The Iowa Event Center has been our family’s saving grace due to COVID 19. We did not originally have it booked for our daughter’s wedding, which was a BIG mistake. We booked the first venue we looked at due to the event planner telling us that the date was going to fill if we didn’t book it immediately. We were afraid we wouldn’t have a venue large enough to accommodate our guest so we put a non-refundable deposit down. This is the reason we did not contacted the Iowa Event Center. Needless to say that same person was not kind when COVID hit, all the rules changed from the original contract. The event planner was not accommodating. Told our daughter to pick another year to get married; which was not an option for them. We started looking at our list again and Iowa Event Center was the next name. I called that same day. The phone was answered even during COVID unlike the previous venue. Our whole wedding plans got changed in a little over a week with the help of the staff. Calli was an angel we needed. She was going to be out of town when I could go look at venue. Knowing we are only a little over a month from the wedding, she made arrangements for her co-workers Haleigh & Ali to meet with us. Everyone bent over backwards and has exceeded our expectations even during all the regulation changes due to COVID. The venue is BEAUTIFUL and they are willing to customize to meet all your needs large or small. This is a hidden gem in Des Moines and I highly recommend Iowa Event Center if you are planning a special event in the future.

Jen, Mother of the Bride

The Iowa Events Center is a great place to host your wedding or any event! They truly took the time to understand my wedding and work with me to make it perfect. We were able to taste the food and beverages beforehand. My vendors were also able to come in and get a tour of where everything was at or what they would be needing. The assistance that I got day of is what made my complete experience. They made sure everything ran smoothly, the wedding party and guests were where they needed to be and the staff was so friendly and my guests appreciated everything! There are so many possibilities available at the Iowa Events Center and they helped make our day memorable!


Our wedding reception at Iowa Events Center was perfect! We heard so many great comments about the projected photos in the Grand Concourse, the food, service and the lighting in the ballroom! Our guests were very impressed by this venue. Our wedding manager has been so great to work with over the past year and has always responded quickly and is very knowledgeable. She was able to serve all of our requests and made us feel like our event was the most important. The Iowa Events Center exceeded all of our expectations!

Emily & Ryan

Amazing service from everyone all around! I don’t know what we would have done without our wedding manager 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 catering 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! Our wedding manager 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+

Candy & Chris

Just wanted to let you know what a great job the wedding manager did for us at our daughter’s wedding! We were very happy with the entire staff! We live four hours from Des Moines and with this being our first wedding and only daughter to be married we were pretty nervous of how the distance between us and the reception and the communication would go but it went so smoothly. The wedding manager was so organized and very prompt about returning calls; things were flawless. Also the staff that worked to serve food and clean up were very professional. We were extremely happy with how beautifully everything went. I would highly recommend Iowa Events Center to anyone.

Tom & Becky

Parents of the Bride