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Best Wedding Venues

Best Wedding Venues

Choosing a wedding venue can be a daunting task. You want it to be perfect. But where do you start? How about with our 14 options for top-tier locations to celebrate your big day.

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Tiffany Duncan
Published
March 21, 2017 9:40 AM

He finally popped the question! You’ve been floating around for days on cloud nine with some sparkly new hardware on your finger. At this point, you are probably tempted to get on Pinterest and innocently begin “getting ideas” for your upcoming nuptials. But once you start clicking, you will fall down a black hole and emerge three days later, un-bathed, and muttering crazily to yourself about floral arches and mood lighting.

Suddenly the little backyard wedding you’ve dreamed about since girlhood has spiraled out of control into an all-out glam fest to rival Gatsby and the Royal Wedding combined.

Please, for the sake of your sanity — and especially your poor new fiancé’s — avoid the luring Siren’s call of Pinterest, at least up front until you’ve established what you know you want. When planning your wedding, it’s so important to listen to yourself rather than having the Internet tell you what you want, because it will.

After you and your fiancé have discussed what you both want, the next major step is selecting a venue. Kathy Thompson, owner of KJT Events, specializes in day-of wedding coordination and reiterates the importance of selecting a venue that is right for you.

“The venue influences the wedding planning process in many ways,” she says. “The main consideration right off the bat is if the wedding ceremony and reception will be held at the same location. If so, the venue must have the space needed for your number of guests. Another important consideration includes a plan B, or a rain plan, if you are planning an outdoor ceremony.”

Thompson also stresses the importance of deciding your venue budget and number of guests. Do not even plan to “just go and see” a wedding venue if you know it’s out of your price range — because if you fall in love with the place, you will be tempted to blow your budget and your guests will have to eat napkins for dinner. And start looking for a venue early. Thompson suggests booking a year in advance, especially if you want your wedding to be on a Friday or Saturday.

Selecting a venue can be tough, as there are so many dreamy choices. Decide what feel you are going for — Rustic? Glamorous? Non-traditional? — and stick to what really calls to you.

With what seems like endless venue options, here are 14 of our favorites around the Green Country area to get you started.

Selecting a venue can be tough, as there are so many dreamy choices. (Photo: Travis Hall)

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624 Kitchen & Catering
24 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Vibe: Elegant, Modern
Accommodates: Up to 125 seated in main event hall
624 Kitchen & Catering provides an elegant space located in the lobby of the ONG building in downtown Tulsa. With its 20-foot high ceilings, marble columns, terrazzo floor accents, custom plaster moldings, intricate ceiling details and contemporary palette, this Art Deco space offers more than the typical event hall. They provide tables, chairs, white linens, and small wares for your on-site event. Their specialists can help guide you through the process of designing a menu, and trust that their expert staff will adhere to the highest standards in both service and cuisine.

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The Bond
608 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
Vibe: Modern, Industrial Chic
Accommodates: 300 people seated, 450 cocktail-style
Located in downtown Tulsa in the trendy East Village neighborhood, the Bond Events Center was originally built in 1928. The venue is an expansive, open warehouse style space that includes brick walls, the original tin ceiling, beautiful maple floors and large windows to fill your wedding with sunlight or let in the vibe of downtown Tulsa at night. The Bond Events Center is the perfect choice for the modern couple looking for something slightly nontraditional but still remaining sleek and aesthetic.

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Camp Loughridge
4900 W. 71st St. | Tulsa
Vibe: Lakeside, Wooded, Rustic
Accommodates: Seats 270
Camp Loughridge’s A-framed, traditional chapel with a wall of windows provides a stunning view that overlooks Lake Parthenia. The history and beauty of Loughridge is reflected in the lake. The outside balcony and rock staircase to the lakeside is perfect for photos. There is a spiral staircase to a balcony that overlooks the chapel. Celebrate your wedding in their spacious reception hall with beautiful 25-foot vaulted ceilings with wooden beams. They offer a variety of floor plans to accommodate up to 300 guests along with dramatic draping to add that flair of soft elegance. The Lodge accommodates a smaller, more intimate wedding celebration. Originally built in the early 1900s, recent updates still exemplify a warmth and charm all its own.

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18 E. Mathew Brady St. | Tulsa
Taste bud pleasing comfort food, a good beer, and a good seat in the busy Brady District, Caz’s Chowhouse is a favorite among many downtown Tulsans. Customer favorites include the Cuban sandwich that is packed with meat, the huge crispy chicken-fried chicken and gravy, a tasty pot roast, and the juicy portabella mushroom burger. But really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. And the patio seating along the street is perfect for people watching during a First Friday Art Crawl.

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Gilcrease Museum
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road | Tulsa
Vibe: Modern, Garden Elegance
Accommodates: 300 seated in the garden, varying numbers inside
Gilcrease Museum offers numerous spaces — both large and intimate — to host an upscale wedding full of class and artful elegance. There’s the Vista Room (which boasts an entire wall of picture windows overlooking the Osage hills), the lush Gilcrease Gardens, The Restaurant at Gilcrease, and The Helmerich Center for American Research. During your reception, you can also choose to have docent-led tours through the galleries.

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The Hidden Porch
4883 E. Hwy. 266 | Catoosa
Vibe: Whimsical, Rustic Romance
Accommodates: 100 guests inside the chapel, 200 plus outside
Tucked away among the hills of Catoosa, The Hidden Porch is a true fairy tale of a venue. The chapel sits on top of a hill, with lantern-lined stone walkways leading down into an outdoor dancing-reception pavilion. You and your guests will feel like you are caught up in a glowing dream under a canopy of trees. The Hidden Porch is the perfect place for the hopelessly romantic couple.

