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10 Most Talked-About Missouri and Kansas Wedding Venues

You've heard the hype -- now get the scoop on these top Missouri-Kansas wedding reception sites.

The Old Post Office

Built in 1884, you can't get much more historic than The Old Post Office in St. Louis, MO, for your wedding. After being renovated in 2006, the building's atrium, which boasts ornate details like tall ceilings, intricate molding and cast-iron fixtures, can now hold up to 250 seated guests. The gallery level, chock-full of historic sculptures and glass, seats 150. (314) 436-0101, OldPostOfficeStL.com

The Monarch Art Factory

For a downtown metropolitan art vibe, rent out the gallery space at The Monarch Art Factory in Springfield, MO. The space boasts exposed brick walls, tall skylights, industrial beams and a stage with built-in lighting, all with an urban-chic renovation, not to mention artwork from top local and national artists. (417) 868-8179, RandyBacon.com

Mildale Farm

Love the look of an elegant outdoor barn wedding? Then look no further than Mildale Farm in Edgerton, KS. Have your ceremony lakeside in front of the farmhouse estate, and then ask guests to follow you into the gorgeous equestrian barn for dinner and dancing. Bonus: If you rent out the place for the weekend, you can have your rehearsal dinner there too. (913) 831-3355, JCPRD.com

Simpson House

For a Great Gatsby garden vibe, check out the Simpson House in Kansas City, MO, a three-story mansion full of ornate chandeliers, woodwork and marble fireplaces. You can do an indoor seated dinner in the dining room, or set up a garden party on the south lawn for up to 150 among gorgeous dogwoods and a massive oak tree. (816) 561-1167, SimpsonHouse.net

The Jones Rooftop Pool

Reinvent what a wedding should look like and have your summertime celebration at The Jones Rooftop Pool. Located in the Power and Light District on top of Consentino's Market on Main Street, this outdoor venue is a 20,000-square-foot rooftop that overlooks downtown Kansas City, MO. Ultra-chic lighting, specialty cocktails and poolside music make for a festive atmosphere. (816) 686-8960, TheJonesKC.com

The Ritz Charles

Full service is practically The Ritz Charles' middle name. Drive up to the space in Overland Park, KS, and you'll be greeted by a doorman and an impressive marble foyer. The reception rooms have elegant chandeliers and impeccable built-in candle centerpieces. There's also an on-site catering team dedicated to designing an amazing menu and consultants who will work with you on planning out your evening. (913) 685-2600, RitzCharles.com

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Believe it or not, the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS, is open to wedding receptions and ceremonies. Unlike a traditional zoo, animals roam in open areas, which means you could literally say your “I dos” among the giraffes. How's that for a memorable setting? (316) 794-8954, TWPark.com

Villa Antonio Winery

You don't have to go to Italy or even Northern California for a vineyard wedding. Villa Antonio Winery in Hillsboro, MO, overlooks the grapevines and lake and can hold up to 300 for dinner. Exchange vows in the lakeside gazebo, take your photos in the vineyard, and then celebrate with your family and friends beneath an elegant white wedding tent. (636) 475-5008, VillaAntonioWinery.com

The Woodward

Located in Topeka, KS, The Woodward is an enormous castle-like chateau fit for a royal wedding. The estate's lawn is expansive, with rolling gardens and intricate timber and stone features. Need a nice spot for the ceremony? Try the two-and-a-half-story library-turned-chapel, backed by a stunning piece of stained glass and set with more than 2,000 books. (785) 354-7111, TheWoodward.com

The Hobbs Building

Cookie-cutter weddings need not apply: The Hobbs Building in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO, has quickly become a go-to spot for an edgier, artsy Kansas City wedding. The exposed-brick site is surrounded by arguably the best urban photo ops KC has to offer; it has a premier caterer, Feasts of Fancy, and even an outdoor courtyard where you can hold your ceremony and cocktail hour. (816) 841-0166, FeastsOfFancy.com

-- Anja Winikka