathtaking experience few wedding destinations can offer. Imagine exchanging wedding vows on a lush Garden Terrace with spectacular sunsets over Table Rock Lake. Dance the night away in an elegant ballroom as waiters serve delicious gourmet cuisine. 

A lake-view wedding celebration you’ll never forget is indeed possible at AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, also known as the Castle in the Ozarks. Its wedding planning professionals help with every logistical detail, from catering, seating arrangements and high-tech sound systems to unique down-time and group activities. Get creative with a variety of space choices, as Chateau on the Lake features 43,000 square feet of functional space including a 32,000-square-foot Great Hall, which is the perfect setting for a magnificent wedding ceremony or reception. The venue also offers outdoor venues for anywhere from 50 to 250 guests. Call today. The team is ready to assist you in making this a day you’ll never forget.

Event space at Downstream Casino Resort

Downstream Casino Resort


A destination wedding is closer than you think—just cross the state line to Downstream Casino Resort. Luxury, beauty, service and entertainment are the full-service amenities Downstream offers. You can treat your bridal party to a day of pampering at the Nee Spa and hold your ceremony outside on the beautifully landscaped grounds or inside the spacious pavilion. Natural stone, an oversized fireplace, rustic cedar and windows that wrap the room set this venue apart. Any of the pavilion ballrooms are the perfect location for your ceremony and reception. Full-service wedding planning is also available.

Closeup of a young bride with a veil

University Plaza Hotel


Planning every detail of your wedding is hard enough. Let the experienced team at University Plaza Hotel do the hard work for you and flawlessly execute your vision. They have everything you need in one place­—39,000 square feet of event space, rooms for your guests, an on-site restaurant and lounge and more. They partner with dozens of local vendors to help you customize every aspect of your wedding, so you don’t have to deal with countless rentals. 

With multiple event spaces, University Plaza Hotel can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. That means more flexibility for you when choosing your wedding date and venue. 

Let University Plaza Hotel take the stress out of wedding planning. They have everything you need to make your wedding a moment to remember. All that’s left for you to do is enjoy your big day.

Wedding ceremony at Venue on Brick in Ozark MO
Dining Room at Venue on Brick in Ozark MO
Wedding couple dancing at Venue on Brick in Ozark MO

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. The original brick, beautiful wood beams, high ceilings and gorgeous light fixtures allow for an intimate atmosphere as well as a touch of nature in the ceremony area, with natural light pouring in through a multitude of windows.

Venue on Brick is happy to provide what you need for your event, including tables and chairs, sound system, bar service, gorgeous bridal suite, groom area, real plates and cutlery and an inventory of decor for you to choose from. Clients have the option to use the Venue on Brick dinner service menu or an outside caterer of their choice. The amenities offered allow couples and families to experience a stress-free, best day ever. Venue on Brick is perfect for both small and larger events, with a capacity of up to 200. The Ozark square provides plenty of nearby public parking, as well as parking on the venue property.

Rooftop view from The Gaderian in Carthage MO
Rooftop view from The Gaderian.

The Gaderian


Imagine your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner on the rooftop patio of The Gaderian, on the historic Carthage square. Your guests will enjoy breathtaking views with striking photo opportunities, including sweeping views of the city’s seasonal foliage, sunsets and the castle-like Carthage courthouse. Inside The Gaderian is 5,000 square feet that can host up to 200 guests, with a vintage feel and impeccable attention to detail. Owners Becky Andrews, Brandon Calliotte and Cassandra Calliotte invite you to host your special day at The Gaderian. Whether you’re tying the knot with an intimate ceremony or a blowout celebration—they can accommodate you with an incredible venue!

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.

The Governor's Quarters in Lebanon MO

The Governor's Quarters


The Governor’s Quarters, located in the heart of Lebanon, has an eclectic mix of modern and vintage style with a feeling of “home” for your next event. Their intimate space accommodates small weddings of fewer than 50 people, your bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, plus all of your other special celebrations like birthday parties, pop up shops, luncheons and business meetings. The Governor’s Quarters handles all of the details with packages that also include your catering, beautifully-arranged fresh florals, table linens, tables and chairs—all at a reasonable rate.

Bride and groom at Heritage Chapel & Reception Venue
Photo by Kellie Michelle

Heritage Chapel & Reception Venue


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 our full catering kitchen. Alcohol permitted.

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 makes 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!”

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 place settings

The Ritz Place Starlight Room


If you’re looking for an elegant event space that’s truly a hidden gem, then head to the charming town of   Marshfield, Missouri.

Only 20 minutes from Springfield and located on the historic town square, The Ritz Place Starlight Room is a newly renovated, premier venue for any occasion. The room comes fully dressed with white floor-length linens on all tables and white wooden garden chairs. The space includes a dance floor, bar area, bride’s room and catering-style kitchen.  It is also handicap accessible and can accommodate up to 200 people.

The Ritz Place Starlight Room will make any occasion, large or small, one that guests will remember.

The Co-Op Venue in Pleasant Hope MO

The Co-Op Venue


Have you always wanted a backyard wedding, but didn’t have a backyard to fit the bill? 

The Co-Op Venue provides 50 acres of scenic fields and farm life for your wedding celebration and photo opportunities, complete with glamping tents, dressing suites made from shipping containers and a covered, modern reception area. 

Dustin and Lacy Stewart, owners of The Co-Op Venue, have always been hopeless romantics. They love the land. They love people. And they love love. What better way for them to bring it all together than to open their hearts and home for brides and grooms to begin their own happily-ever-after.

CATERING & SWEETS

Experts in wedding catering, cakes and desserts.

Appetizer platters

Hy-Vee


Beautiful events have many components. Wouldn’t it be nice if one place handled the big ones? A place with experience. Options. Service. A place like Hy-Vee.

