Known for its eclectic and artsy vibe, Iowa City is certainly no stranger to outstanding and memorable weddings. There are tons of wedding venues to choose from in this locale with couples being able to say “I do” in gorgeous locations like the heart of Iowa City’s charming downtown area. For younger couples, Iowa City exudes a uniquely youthful vibe courtesy of the University of Iowa campus, while couples eager for a green venue can try locations along the banks of Iowa River. Couples planning on a wedding in Iowa City can be sure of one thing: gorgeous and versatile wedding locations are in no short supply.
1.Bella Sala Event Center
© Bella Sala Event Center
If you’re looking for experience, the Bella Sala Event Center has it in spades being the most experienced locally owned venue in Iowa City. Couples can look forward to great options for ceremonies and receptions alike with Bella Sala’s spacious venues. The largest indoor banquet hall at Bella Sala, for example, can accommodate up to 650 guests. Meanwhile, there is a spectacular waterfall terrace at the event center which serves as a spectacular outdoor location for ceremonies and receptions alike. For couples who aren’t quite sure what they want yet, the event center presents various options for their consideration and to help make the selection process a breeze.
205 S. Park Road, Tiffin, Iowa 52340, Phone: 319-545-4255
2.Brown Deer Golf Club
© Brown Deer Golf Club
A wedding at a golf club? Yes! The Brown Deer Golf Club is known for making memories par for the course, after all! The Brown Deer Golf Club is home to elegant meeting and function rooms, the largest of which is good enough for 240 guests. Venues are characterized by large windows, a gorgeous view of the golf course, and a peaceful atmosphere, which lends itself well to the romantic nature of weddings. Couples can choose between the Half Banquet Hall, the Full Banquet Hall, Patio and Event Canopy, or the Lower Level Event Space. Foodies can also look forward to exquisite catering provided by the Marriot Hotel.
1900 Country Club Drive, Coralville, Iowa 52241, Phone: 319-248-9300
3.Clarion Highlander Hotel
© Clarion Highlander Hotel
Everything a couple could possibly need for their special day can be found at the Clarion Highlander Hotel. Professional sales staff? Check! Their staff goes out of their way to walk with you step by step until the big day itself. Elegant facilities? Check again! The Clarion Highlander Hotel’s gorgeous ballrooms can fit up to 400 guests and still look absolutely snazzy. Tons of packages to choose from? Check, check and check! The Clarion offers various services, which can be packaged together depending on your needs. For example, need accommodations? Want bar or catering service? Want rentals or even WiFi? The Clarion’s got you and your wedding covered.
22525 N Doge Street, Iowa City, 52245, Phone: 319-354-2000
4.Coralville Marriot Hotel
© Coralville Marriot Hotel
If there’s one thing that Coralville Marriot Hotel can boast about unabashedly, it’s their spectacular service. Wedding planners at Coralville all undergo extensive and demanding coursework just to be able to plan a particular wedding. Their experience and dedication to their clients have allowed them to plan various kinds of weddings from ethnic to military. Of course, this isn’t the only thing that Coralville Marriot has to offer. Their venue and accommodations are plush, to say the least, and have stunning interiors matched with gorgeous marble floors. Meanwhile, the culinary service is absolutely delightful with buffet, plated and station meals, cocktail receptions, hors d’ oeuvres and more available.
300 East 9th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241, Phone: 319-283-5608
© Elks Lodge
Practically an Iowa City institution, the Elks Lodge is the only private club in the city with an outdoor swimming pool and an award-winning golf course! Though there are several Elks Lodges around the state, this one in particular is one of the largest in Iowa, and frequently plays host to a number of special events – weddings included. The banquet facilities at Elks Lodge can accommodate up to 170 guests in a 3,000 square foot room with gorgeous large windows overlooking the golf course. The lodge also offers in-house catering, which is easily customizable, and can dish up food for dinner or lunch receptions or cocktail and hors d’oeuvres receptions, too.
637 Foster Road, Iowa City, Iowa 52245, Phone: 319-351-3700
6.Englert Civic Theatre
© Englert Civic Theatre
Who says every wedding has to be according to tradition? At the Englert Civic Theatre, non-traditional weddings shine in all of their wonder and beauty, hosting couples of all ages, races or ethnicities, and whatnot. Oozing with inherent beauty, couples can use the charm and feel of Englert to inspire their motif, but that doesn’t mean that the Englert isn’t versatile. In many ways, the event space of the theatre serves as a blank canvas that can be transformed with just one well placed light. The team at Englert Civic Center is already more than ready to help you design your look for the ceremony and reception, so that every moment captured in photo and video is spectacular.
