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(515) 288-4700

About Us

The Temple for Performing Arts is a wedding venue located in Des Moines, Iowa. The venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2002, the year the renovation of this historic building was completed. The Temple for Performing Arts is listed on the National Historical Registry, making it an evocative location for couples who want a classicly themed wedding. The venue specializes in weddings and special events.

Facilities and Capacity
The Temple for Performing Arts has a bride's suite and a groom’s room with full-length mirrors and bright lighting. It also has a 1,200-square-foot recital hall that features large stained glass windows, a trompe l'oeil stone painting, and a beautiful hardwood floor. The Grand Hall is the main highlight of the facility and is architecturally considered the jewel of The Temple for Performing Arts. It is a 4,000-square-foot event space that features beautifully restored stained glass skylights, lavish two-story columns, ornate original light fixtures, and a sculpted ceiling. All in all, the venue can accommodate a maximum of 500 guests.

Services Offered
The venue offers state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, catering, and entertainment that can be crafted to fit each couple's specific preferences. The Temple for Performing Arts also offers:

  • Event rentals
  • Event planning
  • Lighting/sound
  • Liability insurance
  • Set up
  • Clean up

Rebecca Turnquist

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4.4 out of 5
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  • I genuinely enjoyed hosting my wedding ceremony and reception at the Temple for Performing Arts. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect fit for the dark victorian gothic theme I had envisioned, something I was rather worried about given most wedding venues are lgiht and airy. It was so wonderful to decorate and turned out beautiful! My guests all commented endlessly on how beautiful the location was. The cost to rent the spaces was rather steep, I felt, at least for Iowa. Weekdays are cheap as dirt, but Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are all pretty pricey, as well as an extra $1000 if you're in the wedding season or not. On top of that, however, you are also required to use their catering service and can't bring in someone else or make food yourself. The catering was EXCELLENT, mind you, but still requires a $6000 minimum. It's an expensive venue, in my opinion, but was one of the only places that truly captured the feel I wanted. The staff itself was wonderful to work ... Read more

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

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

    Yes

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 4,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 3,000.00

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

    No

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 4.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s)

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

    500

    What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

    10

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

    4

    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic Building

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

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

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Altar/Arch, Chairs, Dance Floor, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, November, December



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