Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! As you begin planning your big day, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the perfect venue to say “I do.” Luckily the gorgeous Flint Hills that surround Manhattan, Ks offer a variety of stunning wedding amenities that are sure to impress.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at The Territory Ballroom, a new and unique, very near to Manhattan, Kansas, wedding venue and highlight what makes it special.
If you’re dreaming of an affordable yet upscale wedding, this venue is sure to set the stage for a day you’ll never forget. So, let’s dive in and discover the perfect venue for your happily ever after!
Why Council Grove, Kansas is a Great Wedding Destination
The Kansas Flint Hills are a hidden gem in the heartland of America. With rolling hills, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant communities, it’s a perfect destination for your wedding day. Manhattan is home to Kansas State University, which gives the surrounding area youthful energy and a diverse range of cultural offerings. Council Grove, just 35 minutes south of Manhattan is specifically known for its friendly residents and surprising amenities, making it a welcoming place for out-of-town guests.
Another reason why Council Grove is a great wedding destination is its affordability. Compared to the larger, university city venues, The Territory Ballroom offers lower prices for wedding packages, catering, and other wedding services. This means you can have a centrally-located, dream wedding without breaking the bank!
Factors to Consider When Choosing A Manhattan, Kansas Wedding Venue
Choosing the right wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the wedding planning process. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a wedding venue:
The first thing you need to consider is the number of guests you’re inviting. Make sure the venue you choose can accommodate your guest list comfortably. You don’t want your guests to feel cramped or overcrowded during the ceremony or reception.
The Territory Ballroom can comfortably seat 175 guests, perfectly designed for a guest list of 200. With room for both ceremonies and receptions, the on-site staff can design a perfect floor plan with your wishes in mind.
The location of the venue is also an important factor to consider. If most of your guests are coming from out of town, choose a venue that’s easily accessible and has accommodations nearby. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, make sure the venue has a backup plan in case of bad weather.
The Territory Ballroom sits right at the intersections of two major U.S. highways- KS177 and US56. It’s historic location is key to easy access from I-70 and I-35.
Outdoor wedding options include a beautiful natural stone amphitheater within walking distance from the climate controlled venue along the riverwalk downtown. View more about Council Grove, Ks here!
The style of the venue should match your wedding theme and personal taste. If you’re planning a DIY wedding, consider borrowing from the Territory Ballroom’s decor room, free for all booked couples! If you’re looking for an elegant and sophisticated wedding, where you can simply be a guest, consider hiring the owner, Nicky Tiffany, as your wedding planner and day-of coordinator.
Finally, consider the amenities offered by the venue. Does it have a bridal suite or dressing room? Is there ample parking for guests? Does the venue provide catering and bar services, or do you need to hire your own vendors?
The Territory Ballroom was designed to be an all-in-one fit for out of town couples! The on-site getting ready rooms, honeymoon suite and bar services are just a few of the upscale amenities that are included in EVERY wedding package! Check out more here!
Wedding Packages And Rates
Now that you know what to look for in a wedding venue, let’s take a closer look at the wedding packages and rates.
Your wedding is a one-time event. An investment in your future. You deserve to have all of the details and facts up front! Here’s what you can expect at The Territory Ballroom:
- Pricing is based on a one day rental fee.
- Exclusive venue access from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Sundays).
- Additional hours may be purchased based upon availability and discussion.
We have NO HIDDEN FEES! What you see is what you get, however, we do have several a la carte options you can choose from to enhance your experience. If choosing an open bar option, alcohol is an additional expense set by the venue (see more here).
Our Airbnb Honeymoon Suite is available for our couples or their guests to rent for $200/night until 3 months prior to their wedding date. If it is not purchased, we open up the spot back to the Airbnb platform.
In total transparency, typically, our couples have a total wedding budget of $10,000-$20,000. This would include items such as the dress, the venue, catering, music, and florals.
