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World’s Fair Pavilion: A Grand Stage for Your Forest Park Wedding

The World’s Fair Pavilion, perched atop Forest Park’s Government Hill, offers a breathtaking backdrop steeped in history and grandeur. This open-air Mediterranean-style pavilion, constructed in 1909 from proceeds of the 1904 World’s Fair, is a popular choice for weddings seeking a touch of classic elegance with stunning panoramic views.

World’s Fair Pavilion

Location: 1904 Concourse Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112. Situated on the west side of Forest Park, with easy access from Interstate 44 and ample parking nearby.

Layout: The World’s Fair Pavilion boasts a spacious open-air design with a covered concrete floor. The main event space measures approximately 5,500 square feet, offering flexibility for various ceremony and reception configurations.

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Capacity: The World’s Fair Pavilion can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests for a seated dinner reception. If you envision a larger cocktail-style reception, the space can hold upwards of 1,000 guests.

Photography Potential: With its dramatic arched walkways and expansive views overlooking Forest Park, the World’s Fair Pavilion is a photographer’s dream. Natural light floods the space, creating beautiful opportunities for capturing timeless portraits of the happy couple. The pavilion’s architecture itself adds a touch of grandeur to photos, while the vast green expanse of Forest Park provides a picturesque backdrop.

Catering and Bar: The World’s Fair Pavilion does not have an in-house caterer, allowing you the freedom to choose a vendor that aligns with your taste and budget. Many St. Louis-based catering companies have experience working within the pavilion and can provide a variety of menus and bar services.

Cost: Rental fees for the World’s Fair Pavilion vary depending on the day of the week and the duration of your event. Rates typically range from $1,475 to $2,350 for a ceremony and reception, with an additional security deposit required. Be sure to inquire with the City of St. Louis for the most up-to-date pricing information. (if you have found this pricing to be wrong comment below and I will be sure to update it)

Additional Considerations:

  • Restrooms: Public restrooms are located nearby within Forest Park. Depending on your guest count, you may want to consider renting additional portable restrooms for added convenience.
  • Electricity: The World’s Fair Pavilion has access to electricity, perfect for powering caterer equipment, lighting, and sound systems.
  • Parking: Ample free parking is available in surrounding Forest Park lots.

With its stunning views, historical charm, and flexible layout, the World’s Fair Pavilion offers a magnificent setting for a truly unforgettable Forest Park wedding.

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World’s Fair Pavilion

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