Maybe you're recently engaged. Have you been reading about all the mistakes to avoid when planning a wedding? When choosing a venue, keep in mind that you'll have to carve out enough time to get ready and hair and makeup is not to be underestimated! Don't let the day get away by being unorganized with the precious hours you have! As your wedding day approaches, you'll have peace of mind when you have a plan for when and where to be on your wedding day! With a wedding ceremony and reception all under one roof, you'll surely enjoy a bridal suite, specious enough for you, mom, friends and family to enjoy together. Time spent getting ready on your wedding day should fun and relaxing, but if you start to run behind on your schedule, the pressure builds and an on-site suite for wedding preparations could be key to keeping on schedule with your photographer and the wedding photography you've hired! Californos has a beautiful and spacious bridal suite to offer our Kansas City brides, with a private dressing area and restroom, plus plenty of room for bridesmaids, the photographer, and more! Tour our facility to see the ballrooms, shaded courtyard and private space for the wedding party to enjoy besides!
Newly engaged couples often find themselves planning their Kansas City weddings long-distance. For various reasons involving love, life, work, school and family, more and more couples are planning their weddings from out of town. Finding the right event venue to host the event can truly make or break the wedding planning for an out-of-town bride.
Californos is a wedding venue that provides a turn-key experience and we'll offer expertise throughout the process that will provide to be invaluable. Although long-distance wedding planning can be a chore, our venue is unique in that we are also a restaurant and keep hours open to the public every day, from morning to evening. The physical location is very much accessible throughout the engagement and beyond! Californos keeps a fully responsive office staff, meaning we're able to respond to emails and phone calls throughout the week and weekend, with appointments available every day.
You can read some thoughts shared by a bride who planned her June event at Californos, with an outdoor wedding ceremony and ballroom reception at our historic trolley barn venue. Sarah & Luke were booked at Californos for 16 months, having confirmed in February of the year before the wedding.
"I'm originally from the KC area but my husband and I have moved out of state. While looking for a venue in Kansas City we knew we needed a venue that was going to be easy to work with from out of state and accommodating to our needs. Californos delivered just that and more.
Aaron and Mig were very hands on, helping us plan the timeline of the event and walked us through what works best, given the limited amount of times we actually were able to visit the venue. The day of our wedding went so smoothly because of their staff knew precisely how to set up the room and even where to direct our outside vendors when they arrived. All we had to do was a final walk through about an hour and a half prior to our ceremony, which took place on the patio, to make sure everything was in place and it was.
We had a large young adult crowd mostly coming from out of state and the location couldn't be more perfect as it is close to the main highlights of Kansas City and also provided fun, nearby nightlife for our guests after our wedding. Californos food was amazing. There was so much variety in the buffet and our guests couldn't stop complimenting the food. Looking back on our wedding, there is nothing I would improve upon and that is largely due to the Californos venue itself and above all how attentive and professional their staff was."
Sarah & Luke
June 10, 2017 at Californos Westport
Californos offers a turn-key wedding reception. All you have to do is 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 photoshoot 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 February is considered to be low-season for weddings. You can secure an all-inclusive wedding reception 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. That 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).
We make sure you're able to budget from day one and that expectations are met from the very start. Bartenders are included, as is the service charge that you pay as the host. No surprises come, 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 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
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.
Today, we're sharing a detailed review from a Californos bride who just had her one year wedding anniversary. This couple came to us at the last minute, needing to change venues for their special event. Luckily, we had their date open. They were actually booked at one of our very favorite local restaurants for their reception, but this couple felt that they should change venues. Please read on to find out why, and what was done about it:
"To say Californos went above and beyond to host our wedding reception is an understatement! When we called Mig and Aaron with a major crisis on our hands, they not only saved the day, but made our wedding day as effortless as possible and utterly beautiful! Nine days before our October wedding, the restaurant my fiancé and I had originally hired to host our reception cancelled out of the blue. Despite our best efforts to negotiate, they decided instead to turn their venue into a Halloween house of horrors, and we were forced to find another restaurant to host our reception with barely a week to go. Welcome to every bride’s nightmare!
