Choosing the right foundation for your wedding reception is a crucial step in the design process. With so many Kansas City wedding venues to choose from, we’ve rounded up our top three favorites for a classic, elegant and romantic fete.
The Hilton President
Located on the 12th floor, the Congress Ballroom at The Hilton President Kansas City showcases panoramic views of downtown Kansas City. Beautiful chandeliers and ornate architecture set the tone for a timeless event.
If you love all things gold, this is the space for you. Gold chiavari chairs and uplighting look especially wonderful in the space. As for color, almost anything goes, from neutral palettes of white and green to colorful pinks, blushes, marsala, navy and purples.
The catering is in house and you can even stay is a suite with a secret entrance into the ballroom. BONUS: By hosting you wedding at The President, you can rack up HHonors points for your honeymoon!
Photo by Wirken Photography
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
High ceilings, old world architecture and loads of natural light make The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art a picturesque space for weddings. If you’d like guests to feel like they are transported to another place and time, this is the venue for you. Local guests will love visiting this Kansas City treasure, while it’s a wonderful way to showcase the best of KC to out of town travelers. The museum offers in house catering and a variety of spaces to suit your needs. They’ve recently started allowing ceremonies, giving you the option to host the entire event on the grounds of the museum. BONUS: Become a member of the museum and receive a discounted rental rate.
This 15th-century style Italian courtyard is a wonderful option for dinner. The space features one of the oldest fountains in America as it’s focal point and wont disappoint when it comes to ambiance.
Marble columns and a 40′ ceiling make Kirkwood Hall one of the most striking venues in in Kansas City. The neutral space is a blank canvas when it comes to selecting a color palette; although we recommend taking a cue from the beautiful Flemish tapestries that hang in the space. The space seats up to 450 people, making this a great option for larger weddings.
The newest edition to the museum. Bloch Lobby boast expansive ceilings and loads of natural light. We especially love Bloch Lobby for cocktail hour, as it allows guests to interact with both sides of the museum and creates a wonderful flow into the reception.
Sculpture Park/East Sculpture Terrace
Beautiful outdoor space on the south side of the building. Perfect for ceremonies or cocktail hour during the spring, summer or fall.
Photo by Epagafoto
Intercontinental on the Plaza
The Alameda, The Ritz, The Intercontinental. This Ward Parkway hotel is a Kansas City landmark. If you’ve grown up in Kansas City, you’ve most likely attended at least one wedding here…or 10! The hotel has gone through renovations over the last few years and elevated the event spaces beyond the typical hotel ballroom feel.
Black walls, gorgeous crystal chandeliers and antiqued mirrors, talk about drama! This space will add a glamorous feel to any event. The ballroom can be adjusted into a variety of sizes, allowing guests to feel comfortable in the space. Multiple airwalls and rigging points make lighting, fabric and ceiling installations a breeze. We recommend using the hotel’s in house lighting/audio company, PSAV, for the most cost effective pinspot and uplighting.
The ability to add/remove walls while guests enjoy cocktail hour, makes this space especially attractive for repurposing ceremony decor such as mandaps, chuppahs or archways.
Arguable the best view in town, the rooftop ballroom features a beautiful view of The Plaza. Gorgeous crystal chandeliers, a beautiful fireplace and marble topped plinths add character to the neutral space. While lighting and ceiling installations are an option in this space, it’s more limited in capabilities than its downstairs counterpart. It’s also smaller, holding up to 250 seated guests. Cocktail hour is usually hosted in the adjacent Library, which creates a wonderful flow throughout the evening.
Photo by Laura Foote Photography
The Grand Hall at Power & Light
Located in the old KCP&L building, The Grand Hall at Power & Light is a multi-story space features a beautiful double staircase and art deco details. This venue has incredible features – stunning marble accents and three originals lanterns hang above the ballroom. Whether your style is traditional, modern or classic elegance – this venue will provide you with a gorgeous backdrop for your event!
Photo by Heirloom Photo Co.
An oldie but a goodie, Union Station is a grand and striking space for an event. With a spacious hall, there’s no need to limit you guest count and the neutral space is a blank canvas.
Photo by Epagafoto
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