14 Spectacular Iowa Wedding Venues

Celebrate your big day in the Hawkeye State.
Gia Yetikyel
by Gia Yetikyel
Updated Jan 09, 2024

Planning a wedding in the Hawkeye State? Lucky for you, there are plenty of wedding venues in Iowa to choose from. Whether you decide to wed in Downtown Des Moines or prefer the quiet countryside, you're sure to find a venue that feels just right. When it comes to planning a wedding in Iowa, it's important to keep the weather in mind. Iowa summers are long, hot and humid, and are contrasted with windy, frigid winters. If your dream wedding includes an outdoor ceremony or reception, you'll want to include an indoor option, whether it's a tent or a climate-controlled indoor space, in your plans. Fortunately, many of the Iowa wedding venues on our list (and even more on The Knot Vendor Marketplace) feature both outdoor and indoor event spaces.

Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, Iowa

You'll be totally amazed by the Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport. Over 300 guests can enjoy your ceremony and dance the night away in this 16,000 square foot customizable space. Not only can you celebrate your special day at this flexible space, you can also host your rehearsal dinner or engagement party (and enjoy views of the Quad Cities!) at Ruthie's Steak & Seafood on the 6th floor. And any pre-wedding stress will melt away at this Iowa wedding venue's full-service spa, where you can indulge in a massage or facial, and get your hair and makeup done before the big day. And as the event comes to a close, your guests can stay in this resort's luxury hotel for an exciting wedding weekend.

Rollins Mansion in Des Moines, Iowa

You'll surely fall in love with this Des Moines, IA event venue. With a dazzling view of Downtown Des Moines, Rollins Mansion is open for private parties, weddings and more. Stroll through the gardens and smell the flowers, and enjoy 10,000 square feet of event space. After an outdoor ceremony in the gardens, you can enjoy your wedding reception on the rooftop or in the well-appointed ballroom.

Ashton Hill Farm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Embrace the countryside at Ashton Hill Farm's bright and beautiful barn in Cedar Rapids. The Grand Barn offers 7,000 square feet of space and can fit up to 300 guests. This barn combines a rustic feel with pure luxury, with its bridal suite, groom's lounge, loft space, outdoor bar, fire pits and more. The space's large windows provide ample natural light to help create some truly perfect wedding photos.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden in Des Moines, Iowa

Nestled north of Downtown Des Moines along the Principal Riverwalk, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers a unique ambiance for your big day. This iconic location can host weddings and events for up to 200 guests. While there are numerous event spaces for weddings and events, we particularly love the unique Conservatory, which brings the outdoors in for a tropical experience available year-round. And the outdoor gardens make a beautifully scenic spot for a ceremony.

Country Lane Lodge in Adel, Iowa

Located just 15 minutes west of Des Moines, you'll feel a world away from the city at this Iowa wedding venue. Set on 40 gorgeous acres, Country Lane Lodge features a rustic, Amish-built lodge that features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, huge windows, ample natural light, climate control and a full service bar. Plus, the outdoor ceremony site is serene and scenic. Says one recent couple: "Country Lane Lodge (venue & staff) was absolutely perfect for our wedding! The CLL staff are the easiest and nicest people to work with. They helped with so many questions during the wedding planning process and were so hands on and helpful on the day of our wedding."

Find your kind of venue

From barns to ballrooms, discover reception venues that feel like you.

Summerset Winery in Indianola, Iowa

This wedding venue just south of Des Moines features 12 acres of vineyards and greenery. Summerset Winery offers a beautiful view of the countryside perfect for any outdoor ceremony, as well as an elegant banquet hall with space for up to 250 guests. There's even an onsite inn, perfect for you and your crew to stay the weekend. Summerset's experienced staff and affordable pricing make this Iowa venue a win.

