There are so many factors to consider when choosing from an array of possible wedding venues for your big day. Finding something truly special that you can also afford are often a big priority. Look no further. Plainly speaking, Calfornos offers what other wedding venues just do not and cannot offer. Our famed party palace offers an epic patio where you can host the most beautiful outdoor wedding that Kansas City has to offer! Local brides choose Californos for a reason. Read recent reviews from our 2018 brides on the Knot or Wedding Wire to see what brides are saying about the Ballroom's new look and Californos amazing staff, offering in-house catering, in-house coordination and much more! Make sure you pre-register for Monday's Wedding Fair to give us the head's up that you're planning to attend!
Shout out! This amazing pic was taken by Lindsey Baker Photography for Emily & Alex's stunning June 2017 wedding at Californos Westport. Emily & Alex own their own design company: Gaston Made.
Book one of the few remaining Saturdays this Summer and Californos will double your deposit! Californos is an amazing venue and we have open dates in June and July, 2018 to offer a savvy couple getting married soon! You can book a premium Saturday date today and save $1,200 on your purchase simply by choosing one of the following date, which are within the next 120 days.
Qualifying dates for our Summer 2018 promotion for short engagements include:
Saturday June 23
Saturday June 30
Saturday July 7
Saturday July 14
Saturday July 21
Think over the top! Californos has it all and we're getting super competitive about how we price our receptions! We have open Fridays too! Choose another date and take advantage of another special offer based on our all-inclusive Wedding Reception package. Book an open Friday or Sunday in this same period so we can we'll double your deposit and include a $750 credit towards a ceremony or 5th hour of your open bar. (That's a $1,950 credit towards the perfect Friday wedding this Summer at Californos).
Choose from Fridays and Sundays before the end of Summer 2018 for your wedding day at Californos. Save on a Wedding Ceremony and Reception in Kansas City.
Friday May 4 or Friday May 11
Friday June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 / Sundays June 3, 10, 17
Friday July 13, July 20, July 27 / Sundays July 1, 8, 15, 22
Friday August 10, Friday August 17, Friday August 24 / Sundays August 5, 12, 19, 26
Newly engaged? You may want to attend KC’s largest bridal show tomorrow at the Overland Park Convention Center. It’s supposed to be really busy with tons and tons of local brides, newly engaged - plus a whole heap of local vendors like me!
Swing by my table to say hi and to play a game - I’ll be giving away gift certificates to Californos restaurant to the winners! I’ll have some images and artifacts from Californos Westport - tell any of your friends or family who are engaged to find me tomorrow! Californos is turn-key and is the perfect solution for so many families!
Meanwhile, dates are flying off the calendar. Today we booked a Saturday in August 2018 and a Saturday in February of 2019. Californos hosts weddings, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, among many family and corporate events. The restaurant is beautiful and offers brides a unique, all-inclusive price.
More info below & online -
Bridal Spectacular with KC Weddings Magazine
Overland Park Convention Center - 6000 College Boulevard - Overland Park, KS 66211 Sat, February 3, 2018 - 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Californos was chosen as a winner in the venue category for “Best of the Knot” - Kansas City. You can read more about that here at Californos.com
Thanks for your interest! Aaron
Californos offers the perfect venue for a Kansas City bride, with a turn-key package, expert staff built into the pricing, and the catering comes with the venue! Our wedding receptions event come with the open bar package, with tax paid! We do have openings for this Spring and if you can plan last minute, you can save on your wedding with a short engagement!
A Newlyweds' reception just booked for late February 2018 - that gives them just over six weeks to plan their party and collect RSVP's! Californos makes it very easy, but you may want to give yourself more time than that on a larger and more formal event of course! For anyone who can plan their event within a 3 or 4 month period, we're offering promotional rates on any open wedding dates for this Spring season of 2018 in Kansas City!
Save on Your Wedding this Spring of 2018 with a short engagement period!
1) Only valid on the all-inclusive wedding reception package (groups of 100+).
2) You must book by placing your deposit before February 28, 2018.
3) The event must take place by April 28, 2018.
Saturdays (100 guests = $79 per person; 150 = $68)
March 10, March 24
April 7, April 14, April 28
Fridays (100 guests = $69 per person, 150 = $58)
March 2, March 9, March 23
April 6, April 13, or April 27
Sundays & Weekdays are available too - contact us for rates & open dates!
