Kansas Wedding Planning: A Little Celebration on the Prairie
With its sweeping plains and beautiful grasslands, the Sunflower State has some of the loveliest prairieland in the nation. Whether you explore nature in one of the 26 state parks or enjoy the city life at one of the many museums or cultural offerings in the state, a Kansas wedding promises to be everything you dreamed.
Popular Wedding Venues and Destinations
Wichita offers the convenience of city life with a small town feel. This city is scattered with art and culture, as well as historical sites from the Old West and Native American communities. The Keeper of the Plains sculpture, standing on sacred ground where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers meet, is a Wichita jewel and honors the Native American people. Botanica, a beautiful garden space located right in the heart of the city, is another city treasure. Open year-round, this 18-acre center provides horticultural education as well as 30 themed gardens and exhibits. With thousands of flowers blooming through the seasons, it's a popular Kansas wedding venue. Bartlett Arboretum, about 20 miles south of Wichita, is another popular wedding venue, and the tree-covered grounds make for a beautiful setting. The Kansas City metropolitan area is one of the most densely populated in the state. Uniquely, Kansas City is actually split between two states, with the largest part of it in Missouri. However, between Kansas City and its suburb of Overland Park, there's something for everyone. From the family-friendly waterpark, zoo, and aquarium, to the museums for history lovers like the National Airline History Museum and the Kansas City Museum there is so much to explore. The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park hosts the traveling exhibitions from the American Museum of Natural History, and also happens to be a popular wedding venue. The stunning glasswork on the exterior makes for lovely wedding photos.
Wedding Décor and Kansas Wedding Weather
With the so much open grassland, Kansas offers wide-open sky views, with little to stop the wind and weather. The climate is continental, and has been known to be a bit temperamental. The summers are usually very warm and somewhat humid, while winters are generally mild. While the average temperatures in each season aren't extreme, it's not unusual for temperatures to jump or fall a fair amount. Keep an eye on the weather report, and you should know precisely what to expect. A winter wedding can come with lovely snowy weather. Celebrate the season in your décor with shimmering metallics and candlelight for an elegant winter affair. If you get married in the summer, allow the green prairieland to be your inspiration. Use green potted grass as your centerpieces and incorporate sunflowers-the state flower-for a cheery Kansas wedding.
Kansas Wedding Food and Music
Kansas is a southern food mecca, where you'll commonly find ribs, grilled pork chops, fried chicken and, of course, steak. Kansas beef is among the finest in the world and folks seek it out across the country. Nicknamed "the Breadbasket," Kansas is also known for its wheat production. Celebrate hearty, traditional Kansas food with ribs and cornbread for a more casual feel, or steak and fine local breads for a fancier event. Regardless of your menu, Kansas wedding catering companies can help you make your culinary dream come true. But don't forget about your soundtrack! When you think of Kansas music, you probably think of the band Kansas. But there's more to Kansas music than one band. Whether you enjoy country music, classic rock, or top 40 hits, a Kansas DJ can play whatever you'd like for your Kansas wedding... including Kansas, the band.
Travel through Kansas by train for the best opportunity to witness all the beauty the state has to offer. You can watch the celebrated sunsets and windblown grasslands all from the comfort of the train car. If you're flying in, both Kansas City International Airport and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport serve the Kansas State area. If you'll be driving, two travel Information Centers in Kansas can also help provide helpful information for your journey.
The fee for a marriage license varies significantly between counties in Kansas, costing anywhere from $59 to $86. Bring exact change-in cash-along with your government issued ID and Social Security card to the District Court Clerk's office to apply. There's a three-day waiting period after you apply for your license, but once received the license is valid for six months.