Show Me the Ozarks - Wedding Guide 2024

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Wedding Guide

The Ozarks Magazine 2024






4 Contents Features
The organized
to wedded bliss:
bride’s checklist
shopping: 3 great questions to ask
Making your reception
and memorable
entertainment ideas:
Choosing your best wedding color palette
This year’s trending wedding flowers
Romantic wedding day hairstyles for brides and bridesmaids
A modern take on wedding etiquette Planning Guides 22 Boutiques, Accessories and Beauty 24 Cakes and Catering 26 Florist, Décor and Entertainment 28 Jewelry, Photography and Stationery 30 Rentals, Transportation and Misc. 32 Venues Directories 8 Advertisers 36 Wedding Services Directory

From the Editor

Congratulations! If you’re holding this Wedding Guide, then you are likely looking for ideas, inspiration and the right people to help with your big day!

I am so excited about this year’s SMTO Wedding Guide because it is a great resource to keep your wedding planning as stress-free as possible. We’ve included handy lists for your wardrobe, cakes and catering, flowers, décor, entertainment and more. Use these lists to track which vendors you have your eye on and estimate costs in each area. We have a countdown to keep you on schedule and make sure you don’t miss a thing. We’ve researched the top trends for flowers and hairstyles, as well as the most popular color palettes for 2024. Your wedding day should be a beautiful representation of you and your future spouse. Whether your style is glitz and glamour or rustic elegance, we help you think through everything you’ll need to make your wedding picture perfect. Choosing the perfect venue to tie the knot can be tough, and we’ve included some questions to help narrow the list. We hope you’ll fall in love with one of the sophisticated and scenic options we highlight throughout the Four States.

As many couples rethink traditional weddings, it can be difficult to determine what wedding aspects are still an absolute must. Your wedding should reflect your individuality as a couple, but there are a few tried and true rules that will make things easier on you and your guests. Our article on modern wedding etiquette provides helpful tips to consider.

Our hope is that this guide relieves some of the pressure of planning so that you can enjoy the process and cherish every step toward your life-changing day. Thank you for letting us be a small part of it.

Cheers to happily ever after!

Show Me The Ozarks Wedding Guide is published annually. Copyright 2024 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without permission from the publisher. Show Me The Ozarks Wedding Guide Publisher/Editor Account Executives/Assoc. Editors Chonda Ralston, M.A. Lee Timmsen • Sue Dillmon Staff Writer Graphic Designer Amy Howe Kelley Talent Published by Show Me The Ozarks Magazine PO Box 3325 • Joplin, MO 64803 • 844.417.SMTO • Cover photo credit: Hope’s Perspective Photo + Video • 417.850.0951
8 96 Elite Amadeus Ranch Augusta Bridal Back in the Pines Be Still Photography Candy House Gourmet Civil War Ranch Downstream Casino Resort Family Market Finn’s Catering Greenwood Springs Event Center Judy’s Ballroom Dance Kortney Brook Co. La Boussole Medical Spa & Wellness Center Lendonwood Gardens Little Sugar Farm Glamping & Gathering Live Events Mandy’s Decorating & Event Rentals The Emerald Event Centers The Gaderian The Social Sip LLC Mobile Bar Tropical Tan 9 23 2 17 15 5 27 19 25 19 13 33 31 3 23 25 29 27 40 15 7 29 Advertisers

The Organized Bride’s Checklist Countdown

12 Months Before

Settle the budget: decide who will pay for what.

Hire a wedding consultant.

Schedule your minister and begin premarital counseling.

Reserve wedding and reception sites.

Book the caterer, baker, florist, photographer, videographer, musicians and DJ. Create the guest list.

Select and confirm your attendants.

8-10 Months Before

Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

Register with at least three gift registries.

Order your wedding gown.

Begin planning the honeymoon.

Order invitations and announcements.

Schedule an engagement photo session in time to have photos by month 6.

Begin planning the rehearsal dinner.

Meet with your florist for ideas.

6-7 Months Before

Choose the men’s formal wear.

Order all the attendants’ dresses.