Flowers set the perfect mood for an event. Hy-Vee floral designers create centerpieces that set your celebration apart from any other. Their award-winning floral team can make all the arrangements and deliver stunning results.

The same goes for Hy-Vee catering. These specialists can create casual buffet trays to formal dining experiences, complete with ice sculptures. Create the perfect party tray, curate a themed menu or offer your guests a specialty buffet.

Don't forget to treat your guests to a decadent dessert from Hy-Vee's scratch bakery. Choose from beautiful cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, cheesecakes and more. Can't decide? Then customize a dessert bar to offer your guests a little of everything!

Hy-Vee offers taste-testing, delivery, linens, servers… so many components that go into a truly beautiful event.

Avocado toast appetizer by Simply Delicious Catering in Springfield MO

Simply Delicious Catering


Voted 417 Magazine’s Best Caterer 2013 through 2019, Simply Delicious Catering is exceptional in its industry. The professional staff provides outstanding service; fresh, customized menus; unique presentation and creative displays. If brides have a family recipe that is special to them, the chefs incorporate it into their menu. 

It is important to Simply Delicious Catering to make sure the food selection fits the bride and groom and is based on what is important to them. The team guides you through the process and makes it worry-free. Between the exceptional food and top-notch service, they leave a lasting impression. Events to remember—that’s their passion.

Flowers by TasteBuds Catering & Floral in Lebanon MO

Tastebuds Catering & Floral

Lebanon, MO | Amy Knight 417-594-1061 | Renee Newman 417-616-1229


TasteBuds Catering and Floral takes on two of the most important aspects of your wedding or special occasion. In their 10 years of business, they’ve found that combining both catering and florals into one vendor simplifies planning for the bride and always leads to a better end result. TasteBuds completes the entire atmosphere of the event and leaves a lasting impression on each of your guests. They are here to help for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, parties and much more. TasteBuds is proud that brides say they are easy to work with, relatable and have built lasting, trusting relationships together.

ENTERTAINMENT & RENTALS

Experts in everything wedding entertainment and rentals.

Bride and Groom dancing

All That Music

417-830-4599


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 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 wedding party in an Elite Photobooth

Elite Photobooth

Serving 417-land | 417-234-0319


Are you looking for something memorable to add to your wedding? Look no further! Elite Photobooth is an upscale and engaging photo booth rental service that serves the entire Ozarks. This company specializes in designer photo booth rentals that cater to their client’s distinct style and taste. Elite Photobooth boasts a variety of high-quality and themed props as well as professional and attentive attendants. This locally owned and operated company prides themselves in offering affordable and stylish photo booths to ensure couples’ wedding guests leave with a creative souvenir. Capture fun memories that last a lifetime with Elite Photobooth.

Party Bus Kings bus interior

The Party Bus Kings

417-496-8478


You and your group can travel together in style with The Party Bus Kings! From the bachelorette party to the big day, your entire wedding party can fit comfortably inside with room for up to 25 passengers. In fact, The Party Bus Kings are the only party bus and limo bus option in Springfield! 

Inside each of their buses, you’ll enjoy wrap-around seating for everyone to talk and entertain, a superior sound system, LED lighting and 50 inch flat screen TVs. Their professional chauffeur will take care of getting you to your destination safely, on time and having the best time!

BEAUTY, STYLE & GIFTS

Wedding beauty, style and gift experts.

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.”

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

Mitchum Jewelers


Mitchum Jewelers has been providing jewelry for brides since 1965. They are proud to be the oldest family-owned jewelry store in the area. Their specialty is bridal and diamond fashion jewelry of all kinds. 

In the fall of 2018, Mitchum Jewelers expanded its store and doubled its store size. The newly remodeled store was designed to have a modern look and feel. The goal was to create something different: a new shopping experience that allows Mitchum and all of its staff to engage with customers and connect with their emotional purchase. The newly remodeled store is designed around custom showcases that complement the jewelry and allow the customers to interact and have fun with the jewelry, envisioning themselves wearing it.

Each piece is hand-selected with quality and uniqueness in mind. Mitchum stays on top of all of the latest trends to offer every customer modern selections that will wow them. Plus, Mitchum Jewelers is extremely involved in its couples’ lives—from the proposal and engagement to the planning and wedding and beyond. The team goes above and beyond for each couple, creating an extra-special memory that the couple can cherish forever. Mitchum Jewelers appreciates the relationships it developed with its customers and looks forward to many more.

Bridal makeup by KKD Beauty Cafe

KKD Beauty Cafe


KKD Beauty Team offers on-site hair and makeup services. They have over 12 years of experience specializing in hair design and makeup artistry, including airbrush application. Licensed and certified, the team has been recognized by the Knot, Wedding Wire, Wedding Chicks and Thumbtack, along with winning 2019 Metropolitan Bride 4 State Couple and Merchant Choice. KKD’s brides and parties rave about the wonderful energy they provide, setting the tone for their big day. Whether it's a simple romantic look or something a little more avant garde, Kelsey and her team will have you looking your absolute best for your special day!

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.

Wedding ring set from Justice Jewelers in Springfield MO

Justice Jewelers


You’ve found the one. Show it to your fiance-to-be! 

Justice Jewelers understands that you’ve been dreaming of, Pinteresting and planning for your engagement and wedding rings for a while now. They have modern styles, vintage and classics with bold, eye-catching settings and stones that’ll take your breath away. They have the biggest selection of diamonds in 417-land that are curated by hand and conflict-free. Plus, they have options for every budget with sparkling lab-grown diamonds. 

Create your wishlist on their website justicejewelers.com or, better yet, bring your significant other into the store to try on your favorites in person!

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