O’Fallon, Illinois is a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, a 20-mile trip to the west on Interstate 64. If you are planning a wedding in this area, there are four choices for outdoor ceremonies both in and around the city. Hold your outdoor ceremony in the late spring to early fall range to take advantage of the warmest months of the year in O’Fallon.
The Regency Conference Center
The Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon offers both indoor and outdoor wedding options, so if rain becomes an issue, you won’t have to worry. The center is on the shores of a 6-acre lake that includes fountains. An outdoor pergola serves as a ceremony location and the garden piazza holds receptions or serves as a waiting area before the wedding begins. Outside food, other than a wedding cake, is forbidden, but the center has a catering facility with an extensive menu from which to choose. Included with the center’s wedding package is lighting for the head and cake table, cake cutting and serving and a bridal party dressing room.
The Larimore House Plantation
The Larimore House Plantation in St. Louis is one of the largest plantations in the Midwest. This landmark property is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Either hold your ceremony outdoors in the garden or in the historic wedding chapel and then head outdoors for the reception. There is seating for up to 250 guests. One of the plantation’s co-owners serves as the wedding coordinator to assist the parties in customizing the event.
The Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis encompasses 79 acres of horticultural displays available for special event rentals including weddings. Hold your wedding in the Blanke Boxwood Garden, Chinese Garden, Gladney Rose Garden, Japanese Garden or the Lehmann Rose Garden. The Chinese Garden is ideal for an intimate ceremony, with standing room for 25 guests. The Japanese Garden offers the most space, with seating for up to 200 people. You must order all food from Catering St. Louis, the garden’s exclusive party planner.
Crystal Garden Banquet and Event Center
Crystal Garden Banquet and Event Center is in Edwardsville, Illinois, to the north of St. Louis. Hold your wedding in the facility’s private garden, which seats more than 400 people. The gardens include a pergola for the ceremony, a fish pond and waterfalls. Two large interior rooms are available for holding the reception. The on-site catering facility offers several hundred menu items from which to choose.
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