Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours?
Events end by 11:00 pm and cleanup needs to be done by 12:00 pm

May any caterer be used?
We have a list of preferred caterers. Other caterers may be used with prior approval.

Do you have a catering kitchen? 
Yes, we have a catering kitchen with counters, sinks and ice machines with easy, direct load-in and load-out access.

What is the policy on alcohol?
All alcohol must be served by licensed and insured entities

What is the maximum capacity? 
Depot – 80
Event Center – 260 with dance floor, 300 without a dance floor and 400 when theater style

May small weddings use only the depot for the wedding and reception? 

How many chairs and tables will be provided? 
We provide 30 round tables and 400 chairs. 10 rectangular tables are available for bridal table and catering services

Do you provide tablecloths?
White tablecloths are available for the tables provided by us.

Is there a tent included for the outdoor space?
Tents are available from various rental companies, we do not provide one.

Do you provide a bridal dressing room? 
Yes! We have a separate dressing room for the bride located within the events center.

Is there a place for storage of items & clothing? 
We have extra storage available in the event center.

Where will a limo/couple’s car park & pick up?
The couple’s vehicle can drop-off within a few feet of the main entrance and can park adjacent to the event center.

What audio is provided? TVs for videos?
We provide a microphone, built-in speakers, projector and video walls. The depot has a large TV.

Do you have a platform for the DJ or band?
We do not have a platform, but an area of the event center can be used for band set up.

What is the required deposit?
A 50% deposit of the venue rental fee is needed to reserve the space along with a security deposit. General liability insurance is also required and must name the Des Moines Heritage Center as additional insured.