But from our very first phone call, Aaron and Mig at Californos were accommodating beyond our wildest dreams, and did everything within their power to help. With professional calm and the utmost efficiency, they offered us their ballroom (available due to a serendipitous cancellation), and took care of all the logistics—providing a piano for the musician, setting up the room for our unique needs, and lining up valet parking for our guests. In addition, the per-person pricing was refreshingly easy to understand, and Mig assured me that once I made basic selections for the buffet and bar, they would take it from there. And they did.
As Mig promised, all we had to do was show up the day of our wedding and everything was ready and waiting. Every bride hopes for that kind of experience, of course. But given our situation, being able to simply trust Californos to do a professional and thoughtful job--without any extra oversight by us-- saved me unfathomable time and stress. And best of all… in the end, you wouldn’t have even known that our reception was such a last minute production!
It was elegant and seamless, the food was delicious, the facility was ten times more beautiful and memorable than our original venue, and the guests absolutely adored it. I wish we could have gone with Californos from the beginning. But because of a fateful turn of events, the stars aligned and we were given the chance to work with this classy, professional, and exceedingly KIND group of people. Californos will always have a special place in our hearts because of that. Five stars is not enough."
Suzanne and James
October 15, 2016 at Californos Westport
Californos restaurant is known to be a legendary and private wedding venue, with spacious lofted ballrooms, hardwood floors throughout, antique brick walls, multiple bars and bartenders, amazing courtyard and the guests will not hesitate to mention the food! Although the fully stocked open bar is quite appealing to guests, it is truly the outstanding menu that sets your wedding apart and takes your party to the next level! Yes, the epic event you always wanted- and wait, the price is all inclusive, too - so it's something that will work for your budget!
After all, we ensure that you have plenty of food and plenty of options, with ten various dishes you will choose to create the ultimate dinner - with party food! Since your event takes place at an actual restaurant, the bar is set high, and Californos will deliver! Serving ten various dishes on your wedding buffet will be a great solution to any special diets and you'll be able to impress each guests with no extra effort on your part! Picking the menu is the most fun part of wedding planning and as the host, you want everything on the table, right! Californos wants to make a splash with you and each guest you've invited. We have every wish in the world to come off looking great at your event. For this reason, we offer all-inclusive, turn-key wedding solutions for our brides, with open bar and menu of ten different dishes to serve guests.
While many couples will choose expensive venues and a prime date, then cut short on the food, Californos is a restaurant and our perspective is very different. From our end as a venue, we only want to be part of the most stunning events, so that we can generate an aggressive word of mouth campaign, executed by you and your guests once this party is all over. Our imperative to wow guests and hosts with the food at your wedding keeps us in a place where we are very generous, while keeping costs under control and truly competitive with other venues.
No matter the date of your wedding reception, our complete wedding package ensures that you'll be able to budget completely from day one. You can browse our wedding pricing and wedding menus now, and notice that the per person bid will include not only the food and drink, but the venue rental, furniture, linens, setup, the bartenders & staff for your event. Even the service charges and current sales taxes has all been accounted for. That means they are included in the bid. You can put your calculator away and do this estimate by hand - we make sure it's easy and that you know what to expect before on price and value before you ever walk in the door!
Why do we say it's a turn-key wedding planning experience for our Kansas City brides? We proudly have the vision and the expertise to take you from this moment to your first wedding anniversary without a frown. The downside? Your face will hurt from too much smiling. It's an absolutely lovely place to discover for so many reasons, but let's wrap it up for today with the menu. Consider browsing the choices online, but keep in mind that we have many customizations, tweaks and tricks to help personalize the options even further! We'll blog again with more images of the food, or follow Californos on Pinterest to browse the wedding menu options right now! As for trying the food, make a reservation in our restaurant for dinner this weekend or stop by during the week for Mixed Grill, or other favorites we'll be recommending. More options will be presented at our next Wedding Fair event, so please make sure you pre-register for that event and we'll expect you there! Meanwhile, when you book, we'll start looking at dates for your own private tasting, which also serves as a our biggest meeting for most weddings. For out-of-town brides, we'll work with you to find just the right time to meet and plan your wedding together. We look forward to it! - Californos
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
Aurora, on her wedding day, enjoyed the Saloon at Californos as a bridal suite where she and the ladies of the wedding party were able to prepare for the big day in comfortable and cozy settings! Here, Craig Sole of Craig Sole Designs coaches Aurora on how to hold her bouquet in the pictures and while walking down the aisle. The Saloon is located beneath Californos ballroom in our historic trolley barn building.
