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Venues in Des Moines, Iowa,
(515) 274-1777

About Us

A historic house museum and garden located in a private residential neighborhood of downtown Des Moines, Iowa, the Salisbury House and Gardens is a 42-room estate surrounded by nine acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. The Salisbury House and Gardens is perfect for couples looking to host a bridal shower, ceremony, engagement party, reception, or rehearsal dinner. With a rich and meaningful history, the Salisbury House and Gardens is the perfect spot for an unforgettable day, no matter what month or season. The estate is recognized as a treasure by the National Register of Historic Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Facilities and Capacity
The Salisbury House and Gardens features old world-style architecture with Tudor stone work, Gothic arches, and Carolean brickwork originally inspired by the King’s House in Salisbury, England. The elegant and unique estate, which has seven event spaces, also incorporates various British architectural elements, such as stonework, fireplaces, woodwork, and flooring of the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Couples can host up to 300 guests for their wedding and have access to both indoor and uncovered outdoor spaces.

Services Offered
Couples have access to event rentals to enhance their day. Event rental items include both round and rectangular tables of various sizes and heights, projector screens and stands, and wireless Internet. They also provide you with the option to use black folding chairs with padded seats or white plastic garden chairs for your event. There is on-street parking and the Salisbury House and Gardens also has a small on-site parking lot. Additional services included with your rental:

  • Setup
  • Breakdown
  • Heating and air-conditioning
  • One-hour rehearsal with ceremony
  • Wooden easels
  • Music stands
  • Wireless microphone
  • Power boxes for outdoor use

The Salisbury House and Gardens was the home of Carl and Edith Weeks and their four sons. Carl, a native Iowa pharmacist who created an international business empire with his breakthrough innovations in the cosmetics industry, built the home in the 1920s. The historic museum showcases various books, art, historic documents, musical instruments, and decorative items that Carl and his wife collected throughout their 30-year residency.


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  • We had a wonderful day at the Salisbury House. Although a tad warm, for the middle of September (95 degrees). Our outdoor ceremony was beautiful. Bonnie was wonderful to work with as well as the rest of the staff. The grounds are worth every penny for beautiful pictures / video!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Parking

    Describe your venue

    Garden, Historic Building, Museum

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Event Rentals, Wifi

    What transportation and access is available?


    What months are included in your peak season?

    April, May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, November, December

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