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The Temple for Performing Arts is a wedding venue located in Des Moines, Iowa. The venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2002, the year the renovation of this historic building was completed. The Temple for Performing Arts is listed on the National Historical Registry, making it an evocative location for couples who want a classicly themed wedding. The venue specializes in weddings and special events.

Facilities and Capacity
The Temple for Performing Arts has a bride's suite and a groom’s room with full-length mirrors and bright lighting. It also has a 1,200-square-foot recital hall that features large stained glass windows, a trompe l'oeil stone painting, and a beautiful hardwood floor. The Grand Hall is the main highlight of the facility and is architecturally considered the jewel of The Temple for Performing Arts. It is a 4,000-square-foot event space that features beautifully restored stained glass skylights, lavish two-story columns, ornate original light fixtures, and a sculpted ceiling. All in all, the venue can accommodate a maximum of 500 guests.

Services Offered
The venue offers state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, catering, and entertainment that can be crafted to fit each couple's specific preferences. The Temple for Performing Arts also offers:

  • Event rentals
  • Event planning
  • Lighting/sound
  • Liability insurance
  • Set up
  • Clean up
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Reviews of The Temple for Performing Arts

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
15 Reviews
98% recommend it
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Amy Sent on 01/26/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding venues/catering in the metro!

I cannot say enough about the Catering DSM/Temple for Performing Arts team, specifically Sarah. She was absolutely amazing to work with and thought of every little detail for us. We originally had our 300 person ceremony and reception planned for the Temple for Performing Arts, but two months before our date made the decision to reduce it to 15 people (due to COVID) and postpone our reception a year. We ended up keeping our date and moving our 15 person evening to their smaller venue space at St. Kilda Collective... and it was absolutely PERFECT. The food was outstanding! The space was beautiful! We had both our ceremony and reception there and honestly can't imagine it being any different. The flexibility of Sarah & team to change everything two months before our big day was so appreciated by my now-husband and I. It made the already stressful situation of attempting to plan a wedding during a pandemic much less stressful. I cannot thank them enough for a perfect, perfect evening. I would not change a single thing! Couples- look no further than Catering DSM for all of your wedding needs, you will not be disappointed!
Jessica L. Sent on 05/16/2021
5 out of 5 rating

We highly recommend the temple!

After a whirlwind of a year, and having postponed our original wedding date 3 times due to COVID, we finally tied the knot at the Temple for Performing Arts in December 2020. Sarah was our coordinator, and she made the planning process so easy. She is highly communicative, and the fact that the Temple also has their own catering company, Catering DSM by St. Kilda, made things so convenient.

We had planned our wedding from out of state and Sarah was always happy to hop on a conference call to make things easier. She also helped us customize our menu so that it was exactly what we had wanted (truffle oil mac and cheese croquettes and lobster tail? yum!). She also helped us turn our plans for a “hot toddy” station into reality. Sarah and the Temple were also EXTREMELY supportive with all things COVID, which we are so thankful for!

Overall, the Temple for Performing Arts is a beautiful venue, with so much charm and character, and you’d be in great hands if you decided to get married there! Thank you to everyone at the Temple for a beautiful wedding day!
Caitlin S. Sent on 10/27/2019
5 out of 5 rating


Alex was WONDERFUL to work with throughout the entire engagement process. He was consistently prompt with responses and always guided me with his expertise. The day of the wedding was even better. Alex was there to lend a helping hand whenever needed and flawlessly coordinated with our other vendors. The Temple was the perfect, historical venue for our special day. Our day would not have gone as smoothly or looked as wonderful without Alex and the rest of the venue staff.
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