The dogwood: When the owners of The Social Affair renovated this space and added a second level, they used bricks from the building’s original 1941 life as a Kroger grocery store and bakery. The sophisticated yet intimate Grove venue held its first wedding in August. Inside the first floor is a lounge and a 15-foot marble-topped bar. A matt, black and brass-colored staircase leads wedding guests into a bright, 1,320-square-meter assembly room, in which a foldable glass wall leads to an outdoor terrace. It could be the perfect backdrop for an over-chic black wedding cake. Maximum of 250 guests. $ 3,000 to $ 4,000. 4308 Manchester, 314-300-8500.

18Rails: The highly anticipated City Foundry will have a reduced event space of 6,724 square meters. The beauty of it? Its flexibility. 18Rails is slated to open in spring 2021 and is located in a former electricity company building that has been reinterpreted as industrial and modern with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. Butler’s Pantry Catering, who owns the venue, takes care of anything to do with food in its in-house kitchen. Although 18Rails hasn’t officially opened its doors yet, couples can take a plunge into planning 2021 events. 300 guests are seated, 700 are standing. $ 2,000 to $ 4,000 venue rental; At least $ 7,500 to $ 15,000 for food and beverages, depending on the date. 3730 Foundry Way, 314-881-4318.

The noble: It’s not hard to imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald writing a romance with this South St. Louis venue as the backdrop. The event space is located on the corner of Grand and Gravois in a 10-story former bank building that was once dubbed the South Side’s first skyscraper. Outside, Greek and Roman features complement the intricate masonry. The venue’s 7,000 square feet are adorned with Art Deco architecture, high ceilings, and two-story arched windows. It’s elegant, timeless, and the only venue with its own photo-ready bank vault. A maximum of 250 guests, a maximum of 350 for a cocktail reception. $ 2,000 to $ 2,500. 3611 S. Grand, 314-455-7111.

Chanting Oak Ridge: Set on 8.5 acres, this new barn is just the place for a country-chic wedding. Couples can take their vows at the outdoor altar, which faces warm wooden benches and, if properly planned, a scenic sunset. The property’s spacious white barn features natural wood, corrugated iron accents, sliding doors, industrial lights, and a photo area with two chintz-padded wing chairs against a green wall. Our favorite spot: a covered side terrace surrounded by twinkling lights that pretty much begs a dance partner to be immersed in there. Maximum of 300.3750 to 5.500 US dollars without food. 1585 Highway J, Wright City, 636-544-7578.


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