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The McPherson

The Central West Ends Newest Venue

The historic McPherson Chapel begins a new life as The McPherson Wedding Venue and Event Center after two years of renovations & modernization. The McPherson is perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, reunions, bar mitzvahs, graduations, holiday parties, corporate meetings.

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Why Choose The McPherson

  1. An historic venue with all new systems.
  2. Dramatic chapel with 30 foot beamed ceiling.
  3. Antique crystal chandeliers over the ceremony and throughout the venue.
  4. Tables and chairs and linens are included.
  5. State of the art professional quality lighting for the dance floor.
  6. Beautiful main floor bathrooms with plenty of European style privacy stalls, marble floors, vessel bowl sinks. Your guests will not have to walk down to an old basement bathroom.
  7. Large private courtyard with a wedding gazebo and a second bar for outdoor ceremonies or cocktail hour.
  8. Indoor and outdoor bars. The indoor bar can offer up to 6 different draft beers.
  9. Groom’s rooms with leather couches, private bath and changing room.
  10. Bride’s suite with 5 makeup/hair stations, private bath, couches & chairs, refrigerator, Keurig coffee/tea maker, video surveillance of chapel to watch guests arrive, Amazon Alexa, internet connected smart television, smart phone charging station, clothes steamer, ironing equipment, sewing kit and much more. Over 700 s.f.
  11. Covered portico for limousine in bad weather or for outside cigar bar.
  12. Venue space is all on the main level. Mezzanines and balconies may look nice but are impractical for your guests and are generally not useable space.
  13. Large number of bars within walking distance for after reception parties.
  14. Secure parking lot. No need for valet service, however valet is available.
  15. Discounts and free shuttle service from the Parkway Hotel for your out of town guests.
  16. Close to Forest Park, Tower Grove Park and Botanical Gardens for pictures.

Pricing

2018
  • Saturday and Sundays on Holiday weekends: Starting at $2,750.00
  • Friday: Starting at $1,750.00
  • Sunday excluding certain holidays: Starting at $1,250.00
2019
  • Saturday and Sundays on Holiday weekends: Starting at $2,895.00
  • Friday: Starting at $1,895.00
  • Sunday excluding certain holidays: Starting at $1,395.00
There is no additional charge for a ceremony. If you choose to have your ceremony elsewhere you just have more time for your cocktails, reception and dancing.
Courtesy Hold of Your Date
If you ask, we will put a 3 day courtesy hold on your date before you sign a contract.
Ceremony Only Prices
Saturday $1,500, Sunday $1,250. Includes chair setup, access to bridal suite, rehearsal, sound system, event manager, early access for vendors. Maximum capacity 240.
Recommended Maximum Capacities (you could go larger but seating might be tight)
Sit down served or buffet dinner at round or rectangular tables: 210. If your guest count is lower, we can arrange the seating to still make it feel very intimate. New Orleans Cocktail or Station Style: 290.
Parking
The McPherson has a large secure parking lot for your guests. Out of town guests who stay at the Parkway Hotel can use a complimentary shuttle service. Uber is easy to use in the CWE.
After Reception Parties Within Walking Distance
There are 7 bar/restaurants within 2 blocks and 12 additional bars about 4-5 blocks away.

Additional Services & Options

Additional Services & Options:

The following additional services and options are available.

Courtyard Ceremony:

White chairs will be set up for your guests in the rear courtyard for your wedding ceremony which will be performed under the courtyard gazebo. If you become concerned about the weather, we can quickly move the ceremony indoors.

Dance Floor Lighting Package:

Professional quality stage lights consisting of sound activated lights and laser lights.

Chapel Up Lighting and Bar Lighting Package:

Multi-colored LED lights shine up the arched ceiling for the entire length of the chapel and in the bar area. Up to 10 different colors of your choosing.

GoBo Lighting Package:

Computer controlled projector allows for multiple applications including projection of couple’s initials on the dance floor or different colored spotlights for first dance. Ask Phillip for more detailed information.

PA System:

Wireless hand held and clip on microphones are provided for use during the wedding ceremony and for bridal party speeches in the chapel. If the ceremony is held in the courtyard a portable PA system will be set up outside in addition to the inside chapel system.

Slide Show in Bar:

If you provide us with a flash drive with your pictures, we will show them as a continuous slide show on the two TV monitors in the bar.

Guest Wi-Fi:

An additional Wi-Fi router will be turned on for your guests to use to send Instagram, Snapchat, pictures, tweets, etc. of your ceremony and reception.

Courtyard Fire Pits:

Two propane fire pits will be made available for up to 2 hours. The fire pit may be used as a S’mores bar. S’more supplies can be provided by Russo’s catering as an optional item.

Security Guard:

You might consider this option if you are concerned about rowdy guests. The CWE business district has extra police patrols and officers on bicycles that are continuously riding past our venue and we notify the local community relations office of all of our events requesting additional patrols at the end of your event. However, if requested we can contract for an off-duty police officer to be stationed outside.

Cigar Bar:

High top tables will be provided under the portico for your cigar vendor.

Ceremony Rehearsal Practice:

A member of our staff will walk you through a 45 minute rehearsal of your ceremony.

