The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Stanley Historic Space and Aspen Room is a two-building event complex in old downtown Lee's Summit, Missouri. This family-run venue services the greater Kansas City area. Like the many of the surrounding historic properties, the complex is housed in two classic red brick buildings. The old-fashioned atmosphere isn't limited to the exterior—both indoor spaces also have a traditional look—created with a mixture of rustic and vintage design elements.
The entire venue has a maximum capacity of 280 guests. Both ceremonies and receptions can be held on-site, and couples have their pick of four event spaces to use:
This indoor event room has a mix of modern and vintage flair. Its high ceilings are covered with ornately patterned tin, as was the fashion in original Victorian architecture. Contemporary touches make the area feel fresh and stylish. You may hold both your ceremony and reception in The Historic Space.
Featuring a waterfall and green space, this outdoor area can be utilized for both ceremonies and receptions. It's fully equipped to accommodate DJs and the use of electrical equipment.
This indoor area's beautiful antique vibe will add romance and nostalgia to your wedding. It has 14-foot patterned tin ceilings hung with opulent chandeliers and supported with exposed wood beams. Distressed wood covers the bar, as well as the entryway. The room features hardwood floors, large windows and multiple other amenities. It may be used for ceremonies and receptions.
Attached to the Aspen room, the outdoor balcony has covered space for reception seating. Its terra cotta stone tiling pairs beautifully with the rugged wood of the exterior walls.
What You Should Know
Making reservations as early as possible is recommended because The Stanley Historic Space and Aspen Room books up quickly. There's a 30-guest minimum. The site is handicap accessible, and liability insurance is provided. Outside alcohol is not permitted. All wedding packages offered by The Stanley Historic Space and Aspen Room include:
- Professional wedding planners
- On-site event manager
- Setup & cleanup
- Bar service (limited or open)
- Signature drink created for your wedding
- Champagne toast
- Audio-visual equipment
- Tables & seating
- Cake table
- Cocktail rounds
- Three glass cylinder centerpieces per table
- Access to a bridal suite
- Tents for outdoor spaces
The complex is happy to provide a list of recommended vendors. However, couples are welcome to use other vendors of their choosing so long as they are licensed and insured. Regarding food preparation and serving, there are no full-size refrigerators on-site. Coordinate with your catering vendor to account for this.
Past couples that have held their weddings here have raved about the quality of service provided by the attentive, flexible staff. The friendly team will gladly work with you as you figure out ideas and zero in on your perfect wedding day plans. If last-minute changes need to be made, the staff will accommodate them with ease.
The Stanley Historic Space and Aspen Room has an online catalog of decor couples can browse and use for planning. The catalog features an ever-expanding inventory of display ornaments and accessories, with clear rental pricing for each item. The venue hosts a free annual bridal event, sponsored by The Knot, where you can discover top-quality vendors. It's also available for booking bridal showers, bridal luncheons and engagement parties.
From the Vendor
The only thing missing is YOU!
Both venues combine modern touches with vintage design. At The Stanley we strive to give every guest the ultimate experience for memories that will last a lifetime. With the addition of The Aspen Room & Rooftop, The Stanley Event Complex is the place to hold your complete function.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Loft, Tented
Rentals + Equipment
The Stanley was everything a wedding venue should be and much more. We searched all across the Kansas City Metro area for the perfect place and The Stanley jumped out based on its elegance, value, and friendly staff. The Aspen Room is exceptionally beautiful with its classic, yet modern features (chandeliers, brick walls, dark hardwood floors and dual bars). The venue is extremely spacious with a balcony and rooftop access, which gave our guests a unique experience. All of our guests couldn’t stop raving about how perfect the venue was and how much fun they had. We can’t put into words how incredible Cindy and the rest of the staff were! They truly wanted our wedding day to be everything we envisioned and it was just that as a result of their hard work. Cindy regularly communicated with us during the planning process. Her kind and bubbly personality made her especially fun to work with. She was well organized which made the process super smooth. Cindy gave us suggestions for vendors, but ultimately, we were allowed to bring in our choice of caterer, which is rare for many venues. On the day of the wedding, the staff checked in on numerous occasions with us. We even had some last minute changes, but they took care of our changes within minutes. One bit of advice: contact The Stanley immediately following your engagement because it books up extremely fast! You will not be disappointed!