Select music for the ceremony and reception.

Send engagement announcement to newspapers.

Meet with the baker to choose the wedding cake and groom’s cake. Choose your hairstyle.

4-5 Months Before

Meet with your florist to finalize decisions and place order.

Order all decorations not covered by florist, including rental items.

Order napkins and other reception necessities not covered by caterer.

Meet with the caterer to select menu.

Meet with a photographer and a videographer to select packages.

Meet with the musicians and DJ to finalize decisions.

Finalize honeymoon plans, make all the reservations, and order all tickets.

3 Months Before

Order wedding bands.

Purchase gifts for all the attendants and your fiancé.

Plan the seating arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and reception.

Make two appointments with your beautician – one for a trial run and one for your wedding day.

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2 Months Before

Mail the wedding invitations.

Finalize accommodation arrangements for out-of-town guests.

Submit all tuxedo sizes with the formal wear store.

Purchase your shoes, lingerie and other wedding-day accessories.

1 Month Before

Pick up wedding rings.

Complete all final fittings.

Have your bridal portrait taken.

Finalize plans for the rehearsal dinner.

Prepare all the necessary forms for name and address changes.

Have your programs printed.

Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts.

2 Weeks Before

Get the marriage license.

Give invitations to the rehearsal dinner.

Make sure you have all the clothes, shoes and accessories you’ll need before, during and after the wedding.

Buy clothes and supplies for the honeymoon.

Reconfirm honeymoon reservation and transportation plans.

Address announcements to mail on your wedding day.

Touch base with caterer, baker, florist, photographer, videographer, musicians and DJ. Start “breaking in” your wedding shoes at home. Create a wedding day schedule to hand out at the rehearsal.

1 Week Before

Provide the caterer with a final guest count.

Throw or attend the bridesmaids’ party and give their gifts there.

Appoint someone not in the wedding party to handle last-minute concerns. Try on everything you plan to wear the day of the wedding, including undergarments and jewelry.

Pack for the honeymoon.

Pack your wedding-day bag.

The Day Before

Relax! Enjoy the company of a few close friends and family members. Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Get plenty of rest.

The Big Day!

Eat a good breakfast.

Give rings to the best man.


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Venue shopping:

3 great questions to ask

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a pivotal aspect of wedding planning that sets the stage for the celebration of a lifetime. To ensure your chosen venue aligns with your vision and logistical needs, consider asking the following three questions to see if a venue is right for you.

1. What is your availability and capacity?

Begin by asking about the venue’s availability on your desired date and its capacity to accommodate your guest list comfortably. Understanding the venue’s maximum capacity is crucial to ensure there’s enough space for your guests to enjoy the festivities without feeling cramped.

2. What are the costs and inclusions?

Clarify the venue’s pricing structure and inquire about what is included in the package. Some venues may provide catering, linens or even coordination services, while others may require you to source these separately. Understanding the full scope of costs and inclusions will help you stay within budget and avoid any last-minute surprises.

3. What is the backup plan for inclement weather?

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, inquire about the venue’s contingency plan for inclement weather. Knowing whether the venue has indoor alternatives or a backup plan in case of rain or bad weather will provide peace of mind and help you prepare for any unexpected scenarios.


Wedding entertainment ideas:

Making your reception fun and memorable

Your wedding reception is more than a celebration; it’s a canvas for crafting lasting memories. As you embark on this journey of love and commitment, the reception becomes the vibrant palette where every detail contributes to your special day. From the venue and ambiance to the interactive entertainment, every element plays a role in creating an unforgettable experience for you, your partner and your cherished guests.

Selecting the right DJ

Selecting a skilled DJ is crucial for a successful event. Trained professionals make sure your dance floor remains packed and your guests are having a good time.


Having a photobooth is trending this year. Whether it’s a glam photobooth, retro enclosed photobooth, selfie mirror or open-air photobooth, these additions add so much fun and energy to any reception. In addition, the photo albums, pictures and videos make for great memories.

