Events

Des Moines Marriott Downtown boasts more than 28,000 square feet of event space, including one of the largest ballrooms in Des Moines, all found within blocks of the convention center. Gather and connect with up to 2,200 guests in our venues. Plan an intimate board meeting, a corporate party or a large conference as our expert staff works tirelessly to bring your vision to life. 28,000 square feet of total event space in downtown Des Moines 14,000-square-foot Des Moines Exhibit Hall (includes Hall of Cities Ballroom) 9,300-square-foot Iowa Ballroom 3,200-square-foot Windows on 7th event space overlooking 7th Street 16 breakout meeting rooms Stay connected with the business-friendly amenities at our downtown hotel venues, including high-speed Internet access and complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby and public areas.

16

Event Rooms

28261 SQ FT

Total Event Space

2200

Capacity Largest Space

16

Breakout Rooms

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Event space classroom setup.

Meetings & Events

Stage events in more than 28,000 square feet of meeting space near the Des Moines convention center

Our contemporary hotel near the convention center has one of the largest ballrooms in Des Moines
Host a private conference or a group breakout sessions in any of our 16 smaller event venues
Make use of high-tech audiovisual equipment and business services in all event venues
Hold your corporate party in Des Moines with a banquet catered by our in-house culinary staff
Manage your event with convenient attendee booking tools, group lists and other business services
Room set up with tables and chairs set in classroom formation
Audiovisual Options

Our experienced staff will inspire your guests with customized menus and high-tech audiovisuals for your event, and custom seating plans so everyone has the best view in the house.

Event space banquet setup.

Weddings & Occasions

Host a joyful celebration of your union here in Des Moines in one of our beautiful wedding venues

Dream weddings don't just happen, they're planned. Marriott Certified Wedding Planners are trained to help. After completing demanding coursework, each Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. Relying on experience, training, tradition and old-fashioned intuition, Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine an overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail. That includes setting an event budget; deciding on a menu; arranging table settings; and finding florists, photographers, a band and other entertainment for the big day.
Accommodate up to 1,200 guests for a memorable wedding reception in our light-filled Iowa Ballroom
Choose one of our smaller suites as the venue for an intimate wedding ceremony or rehearsal dinner
Allow our certified wedding planners to coordinate all the details of your special day in Des Moines
Simplify wedding planning with customizable menus, special decorations and MarriottRegistry.com
Explore our wedding packages, and make your Des Moines, Iowa ceremony one that everyone remembers

Des Moines Wedding Venues

Host an intimate reception or a grand wedding in our array of elegant event venues. Our certified wedding planners offer a refreshingly personal approach to big day that honors your wishes and family traditions. Let us transform every facet of your ceremony and reception from simple to fabulous with our exceptional catering and wedding planning services here in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Windows on 7th

Flooded with natural light, this ground floor space is an ideal setting for an intimate affair. The split level room allows for a dance floor and a separate space for dining.

Round tables set with linens next to wall of windows.

Bridal Suites

Our spacious suites make the ideal location for a bride or grooms ready room, then becomes a romantic setting for the evening.

Bouquet, jewelry and shows laid out on bed.

Location, Location, Location

Located less than five miles from DSM airport, our convenient downtown location is ideal for wedding guests and allows for easy travel around the city.

Aerial View of city buildings.
Table set for meal with plates and silverware.

Food & Beverage

With seasoned banquet chefs and two on-property restaurants, you'll never run out of dining options.

Banquet room with round tables with flower centerpieces set for event.

Preferred Vendors

Our connections with the city's top florists, photographers, and other vendors will make planning your day breeze.

Suite living area with couch and chairs next to windows.

Wedding Packages

Book a package deal with our wedding specialists to include items such as accommodations for the couple, linens, A/V equipment, pre-wedding tastings, and more.

