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Where to Buy Local for Weddings in DSM

2021 Weddings Guide

November 15, 2023

It’s easy to give an enthusiastic, “YES!” when a loved one asks to get married. But the reality of planning a wedding can feel a bit overwhelming. Luckily there are amazing local business that are here to make the big day extra special.

To help plan and shop for wedding essentials, the Greater Des Moines Partnership has curated a number of #DSMLocal small businesses that specialize in everything from wedding dresses and tuxedos to wedding cake and wedding event venues. Start the wedding shopping journey by looking local first while supporting Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses.

Wedding Dresses + Tuxedos in Greater Des Moines

Bridal Connection

Featured Item:Wedding/Bridesmaid Dresses, Tuxedos
Description: Bridal Connection in Ankeny offers formalwear for the entire wedding party. 

Holland Bridal Shoppe

Featured Item: Wedding Dresses
Description: Take a day trip to Pella to try on wedding dresses. Sign up for an appointment and you’ll get at least 90 minutes of undivided attention.

Milroy's Tuxedos

Featured Item: Tuxedos
Description: Rent or buy from Milroy's. You can even get out of town measurements from a local professional and submit them online to Milroy's.

Perry Bridal

Featured Item: Wedding Dresses
Description: Perry Bridal, located in Urbandale, offers wedding dresses and a shopping experience with individualized attention.

Find more bridal Members in DSM here.

Wedding Cakes + Desserts in Greater Des Moines

The Bake Shoppe

Featured Item: Wedding Cake
Description: The Bake Shoppe is famous for its champagne cake, but all the flavors they offer are sure to impress.

Cha Cha's Hiland Bakery

Featured Item: Desserts for Any Occasion
Description: Cha Cha's specializes indonuts, cookies and pastries, but serves other items as well, including quiche, feta rolls and more.

Creme Cupcake + Dessert

Featured Item: Gourmet Cupcakes
Description: Order gourmet cupcakes and desserts by the dozen in each flavor of your choice

Molly's Cupcakes

Featured Item: Gourmet Cupcakes
Description: Schedule a complimentary wedding tasting session and pick the perfect flavors.

Over the Top Ice Cream

Featured Item: Ice Cream Catering
Description: Over the Top offers single scoops and sundaes with toppings for rehearsal dinners and weddings.

The Queen of Cheesecakes

Featured Item: Original Cheesecake
Description: Choose from varieties including Sweet Potato, Pecan Pie Cheesecake and Snickers. 

Twisted Cakes by Linsey

Featured Item: Custom Cakes
Description: This is not your average wedding cake. She is a home baker, who makes one-of-a-kind custom cakes.

Wedding Catering in Greater Des Moines


Featured Item: Catering
Description: Customizable menus and they are the preferred food and beverage vendor for many Des Moines venues.

Bon Appetit Catering

Featured Item: Buffet Catering
Description: Opt for their BBQ for a rehearsal dinner or their black tie buffet for the big day. This caterer will be a crowd pleaser. 

Great Caterers of Iowa

Featured Item: Catering
Description: Book Great Caterers of Iowa for a wide selection of budget-friendly food and drink options.

Sunflower Chef Catering

Featured Item: Wedding Buffets
Description: Along with wedding buffets, Sunflower in Adel also offers hors d' oeuvres, trays and platters, hot food, desserts and box lunches.

Find more Member catering services in DSM here.

Wedding Flowers in Greater Des Moines

Bates Flowers by Design

Featured Item: Floral Design
Description: Certified Floral Designers will help make your wedding flower dreams come true.

Evergreen and Lily Floral Studio & Gifts

Featured Item: Wedding & Event Centerpieces
Description: Let Evergreen and Lily help you to design your wedding centerpieces and floral decorations. Prices vary on design.

Wedding Hair + Makeup Professionals in Greater Des Moines

Anani Salon & Spa

Featured Item: Wedding Services
Description: In Ankeny, Anani offers a bridal hair package, formal makeup application and airbrush formal application.

Art of Life Salon

Featured Item: Bridal Hair + Makeup Packages
Description: Get a practice updo so you know what to expect on the big day. You can also book services for the whole bridal party. 