Are you excited or curious after reading this post? Normally Saturdays are $89 and $78 per person for our all-inclusive package, so you will save $10 per person by booking with a short engagement. Are you ready to find out more or book your date?
You may want to schedule a tour of Californos wedding venue and come see us in person. Go ahead and email or call today! We have two wedding and event planners on staff daily to assist you. Aaron Burns & Mig Lillig - 816.531.1097 / email@example.com
Pictured: A cake fashioned by Californos Chef, M. Swift with lighting by Elite Sounds Entertainment.
Location is key to your wedding weekend, so think it through before committing to a place that doesn't offer it all.
Okay, you found a beautiful wedding venue where all your guests can fit in one big room! Congratulations, now, make sure you've considered a few other items before you place the deposit and commit to your location, as this is the biggest decision you will make after you select a future spouse! Just kidding. Anyhow, it's a pretty big deal, and so have you thought about these aspects yet?
Is there a staff of workers that come with your venue? If not, you're either going to have no one helping, or you're going to end up paying extra for catering staff. Maybe both. Make sure someone is there to help on your wedding day. Don't put your dad and groom in a situation where they are balancing off a ladder hanging decor, or sweeping up spilled beer on the dance floor. Don't pick a place where one lady is the only person you've ever seen working. Who is going to help make it all happen? A venue like Californos has much more to offer in this regard.
Guests will be drinking, we must assume. How will they get home safely?
At Californos - we have two lovely hotels across the street; guests can literally stumble there after your hosted open bar. Don't put guests in a spot where they are stuck without a ride home. Wait - does your venue even serve coffee? That would sure help and it would be nice, but you'd be shocked how many places don't offer any coffee service with the bar package.
How long should your party go? Should you host an after-party?
At Californos you can decide this at the very last second! Lots of options are available to you, since our bar and restaurant is on-site and we're in the heart of an entertainment district! Picking Californos as your venue means that you can walk to other bars for a nightcap, or stay and host more drinks or let guests purchase their own at our beautiful restaurant bar.
What should we do the morning after our wedding?
Go out to brunch of course! Meet up with out-of-town guests for brunch, coffee and mimosas the morning after your wedding! Californos can host you for a formal event or an informal reservation, depending on the size of your group. Why go anywhere else? At Californos you're a VIP, so let us help you execute the most amazing and completely planned out weekend possible!
Thanks for reading; you can bet that Californos will share more expertise with you when you book your wedding at our spectacular venue. Tour the event space this week and prepare to place a deposit with us to ensure the most completely well-planned-out that wedding Kansas City has to offer!
Kim and Duston booked their recent wedding at Californos with just under three months before the big event. Our team was able to help them streamline the entire wedding planning process with Californos turn-key wedding venue and all-inclusive price point.
They were able to estimate the total cost the first day they met us, so it was easy to book and start working on invitations! Please read the review below and remember that Californos is adept at working with you on an amazing event, even with a very short engagement period.
“We had our wedding at Californos on Saturday October 28, 2017. The staff was awesome and very fast on getting back to you when it came to planning. The food was delicious and looked very fancy! All of our guests love it and had a great time! We had good weather so it made for a beautiful outside wedding. They also had a backup plan if it needed to be inside, which was awesome! We really liked the wind chime outside during the wedding. It made it seem very romantic. Besides decorating before the event they took care of anything. There are also hotels near Californos which made it nice for our guests. We would for sure suggest this venue to others. All in all we would rate this venue a 10 out of 10. Thank you so much Mig and Aaron and everyone else that made it so special for us!!”
Duston & Kim
October 28, 2017
So what's the next step for a newly engaged couple interested in Cailfornos as a Kansas City wedding venue? Schedule a tour of Californos today via our online appointment tool or call on by phone at 816.531.1097 to get some initial questions answered.
Short Engagement? Enjoy special pricing for Fall 2017 weddings at Californos Westport in Kansas City.
You're in luck! Whether you've been procrastinating or can't agree about where and when to host your Kansas City wedding, you can now turn your stressing into a blessing! Californos Westport can get you married in no time and you would be shocked about how easy it will be and how reasonable the investment is.
Our restaurant and historic venue in the heart of Westport are perfectly prepared to host your wedding reception with short notice, providing high value with minimal planning on your part! Hire a DJ, invite the guests, and let us take care of the rest!
