Columbia is one of Missouri's loveliest cities, best known as the home of the University of Missouri's spectacular National Register of Historic Places-listed campus. Couples can rent several venues throughout the college campus for memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions, including spaces on the campus' grounds that are maintained as botanical garden facilities. Lovely hotels throughout the city's downtown district are home to grand ballrooms and intimate rooftop bars, making perfect spots for large or small receptions. Unique event venues such as the Maplewood Barn Theatre are also available for couples looking for outside-the-box options for wedding festivities.
1.Alpine Park and Gardens
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Alpine Park and Gardens is a beautiful 42-acre forest preserve in Columbia, known as one of Missouri's most beautiful outdoor park and garden facilities. The full-service venue is a very popular site for weddings and receptions, offering amenities such as onsite wedding coordination services, a full floral shop, and in-house catering and beverage vendors. Couples can marry at the venue's lovely outdoor Alpine Amphitheater, which is located within the shade of century-old oak trees next to a picturesque waterfall. Beautiful pockets of meadows, forests, and koi pond areas make for great wedding photography sites, including a recently-added nine acre Japanese-style botanical garden. All rentals include use of the facility's bridal suite with hair and makeup salon, photobooth and props, and children's play area.
14341 N Proctor Rd, Columbia, MO 65202, Phone: 573-443-7106
2.The CBO Event Center
The CBO Event Center is a state-of-the-art event center in Columbia that was constructed in 2005 by the Columbia Benevolent Organization. The venue shares its space with the city's Columbia Elks Lodge, though it is operated as an independent special event venue hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Couples can make use of the facility's elegant ballroom space, which boasts high ceilings, designer flooring, and romantic ambient lighting. Up to 600 guests can be accommodated for standing receptions, with full bar service available in house to meet all couples' reception needs. Hosted and cash bar options are available, with rates varying depending on event length.
4747 E Elk Park Dr, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-219-0281
3.The Country Club of Missouri
The Country Club of Missouri is Columbia's only member-managed country club facility, established in 1971 and recently renovated in 2014 to add a spectacular 5,000-square-foot special event center. The club is home to a challenging championship golf course, a state-of-the-art tennis facility, a large seasonal pool, and beautiful event grounds, which can be rented for private special events throughout the year, including wedding ceremonies and receptions. Gorgeous hardwood floors are offered at the venue's event center, which features classic neutral decor and two built-in bars for reception beverage service. All wedding rentals include setup and cleanup, event planning services, and catering add-on package options for buffets, hors d'oeuvres receptions, and plated dinners.
1300 Woodrail Ave, Columbia, MO 65203, Phone: 573-449-7201
4.The Elm Street Ballroom
The Elm Street Ballroom is a beautiful special event venue located near the University of Missouri campus, offering gorgeous downtown special event spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. The elegant event space features rustic decor and amenities such as a built-in dance floor and full-service bar, perfect for couples looking for space for larger, more elaborate wedding receptions. Signature catering is available onsite, including buffet, cocktail reception, and plated dinner options. All rentals include experienced event planner services, convenient onsite parking for guests, and use of the facility's linens, tables, and chairs. A cellar room can also accommodate up to 20 guests, offering an audiovisual system for rehearsal dinners and intimate engagement parties.
904 Elm St, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-874-3033
5.Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
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Hilton Garden Inn Columbia is an intimate, relaxed hotel conveniently located near top Columbia-area attractions such as the University of Missouri campus and the Blue Note live entertainment venue. The hotel is home to more than 12,000 square feet of event space, which can be customized depending on couples' wedding ceremony and reception capacity needs. Event coordinators are on hand to help couples plan every detail of their big day, from specialized menus to elegant decor options. All couples who celebrate their marriage at the hotel can take advantage of complimentary use of the hotel's banquet room spaces for rehearsal dinners. One night's stay at a whirlpool suite is also included in all rental packages, with complimentary breakfast served the following morning.
3300 Vandiver Dr, Columbia, MO 65202, Phone: 573-814-5464
6.Maplewood Barn Theatre
Maplewood Barn Theater is a delightful performing arts center in Columbia's historic Nifong Park, originally constructed in the 19th century and rebuilt in 2012 following a fire two years earlier. Today, the barn serves as the home of the community theater company of the same name, offering a full slate of musical and drama performances throughout the year. The lovely barn venue can be rented for private special events during the theater's off season, including wedding ceremonies and receptions. It is an ideal venue for intimate wedding festivities, hosting up to 80 guests. All spaces within the barn are ADA accessible, including its grounds area, which features a stage for outdoor ceremony use. Tables and chairs are included with all event rentals and can be configured to meet couples' unique reception needs.
2900 E Nifong Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-227-2276
Murphy Lakes is a fully-functional farmstead and ranch in Columbia that was originally established in 1875, offering multiple lodging and outdoor recreation options for modern visitors today. The farmstead showcases gorgeous landscaping throughout its property, including several rivers and lakes that make for great outdoor romantic wedding locations. Wedding parties of up to 300 can be accommodated at the venue, which offers amenities such as bride and groom dressing rooms and family-friendly restrooms. All wedding event rental packages include a variety of unique reception options, including a large built-in dance floor, in-house DJs, customizable light shows, and lakeside bonfire packages. Couples can also make use of indoor and outdoor games to entertain reception guests, ranging from horseshoes and cornhole to pool and ping-pong tables.
