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.
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.
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Receive up to $1,500 toward your cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres for every $5,000 in contracted minimum Food & Beverage spend.
Book your 2022 wedding reception at Hotel Fort Des Moines, Curio Collection by Hilton to receive waived room rental for the Grand Ballroom and Ceremony Space.
Based on availability. Some exclusions apply based on room reset, setup, and tear down requirements. Not available on December 30 or 31, 2022.
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- Clean Up
- Set Up
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- Cake Cutting
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- House Beer
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- Historic Building
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- Uncovered Outdoor
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- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
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- Bar Services
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- Get Ready Rooms
- Liability Insurance
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