So, the question has been popped, she said yes, and now you both are trying to figure out what to do next. Big, elaborate wedding? Small country wedding? Or a surprising elopement? Explore all these choices for your special day in a special place. Unique venues will be showcased in this two-day wedding planning weekend as you confer with the owners/managers of the small businesses along the Weinstrasse. Be sure to make appointments with the appropriate staff at each of the places you want to visit.
Day One: Begin your journey at Wine Country Gardens in Defiance. Their large conference center overlooks the Missouri River Vallley and will handle the most elaborate of weddings or receptions. The Yellow Farmhouse in Defiance can offer a hilltop location for small ceremony and a garden/pavilion area for a reception. Chandler Hill Winery also offers space for any size wedding, and has a picturesque setting among the rolling hills. They have both indoor and outdoor space to accommodate your group. For a vineyard setting, Sugar Creek Winery may be the perfect spot for a small country wedding. Think old-fashioned farmhouse turned winery. Head further west and turn into Klondike Park. The conference center there offers a contemporary indoor gathering space that could be just right for a medium sized reception. Be sure to stop at Montelle Winery which offers a breath-taking view and shaded patios and decks overlooking the Weinstrasse. Enjoy the award-winning wines while you look around.
In Augusta, you will find a plethora of pretty places to choose for your special event. Not to be missed is Oaks Crossing, one of the most unique settings in the area for an intimate, elegant, yet casual, small-town atmosphere. The owners, Randal and Marj Oaks, will offer their suggestions to help make your day perfect. If you have worn yourself out with choices, you will want to get some refreshments, and talk about all you have discovered. End your afternoon up at Mount Pleasant Winery, one of the most sought after venues in the region. Unparalled views from the romantic gazebo is sure to make your dream come true. The Appellation Cafe offers gourmet sandwiches and salads, and of course, wines by the bottle or glass.
Head back to your B&B to unwind after your day of exploration. A casual dinner can be had at either Augusta Brewing Company or Ashley’s Rose. In the morning, your innkeeper hosts will provide a gourmet breakfast for you to enjoy before you continue your search. You might first wish to begin your day at the Daniel Boone Home. The Peace Chapel is a small church for an intimate wedding located on the historic grounds of the Daniel Boone Home. Capture the romance of a bygone era in a picturesque setting complete with horse-drawn carriages. Explore other possibilities for small weddings/receptions at a few of the local inns. The H.S. Clay House and the Lower Street Inn both offer their homes for a cozy place to exchange vows with close friends and family.
Continue down Highway 94 to Noboleis Vineyards, a family-owned winery nestled in the rolling hills of the Osage Ridge. A casual outdoor setting with views of their vineyards below. Imagine a stroll among the grapes for wedding photos.
You can finish your wedding planning weekend by visiting the remainder of the wineries, perhaps stopping in at Halcyon Spa to see what pampering might be in store for the two of you, or your wedding party. Oh, we haven’t even begun to talk about the rehearsal dinner…
Let the business owners in Augusta Wine Region help you make your wedding memorable. You may just find it the perfect place for a honeymoon too!