Make Some History of Your Own
Add a bit of history to your once-in-a-lifetime event at our iconic hotel in downtown Des Moines. Plan an extravagant wedding reception or an intimate gathering with family and friends at our versatile venues.
Celebrate your special moments in our stunning spaces, including three ballrooms with characteristic features. We also offer a diverse selection of wedding menus to enhance your special day with customizable catering and personal wedding planning services. Start your love story at Hotel Fort Des Moines.
Iconic Venues in Downtown Des Moines
The Grand Ballroom is an iconic, historic event venue in Des Moines and can comfortably host up to 800 guests. With abundant lights and high windows, the palatial wedding venue is ideal for your ceremonies.
Area: 4,200 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 800
Make it a more private affair with our intimate ballroom space to impress a banquet of 80 guests, a ceremony for 150, or a cocktail reception for 120. The closed setting and multiple entry points are best for banquets or galas.
Area: 1,740 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 220
The ample pre-function space provides a balcony view of the hotel's living room and is ideal for cocktail receptions, vendor tables, or a unique dinner setting. A similar pre-function area accompanies each ballroom.
Area: 2,040 sq. ft. (largest)
Capacity (Max.): 200
The Courtyard allows for intimate outdoor gatherings of up to 100 guests, accessible from the Reading Room or the elegant staircase balcony of the Grand Ballroom.
Area: 1,360 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 120
Feel like you are hosting an event in your home with our non-traditional Reading Room meeting space, complete with the finest décor and soft seating arrangements for up to 30 guests.
Area: 1,200 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 40
Adjacent to the Reading Room, our Study includes a custom-designed conference table for 20 guests with connectivity at each seat, ideal for meetings or private dining service.