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Reception
$5,500 starting price
Ceremony
$3,500 starting price
Reception
$4,000 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

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About

On WeddingWire since 2010

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 350 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 historic Common Room or outdoors, where tall trees envelope a traditional arbor and private manicured garden. White garden chairs, cocktail tables, bistro tables, and an assortment vendor 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. A classic cobblestone courtyard is ideal for alfresco dining, where couples can blend rustic and refined accents to match their theme. Many areas offer the option of additional bistro lighting to give the evening a warm, romantic glow. 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 timeline and coordination with your vendors day-of. 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?

$5,500

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

$4,000

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?

$3,500

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

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

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

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
Wifi

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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Reviews of Salisbury House & Gardens

4.6 out of 5 rating
4.6 out of 5 rating
16 Reviews
92% recommend it
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Weddingwire
4.6/5 16 reviews
Google
4.7/5 433 reviews
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Samantha N. Sent on 10/13/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue

I might be bias, but Salisbury House & Gardens is one of the pretties venues in the Des Moines area. Because of this, my husband and I didn't have to go overboard with decorations, the space took care of providing an amazing experience all on its own. Depending on your headcount there are a variety of spaces you use utilize onsite, allowing you and your fiancé to layout your event exactly as you envision. We also loved this venue because of its proximity to downtown. We had our ceremony and our hotel blocks downtown then had shuttles bus out to the venue which is only about 10 minutes. To top it off, the staff at Salisbury were very responsive and extremely helpful throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone getting married in the Des Moines area!
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Jaime R. Sent on 08/16/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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 Sent on 09/18/2018
5 out of 5 rating
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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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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