Outdoor Wedding Venues in Iowa -Top 10

April 30, 2022

Looking for an Iowa Wedding Venue for your outdoor wedding?

Although the midwest has a relatively short outdoor wedding season, don’t let that stop you from taking advantage of the stunning outdoor wedding venues in Iowa. Imagine yourself saying your vows outdoors as the Iowa leaves change. Stunning, right? Or how about a warm Iowa summer breeze blowing as you eat under the stars with your wedding guests? The possibilities really are endless when you book an Iowa wedding venue that has a perfect outdoor space. As an Iowa wedding photographer, I highly encourage you to browse through this list and consider these venues in Iowa!

Toast Ankeny Iowa Wedding Venue

Why an Outdoor Wedding Venue in Iowa?

When it comes to choosing the perfect venue for your Iowa wedding, there are multiple factors to consider. As an Iowa wedding photographer, I love photographing weddings with a beautiful outside space. Why? Because natural light and a diverse background selection give more options for your wedding photos! Not only that but when the Iowa weather is beautiful, you can’t beat an outdoor ceremony or reception. Now, without further ado – here are my top recommendations for outdoor wedding venues in Iowa!

10 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Iowa:

#1 – Harpor’s Vineyard / New Virginia, Iowa

Harpor’s Vineyard, located in New Virginia, Iowa is the perfect space for your outdoor wedding in Iowa. It holds the perfect backdrop for bridal party photos, a ceremony in front of the vineyards, and so much more. As an Iowa Wedding Photographer, I absolutely love photographing weddings at Harpor’s Vineyard, and for good reason! The staff is absolutely incredible. Not to mention, it holds the perfect backdrops for any wedding photo. Harpor’s Vineyard is definitely one of the top outdoor wedding venues in Iowa.

Outdoor Iowa wedding venue at Harpors vineyard

Location: New Virginia, Iowa

Cost: $$$$

Weddings: Nicole + Adam

#2 – The Hidden Acre / Waverly, Iowa

The Hidden Acre is an Iowa wedding venue located in Waverly, Iowa. Amazingly, it’s located just 15 minutes from Cedar Falls. As a wedding photographer, I highly appreciate having this beautiful venue so close to the Cedar Falls area. The Hidden Acre features a white building, a spacious outdoor area, and is the perfect venue for an outdoor Iowa wedding.

Hidden Acres Iowa outdoor wedding venue

Location: Waverly, Iowa

Cost: $$

Weddings: Abbey + Austin

#3 – Rollins Mansion Venue / Des Moines, Iowa

Located right in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa is the Rollins Mansion. Clearly, it holds incredible potential for both an outdoor and indoor space. With a stunning garden and a balcony for your reception that overlooks Des Moines, Rollins is an amazing outdoor venue option for your wedding.

Location: Waverly, Iowa

Cost: $$

Wedding Photos: Meredith + Sam

# 4 – Little Lights on the Lane

If you’re looking for an Iowa wedding venue that has both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, I highly suggest Little Lights on the Lane. Located in West Branch Iowa is this stunning all-white venue. When looking at Little Lights, you can tell the space is a blank canvas. Not to mention, their staff is genuinely incredible! I have had the privilege of photographing weddings at Little Lights on the Lane and cannot recommend this Iowa wedding venue enough!

Cost: $$

Wedding Photos: Tiffany + Alex’s Day at Little Lights on the Lane

# 5 – Ashton Hill Farm

With locations in both Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Galena, Illinois, Ashton Hill Farms is a stunning wedding venue for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Because this venue books up quick, I highly recommend reaching out to them for your upcoming Iowa wedding! Ashton Hill Farm has beautiful details inside and out. Consider this venue for your Iowa wedding! This wedding photo is from a stunning fall day at Ashton Hill farm in Cedar Rapids! How gorgeous!