Cindy and the staff at both the Historic Space and Aspen Room were so amazing to work with. Dennis and I knew the minute we walked through the doors that this was where we would say I do! Both venues are stunning and the staff is on top of every detail and so easy to communicate with. We were married 8-15-15 on the Aspen Room rooftop and used their gorgeous ballroom for our reception. The bar staff was amazing and kept up with the large amount of drinkers at our party! We also held our Rehearsal dinner next door at the Historic Space. Caitlin made planning the night so easy. Being from Lee's Summit, we are so glad we choose this venue to continue our love story! Cindy, and the staff at both locations-- Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You helped create our perfect day! Love, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Bonner
Thank you for the memories!!!Reviewed on 9/04/2014 angela c
All I can say is that my wedding day was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. Jennifer and the staff at The Aspen Room played a huge part in making that happen and I will forever be grateful. My husband and I were able to have our ceremony and reception in one location that offered an intimate atmosphere. The venue is stunning which allows for minimal décor to be added. My mother, mother-in-law and bridesmaids were able to arrive with hair and make-up done to add our personal touches without running around frantic. Plus any loose ends that I had missed, Jennifer and the staff were right there to help find a resolution. With all that is included in the rental package, vendor flexibility and their coordination with them on the day of truly lightens the load and allows the bride and groom to really enjoy the wedding day. What more could you ask for? :)
The Stanley (Aspen Room) was the most perfect venue for our wedding and reception. From the moment I saw it, I knew it had to be where we got married. The room is so gorgeous we barely needed decor. We worked mainly with Jennifer - who was beyond professional and friendly. She answered my many questions quickly and put my mind at ease about any concerns. Julie was on site the day of and made sure everything ran smoothly. Having wonderful people to work with the day-of makes a HUGE difference! The venue also provided tables, linens, chairs, and some centerpieces. Not having to rent these items checked a lot off my to do list. I am so happy with our decision to have our wedding at the Stanley and will forever recommend it to anyone getting married.
Had an amazing experience and wedding at the Stanley Historic Event Space! As an out of town bride they put my worries at ease and made sure everything was taken care of from beginning to end. From the beautiful decorations and venue to their friendly staff, I'd strongly suggest you have your wedding here.
Cindy, Tyler, and the staff at The Stanley are absolutely fantastic! My husband and I married in October 2016 and had our reception in the Aspen Room. We honestly could not have been more satisfied with the service we received! Cindy and Tyler went above and beyond to help us through all parts of the planning process. Tyler showed us the space initially during an impromptu visit- we just happened to pop in while he was around. We were more than impressed with the beauty of the Stanley and came back for a formal meeting with Cindy.... and we were hooked! Cindy was overly accommodating. She helped me through multiple phases of the planning process, to include recommending other vendors and letting me change my mind no less than three times on table linens and centerpieces :) She was upfront and honest, genuine, and pleasant. Throughout the planning process, my husband and I discovered that Cindy and The Stanley are well known in the local wedding community. They have an outstanding reputation throughout. Every time we contacted a potential vendor and told them where we had booked our reception, they raved about how great Cindy and her team are to work with! Cindy took all of the heavy lifting off of me, and made me feel completely at ease. She told me who to call for what (in terms of vendors), and went so far as to create a detailed table layout so that I would have something to refer to when setting up table centerpieces and other decor. On Wedding Day, we received stellar service. Everything was setup as promised, and The Stanley staff went out of their way to make sure that our day was absolutely perfect. At the end of the night, the staff went above and beyond to help my parents pack up all of our decorations and make sure that nothing was left behind. I could go on and on trying to articulate how satisfied we were with the Stanley, but nothing I could say would ever quite to do it justice. Cindy, Tyler, and the Stanley are simply fantastic!
If I could give The Stanley 10 stars I would. Cindy and her staff at The Stanley are amazing to work with. They are so kind and really care about you throughout the entire wedding planning process. They are always a phone call or email away. Our wedding day ran perfectly thanks to everyone there. They made the day so magical. You know they are there, but yet you don't ever see them. They went way out of their way to make everything so perfect for us to setting out cake cutting tools when we didn't have any, to setting up decorations I brought in. The Aspen Room and Rooftop are absolutely beautiful and I am so happy we decided to have our wedding here!
The Stanley Rooftop for our ceremony and Aspen room for our reception was the perfect choice for our wedding day. The coordinators are amazing and working with Cindy to plan the big day made everything run smoothly day of. The rooftop is gorgeous and provided the perfect sunset wedding ceremony we were looking for. When things went wrong with our caterer the staff helped us tremendously and kept us from having to deal with them on our big day. A huge plus is not having to do any major set up before or cleaning after. The nicest part is getting to pick from the large selection of onsite decor and not having to buy linens for the tables. I had so many comments on how gorgeous this venue was. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a stress-free, all-inclusive wedding venue.
