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.

  • Original architectural details with state of the art audio and mood lighting systems.
  • A private 5,500 sf courtyard in the rear of the building to host outdoor weddings or events. A special wedding gazebo in the courtyard will allow brides to have the outdoor wedding they always wanted with the security of knowing that the event can easily be moved inside if the weather does not comply.
  • Both Groom’s room & Bride’s suite on site. The Bride’s suite is over 700 sf and includes a private bathroom, salon quality makeup and hair counter that can seat five and a lounge area with couches, refrigerator and video monitoring of the main hall so that the bride’s party can watch as the guests arrive.
  • Valet parking is not required as The McPherson also offers a private parking lot for 80 cars. In addition, there is a portico for the bridal party’s limousine and a covered drop off area to use during inclement weather.
  • Numerous bars and restaurants are located within 1 block of The McPherson for those after reception parties that want to continue on into the night.

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.


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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