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The Jewel Box: A Fairytale Setting for Your Intimate Forest Park Wedding

Nestled amidst the vibrant flora of Forest Park, the Jewel Box Conservatory offers a whimsical and enchanting escape for couples seeking a unique and intimate wedding venue. This Art Deco masterpiece, constructed in 1936, transports guests to a world of lush greenery, exotic flowers, and cascading waterfalls, creating a truly magical atmosphere for your special day.

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Location: 4650 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110. Situated on the southeast side of Forest Park, with easy access from Interstate 40 and ample parking nearby.

Layout: The Jewel Box boasts a unique, multi-level layout. The main exhibition area features a central walkway with a large reflecting pool (which can be removed for events) surrounded by lush greenery and a variety of floral displays. A balcony level offers additional space for guests or a small band.

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Capacity: Due to its intimate setting, the Jewel Box is best suited for smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions. The maximum capacity is approximately 150 guests for a seated ceremony and reception.

Photography Potential: The Jewel Box offers a truly unique opportunity for wedding photography unlike any other. The vibrant colors and textures of the flowers provide a stunning backdrop for portraits, while the natural light filtering through the glass creates a soft, romantic effect. Creative photographers can use the unique angles, the cascading water feature, and the architectural details of the Jewel Box to capture truly one-of-a-kind wedding photos.

Catering and Bar: The Jewel Box does not have an in-house caterer, allowing you the flexibility to choose a vendor that aligns with your taste and budget. Opt for a caterer experienced with working in unique event spaces and who can provide butlered hors d’oeuvres or a plated meal service. Due to space limitations, a full bar is not recommended. Consider offering a selection of wine, champagne, and beer.

Cost: Rental fees for the Jewel Box vary depending on the day of the week and the duration of your event. Rates typically range from $1,650 to $3,150, with an additional security deposit required. Be sure to inquire with the City of St. Louis for the most up-to-date pricing information.

Additional Considerations:

  • Climate Control: The Jewel Box maintains a comfortable temperature year-round, making it a suitable option for weddings in any season.
  • Restrooms: Public restrooms are located nearby within the Missouri History Museum. Depending on your guest count, you may want to consider renting additional portable restrooms for added convenience.
  • Parking: Ample free parking is available in surrounding Forest Park lots.
  • Accessibility: The main floor of the Jewel Box is accessible via a ramp. Be aware that the balcony level is accessible only by stairs.

With its vibrant setting and intimate atmosphere, the Jewel Box Conservatory offers a truly unique and unforgettable backdrop for a wedding unlike any other.

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