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The Magnolia: An Incredible Omaha Hotel and Wedding Venue

Downtown Omaha is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for trendy travelers. It’s where Midwestern hospitality meets an industrial spirit, a place for forward-thinkers and doers, discoverers and dreamers. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Omaha is also a romantic place. 


And if you want to celebrate romance in Omaha, consider marrying at The Magnolia. This historic hotel rests beautifully in a century-old building, yet its offerings are distinctly modern. 


We’re proud to offer weddings throughout Omaha, and Magnolia Omaha is one of the best venues in this vibrant city. 


Staying at the Magnolia

The Magnolia certainly makes a statement, and stepping into it feels like entering a grand European Hotel. In fact, when it was built in 1923, it was designed after Italian architecture. 


Though this old-world inspiration is most felt in its exterior and common areas, the charm of boutique travel and European romance extends throughout each room of the Magnolia. 


The downtown Omaha hotel boasts 145 rooms, a swanky onsite restaurant, a private courtyard, and a thoughtfully designed ballroom. Plus, The Magnolia also allows pets at no charge and offers a complimentary shuttle that can take guests to and from the airport and around downtown, where even more stunning architecture and dining await. 


Exploring Omaha

We could talk on and on about what lies within the walls of the Magnolia, but that’s only part of its draw. One of the greatest things about this Omaha boutique hotel is its proximity to the city’s great attractions and dining. 


Located right in Downtown Omaha, the Magnolia is within walking distance of the Old Market District. Here you’ll find an assortment of restaurants, trendy shops, and art galleries. The neighborhood is also home to the Orpheum Theater, which presents local and national performances in a historical setting. 


Guests traveling with kids will want to visit the Omaha Children’s Museum and the nearby Omaha Zoo & Aquarium


If it’s nightlife you seek, the Magnolia is close to many bars and hotspots, like The Slowdown music venue and the Waiting Room Lounge


And for those who want to try their luck, Omaha is minutes away from multiple bustling casinos, like Harrah’s and Horseshoe. 


Looking for other Downtown Omaha wedding venues? Learn all about the Farnam in Omaha here


Dining in Old Market and Beyond

The food alone is reason enough to visit Omaha, and the Magnolia offers a central location for dining your way through the city. Whether you want to provide recommendations for out-of-town wedding guests or are ready to try out some spots for yourself, here are a few of our favorite Omaha Restaurants:


  • The District: The District is the sole restaurant inside the Magnolia, offering style and convenience for guests who want to dine in, take out, or order room service. The space is stylish with amazing cocktails. Though there are higher-rated restaurants in downtown Omaha, you can’t beat the ease and charm of dining inside the historic hotel. 
  • Gather in Omaha: Settle into the eclectic warmth of Old Market by dining at Gather. With inventive menu creations, great drinks, and a fun ambiance, this is a must-visit place for most Omaha travelers. 
  • V. Mertz: This elegant restaurant offers gourmet dining and receives shining reviews. It’s within walking distance of the Magnolia and is one of the best places to eat in Omaha. 
  • The Drover: If eating a classic Omaha steak tops your Nebraska to-do list, this is the place to do it. The Drover in Omaha prides itself on its famous whiskey-marinated steaks, though you’ll also love the cozy atmosphere and excellent drink selection. It’s about a 12-minute drive to the Drover from the Magnolia hotel. 
  • The Cottonwood Room: For a unique cocktail experience, get a ride over to the Cottonwood Room, a speakeasy-style lounge in the Blackstone District of Omaha. This memorable bar is located in the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel, another great Nebraska wedding venue. Read more about having a wedding at the Kimpton Omaha Nebraska here.


Marrying at the Magnolia

There is a lot to love about having weddings at the Magnolia in Omaha. But one of the main draws is the courtyard. Though the building was constructed long before grand outdoor weddings were in vogue, the setting seems created for modern nuptials. 


The distinct architecture in this outdoor lawn lends a romantic ambiance yet fades gracefully into the backdrop. The grand staircase leads to an open floorplan, ready to welcome a large group of up to 250 people or accommodate a few loved ones for an intimate courtyard wedding or elopement


The courtyard is also a great place for a dazzling cocktail hour. Meanwhile, the newlyweds will be ready to get in some shots with their Nebraska wedding photographer. The hotel and surrounding city streets offer endless portrait opportunities for any style – whether you hope to encapsulate chic elegance, vintage charm, or romantic simplicity. 


Dinner and dancing await in the Magnolia Ballroom, a 1900-square-foot space that’s a blank slate for any decoration style. 


The Guest Experience

Though you want your wedding day to reflect who you are as a couple, you’re of course mindful of your guests. What kind of experience will they have during your Nebraska wedding? 


The Magnolia is ideal for couples who want a memorable wedding day and offer their guests a well-rounded getaway. 


Not only does the Magnolia boast immense character and boutique accommodations, but it also is incredibly convenient. Located minutes from the Omaha airport, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle. Guests can easily fly in, get to the hotel, and then explore downtown Omaha. 


Couples who wed here can enjoy the ease of a hotel room block as guests plan their travel. And with spacious rooms and suites, there is a range of options for various price points. 

Something for Everyone

Planning a wedding can be complicated, especially when you’re trying to make a lot of people happy while staying true to who you are as a couple. The Magnolia Hotel simplifies the process by offering a wedding space that’s both charming and convenient. 


With multiple wedding settings to please any type of couple, and inviting accommodations to satisfy any style of traveler, this Omaha hotel could be the perfect place to host your Midwest Wedding. 


Ready to begin planning your wedding? Contact Dgass Photography to learn how we can capture your Omaha wedding at the Magnolia. 


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