New Wedding Venue Opens at the Knickerbocker Downtown
A new Downtown venue is coming to the St. Louis bridal scene this year—N. Thirteenth. St. Louis’ own Ben Riley completely renovated the space in the historic Knickerbocker Building, located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Thirteenth Street downtown.
Within the next few weeks, the venue will be ready for business, booking everything from weddings to corporate events. Asuka Okuyama, events director at N. Thirteenth, says Riley also hopes to incorporate the community, and throw an open-invite block party.
While the space itself is beautiful—a minimalist event space with an industrial feel—the main draw is the flexibility. They stand by their motto, ‘Take Back Your Day’, allowing brides and grooms to use whichever vendors they would like. “So it’s really all about the brides—making sure they get what they want on their day,” Okuyama says. “We really are just kind of a blank space for people to fill.”
A wedding they have coming up in November showcases this motto well. According to Okuyama, the bride and groom envision a walk-through reception with activities for all their guests. They are also renting out the Mission Taco Truck, which they will park on Thirteenth Street, which Okuyama is especially excited about. “[I] like seeing other people’s points of view of how our space can be used,” Okuyama says. “And [couples] can stylize the venue as much or as little as they want—we’re not really going to stop them unless they want to bring in a fire machine.”
Okuyama says she and Riley have also worked very hard to make N. Thirteenth affordable for every happy couple that walks through their doors. “Our pricing is a little bit different than other venues,” Okuyama continues. “We don’t want to break the bank, or an arm and a leg.”
The space has a main floor and mezzanine setup, with more than 4,000 square feet all told. N. Thirteenth has a standing capacity of 230—perfect for larger cocktail hours—and a table-and-chair limit of about 150.
Another draw to the space is the location. “Wash Ave is a great place and so is our venue,”Okuyama says. “It’s really about being a part of the community and becoming a place that pretty much anybody can use for any event they can imagine.”