Why You Should Consider Holding Your Wedding at an OCHS Venue

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent the past several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  We thought it was time to switch gears and look into planning the wedding itself.

Join us for a multi-part mini-series as we look into the tricks and traps of planning an outdoor wedding!

Couples who are planning weddings put much thought into where to have their wedding. Do you want to have the ceremony in a religious setting then move to a hall or hotel for the reception party? Are there reasons to have everything in one place? What are some of the advantages of holding your wedding at venues like the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek or the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum? This blog aims to put forth some answers to those questions.

A Unique Setting

Sometimes a couple is not comfortable with the usual wedding venue. They want something that reflects them and who they are, rather than a cookie-cutter event. How would you like to toast your nuptials surrounded by the alligators, butterflies, and wildlife that inhabit Osceola County and the surrounding areas; or create your own vintage ceremony surrounded by the memories of yesteryear; or feature all the favorite foods that your mom and grandma make so well?

 Your memories of your day will be made amongst breathtaking natural beauty along the Scenic Oak Tree area, Barn Area or the Train Station. Or choose to take some creative shots in the Old School House, General Store, or amongst the fancy antiques in the Cadman Complex.

 Opting for a venue like the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek or the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum can make help your special day just as unique as your relationship and your personalities. 

All in one Place

 When I got married, we had many out-of-town family members who came to the wedding. My groom and I decided we did not want to have the guests move from the church to another spot for the reception, so we chose to have the reception in the church hall. That way we avoided the worry of changing venues and interrupting the flow of the afternoon.

 The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek makes it easy for guests to park in one place, attend the ceremony in the chapel or one of the outdoor settings, and finish with a dinner reception and dancing in the screened-in pavilion.  Likewise, the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum has both indoor and outdoor areas which lend themselves to a ceremony and a cocktail reception.


 How many times have you gone to a reception in a hall or hotel with multiple banquet rooms, all of which are hosting parties? Guests from other events tend to wander in to see what’s going on at your party. Or the worst, your party is having the quiet toasts to the bride and groom or the sentimental first dance while the party next door is dancing to loud, throbbing alternative music. I heard of a ball room in a hotel whose side entrance was also the entrance to the ball room. Basically the wedding guests were sharing the entrance with the hotel guests. That’s not my idea of cozy.

 At the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, there is only one event at a time – yours!


 What kind of service do you want? If you plan a religious service the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creekhas a small chapel. Or if you prefer, the grounds can be set up with a chuppah, wedding mandap, handfasting circle, or the like. The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum has outdoor and indoor rooms that can be used for the marriage ceremony.

 Do you want a themed wedding? Do you want to do it yourself? Do you want decorations brought in? Do you plan to use the venue’s supplies?

 Many halls will only let you use their chairs, tables, room layouts, china, etc. This is fine, if it doesn’t matter to you. But if you have a vision of how your special day should be, a venue like the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek or the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum can offer you the flexibility to customize the space, the food, and the decoration of the venue to your dream.

 Many venues require you to use their preferred vendors and their internal catering to meet a food and beverage minimum cost. At the venues of the Osceola County Historical Society, you can work with the vendors of your choice – or even your mom and grandma – saving you thousands of dollars and allowing you the wedding of your dreams.

 Best wishes as you make your story – history!!

Have a question about a Wedding or party tradition that you want answered? Are you interested in renting the many venues managed by the Osceola County Historical Society for weddings, meetings, parties, or events?

Visit www.stuartw54.sg-host.com/event-venue-rentals for more information.

Making Your Story – History!


Donovan, Blair. “20 Wedding Themes for Every Bridal Style,” brides.com, January 4, 2018. https://www.brides.com/story/wedding-themes-for-every-bridal-style

Fox, Selena. “Guide to Planning Pagan Weddings: Pagan Wedding Considerations for Couples,” Circle Sanctuary, 2018.