As a party room, the Saloon can accommodate up to 80 guests, but it doubles as a spacious and stylized dressing room or bridal suite for special events and weddings. In order to streamline the big day, hosts opt to get ready on-site.
Californos Saloon features architectural detail, private restroom, plenty of space to lounge and relax, a bar and buffet area for refreshments, while also providing room to get ready for the big day in an easy and conveniently located spot. Brides can base their day out of the Saloon, let it all hang out behind the scenes and be footsteps away from picture opportunities, the ceremony and reception throughout the day. You can contact Californos sales team to reserve the Saloon for your special event as an upgrade to a wedding reception and ceremony planned at our Midtown Kansas City event venue, the Trolley Barn.
Let's take this show on the road! Many Kansas City brides choose Californos to cater their wedding receptions. Our full-service restaurant and wedding venue also offers complete catering services at the event space of your choice! You may choose to ask Californos to provide the dinner for your guests, with menus ranging from simple or traditional to elaborate and over-the-top! Californos can also provide a complete service, providing not only food, but also china, linens, staffing & more.
In addition, our company offers a full bar package for your event, with bartending services and competitive rates that provides a happy and comfortable solution to your wedding planning woes! Treat guests and yourself to a festive open house bar of cocktails, beer & wines! Our staff can put together a generous and reasonably priced package to service your event at the venue of your choice! You can read more about this on our catering page, regarding our services for wedding receptions off-site.
Some of our favorite venues to cater your wedding include Californos' own Trolley Barn and private courtyard in Westport, but we also have also enjoyed catering at these local gems...
Boulevard Brewery - Ironwoods Lodge - Midland Theater - Vox Theater - Madrid Theater - River Market Event Place - Foundation - Aspen Room - Simpson House - Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity - Liberty Memorial - Union Station - Magnolia - Pennway Place - Executive Hills Polo Club - The National - Berg - the Guild - Urban Event - Town Pavillion - 2016 Main - & More!
Katey and Patrick celebrated their new commitment to each other at Californos Westport in early August 2017! Guests arrived at Californos with time to spare, having a chance to enjoy a cocktail before the wedding ceremony started. Guests enjoyed seating and cool weather for a Sunday afternoon event that began with an enchanting outdoor vow exchange and ended with an epic dance party at Californos lofty Ballroom.
Thanks to Beau Vaughn Photography for sharing a few great images of this charming couple on their big day. With Californos, you can find a way to have it all! Discover that your dream wedding is actually well within reach! Beautiful backdrops await you at Californos, where you can relax and enjoy a seamless experience with our seasoned staff and turnkey venue!
Pictured here - Pat & Katey's first look & practice kiss, their vow exchange on Californos terrace, a small wedding cake made by Californos Chef, Marita Swift, Katey's beautiful dress, a family portrait on the patio, Californos signature dish, the Mixed Grill. Also pictured, some candid shots of the guests and the dance floor, as well as a photo of the couple cutting their wedding cake.
Sunday weddings can take place in the morning or evening, for dinner or brunch! Sundays are always priced much more affordably than Saturdays, which means that part of your catering budget can actually be spent on an amazing dress or photographer. Find out more about Californos, our all-inclusive wedding reception pricing, expert staff, and promotional rates for engaged couples who book a Sunday wedding with Californos in Kansas City!
Why party in the outskirts of town when you can host your Kansas City wedding in the heart of it all? Californos is conveniently located to nightlife and shopping, but also located across the street from a couple of fantastic hotels, with more nearby! You can offer out-of-town guests a taste of Kansas City and make it convenient for them to make the trip at the same time!