Bella Sala Event Center in Tiffin, Iowa

The minimalist vibe of the newly-renovated Bella Sala Event Center makes it one of the most unique and wedding venues in Iowa. For an outdoor wedding ceremony, the waterfall terrace is an ideal setting. Afterwards, enjoy dinner and dancing in the stunning banquet room. Plus, the brand-new getting-ready lounges are perfect for all of the pre-wedding fun. Bella Sala is particularly ideal for larger events, as it can host weddings and events for up to 650 guests. Plus, the all-inclusive packages and professional staff will make planning a totally seamless experience.

Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Elmcrest Country Club offers both indoor and outdoor spaces that can fit more than 300 guests. This beautiful Iowa wedding venue features a stunning golf course with acres of manicured greenery, as well as a clubhouse with several rooms perfect for a wedding reception. All told, this private club can host weddings and events for up to 300 guests, plus it's a great space for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement parties and more. Catering, bar service, parking and more are all included in your wedding package.

Steeple Square in Dubuque, Iowa

You'll feel transported to a grand European cathedral at Steeple Square in Dubuque. This historic building and architectural wonder (hello, stained glass windows!) is not only an amazing wedding venue in Iowa, it's also a non-profit organization that will benefit from your event. With both indoor and outdoor spaces and room for up to 320 guests, Steeple Square is the perfect elegant venue for your big day.

Harvest View Farms Weddings & Gatherings in Sperry, Iowa

Your rustic wedding dreams will totally come true at Harvest View Farms Weddings & Gatherings in Sperry. The 7,400 square foot Celebration Barn features room for a big dance floor, lots of country-chic wood paneling and room for up to 320 guests. A smaller barn has been converted into a chapel that can host up to 150 guests. The 19th century farmhouse is ideal for getting ready before the big day, plus there's a honeymoon suite where you and your new spouse can stay the night. And with Brenda's Chuckwagon Catering as the in-house caterer, you know your guests are going to love the wedding menu.

Decades Event Center in West Des Moines, Iowa

Looking for a unique wedding venue in Iowa? Check out Decades Event Center in West Des Moines, a former grocery store that's been transformed into one of the top event spaces in the area with a cool, antique, shabby-chic-inspired vibe. There's over 5,000 square feet of space and room for up to 225 guests, plus in-house decor to rent, bar packages, ample parking and more. Couples also rave about the accommodating team here, says one recent bride: "Decades was on top of everything. I knew going into the big day they had everything in order and I didn't have to stress."

The Renwick Mansion in Davenport, Iowa

The Renwick Mansion offers 3 classic reception rooms featuring gorgeous decor, 2 kitchens and a bridal suite, plus enough space for over 300 of your guests. The mansion sits on beautifully-manicured acres of land, perfect for scenic wedding photos. After saying, "I do," you can dance all night and take in the stunning views of the Mississippi River from the mansion's balcony or towers. This venue also allows outside vendors for all of your wedding day needs.

The Celebration Farm in Iowa City, Iowa

We love how this farm wedding venue in Iowa City allows you to customize the event spaces to fit your big-day vision. From the Timber Frame Barn to the Double Round Barn and the Amphitheatre, you'll have your pick of rustic venues for your big day at The Celebration Farm. While this venue can host up to 450 guests, it's also an ideal spot for outdoor micro weddings—special packages are available.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids is known for its attentive service and experienced wedding planners, who will help you pick out every detail of your big day, from decor to menu. And if you're inviting many out-of-town guests to your celebration, this may be the perfect venue. Your guests can not only stay on site, but airport transportation and other amenities are provided for the ultimate in convenience.

Little Lights on the Lane in West Branch, Iowa

The rustic-meets-modern Little Lights on the Lane features spacious indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions, plus majestic views of Cedars Edge Golf Course. This minimalist Scandinavian-style farmhouse has plenty of space for up to 300 guests, plus a loft, bridal suite with private balcony and much more. There's even a closet of decor items you can use to add a creative and personal touch to your big day.

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