Californos is a family owned business and we work hard to be the best at what we do! This week, that's Valentine's Day and hosting private events as well as concerts and parties! It's a full week. As we share the news, that local brides have reviewed Californos positively, resulting in an award on a popular bridal welbsite, we are humbled by the praise. All we can say is that we can't do it without the brides who find Californos, book Californos and later review the venue after hosting a turn-key reception with us! Thanks to Sarah & Greg, who sent us an album of pictures today and on of the best captures their epic dance party below!
Choosing a venue is likely the single most important decision to make when planning a wedding day with your closest friends and family. The location of the venue, along with the look and size of the ballroom seem to be a few of the most common criteria to consider. However, services, reviews, accessibility are going to be extremely important to a bride and groom planning a reception. More important than the cost itself would be the value. What do you get for the cost of your venue and will that streamline or complicate things as you move forward in your planning. For example, Californos provides a wedding venue with an all-inclusive package. Pricing includes a wonderful meal, open bar and the actual event venue with complimentary rentals, expert staffing, crisp linens and more! That's why we call Californos a turn-key reception venue. Now you can hire a good DJ or band and get the party started, like Sarah & Greg did with their party at Californos Westport on July 8, 2018! Happy Planning! Tours of Californos are available throughout the week by appointment.
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
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
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.
Katey and Patrick celebrated their new commitment to each other at Californos Westport in early August 2017! Guests arrived at Californos with plenty of time to spare, having a chance to enjoy a cocktail before the wedding ceremony started. Guests enjoyed comfortable 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 stunning 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 are Pat & Katey's first look & practice kiss, their vow exchange on Californos shaded 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 wedding guests and the dance floor, as well as a photo of the newlywed couple cutting their wedding cake.
Sunday weddings can take place in the morning or evening, for dinner or brunch! Sundays are always priced 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!
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
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.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Enjoy a little romance today with a slideshow of some happy Californos couples celebrating their wedding day at Californos. It's always the time of our lives here at Californos! That makes it a very happy place to work and to celebrate!
Let our expert team partner with you to host your next special event or private party. With a beautiful, spacious, and fully air-conditioned historic Trolley Barn, our restaurant offers lofty ballrooms, hardwood dance floor, antique brick walls, rustic saloon bar, and a terraced, tree-lined patio where you can entertain guests with cocktails, dancing, food & fun all evening! We price these parties with the venue, food, drink wrapped into one price per person that also includes staffing, linens and even sales tax! It's a turn-key wedding venue and unbelievable easy not only for you, but for us too! We can show you a price today that will allow you to budget and stick to it!
Browse all of the open dates, inclusive pricing, enchanting images from our website today. Open 2017 dates include something in each month. Follow up by requesting a tour to view the space or call us today to schedule a Saturday wedding date like May 13, June 24, July 15, August 19 or October 21, 2017! Pick out a Friday wedding and secure a $20 per person promotional rate that will likely cover your costs for DJ and cake. Now we're talking....
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