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Reception
$2,000 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$15 per person
Reception
$2,000 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$15 per person

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About

On WeddingWire since 2020

Alta House is a wedding venue located in Newton, Iowa. The property offers those exchanging vows a modern and sophisticated setting in which to celebrate. Conveniently located a short drive from Des Moines, it warmly welcomes both local guests and those arriving from out of town.

Facilities and Capacity

Alta House Event Center is a venue defined by pastoral charm accented with modern, Scandi style elements. The property is full of character and features wrought iron accents throughout combined with a cool, restrained color palette. Its polished facade is undercut by concrete floors, woodwork, and exposed brickwork. This gives the space a refined, contemporary edge that welcomes photographers to snap a few pictures. The venue is well-illuminated by ample natural light and the chandeliers and stylish lighting fixtures that feature prominently throughout. The venue is a spacious setting for celebrations of up to 250 guests. Its stone fireplace provides a graceful focal point before which to say ‘“I do.” The Barbershop Lounge welcomes a sophisticated cocktail reception with ample standing room and space at the bar. Guests can step outside onto Emily’s Patio for a breath of fresh air. Its landscaped courtyard, covered patio with automated louvers in the event of inclement weather and water features also provide a great backdrop for a stunning wedding photoshoot. There is parking available on-site for guests, and ample furniture rental to ensure everyone is comfortable at the party.

Services Offered

The management of Alta House Event Center is happy to welcome events to the property. They offer parties full access to the venue which can include a full one-bedroom apartment as well as a fully-equipped cabin for couples to have that "pre-wedding" separation in a comfortable "live in" space.

The management consists of seasoned events experts who are happy to make recommendations as to the area’s best wedding professionals. Couples celebrating their wedding at this gorgeous venue can expect a warm welcome and top-notch service from start to finish.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables
Transportation

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

20

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2 Event Spaces , 2 getting Ready Spaces , accommadations on sirte for up to 44 guests and 3 rooms for event spaces

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Campsite/Cabin
Farm/Ranch

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers
Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Photo booth
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
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Reviews of ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER

5.0 out of 5 rating
5.0 out of 5 rating
6 Reviews
99% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
5.0/5 6 reviews
Google
4.8/5 67 reviews
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Megan W. Sent on 06/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Alta House Wedding

I recommend Alta house over and over again! It was such a gorgeous place to have our wedding and reception. Everything I ever wanted! Phoebe and her team go above and beyond. They are so great and accommodating to what you want for your special day. Special shout out for Phoebe for being a rock star, I don’t think she ever sat down. She is on the go to help your day run as smooth as possible. The wedding planner guideline she provides is so helpful too!
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Ezra A. Sent on 06/30/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding

The Alta House was the perfect place for our wedding! Phoebe and the rest of the staff made the day absolutely wonderful and worry-free! The location right next to the KOA was great for family to stay on location for the weekend. The value we got for the venue- check in as early as 12pm Friday and leaving before 12pm Sunday- is absolutely unbeatable!!
Sarah
Sarah M. Sent on 12/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dream come true

I knew the minute phebe called me almost immediately after showing interested that this was the wedding venue for me, and after going to sit down and talk with her and looking at this beautiful place it was perfect for us! They say they help you almost more than having a coordinator. She made sure everything went smooth without letting me know the ups and downs. It was absolutely perfect. The wedding weekend gives you so much family time, There team is amazing. There borrow room saved me so much money, they have so much beautiful stuff in there! I can't even express how perfect my day was!!!!
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Team

Dana and Curtis VanGilder
Dana and Curtis VanGilder
Owners

The name Alta House stems from owner, Dana VanGilder’s, Grandma Alta Nelson. Alta was a 6 foot tall Danish farmer’s wife. When choosing a name and home for the event center, the discussion centered around descriptions for a home on a tall hill. The logo designer suggested Alta House without knowing that was Dana’s beloved Grandmother’s name! Choosing the Alta House name also helped to determine the decor’ theme and is an ode to parents, grandparents and their Iowa heritage.

It took nearly two years to complete the Alta House reconstruction. Dana and Curtis VanGilder are grateful to all the construction companies and their employees for making their dreams a reality.

The goal was to purchase a much needed event center that combines convenience and location with style and charm to serve the Central Iowa communities. Come on over, take a tour and see for yourself… mission accomplished!

Phoebe Gutierrez
Phoebe Gutierrez
Venue Coordinator

Alta House is a newly built property located just 30 minutes East of Des Moines on the edge of Newton, IA.

The building was purchased and in November 2018 was moved in two sections across Interstate 80 to its current location. Dana and Curtis VanGilder renovated the entire property to provide a unique, intimate venue for families to meet, relax and celebrate any occasion.

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ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER frequently asked questions

ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
  • Transportation
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer
The space offered by ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Campsite/Cabin
  • Farm/Ranch
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Markers
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.
ALTA HOUSE EVENT CENTER currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion and 1 discount promotion for wedding services.

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