Outdoor wedding venues in iowa - Ashton Hill Farm

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cost: $$$

#6 – Hyperion Field Club / Johnston, Iowa

If you’re looking for an outdoor venue near Des Moines, Iowa, consider the Hyperion! It’s a stunningly simple venue on a golf course! Not only is the food at Hyperion INCREDIBLE, but the golden hour photos on the green is one of my favorite bride and groom photo locations in Iowa! Additionally, Hyperion Field Club has an indoor space for ceremonies and receptions – which is a great option for weather!

Location: Johnston, Iowa (outside of Des Moines)

Cost: $$$

Wedding Photos: Alexis and Jess’ Hyperion Wedding

#7 – Jasper Winery / Des Moines

Jasper Winery is located right in the heart of Des Moines! Not only is this venue the perfect location for guests, but the winery is stunning! It’s a great option for an outdoor wedding if you’re looking for views of the vineyard while being in the city!

Cost: $$

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

#8 – Toast Wedding Venue / Ankeny

While Toast primarily serves as an indoor wedding venue in Iowa, it does have an outdoor option for both photos and more intimate weddings. It has an incredible, unique balcony which offers a stunning backdrop for small ceremonies, bridal party photos, or intimate wedding receptions. I couldn’t help but add Toast to this list – it’s one of my favorite Iowa weddings. If you take a peak through Ella and Sean’s gallery from their wedding at toast, you’ll see why!

How much does Toast, Ankeny cost? While the venue prefers you to inquire through their website, you can expect to pay on average of $8,500-$15,000 to book Toast, Ankeny.

Cost: $$$

Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Wedding Photos: Ella and Sean’s Wedding at Toast

#9 – Stonehaven Barn, Desotto

The Stonehaven Barn in Desotta is a stunning venue with ample outdoor space! This outdoor Iowa wedding venue is a great option if you’re looking for lots of outdoor area options!

Outdoor wedding venues in Iowa

Cost: $$

Location: DeSotto, Iowa

Wedding Photos: Mackenzie + Steven’s Wedding Day

#10 – Willow on Grand

As one of Iowa’s newest wedding venues, I just had to add the stunning space that is Willow on Grand. This stunning Iowa wedding venue is both classic and extravagant. Truly, you cannot go wrong booking this venue! One of the best features includes a beautifully turfed outdoor space, perfect for your outdoor Iowa wedding day! My friend, BOOK THIS VENUE for the perfect, classic Iowa wedding day. (& hire me to photograph it! ;)).

Cost: $$#

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Conclusion: My favorite outdoor wedding venues in Iowa

Although there are so many more Iowa wedding venues out there, I personally think these 5 are some of the best! If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your wedding beautifully, please reach out! I have an amazing associate team that would love to tell your story in the most beautiful and intentional way.

Other Outdoor Iowa Wedding Venues:

For a complete list of Iowa wedding venues to choose from, be sure to check out this blog post! I provide you with a variety of Iowa wedding venues as well as more details about them. As always, feel free to comment or message me with any questions! I would love to help in any way possible!

Looking for an Iowa Wedding Photographer?

Odds are if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue near Iowa, you just might be looking for an Iowa wedding photographer too, right? Luckily, you already found me! Hey, I’m Alecca! I’m an Iowa-based wedding photographer! I was born and raised in Iowa and have shot at just about every wedding venue in the state! I would love to chat about photographing your Iowa wedding! Reach out here!

Need other Iowa Wedding Venue Options?

Here is a complete list of Iowa wedding venues by area! While not all of them are outdoor, there are still ample great options! Or, here are my personal favorite wedding venues in Iowa!

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Meet Alecca Synclair - the lead photographer, visionary, CEO, coffee-runner, and basically everything else behind the ASP team!  As someone who has over seven years of experience in the wedding industry, I have seen first hand the pain points of planning a wedding. Which is why I truly pour my heart into this blog - so that you can have someone in your corner helping you wedding plan! As an Iowa, Texas, and destination wedding photographer, I would love to capture your day intentionally. I believe your photos are are a way to keep your most precious memories forever. So, if you vibe with my work and think we'd be a good fit, reach out! I would be SO honored to document your big day.

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