Wow your guest with cold sparklers and uplights

Uplighting, mood lighting light-scaping, ambiance or venue lighting will bring your ballroom to life in any color without messy wires. Wow your guests with cold sparkler fountains without the fire hazard.

Interactive entertainment provides an opportunity for guests to have fun and interact with each other. It keeps them engaged and prevents them from getting bored.

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Choosing your best

wedding color palette

As couples set the stage for their nuptials in 2024, a rich palette of colors emerges to define the year’s wedding trends. This year is all about embracing bold choices and sophisticated combinations that reflect individuality and style. Here are the top wedding colors that are stealing the spotlight in 2024:

Sage Green

Sage green continues to reign supreme in 2024, offering a timeless and versatile hue that complements various wedding themes. Whether incorporated into bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements or table decor, this calming color exudes natural elegance and pairs seamlessly with muted and vibrant tones.

Mauve and Dusty Rose

Mauve and dusty rose hues are making a romantic comeback, bringing a touch of vintage-inspired charm to weddings. These soft and muted tones create a dreamy atmosphere, perfect for couples seeking a subtle yet sophisticated color palette for their special day.

Navy Blue

Navy blue takes center stage as a classic and regal choice for 2024 weddings. Paired with metallic accents or softer pastels, navy blue exudes sophistication and timelessness, making it a popular selection for everything from bridesmaid dresses to table settings.

Terracotta and Warm Neutrals

Terracotta and warm neutral tones are gaining traction, infusing weddings with earthy warmth. These hues provide a rustic yet modern aesthetic, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. From terracotta-inspired florals to bridesmaid dresses in warm neutrals, this color trend adds a touch of grounded elegance to celebrations.

Bold Metallics

Metallics in bold shades such as gold, copper and bronze are taking center stage, adding a touch of glamour to wedding color palettes. Whether incorporated into table settings, invitations or bridal accessories, bold metallics elevate the overall ambiance, creating a luxurious and opulent feel.

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This year’s trending

As you embark on the journey of planning your dream wedding, floral choices take center stage, contributing to the overall ambiance and aesthetic of the celebration. This year, brides and grooms are leaning toward blooms that not only symbolize love but also showcase unique and vibrant personalities. Most importantly, choosing flowers that ultimately make you happy is what matters most!


wedding flowers

complement various wedding themes and styles, making them a sought-after choice for bouquets and centerpieces.


Exuding exotic beauty and elegance, orchids are capturing the spotlight in 2024. Their unique shapes and vibrant hues add a touch of luxury to wedding floral arrangements. Orchids are particularly popular for tropical and destination weddings, offering an element of sophistication to the celebration.


Known for their lush and romantic appearance, peonies continue to be a favorite among couples. These voluminous blooms, available in various shades from blush to bold red, symbolize prosperity and good fortune, making them a timeless choice for wedding bouquets and arrangements.


Characterized by their intricate petal formations and a wide array of colors, dahlias are gaining popularity for their versatility. From classic and elegant to bohemian and wild, dahlias can

With layers of delicate petals, ranunculus blooms are making a statement in bridal bouquets. Available in an array of colors, from soft pastels to bold jewel tones, ranunculus flowers bring a sense of charm and grace to wedding florals, making them a top choice for couples.


Embracing a more relaxed and natural vibe, wildflowers are becoming increasingly popular. Couples are opting for untamed, organic arrangements that reflect a connection to nature. Wildflowers lend themselves well to boho-chic and rusticthemed weddings, adding a touch of whimsy and free-spirited charm to the celebration.

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Romantic wedding day

hairstyles for brides and bridesmaids

As wedding trends evolve, so do the hairstyles that grace the heads of brides and bridesmaids. In 2024, romantic and ethereal styles take center stage, bringing a sense of timeless elegance and enchantment to wedding ceremonies.

Soft Waves and Loose Curls

Effortlessly cascading waves and loose curls continue to be a beloved choice for romantic wedding hairstyles. This timeless look adds a touch of femininity and grace, framing the face in soft, flowing tendrils. Whether worn down or swept into a half-up, half-down style, soft waves exude a romantic charm.


