Congrats and a big thanks to Leslie & Chris for hosting their event with Californos Westport, Kansas City's favorite and most fun party venue!
Choosing Californos is a huge step towards realizing a dream wedding in Kansas City. Aaron & Mig consider your event to be very special and important, and we can help you find a path towards throwing the party of a lifetime, whether small and understated or completely over-the-top! Californos wedding venue in Kansas City lends itself to various looks, feels and sizes of receptions. Our May 5, 2018 group was a great pleasure to work with and the images, taken by Lark Photo tell a story of all the work that went into the design of the occasion!
Centerpieces were done by Hitched KC. Jessica and her team specialize in coordinating large events, but also provide and execute stylish decorations and dramatic or simple floral designs for your special event. Californos Trolley Barn is a large and spacious venue, with seating for up to 300 guests indoors and a patio with two outdoor bars, a stage and private entry. Highlights include hardwood floors, barrel ceiling, antique brick and great natural light. The ballroom at Californos is painted
Californos provided 60-inch round tables which were mostly set for 8 guests, and a few of the tables were set for 10 guests. The ballroom looked lovely, with padded wooden chairs rented in from Ultrapom, who also provided taupe linens that were tailored to the floor. Californos provided wine glasses, stylish flatware, linen napkins and cocktail glasses. Water glasses were rented in from Ultrapom to complete the look.
Californos provides an all-inclusive package that provides linens, buffet dinner, open bar and excellent service. The venue is outstanding, with wonderful architecture and a superior location. Our package was upgraded for this special event. Additional staff was brought in for this particular wedding reception event to accommodate the hosts' special requests, such as a formal place setting with water service, plated salad course and wine served at each table during dinner. You can browse available appointment times on our website, or call us directly to schedule a tour of the venue or a wedding planning consultation.
Congrats and a big thanks to Leslie & Chris for hosting their event with Californos Westport, Kansas City's favorite and most fun party venue!
Californos venue and team are multi-faceted and flexible! We can tailor our services to fit your particular wedding! Whether a small, informal wedding or a large and intricately detailed event, Californos is a comfortable fit that will showcase you and your style on the biggest day of your life! The restaurant's antique trolley barn building offers event space with charming architectural interest and the wedding venue features an expansive and beautiful patio with outdoor bars, a stage and restrooms. Our talented team is dedicated to your very special event.
Leslie & Chris hosted nearly 300 guests at their May 5, 2018 event in Californos lofty ballrooms and shaded urban courtyard. They hosted a private ceremony with close family, where they signed their ketubah or traditional wedding contract! They then hosted a beautiful and heartfelt American wedding ceremony on the back patio under the sycamore trees. Guests were then treated to a cocktail hour, a plated salad course, and a buffet of heavy appetizers, prepared by Californos, for their dinner. There's so much more to say about their amazing wedding day, but we'll save some of those details for another day soon!
Californos may still have your date open in 2018 or 2019! Schedule your venue tour today to reserve your date and start planning a wedding at Kansas City's favorite venue, Californos Westport! You can browse our turn-key, all-inclusive package online today!
Pictured: plated course / berry spinach salad / glassware & full place settings.
Images by Lark Photo.
Really, LOL?! Californos is open for brunch at 9am the day after your wedding! Come in and pick up the pieces or visit with out of town guests the next day! You're a VIP at Californos and we're here to make memories!
Of course, when we say Californos has it all for brides planning a Kansas City wedding of epic proportions, it's because we can provide what no one else in town can do! Californos is uniquely fit to host your favorite people for an unforgettable weekend in Kansas City! Our team of seasoned event planners are here to talk you through the dozens of unique details that make Californos Westport KC's favored destination for the most special of events!
Some simple highlights about Californos that make the venue truly unique for a wedding venue include a large, beautiful patio to host ceremonies, cocktail hours & after parties! A restaurant on-site to cater to your special people, their special diets & your special requests! Multiple bars, with seasoned bartenders and a bar license to 3:00 am give you wonderful access to libations and the chance to keep the party going practically "till the break of dawn".
Ashley & Matt had a wonderful reception at Californos Westport in Kansas City on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and all of the details and amazing moments of that special day were well captured by the dynamic duo of Black Coffee Photo Co.! We highly recommend checking them out for a fun and fantastic photographer. Californos ended up being the perfect turnkey solution to this local Kansas City couple, trying to put together the most fun, elegant and intimate wedding possible!
