Remember two years ago when your best friend finally tied the knot and you were “cordially invited” to attend their wedding ceremony and reception? You were excited for the happy couple, and you quickly returned the RSVP card informing them that you would be attending their glorious event (and that you would be having the steak). You were excited that is, until you arrived at the reception; a dingy church basement perhaps, or a converted musty old “mansion”, or maybe you showed up and they were having their reception in an abandoned warehouse feebly decorated with paper streamers and cheap lighting. You felt so sorry for your friend that you stayed just as long as you felt was polite, and then you made a hasty exit. Well now it’s your turn to get married, and you don’t want to make the same mistake your friend did. You want the best wedding reception in history, and it all starts with the site that you choose. In this article we’ve taken your eternal happiness to heart, and present you with our top ten wedding reception sites in Kansas City.
1. The Madrid Theatre
A newly renovated performing arts theater, The Madrid Theatre has more magic than one event space can handle. Often overlooked, this reception site is conveniently located right in the heart of Kansas City with access and parking directly off of Main Street at the 38th block. Your guests will enter your reception from a minimal 20 pace walk from the parking area into an extravagant and elegant piece of living Kansas City history, restored beautifully just for you and your guests. The first thing that your guests will see when they walk through the door is a gorgeous double staircase that takes them up to the balcony level where there is a bar and standing round tables that overlook the theater stage and dining area below. After the cocktail hour is over, your guests will make their way down to the dining area of the theater where there is another bar in the back of the room and a magnificent stage, ready to highlight the entertainment that you have chosen for your big night. When the dinner is complete, the stage is literally set for dancing the night away!
2. The Overland Park Convention Center
If you have a large group, The OPCC is the best venue in the city for the perfect wedding reception. Most impressive is the giant foyer that is located just outside the main ballroom which features large modern art statues and huge windows that overlook the nice green grass courtyard. Many couples opt to hold their cocktail hour in the foyer and also use the foyer to position the buffet stations for dinner. The Overland Park Convention Center is conveniently located directly next door to the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel with a connecting walkway.
3. Club 1000
Located directly in downtown Kansas City at 11th and Broadway, Club 1000 is unique in that it has several different floors to accommodate different phases of your wedding ceremony and reception. That’s right, you can have your ceremony AND reception in the same building at Club 1000. Ceremonies are held on the top level (6th floor) of the building called “Penthouse 1000” and the cool thing about this is that the roof is open after the ceremony for an incredible downtown Kansas City skyline photo shoot. After the ceremony is over, your guests take the elevator or stairs down to the 2nd level known as “Club 1000” where drinking and dancing kick off. If you have a late night group, there is also yet another level of the building known as “Studio 1000” (3rd floor) where there is a complete house wired karaoke system.
4. The Overland Park Sheraton
Just a stone’s throw away from Interstate 435 and Metcalf Avenue, The Overland Park Sheraton is a great wedding reception site. The Sheraton features a selection of 6 ballrooms that can be used individually or joined together to accommodate any size group. There is a great foyer where cocktail hour can be enjoyed and the staff at the OP Sheraton is second to none. Another great feature is the hotel itself, which is lavish and has it’s own late night bar within.
5. The Hilton President
Since Kansas City recently opened it’s popular Power and Light District, The Hilton President is your best choice for a wedding reception site located near the popular new downtown area. Within walking distance of the P&L District, this great site offers the convenience of a hotel, restaurant and bar with a great ballroom.
6. The Boulevard Brewery
For smaller groups, the Boulevard Brewery is a brand new facility that has a very modern look and feel. The main party room has a large center bar stocked with (what else) all of your favorite Boulevard Beer products and has a small stage for a DJ or small band. The Brewery has a nice balcony that offers a great view of the downtown Kansas City skyline.
7. The Oakwood Country Club
Don’t let the “country club” in the title fool you, this beautiful wedding reception site is available to the public for rental. Located on a lovely golf course, the Oakwood has floor to ceiling windows situated in around a 70’s style round ballroom. There is also another section of the ballroom for your favorite band and lots of dancing.
8. Hallbrook Country Club
Although a little more difficult to rent without a membership, Hallbrook Country Club is still one of the most stellar wedding reception sites in Kansas City. Outdoor access is the key attraction as Hallbrook has doors leading from every part of the grand ballroom to spectacular outdoor patios overlooking one of the most exclusive golf courses in the city.
9. The Cadillac Room / Fleetwood Room by Cadillac Catering
If freedom and style are what you are after, this great reception site located in the heart of downtown Kansas City is a nice break from the norm. Two adjoining rooms offer your guests a simple yet elegant place to dine and dance, while offering a great view of downtown KC.
10. The Carriage Club
For that country club feel without paying the country club dues, The Carriage Club, located just off the “nice part” of Ward Parkway is a great choice for your wedding reception. Featured is a beautiful large oak accented cocktail area, and an elevated dining area overlooking two bars and the dance floor.