The Knot Rocked St. Louis At The Barnett On Washington

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On April 17th, The Knot invaded the Barnett on Washington for their annual Midwest mixer. The event was coordinated by Lacy Branch and featured a lovely display of decor and design.

St. Louis has always been a hotspot for beautiful Midwest weddings, but the Barnett on Washington showed once again why it is such a beautiful venue to behold. Lacy, with the help of The Knot team and partners, were able to transform the Barnett’s traditional, elegant, Spainish-mission style decor into something totally it’s own.

For more pictures of this beautiful event click here to see the Facebook photo album.

Thank you to all of the partners who made it great…

Lacy Branch Events, belli fiori, Parties & Props, Ltd., Sarahs Cake Stop, Grand Rental Station, Millennium Stl, CJ’s Disc Jockey Service, Fishe Fish Eye Fun, Hollyberry Baking and Catering Company, Jason Gibson Films, White-Klump Photography, Midwest Valet, Nuage Designs, Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine Paperie


The Barnett On Washington Experience

Check out this great video from the Barnett On Washington grand opening. It provides an exquisite look into the beauty and elegance of our wonderful venue.  The short video should paint an excellent portrait as to why our venue would make a great place to have your next corporate event, wedding, private gathering, or holiday party. However, just like many things in life, a video cannot fully portray the atmosphere that a place like Barnett on Washington has to offer. We invite you to join us Thursday evenings for Chameleon Club to experience it first hand. For more information about the venue use the contact form below, or contact us at 636.448.1747.

3 Things For Every St. Louis Wedding

By: Tyler Bishop

The city of St. Louis is filled with it’s own culture. Those who grew up in the area understand the nuances of this dynamic as they share commonality and address each other with questions such as; where did you go to high school, and what’s your favorite italian place? But what does it look like when these people from St. Louis get married? If a people embody their culture, how do St. Lousian’s reflect their culture in ceremonies, receptions, and celebration? Today we are going to look at three things that are indicative of a St. Louis wedding.

  1. St. Louis weddings are thrifty:

    According to, St. Louis couples spend far less on weddings than the national average. While living costs and wedding event costs are slightly more affordable in the area, there is no doubt that St Louis natives know how to extract some big bang for their buck.

    The demographic in St. Louis is also consistent with the national average as well. This tells us that those getting married in St. Louis aren’t just less well off than the rest of the country, they simply spend less. You could argue that those planning a wedding should glean a few tips from St. Louis folks if they want to save a few bucks. As it stands, St. Louis brides and grooms just know how to come in under budget I suppose.

    “Couples that live in or travel to Saint Louis City, MO spend between $12,722 and $21,203 on average for their wedding. However, most couples spend less than $10,000… On average, US couples spend $25,656 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,242 and $32,070. This does not include cost for a honeymoon.” –

  2. St Louis weddings are close and personal:

    The average St. Louis wedding contains between 147-157 guests, according to The Wedding Report. The national average is closer to 187. Perhaps there is an easy correlation we can draw upon between the cost of the wedding and the number of guests. St Louis brides and grooms enjoy a simple, personal, and affordable wedding, makes sense. Again, the demographics are similar to those across the nation, so we can largely attribute much of this to a cultural dynamic in “The Lou”.

    The culture of shared experiences and attitudes in St. Louis make sit very interesting that many brides and grooms would select a smaller more personal experience for their big day. However, one could also make the leap that relationships are exceedingly important in this sort of climate, and that something that is smaller and more personable could make the experience more memorable as well.

  3. St Louis weddings are early:

    Perhaps this is a no brainer. St. Louis’ peak months for weddings are April and May, compared to June and July in most other environments, according to and Anyone who has sat outside on a June or July day in St. Louis knows that the heat and humidity can be brutal. It’s no surprise that many brides forgo signing up for an exhaustive photo shoot or ceremony exposed in that kind of heat for a date that could be a little cooler in an earlier month.

    While not all weddings or photo shoots will take place outside, it’s hard to escape the transfer from building to building on an action packed wedding day. For those that have walked out the door on a 95 degree, high humidity day here in the Midwest, you’ll remember that it doesn’t take long for the hot thick air to start sticking to everything. Brides and Grooms alike in St. Louis likely take this into account when booking their big day.

When considering everything together, you get a nice picture of the typical St. Louis wedding. A typical St. Louis wedding strongly reflects the St Louisian we’ve all come to know. They appreciate strong personal relationships, enjoy a simple and timeless atmosphere, and enjoy the comforts of the Midwest environment. It’s a perfect mix to describe life in “The Lou”.

For more information on planning and developing the perfect St. Louis wedding contact the crew at Barnett on Washington, one of St. Louis top wedding venues, for more information. Use the contact form below, and we will respond the same day.

Learn About The Barnett On Washington

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The Barnett on Washington is now open to the public. Reserve this vibrant and rich environment for your corporate events, weddings, or other special celebrations. Enjoy our elegant atmosphere and  engage in our breathtaking environment. Fill out the contact form below for more information.

After $4 Million Dollar Renovation, Elegant St. Louis Venue Now Open

St. Louis, MO – The Barnett on Washington, a unique new St. Louis event venue, recently opened its doors after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The building, located at 3207 Washington Avenue, has a long and storied history, but was only recently renovated and restored to its original luster and elegance. September 12th marked the grand opening of the venue. The Barnett on Washington looks to play host to a bevy of engagements in the area including corporate events, local weddings, receptions, business luncheons, and other area occurrences in search of a rich and vibrant experience.

Constructed in 1921, the Barnett on Washington was originally built to be the home of Central States Life Insurance Company, and was designed by preeminent local architect, Tom P. Barnett. The project of renovating the building was undertaken by local business owners Drew Acree and Jeffery Kelley. “We were in love with the architecture of the building, and saw an opportunity to do something special with it”, said Kelley. The elegant design of the building features 45 foot tall ceilings, a spacious square balcony, and a double stair case that wraps around the front entrance. “We’d like to establish the Barnett on Washington as the premier event space for corporate and private events”, spoke Acree. The event space currently accommodates approximately 200 seated individuals, and can host up to 455 standing attendees in a cocktail-style event.

The new venue is more than just a reinvigorated and redesigned new space. “Currently, our primary business, Chameleon Integrated Services, resides on the 2nd floor. We saw an opportunity to start a new business leveraging the breathtaking event space, and the rest is history”, said Acree. Kelley adds, “It was never about trying to make money, it was about doing something the right way. The Barnett on Washington adds to their rich setting by including a lineup of other refined qualities including; valet parking, wi-fi, a state-of-art sound system, and The Barnett Room – a fine cigar smoking lounge.

The Barnett on Washington is currently available to all organizations or private parties interested in securing the venue for their upcoming events, but if you’re interested in checking out the building for yourself there is another option. “Originally, the only way to experience the Barnett was to host or attend a private or corporate event here. But, we wanted to find a way to open it to the public. That way, people could come in have a drink and enjoy the environment. So, we decided to do something different – we created Chameleon Club”, stated Kelley. Chameleon Club is a weekly club created for networking, meetings, relaxation, or the simple enjoyment of a cocktail or fine cigar. The club is currently accepting new members, and is open Thursday evenings from 5:00PM to 12:00AM.

The Barnett on Washington is still available for new bookings in 2014. For more information about The Barnett on Washington or Chameleon Club visit their blog at or contact Angie Furlow at 1-618-917-5883, or at