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Salisbury House & Gardens

Des Moines, IA View map Visit website
4.6 out of 5 rating
15 reviews
Up to 250 guests

About

Up to 250 guests

Salisbury House & Gardens is a wedding venue and museum situated in Des Moines, Iowa. The original owner, Carl Weeks, founded liquid foundation and hypoallergenic makeup, so it is fitting that his 42-room mansion has received a magnificent makeover as a wedding venue and event center. The mansion was built in the 1920s and was inspired by The King's House in Salisbury, England, blending Tudor, Carolean, and Gothic architectural details. Today, to-be-weds can celebrate their romantic nuptials in style at this sophisticated estate.

Facilities and Capacity

From intimate elopements for 20 loved ones to large-scale receptions for 400 guests, Salisbury House & Gardens is suitable for events of all styles and sizes. Your guests will be treated to visual delights at this special destination, from the landscaped gardens to the manor house's enchanting interior. Antique furnishings from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, wooden flooring, and unique artworks and tapestries sourced by the original owners set the tone for refined occasions. You can say "I do" in the traditional chapel or outdoors, where tall trees envelope a traditional arbor and private manicured garden. White garden chairs, cocktail tables, and an assortment of round and rectangular tables are provided by the dedicated staff. Couples can curate their dream reception indoors, outside, or in an elegant marquee. A private dining room inside is lined with vintage portraits and wooden wall paneling that is ideal for micro weddings or rehearsal dinners. The main reception space inside the manor is home to stone walls, gothic doorways, a large stone fireplace, and tall candelabras. A classic red stone terrace is ideal for alfresco dining, where couples can blend rustic and refined accents to match their theme. There is ample parking on-site and the indoor event spaces are air-conditioned and heated according to the season.

Services Offered

The expert team at Salisbury House wishes to make your romantic wedding journey seamless and unforgettable. You can schedule a tour and connect with a member of the event team to learn more about their wedding services. You can select an approved catering company from their trusted list of suppliers. In-house staff oversees events and will assist with setup and teardown. In 2005, the Salisbury House Foundation began a restoration project to preserve the history of the house and the majesty of its grounds. The dedicated team looks forward to welcoming you to this historic site, where you and your love can create your own history together.

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?

$1,000

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?

$2,000

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?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

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?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Preferred Vendors Only

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

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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    Jaime R. Married on 05/27/2021
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    Beautiful place to marry my best friend

    We had a fantastic wedding at Salisbury House & Gardens! The staff were beyond helpful and were easy to communicate with during the months leading up to our day. The pictures turned out stunning, and with such a gorgeous location, it didn't take much to decorate. The location, the art, the history! Five stars!
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    Emily Married on 09/15/2018
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    We had a wonderful day at the Salisbury House. Although a tad warm, for the middle of September (95 degrees). Our outdoor ceremony was beautiful. Bonnie was wonderful to work with as well as the rest of the staff. The grounds are worth every penny for beautiful pictures / video!
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    Ali Married on 05/25/2018
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    The ladies at Salisbury House and Gardens were a DREAM to work with! Owning an event company in Charleston, SC, I wasn't able to visit the venue prior to the wedding, and they were VERY resourceful and always willing to help. The venue was stunning and I cannot recommend Salisbury House and Gardens enough!

    Salisbury House & Gardens's reply:

    Hi Ali! We appreciate your kind words! You were such fun to work with! We'd recommend A. Caldwell Events in a heartbeat. Thank you for bringing your southern charm to Iowa! We sincerely hope our paths have an opportunity to cross again someday.
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Events

15 Oct
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Descend upon Salisbury House & Gardens for our annual Ghoulish Gala fundraiser, an elegant and ghostly affair you don't want to miss! Enjoy a variety of wine, beer, hard seltzers, signature spooky cocktails & mocktails and other tasty libations as you drift through the historic halls discovering exciting entertainment and surprises around each twist and turn. Feast on a variety of heavy hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening as you mingle with friends. At 8:00 pm, the supernatural celebration continues with a legendary dance party, sure to move even the most stoic of vampires out of their coffins. Ticket sales are limited - purchase yours before they're gone!

Macabre-inspired costumes and fashion highly encouraged. Visit our Ghoulish Gala Pinterest page for inspiration: pinterest.com/salisburyhouse/ghoulish-gala/.

Purchase tickets here: salisburyhouse.org/event.php?event_id=1001_0

Date: From 10/15/2022 to 10/15/2022 Schedule 06:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA

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A hidden gem deep within an historic Des Moines neighborhood. Lots of options for wedding events, from intimate to grand! Bonnie and the sales staff are wonderful to work with. -Lisa & Michelle

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4025 Tonawanda Drive Des Moines, IA, 50312
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