Lawrence, Kansas is a lovely city in northeast Kansas that is best known as the home of the gorgeous University of Kansas campus and outdoor attractions such as the Baker Wetlands and Clinton State Park. Couples have many wedding venues to choose from throughout the city, ranging from historic hotels and nationally-renowned music venues to lovely farmstead venues on the city's outskirts that feature renovated barns and rolling pasture landscapes. Facilities on the University of Kansas campus include the Adams Alumni Center, which is available for special event rental by alumni and non-alumni alike.
1.Abe and Jake's Landing
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Abe and Jake's Landing is a lovely industrial venue housed within a gorgeous historic 1880s-era building that overlooks the Kansas River in downtown Lawrence. The facility can host weddings both large and small in several private special event spaces located throughout its campus. Large events can be held at the venue's grand Main Banquet Hall, which can accommodate up to 600 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Smaller events can be hosted at intimate spaces such as the venue's loft-style Mid-Level Mezzanine or romantic 30-guest Riverside Room. Outdoor patio space is also offered for additional reception space. In-house bar services are available at two full-service bars throughout the facility. Couples are welcome to choose from several preferred vendors for their catering services.
8 E 6th St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-841-5855
2.Adams Alumni Center
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Adams Alumni Center has been welcoming Kansas University alumni to the top of Mount Oread since 1983. The building serves as a premiere special event center on the university's lovely campus, offering wedding rentals for alumni and non-alumni alike throughout the year. Receptions and ceremonies can be held at the center as part of venue rentals or all-inclusive wedding packages. Professional event coordinators are on hand to help couples plan every detail of their big day, including the creation of flexible event space configuration plans to suit any style of festivities. Catering and bar services can be selected from a list of approved vendors, who can work with the center and the couple to design any style of casual or elegant reception.
Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave, Lawrence, KS 66045, Phone: 800-584-2957
3.Arterra Event Gallery
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Arterra Event Gallery is a unique venue and gallery space in Lawrence that showcases stunning design elements such as exposed wood ceilings and poured concrete flooring. The rustic gallery venue can host up to 200 wedding and reception guests across its three main venue spaces, which include an intimate lounge, a main gallery, and an outdoor patio. A VIP room is available for the wedding party to celebrate private moments in before joining up with reception festivities. Full-service event packages are available, including experienced wedding coordination services to help couples plan out every detail of their big day. Catering services are offered by the in-house culinary team of executive chef George Holwick, incorporating menu items from a variety of world cultures.
2161 Quail Creek Dr, Lawrence, KS 66047, Phone: 785-371-0990
Carnegie Building is an historic building in downtown Lawrence, constructed with a grant from American industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1902. The building has served several purposes over the years, including use at the Lawrence Public Library until 1972. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975 and is one of Lawrence's most recognizable landmarks today. Since 2011, the building has been managed by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department and is available for public special event use, including wedding ceremony and reception rentals. Three reception spaces are offered throughout the building for special events, accommodating up to 160 guests in total.
200 W 9th St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-832-3460
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Cider Gallery is a unique event venue located within a renovated historic cider distillery facility within Lawrence's Warehouse District. The space new serves as a fine arts gallery and private special event and wedding rental space, showcasing exposed brick walls, high wood beam ceilings, and windows for ample natural lighting. Up to 300 reception guests can be accommodated within the gallery space, while beautiful ceremonies can be held outdoors on the venue's garden patio and stage. Full bar service is available, showcasing offerings from the gallery's premium selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Couples can select their own caterers and other vendors for a truly customized wedding.
810 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-304-4005
6.Circle S Ranch and Country Inn
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Circle S Ranch and Country Inn is a beautiful rustic event space and lodging site that is located on a working ranch in Lawrence that has been family owned and operated since the 1860s. The property has operated as an inn and special event venue since 1998 and takes pride in offering beautiful full-service weddings to meet all couples' needs. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated throughout several event spaces inside and outside at the venue. Couples and their wedding parties can rent out all 12 rooms the Inn and can make exclusive use of the entire property during their wedding. Unique extras such as s'mores bonfire after rehearsal dinners make this venue stand out as a memorable wedding site choice in the area.