713 Lyon St, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-228-1120
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8.Riechmann Indoor Pavilion
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Riechmann Indoor Pavilion is a stunning special event pavilion in Columbia, located atop a hilltop overlooking beautiful Stephens Lake Park. The red cedar timber pavilion offers unparalleled views of the park's lake and landscaped grounds, making it a great choice for unique wedding photos. Couples can hold wedding ceremonies on the pavilion's beautiful grounds, which are home to several shaded lawn areas. Inside, the pavilion can accommodate up to 150 reception guests, showcasing decor elements such as high-vaulted ceilings strung with romantic pendant lights and large windows providing ample natural lighting. A prep kitchen within the pavilion is available for use by couples' catering service of choice. A dance floor can also be added to the venue's main room for an additional charge.
2300 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-874-7460
Sorenson Estate is a secluded manor venue located on 20 acres just outside the city of Columbia, offering a picturesque spot for memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions. The elegant estate can host several types of receptions, ranging from large, modern outdoor events hosting up to 300 guests to 60-seat indoor banquet meals. Intimate garden parties for 20 guests or less can also be hosted at the venue's lovely garden space. Wedding packages are available to suit all couples' budget and reception needs, with add-on packages available to make special days even more memorable. A fully modern kitchen can be used by couples' caterer of choice for both rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Several gorgeously landscaped areas on the manor's grounds provide perfect backdrops for wedding photos, with a preferred photo and vendor list offered by the venue for all rentals.
5700 E Hwy Ww, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-884-1191
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10.Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center is a contemporary-style lodge in Columbia that can accommodate both large wedding receptions and intimate ceremonies, offering 10 different event spaces that can accommodate up to 400 wedding guests. The venue's beautiful ballrooms and banquet halls can be customized for all types of wedding events, ranging from ceremonies and receptions to rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Onsite wedding coordinators work with couples to plan every detail of their special day, ranging from specialized menus crafted by local chefs to elegant decorations for chosen spaces. Bar options highlight offerings from local microbreweries. A preferred vendor list offers options for photobooths, lighting, and audiovisual equipment.
18011 Bass Pro Dr, Independence, MO 64055, Phone: 816-908-9600
11.The Broadway Columbia
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The Broadway Columbia is a sleek, modern hotel in downtown Columbia that has received LEED certification for its environmentally-friendly design and operations. The hotel is home to a stylish rooftop bar, which provides striking views of the city's skyline and offers several intimate outdoor fire pits. Catering is available from the hotel's acclaimed onsite restaurant, Eleven/Eleven, which can also be rented for private special events such as receptions and rehearsal dinners. For larger events such as ceremonies and receptions, the hotel's stunning Katy Ballroom and three conference rooms can hold up to 150 guests depending on configuration. Onsite event planners can help couples customize their event needs, ranging from theming and decorations to specialized catering menus.
1111 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-875-7000
12.The Tiger Hotel
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The Tiger Hotel is one of downtown Columbia's most luxurious boutique hotels, offering high-end amenities throughout its posh guest rooms and flexible event spaces. Couples can choose from historic spaces and modern rooms within the hotel for their event needs, which can accommodate anywhere from intimate party groups of 10 or less to large reception guest lists of up to 400. The hotel's striking grand ballroom offers stunning hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, and spectacular plaster moldings, creating a memorable atmosphere for receptions. Catering is provided by the hotel's in-house culinary team, with customizable menu options and unique food presentations available to suit all couples' needs. Elegant suites can be rented for the wedding party and out-of-town guests at a discounted rate.
23 S 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201, Phone: 573-875-8888
13.The University Club of MU
The University Club of MU is one of Central Missouri's premiere wedding event rental sites, located on the historic campus of Columbia's University of Missouri. The University was founded in 1839 and is home to a number of striking 19th-century brick buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be utilized for special event rentals of all sizes and configurations. The campus' gorgeous botanical gardens make an ideal spot for memorable and romantic wedding photos. Wedding packages require at least 100 guests for ceremonies or receptions, but can be customized to meet a variety of budgets and event needs. Professional event staff and culinary experts can help couples plan every aspect of their big day, from reception decor to customizable menus.
704 Conley Ave, Columbia, MO 65211, Phone: 573-882-2586
13 Best Wedding Venues in Columbia, Missouri
- Alpine Park and Gardens, Photo: Alpine Park and Gardens
- The CBO Event Center, Photo: ctvvelve/stock.adobe.com
- The Country Club of Missouri, Photo: illustrissima/stock.adobe.com
- The Elm Street Ballroom, Photo: fesenko/stock.adobe.com
- Hilton Garden Inn Columbia, Photo: Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
- Maplewood Barn Theatre, Photo: Marcio/stock.adobe.com
- Murphy Lakes, Photo: Milissenta/stock.adobe.com
- Riechmann Indoor Pavilion, Photo: Riechmann Indoor Pavilion
- Sorenson Estate, Photo: illustrissima/stock.adobe.com
- Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Photo: martingaal/stock.adobe.com
- The Broadway Columbia, Photo: The Broadway Columbia
- The Tiger Hotel, Photo: The Tiger Hotel
- The University Club of MU, Photo: arinahabich/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/stock.adobe.com