221 E. Washington Street, Downtown Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-688-2653
7.First Avenue Club
© First Avenue Club
Known for its terrific value and versatile space, the First Avenue Club is a great venue option for couples who want all of the glamor of their dream wedding without having to break the bank. The First Avenue Club comfortably accommodates 500 guests and is practically a chameleon when it comes to design and style. When it comes to food, First Avenue Club delivers delightful buffets for dinner receptions, but are also more than happy to fix up lighter offerings for small soirees with their in-house delicacies. If there’s one thing that First Avenue Club does well, it’s an amazing party at half the price!
1550 South First Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-337-5527
8.Graduate Iowa City
© Graduate Iowa City
Couples dreaming of a grand wedding ought to pay a visit to the Graduate Hotel. Priding themselves on their whip-smart, professional and friendly staff, the hotel promises seamless wedding coordination that’s just as good as their venue is gorgeous. Located on the Ped Mall, right in the heart of Iowa City’s gorgeous downtown area, the Graduate Hotel has a college-esque vibe, which is characterized by their impressively decorated lobby. Eye-catching writing on the wall and books stacked high don’t just trigger nostalgia, they also lend a gorgeous quality to any wedding. The best venue in the hotel is undoubtedly the Wayne Ballroom with its lavish finishes and pre-function space that will keep guests comfortable and entertained during cocktail hour.
210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 654-777-8888
© Hancher Auditorium
A multidisciplinary performing arts center by day and gorgeous events center by night, the Hancher Auditorium isn’t your typical wedding venue. In fact, the Hancher Auditorium is practically the heart of the college scene thanks to its location within the University of Iowa’s campus. As one of the newest buildings on campus, the Hancher Auditorium brings a sleek and modern architectural vibe to weddings with notable features like beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and fantastic views of the UI campus. The venue can host between 150 – 250 guests and provides services such as customized lighting, custodial services, and a great dance floor.
141 East Park Road, Iowa City, Iowa, Phone: 319-335-1131
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© Hotel Vetro
A big part of the selection process for wedding venues is location, and when it comes to venues with fantastic locations, the Hotel Vetro certainly makes it to the list. Located right in the center of Iowa City, the Hotel Vetro’s central location makes it a breeze for guests to come and take part in a couple’s special day. Aside from location, Hotel Vetro has beautiful interiors and spaces that are great for grand weddings and intimate celebrations alike. The ballrooms can accommodate up to 300 guests in both indoor and outdoor locations, while rentals and valet parking can be included in wedding packages.
201 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-248-4407
11.Iowa Memorial Union
© Iowa Memorial Union
Whether you’re hosting a large wedding or celebrating with a small and intimate group of people, the Iowa Memorial Union in the University of Iowa has got you covered. The venue provides couples with comprehensive services with the intention and desire to make what can be a completely stressful experience absolutely worry free. There are two elegant ballrooms to chose from at the Iowa Memorial Union, while alternative spaces are also available for smaller wedding receptions. Other services include in-house catering, award-winning chefs, and assigned wedding coordinators. For couples who have guests coming in from out of town and need a place to stay, there’s an attached hotel that is absolutely gorgeous and offers competitive prices.
12 N. Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, Phone: 319-353-4468
12.KC Family Center
Affordable and cozy, the KC Family Center offers couples an intimate setting for what is bound to be the most memorable day of their lives. Eager to celebrate with you, the KC Family Center features a reception space that has a homey ambience and versatile features that can be dressed up or left simple depending on the tastes of the couple. Apart from the rental of their venue, the KC Family Center also coordinates with their preferred caterer to help craft and design a menu suited to the tastes of the husband and wife to be. It doesn’t matter if you prefer gourmet food or a more down-to-earth family-style menu, the KC Family Center will work to make sure that your wants and preferences are delivered with style and great service.
4776 American Legion Road, Iowa City, Iowa 522240, Phone: 319-341-9097
Weddings are a clear touchdown when their hosted at the Kinnick Stadium, especially when you’re an avid sports fan! Couples can exchange vows before a gathering of friends and family at the Kinnick Stadium Press Box, which boasts of state-of-the-art amenities. As a lovely accent to a modern venue, the Kinnick Stadium still retains a sense of tradition and ambiance that is classic of a sports venue. All venues at the Kinnick Stadium are indoor with photo opportunities at the bleachers or on the field easily arranged. Bridal parties may also use the President’s Suite to prepare for the big day, while the venue may be rented for up to 6 hours.