Features and Amenities
Every wedding has its unique features and flair. Similarly, The Territory Ballroom was designed to accommodate couples who want that uptown feeling, perhaps including their alma-mater favorite foods, music and details, in an affordable package. Here’s a closer look at what each wedding package has to offer:
- ELEGANT INDOOR CEREMONY & RECEPTION SPACE
- ON-SITE GETTING READY ROOMS & AIRBNB SUITES
- AFFORDABLE BAR OPTIONS!
- BUILT-IN SOUND SYSTEM (SAVE MONEY ON MUSIC!)
- ROUND AND LONG FOLDING TABLES
- WOODEN CROSSBACK CHAIRS
- BLACK OR IVORY LINENS
- CATERING KITCHEN WITH WARMING OVEN AND FRIDGE
- 2 DAY-OF TEAM MEMBERSONLINE PLANNER & FREE WEBSITE!
- OUTDOOR TERRACE WITH GAS GRILL AND SEATING
- BORROW GLASS VASES, VOTIVES, GOLD FLOWER BOXES
- CONCIERGE SERVICE FOR VENDOR REFERRAL
- SET-UP & TRASH REMOVAL
- BUFFET ROOM TO KEEP YOUR FOOD OUT OF THE WAY
- CLIMATE CONTROLLED SPACE & INDOOR BATHROOMS
Real-Life Wedding Stories from This Manhattan, Kansas Wedding Venue
Here is a real-life wedding story from a couple Jordan & Jake Manes, who recently tied the knot at The Territory Ballroom:
What made you decide to get married at The Territory Ballroom?
“When we found the venue it was still under construction/remodeling, but I knew there was something special for us there. We met with Nicky and toured the venue, and after hearing her vision for the space as well as discussion of amenities, availability and her helping make our day special, we knew it was the place for us.”
When asked about what their wedding theme or style would be:
“Black and white, elegant and classy.”
What advice to you have for other couples considering booking The Territory Ballroom?
“Enjoy the initial time of being engaged and starting a new chapter — after that (whatever that time frame may be), start the planning of BIG items: venue, caterer, cake, DJ, whatever it may be, PLAN IT!Jordan Manes, May 13, 2023
Florist: Kistner Flowers, Manhattan, Ks
Photographer: Riley Cole Photography
Caterer: HCI, Cox Bros., Manhattan, Ks
DJ: Complete Weddings, Manhattan, Ks
Cake: Little Batch & Varsity Donuts, Manhattan, Ks
Tips for Planning a Wedding Near Manhattan, Kansas
Here are some tips to help you plan a wedding at this Manhattan, Kansas wedding venue just outside of the big city:
- – Book your wedding venue and vendors early to ensure availability. Check our dates here!
- – Take advantage of the beautiful Kansas landscapes and incorporate them into your wedding theme.
- – Consider hosting a rehearsal dinner on the rooftop terrace at The Ballroom.
- – Provide transportation for your guests if they’re coming from out of town. The local trolley can be booked by the hour!
- – Take advantage of the affordable prices for wedding venues and services at The Territory Ballroom! Our on-site staff and Nicky Tiffany can help with any and all planning and accommodations. Our open vendor options also mean you can bring in your favorite caterer, florist and more!
Wedding Vendors and Services in Council Grove, Kansas
Last, but not least, Council Grove, Kansas has a variety of wedding vendors and services to choose from. Here are some of the top vendors in the area:
Conclusion- Book A Tour!
Council Grove, Kansas is a hidden gem for your dream wedding destination just 35 minutes from Manhattan, Ks. With stunning landscapes, friendly residents, and affordable prices for wedding services, it’s the perfect place to begin your happily ever after.
If you’re looking for a upscale, modern and stylish wedding the elegant and historic Territory Ballroom venue has everything you need with small town pricing. So, say “I do” in style and make your wedding day unforgettable at this Manhattan, Kansas wedding venue.
Visit our calendar to schedule your private tour today!