The staff at The Stanley Aspen Room made our reception night more than we ever excpeted! They made everything easy and perfect for us and made sure we enjoyed every second and not have to worry about anything but enjoying our night! The venue itself is one of the most beautiful and well maintained spaces. We will recommend this venue to anyone and everyone! Thank you Cindy, Bryan and staff for making our reception dreams come to life.
I'm not quite sure how anyone else is able to do a wedding without Cindy and her group of help. I felt such in good hands with Julia, Cindy, and their whole crew. Not only did they pick up after us but were there lighting candles and helping out in any way possible. Cindy was filled with kind words and advice! The venue is so intimate and beautiful, I would highly recommend it! Thank Cindy and King family for making my night and being so kind to us. God Bless!
I had my wedding reception at the Stanley in June 2016. It was beautiful and the staff was great! The Aspen Room is the perfect place for a reception, we had about 175 guests attend and there was still plenty of room for a dance floor and guests to move around. The only negative things that happened were that I thought the tent would be down so we could take photos on the roof but unfortunately it was not and the napkins were not all the same color. Other than that (and those weren't even big issues) it was AMAZING! It was beautiful and the staff is very easy to work with. I would recommend this venue to everyone! It was exactly what I wanted for my wedding.
The Stanley was more then I could have ever imagined. The day was so perfect! Cindy was very professional and answered all of my never ending questions.
The Stanley staff is second to none. The space is new and beautiful and perfectly complimented by the people running it. Cindy, Caitlin, and Julie made our day go off without a hitch. We had some issues with the wait staff that Julie took care of without hesitation, leaving my husband and me to enjoy the night. This is truly one of the best venues and it comes at a unbeatable price. I would highly recommend it and if we could do the whole day over again we wouldn't change a thing, especially the venue.
The Stanley was far and away the star of our wedding! We were married in the Aspen room (which is over the top gorgeous); had cocktail hour on the roof (which they staffed and decorated with such class); then had our reception back in the Aspen room (and I did not have one. single. worry. ALL NIGHT!) Jennifer was amazing to work with and very accommodating. I knew I could email her with any and every little question, and she would put me at ease. The cherry on top was that the Stanley has such a great relationship with so many local vendors, it feels like your friends are just planning the wedding for you! I don't remember how many times I said "why do people say planning a wedding is stressful? THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!" I know that was due to the Stanley and their professional staff. I plan on using the Stanley for every single event I host in the future, and I would recommend them to every bride in Kansas City! Thank YOU for the most beautiful day ever!
We just had our wedding at the Historic Event Space last weekend for 80 guests. We LOVE The Stanley for many reasons- the actual venue is beautiful and achieved the ambiance we wanted for our wedding. We really didn't have to spend a lot of money on decorations because the venue is naturally so lovely. The staff was very helpful throughout the planning process and on the big day. Caitlin was our go to person and she did a fantastic job with laying out all the details and seeing everything through to the end. She was always very prompt in responding to my emails which eased my anxieties. Our wedding went off without a hitch and a lot of that was thanks to The Stanley staff! Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue is and we greatly appreciated all the behind the scenes work Caitlin and others did to help things run smoothly!
The staff here is fantastic. Very professional, without being pushy and with willingness to work with you. We changed things up a couple of times and they went with the flow. We worked with Cindy and Caitlin and they both helped us thing about all the little details. The main draw for me here was that the Stanley provides a lot! The venue is so beautiful, we hardly needed decorations, they provided all set up and tear down. They flipped the room for us, they provide chairs, linen choices, napkins, center pieces, table numbers, signs. I am so happy with them. They made my wedding look beautiful. And Caitlin did great onsite coordinating. Thank you Stanley!!
