Your wedding should be a truly unforgettable, romantic occasion. Many couples dream of a grand affair with an elaborate ceremony and reception. Others, however, prefer something a bit more simple and intimate. For some, an elopement is the perfect way to celebrate the day that starts a lifetime together as a couple. If you are planning a wedding just for two, we invite you to celebrate your special day on the beautiful grounds of our private bed and breakfast.
Our inn, located between Kansas City and St. Louis, offers couples a perfect Lake of the Ozarks elopement. One reason we have the pleasure of hosting many elopements throughout the year is there is no waiting period in Missouri. You can purchase a marriage license at almost any court house in Missouri and then get married the same day! A court house can do a ceremony but most are usually booked out months in advance and don’t offer much when it comes to a memorable setting.
Your “I Do’s” can be said at the Lake’s most romantic inn—perhaps a sunset ceremony in our wedding gazebo or under the garden arch in our beautifully landscaped property. Just because your day is for two, doesn’t mean you can’t have memorable wedding details too! While we do require appointments for elopement ceremonies, we will help you plan everything from beginning to end. We’ll take care of the ceremony officiant, a beautiful setting, and gift you with a bottle of champagne for your first toast as husband and wife.
We know couples choose an elopement for many different reasons. Some couples are starting fresh with a second marriage, some want to keep things stress free, others simply want to escape in secret. Whatever your reason, we will do whatever it takes to make your intimate ceremony the most memorable it can be. We do a traditional Methodist ‘black book’ ceremony or a more a contemporary option. See below for an excerpt from the contemporary ceremony:
“I choose you to be my wife (husband) and promise to be a comfort in your life, to nourish you with my gentleness, to uphold you with my strength, to love your body as it ages, to weigh the effects of the words I speak and of the things I do. To never take you for granted but always give thanks for your presence. I promise you this from my heart for all the days of my life.”
Elope here and your honeymoon adventures can include winery tours, canoeing, hiking, golfing, shopping, or exploring hidden caves. The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for a “mini-moon!” Our brides and grooms truly leave with ‘happy hearts’ and live happily ever after. Please visit our wedding page to find all of our Elopement Wedding Ceremony Packages. If you don’t see a package that suits your needs, please contact us for further information.
“I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, a church filled with family and friends. I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for. He said one that would make me his wife.” ~Unknown