10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites in Kansas City

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1. Pristine Pavilion

Spanning across grassy lawns on Government Hill in St. Louis' Forest Park, the World's Fair Pavilion is a wall-less, red-roofed structure surrounded by fountains, waterfalls and a lake. Renovated in 1998, it can seat 500 for a reception (catered by one of their approved vendors) or hold even more on the grounds outside of the covered area. (314) 535-1503, StLouis.Missouri.org

2. Romantic Botanicals

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is 79 acres of gardens, gazebos, plazas, a pavilion, a ballroom and an auditorium for weddings with between 25 and 380 guests. The Japanese Garden features a lake with a wooden footbridge, while the intimate Chinese Garden boasts white marble architecture. Elsewhere, there are reflection pools, fountains and seemingly endless supplies of flowers. Catering St. Louis handles the menu. (314) 577-0200, MOBot.org

3. Sky-High Terrace

One of Kansas City, Missouri's, newest wedding sites, The Terrace on Grand is a 5,000 square-foot loft event space with a roof deck that offers a skyline view -- one of the best in the city. There are lower levels available for a cocktail hour and the site accommodates up to 300. Bring your own caterer! (816) 527-0026, TerraceonGrand.com

4. Storybook Space

Lee Andrew Hall and Gardens in Blue Springs, Missouri, features a waterfall and a pergola covered with winding vines and roses where you can say your "I dos" in front of as many as 150 guests. Tables and chairs are fixtures in the surrounding courtyard, so you won't need to worry about adding much décor for your reception. A windowed banquet room is also available, and you can bring in whatever caterer you'd like. (816) 228-3030

5. Lakefront Lodge

Have a beach wedding on the shore of Lake of the Ozarks at The Lodge of Four Seasons. The woodland abode in Lake Ozark, Missouri, has Japanese Gardens with a bridge -- perfect for your grand entrance. There are also waterfalls and streams connecting a series of pools, providing plenty of options for a waterfront wedding. The resort will provide catering. (573) 365-3000, 4SeasonsResort.com

6. Couture Castle

Caenen Castle in Shawnee, Kansas, built in 1907 and restored in 2004, features manicured lawns and a rose-lined sidewalk. Guests (up to 120) can be seated on the back patio and explore the castle grounds and its unique elements. The on-site chef will prepare your meal. (913) 631-4100, ChefReneeKelly.com

7. Regal Ranch

The rustic feel of a farm is combined with the beauty of gardens at the Circle S Ranch & Country Inn in Lawrence, Kansas. Exchange your vows on the garden terrace surrounded by limestone columns. In the meadow below is the Prairie Garden, shaded by century-old oaks, hickories and sycamores, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. The ranch caters events. (785) 843-4124, CirclesRanch.com

8. Divine Vineyard

Casa de Loco Winery is the quintessential woodland winery in Missouri's Ozarks. The outdoor patio sits on a bluff overlooking the Niangua River (and faces west -- promising amazing sunsets!) and holds up to 300 guests. The walkways around the patio are filled with white, wooden archways that can be decorated in your wedding colors. Bonus: The patio is equipped with a camera so up to 30 out-of-towners can be guests via satellite! Choose from a preferred caterers list. (573) 317-9695, CasadeLocoWinery.com

9. Peaceful Park

Alpine Park and Gardens is a tranquil event site set in a Columbia, Missouri, wildlife preserve. Set above ponds and botanical gardens, the Timber Frame Pavilion can seat up to 200 guests. There's also an amphitheater that can hold even more. The towering oaks provide wooded seclusion, making you and your guests feel like you're celebrating in your own private forest! (573) 443-7106, AlpineParkandGardens.com

10. Grand Gardens

Hold your wedding among luxurious gardens at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens in Wichita, Kansas. The Martha Parriott Terrace features a New Orleans fountain shaded by a large Southern magnolia. Its staged limestone terrace can seat about 250 guests, while 50 guests can sit alongside the koi and water lily ponds in the Bank IV Centennial Pavilions. A slightly larger ceremony can be held in front of three waterfalls in the nearby Beverly Blue Garden. Choose any caterer you'd like. (316) 264-0448, Botanica.org

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