Choosing your wedding venue is a big deal. In fact, I would go as far as to say it's one of THE biggest decisions you make while wedding planning. Your wedding venue will ultimately set the tone for your entire day. It can dictate whether it feels intimate and cozy OR grand and elegant.
This decision is made even harder by the sheer amount of venues to choose from AND since stressed is the last thing you should be as your big day approaches, I'm sharing my top 5 favorite wedding venues here in Iowa to help! I've been to them all, so trust me when I say you can't go wrong when booking these spots.
01. IRIS AISLE
Iris aisle is a Victorian greenhouse located in Madison County, Iowa. It's the perfect location for nature lovers with a home-style feel. It's a smaller venue meant for smaller weddings so if you are planning on just having less than 75 friends and family for your big day then this may be for you!
02. 1868 FARMHOUSE
The 1868 farmhouse is a historic wedding venue that was fully renovated to a modern-day style. This location has a ton of accommodations as well as an overnight stay. The 1868 farmhouse is located in Boone County. If you love the traditional, classic wedding vibe I would highly recommend this beautiful venue. It's also a short 20 minutes from Ledges State Park! A great way to incorporate different looks into one day.
For all of my city lovers, Bash is for you! Bash is located in the heart of downtown Des Moines. This is a super inviting venue with a modern style. The Bash is so beautiful and provides some of the best food within their caters. They even let the bride and groom go on the rooftop to catch all the golden glow. <3
04. DSM Botanical Garden
The DSM Botanical Garden is a 10-acre venue in downtown Des Moines! This insanely mesmerizing botanical garden started back in 1929. It's perfect for a unique wedding venue with a whimsical vibe. This is a great option for couples looking to get married in the brrr months!
05. Carpers Winery
Carpers Winery, located in Norwalk, offers indoor and outdoor seating. Its unique and rustic touch is what makes it such an incredible venue. This venue has beautiful views and of course the best wine in the area!
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