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Eighteen Ninety Offers Charm, Elegance and Beauty for Your Event

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Location is everything, no matter if you’re running a business, buying a house or planning a special event. For a spot that offers a stunning setting, a vast array of amenities and convenience, put the venue Eighteen Ninety at the top of your list.

“We’re one of the top wedding venues in the KC area, offering the perfect setting for your special day,” shared Joanne Elling, business manager of Eighteen Ninety. “We can also host corporate meetings, girls’ weekends, holiday parties, galas, going away parties, anniversary parties and more. We say that from intimate to large gatherings, your event is our priority. We do our best to make every experience a memorable one.”

Accessible Elegance
Eighteen Ninety is located just 20 minutes north of downtown Kansas City and five minutes south of Weston, Missouri. While the location is obviously convenient, it’s Eighteen Ninety’s rustic charm, beautiful views and simple yet elegant design that puts it above other venues. It’s the perfect spot to help you make your dream event come true.

“We like to call ourselves rustic elegance. We have this beautiful setting in the country. But it’s close to the city, and you can make it what you want. Your guests will be impressed by the historic feel and elegant environment,” stated Joanne. “Eighteen Ninety is the complete package. You can have everything you need right here, from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and reception.”

The venue is suitable for events with guest lists ranging from 50 to 300. A newly constructed hall that opened this year offers a climate-controlled reception area for hot summer nights or cold winter days. Reservations are now open. The hall offers a dramatic, elegant environment with gorgeous chandeliers and sconces, complemented with ample natural lighting from the many windows. Exposed beams in the ceiling add to the rustic yet charming appearance. A majestic fireplace serves as a focal point that can highlight the placement of the head table. Eighteen Ninety also provides a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system with video projector.

“Four sets of French doors allow you to make a grand entrance into your event and permit your guests to leisurely wander out to the back patio with fireplace for a cocktail hour,” noted Joanne. “A complete caterer’s kitchen has everything a chef would need to prepare a fantastic meal.”

Planning Your Event
While Eighteen Ninety only provides the setting, it offers wedding planning services, complemented by an impressive list of preferred vendors offering food, photography, flowers and more. “We get many positive reviews on how much we help our clients in all aspects of their wedding or event,” remarked Joanne. “While we don’t actually supply these services, we help where ever we can just to make the experience more delightful for the client.”

Originally built in 1872 by the Cockrill family, Eighteen Ninety is positioned high on a hill, looking down on the small city of Tracy, Missouri, and the surrounding countryside. It’s thought the house was renovated in 1890, with changes that resemble what you see today. With a minimal number of owners, the house has been kept in remarkable condition. Two who left their mark on the property are C.O. Moore (circa 1914 to 1924) and Dr. James McCrae (1958 to 2014). Dr. McCrae, a veterinarian, made many improvements to the grounds and updated the house, allowing it to be modernized and preserved.

“The entire location is aesthetically gorgeous and breathtaking, yet we’ve kept the charm and uniqueness that came from the past owners,” shared Joanne. “Much of the original woodwork remains in the house, including the pocket doors and fireplace, even down to the door knobs. It’s been kept up so well; that’s what makes it so special. It all goes together perfectly.”

A Stress-Free Wedding
Joanne and her staff at Eighteen Ninety will work with you to design your wedding and reception or any other event just the way you want. Also available is a bridal suite and groom’s quarters to accommodate the entire party. “We sleep ten upstairs. The night before the wedding the women will stay and get ready together, which takes away a lot of the stress,” she said. “Many couples then stay the wedding night.”

The popularity of Eighteen Ninety for any type of event has grown considerably, so much so that plans are under way for a second facility. Joanne notes that this location, yet more rustic, will be just as charming; it’s anticipated to be completed in fall 2017.

“At Eighteen Ninety, we pride ourselves on offering service that’s unparalleled to other venues. The intimate feel of the whole surroundings are just limitless,” commented Joanne. “In fact, the photographers who work here say they get an incredible variety of photos because of the different opportunities with the settings and the beauty all around. It really does deserve your consideration as a venue for your wedding day or your special event.” ■

To find out if your date is available or for more information, visit or call 816-584-1890.