Venue Walkthrough: Salisbury House And Gardens (10)

Today we’re here with Bonnie B. for a walkthrough of the gorgeous venue Salisbury House And Gardens, located in Des Moines, Iowa. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about your venue:

Salisbury House was built from 1923-1928 as the family home of cosmetic magnate, Carl Weeks. The home consists of Tudor stone work, Gothic arches and Carolean brickwork and was inspired by the King’s House in Salisbury, England. The stately interior offers exquisite architectural detail with intricate woodwork, leaded glass windows and 42 rooms filled with rare and historic collections.  The majestic house is nestled atop picturesque gardens that are encased by serene woodlands, providing an intimate setting for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions.

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Photo credit: Todd White Photography

What makes your venue unique?

We offer something different from the typical banquet hall. Carl Weeks spared no expense to detail when he built this house and it naturally exudes elegance and romance.    There is warmth and history here.  Carl was an avid collector of books, art, historic documents, musical instruments, and decorative items.  The collections this family amassed and their home furnishings are still housed within these walls and have been left to be preserved for the enjoyment of others.  Our collection includes many priceless works of art and even includes signed books and documents by Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, and Queen Elizabeth I.  Salisbury House truly is a hidden gem that is nestled into a quiet, charming neighborhood amongst majestic oak trees.  We offer an elegant setting that requires little to no adornment to make events magical. I can’t think of another venue in Iowa that offers such a stunning backdrop and yet showcases such depth in architecture, art, literature, music, and history.

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Photo credit: Austin Hyler Day

Do you target any particular niche?

Our venue is quite universal. We’ve hosted a variety of events here – marriage proposals, weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, memorials, birthday parties, corporate luncheons, holiday dinner parties, galas, anniversary celebrations, etc.  Our interior rooms allow for intimate gatherings and ceremonies while the outdoor gardens and terraces can accommodate much larger groups in varying sizes.

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Photo credit: Austin Hyler Day

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What’s your favorite part of the job?

I truly enjoy the variety of clients that we work with. It always amazes me how each client envisions their party here in a slightly different way.  No two parties are ever the same and I enjoy watching the individuality of each vision come to fruition.

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Photo credit: McClanahan Studio

How do you help couples customize their weddings?

The unique room settings, terraces, archways and niches allow the venue to function creatively for each event.  Salisbury House is an amazing environment, indoors or out, and lends itself well to a variety of themes, genres, and color palettes.  It’s not uncommon for us to host a roaring 20’s Gatsby themed party one weekend and a contemporary wedding with outdoor lounge furniture the next.

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Photo credit: McClanahan Studio

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Do you have any funny stories about a past wedding or event?

We recently had a maid of honor lose the groom’s wedding ring just seconds before the bridal party was supposed to walk down the aisle.  After a few tense moments and some frantic searching, the missing ring was found…in the folds of the bride’s wedding dress!  Lesson of the day: beware of poufy skirts!

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

No matter how much planning someone has put into organizing their special day, there will at some point be a hiccup in the master plan that’s beyond our control.  Considering a majority of our wedding ceremonies take place outdoor, for us that usually involves the weather.  I’ve learned to remain calm and stay positive regardless of what the predictions state and to always have a backup plan on hand before the big day arrives just in case the weather man is right this time!

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Photo credit: Kerri Photography

Thanks Bonnie! For more about Salisbury House and Gardens, check out their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile, or head straight to their website.

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