Tying the knot in Cedar Rapids? Lucky you! It’s a beautiful, artistic city home to tonnes of culture and, more importantly, plenty of stunning places to get married.
Catering to a variety of budgets, wedding party and ceremony sizes, as well as tastes and desires, you’re sure to find your dream place to get hitched on this list.
With some old favorites, a couple of brand new venues and some totally out there suggestions for those individuals seeking something spectacular, today could be the day you finally book a venue!
Elmcrest Country Club
1 Zach Johnson Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Scenic and spacious, this formal wedding venue boasts stunning greenery and perfectly dressed tables, right in the heart of Cedar Rapids’ suburbs.
Rustic charm and contemporary necessities combine to make a modern yet tasteful place to finally say “I do” – their impressive team of well trained staff are the cherry on top of an extravagant day and night. Everything you’d expect of a country club, from impeccable service to gorgeous interiors, is present and correct- and then some.
Ashton Hill Farm
803 Vernon Valley Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Transforming the humble barn into a breathtaking wedding venue in a custom-built setting that was perfectly designed to complement your special day, Ashton Hill Farm is a dream come true for those seeking countryside chic.
Suited for up to 300 guests indoors in 7000 square feet of event space, you can wine, dine and entertain your loved ones in the sophisticated interior and then head to the outdoor fire pits for cozy final drinks.
Epic Event Center
2987 Epic Drive, Marion, Iowa
Owned and operated by the Sunderman family, Epic Event Center is a large, attractive venue, remodelled by the husband and wife team behind it. Suiting smaller gatherings and big bold ceremonies for up to 450, you can choose one of three on site ceremony locations.
Two of those are outside, with picture-perfect views that include a gorgeous willow tree, pond and gazebo. It might be a little outside of Cedar Rapids, but it’s close enough to be considered for this list – and definitely worth considering.
The Midnight Gem
315 E.5th St, STE 202, Waterloo, IA 50703
Launching in the summer of 2022, this brand new venue is a combination of modern and industrial in a perfect location just a few miles from the Eastern Iowa Airport.
A vaulted indoor reception hall has gorgeous original beams, accompanied by a glorious outdoor patio which looks out onto stunning natural farmland. Get in while they’re still a new business and take advantage of all of the offers they’re giving their first customers!
Clark Alumni House At Coe College
The Clark Alumni House, Coe College, 1220 First Ave, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Once a Kohawk, always a Kohawk, right? And even if not, the gorgeous campus is home to numerous historic buildings and incredibly photogenic courtyards with plenty of greenery for your backdrop.
Utilize the stunning reception room which overlooks a truly picturesque formal garden, complete with its very own full-sized water fountain, ideal if you want to get married outside. Who doesn’t want to get married in the same place they puked at many different frat parties!?
411 6th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
This is certainly one of the newer venues to get hitched out in Cedar Rapids, but it’s quickly become a very popular choice, thanks to the gorgeous exposed brick and plenty of beautiful golden hour light. Plenty of room for four hundred guests plus a central location close to all manner of photography spots, it’s an up-and-coming, modern place for your nuptials.
97 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA (319.365.0759)
In the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids you’ll find the Eastbank Venue, which transformed the Smulekoff’s building – an Iowa institution – into an urban wedding venue fit for the finest socialites. It’s ideal for larger parties, capable of accommodating 475 guests, and they provide everything from stunning Italian furniture to gorgeous china and flatware.
350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401
Want something classic, traditional and chic? Opt for the Hilton’s DoubleTree Hotel, which boasts an iconic reception hall, its own in-house catering team as well as more than enough room for all of your guests. Given its perfect downtown location, you can go out to have photographs with some stunning buildings without having to go more than five minutes from your venue!
The Hotel At Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404
For those desiring a combination of classic ballroom and modern luxury, look no further than The Hotel At Kirkwood, which adopts a traditional black and white color scheme in its stunning reception space.
Also available for your use are the impressive presidential suite, conference rooms and two ceremony spaces, both indoors and outdoors. You’ll also find they have some of the most delicious catering around, so make sure you get to eat the food on your big day!
The Olympic Theater
1202 3rd St SE, Suite 200 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
The Olympic may only be a few years old but this Southside location in the NewBo District of downtown Cedar Rapids is already booked up in advance for the foreseeable future.
As an old building it is packed full of historical features and traditional charm, but the whole venue has been modernized and newly renovated to encapsulate a contemporary take on classic wedding spaces. Plus, next door’s NewBo City Market makes the perfect stage for an outdoor ceremony!
Ushers Ferry Historic Village
101 First Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Many Cedar Rapids natives will have visited Ushers Ferry on field trips in elementary school, so they’ll be familiar with this awe-inspiring place to get married.
With ten acres of stunning land on the Seminole Valley, this historic town renovated the historic buildings of the 20th Century and brought them to the future, with the quaintest little village church that works perfectly for smaller ceremonies.
Your options for reception venues include a renovated lodge for up to 300, or a huge gazebo in the middle of Ushers Ferry which makes for a truly beautiful outdoor wedding. Plus, your wedding photos will be some of the most unique and attractive around!
90 Twixt Town RD NE, Cedar Rapids IA, 52402
As an all-in-one venue, the Grand Ballroom of The Longbranch serves as a more than memorable place to say “I do” – all of the couples who have tied the knot there attest to the staff’s ability to care for every single minute detail of their days.
As a Best Western Plus, you know you’ve got a reputable brand behind making sure your day goes off without a hitch – the event managers are on hand to help you customize everything to your heart’s content.
2121 Bowling Street SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404 (or 100 South Cedar Street, Solon, Iowa 52333)
Boasting four major places for your wedding to take place, The Avacentre has everything, from a chapel area to a fully-equipped banquet facility and a patio with pergola and gazebo.
Ready to accommodate a variety of special events, you’ll find this venue might have less glitz and glamor, but for a more affordable, traditional ceremony, you’ll struggle to find better than this classic location.
Cedar Ridge Winery
1441 Marak Rd, Swisher IA, 52338
Stunning views, incredible vineyards and all of the wine you could drink: what more do you want for your big day?! Get married with the most beautiful backdrops possible if you want an outdoor wedding, or opt for their equally as breathtaking indoor reception venue, with huge sliding doors opening up to bring the outdoors in.
And forget a stuffy sit down meal: take advantage of those brick ovens and let your guests enjoy homemade, stonebaked pizza all night long. Plus, you get a considerable booze discount in comparison to other places – a win-win situation.
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404
Last but by no means least, you have the Czech Museum located in Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village, an iconic Iowa landmark home to some of the most beautiful architecture you’ll ever get for your wedding pictures to take place around.
Those seeking unique experiences during their big day might appreciate this weird and wonderful place to host their big day. A full service bar, dressing room and experienced co-ordinators on hand to help means this might be a museum, but they sure know how to pull off a wedding.