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Ryan & Stacy!

Amazing service from everyone all around! I don't know what we would have done without Chelsea helping us out! She was a wedding saver! I got comments all night long about how beautiful the venue was, how great the food was, and how friendly the staff were. There is no other venue in Des Moines as beautiful as this one. The lights up in the grand ballrooms can be any color you want, any color! We had ours set to Tiffany blue to match our wedding colors, and then also had it randomly cycle throughout some of our fun dances and intros. My bride's family was originally worried about the food, because they wanted something more traditional for an Asian wedding. They were all very pleased with what the Ovations staff came up with. Our menu was Chicken Parma Rosa, Pork Pad See Ew, and Veg. Pad Thai. I received very positive comments on all three dishes, and also the egg rolls we ordered as a late night snack. Finally, the staff is amazing! Chelsea Selvadurai worked her tail off making sure that we got everything we wanted all the way leading up to and during our day. The rest of the staff were awesome as well! All throughout the day staff kept coming up and complimenting us on everything! They were all so nice and helpful! We had brought a lot of our own decorations, and they helped pack everything up for us in no time! It was amazing! Long story short if you want a wedding that people will remember, this place will make it happen. A+

Chris & Candy Groom & Bride

Every part of our wedding planning with IEC couldn’t have gone any better or easier.  Our sales manager patiently answered all of our questions and helped us to select the date that would fulfill our list of needs.  She also helped us select other vendors by providing her expert opinion based on our goals for the reception.

Chelsea answered our constant stream of questions and dealt with our extreme attention to detail with the utmost patience and humor.  The planning process was stress free and easy.  She provided great direction and ideas.  The reception was exactly what Kaeleigh had pictured – every single detail.  It was very elegant yet simple.  I lost track of the number of people that told us it was the most beautiful wedding reception they had attended.  However, the beauty wasn’t only in the flowers and decoration, it was in the elegance of the venue – from the walk through the corridor of pictures of Justin and Kaeleigh, to the cocktail party in the foyer where guests enjoyed the Ding Darling artwork, to the rich woodwork and the personalized lighting in the Grand Ballroom.  The food was wonderful – no small feat since we were running forty-five minutes behind schedule causing a delay in the original serving time.  The entire IEC staff at the reception was very professional, helpful, and prompt with every need or request.  EVERY aspect of our reception was perfect and exactly as we had planned.

We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make Justin and Kaeleigh’s wedding reception such a memorable occasion.  I felt like not only were we planning a beautiful wedding reception, but we were building a friendship along the way. 

Kersten & Terry Parents of the Bride

The night of our reception was unbelievable. the food was fabulous, everything was displayed beautifully, and the servers were on top of everything! Everyone was so kind to all of our guests. We are still getting compliments on how nice the reception was. Thank you all for your part in making Brooke and Brandon's wedding everything they every dreamed of!

Coral & Kim Johnson Parents of Bride

Everything turned out amazing and just wanted to thank you all for the hard work. Definitely would have not been able to do it without you. Everyone has been commenting that it was the best food that they have had at a wedding before! (Seriously everyone has been saying that... I don't think I have ever personally commented on the food before so I am very impressed).

Morgan Smith Bride

Wow! Thank you so much for all your help with making our reception more than we could have ever imagined! Everything was perfect! Can’t say enough great things about you and the entire process. The reception was jaw-dropping, food outstanding and service 1st class. THANK YOU for giving us the best party and experience of our lives.

Tim & Kara Bride & Groom

We are so happy that we decided to hold the reception at the Iowa Events Center and want to thank you for all that you did to make Kristen and Adam’s wedding a success!   Your staff was always available to us and provided great suggestions to make the reception a success.  The food and service were great! 

Kristen and I will recommend the Iowa Events Center to anyone planning a wedding.

Thank you so much!

Kay Mother-of-the-Bride

We had our wedding rehearsal supper, ceremony and reception at the Iowa Events Center. Chelsea was so easy to work with and made sure that everything went exactly as we wanted it to. The Events Center staff was extremely efficient and professional! All the food provided was delicious, everyone raved about it, and they were very flexible with our needs, even when we made some last minute changes. My favorite part of the Events Center was the ability to custom pick a ceiling color in the ballroom! It was so amazing to have a room that was a decoration in and of itself!

Liz & Mike Bride & Groom