3325 Circle S Ln, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-843-4124
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Eldridge Hotel is a beautiful hotel located within Lawrence's historic district that has long been recognized as one of the city's most prominent landmarks. A hotel has stood at the venue's spot since 1855, surviving two fires and a decline in popularity throughout the mid-2oth century. After the venue's renovation as an apartment complex in 1970, it was redesigned and brought back to life as a hotel once again in 2005. Today, the hotel serves as a unique wedding and special event venue that can host events for up to 250 guests. Several lovely spaces at the hotel are available for rental at the venue, including the stunning Crystal Ballroom, which can accommodate elegant receptions, and the pub-style Big Six Room, which is perfect for more casual events. Full catering and bar services are provided in house, showcasing flexible cuisine options.
701 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-749-5011
8.Historic Taylor Barn
Historic Taylor Barn is a beautiful limestone barn originally built in 1879 by railroad contractor Eben Baldwin that is currently in use as a working farm. Once a year, the barn opens its space to the entire Lawrence community and serves as the venue for the renowned local artisan event The Holiday Open Barn. The farm, which is owned and overseen by the Taylor family, has offered romantic event spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions since 2007. The family has lovingly restored the barn, which features stunning hand-hewn hickory, walnut, and sycamore wood design elements. Wedding packages are offered and can be customized to suit a couple's budget for however they wish to create their dream event.
1827 E 1150 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66049, Phone: 785-550-9332
9.Lawrence Country Club
Lawrence Country Club is a beautiful private club that is home to an award-winning golf course designed by notable golf architect Perry Maxwell. The club, which has been in operation since 1914, has long been known as a place for memorable celebrations in the Lawrence area. Weddings for up to 240 guests can be accommodated within the venue's upper dining room, while more intimate events can be held within its 50-seat private dining room. For even more space, couples can combine the two spaces and take advantage of the adjacent outdoor Fairway Deck as an additional reception area. Full-service catering and bartending are offered on site from the venue's dedicated culinary team, who can craft menus to suit all tastes and budgets.
400 Country Club Terrace, Lawrence, KS 66049, Phone: 785-843-2866
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10.Little White Schoolhouse
Little White Schoolhouse is a unique venue located within a historic 1929 one-room schoolhouse in Lawrence, the fourth schoolhouse that has been built on the property, which was used as a school for more than a century. The first three schoolhouses on the property were consumed by fire and flooding, leading to the construction of the present structure. The school closed for operations in 1961 and now serves as all ages punk-rock venue. Its beautiful interior can be rented as a wedding and event venue offering both indoor and outdoor space, including a large backyard, light-strung patio, and open basement. Up to 100 standing guests can be accommodated, with multiple table configurations offered to suit all reception plans.
1510 N 3rd St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-550-5365
11.Maceli's Banquet Hall
Maceli's Banquet Hall is a modern and romantic wedding venue that has been hosting events in downtown Lawrence since 1995. The space can hold events of all sizes at its private onsite dining room, which is able to accommodate up to 75 guests, or its beautiful ballroom, which can host up to 325 guests. Both rooms can be combined for even larger celebrations and can be configured in flexible layouts to suit any reception style. Maceli's provides full-service catering from their state-of-the-art kitchen at both at their venue and as a preferred vendor at other venues throughout the Lawrence area. Menus can be customized for receptions of any size and style.
1031 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-331-2096
The Granada is an historic venue built in 1928 that was originally used as a vaudeville theater before being renovated into a movie theater in 1934. The venue was renovated again in 1993 for use as comedy and concert venue. Since its repurposing, it has brought in many nationally-recognized music acts for concerts and has served as the recording location for a live album release from local Kansas City band The Get Up Kids in 2005. The venue can be rented as private event space for unique and memorable weddings of all sizes and configurations. Couples can make use of two full-size bars at the space for receptions, which can be staffed by event staff as part of wedding packages.
1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-842-1390
13.The Historic Post Office
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The Historic Post Office is a landmark Neoclassical-style building first built in 1913 that has been renovated as a unique event venue for the Ottawa region. Its exterior is known for its lovely architecture, featuring columns that make it a perfect backdrop for romantic weddings and event photography. The historic building offers several lovely rooms for weddings of all sizes, including a spacious and luxurious ballroom for up to 300 guests and an intimate speakeasy lounge for up to 130 guests. Additional elegant spaces include dressing room suites for the wedding party to get ready in comfort and style. Wedding coordination services are offered to help plan every detail of each couple's ideal wedding.
