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Des Moines wedding venues

Our top picks for your big day

TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR VENUE

It’s the day you’ve been dreaming of for many years.  Everything is beautiful and perfect, just like you imagined.  And it all starts with choosing the perfect wedding venue.

We’ve photographed over 300+ weddings.  We’ve literally seen it all!  Big, small, and everything in between.  We’ve created this resource for couples  to help you overcome the very first obstacle you face when planning your wedding: choosing the venue.

There are many incredible venues in Iowa and in  Des Moines!  Indoors vs. outdoors, garden or estate house, grand ballroom or unique urban loft, sweeping views of the countryside or refined an elegant historic downtown.  You can find each of these kinds of wedding venues in Des Moines.

Below, we’ve put together a simple list of some of the best wedding venues in Des Moines.   It doesn’t cover absolutely every option out there (that would be impossible!) but it does include places that might be perfect for you!  As you’re checking out the list below, if you see a photo you like and want to check our availability for your wedding – please reach out!

Downtown Des Moines

in the heart of the city

If you’re dreaming of an elegant ballroom or unique loft setting, then a downtown Des Moines wedding venue is for you.  We love photographing at all of the many STUNNING wedding venues in the heart of Des Moines – so many incredible locations, and lots of gorgeous photo opportunities for you on your wedding day!

HOTEL FORT DES MOINES

The historic Tea Room is located right downtown and features the ultimate stunning balcony views.  We love the expansive floorplan, modern lighting & neutral decor, combined with the historic details.  It’s truly a beautiful place to get married.

temple for performing arts
1011 locust ST, DES MOINES, IA 50309

Weddings at HOTEL FORT DES MOINES

TEMPLE FOR PERFORMING ARTS

The historic Tea Room is located right downtown and features the ultimate stunning balcony views.  We love the expansive floorplan, modern lighting & neutral decor, combined with the historic details.  It’s truly a beautiful place to get married.

temple for performing arts
1011 locust ST, DES MOINES, IA 50309

Weddings at the temple for performing arts

tea room balcony photos of wedding couple

THE TEA ROOM

The historic Tea Room is located right downtown and features the ultimate stunning balcony views.  “Did you even get married at the Tea Room if you don’t have a balcony photo?” – it’s true!  Originally the Younkers Tea Room, the space was re-opened several years ago following a complete restoration.  Since it’s re-opening, the Tea Room has become one of the most sought-after elegant wedding venues in Des Moines.  We love the expansive floorplan, modern lighting & neutral decor, combined with the historic details.  It’s truly a beautiful place to get married.

THE TEA ROOM
713 WALNUT ST, DES MOINES, IA 50309

Weddings at the Tea Room

Des Moines Heritage Center

The historic Tea Room is located right downtown and features the ultimate stunning balcony views.  We love the expansive floorplan, modern lighting & neutral decor, combined with the historic details.  It’s truly a beautiful place to get married.

temple for performing arts
1011 locust ST, DES MOINES, IA 50309

Weddings at Rollins mansion

Rollins Mansion

The historic Tea Room is located right downtown and features the ultimate stunning balcony views. Since it’s re-opening, the Tea Room has become one of the most sought-after elegant wedding venues in Des Moines.  We love the expansive floorplan, modern lighting & neutral decor, combined with the historic details.  It’s truly a beautiful place to get married.

Rollins Mansion
2801 Fleur Dr, DES MOINES, IA 50309

Weddings at Rollins mansion

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

The historic Tea Room is located right downtown and features the ultimate stunning balcony views.  We love the expansive floorplan, modern lighting & neutral decor, combined with the historic details.  It’s truly a beautiful place to get married.

temple for performing arts
1011 locust ST, DES MOINES, IA 50309

world food prize hall of laureates wedding

Weddings at the temple for performing arts

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MEET JEN

GET TO KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi there!  I’m Jen, and I”m the owner of JWP.  We are a team of photographers here to capture your wedding in the BEST way possible – full of care, devotion, artistry, and intentionality.  I help guide our business, photograph around 12-15 weddings annually, and manage all of our client correspondence.  I also love encouraging new entrepreneurs and mentoring other photographers.  My goal is to make sure you have an amazing experience with JWP no matter which way you connect with us!