Vander Veer Park

Des Moines



Established in 1885, Vander Veer Botanical Park overflows with delicate flowers and provides a polished and serene setting for your wedding ceremony. It offers two venues: the Rose Garden and Conservatory and the Stampe Lilac Garden Gazebo at Duck Creek. Charming and elegant with fountains and ponds, it reminiscent of a proper afternoon English garden party. It’ll make you want to whip out your best hat, parasol, and dress and serve tea to your guests on the lawn during the reception. Don’t forget the scones and clotted cream. With tree-lined walkways, an elegant gazebo, rolling stretches of grass, and plenty of sunshine, the stage is set for a grand event. After the ceremony, your guests can mill about the park as they admire flowers, sip tea, and maybe even play some croquet. Of course, with all the greenery, the venue is a perfect backdrop for wedding photos, too. Simple but proper, Vander Veer Botanical Park is just the spot for a very charming wedding.

Venue Style

Event Center, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 75 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 75 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 10:00AM. Events must end by 4:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $250 for a ceremony and reception and includes 8 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The set up fee for a ceremony ranges from $0 to $250 with reception rental or $250 for a ceremony only wedding. Additional hours can be arranged, please inquire directly with the venue. A refundable security deposit is required. Please note venue is not open during major holidays. Weekday rentals are typically for 4 hours with additional hours $50/hour.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Vander Veer Park is estimated at between $2,195 and $5,713 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Outdoor lighting
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Public parking
Dance area

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
No smoking
Music must end by midnight
LED candles only