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.
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."
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.
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
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
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.
Bernie & Molly had an amazing wedding reception here at Californos on Friday January 27, 2017 and the proof is in the pudding! Their photographer, Beau Vaughn Photography, posted the mannequin challenge they filmed, and the bride and groom have passed along the video for Californos to share with any prospective clients!
The beginning of this video is the Bride & Groom getting ready for the big day. It features some very entertaining poses from the wedding party & family throughout! Californos rustic ballroom is featured in the second half of the video, with the bride & groom's cake cutting taking center stage.
We are thrilled to share this video because you can get a great feel for the space as it's being used, full of people celebrating! You can easily catch glimpses of some architectural features like the lofty ceilings, brick walls and hardwood floors. This clip will allow Californos brides to peek into a crystal ball and get a better feel for the venue, well, at least the main ballroom, in advance of their important day. Thanks for sharing, Molly & Bernie!
"We had a fantastic time and can't thank you enough for all that you did to make it a special event for us, our family, and our friends. We are working putting together some reviews for all of our amazing vendors and will pass that along soon too."
- Bernie & Molly
Thanks to you, Molly & Bernie, for hosting your wedding with Californos, it was a great party and we appreciate the chance to make a splash with your guests! An extra thanks goes to you for choosing to host a January wedding by the way!
Please enjoy browsing authentic reviews of Californos Westport on Wedding Wire and Google to see what our customers are saying about virtues such as the Quality, Value, Flexibility, Professionalism, and Responsiveness of our team and services.
If you read on, you will find out about the incredible staff, pricing and food! The specific location lends itself to entertaining in Kansas City! Find out more and please inquire about a tour of Californos for your wedding if this peaks your interest!
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