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!
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.
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.
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!
Spring has sprung and Easter weekend is upon us! This means that wedding season is (almost) in full bloom! Weddings and special events are known to be very expensive for many reasons! Hosting your friends and family will always cost money, but for the thrifty bride with flexibility, the date can make a lot of difference to the bottom line. For this reason, many brides consider booking promotional dates for their celebration, and that includes Easter weekend at Californos Westport, Kansas City's premiere wedding venue! Our venue is booked with weddings over this coming Easter weekend on both Friday and Saturday, due in part to the amazing price points.
Per tradition, a majority of churches do not host weddings during the Lenten period between Carnevale / Mardi Gras and Easter. This has always been the least popular season for weddings, as churches were simply not hosting any over the six week course of Lent. In this 21st century we live in, there are many couples still getting married, but not every couple is looking for a church wedding. Californos offers a ceremony on-site, whether indoors or out, that can accommodate your wedding and we can proceed directly into the reception afterwards!
All-inclusive price points for wedding receptions and ceremonies are available at Californos throughout the year, but prices are the most competitive for the off-season. With the popularity and steep rise in the number of wedding ceremonies that take place throughout March and April, it can't be considered the low-season, but now January and February take that role, and feature promotional pricing that is unparalleled in Summer.
Other promotional dates and pricing are in place for the weekends of Easter and Thanksgiving each year, and this year only, we offer these promotions for Saturday December 23, 2017, which is still available at our venue as of today. Fridays throughout the year are promoted, with special pricing in place for your wedding. Sundays and weekdays are other considerations, as Saturday weddings are in the highest demand, twelve months of the year.
Californos all-inclusive wedding packages, with promotional dates & pricing are listed online. You may also browse the open dates for our historic Trolley Barn venue in the heart of Kansas City's Westport entertainment district.
Californos back patio is a spectacular option for a June wedding in Kansas City. Not only can it function to host your spacious and tree-shaded outdoor wedding ceremony, but it makes for an amazing outdoor reception space or supplements your ballroom party with a lovely and lively patio area for party-goers at your event.
Californos offers a very uniquely generous and simple all-inclusive package that can be personalized and customized. On Fridays and Sundays there are different rates or minimums.
In 2017, there are some open dates still available for your wedding event, including...
Saturday - June 24
Fridays - June 2, June 9, June 23, June 30
Sundays - June 4, June 11, June 25
Choosing your favorite month is part of the fun, but there are so many things to consider, from work and personal schedules, to a good season or weekend for out-of-town guests to travel. Pick a June wedding and enjoy some of the prime weeks of climate in Kansas City, when the season can be a bit more, shall we say - predictably beautiful! Californos back patio and the front bar of our restaurant were built with June's seasonal warmth in mind.
Throughout June, trees and flowers are in full bloom, while days are at their longest during this month of the Summer Solstice. Enjoy a brilliant Summer sky during your dusk wedding ceremony as the day draws to a close and enjoy a warm evening for your reception. Guests will feel comfortable, wearing festive Summer attire and wedding style tends to be dressy but also less of a formal look than the classic Winter wedding.
Pricing, Menus, and Tours of the venue are all available from our website or by contacting our sales team. Our Wedding Fair, an open house, on Monday June 5, 2017 will be the perfect chance to try some appetizers or meet some of our favorite vendors. This is a turn-key reception option for those engaged couples who want streamline planning and enjoy their engagement! Thanks for reading today and we hope to meet you soon!
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!
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.
There are so many charming congregations and lovely churches in Midtown Kansas City, resulting in various options for local brides and grooms, hoping to find the perfect sanctuary. Californos can provide a list of nearby churches where past brides have held their wedding ceremonies.
Hosting both the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception at the same location is a very commonly desirable situation. Whether the engaged couple comes from different backgrounds, or the church is very far away, there is a definitely convenience factor about one location for everything, and that is always a big consideration for brides-to-be!
Shaded and serene, Californos's patio offers the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony in the heart of Kansas City's most historic and exciting district! Sheltered from the sun and wind, our European-style courtyard offers tiered seating so every guest can have a great view of you as you take the big plunge with your special someone!
Both private and spacious, your vows and ring exchange can flow seamlessly into an enchanting cocktail hour at our patio bars before guests inside for dinner and dancing! Our lofty ballroom offers shelter from the storm if there is any question about the condition outside! Californos is most flexible about this. You can plan for an outdoor wedding, and as late as the morning of the wedding, we can decide to move indoors if it is preferred or necessary. You can book an appointment online, to come and view our ceremony and reception venue this week!
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Event Pro., Aaron