Frequently asked questions
What are the rental hours?
Full day rentals may access the space as early as 9 AM. Events must end no later than 11 PM with the venue being cleared of decor and personal items by 12 AM (midnight). Hourly and half day rental hours vary.
Do you allow outside catering?
Yes. We have provide list of preferred caterers who are experienced with our venue and approved to work in the space. Other caterers may be used with prior approval.
DO YOU HAVE A CATERING KITCHEN?
Yes, we have a catering kitchen with counters, sinks, and an ice machine.
WHat is the policy on alcohol?
The Des Moines Heritage Center has partnered with Your Private Bar as the exclusive beverage partner for all events.
All alcohol must be served by licensed and insured entities.
What is the maximum capacity?
The Depot – 80
The Event Center – 260 with dance floor, 300 without a dance floor, and 400 when seating in theater style.
May small weddings use only the depot for wedding and reception?
Yes! Connect with our event manager today to learn more!
how many chairs and tables will be provided?
We provide 300 chairs. Tables provided include; 30 round tables, 10 cocktail tables, and 16 rectangle tables.
Do you provide tablecloths?
For Friday and Saturday events, floor length linens are included in your rental. Weekday events are welcome to rent linens through the venue for $15 per linen.
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 Event 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 VIDEO?
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 and DJ set up. You are welcome to rent your own staging, too!
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED DEPOSIT?
Upon signing a contract, 50% deposit of the venue rental fee is needed to reserve the space.