825 Stadium Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, Phone: 319-384-2964
14.Little Lights Events
© Little Lights Events
Sometimes you’ve got to go a little bit out of your way to find something spectacular. Intimate, inarguably stylish and undeniably picturesque, Little Lights Events is a short 15-minute drive east of Iowa City. It delivers tons of style and class at an affordable rate that’s nearly unbelievable given its dreamy event space along West Branch’s Main Street. It doesn’t matter if you’re expecting a ton of guests or just a handful of your nearest and dearest, Little Lights Events will pull off a Pinterest-worthy celebration that captures your vision and ideal elements in one of their two event venues.
102 W Main Street, West Branch, Iowa 52358, Phone: 319-330-4607
15.North Ridge Pavilion
Great for every season, the North Ridge Pavilion is just the right size for a wedding reception of 100 guests. The venue is home to 1,700 square feet of space that can be dressed up or down depending on a couple’s preference and is also easily accessible through Coralville’s Holiday Road. Rustic and with access to spectacular nature, the pavilion offers the use of their deck and veranda while the spacious lawn is great for photo opportunities and outdoor occasions. Meanwhile, the gas fireplace adds a homey touch and cozy atmosphere to any wedding. Whether you’re having your wedding catered or taking care of the food yourself, the North Ridge Pavilion allows the use of their on-site kitchen to make meal preparations a breeze.
2250 Holiday Road, Coralville, Iowa 52241, Phone: 319-248-1750
© Old Brick
Exchange vows and begin your journey as newlyweds at Old Brick, a historic Iowa City landmark in the heart of the University of Iowa campus. Just one look at the Old Brick is enough to let you know that there’s something special about this place. Filled with rustic charm and understated elegance, the Old Brick marries old country charm with all of the modern standards of today’s wedding venues. This venue is perfect for couples who want something different from a banquet hall but aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeps and sit down for some DIY décor. The Old Brick can be rented for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions alike with their ballroom capable of accommodating 300 guests in rows or 250 guests for a sit-down reception.
26 E. Market Street, Downtown Iowa City, Iowa, Phone: 319-3351-2626
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© Orchard Green
For some couples, the most important detail of the menu is the food and the drinks. If that’s the case for you and your spouse-to-be, the Orchard Green is one of the best wedding venues in all of Iowa City and likely the best option for you. A premier fine dining establishment, the Orchard Green has a bold and natural menu that is lovingly prepared with fresh, hand-picked, seasonal ingredients. That’s not to say that the Orchard Green isn’t a gorgeous venue. The dining room is perfect for intimate celebrations and has an elegant interior thanks to its chandeliered cathedral ceilings and cozy downstairs lounge.
521 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-354-1642
18.Palmers House Stable
© Palmers House Stable
We’ve heard of barn weddings and warehouse weddings, but a stable wedding is a whole other ball game. Palmer House Stable specializes in non-traditional weddings and is well know for giving their clients free reign, literally. There are no vendor policies or restrictions at the stable, which means you can do exactly what you want to achieve your dream wedding. Why? Well, at Palmers House Stable, they believe that women don’t spend years visualizing their special day just to give it all up cause a venue won’t accept their dream vendor. Couples can make use of various event spaces at the stable such as covered outdoor reception areas, a dressing room, indoor event spaces, and even on-site accommodations.
200 East Main Street, Solon, Iowa 52333, Phone: 319-400-2908
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19.Paul W. Brechler Press Box
If you’re a football fan, love the Iowa Hawkeyes or just want a wedding in a modern and state-of-the-art facility, the Paul W. Brechler Press Box might just be the place for you. This venue is just two miles off of the I-80 and is easily accessible in the University of Iowa Campus. It oozes sophistication and boasts of first-class amenities, all of which contribute to a luxurious celebration above the stadium field. Depending on the expected size of the wedding party, couples can opt to use various lounges in the press box such as the McCord Club Lounge, the Mediacom Outdoor Club, the University of Iowa President’s Suite, or the University of Iowa Athletic Director’s lounge.
825 Stadium Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245, Phone: 319-335-9327
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© Radisson Hotel
Straddling the divide between Coralville and Iowa City, the Radisson Hotel is a favored wedding venue in the area. It features modern event space that is 6,500 square feet large that is decorated with artistically with metallic accents, a built-in fireplace, contemporary wall art and gorgeous patterned carpets. There are also interior stone accents that elevate the charm and appeal of the Radisson Hotel’s ballroom. Wedding packages are offered by the hotel, which include creative and innovative cuisine care of the hotel’s well trained and passionate staff. Guests can tuck into spectacular meals like prime rib, beef tenderloin, portobello wellingtons and more.