Meeting Room Dimensions (LxWxH) Area (sq.ft) Theater Schoolroom Conference U-Shape Reception Banquet
Iowa Ballroom 78x120x14 9360 1200 675 - - 1200 800
Salon A 30x26x14 780 80 42 25 35 80 40
Salon B 30x26x14 780 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon C 30x26x14 780 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon D 30x78x14 2340 260 120 - - 380 200
Salon E 30x78x14 2340 260 120 - - 380 200
Salon F 30x26x14 780 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon G 30x26x14 780 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon H 30x26x14 780 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon ABC, FGH (each) 30x78x14 2340 260 120 - - 380 200
Salons D & E 60x78x14 4680 300 150 0 0 380 200
Hall of Cities Ballroom 43x104x12 4472 500 325 - - 650 360
Cedar Rapids 26x43x10 1118 100 60 35 35 150 80
Council Bluffs 26x43x10 1118 100 60 35 35 150 80
Davenport 26x43x10 1118 100 60 35 35 150 80
Dubuque 26x43x10 1118 100 60 35 35 150 80
Sioux City 26x29x10 754 80 35 25 25 80 50
Waterloo 26x29x10 754 80 35 25 25 80 50
Des Moines Exhibit Hall 75x130x12 9750 1200 675 - - 1200 800
Des Moines Exhibit Hall & **Hall of Cities Ballroom (combined) -x-x- - 1600 850 - - 2200 1230
Windows on 7th -x-x- 3171 140 56 30 30 200 120
Iowa Ballroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
78x120x14
Area (sq.ft)
9360
Theater
1200
Schoolroom
675
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
1200
Banquet
800
Salon A
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x26x14
Area (sq.ft)
780
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
35
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon B
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x26x14
Area (sq.ft)
780
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon C
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x26x14
Area (sq.ft)
780
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon D
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x78x14
Area (sq.ft)
2340
Theater
260
Schoolroom
120
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Salon E
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x78x14
Area (sq.ft)
2340
Theater
260
Schoolroom
120
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Salon F
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x26x14
Area (sq.ft)
780
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon G
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x26x14
Area (sq.ft)
780
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon H
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x26x14
Area (sq.ft)
780
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon ABC, FGH (each)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
30x78x14
Area (sq.ft)
2340
Theater
260
Schoolroom
120
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Salons D & E
Dimensions (LxWxH)
60x78x14
Area (sq.ft)
4680
Theater
300
Schoolroom
150
Conference
0
U-Shape
0
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Hall of Cities Ballroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
43x104x12
Area (sq.ft)
4472
Theater
500
Schoolroom
325
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
650
Banquet
360
Cedar Rapids
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x43x10
Area (sq.ft)
1118
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Council Bluffs
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x43x10
Area (sq.ft)
1118
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Davenport
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x43x10
Area (sq.ft)
1118
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Dubuque
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x43x10
Area (sq.ft)
1118
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Sioux City
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x29x10
Area (sq.ft)
754
Theater
80
Schoolroom
35
Conference
25
U-Shape
25
Reception
80
Banquet
50
Waterloo
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x29x10
Area (sq.ft)
754
Theater
80
Schoolroom
35
Conference
25
U-Shape
25
Reception
80
Banquet
50
Des Moines Exhibit Hall
Dimensions (LxWxH)
75x130x12
Area (sq.ft)
9750
Theater
1200
Schoolroom
675
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
1200
Banquet
800
Des Moines Exhibit Hall & **Hall of Cities Ballroom (combined)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
-x-x-
Area (sq.ft)
-
Theater
1600
Schoolroom
850
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
2200
Banquet
1230
Windows on 7th
Dimensions (LxWxH)
-x-x-
Area (sq.ft)
3171
Theater
140
Schoolroom
56
Conference
30
U-Shape
30
Reception
200
Banquet
120
Meeting Room Dimensions (LxWxH) Area (sq.mt) Theater Schoolroom Conference U-Shape Reception Banquet
Iowa Ballroom 23.8x36.6x4.3 869.6 1200 675 - - 1200 800
Salon A 9.1x7.9x4.3 72.5 80 42 25 35 80 40
Salon B 9.1x7.9x4.3 72.5 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon C 9.1x7.9x4.3 72.5 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon D 9.1x23.8x4.3 217.4 260 120 - - 380 200
Salon E 9.1x23.8x4.3 217.4 260 120 - - 380 200
Salon F 9.1x7.9x4.3 72.5 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon G 9.1x7.9x4.3 72.5 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon H 9.1x7.9x4.3 72.5 80 42 25 36 80 40
Salon ABC, FGH (each) 9.1x23.8x4.3 217.4 260 120 - - 380 200
Salons D & E 18.3x23.8x4.3 434.8 300 150 0 0 380 200
Hall of Cities Ballroom 13.1x31.7x3.7 415.5 500 325 - - 650 360
Cedar Rapids 7.9x13.1x3 103.9 100 60 35 35 150 80
Council Bluffs 7.9x13.1x3 103.9 100 60 35 35 150 80
Davenport 7.9x13.1x3 103.9 100 60 35 35 150 80
Dubuque 7.9x13.1x3 103.9 100 60 35 35 150 80
Sioux City 7.9x8.8x3 70 80 35 25 25 80 50
Waterloo 7.9x8.8x3 70 80 35 25 25 80 50
Des Moines Exhibit Hall 22.9x39.6x3.7 905.8 1200 675 - - 1200 800
Des Moines Exhibit Hall & **Hall of Cities Ballroom (combined) -x-x- - 1600 850 - - 2200 1230
Windows on 7th -x-x- 294.6 140 56 30 30 200 120
Iowa Ballroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
23.8x36.6x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
869.6
Theater
1200
Schoolroom
675
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
1200
Banquet
800
Salon A
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x7.9x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