I just had the wedding of my dreams at The Stanley-Aspen Room back in November 2015. My husband and I knew we wanted to keep our wedding local and get married in the Lee's Summit area. The Stanley was our first and only choice, because there is nothing else like it, not even close. I always wanted a traditional, timeless, elegant, and beyond beautiful wedding. The Stanley fits all those wants and more. The space is absolutely beautiful and doesn't need any added decor. The venue supplies everything you need and has all the extras you might want. The staff is so helpful and friendly they ease any stress away making you feel confident in your wedding plans. Cindy was such a great help with all her knowledge of the space and how well it functions with large groups of people. Our wedding had about 200 guests and Cindy knew exactly how to set the room up with a catering buffet, DJ, head table and dance floor. She put careful thought into the layout to include all the important aspects of a wedding (grand entrance, cake cutting, etc). Not to mention Cindy also handled all the day-of coordination with my vendors making my job as a bride super easy. I could go on and on about this place, but to keep it short, if you want a gorgeous venue in the cutest downtown area, with friendly and helpful staff to make wedding planning a breeze, book The Stanley-Aspen Room. You will not be disappointed and your guests will rave about your wedding.
We had our ceremony and reception in the Historic Room and it was so beautiful and intimate! My husband and I were incredibly grateful for all the employees at The Stanley. They made our wedding run so smoothly, we couldn't even believe it. Even from the beginning, Caitlin, has been so nice and helpful from answering all my questions to the big picture planning. Thank you for proving that you guys do care about your customers and not just about the building or their money. We really appreciate all the work you guys put in to make our day special.
Perfect venue!Reviewed on 11/13/2015 Sara E
We had a Friday wedding and reception in the Aspen Room. We LOVED it! The space is truly gorgeous and the staff was easy to work with. We had some unique ideas and Cindy was always willing to help us think through how to make our ideas work. Cindy and her team were great to work with, even in the most stressful moments. They were professional, organized, flexible, affordable and fair. I would recommend the Aspen Room to anyone considering it.
Amazing venue with an extraordinary staffReviewed on 11/06/2015 Jessica J
The venue is gorgeous and amazing, but more than that, the staff in incredible. Cindy is so helpful and wonderful. It didn't matter how many dumb questions I had, or how many times I changed my mind on linen colors, she always had answers and was willing to work with me. I cannot recommend the Aspen Room at the Stanley enough.
Cindy and all the staff at the Stanley are truly amazing!! My husband and I had our ceremony on the roof top of the Aspen Room and reception in the Aspen Room. Everything on their end was perfect! Cindy and the rest of the staff went above and beyond to make my wedding perfect. I have heard from all of our guest it was one of the best weddings they have been too. Cindy made the whole process from start to finish such a breeze and I knew I didn't have to worry about anything because I 100% could put all of my trust in them. They really treat you as if you are family. I would recommend the Stanley to anyone for not only weddings but any kind of occasion were a large space is needed! I really couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else!! Thank you so much to everyone Drew and I truly appreicate all your hard work you did for us!!
We were blessed to be able to work with Caitlin at The Historic Room. From start to finish, she was amazing! All of my emails/inquiries were answered in a timely manner and she was extremely helpful in suggesting ideas to make our planning go smoothly. On the day of, she even stood outside and directed guests to available parking and was on duty til the very end. All of guests have spoken of how beautiful and elegant the facility is and loved the layout. We would highly recommend this venue for any special event. Sharon and Ronald Dean Married 9-25-15
From the moment I stepped into The Stanley I knew we were going to married there. From the chandeliers to the brick walls you get a glamorous and rustic feel and so much more.I cant say enough about Cindy King and her staff. From the first meeting to the last she made us feel like it was her first wedding. She has a Charisma about her and that is something you can't just find anywhere. Planning a wedding is alot of work and can be very stressful but Cindy is there to help you along the way. She loves what she does and wants your day to be magical. The venue is magical! I can now say that because of The Stanley that I got my dream wedding! Thank you King family and staff. You made our dream come true!!!!!!
The Stanley is a beautiful almost all inclusive wedding venue option. We ended up paying for more than we expected after the bar cost but Cindy works to make sure your day goes as planned. She has a good staff of people.
My husband and I just got married two months ago and I can't begin to explain how happy we were with The Aspen Room!!! We worked with Cindy who is the absolute sweetest and most wonderful person to work with!! She is extremely organized, knowledgeable, and very helpful which makes your BIG day that much smoother. Everything went perfect with our wedding because of her help. The venue is absolutely gorgeous. Some of my favorite pictures are from the inside of the Aspen Room, it is truly flawless. Basically, I can't say enough great things about this amazing venue and every single employee. Even after the wedding, all of the staff helped my family with the clean up and did it with smiles. If you choose this venue, I promise you that you will not regret it!!! It's very affordable and worth every penny. Thank you guys for making our wedding day the most magical day of our lives!!!