If you want your wedding venue to be a blank canvas for you to transform, the freedom to choose any vendor you please, and the pleasure of a hidden gem, a civic venue may be the event space of your dreams. Owned by the local governments, these venues tend to be both the most economical and least restrictive choice.
Bee Creek Shelter at Weston Bend State Park
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Description: A converted barn nestled in the woods. Perfect for a boho or rustic wedding.
Included Amenities: Tables. Chairs. Outdoor ceremony area. Playground.
Optional Amenities: Additional open shelter.
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James Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake
Lake Lotawana Sportsman Club
29709 E. Alley Road, Lake Lotawana, MO 64086
Description: Open community room with smooth floors.
Cost: $300 (discounts for club members)
Duration: 24 hours
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs for 200.
Optional Amenities: Shooting range on site.
Lodge at Ironwoods
14701 Mission Rd, Leawood KS 66224
Description: Vaulted ceilings and metal chandeliers make this a modern-rustic hall.
Cost: $340/hr (discounts for residents, weekdays, and rental blocks of 10+ hours)
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs. Full kitchen. Patio.
Optional Amenities: Stage. Microphone.
602 Maurer Parkway, Belton MO 64012
Description: Industrial-chic ballroom with fireplace, slide-up doors and outdoor spaces.
Cost: $130/hr for weeknights, $250/hr for weekends (minimum two hours). Discounts for Belton residents and longer rental blocks (8 and 12 hours).
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs.
Optional Amenities: Microphone. TV screen. Police officer.
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35250 West 119th Street, Edgerton KS 66021
Description: Historic equestrian barn with storybook charm.
Capacity: 250 banquet, 400 theatre
Cost: $1,500 (4 hours) to $8,900 (5 days plus 4 nights accommodation for 12)
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs. Dance floor. Kitchenette. PA system.
Optional Amenities: On-site accommodations.
Mt. Gilead Historic Church
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Overland Park KS
Description: Civic-owned botanical garden park. Available facilities include indoor conference center, pavilion, and multiple outdoor ceremony spots.
Capacity: Up to 125
Cost: $125/hour minimum (indoor space begins at $250/hr), up to $460/hr
Included Amenities: Dressing room, volunteer liason
Pleasant Valley Civic Center
Spirit Lake Lodge
Perry, KS (20 minutes west of Lawrence)
Description: Lodge on the edge of scenic lake, on acres of open and wooded land.
Capacity: 72 indoors, unlimited outdoors
Cost: $1,100 (lodge only) to $2,300 (entire park for 24 hours)
Duration: 8am to 11pm
Included amenities: Indoor seating for 72, use of kitchen
Optional amenities: On-site lodging
Swope Park Bandstand
Swope Park, Swope Parkway & 63rd Street, Kansas City MO (near KC Zoo)
Description: Huge elegant shelter in KC's largest park.
Capacity: 200 seated, 400 standing
Duration: 9am to 10pm
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs. Electricity. Lights. Grill. Playground. Water fountain.
11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa KS
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Description: Sleek modern-rustic converted barn. Outdoor ceremony space available.
Cost: $300 (resident, 4 hours on weekday) to $2,400 (non-resident entire Saturday). Discounts for residents.
Duration: 4 to 16 hours, depending on package
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs. A/V system. Ice machine.
400 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs MO
Description: Large community center with checkerboard floors, vaulted ceilings, and working fireplace.
Cost: $640 for first two hours, $40 every additional hour ($125 discount for residents)
Duration: 2+ hours
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs. Stage. Sound system. Working gas fireplace. Full kitchen.
Optional Amenities: Linens. Microphones.
Weatherby Lake Community Center
8230 NW Potomac, Weatherby Lake, MO 64152 (near Zona Rosa)
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Description: Lodge-style banquet hall with indoor and outdoor spaces.
Capacity: 190 (can seat 150 in main hall, or 100 with a dance floor)
Cost: $500 for one full day (8am-midnight). Discounts for multi-day rentals, weeknights and residents.
Included Amenities: Tables and chairs. Full kitchen. Working fireplace. PA system.
Optional Amenities: Bartender. Police officer.