Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have an on-site contact for my event at the District?

Yes, your room rental fee covers an on-site Event Coordinator to assist in catering, bar, and room set-up details. They will also be present at your event to ensure all of those elements run smoothly.

How much space does the District Venue have?

The District is an open, 5,000 square-foot facility.

Can I host my ceremony at the District Venue?

Definitely! Our space can accommodate up to 220 guests comfortably.

Are there any restrictions on outside vendors?

The District Venue has an open vendor policy. With exception of appetizers, your main meal, and beverages, you may bring in any outside vendor you wish - from florists to photographers. We encourage out-of-house cake vendors for your personal wedding cake. 

What all is included in my rental fee?

- Time Block from 10am to 2am (16hr block) for wedding/receptions (reserved times vary for other special events)

- 5,000 square feet of open space

- Room Set-Up

- Event Coordinator

- Wifi

- Elevator & Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

- Tables

- Chiavari Chairs

- Your choice of black or white tablecloths & matching linen napkins

- Chinaware

- Flatware

- Glassware

- Full-Service Bar

- Mixed cash and hosted options

- Security/Dram Insurance

- Bartenders

- In-House Catering Service

- Tastings

- Waitstaff

- Any Type of Food Service (Buffet, Family Style, or Plated)

- Room Clean-Up & Teardown

- Open Vendor Policy (with the exception of catering and alcohol)

- Reception capacity up to 350 guests

- Local Reception Hall in Des Moines with numerous hotels just 10 minutes away

-Conveniently located, free parking

Does your in-house catering offer different food service style options?

Regardless of the food service style you choose, there is no additional charge with our in-house catering. Food service options include buffet, plated, or family style. Your Event Coordinator will assist you in determining the style that best suites your event.

How long will I have access to the venue on my event date?

We want to make sure that you and your vendors have plenty of time to set-up and that you and your guests can fully relax and enjoy your special day. For weddings/receptions The District Venue is open to you from 10am to 2am on your event day. There are no time restrictions or extra time packages that you have to worry about purchasing.  For all corporate/special events we work with you one on one to determine the right amount of time for your individual event!  Our in-house bar will also serve you and your guests until 2am, unless a sooner stopping point is pre-determined with your Event Coordinator.

How does the bar work?

We know how hard it can be to foresee how much your guests will drink. That’s why we have created a unique hosted bar process at the District Venue.This process ensures that you will only pay for what you and your guests consume. If you would like a hosted bar, you can pick and choose specific items you would like to host while leaving all other items open for your guests to purchase independently.  Our bar service is 100% customizable for your event! We offer cash bar, hosted bar, & any combination of the two!

Does the District Venue require a security deposit?

For weddings and larger non-wedding events, the District Venue requires approximately 50% of your room rental fee, depending on the day of the week that your event takes place, in order to reserve your date with us. The remainder of your room rental fee is due six months prior to your event date. 

Do I have access to various centerpieces and linen styles?

The District is excited to bring you numerous linen styles and colors, a variety of centerpiece options, additional lighting, and even backdrops. When you book with us, you’ll have access to renting as many additional decorative items as you would like. For a small charge, set-up of additional rented items can also be organized.

Will I have to set-up everything before my event as well as clean-up afterwards?

The District Venue will clean beforehand as well as after your event. Our staff will set-up everything that we provide - tables, chairs, basic linens, place settings, cocktail tables, dessert stations, a buffet line, etc. You will be responsible for setting up and taking down anything that is brought in by you, and your vendors will be responsible for setting up and taking down anything that is brought in by them.

Feel free to contact us with any more questions or if you would like to schedule a tour!

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