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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’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.
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.
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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Timeless Wedding at Hotel Fort Des Moines
Wedding Elegance and Great Staff
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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