Californos offers a turnkey solution to your wedding woes and we're open for your Fall 2017 date! Pick your favorite of Saturdays in November or snag one of the desirable October dates and wow your guests with a stunning outdoor wedding ceremony! High quality food and dedicated service will mean a smile on your face throughout the planning process!
Promotional Guidelines: The following promotions are available for groups of 100+ adults.
The date must be booked after July 7, 2017 and before August 15, 2017.
Your event date must be for October or November 2017.
Promotion is not available for other dates or preexisting bookings.
The Deal: Download or browse our current wedding reception pricing, which includes the venue, food, drink, rentals, staffing & sales tax!
Saturday dates in October or November 2017 are now subject to $10 off per person for prime dates and ($20 off per person for the Saturday of Halloween or Thanksgiving weekend).
Fridays and Sundays are already promoted and those prices remain current for 2017 bookings in any month. Friday weddings booked from 7/7/17 - 8/15/2017 for October or November 2017 will enjoy complimentary Boulevard Beer upgrade for their special event.
This means that on a party with 100 guests, you can save up to $2,000 by booking either a Saturday over a Fall holiday, like October 28, 2017 or November 25, 2017. Save up to $1,000 on 100 guests, by booking prime dates like October 14, 2017; October 21, 2017; November 4, 2017; November 11, 2017, or November 21, 2017.
This is a lot to take in, but it boils down to a big opportunity for anyone still hoping to be married this year in Kansas City. Consider booking a tour of Californos online today and make your way here to speak to us in person about this promotion and other opportunities to have the wedding of your dreams with the team at Californos Westport!
Congratulations to Erin & Brandon on their Saturday, April 29 2017 wedding at Californos Westport! As we know, April showers bring May flowers, and Erin was blessed to be the ultimate rainy-day bride! In fact, she embraced the weather and certainly harvested some of the good luck offered us by a rainy wedding day, even splashing through a puddle or two to make the most of life's lemons!
Erin and her family booked Californos antique Trolley Barn wedding venue with relatively short notice. Although the couple has been together for many years, when they finally decided to tie the knot, they were able to put the whole event together in no time flat! We first spoke on February 4, 2017, and by February 24, the event was confirmed. The entire wedding was planned in a window of eight weeks, and no details were spared! Despite a quick planning period, this wedding went off without a hitch, and our guests enjoyed many beautifully orchestrated and detailed moments over the course of the day.
Erin, Brandon, and the family were able to pull off a fantastic event despite a very short engagement, using a minimal number of vendors who were able to help with multiple services. For example, Californos was not only the venue for the wedding reception, but also for the ceremony, with the Saloon reserved for use as a bridal suite. Californos Catering team provided all of the food & drink at the reception, including all of the staffing, linens, china & expertise that goes along with it. Californos Chef, Marita Swift, even handcrafted some cupcakes for dessert! Californos is the place to go for quick planning and stunning results as our all-inclusive package and turn-key reception services! We've definitely got what it takes to get you hitched in a hurry! Just know that when you call, you'll need some flexibility with the date!
Please enjoy this entertaining video of their wedding day, produced by wedding videographer Surveyor Creative, and catch a glimpse of Californos Saloon space, used as a bridal suite, so that the ladies from the wedding party had a relaxing place to get ready for the big day! Bobby Kyser Events, new to Kansas City, did an excellent job and covered several bases for Erin and Brandon. Bobby did all the florals for the wedding party and centerpieces, decorated the ballroom window, creating a wistful and serene backdrop for the vows ceremony and first kiss! Bobby officiated the ceremony himself and provided the DJ for this wedding reception! They had the guests dancing all night as you can see in the video! AC Hotel Westport, a Euro-style Marriott property, is across the street from Californos and made for a modern, chic and very convenient home base for the wedding party and out of town guests!
Finding the perfect location for your vows and ring ceremony is a big step in the early days or weeks of wedding planning for many an engaged couple. The trend is to host both events in one location for ease of planning and travel for special guests and family. Deciding whether to host this at a church, a park, or at your reception venue will be one of the first things to decipher as you move forward with your wedding budget and planning. Booking that perfect venue for the wedding and determining the logistics of who will be in the wedding ceremony is usually foremost on a bride's list of priorities when it comes to establishing some basics about the wedding and how it's all going to proceed. The exact time of the wedding usually takes a back seat to other details in these early conversations, but can be the next big question once brides have booked the venue for a wedding ceremony and reception in one single location.
