Gateway Hotel and Conference Center is a wedding venue in Ames, Iowa. This classic hotel venue offers gorgeous indoor and outdoor settings for a variety of special occasions. With high-quality services, excellent guest accommodations, and beautiful event spaces, you are sure to have a truly memorable experience at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.
Facilities and Capacity
At Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, there are many different spaces available to choose from. The venue can accommodate small or large events, with a maximum capacity of 470 people. The various spaces offered are perfect for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers, luncheons, and wedding ceremonies, and receptions. The Prairie Ballroom, Garden Room, and the Waterfall Garden Patio are the most popular spaces available for events at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. No matter which space you choose, your event is sure to be a sensation.
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center has been coordinating and hosting fabulous special events for over 30 years, giving them the experience necessary to give you everything you could possibly need. With a range of in-house services including event planning, catering, bar services, and even decor options, this venue is your one-stop-shop for a perfect wedding day. The list of other services offered at this hotel includes:
This hotel venue offers catering services including buffet, plated, or stations. The bar services can include bartenders, a selection of house, premium, specialty, and signature drinks, as well as the option for open, cash, or limited bar. There is no outside alcohol permitted in this venue. For your meal, the venue can also provide any barware, flatware, glassware, china, and linens necessary. The other catering options available include:
As previously mentioned, there are event rental items available at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. These items can range from furniture and decor to audio equipment and a dance floor. The full list of event items includes:
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Rachel · Married on 12/09/2017
I cannot say enough about our amazing experience at The Gateway Center! I'll start with accommodations - our families came in Friday night for a wedding weekend celebration. Our blocked rooms were located together, rooms were clean and spacious and a great price, and the pool was perfect for the kiddos. Gateway also accommodated our refrigeration needs already on Friday with cakes/mints/cheesecakes.
By the time we made it to the Prairie Ballroom in the morning, the tables were already set up. We used Gateway's glass bottles/mirrors/tealights as our centerpieces and did not have to purchase anything to make it look beautiful! (We did bring in home-grown greenery.) Besides the centerpieces, Gateway set the entire table, folded the napkins, straightened chairs....it was fantastic for us to only spend 30ish minutes prepping the room.
The event staff was super friendly and helpful throughout the reception. We had butler passed hors d'oeuvres, the fruit and vegetable stand, a pasta station, and a carving station. Everything was DELICIOUS and no one left hungry!
The space was exactly what we wanted - the feel of a fancy party more than a wedding reception - and Gabriela worked with us on every detail... the game table, the photobooth, the dance floor, the DJ, the food stations, the high tables....It all worked and created the best experience. Everything was PERFECT!
Kelli · Married on 08/05/2017
We had our wedding at the Gateway this past summer and loved every minute of it. The gateway staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect! It’s the perfect venue to be able to have your wedding all at one spot and convenient for your guest to be able to stay.
Emily · Married on 07/22/2017
We had our wedding reception at the Gateway this past summer, it really was the best day ever and I can thank the gateway hotel and all of the staff there for helping to make it so wonderful! From the beginning all of the staff at the gateway was so helpful with the planning and making our day exactly what we dreamed it would be! Everything on our wedding day went smoothly, the ballroom was absolutely gorgeous! The food was delicious, and was served to all of our guests very quickly! Our wedding planner Gabriela was wonderful to work with! She responded quickly to all of my questions I had throughout the planning process, and was so great the week of the wedding! All of our guests had so many great things to say after the wedding about the gateway! They really roll the red carpet out for everyone!! I would recommend to everyone that they have their wedding at the Gateway!!! :)
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