Weddings

Bash

Des Moines, IA View map

About

The Bash Events and Catering is a historic wedding venue in Des Moines, Iowa. Originally The Chamberlain Building, it is a full-service wedding venue, specializing in weddings, corporate events, and more. Located near the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Downtown Des Moines, it is a perfect venue for couples looking to get married in a vintage setting.

Facilities and Capacity
The Bash Event can accommodate up to 450 guests. The venue has three event spaces, including a banquet hall, a balcony, and a lounge with a hand-crafted custom bar. This historic venue features a magnificent tin ceiling and original penny tile floor, which make it a perfect setting for events. The venue is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual system.

Services Offered
The venue provides its event spaces to host engagement party, wedding ceremonies, receptions, and bridal showers. The venue also houses Della Dolce Bakery, which offers a range of delicious items, from cakes and cupcakes to creme brûlée and pot de creme. The Bash offers the following services:

  • Set up
  • Clean up
  • Accommodations
  • Bridal suites available
  • Event planning
  • Lighting/sound
  • Cake services
  • Parking available
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering, including buffet, tapas, and plated styles of catering



History
Currently located in the Western Gateway of downtown Des Moines, The Chamberlain Building was built in 1917. Originally built to house Taylor Automotive, the building has undergone significant changes, though care has been taken to preserve its allure and craftsmanship.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes

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

$3800

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

$3800

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?

$500

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$5

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Cake
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Set Up

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

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    Lydia S. Married on 05/30/2021
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    Gorgeous venue with exceptional service!

    We are so grateful to Catherine and everyone at Bash who helped give us the perfect wedding! The space is beautiful and is great for both a ceremony and reception (it is amazing how quickly they can do the flip!). There is also a great bridal suite that was perfect for both the bridesmaids and groomsmen to get ready in and take pictures. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable about event planning and was very helpful throughout the entire planning process and day-of coordination. We did our catering through Bash as well and when we wanted a specific menu, Catherine went above and beyond to accommodate for us and everything turned out delicious! I can't recommend highly enough!
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    Leslie Married on 10/03/2020
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    Highly recommend!

    I wish I could give Bash, Catherine and her staff ten stars instead of just five! My best friend Jess was married here and EVERYTHING (seriously, EVERYTHING!!!) for rehearsal, ceremony and reception was amazing! You can tell that Catherine cares VERY much about giving the bride the day of her dreams- and knows exactly how to execute her vision. In these crazy COVID times, planning for the unknown can cause SO much stress and anxiety, but Catherine was communicative and proactive about solutions that kept everyone safe and healthy and eased the minds of the bride and groom in the months leading up to their big day. The Bash staff was SO friendly and inviting, the transition between ceremony and reception was seamless, the food was delicious and everyone had a wonderful evening celebrating the bride and groom! I can’t recommend Catherine or the venue enough! If you’re looking for a beautiful space, yummy food and (most importantly) an owner/coordinator who knows EXACTLY what needs to and can be done so you can enjoy the day- LOOK NO FURTHER! Catherine and the rest of the Bash staff- thank you for a night we will never forget!!!
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    Nicole M. Married on 09/06/2020
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    Beautiful Venue with the Best Team!

    My husband and I hosted our wedding ceremony and reception at Bash on 9/6/20. Working with Catherine was an absolute joy! She is incredibly passionate about what she does, cares deeply about her couples, and has an in-depth knowledge of the wedding industry. She goes above and beyond to ensure her couples have the day of their dreams. Bash is a BEAUTIFUL venue. To find space in downtown Des Moines for a larger group of people is incredibly difficult, but Bash offers a fantastic location with plenty of space for a larger wedding. Catherine was so patient with us throughout the planning process. By no means was I a pro at wedding planning. Her advice with regards to many aspects of the wedding was SPOT ON. She is a straight shooter and will absolutely not lead you astray. She was completely respectful of our budget and was very open and honest about all costs associated with the wedding. Our wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Catherine and her team created a beautiful greenery and flower filled aisle, which is so much more than I could have ever imagined. They set up the entire wedding venue to be classy, elegant, and timeless. The food is DELICIOUS and absolutely irresistible. Our guests commented multiple times on how good the food was and how large the portions were. Catherine also baked and designed our wedding cake, which was not only beautiful, but rich and tasty. Catherine’s team is so friendly and kind – I honestly felt like I was a part of the family. Catherine and her team checked in multiple times with all of our guests to ensure that they had what they needed. To be completely honest, we could not be more happy that we chose to have our wedding at Bash! Working with Catherine was an absolute joy and she did everything in her power to ensure that we had the best day!

    Bash's reply:

    Nicole,

    You my dear are the kindest soul I have ever met. I am so blessed to have helped in any way make your wedding day a reality. Getting to watch you two finally say I Do was a blessing for us and one that we will treasure. Please stay in touch.

    All our thoughts!

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1312 Locust Street, Suite 101 Des Moines, IA, 50309
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