The Weddings Begin By Popular Demand
When Bridal Cave first opened to the public on October 16, 1948, the developers only had plans to give tours of the cave due to the abundance of cave formations and vibrant natural colors. Even though they knew about the Native American legend of the wedding in the cave, there were no plans to perform wedding ceremonies.
Shortly after the cave opened for tours, requests to carry on the legend began to come in. Our modern-day history of weddings began on June 1, 1949 when Mr. & Mrs. Basil Cole of Sedalia, Missouri exchanged vows in the stalactite adorned Lake of the Ozarks underground wedding chapel.
As of today, there have been more than 3,300 weddings at Bridal Cave over the past 68 years. We probably have the most unique collection of pictures, names, and locations of an wedding chapel in the country, if not the world. Guests visiting the park love to look through all of our wedding albums and see the changes in hairstyles and clothing over the past six decades.
It is also amazing to see how far many of our brides and grooms have traveled to be married at Bridal Cave. Couples from 34 of the 50 United States have said "I do" here, and we have even hosted couples from 7 different foreign countries! Below are the places that our couples have traveled from, plus a few more fun facts about the weddings that have taken place at the cave.
USA: Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa,
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Maine,
Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
FOREIGN COUNTRIES: England, Germany, St. Thomas, Nassau, British Columbia, China, Taiwan
Most Popular First Names of Brides & Grooms: John and Linda
Most Popular Last Name: Smith
Most Popular Month: February
Most Popular Day: Saturday
|Bridal Cave's most recent wedding, August 6, 2016|
If you have been looking for a unique wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks, we may have exactly what you've been searching for. The underground wedding chapel is breathtaking, and so is the view from our lakeside pavilion, offering you a choice between inside and out. Both feature the natural beauty of the lake area. Up to 50 guests can fit comfortably inside the cave, and the pavilion accommodates up to 80 seated guests.
After the wedding, you are invited to come back year after year to relive the magical day by taking part in our free wedding vow renewals every February for Valentine's Day. Bridal Cave is a wonderful place to begin your happily ever after.
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526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020