1220 First Avenue, Coralville, Iowa 52241, Phone: 319-318-0862
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21.Secrest Octagonal Barn
© Secrest Octagonal Barn
Dreaming of a rustic and rural vibe for your wedding? It truly doesn’t get any better than the Secrest Octagonal Barn. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the barn was built in 1883 and is one of Iowa’s hidden gems. Despite the secluded atmosphere that it embodies, the Secrest Octagonal Barn is actually only 20 minutes to the east of Iowa City and is perfect for couples who want to tie the knot in a gorgeous barn setting. Aside from the to-die-for photographs that a wedding in this location would produce, the Secrest Octagonal Barn has the space and capacity to keep guests entertained with lawn games and outdoor reception innovations.
5750 Osage Street SE, West Liberty, Iowa 52776, Phone: 319-337-2544
22.The Celebration Farm
© The Celebration Farm
If we had to describe the Celebration Farm in two words, it would be “simply extraordinary”. There’s just something about the Celebration Farm that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to mythical realm with its gorgeous stone arches, bricked paths and towering trees. Outdoor ceremonies are breathtaking at the farm’s Amphitheater, which can accommodate 300 guests seated theater style and features a pond with a backdrop of wooded land. Meanwhile the Timber Frame Barn, and the Double Round Barn, with a seating capacity of 150 guests and 300 guests respectively, make spectacular venues for memorable receptions with a touch of country.
4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-631-8116
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23.The Kirkwood Room
Characterized by an intimate and inviting event space, the Kirkwood Room at Governor’s Ridge is ideal for small wedding parties of about 100 guests. Their professional service is made even more special by the way they pay attention to each couple that celebrates at their venue. Because they pay such careful attention to details, the event team at the Kirkwood Room promises a unique and unforgettable event with all the right details. To add some bang to your buck, the Kirkwood Room also offers state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment to give your wedding program an extra edge, as well as tables, chairs, and beautiful china.
515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-337-7778
24.Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon
© Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon
Weddings don’t always have to be fancy occasions. Sometimes, all it takes is great company, some fantastic food, live music and the bride and groom to make a wedding remarkable. For couples who don’t want much fuss and just want to have a good time on their wedding day, the Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon is eager to please. Home to award-winning barbecue and a hub for amazing live music, Wildwood is no stranger to throwing huge parties. The entire venue seats 500 guests, 300 guests on the ground floor with 200 guests on the second floor and is more than eager to cater your special day.
4919 Walleye Drive SE, Iowa City, Iowa, Phone: 319-333-1750
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© Wilson’s Orchard
Surround yourself and your wedding guests with stunning apple trees when you get married at Wilson’s Orchard. This U-Pick apple orchard is surrounded by a charming oak forest, while a lovely farm sits on the side of a valley nearby Rapid Creek. While it’s known more for its apple picking, Wilson’s Orchard is an undeniably beautiful venue for nature loving couples. The barn itself is a towering structure that lends a quiet charm to wedding photographs. Inside, the venue is spacious and easily designed to pull off whatever look and feel the special couple has in mind. Pro tip? The heavy beams that stretch throughout the room of the barn are great for hanging fairy lights, which makes weddings just that much more magical.
4823 Dingleberry Road NE, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, Phone: 319-354-5651
25 Best Wedding Venues in Iowa City
- Bella Sala Event Center, Photo: Bella Sala Event Center
- Brown Deer Golf Club, Photo: Brown Deer Golf Club
- Clarion Highlander Hotel, Photo: Clarion Highlander Hotel
- Coralville Marriot Hotel, Photo: Coralville Marriot Hotel
- Elks Lodge, Photo: Elks Lodge
- Englert Civic Theatre, Photo: Englert Civic Theatre
- First Avenue Club, Photo: First Avenue Club
- Graduate Iowa City, Photo: Graduate Iowa City
- Hancher Auditorium, Photo: Hancher Auditorium
- Hotel Vetro, Photo: Hotel Vetro
- Iowa Memorial Union, Photo: Iowa Memorial Union
- KC Family Center, Photo: Svetlana/stock.adobe.com
- Kinnick Stadium, Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com
- Little Lights Events, Photo: Little Lights Events
- North Ridge Pavilion, Photo: Anastasia/stock.adobe.com
- Old Brick, Photo: Old Brick
- Orchard Green, Photo: Orchard Green
- Palmers House Stable, Photo: Palmers House Stable
- Paul W. Brechler Press Box, Photo: Vladimir/stock.adobe.com
- Radisson Hotel, Photo: Radisson Hotel
- Secrest Octagonal Barn, Photo: Secrest Octagonal Barn
- The Celebration Farm, Photo: The Celebration Farm
- The Kirkwood Room, Photo: pyrozenko13/stock.adobe.com
- Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon, Photo: Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon
- Wilson’s Orchard, Photo: Wilson’s Orchard
- Cover Photo: ver0nicka/stock.adobe.com