City-by-City Guide: Hip St. Louis and Kansas City Hotels

From premier event planning to luxe bridal suites, here are some of the best hotels for your wedding.
by Miles Stiverson

Historic Hotel

Want to wed at a place with a deep sense of history? Check out The Hyatt Regency St. Louis. The soaring ceilings and period furnishing give this historic Union Station venue Old World charm, while recent renovations and state-of-the-art amenities add a dash of modernity. (314) 231-1234

Glamorous Ballroom

For a truly lavish reception, event planner Patti Gehring of Patti Gehring Signature Weddings suggests the InterContinental Kansas City. The rooftop ballroom is divided into three areas, which makes the ideal space for staging your cocktails, dinner, and dancing. For a larger wedding, try the equally elegant Grand Ballroom on the hotel’s lower level. (816) 756-1500

Outdoor Elegance

To exchange vows with a view, consider the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. This hotel has two outdoor sites, the Greenbelt or Garden Terrace, which overlook the scenic Table Rock Lake, and can accommodate a wedding of up to 250 guests. (888) 333 5253

Scenic Dinner

For an unforgettable rehearsal dinner, event planner Josie Littlepage of Cosmopolitan Events recommends The Wine Room at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis. Here you can host up to 40 guests in city’s largest dine-in wine cellar, where you’ll be surrounded by roughly 7,000 bottles of vino! You’ll also get to work with the expert catering staff to create the perfect pairings of food and wine. (314) 863-6300

Romantic Suite

You deserve to stay somewhere special on your wedding night, and Mandy Phalen of Event Studio suggests the Chateau Avalon in Kansas City. The Avalon has a choice of suites for your first night as newlyweds, such as the Tuscany-themed suite, which includes a fountain, fireplace, and a romantic bathtub situated beneath an Italian-style dome. (913) 643-0340

Group Accommodations

If you have an extensive guest list, consider hosting your wedding at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. With nearly 1,000 rooms, booking accommodations for all your nearest and dearest should be a breeze. (816) 421-6800

Great Perks

The Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis offers guests many impressive perks—like satellite TV, high-speed Internet, and 24-hour concierge service—along with some unexpected amenities to keep guests entertained before and after your wedding. The hotel includes a salon and spa, a fitness center, and its own movie theater. You can even rent out the theater for a private screening with up to 165 of your family members and friends. (877) 587-2427

Perfect Locale

Though there might not be enough space if you’re having a larger wedding, the Raphael Hotel in Kansas City has the perfect location for a guest list on the smaller size. The Raphael, which was originally built in 1927, sits on the edge of the Country Club Plaza, where guests can enjoy some of the best dining and shopping the city has to offer. (800) 821-5343

Courtesy of Hyatt Regency St. Louis

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