Some highlights from this event include so many nice touches! In the morning, Ashley reserved the Saloon at Californos as a bridal suite for a place the ladies of her wedding party to get ready. They had fun getting hair and make-up done together, sipping some mimosas, singing along to their favorite music & having a relaxed morning with light refreshments and a little pre-party!
Californos provided fantastic food & drinks for this event that included a 10 piece heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet that featured vegetables, turkey sandwiches, stuffed mushrooms, and our signature Mixed Grill dish, among five other choices! The full open house bar was well-accessed by the 150 guests that they hosted for their intimate winter wonderland themed reception in Kansas City! Some specialty drinks that added to the experience included Rieger Whiskey, a Kansas City favorite, stored in Sherry casks, and of course the hot chocolate bar pictured below!
Contact Aaron or Mig at Californos today by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Californos offers the highest level of attention and service to you while planning your wedding! Our seasoned professionals have handled all sorts of special events, from casual but festive newlyweds' receptions to formal affairs with passed hors d'oeuvres, plated courses and ornate place settings! Take a few minutes out of your week to make a plan to visit Californos in person and see first hand the enchanting event space and discover the many details that create a coherent, stunningly beautiful and turn-key event with which you can really WOW your special geusts! Tours are offered daily, with advance notice, and can be arranged online with automatic confirmation. In the event that the ideal time is not available to you, or if you prefer it, call us during office hours to arrange a tour time that works best for you! Californos is the ideal place for an out-of-town bride or a couple that keeps a hectic schedule, as Californos and a few favorite vendors will make wedding planning, smooth, easy, and even delightful!
Enjoy a review of Californos Wedding venue in Kansas City
Californos Westport is a beloved brunch spot in Kansas City for locals in-the-know who support local business in the community! Saturdays and Sundays, our restaurant offers a wonderful array of brunch and breakfast items to enjoy from 9am to 3pm! We also offer a brunch buffet menu to private event hosts arranging various get-togethers, such as a bridal shower, birthday, graduation, or an informal brunch with out of town guests, the day after your Kansas City wedding! Californos regularly hosts weddings and wedding receptions. Once in a while, a couple will team up with Californos Westport to host their event with a brunch theme! That is available day or evening, as your event is special to us as well - we'll customize it to fit your ideas! Our heartfelt thanks goes out to an important client of Californos, Bailey, who posted the following review of Cailfornos' wedding venue on a popular bridal website, regarding her May 26, 2018 wedding! Browse our brunch menu for private parties.
Read this review by Bailey, posted on the Knot, a popular bridal website: 06/01/2018
Book your Wedding Reception with Californos for a stylish, fun and turn-key experience in Kansas City!
In sickness and in health, you vow to be with your partner through life. Security and safety, happiness and love are all reasons for two young people to join together and there are many challenges along the way as we proceed through life.
Weddings are notorious for the surprises and pitfalls that go along with planning large events with out-of-town guests, special arrangements and dozens of details, both large and small.
With Californos Westport, you are not just getting a venue, but a very dedicated, experienced and hard-working team who create an identity around the success of your party.
With 30 years in business, Californos has the tools and expertise to weather the storm with you as you proceed through your engagement towards the big day!
Pre-register for our bridal event today and enjoy complimentary admission ($25 at the door). This evening, after work, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Californos Catering team will be here to mingle with you and hear more about your wedding. You can sample some hors d'oeuvres, wine and wedding cake, while enjoying the sounds of Celia Albon on the harp.
If not, consider scheduling a tour, when you can come see our wedding venue in person soon! Appointments can be scheduled directly from our website and give you the chance to consult with our on-site wedding planners and event pros in person!
What other local wedding professionals will present at tonight's Wedding Fair?
Chase Novick from the AC Hotel (Marriott property across the street from Californos).
Carson Swisher Photography, Altar Bridal, Complete Music & Events, Craig Sole Designs, known for his wonderful florals, and Don Davidson from Clergy Services.
