University of Iowa - Iowa Memorial Union




Situated in the heart of University of Iowa’s campus mere blocks away from downtown, the Iowa Memorial Union offers a stately venue that is sure to impress wedding guests! Perfect for university alums or locals searching for a stunning location, the Iowa Memorial Union provides soon-to-be-wed couples with the ideal blend of aesthetic beauty and first class service. Wed your beloved in the charming 1950’s-style chapel across the way before celebrating your union in one of the building’s stunning spaces! The Main Lounge offers a sprawling space ideal for the largest of occasions, making a grand statement with its sky high vaulted ceilings, decorative coffering, majestic chandeliers, adjoining sun room, and arched windows. For smaller occasions, look to the equally elegant Second Floor Ballroom, a commanding yet modern space featuring rich wood paneling, designer inset lighting, and a beautiful balcony complete with wrought iron railing. IMU’s breathtaking event spaces, award-winning chefs, and top notch event planners will work hand-in-hand to create the wedding day of your dreams!

Venue Style



Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 70 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 500 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 500 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 8:00AM. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $260 to $2,800 for a reception and includes 16 hours of rental time excluding set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony ranges from $300 to $400 with reception rental. Same rental fees apply for a ceremony only wedding. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $300/hr. Please note, North River Terrace outdoor reception space is included with the Main lounge rental. Discounts may apply if choosing a wedding date between May 21 thru August 13th 2016. Please inquire with venue for more details. Venue allows cake to be brought it from an outside caterer.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at University of Iowa - Iowa Memorial Union is estimated at between $5,450 and $12,287 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Overnight accommodations available
Day of onsite manager
Complimentary bridal suite
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee
Ceremony chairs included for indoor events only

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by midnight
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