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Welcome to the Des Moines Heritage Center, an event venue located in the heart of the Historic East Village!
The Heritage Center features all the modern comforts you could ever imagine without sacrificing an ounce of the ambiance that’s been seasoned over more than a century. This is the perfect place for couples to celebrate milestone events such as engagements, bridal shower, wedding rehearsal dinners, and your big day.
Facilities and Capacity
The Des Moines Heritage Center offers two different venues with views of the brilliant, gold dome of the state capitol building.
The historic 1909 East Des Moines Union Depot at the Heritage Center can accommodate 50 to 80 guests and is the perfect venue for intimate weddings as well as wedding rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers.
The newly constructed Events Center can accommodate up to 300 guests. The Events Center includes everything you need for your big day from dressing rooms to catering kitchen to the latest in audio/visual equipment.
The Plaza, nestled between The Depot and The Events Center, provides couples with the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hours, or flexible activity space in concert with the depot or events center. The plaza can accommodate 300 to 400 guests.
The Des Moines Heritage Center provides couples a seamless experience. Services offered include tables, chairs, linens, audio/visual equipment, catering kitchen, and dedicated dressing room.
The Des Moines Heritage Center is located at 120 East 5th Street, in the Historic East Village of downtown Des Moines, near the state capitol building. Numerous hotels are located conveniently close by within walking distance for the wedding party and guests.
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Beautiful Space, Friendly Team
We were charmed by the history of the Depot and it provided a great location for our wedding party photos (both indoors and outdoors).
The event space itself brings in beautiful natural light in the daytime. It’s lovely on its own but also a blank canvas for any style of decor. In the evening, it's magical to look out and see the Depot lit up and a view of the State Capitol building from the east windows.
We felt very cared for by the Des Moines Heritage Center team. Their communication was quick, clear, and honestly took some stress off of the wedding planning process. We had everything we needed, from coat racks and an awesome A/V system to plentiful outlets, a bridal suite, and table linens (so many color choices!). We're also thankful they let us work with our preferred vendors.
If you're looking for a unique venue with a rich history located in the heart of Des Moines, this is your place!
June 18 2022 Wedding
As an architect, I loved the Des Moines Heritage Center's clean, modern aesthetic adjacent to the historic brick building of the train depot. You can tell a lot of care went into the planning process and the venue was great the day of the wedding. Having the bridal room directly connected to the women's restroom was also nice - our makeup artist ended up setting up a table/chair in the women's restroom for added space/they liked the lighting while hair happened in the bridal room. Groomsmen were able to hide in the Train Depot during father-daughter first looks to avoid my future husband seeing me ahead of the first-look. Tim and Liz did a good job of accommodating and helping us with the wedding and were very flexible. We had a hiccup towards the beginning end of the planning process but they worked to make-up for that in the months following.
Having helped a friend set-up their wedding previously, it was super nice that they took care of all set-up of the tables, chairs and most of the linens. That takes a long time to do and is super nice that they'll take care of it!
The security guard that is required as part of the venue rental they helped coordinate which was another thing off of our to-do list and was affordable.
Their wedding venue coordinator for floor plan layouts was very easy to work with and made that process go smoothly as well.
The day of the wedding Tim and Liz helped direct confused delivery drivers for bagels/Jimmy John's to the correct places, added a couple tables outside because of the nice weather, did a small flip for us, and helped with some of the clean-up which we definitely didn't expect. They also allowed us to move all of our decorations to a storage area overnight to pick-up mid-day on Sunday instead of having to have every little thing in a vehicle Saturday night. Only require that gifts get taken out for obvious reasons.
Minor things to note that could help with future wedding couple's planning - we didn't realize until a couple weeks before the wedding that they don't provide linens for tables where food will be served (buffet line, cake table, etc.) or for vendors. The website advertised linens, contract wasn't clear and it showed up in paperwork ~1-1.5 months prior. Our caterer had linens for the food line but we ended up purchasing a couple linens for the DJ table/cake table. This made it a little confusing at clean-up when our families were trying to help and we ended up losing one of our tablecloths because it's not clear to others when we bought white to match the venue's for consistency. Luckily they were pretty inexpensive from Amazon. Lastly - storage of things overnight for clean-up the next day does not include use of their refrigerator. We ended up having to throw away our food leftovers because we were all staying at a hotel and didn't have a fridge big enough to accommodate the two catering trays leftover. If I had known that I probably would have made sure an in-town friend or bridesmaid could have taken them home but it was too hard to figure out who was still there/driving before 11 PM.
I'm very happy with our decision to have the wedding ceremony and reception at this location and loved the convenience near downtown hotels to allow guests a safe return back to their hotels after a fun night. The Des Moines Heritage Trust clearly puts a lot of work into the venue and making the day great for couples!
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