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These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.
Reception
2,000 starting price
Ceremony
2,500 starting price
Bar
$5 starting price
Reception
1,500 starting price
Ceremony
1,000 starting price
Bar
$5 starting price

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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鈥檚 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.

Ceremony and Reception Facilities
The Wedgewood Room can accommodate 175 chairs for a ceremony, plus room for your bridal party to stand at the altar with you. 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 will head to the prefunction area for cocktail hour featuring drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Here, you will find dark wood accents, lounge seating, and a twinkling chandelier installation overlooking the balcony. After the cocktail hour, invite your guests to the Grand Ballroom for dinner and dancing; this breathtaking banquet hall features elaborate chandeliers, hardwood floors, and natural lighting with French doors that open up to an outdoor terrace. The Grand Ballroom can accomodate up to 270 guests to be dazzled by the elegance of the space and our on-site catering and bartending services. For families with cultural or religious preferences surrounding their meal choice, Hotel Fort Des Moines does allow collobartion with ouside catering sources.

Services Offered
Hotel Fort Des Moines is proud to offer wedding catering and bartending services led by culinary experts, Chef James Richards, and Director of Food + Beverage, Sean Wilson. The amenities offered with the venue rental include: floor-length linens, flatware, glassware, and china service, as well as non-alcoholic redfreshments included in the wedding package for no additional charge. The sweeping, original Grand Staircase leads up to the overnight accommodations, where you and your guests can stay in comfortable and stylish suites. Hotel Fort Des Moines wedding couples are offered 2 deeply discounted suites for each side of their bridal party to enjoy for the duration of the weekend. The executive suite on the the 2nd floor of the hotel, boasts over 525 sq ft of space, and is conveniently located on the same floor as the Wedgewood and Grand Ballrooms. The stately Presidnetial suite, on the 10th floor of the hotel, showcases 920 sq ft of timeless elegance. These suites are the ideal location for your friends and family to spend the wedding day getting ready together.

Other Wedding Weekend Celebrations
The Hotel Fort Des Moines is the perfect location to encompass your entire wedding weekend. Maximize time spent with your loved ones by reserving a block of guest rooms, rehearsal dinner, welcome party, or post-wedding brunch with us. Our lovely Reading Room and Study, located on the first floor of the hotel, has seating arrangements to accomodate up to 30 for a sit-down meal, or standing room for up to 60 for events with guests arriving on a flow-basis. The elegant Wedgewood Room can accomodate up to 90 for a sit-down meal, and up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception style event.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes

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

2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

1,500

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?

2,500

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

1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

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

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

Bartender(s)

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel
Restaurant

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
Outside Vendors
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
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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5.0 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
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Carol Z. Married on 06/25/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue

Simply beyond elegance. We have been told by many, many people it is the nicest wedding they have ever been to. Food was excellent. Rooms are all new and modern. Staff did their best to accommodate all of our needs.
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Anne Married on 11/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Timeless Wedding at Hotel Fort Des Moines

We absolutely loved having our wedding at HFDM in November 2022. It was the perfect backdrop for gorgeous photos as there are so many beautiful and unique spots. The Presidential Suite was the perfect get-ready-room for the bridal party as there was lots of ample light, plenty of seating, and a nice kitchenette for snacks and champagne. Our guests loved that they didn't have to brave the Iowa weather and could turn in to their beautiful rooms at the end of the night. Taylor made us feel so special throughout the planning process and she came up with amazing ideas that we had not even considered. And the FOOD. I cannot count the number of people who said it was the best meal they've ever had at a wedding. Also the glassware and place settings were so beautiful. Definitely not your typical hotel place settings. I would choose Hotel Fort Des Moines 100 times over.
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Anne E. Married on 10/15/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Elegance and Great Staff

We loved working with Hotel Fort Des Moines and having my daughter's wedding there.

The hotel itself is spectacular, and the three event spaces for a ceremony, cocktail hour, and a reception were so elegant. Each space was on the second floor, and there were elevators for easy access. The crystal chandeliers were beautiful, as well as the hardwood floors. The cocktail space furniture was lovely. The staircase to get to the second floor is so beautiful.

Both the staff that helped plan the wedding and the event staff that worked it were incredibly professional and made the night run so smoothly. Hotel staff that helped us with timing, vendors, hotel questions, and more were a joy with which to work. They were patient, helpful, and always smiling. The quality of the food and drink was excellent. High praise to the chefs. Wait staff was timely and nice to everyone. The bartenders were quick and friendly. The event staff, in all, was awesome.

I highly recommend using the Hotel Fort Des Moines if you are looking for an elegant wedding venue for your son or daughter. It is not an inexpensive option, but you do get your money's worth from the hard work of the staff, the very high quality of the food and drink, and the wonderful and beautiful surroundings of the hotel.

From what we heard from guests, they loved the food, drinks, and the way they were treated at the hotel. Most were still on the dance floor at the end of the night!

Book your wedding here. You won't regret it!
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Location: 519 Park St. Des Moines , Des Moines, IA

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Hotel Fort Des Moines frequently asked questions

Hotel Fort Des Moines includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
  • Transportation
Hotel Fort Des Moines includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Hotel Fort Des Moines includes:
  • Bartender(s)
The space offered by Hotel Fort Des Moines for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant
Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Tables
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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