Forté Banquet & Conference Center

Des Moines Wedding & Event Venue

About Baratta’s at Forté

Centrally located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, and only a block from the river, Forté Banquet and Conference Center is the perfect venue for Des Moines wedding receptions and private events. Our professional event coordinators will guide you through every detail and you’ll find out what it’s like to be pampered with personal attention. Your guests are sure to be impressed by the beautiful space and delicious food, catered in-house by Baratta’s. Setup as a traditionally elegant grand ballroom/wedding hall, Baratta’s event space at Forté guarantees a classy and timeless ambiance you’re sure to remember for years to come.

Venue Overview

  • Seats up to 20-450 guests
  • Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines
  • Close to major hotels
  • Near I-235
  • Free parking available
  • Outdoor patio
  • Rental includes tables and seating
  • Customized catering menus
  • Full beverage service
  • Dance floor for your wedding reception
  • No tear down required

Forte Wedding & Event Rental Packages

For a complete packet of wedding package information, contact Michelle at (515) 281-4658 or [email protected].

Silver Package

  • Rental of our Grand Ballroom
  • Tables, Chairs, Skirting, Rolled Flatware in White Linen Napkins, White Floor-Length Table Linens
  • Set-up & Tear-down

Gold Package

  • Rental of our Grand Ballroom
  • Tables, Chairs, Skirting, Folded Napkins, Floor-Length Table Linens in Black or White
  • 250 Chair Covers with Choice of Sash Color
  • Use of Cocktail Tables with Linen
  • Lighted White or Ivory Backdrop for Head Table
  • Lighted Skirting on Head Table
  • Dance Floor
  • Set-up & Tear-down

Platinum Package

  • Rental of our Grand Ballroom
  • Valet Parking for Your Guests
  • Tables, Chairs, Skirting, Folded Napkins, Floor-Length Table Linens in Black or White
  • Backdrop and Lighting Package
  • Up to 6 Cocktail Tables with Linen
  • Up to 300 Votive Cups
  • Champagne Toast for Head Table
  • 250 Chair Covers in Color of Choice with Choice of Sash Color
  • Dance Floor
  • Set-up & Tear-down

Platinum Plus Package

  • Everything in Platinum Package PLUS 4 Hours of Hosted Bar Service
A couple dances their first dance at their wedding in the Forte grand ballroom.
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Why Forté?

  • Save money with bundled features
  • Handle your event catering & venue all through one team
  • Made-from-scratch food from Baratta’s wedding caterers
  • Perfect photo opps with the entirety of downtown Des Moines in walking distance
  • Accommodate guests with valet parking & proximity to major hotels
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows looking towards the river
  • Options for both wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions
  • No tear down required

FORTÉ & Covid-19

 While Forté remains open for banquets and events, the Baratta's Forté staff are taking extra precautions for the safety of our staff and guests. The staff at your Forté event will wear masks and gloves, serve any buffet-style meals to guests to reduce contamination, among other precautions. For any questions about our Covid-19 policies, please reach out.