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.


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 3 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. Large secure parking lot with attendant. No need to pay extra for valet parking, however valet is available if requested.
  15. Discounts and free shuttle service from the Doubletree Hilton for your out of town guests.
  16. Close to Forest Park, Tower Grove Park and Botanical Gardens for pictures.


  • Saturdays and Holiday Sundays: Starting at $4,995 to $5,295
  • Friday: Starting at $3,995.00 to $4,295
  • Sunday excluding certain holidays: Starting at $1,995 up to 2,495

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.

Why do your venue rental rates say “Starting at”?
Our prices are different throughout the year to reflect the level of demand for the more popular months. January and February are the least expensive months. May, June, September, and October are the most expensive months.

Courtesy Hold of Your Date
If you ask, we will put a 24-hour courtesy hold on your date before you sign a contract.

Ceremony Only Prices
Sunday thru Thursday $1,795. Includes chair setup, access to the bridal suite, rehearsal, sound system, event manager, early access for vendors. Maximum capacity 240. Friday and Saturday ceremonies are only booked within 90 days of the event subject to availability of $1,995.

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.

The McPherson has a large secure parking lot for your guests. Out of town guests who stay at the Doubletree Hilton can use a complimentary shuttle service. Uber is easy to use in the CWE.

After Reception Parties Within Walking Distance
There are 7 bars/restaurants within 2 blocks and 12 additional bars about 4-5 blocks away.

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 a couple’s initials on the dance floor or different colored spotlights for the first dance. Ask Phillip for more detailed information.

PA System: Wireless handheld 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. The 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 up to 9 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 for everyone. If you hire a professional wedding coordinator, we will give you $200.00 in free options.


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Yes. We will have staff on site from the time you arrive until the beginning of the reception dinner. Russo's staff will then be in charge until the end of the event.
If the tables are already set up (because your ceremony is outside or somewhere else) then your vendor can place them. If your ceremony is here, then Russo's staff will place your centerpieces when they set up the tables.
Our staff cleans up. All you do is enjoy yourselves.
What is more important? The date or the memories?

Wedding publications are saying that a Friday wedding is the hot new trend as it allows all of your guests to hang out together for the rest of the weekend. Fridays are also less expensive and do not inconvenience guests that may have other plans for the weekend. Rather than a 6:00 to 11:00 on Saturday, consider a 6:30 to 11:30 on Friday. Maybe add a brunch for your closest friends the following Saturday. Our daughter said the day after brunch was her favorite part because she could actually relax with her friends. If you skipped us because you were looking for a Saturday that was still open, please come by and look at us for a Friday. We promise you that a Friday at The McPherson will certainly outshine a Saturday at a lesser venue.

Winter weddings can be even more beautiful than summer. Because the temperatures are cooler, your guests tend to dress nicer. Men will wear jackets rather than just shirts and women have more comfortable and fashionable options. Our outside bar has drop down sides and heaters so that it can be used even when it is cold outside. Daylight savings time means all of our outdoor lights look fabulous even at the start of your event. Winter rates are also lower so you can spend more on things that your guests will really remember such as a band instead of a DJ or a photo booth. Also consider a black tie New Years Eve wedding, they are fabulous. Wouldn't you prefer to have a beautiful winter Saturday wedding that everyone remembers and talks about, rather than a peak season Saturday night wedding at an unmemorable hall that people quickly forget.
If your family wants to have young children attend the reception, then a Sunday wedding is a great option that can save you thousands of dollars. Have an afternoon ceremony and early evening reception so that your guests can get their children home in time for bed. The younger crowd can just walk down our street to a number of bars to continue the celebration later into the evening. There are Monday bank/govt holidays in January, February, October & November which makes those Sundays even better.
Within 24 hours, however our office is closed on Sunday and Monday.
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.
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.
No. All food must be provided by our exclusive caterer Russo's Catering.
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.
Yes. Russo's has experience providing many different ethnic foods.
Yes. We have a 5,000 sf courtyard in the rear with a pergola and chandelier.
Maybe. There are residential noise restrictions and all loud music must cease by 10:00.
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.
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.
Yes. The rental time is 5 hours but you can add additional time or adjust the start time.
Yes. The parking lot and an attendant is included in the venue rental.
Yes, but they must put our parking permit on their dashboard.
Absolutely not. We have more than enough parking for you guests. Other venues that do not have parking lots may charge you up to $700 for a valet service.
Yes. However, there is an additional charge for extra early access.
Yes. You can add and delete options subject to certain time limitations.
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.
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.
Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, Missouri Botanical Gardens or our rear courtyard.
Yes. We just require them to call us in advance to discuss logistics.
Yes. There are 7 bar/restaurants within 1.5 blocks and 12 additional bars 4 blocks away.
Yes. Unfortunately, the state has decided that venue rentals are subject to sales tax.
Thursday 11:00 till 5:00. Other days and times by appointment only based of staff availability and other scheduled events. If you have elected to have early access you should consider having it the morning of your event. We do charge for rehearsals so this option would save you not only our minor fee but also the expense of a rehearsal dinner.
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.
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.
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.
Long lines at the bar! We have 2 separate bars and if you have more than 100 guests, we recommend that you consider asking Russo's to provide one additional bartender during the cocktail hour. An inexpensive extra to insure that your guests enjoy your celebration.
Yes. Cigarette smoking is permitted at the outside bar which has a large covered area that can be enclosed in cold weather. No smoking is allowed inside the building. If you want a cigar bar it would be set up in our drive-thru portico.
No. Your wedding and reception will be the only event and you will be allowed to use all parts of the venue for the entire evening. This is your day and you will not have to share it with strangers.
It has been done in as little as 30 minutes, but what is the rush. Let your guests enjoy the cocktail hour and plan on 45-60 minutes to turn the room. We have plenty of both indoor and outdoor spaces for your guests to enjoy while the room is being set up. If you have an outdoor ceremony, the main hall will already be set up for your reception.


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.

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