72.5
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
35
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon B
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x7.9x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
72.5
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon C
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x7.9x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
72.5
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon D
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x23.8x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
217.4
Theater
260
Schoolroom
120
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Salon E
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x23.8x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
217.4
Theater
260
Schoolroom
120
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Salon F
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x7.9x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
72.5
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon G
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x7.9x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
72.5
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon H
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x7.9x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
72.5
Theater
80
Schoolroom
42
Conference
25
U-Shape
36
Reception
80
Banquet
40
Salon ABC, FGH (each)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.1x23.8x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
217.4
Theater
260
Schoolroom
120
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Salons D & E
Dimensions (LxWxH)
18.3x23.8x4.3
Area (sq.mt)
434.8
Theater
300
Schoolroom
150
Conference
0
U-Shape
0
Reception
380
Banquet
200
Hall of Cities Ballroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.1x31.7x3.7
Area (sq.mt)
415.5
Theater
500
Schoolroom
325
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
650
Banquet
360
Cedar Rapids
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x13.1x3
Area (sq.mt)
103.9
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Council Bluffs
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x13.1x3
Area (sq.mt)
103.9
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Davenport
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x13.1x3
Area (sq.mt)
103.9
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Dubuque
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x13.1x3
Area (sq.mt)
103.9
Theater
100
Schoolroom
60
Conference
35
U-Shape
35
Reception
150
Banquet
80
Sioux City
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x8.8x3
Area (sq.mt)
70
Theater
80
Schoolroom
35
Conference
25
U-Shape
25
Reception
80
Banquet
50
Waterloo
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x8.8x3
Area (sq.mt)
70
Theater
80
Schoolroom
35
Conference
25
U-Shape
25
Reception
80
Banquet
50
Des Moines Exhibit Hall
Dimensions (LxWxH)
22.9x39.6x3.7
Area (sq.mt)
905.8
Theater
1200
Schoolroom
675
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
1200
Banquet
800
Des Moines Exhibit Hall & **Hall of Cities Ballroom (combined)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
-x-x-
Area (sq.mt)
-
Theater
1600
Schoolroom
850
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
2200
Banquet
1230
Windows on 7th
Dimensions (LxWxH)
-x-x-
Area (sq.mt)
294.6
Theater
140
Schoolroom
56
Conference
30
U-Shape
30
Reception
200
Banquet
120
Banquet
Generally used for meals and sessions involving small group discussions. A five foot round table seats eight people comfortably. A six foot round table seats 10 people comfortably.
Conference and Hollow Square
Appropriate for interactive discussions and note-taking sessions for fewer than 25 people. Many hotels have elegant "boardrooms" for 10 to 20 people, equipped with full audiovisual capabilities, a writing board, cork board and a flip chart.
E-Shape, U-Shape and T-Shape
Appropriate for groups of fewer than 40 people. These are best for interaction with a leader seated at the head of the setup. Audiovisual is usually best set up at the open end of the seating.
Theater
Appropriate for large sessions and short lectures that do not require extensive note-taking. This is a convenient setup to use before breaking into discussion or role-playing groups because chairs can be moved.
Reception
Stand-up social function where beverages and light foods are served. Foods may be presented on small buffet tables or passed by servers. May precede a meal function.
Schoolroom or Classroom
The most desirable setup for medium to large-size lectures. Requires a relatively large room. Tables provide attendees with space for spreading out materials and taking notes.
Ovals and Rounds
Generally used for meals and sessions involving small group discussions. A five foot round table seats eight people comfortably. A six foot round table seats 10 people comfortably.
Audio-Visual Equipment
  • AV Technician
  • LCD Panel
  • LCD Projector
  • Microphone
  • PA System
  • TV
  • TV Production Service Provider
  • Video Camera
  • Videoconferencing
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Wired Internet
  • Wireless Internet
Event Services
  • Carpenter
  • Certified Meeting Planner
  • Decorator
  • Electrician
  • Event Lighting
  • Message Service
  • Photographer
  • Registration Service
  • Security Guards
Event Equipment & Supplies
  • Easels
  • Flip Chart & Markers
  • Installed Stage
  • Name Cards
  • Pens / Pencils / Notepad
  • Podium Lectern
  • Portable Stage
  • Stack Chairs
  • Tables
Business Services
  • Computers
  • Copy Service
  • Fax Service
  • Overnight Delivery/Pickup
  • Post/Parcel
Catering Services
  • Afternoon Break:$15.00 / Person
  • Coffee Break:$15.00 / Person
  • Continental Breakfast:$19.25 / Person
  • Dinner:$60.00 / Person
  • Full Breakfast:$20.00 / Person
  • Lunch:$24.00 / Person
  • Reception:$50.00 / Person
  • F+B stations include protective sneeze guards
  • Meeting space capacities and configurations follow social distancing guidelines
  • Offers single serve F+B options
  • Third-party partners comply with MI cleanliness standards