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Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E. Mathew Brady | Tulsa
Vibe: Modern Sophistication
Accommodates: 270
If you and your fiancé prefer a more nontraditional approach to weddings, Living Art of Tulsa is an excellent venue option to consider. Located in the Brady Arts district, the Living Arts building features high ceilings and clean lines and exudes cool sophistication. A mostly white space, the open, airy gallery can act as a palette for an artistic couple looking to style a hip, minimalistic wedding.

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On the Lawn at Restore House
924 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow
Vibe: Backyard Whimsy
Accommodates: 250
On the Lawn at Restore House is one of the best-kept secrets among Green Country wedding venues. Located in Broken Arrow’s Rose District, On the Lawn overflows with whimsy and storybook charm. The open-air wedding pavilion is built from reclaimed barn beams dating back to the early 1900s, and it sits next to a historic Victorian home built in 1910. This is the perfect venue to accommodate nostalgic details, like playing croquet on the grass or stringing angel lights in the trees.

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POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat
5323 W. 31st St. | Tulsa
Vibe: Rustic Elegance, Woodsy Romance
Accommodates: 50 to 350, both indoor and outdoor spaces available
Choose to say “I do” at one of POSTOAK’s three main outdoor spaces — Sunset Ridge, The Island or The Arbor (yes, they are all as magical as they sound). For cake cutting and dancing, either pitch a large tent outside on one of POSTOAK’s rolling green lawns, or choose from five glamorous, indoor reception spaces to accommodate wedding parties both large and small. You can also choose to make a whole weekend of your wedding festivities, as POSTOAK’s grounds offer overnight lodging and the chance to go swimming, hiking, fishing or even zip-lining.

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The Rustic Union
2920 W. 111th St. | Jenks
Vibe: Woodsy Romance, Rustic Charm
Accommodates: Up to 100 guests, indoor or outdoor
The Rustic Union offers the whole dreamy package for a very reasonable price. Run away into the woods for your Big Day to get married under the wide Oklahoma sky, or have your ceremony and reception inside under the charming, rustic rafters of a barn-style venue. Rental includes the use of tables, chairs, a romantic outdoor pergola, as well as access to a full kitchen for you or the caterer.

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Spain Ranch
732 E. 116th St. | Jenks
Vibe: Ethereal, Rustic Chic
Accommodates: 150 for an indoor ceremony and reception (up to 200 outside).
Located in Jenks, Spain Ranch is a 44-acre property that includes a beautiful pond, roaming bison and Scottish Highland Cattle. The wedding venue itself is a breathtaking, New England style white barn that has been booked solid every weekend almost since the doors opened in September 2015. Inside of the barn, the walls and the rafters are all white with a smooth wooden floor, perfect for dancing the night away with family and friends.

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The Springs
10367 Tallchief Village Circle | Sperry
Vibe: Rustic Elegance
Accommodates: 320
Just a short drive away from Tulsa, The Springs offers an elegant indoor-outdoor wedding day experience. Whimsical, sweeping green lawns and meticulously maintained grounds lined with trees are just a few of the highlights. With a pavilion made of stone, wood and iron right next to a lake, you can walk down the aisle toward your groom with a breeze running through your hair. After the ceremony, the indoor rustic reception hall features beautiful open floors and gorgeous chandeliers to set the mood for your first dance as husband and wife.

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Tulsa Garden Center
2435 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Vibe: Classic, Elegant
Accommodates: Smaller to larger spaces available; up to 200 people
Built in 1919, the Tulsa Garden Center is a gorgeous mansion evoking the historical Italian renaissance. The Garden Center features a romantic outdoor terrace overlooking the expansive gardens — perfect for an intimate ceremony, or an ideal setting for guests to mill around during an early evening cocktail hour. The inside boasts glam black-and-white tile floors, a grand staircase with sweeping bannister, French doors, gorgeous chandeliers, charming library, and is lined with floor to ceiling arched windows. If you are a bride who loves classic European charm, the Tulsa Garden Center may be for you.

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White House Mansion
1 W. 81st St. | Tulsa
Vibe: Intimate Charm, Southern Hospitality
Accommodates: Accommodate 200 seated or 300 circulating, outdoor space also available
One of The Knot magazine’s 2015 picks in Best of Weddings, White House Mansion is a 10,000 square-foot historic mansion featuring a gorgeous ballroom and a romantic solarium with walls of sun-filled windows. The Mansion also offers 10 acres of outdoor space to host a dreamy outdoor ceremony, reception, or both. The Mansion and grounds are filled with romantic hints of its historical past. This is the perfect place to throw a wedding full of both nostalgic whimsy and sophistication.

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Your Own Backyard (Or a Friend's)
Vibe: Cozy, Relaxed
Accommodates: Whatever you choose
There can be a lot of stress around hosting your wedding at someone else’s venue. Many places only allow a 5- to 7-hour block of time to decorate, get ready, host your wedding, and throw a reception. Getting married in your own backyard or the backyard of a friend would allay all anxieties about time (not to mention it’s much cheaper). You can decorate on your own time, maybe even for days leading up to the big day. Being in a familiar environment may also help to calm any major nerves before walking down the aisle, allowing you to feel only excitement on your big day.

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