Californos hosts an open house on Monday October 8, 2018. Come, enjoy a short and sweet evening in our event space to see the ballrooms, courtyard and saloon, along with the rest of Californos charming and expansive wedding and event venue! Engaged couples are invited to take part in a casual evening of wine tasting, appetizers, cake & wedding planning! You can network with some of Kansas City's favorite vendors, including those who specialize in guest accommodations, bridal gowns, florals, travel, wedding ceremony, music, catering & more! You must register ahead for free entry to the event, as we are providing refreshments for our guests! Please sign-up on our website today and feel free to bring one or two guests with you if possible! Californos has so much to offer - you absolutely must see it in person to understand the incredible backdrop that the restaurant provides for our brides. There are hundreds of amazing opportunities for the most memorable of moments. Party with us on your big day!
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 makes it fun and easy to plan your wedding, thanks to our turn-key reception venue with full-service restaurant on-site. There are many advantages to choosing Californos as the location to your Kansas City wedding, but whether you're decided or not - tonight you're invited to the Wedding Fair, a quarterly open house bridal event that Californos hosts, along with numerous other local wedding companies, in October, January and June each year.
Tonight's event, Monday, October 2nd, takes place from 5:30-7:30 pm. The wedding fair features a sampling of Californos signature Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres Menu, as well as sparkling beverages and Californian Wines. Chef Marita Swift will serve a taste of her hand-fashioned custom wedding cake.
The festive atmosphere is that of an engagement party, with lively conversation between engaged couples and 17 various wedding professionals from local companies and providers who specialize in event space, hotel accommodations, catering, floral design, travel, dj and sound design, lighting, intimate lingerie, wedding gowns and dresses, wedding photography, videography, beverage catering, live music and much more!
Register now to attend tonight's event!
Photo credit: Black Coffee Photo Co. - Aurora & Chris's Wedding August 2017
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.
Kansas City's vibrant Westport neighborhood holds a special place in the hearts of many KC Royals fans and these are our top 10 reasons that a bride and groom might choose Westport as the destination for their big day! Working backward, with the wedding reception & ceremony venue, Californos is best amenity that Westport can offer a local couple planning their dream wedding in Kansas City!
1 Californos Westport |Californos is a turn-key alternative to most any KC wedding venue, starting with an incredible location, helpful staff, amazing patio, remarkable food & drink, with inclusively priced wedding receptions. Valet service & in-house bakery available. Read the many reviews from brides about the incredible experience we can provide you and your special guests! We one block off the beaten path, offering a secluded ceremony and private reception in the heart of it all! Californos is locally owned and operated by the Burns family. We recycle & that feels good! Some of our main offerings to Kansas City brides include:
Rehearsal Dinner Venue | Wedding Reception Venue | Ceremony Venue | Brunch the Next Day
2 Walk to Neighborhood Hotels
After the wedding reception, you have the unique opportunity to walk home! Yes, there are two hotels just across the street from Californos! A third hotel, is the charming 816 Hotel, locally owned and located three short blocks West. Guests could park at their hotel and walk across the street, to and from your reception! Shuttles may also be available: AC Hotel, Embassy Suites.
3 Parking & Transportation
Park on Pennsylvania or Mill Street, Manor Square garage, or utilize Californos convenient valet service if you enjoy curbside service! Your event may well begin during the parking lull, between 5 pm & 8 pm weekends. Park at hotels across the street. Guests may also arrive by shuttle, limo, bus, or bicycle! Walk to hotels or easily catch a cab in Westport. Cars left overnight are generally no problem on Mill and Pennsylvania streets and lots.
4 Proximity to Wedding Ceremony Locations |Churches, Parks, Theaters, choices abound in Midtown for a wedding ceremony venue. Westport is a vibrant neighborhood, with beautiful churches of all sorts. Californos can provide you with a complimentary list of appropriate resources, based on your needs. Our reception venue also regularly hosts beautiful wedding receptions, both on our back patio and in our rustic ballroom loft, where you are mere steps from your reception. From across town, Westport is likely less than 20 minutes away from most any ceremony location you may choose in Kansas City.
5 Nightlife Abound| It's hard to resist a nightcap and Westport has more than it's fair share of taverns, pubs, and nightclubs. Californos is open late with cocktails and seating on our brick sidewalk. Harry's Bar & Tables has a beloved patio and an adult scene. Kelly's Westport Inn is a legendary Kansas City gathering place, while the Levee offers food and live music into the wee hours. Remember to stock-up on cigars at Fidel's before 10 pm!
6 Shopping Local |You can keep your wedding dollars in KC by supporting local businesses
in Westport. Spa on Penn, for example, offers a complete range of must-have treatments to offer a bride on her wedding day, while a dozen worthy hair salons and barbershops pepper Westport Road. Some favorite stores to walk to: Pryde's Kitchen (great for last minute wedding gifts), and the Bunker (for trendy apparel), and Wonderland (for authentic Westport flare).
7 Photos for Days | Spare time is not in the cards for some of us on our wedding day, but proximity to KC landmarks & green space helps a lot! From Californos, skip over to collect timeless images at nearby places: Liberty Memorial | Nelson Atkins Museum, Bloch Wing & Sculpture Garden | Kauffman Gardens | J.C. Nichols Fountain at Mill Creek Park | Loose Park.
If you can only spare a few minutes for portraits, there are a dozens of great shots to be had, at, or within two blocks of Californos Westport!
8 Authentic Culture & History
Guests will be fascinated by a glimpse of the original Kansas City. Westport's oldest brick buildings and juxtaposed lanes will provide a lasting impression on your guests. Landmark inscriptions detailing the adventures of French trappers, Lewis & Clark, covered wagons and the
Civil War's Battle of Westport. Westport Historical Society details more!
9 Security | Westport Public Safety is a service of the Westport Regional Business League, available throughout our immediate district, which is the heart of Kansas City nightlife, and of a larger Westport neighborhood area. This security is in addition to normal Kansas City Police Department activities in Midtown.
10 Conveniently Central Location
A crossroads destination since 1883, Westport is nestled between Downtown Kansas City & the Country Club Plaza, near interstates I-35 & I-70. Broadway runs through the neighborhood, with State Line & Main Street, 71 Hwy, Ward Parkway all located very nearby! Whether guests hail from Omaha or Topeka, St. Louis or Denver, New York or San Francisco, Westport in Kansas City makes a sensible and central destination for an amazing wedding!
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