The Des Moines, Iowa area has some absolutely incredible wedding venues! These are some of my favorite venues that I’m photographed wedding at in the last years. I did my best to choose different vibes – from beautiful barn venues, to industrial, some are in the middle of the city while others are a bit more of a drive for an intimate feel – there’s so many options to choose from!
These venues are photography friendly, have great getting ready spaces, and the owners are so nice! I know selecting a wedding venue can be so overwhelming, so my goal is to help you feel the vibe of each wedding venue so you can select the best fit for you!
This gorgeous, historical venue was built in 1925 with Tudor architecture. History says that some of the beams were imported from an inn where William Sheakspeare performed. Rollins Mansion has a separate getting ready suite for the bride, with a space downstairs for the groom. There’s a gorgeous courtyard for outdoor ceremonies, a patio that’s perfect for receptions, and a indoor ceremony and reception spaces as well!
The Surety Hotel has it all, and because of that is one of the best venues in Des Moines. Their Merchande Suite is the perfect getting ready space due to its many windows that make photographing easy, as well as so much space to spread out! The Ballroom and the Solarium are perfect spaces for any ceremony or reception, and the Hippee Boardroom is a great space for the guys.
This is one of my all-time favorite venues to photograph weddings at. There’s a gorgeous, well-lit getting ready room, as well as plenty of space to have a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception! The Tea Room has embraced its history and old photographs of the building in use hanging on the walls. The balconies make for some stunning portraits as well!
This venue has indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, as well as a pavilion that can handle all weather! Everywhere you turn, there’s places to take photos. Harpors Vineyard is well known for their service and hospitality.
There’s no bad place to take a picture at Glen Oaks Country Club! No matter where you turn, there’s gorgeous places to set up for a wedding, whether its inside, or outside! The views are unbeatable, as is the
This is the perfect location if you’re looking for blank walls that you can turn into anything you want! The large room at Forte lends itself to a ceremony and reception space quite well. Parking is convenient and free.
The River Center is one of my personal favorites. It’s very conveniently located and the two sides make it easy to transition between the ceremony and reception. There’s some good places to take bridal party photos within an easy walking distance, and it’s a quick drive from everything downtown.
This Des Moines wedding venue can probably hold the most people. Its size makes it possible to have a ceremony location, while still having a reception space, in the same room. There’s also many things for guests to look at around the State Historical Museum of Iowa during cocktail hour. It’s one block away from the Iowa State Capitol, as well as downtown Des Moines making it perfectly located for photos!
The Sylvan Theater is a GORGEOUS outdoor ceremony location located next to The Rose Garden and the Des Moines Art Center, making it a perfect central location to many different styles of photos! The Sylvan Theater has rows of benches that decend to the center for optimal viewing of all the guests.
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