As at a church ceremony, you can expect guests to begin arriving 30 minutes before the ceremony time indicated on your wedding invitation. Other considerations include whether...
...the ceremony is outdoors or inside, and in that case, how warm will it be for the ceremony? If you hold your ceremony during daylight hours, the sun will warm your guests in the early and late season. An indoor ceremony can benefit from the right light as well, so consult your photographer and ceremony venue to work out the ideal timing for your wedding ceremony.
For a Saturday wedding, there's generally no rule of thumb, as you can justify almost any time frame for an excuse to get together with friends and family and celebrate the big day! A ceremony in the morning, with an afternoon reception opens the door to a brunch or lunch event, which could be very fun and cost efficient. The vast majority of Saturday events will take place in the evening, with common ceremony times ranging from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
At our Westport venue and at many ceremony and reception locations in Kansas City, the wedding ceremony itself will take place in all of twenty minutes. We schedule a half an hour as a general rule of thumb, and brides are free to decide how long their own wedding ceremony will actually be. The wedding reception begins with an open bar and appetizers immediately following the vows and ring ceremony at Californos.
For a Friday wedding, there are often different considerations. Even though it feels like a Saturday to you and to many guests who have traveled into town for your special event, some local guests will work their normal schedule on the day of your event and may not be free until 6:00 pm or later. 7:00 pm or 6:30 at the earliest on a Friday is generally a good idea for allowing ample time for guests to arrive in a timely manner as they do intend!
Join us for the Wedding Fair on Monday, June 5, 2017, a relaxed and fun bridal show in Midtown Kansas City. Californos will host an evening of wedding planning at our historic Trolley Barn venue in the heart of Westport, Kansas City's most vibrant neighborhood!
Potential event hosts will get a chance to enjoy Californos atmosphere in the evening and to attend an event in the space. Guests will enjoy a range of samples from our celebrated heavy hors d'oeuvres menu, which is the most popular type of menu for wedding receptions at our legendary venue!
Californos and some of our favorite local wedding professionals will present from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and couples will enjoy the chance to win one of several door prizes. Californos will also treat you to a taste of our homemade wedding cake and Californian wines.
Californos hosts the Wedding Fair three times a year, in January, June and October.
This June 5, 2017 event was added for the 2017 season to accommodate those brides planning their 2017 or 2018 weddings now.
Featured vendors for this Spring Bridal Show event will include Altar Bridal, AC Hotel Westport, Elite Sounds Entertainment, and Blissful Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.
Browse the site and register for this complimentary open house for engaged couples!
Kansas City Wedding Connection.
Californos' couples have access to some very unique touches for their wedding! As time marches on, savor the big moment by purchasing an inscribed brick to mark your special occasion! First names and the wedding date leave a fun marker for you, friends and family, as they revisit the scene of the crime - Californos! If you've been to some great weddings of dear family and friends, you've probably laughed as you remember some of the revelry had at these private events. After all, these are the times of our lives! The least we can do is remember them!
Californos restaurant offers souvenir engraved bricks, installed in the sidewalk cafe at our Pennsylvania Street entrance. Enjoy your brick year round as you dine on our patio or drop by for drinks years after your reception. We want to be your special place!
Contact us today to order an inscribed brick for you and your special someone! These are very popular with our engaged couples who host weddings, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties at our Midtown party venue, but we also offer inscribed bricks to all of our customers. Anyone who wants to feel like a VIP at Californos is welcome to contact us today! With your own engraved brick at Californos Westport, you will get to enjoy a personalized spot of your very own to visit in the heart of Midtown Kansas City for years to come! We accept brick orders on a daily basis, but we install them bi-annually in March and September.
Engraved Bricks are $100. Please complete this form and mail or call to complete your order.
Winter can be the breathtaking backdrop for your wedding at Californos! A fresh blanket of undriven snow is not only a Christmas dream come true, but can provide a uniquely stunning backdrop to your wedding day photography. Knowing that all future anniversaries will hover around this same time of year, it's a big decision for engaged couples to pick their specific date.
Although anyone can think of some reason not to favor the colder months, it's always good to hash out the potential - both positive and negative - of each season before you reach your big decision. There are decidedly several reasons to choose a Winter date for your wedding. Not the least of these concerns is the cost of your wedding, and there is no better time to afford it all than the winter. Demand for event space is generally lower at the first of the year, while venues such as Californos pull out all the stops to make a premium wedding fit nicely into your budget!