122 E 2nd St, Ottawa, KS 66067, Phone: 913-305-7172
14.The Jayhawk Club
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The Jayhawk Club is a classic golf course originally constructed in 1968 that was known as Alvamar Golf and Country Club until 2017. The club has seen major renovations in recent years, including the addition of a restaurant, pool, and state-of-the-art wellness center. The club is available for luxurious wedding rentals, with both indoor and outdoor sites available for event use. Up to 500 wedding guests can be accommodated in facilities such as the venue's beautifully-appointed barn-styled Sunflower Ballroom. Romantic wedding photo locations can be found throughout the property at spots such as the course's lovely flower-lined waterfall. Full bar and catering service is available and menus can be customized to suit any reception.
1809 Birdie Way, Lawrence, KS 66047, Phone: 785-842-2929
15.The Oread Hotel
The Oread Hotel is a lovely hotel located just minutes from the beautiful University of Kansas campus, showcasing unique vintage architecture throughout its stylish limestone facility. The hotel is a popular wedding choice throughout the Lawrence region, offering both indoor and outdoor special event areas to meet all event needs. Nine distinct event spaces throughout the property include two spacious ballrooms that can accommodate up to 600 guests, the Griffith and Hancock Ballrooms. Several more intimate indoor spaces are also available, along with stunning outdoor spaces such as the magnificent Terrace on Fifth Patio, which overlooks the Kansas River. Couples are welcome to use the facility's full bar and catering services, which can provide customized food and drink menus.
1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-843-1200
16.The Overland Park Ballroom
The Overland Park Ballroom is a romantic event venue located within walking distance of many of Overland Park's top hotels and restaurants. The contemporary-style ballroom showcases beautiful high ceilings and ample space for memorable events of all sizes and configurations. Multiple reception amenities are offered by the facility, including tables, linens, chairs, audiovisual equipment, and lighting packages. Professional event coordinators are on hand to help couples plan every detail of their event and manage any concerns that may arise during their wedding day. Couples can select their own caterer and other outside vendors, allowing them to design fully customized and unique weddings.
12170 Blue Valley Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66213, Phone: 913-815-6790
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17.The W Banquet Hall
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The W Banquet Hall is a gorgeous modern event venue that has served as a unique option for wedding ceremonies and receptions in the downtown Lawrence area since 2011. The banquet hall showcases beautiful dark wood ceilings and stained concrete floors, giving it a warm atmosphere for events hosting up to 275 guests. No restrictions are placed on drinks and dining at the venue, allowing couples to select their own outside vendors or even bring in their own catering. The venue can provide bartenders as part of wedding packages for lively receptions. Pets are welcome, making the venue a great choice for couples looking to incorporate their four-legged friends into ceremonies.
704 Connecticut St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-764-5343
18.Victorian Veranda Country Inn
Victorian Veranda Country Inn is a Victorian-style bed and breakfast located within a lovely country house in Lawrence, located within minutes of the University of Kansas campus. The venue is home to a large white barn that serves as the inn's event center, which can accommodate up to 200 wedding and reception guests. The property's outdoor garden can also be used for romantic wedding ceremonies. Wedding packages can be customized to suit any style of ceremony or reception, including elopements and intimate gatherings for small guest lists. Couples and their wedding party who reserve weekend weddings are welcome to spend the entire weekend at the inn and make exclusive use of all of its 10 guest rooms and suites.
1431 N 1900 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66044, Phone: 785-841-1265
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18 Best Wedding Venues in Lawrence, Kansas
- Abe and Jake's Landing, Photo: Abe and Jake's Landing
- Adams Alumni Center, Photo: Ekaterina Pokrovsky/stock.adobe.com
- Arterra Event Gallery, Photo: Arterra Event Gallery
- Carnegie Building, Photo: Stanislav/stock.adobe.com
- Cider Gallery, Photo: Cider Gallery
- Circle S Ranch and Country Inn, Photo: Circle S Ranch and Country Inn
- Eldridge Hotel, Photo: Eldridge Hotel
- Historic Taylor Barn, Photo: bigguns/stock.adobe.com
- Lawrence Country Club, Photo: dimasobko/stock.adobe.com
- Little White Schoolhouse, Photo: pyrozenko13/stock.adobe.com
- Maceli's Banquet Hall, Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com
- The Granada, Photo: omelnickiy/stock.adobe.com
- The Historic Post Office, Photo: The Historic Post Office
- The Jayhawk Club, Photo: The Jayhawk Club
- The Oread Hotel, Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com
- The Overland Park Ballroom, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- The W Banquet Hall, Photo: The W Banquet Hall
- Victorian Veranda Country Inn, Photo: illustrissima/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: ruslan1117/stock.adobe.com