Rehearsal Dinner:

Small venue and ancillary rooms rental for 3 hours. Catering fees are additional through Russo’s catering. Ceremony Rehearsal fee is waived if done in conjunction with this option.

Day After Brunch:

Venue rental for the morning following your ceremony. Catering fees are in addition through Russo’s. This is a great way to say goodbye to your closest friends and out of town guests.

Early Access for Decorating:

Bridal party and their immediate family and vendors will be given access 4 hours before the start of the event.

Bridal Suite Early Access:

Bridal party and their hair, makeup and photography vendors will be given access to the Bride’s suite 4 hours before the start of the event.

Bride’s Suite Champagne & Appetizers:

Contact Russo’s Catering for options and pricing.

Wedding Coordinator Discount:

We have found that a professional wedding coordinator makes the event easier on everyone. If you hire a professional wedding coordinator, we will give you $200.00 in free options.

FAQ:

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How far in advance should I book our wedding venue?
A. If you just have to have a Saturday during the 6 most popular months, then you probably need to book at least 18 months in advance. Fridays and off season Saturdays can usually be found with only 9 months advance booking.
Q. Is there an extra charge to have our ceremony at the venue?
A. No. There is no additional fee to have your ceremony during the rental time. There is no discount for not having your ceremony, you just have more time for cocktails, dinner and dancing.
Q. Can we provide our own food or use a different caterer?
A. No. All food must be provided by our exclusive caterer Russo’s Catering.
Q. Can we provide our own liquor and beverages?
A. No. All liquor and beverages must be provided by Russo’s Catering. Russo’s provides all glassware and bartenders. Russo’s pricing includes premium liquor at The McPherson unless you request otherwise.
Q. Can Russo’s provide ethnic food?
A. Yes. Russo’s has experience providing many different ethnic foods.
Q. Can we have an outside reception?
A. Maybe. There are residential noise restrictions and all loud music must cease by 10:00.
Q. Who supplies the tables and chairs?
A. We provide all tables (round or rectangular) and all chairs. The chairs are X back chairs which are much more comfortable and attractive than the standard venue chairs.
Q. Who provides the linens and tableware?
A. Russo’s provides all linens and tableware. Russo’s uses only glassware and china at The McPherson – no plastic. Contact them for available colors & options.
Q. Why do your venue rental rates say “Starting at”?
A. Our venue rental rates are different throughout the year to reflect the lower demand for events during certain months. Just as Saturdays are more expensive than Fridays, a September date is more expensive than a January date.
Q. Can we extend or change the hours of our event?
A. Yes. The rental time is 5 hours but you can add additional time or adjust the start time.
Q. Is the parking lot included in the venue rental?
A. Yes. The parking lot and an attendant is included in the venue rental.
Q. Is the bridal suite and groom’s room included in the venue rental?
A. Yes. However, there is an additional charge for extra early access.
Q. Can I add or delete options after we sign our rental contract?
A. Yes. You can add and delete options subject to certain time limitations.
Q. If something horrible happens and I have to cancel my event, can I get a refund?
A. Maybe. We will make every attempt to find a new party that wants your date and if we are successful you will get a significant amount of your payment refunded.
Q. Where can my out of town guests stay?
A. The Parkway Hotel offers discounts to our clients and a free shuttle service to the venue. There are several AirBNBs within a few blocks. Chase Park Plaza and Holiday Inn are very close.
Q. Where can we take bridal party pictures?
A. Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, Missouri Botanical Gardens or our rear courtyard.
Q. Can I use my own florist, DJ, band, limo service, etc?
A. Yes. We just require them to call us in advance to discuss logistics.
Q. Are there bars nearby for after reception parties?
A. Yes. There are 7 bar/restaurants within 1.5 blocks and 12 additional bars 4 blocks away.
Q. Does Missouri charge sales tax on venue rentals?
A. Yes. Unfortunately, the state has decided that venue rentals are subject to sales tax.
Q. If we choose to have a ceremony rehearsal, when can I schedule it?
A. Rehearsal practice can be scheduled for any day of the week subject to certain time constraints. Sunday by availability. Saturday between 12 and 2. Monday thru Thursday between 1 and 4. Friday between 12 and 2. Other times by appointment only, to avoid conflicts with events.
Q. Will my elderly guests have easy access?
A. Yes. The McPherson has all new main floor restrooms that are ADA compliant. Five of our six entrances are ADA accessible. All of the reception space is on the main level.
Q. Can we have an outside ceremony?
A. Yes. We have a 5,000 sf courtyard in the rear with a pergola and chandelier.
Q. Is use of the courtyard included in the venue rental?
A. Yes. There is no charge for the courtyard for cocktail hour or pictures, however there is an additional fee for chair rental if you intend to have your ceremony outside.
Q. When do I have to pay for my venue space rental?
A. A deposit of $2,000 is due when your contract is signed. The balance is due 2 months later. Payment for any additional services added after that time is due 2 weeks prior to your event.

Catering

Catering provided exclusively by Russo's Catering. With over 50 years of award-winning services for staffed events, including Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings, Social Occasions & Non-Profit Events. Choose from Russo's menus below or let them customize a menu that meets your tastes & budget.

Contact Kathy Costello for Catering Info

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