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
Californos wedding venue is historic Westport's horse-drawn Trolley Barn, built in 1903! Today we can host the most amazing wedding reception in Kansas City in our lofty ballrooms and on our spacious courtyard! Enjoy a wedding ceremony, shaded by Sycamore trees and a blanket of stars overhead as you party into the late night with best friends, travelling from afar to celebrate with you! Don't disappoint your out of town guests! Choose Californos for the peace of mind! With Californos you know you can afford to host the very best food, open bar, with the location that will have your friends wanting to move to Kansas City!
Hotels and nightlife are steps away, while you enjoy the spacious and private backdrop of Californos. Our team will guide you through a flawless engagement and planning time, with a seamless execution that will have you smiling on your wedding day! Consider a tour this week to see Californos for yourself! Sample our restaurant while you're here for a tour to enjoy our sidewalk cafe, outdoor bar area and fun atmosphere for brunch or dinner.
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
Twelfth Annual Best of Weddings Awards, from the #1 Wedding Planning Website, Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Kansas City, MO / February 1, 2018 – Californos is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2018 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading online wedding brand and app. Californos has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings on multiple occasions.
“Californos family owned business is unique among wedding venues in Kansas City for many reasons and we’re pleased to be recognized by local brides for the great work we’ve done in the marketplace ,” Aaron Barksdale-Burns, event planner at Californos Westport. “Our expertise and performance in Kansas City’s wedding market offers our brides a great deal of trust and comfort, which is one of the primary reasons guests choose our historic venue and restaurant for their private events.”
In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its twelfth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.
About Californos Westport
Since 1988, Californos has offered a place you can and will fall in love with! Our ballrooms & restaurant provide a seamless experience with the best location, atmosphere, service, value and food in Kansas City. Californos will celebrate 30 years at their annual St. Patrick’s Day bash, Saturday March 17, 2018. Please visit Californos online at Californos.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/californos, @californos on Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.
Californos offers a turn-key wedding reception. All you have to do as the host is to invite the guests, hire a DJ, and bring centerpieces! Our staff can take care of everything else with our one-stop-shop, can-do attitude! Pricing includes venue, food, open bar with tax & service paid! View our website today to see the specific prices, menu options, bar selections, or to schedule a tour this week! Enjoy a gorgeous winter photo shoot on your wedding day like Sarah & Kevin!
All of the Saturdays in January and February of 2018 are booked with weddings, but we still have various open Fridays and Sundays, when pricing is incredibly enticing for brides and grooms who are flexible and want to be married in a matter of months!
Pricing in January and/or February is considered to be low-season for wedding events. You can secure an all-inclusive wedding reception package for $20 off per person from our normal rate by choosing a Friday in one of these two winter months. For example, including an open bar of cocktails, beer and wine for four hours, $69 x 100 adults = $6,900. This pays for 100 people to eat, drink, be merry at our beautiful location - including setup, linens, sales tax and much more. For 150 adults, the rate is $58 per person, for 200 adults its $55 ($11,000).
Californos makes sure that you're able to budget your wedding event from day one and that expectations are met from the very start of your planning. Bartenders are included in the pricing, as is the service charge that you pay as the host. No surprises are coming down the road, as we want to give you a complete bid and estimate from the very start with our wedding reception package.
Californos romantic venue, in the heart of Kansas City’s most accommodating and exciting neighborhood, is still available on the following Fridays and Sundays in January and February 2018. Please schedule your own private venue tour from our website or call 816.531.1097 and speak to our event coordinators as soon as today!
Open Dates in 2018
Fridays January 5, 12, 19, 26
Sundays January 7, 21, 28
Fridays February 2, 9, 16 , 23
Sundays February 4, 11, 18, 25
Kansas City brides have spoken on popular review sites like the Knot. Californos has enjoyed many wonderful reviews, such as these words from the couple, married here on September 16, 2017 on the back patio. Their wedding reception followed immediately in our historic trolley barn building. The restaurant's expansive event space, services and menu can offer your wedding a home! What does this mean? Californos offers a very accessible venue, with a restaurant on-site that you can enjoy beyond your wedding day.
"Californos was a great venue for our wedding day. We loved the beautiful trees and the outdoor ceremony space in the middle of Westport. I also loved that the ceremony and reception took place at the same location. The food at Californos is the best. Our guests are still talking about it. The lemon cake is the best cake I've ever consumed. Friendly staff and bartenders. Lots of upgrade options available. Aaron and Mig were prompt with their replies. We were overall very happy with the Californos and will continue dining there for years to come."
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!
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