Branson offers plenty of wedding destinations

28 Jan

Lynn Berry wants to make sure Branson isn’t left out when blushing brides-to-be are looking for a place to tie the knot.
“Our mission is to make sure that folks who are planning a destination wedding consider Branson,” said Berry, who manages media relations for the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau. “For 50 years we’ve been known as a great honeymoon destination, but we do great weddings, too. Having a destination wedding is so popular these days that we wanted to make sure Branson is on everyone’s list.”
Half a century ago, a Branson wedding might have been limited to a simple service performed by a county judge or justice of the peace. A Branson honeymoon may have included a wedding night trout dinner, an early Baldknobbers show and bedding down in a small cabin along the shore of Lake Taneycomo.
You can still experience that kind of Ozarks charm, but times are changing. Today’s couples want more from a destination wedding.
The lovelorn brides and shotgun grooms of yesteryear had limited options getting hitched in the Ozarks. Couples looking for affordable, stylish and unique nuptial locations today have plenty to consider in Branson.
“Oh my gosh, the grand staircase at Titanic is spectacular for a wedding,” Berry bragged of the popular Branson attraction. “It’s a great place to make — or renew — wedding vows. There’s a wonderful view from Big Cedar Lodge, or if you are looking for an elegant service, there is Chateau on the Lake.”
The Branson Hilton, Berry said, has a wonderful view of the “Fire and Water” fountain show which erupts hourly on The Landing. It’s also a great spot to snap post wedding party pictures. Many area hotel resorts offer spa service and will tailor special wedding packages for bridal parties, she said. If you are looking for a wedding location with more of an Ozarks’ flair or a simpler theme, the Branson area offers several options.
“The Wilderness Chapel at Silver Dollar City is so intimate and historic,” Berry said. “We’ve got cute little clapboard churches around the area. There’s one that has been moved from its original location and is now at Shepherd of the Hills. It’s perfect. There is nothing quainter and more romantic than a little clapboard church for a few friends and family to gather in for a wedding.”
If a small church wedding isn’t your thing, how about a floating ceremony? Berry suggested looking into a Lake Taneycomo wedding cruise. You can get married on the water with your closest friends and family on the Landing Princess, a state-of-the-art, 100-foot-long yacht which accommodates up to 125 passengers.
Branson, Berry contends, has something for every couple looking for a memorable spot to swap vows. She said she has watched couples exchange vows wearing camouflage at Bass Pro Shop. A wedding 200 feet in the air, high atop the Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower, would be memorable, or for those looking for a little Vegas flair with out the airfare, Branson is home to half a dozen working Elvis impersonators. Anything is possible.


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