Thank you for considering the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates for your upcoming wedding.
One of Iowa's most spectacular venues, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates offers a magnificent setting for any occasion. This historic building in the heart of Des Moines radiates a rich history with every modern amenity necessary for your event.
The Hall has a variety of options for your wedding. Whether you want a ceremony, reception, or both, the Hall of Laureates is the venue that offers it all. You can choose to get married in the magnificent Rotunda, one of the ballrooms or even outside. Whatever your vision is, we can create it.
We book only one event at a time in the Hall of Laureates so that you and your guests can enjoy the building exclusively during your gathering. Our staff and security personnel will also be present behind the scenes to ensure a seamless event.
Our staff is here to help you plan and execute what will be one of the most exciting and memorable events of your life. We would be happy to arrange a tour of the Hall. Please contact us to arrange your visit, or to inquire with questions.
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User4312830 · 2+ years ago
This venue was perfect for our wedding. It is very ornate and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our guests.Sent on 08/09/2015
Bethany · Married on 04/29/2016
We loved having our ceremony and reception at the WFP. SOOOOO beautiful! People still go on and on about how cool the venue was. Made for some beautiful photos for years to come :) Facility was fairly expensive ($6750 + refundable $3375 damage deposit + $200 event insurance) - but for us, the venue was a big line in our budget as it really sets the mood for the party. They provide tables, chairs and a sound system in house. Nicole, the coordinator, was great to work with! Very kind and reasonably fast responses (~3days or faster).Sent on 05/21/2016
Areas that were a little tricky:
1. Parking, but we didn't have a huge guest list so perhaps this would be worse for those with >200ppl coming (ours was 160ppl)
2. No red or blush wines allowed except for at a served meal in 1 room because of the possibility of staining. This makes no sense to me since we were allowed to have dark colas and liquors, red food sauces, etc. that were equally as likely to be spilled and stain.
3. House caterers - there are only 3 companies allowed to cater at the WFP and we chose the "most popular" one Windsor Heights HyVee.....they were HORRIBLE!!! I have a review for them on WeddingWire if you would like details, but we didn't hear good things about the other two caterers either (Embassy Club or Downtown Marriott) so I'm not sure which is the best to book. I understand having set companies who know where to go, what to do, etc. but for such a classy/pricy building it would be nice to equally have a top-notch caterer who wouldn't embarrass you on your wedding day.
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