A blissful winter afternoon in January or February can offer crisp clean air, barren trees and a stark landscape to compliment your bright flowers and other personal accents for your big event! Rich and lively colors stand out strikingly against Winter's pallid scenery to create a dramatic setting for your wedding day pictures, both candid and staged. Weddings in the Winter months can tend to be quite elegant and stylized in terms of dress and thematic detail.
Winter offers rare opportunities to enjoy specialty cocktails! Californos vin brulè (mulled wine) is great for a warm and rustic alpine signature drink for your lively cocktail hour! Alternately, keep your guests nice and toasty with non-alcoholic choices such as hot chocolate or warm apple cider to supplement the full bar offered by Californos all-inclusive wedding package. Food will be mostly hot and filling items, with some light and vegetarian fare to accompany it. Guests will tend to drink many a beer, as usual, but also gravitate to bold red wines, peaty scotches, whiskeys, bourbons and of course, lots of vodka!
These winter months are a great time for weddings and wedding planning! January and February is a chance to get away from Kansas City, enjoy a distraction from your annual hibernation by planning your honeymoon in mid-winter. There's no better time for Costa Rica! With this in mind, you're setting yourself for future excuses to jump town for warmer weather as the years go by and you celebrate future anniversaries with your spouse.
May weddings in Kansas City can be a dream come true, and engagement season is upon us! Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day is considered to be the most active time of year for couples to become engaged and start making plans for their big day. Luckily Californos is here to help, and we offer a venue and package that can accommodate any size group, with premium services at a competetive price point.
Open dates at Californos' historic Trolley Barn Venue in May of 2017 include...
Saturday May 13 (Considered to be prime time, this is an ideal date, last open Saturday).
Fridays - May 5, 12, 19 or 26 (Californos offers $20 off the per person all-inclusive rate).
Sunday May 28 (**This date is priced like a Saturday, because it's memorial day weekend).
Sundays - May 7, 21 (Sunday weddings offer a rate of $25 off per person).
Please note that for Friday weddings in Kansas City, Californos offers a promotional rate!
Pricing is all-inclusive at Californos. What does that exactly mean? Our wedding reception package is priced per person, based on the number of guests and the date. The per person pricing covers the wedding reception venue, catering & bar services. We also include sales tax, along with linens, china and staffing! This is in contrast to other Kansas City wedding venues for which pricing can be much more criptic or incomplete.
Our weddings come with an open house bar of cocktails, beer, and wine along with soft drinks. Our brides book the venue with access to both indoor and outdoor event space in the heart of Kansas City's most authentic and exciting entertainment district!
You can enjoy an engagement that's short and sweet without stressing over putting it all together if you choose a wedding venue that does it all. This and you'd get to start your married life by Summer 2017! View our open dates for wedding receptions at Californos in Kansas City.
Californos and friends are cooking up some great things for our next open house, the Wedding Fair, on Monday March 27, 2017. It's a really nice chance to see Californos lofty event space during the evening, and meet more than a handful of Kansas City's most beloved wedding professionals. Our event features favorites from Californos heavy hors d'oeuvres menu, hand-crafted wedding cake, and a champagne toast. The event is complimentary to engaged couples and their small entourage! Be here on 3/27/2017 to meet the folks from Craig Sole Designs, Ultrapom event rental, AC Hotel Westport, and Altar Bridal among others!
Spontaneous Kansas City couple, Leslie & Adam were not afraid to get married in a month, after dating for over a year, and with a terrific relationship established as best friends. It takes a laid-back, yet very decisive and organized couple to dare putting together a wedding in three weeks. However, with the right event venue, like Californos in Kansas City, it makes planning quickly much easier. The initial venue tour and the tasting appointment were all held the same week. With no time to print invitations, Leslie hand-carved a beautiful stamp and used blank postcards to create a charming and attractive notice for friends and family to join in the celebration. Californos outdoor patio will be the venue for an intimate ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing in our ballroom for the rest of the evening!
Kansas City Brides
Choose Californos Westport as a turn-key alternative to planning a wedding reception.
CALIFORNOS , WHERE WEDDINGS MAKE THE WORLD GO 'ROUND!
Event Pro., Aaron