Braided Elegance

Intricate braids are weaving their way into the hearts of brides and bridesmaids this year. From delicate braided crowns to whimsical fishtail braids, these styles add a romantic and bohemian flair. Braids can be incorporated into updos or left to cascade down in a free-spirited fashion, providing a versatile and enchanting look.

Classic Updos with a Modern Twist

Classic updos receive a modern makeover, with romantic twists and tousled tendrils framing the face. Soft chignons, low buns and twisted updos create an air of sophistication while maintaining a romantic allure.

Floral Adornments

Floral adornments are gracing this year’s wedding hairstyles for brides who embrace nature. Delicate flower crowns, individually placed blooms or even floral hairpins add a touch of whimsy and femininity. Whether opting for fresh flowers or high-quality silk replicas, floral accents enhance the romantic atmosphere of the day.

Adding Accessories

Elegant accessories are making a statement in bridal and bridesmaid hairstyles, elevating the romantic allure. Hairpins adorned with pearls, delicate headbands and vintage-inspired combs add a touch of sophistication. These accessories not only complement the overall bridal look but also provide a romantic finishing touch to the hairstyles of bridesmaids.

To achieve these romantic wedding day hairstyles, collaboration with a skilled hairstylist is crucial. Brides and bridesmaids can work with professionals to customize these trends to suit individual preferences, ensuring that each hairstyle enhances the natural beauty of the wearer while contributing to the overall romantic ambiance of the wedding day.

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Boutiques / Accessories / Beauty


Bridal Gown



Flower Girl

Ring Bearer










22 Vendor Cost Estimate
2024 • • 23 Notes 8-Acre Garden • Japanese Pavilion Gazebo • Open Grassy Areas Vendor Entrance • Electrical Access Grove, OK • 918.786.2938 1 mile west of Main Street on Har-Ber Road

Cakes & Catering


Wedding Cake

Groom’s Cake

Cake Topper


Toasting Glasses



Rehearsal Dinner


Hors d’oeuvres


24 Vendor Cost Estimate
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Florist /Décor/Entertainment






Altar/Pew Decor

Flower Girl Petals



Ring Pillow

Reception Decorations

Miscellaneous Fees






26 Vendor Cost Estimate


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Jewelry / Photography / Stationery

Engagement Ring

Wedding Bands

Bridesmaid Gifts


Engagement Photos

Wedding Photos



Invitations/Thank you notes

Guest book/Pen

Seating and Place Cards





28 Vendor Cost Estimate


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Rentals / Transportation / Misc.






Guest Hotel

Guest Favors


30 Vendor Cost Estimate


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32 Vendor Cost Estimate
Ceremony Reception Site
Venues Notes


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A modern take on

wedding etiquette

Wedding etiquette, traditions and trends are constantly evolving. While it’s entirely appropriate to follow established wedding customs, you can also think about integrating fresh ideas into your big day. Whether it’s your guest list or your registry, here are some modern wedding etiquette tips to consider.

Plus Ones

It’s no longer necessary to invite every guest with a plus one. While it’s important to invite both members of married couples or couples who live together, not every invitation has to include a plus one.

Wedding Favors

Wedding favors, though a sweet sentiment, often end up forgotten on tables. Save

yourself the cost and opt for a sweet treat or an experience for the guests, like a photo booth. I promise, no one will miss them.

Choosing Your Wedding Party

It’s not mandatory to reciprocate every wedding party invitation you’ve received or always include certain family members. Choose those who hold a special place in your heart and who you want to stand by your side on your big day.

Walking Down the Aisle

The tradition of a father walking the bride down the aisle is no longer a must-do. Embrace the freedom to choose who accompanies you—be it both parents, a best friend or anyone else who holds a special place in your heart.

Toasts Over Speeches

Consider swapping lengthy speeches for short toasts. Toast-givers, remember to keep your toast short and sweet.


Financial Responsibilities

The notion that the bride’s parents foot the entire bill for the wedding is outdated. Many couples and their parents now share budget responsibilities. The key is open communication and involving all parties before decisions and deposits are made.

