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Host an intimate reception or a grand wedding in our array of elegant event venues. Our certified wedding planners offer a refreshingly personal approach to big day that honors your wishes and family traditions. Let us transform every facet of your ceremony and reception from simple to fabulous with our exceptional catering and wedding planning services here in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Couples can accommodate up to 600 guests in this space. With three ballrooms under one roof, you have your choice of set up and space. Our in-house technology company allows for customized lighting and audio solutions.

Host a joyful celebration of your union here in Des Moines in one of our beautiful wedding venues. We can accommodate up to 600 guests for a memorable wedding reception. Choose one of our smaller ballrooms as the venue for an intimate wedding ceremony or rehearsal dinner.

Allow our wedding planner to coordinate all the details of your special day. Let us simplify your wedding planning with customizable menus, coordination of your vendors, set up of the ballroom, and more.

The Des Moines Marriott offers a truly wonderful wedding location with a combination of tradition and charm. Marriott’s standards of excellence are built into every detail, making your day unforgettable and your guests’ experience extraordinary.

We look forward to speaking with you soon in regards to this most special day.

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


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Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Set Up

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

Cake Cutting

What is the starting price per person for bar service?


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

Champagne Toast
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4.2 out of 5 rating
13 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.1 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.1 out of 5 rating
85% Recommended by couples
13 Reviews
Andrea Married on 08/11/2018
5 out of 5 rating
We chose the Marriott to provide catering for a sit-down dinner and open bar at our wedding and to host our hotel guests for our wedding weekend. We got married at the World Food Prize building downtown which requires a lot of coordination from all. From start to finish the Marriott employees were always professional and courteous.

Rebecca Lorsch was our event manager and if you are lucky enough to land her, you will not be disappointed! Rebecca went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we wanted for our wedding day and that all of the details were perfect. Any concerns or questions we had about the Marriott or catering were taken care of in a timely manner. Rebecca worked wonderfully with our wedding planner (Lori Evans of Bliss Events) making the planning process for us very easy.

Chef Karen and her team delivered an amazing dining experience. Our food tasting was very informative and gave us a realistic feel for how our plates would appear and what food would be offered. The dinner on our wedding night was just as great as we remembered during the tasting. I still continue to receive compliments from my wedding guests about how great our food was! All of the servers and bartenders that were at our wedding were absolutely amazing! I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication towards making our wedding day a success. They were all so courteous and accommodating.

Our guests had a wonderful experience at the Marriott hotel. All rooms were clean and in great condition. There were a few guests who requested early check-in and did not receive it on Friday but the front desk seemed courteous and willing to fix the issues they could. The hotel had at least two weddings staying there for the weekend (including ours with at least 25 rooms per night) plus it was during the Iowa State Fair. The shuttle service was a great addition to help our guests navigate downtown Des Moines.
Madi Married on 12/15/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful service!

The entire process with the Marriott was really smooth and easy! Rebecca, the event coordinator, was so friendly and easy to work with - not to mention patient as she answered thousands of my questions! It was an amazing experience and I can't thank her and the entire Marriott staff enough for the amazing job they did!
Kiley Married on 04/26/2014
5 out of 5 rating
Choosing the Marriott was an easy decision for our wedding with its proximity to the church and the amenities it provided to guests. We had the opportunity to work with Christie and she was outstanding! Planning a wedding from out of state is not easy but she was incredibly flexible and I was impressed with our ability to plan much of the wedding via phone and email. When we were able to meet in person, the professionalism, kindness, and desire to make this event perfect was incredibly relieving! We had picked a very difficult weekend for our wedding with 2 other large events occurring at the hotel. However Christie was incredibly hospitable and assisted us in so many ways with having such a large number of guests. My husband and I could not have been happier with the outcome of our event. Leading up to it Christie was wonderful, but the night of our wedding was above and beyond what I had ever anticipated! It was so comforting to see her face at the reception and know that she was there to make the night such a success. I was so impressed with her dedication as well as the other staff! Every staff member we came in contact with that night were absolutely FABULOUS! They truly made our night memorable and perfect!
As for the venue itself, it is perfect for a wedding, especially if you have a large amount of people from out of state, or out of the country, as we did! It is extremely nice to have guests be able to walk upstairs after a fun night rather than worry about transportation.
The venue was beautiful and worked so well to with a cocktail hour and reception!
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Melinda Berte
Senior Catering Sales Executive

I have worked with Marriott for 17 years and can say there is not better place to host your family and friends on your special day.

I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to working with you to plan a beautiful wedding celebration

Preferred Vendors

Bella Flora Event Design
4.9 out of 5 rating , 75 Reviews
· Wedding Florists
Crème Cupcake + Dessert
4.9 out of 5 rating , 11 Reviews
· Wedding Cakes
Mullica Studio
4.8 out of 5 rating , 29 Reviews
· Wedding Photographers
Zephyr Weddings
4.8 out of 5 rating , 18 Reviews
· Wedding Invitations


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Des Moines Marriott Downtown frequently asked questions

Des Moines Marriott Downtown includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Des Moines Marriott Downtown includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Des Moines Marriott Downtown includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
Des Moines Marriott Downtown is recommended by 85% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.2 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.3 in quality of service, 4.3 in professionalism, 4.3 in value, 4.1 in average response time and 4.1 in flexibility.

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