The Hair Designer Salon & Spa

Featured Item: Bridal Style + Makeup Application
Description: Altoona's Hair FX Salon and Spa offers special occasion styling, makeup application and airbrush makeup.

Salon Seven O

Featured Item: Aveda Hair Care Products
Description: Urbandale's Salon Seven O has the most recent Aveda bestsellers. From Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo to NutriplenishTM Leave-In Conditioner, these products will help you stay stylish on your big day.

Trixie's Salon

Featured Item: Bridal Hair
Description: Let Trixie's Salon and Spa assist with your bridal services. From updos to shampoos to makeup and lashes, Trixie's will have you ready for your big day.

Find more Member hair salons in DSM here.

Wedding Musicians + DJs in Greater Des Moines

A Special Event DJ

Featured Item:
Description: A Special Event DJ offers a Premier DJ Package that includes everything you need for your wedding reception, including decor rentals and photo booths.

DJ DAS Entertainment

Featured Item: Personalized Music
Description: DJ DAS Entertainment, a father and son business, will provide the perfect soundtrack for your special day

DSM Dance Party DJs

Featured Item: Slate White Dance Floor
Description: Not only does DSM Dance Party DJs offer a Slate White Dance Floor to elevate your event, but you can find Firework Fountains, a Sparkler Fall, monograms, lightscaping services and more with this local business.

Find more Member DJs in DSM here.

Wedding Planning, Decor + Rental in Greater Des Moines

Bella Love Event Venue

Featured Item: Customizable Space
Description: Let Bella Love create a memorable experience with its open-concept space and elegant facilities. 

Big Sky Balloons

Featured Item: Circular Arch
Description:The circular arch is perfect for weddings, bridal showers and engagement photos.

Complete Weddings and Events

Featured Item: Wedding Coordination
Description: Sit back and enjoy the big day when you leave the details to the professionals. They also have photography, videography, and DJ services available.

The Good Co. DSM

Featured Item: Backdrops and Floral Walls
Description: Make the ceremony and reception picture perfect with high end décor, backdrops, and floral walls that will set your event apart. 

Wedding Photographers in Greater Des Moines

John Lee Photography

Featured Item: Engagement + Wedding Photos
Description: Capture both the serious and playful side of weddings with John Lee Photography.

Monahan Photographic Artist

Featured Item: Wedding Photos
Description: Monahan Photo will help capture your wedding story.

Photos by Manning

Featured Item: Wedding Photos
Description: Photos by Manning offers up to 10 hours of traditional wedding photography or documentary wedding photography.

Find more Member photographers in DSM here.

Wedding Travel + Transportation in Greater Des Moines

The Travel Dreamer

Featured Item: Honeymoon Travel
Description: Celebrate a destination wedding, vow renewal, honeymoon or anniversary in the locale of your choosing.

Travel By Marco

Featured Item: Destination Wedding
Description: Plan a destination engagement party, wedding and honeymoon with expert advice from wedding professionals who are ready to share their knowledge.

Campbell Travel

Featured Item: Honeymoon
Description: Find the perfect honeymoon destination through Campbell Travel.

Find more Member travel businesses in DSM here.

Wedding Venues in Greater Des Moines

Covered Bridges Winery

Featured Item: Outdoor Space + Tasting Room
Description: Rent an outdoor space and the Covered Bridges Winery Tasting Room for an unforgettable wedding location.

Hotel Fort Des Moines

Featured Item: Ballroom in a Historic Hotel
Description: Host a Des Moines wedding in this historic, restored 1919 Grand Ballroom with ornate lighting and décor.

Sherwood Forest Event Center

Featured Item: Wedding Event Space
Description: Windsor Heights' own Sherwood Forest Event Center amenities range from beautiful chandeliers to a bridal suite to an open catering policy. 

The District Venue

Featured Item: All-Inclusive Services
Description: When you pick The District Venue in Prairie Trail in Ankeny, you'll receive a time block from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on your wedding day, an event coordinator, a hotel within walking distance and more.

Find more Member event venues in DSM here.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you! If you’re a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.