Weddings

Hotel Fort Des Moines

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About

Hotel Fort Des Moines is a historic wedding venue centrally located on the western edge of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This fabled hotel was originally built in 1919 and once welcomed such illustrious figures as Elvis and Johnny Cash. It has since been lovingly restored to capture the grandeur of that bygone era’s opulence and decadence. Today, the hotel features state-of-the-art amenities and modern luxury, while the air of retro charm still pervades every hallway. You and your partner are invited to celebrate your momentous occasion here and enjoy an exclusive and elevated experience.

Facilities and Capacity
At Hotel Fort Des Moines, you will find a get-ready suite and a number of spaces where you can host your wedding events. The Wedgewood Room can accommodate 150 people for a ceremony or 80 people for an intimate reception with your closest friends and family. This spectacular room boasts custom crystal chandeliers that sparkle across the original hardwood floors, intricate crown molding, and decorative wainscoting. After tying the knot, you and your guests can head to the second floor prefunction area for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Here, you will find dark wood accents, comfortable seating, and twinkling art installation overlooking the balcony. After the cocktail hour, greet guests into the two sets of french doors leading into the Grand Ballroom; a breathtaking banquet hall featuring elaborate chandeliers, hardwood floors, and natural lighting with French doors that open up to terraces. The Grand Ballroom can accomodate up to 250 guests to be dazzled by the elegance of the space and our on-site catering service.

Services Offered
Hotel Fort Des Moines is proud to offer wedding catering that is under the direction of Executive Chef Andrew Wilson. This culinary expert provides mouth-watering meals that are served with floor-length linens, china, glassware, and flatware. Rental of the venue also comes with round tables, padded chairs, and an experienced venue coordinator. In addition, a sweeping, original Grand Staircase leads up to the overnight accommodations, where you and your guests can stay in comfortable and stylish suites.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No

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?

$3000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables
Transportation

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?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
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    Soraya Married on 10/20/2007
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    The Hotel Fort Des Moines was the best place for a wedding reception! The banquet coordinators were so helpful, answered all of my questions, and were extremely flexible and easy to deal with. They were accommodating when it came to my arrangements and the wait staff at our reception were wonderful. The food was outstanding. Some of our guests told us the filet mignon was the best they'd had all year! I would absolutely recommend the Hotel Fort Des Moines for a wedding reception!
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    Jennifer Married on 07/07/2007
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    Hotel Fort Des Moines was my FIRST choice venue for our wedding reception. We booked it in either December 2006 or January 2007 (I actually can't remember which!), and it was still available. For our July 7th wedding, I knew it would be hard to find a quality venue that wasn't already booked, so I was VERY excited when I found out the Fort was still available. Our reception was in the State Ballroom (across the hall from the Grand Ballroom), and it fit our guests perfectly. Our reception coordinator was a delight to work with, and made it so easy on us! The reception is what cost the most for us overall, but it was definitely the most important part of our day, since we had so many guests. We decided to have a sit-down dinner, which was promptly served to us immediately after the wedding party arrived. I don't know about all of you, but it important to us to get the meal out of the way as soon as possible so we could hurry on to dancing and drinking! We hosted the beer and wine all night, and if anybody wanted anything else (such as mixed drinks), there was a cash bar. Just a tip if you're worried about certain people getting TOO inebriated: Don't have an open bar. The reason why people at wedding receptions get drunk so quickly is because mixed drinks can be taken down sooo easily; whereas, it takes longer to get through a glass of beer or wine. Anyway!!! The dinner was delicious, and our servers were amazing. The staff decorates the ballroom for you. They provide centerpieces and ribbon for you! Also, all the plates, silverware, and glasses are provided as well. They really go all out for you, which is exactly what a bride (and her parents!) need after a long day of primping, getting dressed, taking pictures, etc. It was awesome to have so many people there working for us. Also, the hotel gave my husband and me the Presidential suite for the night, which we were NOT expecting. They tell you that you'll receive a complimentary suite for the night, but they don't tell you what KIND of suite. The Presidential Suite was made up of 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 great room, a full kitchen, dining room, and study room....WAY more than we ever needed for just one night. My husband and I ended up hosting the after party in our suite (for a limited amount of time, obviously, since we wanted to be alone!). I would recommend the Hotel Fort Des Moines to EVERY engaged couple in the Des Moines area. Just make sure you book it wayyy ahead of time, because they only have 3 ballrooms.
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    Jenny Married on 06/02/2007
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    We had our reception in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. The room was beautiful, and the staff (especially Liz) were great to work with. The food was also delicious! Their rates for guest rooms were very reasonable, and our guests were very pleased with the hotel.

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1000 Walnut St Des Moines, IA, 50309
515-517-6692
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Hotel Fort Des Moines frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Hotel Fort Des Moines?

Hotel Fort Des Moines includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
  • Transportation

At Hotel Fort Des Moines, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Hotel Fort Des Moines includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Hotel Fort Des Moines in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Hotel Fort Des Moines for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Hotel Fort Des Moines for wedding events?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Hotel Fort Des Moines offer?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Hotel Fort Des Moines offer for wedding events?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Hotel Fort Des Moines have available for wedding events?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Hotel Fort Des Moines and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Hotel Fort Des Moines is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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