Iowa Event Center

Des Moines



The Iowa Events Center is a multi-venue complex in Polk County, Iowa. Aside from the 17,000 seat Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center has many options for you to host your wedding ceremony and reception. Opened in the fall of 2004, Hy-Vee Hall is the state’s largest exhibit hall with 100,000 square feet of space. The Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center is connected to Hy-Vee Hall and Wells Fargo Arena and boasts: 29 meeting rooms, the state’s largest ballroom at 28,730 square feet, and a tribute to Iowa’s military past, present and future in Memorial Hall. The enormous ballroom is magnificent, complete with colorful lighting, room for your ceremonial altar and reception dance floor, and sky high ceilings. Originally constructed in 1955 as an auditorium before being repurposed into the state-of-the-art facility—artwork and commemorative items are displayed throughout the facility showcasing Iowa artists, paying tribute to past events, and providing a tribute to Iowa’s veterans.

Venue Style

Event Center


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 600 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 800 guests

Time Restrictions

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

Rental Fees

There is no rental fee for the reception but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The venue allows 16 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. The fee for a wedding ceremony is $500.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Iowa Event Center is estimated at between $4,532 and $7,979 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Valet or public parking for a fee

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Exclusive caterer for venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Music must end by midnight