A classic and elegant private ballroom and banquet hall in Des Moines, Iowa, the Forte Banquet and Conference Center has an indoor space perfect for any event. Whether you are looking for a venue for your bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception, the Forte Banquet and Conference Center has a team of professional event coordinators ready to provide you with personal attention and help you through each and every detail of the planning process. The beautiful space and delicious food provided through in-house catering are sure to be a hit with you and your guests.
Facilities and Capacity
The Forte Banquet and Conference Center can accommodate groups as intimate as 20 people or as large as 750. With convenient adjacent parking, the venue is located in downtown Des Moines, close to major hotels and near the freeway. There is also a bridal suite for you and your bridal party.
Couples have access to all-inclusive wedding packages, as well as setup and cleanup services. Professional event coordinators help you with planning your event and developing a customized menu through in-house catering to suit your needs and fit your style. Cuisines are prepared with the freshest ingredients on the day of your event. The Forte Banquet and Conference Center also provides you with a cake, tables and chairs, and a full beverage service through its in-house bar. Your use of the space also comes with access to wireless Internet and a dance floor.
Recommended by 98% of couples
Happy Bride · Married on 08/03/2019
Wedding Ceremony & Reception
The combination of Nick Speck and the space provided by Forte Banquet & Conference Center was an instant YES. We were sold and decided to have our wedding ceremony and reception at Forte Banquet & Conference Center. We could not have been more pleased with our experience. Nick was flexible, and took extra time to help create an intimate and personalized experience. The food was excellent, and the staff made all of the behind the scenes work go completely unnoticed! I would recommend this space to anyone and everyone! I didn't have to worry about a single thing, and I give all the credit to Nick Speck and his staff. Nick is an excellent leader, easy to get along with, and goes with the flow of your wedding!!!! I wish we could do it all over again! Thank you so much, we will never forget our experience with Forte Banquet & Conference Center and Barrattas Catering!Sent on 08/19/2019
Riley · Married on 08/10/2019
One of the Best Deals in Des Moines!
Choosing a reception venue is so important and can be so taxing - but after my first meeting with Nick @ Forte I knew that my wedding would go smoothly. They are so helpful through the entire process and want to make the day perfect for their couples. They have a very competitive price for being in the heart of Downtown Des Moines - considering it includes set up, tear down, linens, real plates & silverware. The food is to die for and we received tons of compliments from guests. There was nothing reserved for the weekend of our wedding so we were able to set up on Friday morning before rehearsal. Everything went perfectly and we would choose Forte over and over again!Sent on 08/15/2019
Katlyn · Married on 04/20/2019
Stress free planning with great results!
Nick and the staff at Forte made for an easy planning process in my dream wedding! The venue has a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines and the proximity to the hotels was a huge benefit to our guests. We received many compliments about the food and service found at Forte! I couldn't have asked for a better experience.Sent on 04/17/2019
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