The Bouquet and Garter Toss

There’s no doubt these traditions can add some life to the party, but not everyone may feel comfortable participating. It’s important to respect your guests’ boundaries and not force them to partake in any activities they’re not comfortable with.

Cutting the Cake

While it’s a symbolic and sweet moment, not every first for the couple must be the center of attention. Many couples are taking a more laid-back approach and letting the cake-cutting happen without all the fanfare.

Cash Gifts

It’s perfectly acceptable to suggest cash gifts with a purpose. Consider labeling monetary gifts for specific milestones, such as the honeymoon or a down payment for a home. Combine this with a traditional registry to give your guests an option they are comfortable with.

Your Day, Your Way

Ultimately, it’s your day, your memories, and your happily ever after. Embrace the traditions that resonate with you, discard those that don’t and celebrate in a way that reflects your unique love story.

About the author: Kristi Spencer is the founder of The Polite Company and an etiquette expert. Kristi is a graduate of the Emily Post Institute, the gold standard of etiquette training.

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Wedding Services Directory

Bridal Beauty

Augusta Bridal

502 S. Main St. • Joplin, MO • 417.553.4888

La Boussole Medical Spa & Wellness Center

5594 W. Junge Blvd. • Joplin, MO • 417.434.4449

Tropical Tan

705 Illinois • Joplin MO • 417.782.3900


Candy House Gourmet

510 S. Kentucky Ave. • Joplin, MO • 417.623.7171


Club 1201

1201 E. 32nd St. • Joplin, MO • 417.626.0032

Club 609

609 S. Main St. • Joplin, MO • 417.623.6090

Family Market

201 N. Neosho Blvd • Neosho, MO • 417.451.0057

Finn’s Catering

2707 E. 32nd St. • Joplin, MO • 417.624.3466

Granny Shaffer’s Restaurant

2728 N. Rangeline • Joplin, MO • 417.659.9393


Red Onion Catering Co.

203 E. 4th • Joplin, MO • 417.623.1004

Trackside Burgers & BBQ

1515 W. 10th St. • Joplin, MO • 417.717.1161

Entertainment/DJ/Bar Service

Judy’s Ballroom Dance

3950 Newman Rd. • Joplin, MO

417.392.0215 •

Live Events Missouri

417.501.9886 •

The Social Sip LLC Mobile Bar

1877 W. Mound St. • Carthage, MO • 417.629.7443

*The Social Sip LLC. is not a distributor nor sells alcohol*


Countryside in the City

422 S. Joplin Ave. • Joplin, MO • 417.781.3719


Comeau Jewelry Company

1936 Rangeline • Joplin, MO

525 S. Broadway • Pittsburg, KS


Be Still Photography • 417.438.4610

Hope’s Perspective Photo + Video • 417.850.0951

Kourtney’s Photography • 417.437.5463

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Wedding Services Directory


96 Elite

23895 State Hwy 96 • Oronogo, MO • 417.849.1915

Amadeus Ranch

4861 Kentucky Road • Seneca, MO • 417.850.0980

Back in the Pines

62101 S. 4680 Rd. • Watts, OK • 918.422.5354

Civil War Ranch

11838 Civil War Road • Carthage, MO 417.237.0771

Downstream Casino Resort

69300 Nee Rd. • Quapaw, OK • 918.919.6000

The Emerald Event Centers

• The Silver Spoon Barn

• The Sterling Event Center

• The Platinum Pavilion 417.499.0069

The Gaderian

141 E. 3rd St. • Carthage, MO • 417.850.6117

Greenwood Springs Event Center

2957 Greenwood Dr. • Joplin, MO • 417.825.1334


Indigo Sky Casino and Resort

Hwy 60 west of Seneca • 1.888.992.SKY1

Lendonwood Gardens

1 mile west of Main Street on Har-Ber Road Grove, OK • 918.786.2938

Little Sugar Farm Glamping & Gathering

552 Slinkard Road • Jane, MO • 214.783.0544

Zena Suri Alpacas

35401 S. 580 Road • Jay, OK • 804.389.2579


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