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    Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Places you've been to, partied at, danced at, been to weddings at, cool unique places. Help me out here with some ideas.
    I would like to stick to the DM and Ames area. Any suggestions help.
    250-300 people probably.



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    We had ours at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Amazing venue, but we paid for it....



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Ours was Younkers Tea Room... no longer an option.

    Our second choice (outdoors - kinda) was Jester Lodge up in Granger.

    The old Masonic Temple (Temple for the Perfoming Arts) was also a top choice - but way too expensive.

    Another place we looked at was Hoyt Sherman. Not sure why we didn't go that route....

    My sister in law had their reception at Blank Park Zoo - but I don't think you'll get 250+ in there.

    One of the more beautiful weddings I've been to was at the Salisbury House - they had the ceremony out back on the grounds, and the reception in the court out front. Not sure what inside could hold.

    Only other larger facility I can think of that isn't a hotel ballroom is the Isaak Walton chapter on Flagg. We thought about doing an outdoor ceremony in the arboreteum in Water Works - but they were a pain to work with (6 yrs ago).

    Went to another wedding/reception at the botanical center - but I don't think you'd have a prayer of getting 250 in there either.


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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    One of the more beautiful weddings I've been to was at the Salisbury House - they had the ceremony out back on the grounds, and the reception in the court out front. Not sure what inside could hold.

    I remember looking at all of their options and prices. If you can afford it, it would be really amazing!



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple was quite nice but as mentioned quite expensive...



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Didn't the old Honky Dory's building get turned into a reception hall in Ames?
    Des Moines downtown Mariott was nice too.


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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Downtown DSM Marriott.

    We had 250+ with a sit down dinner and DJ. They did an outstanding job with the food and taking care of us that night. Had several food options which we got to try and one great thing is they had Pizza Hut personal pizzas or hot dogs for the kids so we didn't have to pay full adult price for those meals. In addition they agreed to put a max on the charge for pop... kids are forever getting 2-3 cans going at once, but they agreed to cap it.



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    In Des Moines, check out the Scottish Rite Consistory. Beautiful old building. Very nice.

    In Des Moines, you may want to try Hickory Hall. It used to be the old C&W club "Hunky Dory's." Good place for dancing, plus it's owned by Hickory Park. They have a good deal where if you get your food catered from Hickory Park, they give you the hall for free. My wife and I had our reception there and it was awesome.

    Also, try ZaGaZig shrine in Ankeny.


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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    In Des Moines, check out the Scottish Rite Consistory. Beautiful old building. Very nice.

    In Des Moines, you may want to try Hickory Hall. It used to be the old C&W club "Hunky Dory's." Good place for dancing, plus it's owned by Hickory Park. They have a good deal where if you get your food catered from Hickory Park, they give you the hall for free. My wife and I had our reception there and it was awesome.

    Also, try ZaGaZig shrine in Ankeny.
    I've heard that too. My friends (and I) love to drink a buttload of beer though. I didn't know if that would be frowned upon or not encouraged because of their business.



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    My best friend, I was the best man in his wedding, had his wedding outside the Gateway Hotel and then had his reception in the hotel. It is nice because people can stay there, you don't have to leave and also it is nice south of Gateway by the water fall.

    Edit: Also, I think that you can get a package deal which is nice. Trust me it sucks having to choose all the different items. i.e. Catering, DJ, etc.


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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    Hotel/Reception combos are always the best.


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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    The Iowa FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny will be opening after January 1, 2010 and they have great areas for wedding/reception. They have seating at round table for 250.

    Last I knew you would be able to select your own caterer (that should be a savings compared to using the hotel caterer).

    PM me and I'll get a phone number for you.



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    I once went to a reception that was on the roof of the State of Iowa Historical Building. I'm not sure how many people it accommodates but 300 would be about max. Great view of the capital plus the ICubs had fireworks that night. Parking ramp nearby, hotels nearby...just about perfect. Especially because it didn't rain.



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    Re: Venues for a wedding/reception in the DM-Ames area

    I went to a wedding that was on campus in the Lago courtyard (April wedding with the blossoms, looked amazing) with the reception at Scheman, and it worked out really well.

    I also had a friend do their reception at the Gateway Center, also a nice place.


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