If you’re searching for a wedding venue in Iowa, you’ve come to the right place! As a wedding photographer, I get to photograph at a LOT of wedding venues! With that said, I definitely have some favorite wedding venues in Iowa. Why? Some venues just let me photograph weddings better than others!
Some things that effect how your photographer and videographer capture your day include:
As an Iowa wedding photographer, my job is to make your wedding planning AND wedding day easy! Because of that, I’ve gathered a list of my top 10 favorite wedding venues in Iowa!
In no particular order, here are my ten favorite wedding venues in Iowa!
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive wedding venue with staff that will make you feel like royalty, look no further! Little Lights on the Lane is located in West Branch, Iowa – not far from Iowa City or Cedar Rapids. It’s centrally located in Iowa, which makes guests getting to it easy! Additionally, it has some incredible features, including:
As a photographer, I cannot recommend Little Lights on the Lane enough if you’re looking for an Iowa wedding venue! It truly makes your wedding day a breeze so you can be fully present for your wedding day.
Here is a further look at a real-life little Lights on the Lane wedding!
Another Cedar Rapids, Iowa wedding venue is the Harmac. For an urban feel, this space is a great option! I personally love how many space options the Harmac has to offer. From an all-white area with windows to a brick wall and even a rooftop space, you surely can plan your dream wedding day here. Some of the features include:
Harpor’s Vineyard is one of the easiest venues to work at! From the widely attentive staff (cannot recommend enough!) to the stunning venue space, you can’t go wrong! This wedding venue space includes:
The Willow on Grand is one of Iowa’s newest wedding venues and is stunning!! An all-white wedding space with an outdoor turf area truly checks all the boxes! As a wedding photographer, this venue makes a wedding day easy! Not only is it absolutely stunning, but it has ample space for your wedding guests! Willow on Grand includes:
Another brand new Iowa wedding venue, the Midnight Gem is an all-black exterior wedding venue! This industrial wedding venue is absolutely stunning! Additionally, this curated space creates such a welcoming, modern environment for your wedding guests to enjoy! Other features this space offers include:
While this venue is newer, it sure provides a great experience for brides and grooms! Definitely book your tour at the Midnight Gem for your Iowa Wedding!
Toast in Ankeny is a conveniently located wedding venue in Iowa! If an indoor venue is important factor for you, definitely check Toast out! It has two large indoor rooms for ceremonies and receptions. Additionally, I love the outdoor space, perfect for cocktail hours or small receptions! Located right in Ankeny, there are so many businesses and lodging options nearby! Other features of this stunning Iowa wedding venue include:
Here’s a full look at a Toast, Ankeny wedding!
Allow me to introduce you to the Prelude wedding venue in Des Moines, Iowa! As a new Des Moines wedding venue, the Prelude truly stands out! While it is a smaller venue, it’s worth considering if you can get your guest list under 165 guests! It features very modern decor that is unique!
While I haven’t shot at this new venue yet, I would LOVE to photograph your day here! So, book me to photograph your wedding day at the Prelude and receive $200 off any wedding package! Reach out here!
In my opinion, the Loft is one of the best kept secrets of Iowa wedding venues! Because of that, though, you have more availability options to choose from! The Loft is a stunning indoor space in Des Moines, Iowa! It has a cozy atmosphere and a beautiful bridal suite on site! Truly, this space has so much character and makes for an amazing wedding venue in Des Moines, Iowa! Features at this stunning space include:
P.S. – the photos on their website don’t do it justice! I highly recommend touring!
While this might not be in Iowa technically, it’s close enough that I’m adding it to the list! Ashton Hill Farm in Galena, Illinois is a stunning wedding venue that should be at the top of your touring list! Not only does it have a large indoor space, but the views from this venue are incredible! Some other features to consider when booking this venue include:
Looking for a wedding venue for your intimate Iowa wedding? Do yourself a favor and tour the Surety hotel! It’s a luxury meets modern hotel with a beautiful wedding ceremony space. Plus, can you picture yourself doing some fun flash photos at the end of the night in this hotel? Hint, hint : I can 😉 As your wedding photographer, I cannot recommend this space enough! Some other features the Surety has are:
It’s no secret your wedding venue matters! If you need help finding the best wedding venues in Iowa, I truly hope this list was helpful! Be sure to keep in mind your budget, guest list, and vision for your wedding day when touring venues!
When it comes to finding your Iowa wedding venue, be sure to set up in-person tours of the space! While photos are great, nothing beats walking the space in person. My advice? Make a date of it! Grab coffee and then tour venues together! Ask lots of questions and be open to spaces you might not have thought you’d like!
Reach out! Either comment on this blog or inquire directly through my website!
Read here for a complete list of Iowa wedding venues by area!
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.