AC Hotel Westport is a European-Style Marriott concept, new to Westport in 2015. The AC has quickly become our primary recommendation for weddings as they are across the street, newly renovated with modern design. The AC Hotel is located at 560 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111. Ask to speak with Kurt or the sales department for help booking.
The Embassy Suites - Country Club Plaza is equally close to our venue. Located at 220 West 43rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, the Embassy Suites offers larger rooms and a pool, just one block South of Californos. Ask to speak with Charles to book your block of rooms or reservation.
Courtyard Marriott Kansas City- Country Club Plaza is located at 4600 JC Nichols Parkway, KC, MO 64112. It's just one minute South of 43rd and Broadway by vehicle. This is approximately four blocks from event space at Californos Westport. Ask to speak with Eileen.
816 Hotel is a locally owned business at the corner of Westport Road and SW Trafficway. This means it is very convenient for guests, and the hotel features rooms with decor themed around Kansas City culture. Rooms feature the Royals, KC BBQ, and other historical or cultural ideas.
Ask for Luther to secure reservations.
The Rafael is located on the Plaza at 325 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112, a quarter mile from Californos. This wonderful boutique hotel makes the list for it's amazing atmosphere, staff and location. If you'd like to reserve something very special for the bride and groom on their wedding night, contact Tim at the Rafael.
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!
Choose a venue that's focused on your experience!
Who needs just a big room, when your wedding can find a home. Californos actually cares about your experience and our team is focused on meeting your needs from day one! You can browse our website and read the reviews, but ultimately a phone call or meeting us in person, will present a very clear picture of why Californos is at the top of the list of local brides and their families! Word of mouth is everything in marketing, and we are here to make sure our brides and their friends leave, recommending our venue for a great party!
There's still time to plan your 2017 wedding at Californos in Westport! Do not deny yourself the ultimate pleasure of booking Californos most beloved reception and ceremony venue! From the full-service restaurant & catering to the kind and interested staff members, your wedding will be a dream with us!
No venue in Kansas City is more excited about each event we host! Californos has been a family affair since 1988 and it's the key to our success! You can choose to read up to 63 bridal reviews about Californos Westport's venue and wedding reception services! Immediately you'll notice, these reviews are focused on some key factors, but we'll let you read and judge for yourself why brides are choosing Californos and are rushing to give us good reviews!
Consider Californos Westport for your upcoming wedding reception venue, ceremony venue, rehearsal dinner location, catering at our place or yours, custom wedding cake & specialty desserts, bartenders and beverage services, event coordination and much more!
New to our site? Note that Californos offers all-inclusive pricing and is a turn-key venue - meaning that we are a one-stop-shop for so many things, while keeping the door open to accommodating your special needs and favorite vendors!
Photo credit: A Day to Adore Photography
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!
Sarah & Kevin hosted an amazing wedding at Californos on Saturday March 3, 2017, and the pictures from their afternoon are simply divine. The weather was ideal for an enchanting photo session with the bride & groom on our back patio with their local and very talented photographer, Kelley Photo & Design. The bridal portrait and candid snapshots taken here are breathtaking!
A fresh snow lightly dusts the fir trees and created at beautiful and crisp backdrop to these delightful shots. A gentle snowfall earlier that morning made the rustic brick and ironwork pop, while party lights twinkle in the distance. Sarah's bouquet and Kevin's boutonniere, both fashioned from vintage buttons, added charming detail to their look and was a fun and unique wedding idea.
Winter weddings have so much to offer, from the cool weather, to the special attention you receive from family, guests, and your party planning team! A January wedding, or a wedding in February may garner you promotional prices from various wedding vendors, such as your venue or photographer. While Summer is lively and busy, Winter can be offer more laid back schedule and can be simple season to plan a special weekend and a Westport wedding! To find out more about weddings at Californos, a favorite venue for a ceremony and reception in Kansas City, consider attending our next open house, the Wedding Fair, hosted by Californos and the Kansas City Wedding Connection
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