The Heartland Lodge Wedding Experience

We get a little giddy at the thought of celebrating such an amazing thing with you. We do not take the honor of being your host lightly.

From the time you step foot on the property for your tour until your heart felt sendoff, we want to be on your team. We want to work with you to plan an event that represents who you are and what you care about. That's why we provide the tools and advice to help you plan an event with as little stress as possible.

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The Heartland Lodge was built in 2014. Initially named Buffalo Lodge, The Heartland Lodge radiates a feeling of being in the "heart" of America. The design and details of this Missouri barn wedding venue give a subtle nod to the beautiful Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO. This venue has hosted many wedding celebrations in the past, and we can't think of a better place for a couple's love story to begin than at "The Heartland". 

A glimpse of the past, and a look at the future

The Heartland Lodge couple likes things with character, a little patina, a little worn in all the right places, and unique from a life well-lived.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment to view the space?

Yes. An appointment ensures that both an Event Manager and the space are available and ready for visitors.

How many guests can I invite?

The reception hall can seat a maximum of 275 guests for a sit-down dinner. If you plan to have a band, it is recommended to have a maximum of 225 guests to account for the space used by the musicians.

Is there an additional fee for the groom’s cabin or bridal suite?

No, the bridal party has designated areas to get ready at The Heartland Lodge. We are excited to host you and your bridal party on your special day, and are certain you will enjoy these spaces. 

What is your payment policy?

To secure your date, a $1,500 first payment is due when you sign the contract. The remaining balance is set up with a payment plan.

When can we set up?

Your rental includes 13 hours (additional hours available for purchase), with the last hour being designated for cleanup. The Heartland Lodge staff will be busy with facility related matters and will be unable to assist in decorating or cleanup of decorations.  We are happy to recommend wedding planners and “Day of” wedding coordinators who are fantastic to work with and can help your day come together as you imagined. 

How much time is allotted for our event?

The typical schedule for the day is one hour for your ceremony (includes guests’ arrival) and four hours for your reception. All events must end by 11pm. 

Is your facility handicap accessible?

Yes. The reception hall is handicap accessible.

Do you provide catering?

We have a select list of caterers for you to choose from that specialize in providing top-notch service and meals for weddings. Their culinary creativity and expert staffing ensure you have the best possible experience! 

Can we bring our own food?

All food, including hors d'oeuvres, must be sourced from our approved caterers. However, you have the flexibility to choose desserts from any source you prefer.

Can we bring our own alcohol or other beverages? 

No. All alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks are provided by The Heartland Lodge or the caterer. No outside food or drinks are allowed, except for during getting ready time. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed during getting ready time. 

Can I select my own vendors (aside from the bar service and catering)?

Yes! However, your vendors MUST carry general liability insurance and proper licensure, if required. We cannot make exceptions and are unable to allow vendors in our building that do not carry it.

Do you provide linens?

Yes! All of our wedding packages include full length linen tablecloths for guest tables and head table at no extra cost. There are also napkins, table runners and chair sashes available for rent. 

Will you take care of all the decorations and centerpieces?

We work extremely hard to ensure that the property, grounds and our equipment (tables, chairs, etc) are ready for your big day! Therefore, we let the caterers, florists, and wedding planners work together to ensure every detail of your personalized décor is attended to thoughtfully and professionally.
If you have borrowed items from our décor inventory those items will pulled by The Heartland Lodge team and will be ready to go when you arrive on your wedding day. At the end of the evening The Heartland Lodge team will collect the borrowed items and put them away.

When do we have to leave?

The venue rental includes access to the venue for 13 hours, which includes an hour at the end for cleanup. Additional time can be purchased upon request.  The venue doors close no later than midnight. 

Do you have any decorations we could use?

Yes! We have a variety of décor you may use at no extra cost to you. See our Décor Rentals page for our inventory and more details. 

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The Heartland Lodge can't wait to create an event that is unapologetically YOU because there's no such thing as one size fits all.