Tying the knot in the Midwest state of Kansas holds so many charms! It offers a sense of adventure for couples who dream of a wedding in a rustic, country-style farm, a cozy vintage home, a gorgeous botanical garden, or a dramatic mountaintop location. So in this next Destination Wedding Guide, we showcase the Sunflower State’s variety of venue options for any wedding theme. We also share where to enjoy Kansas’ down-home American comfort cuisine—particularly its famed BBQ—as well as interesting sites and attractions during your stay. Including how to secure a Kansas marriage license.
Popular Wedding Venues
Kansas has a lovely selection of outdoor locations for weddings, allowing you and your guests to be awed by the natural surroundings and charmed by quaint historic structures. Here are 6 of our picks for venues that truly exude that special Kansas charm!
1 – The Vintage House – A timelessly lovely structure located in historic Overland Park, ideal for intimate weddings. Photo shows the pretty garden and flagstone pathways that surround The Vintage House.
2 – Mildale Farm – Stylish wedding tablescapes set up in a restored barn at Mildale Farm (image via The Knot).
3 – Historic Taylor Barn – The perfect rustic and romantic wedding venue, located in Lawrence, KS. Photo shows a view from the garden at the stately yet cozy Historic Taylor Barn.
4 – Overland Park Arboretum – A ceremony venue in Bucyrus, KS boasting of several onsite areas for different sizes of ceremonies. Seen here is the
Lakeside Amphitheatre, a site within the Arboretum for up to 125 people.
5 – Botanica Gardens – Wichita’s botanical community gardens with as many as 30 beautiful areas for different types of weddings. Featured here is the The Frank Smith Woodland Glade, at the Botanica Gardens.
6 – Dyck Arboretum – A lovely tree-shaded ceremony area at the Dyck Arboretum is pictured above.
Places to Stay
The bridal party and your guests will be traveling from different parts of the country for your Big Day! Luckily, Kansas has a wide array of accommodations to choose from—from luxury hotels to quaint bed-and-breakfasts. Take your pick from these we found.
Hotel Choices for Wedding Guests
Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center
A well-appointed Deluxe King Room at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
Bed and Breakfast Options
There are also several bed and breakfast places throughout the state. Below are 3 appealing B&B choices currently listed here, at The Kansas Bed and Breakfast Association site:
Popular BBQ Restaurants
We hope you and your guests love BBQ. Because that’s yet another thing Kansas is known for, it’s great BBQ restaurants. These would be delicious options for hosting a rehearsal dinner!
The original ‘gas station’ location of Joe’s KC Bar-B-Que
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que – This renowned eatery started as a ‘gas station’ that became a city landmark. For a special dinner with your guests, you can book a reservation at Joe’s KC private dining and events place, called The 180 Room.
Kansas Wedding Planners
Since you’ll be setting up your wedding far away from your home base, we recommend that you hire a seasoned wedding planner right within Kansas to attend to every last detail. Below are 6 planners that we saw online as highly recommended:
Getting a Kansas Marriage License
Make sure you get all the legalities right! Refer to the full procedure here for obtaining a marriage license for the state of Kansas. Here it is in a nutshell.
Marriage license application process (for individuals who are 18 years of age or older):
- At least one party must appear in person at the local District Court Clerk’s office.
- Complete the application for a marriage license at that office.
- Pay the marriage license fee (cash payments only).
- Receive the worksheet that will be issued when the application is made. (Note: There will be a waiting period of at least 3 calendar days after the date you apply for your license.)
- Complete ALL information on the worksheet and both parties must sign it.
- Return this worksheet when picking up the license. (Note: Either person may pick up the license.)
- Once the license is issued, you may have your ceremony performed anywhere within the State of Kansas, within a period of six months.
Kansas Sites and Attractions
A major part of a destination wedding is the fun you will all have in that special location. So for starters, be sure to give everyone a copy of the Kansas City visitors guide.
The stunning grounds of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
From there, we present just a tiny sampling of the sites and attractions that Kansas offers!
Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park, Kansas City, KS
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
Wine tasting at the Blue Jacket Winery, Eudora, KS
Shopping at the Town Center Plaza, Overland Park, KS
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
So do you hear Kansas calling to you as a likely destination wedding venue? If so, we’d love to feature your wedding. Leave a comment below and our editors will be in touch!