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.
Newly engaged? You may want to attend KC’s largest bridal show tomorrow at the Overland Park Convention Center. It’s supposed to be really busy with tons and tons of local brides, newly engaged - plus a whole heap of local vendors like me!
Swing by my table to say hi and to play a game - I’ll be giving away gift certificates to Californos restaurant to the winners! I’ll have some images and artifacts from Californos Westport - tell any of your friends or family who are engaged to find me tomorrow! Californos is turn-key and is the perfect solution for so many families!
Meanwhile, dates are flying off the calendar. Today we booked a Saturday in August 2018 and a Saturday in February of 2019. Californos hosts weddings, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, among many family and corporate events. The restaurant is beautiful and offers brides a unique, all-inclusive price.
More info below & online -
Bridal Spectacular with KC Weddings Magazine
Overland Park Convention Center - 6000 College Boulevard - Overland Park, KS 66211 Sat, February 3, 2018 - 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Californos was chosen as a winner in the venue category for “Best of the Knot” - Kansas City. You can read more about that here at Californos.com
Thanks for your interest! Aaron
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
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!
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.
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.
Californos and friends are cooking up some great things for our next open house, the Wedding Fair, on Monday March 27, 2017. It's a really nice chance to see Californos lofty event space during the evening, and meet more than a handful of Kansas City's most beloved wedding professionals. Our event features favorites from Californos heavy hors d'oeuvres menu, hand-crafted wedding cake, and a champagne toast. The event is complimentary to engaged couples and their small entourage! Be here on 3/27/2017 to meet the folks from Craig Sole Designs, Ultrapom event rental, AC Hotel Westport, and Altar Bridal among others!
Californos can design and execute a beautiful custom wedding cake for your special day! Our Chef, Kelly Swift and her team will amaze guests with delicious buttercream frosting, buttermilk white cake, and unique, hand-made finish.
Californos can provide a stunning cake plateau and delivery for your cake, or you can arrange to have your cake delivered to your reception destination and set-up on-site. Custom, tiered wedding cake is priced per person, and we will consult with you in advance to make sure that we are a good fit for your wedding cake!
You may contact us today from our website to request a meeting time. We can make an arrangement for you to taste our cake in person so you can discover some of the different options and flavors that we offer, such as old-fashioned chocolate icing & our outstanding blue ribbon carrot cake recipe! Browse our Custom Bakery Menu today online, and visit our Pinterest page to see more cake!
Also, why save a piece of your cake in the freezer for a year? That's really not so tasty, just ask anyone who has tried it. Our custom bakery is ready to take your order for an anniversary cake anytime! Check out this video of us decorating a recent anniversary cake for one Californos couples who had their wedding here in 2015. Opposites attract, as you can see in their choice of cake and icing flavors.
When you get engaged, it's like a mad-rush to figure out everything that needs to happen! Some major details, like, who, what, when, etc. start to overwhelm you very quickly. Californos and friends have put together a great little group of local vendors who team up a few times a year for open houses. We maintain a group website, where you can browse multiple services, from entertainment to honeymoons: kcweddingconnection.com.
We host a Wedding Fair for engaged couples every January, June, and October. This tradition started in 2007, with Craig Sole Designs, Complete Weddings & Events, Californos Westport and the Best Seat in the House putting together a very informal and fun bridal expo. The food and atmosphere are infinitely more enjoyable than that of the big shows at nearby convention centers. Instead of a paper plate of chips & dip, you get to enjoy Californos amazing array of heavy hors d'oeuvres! There is champagne, wedding cake & a host of delightful professionals who specialize in various aspects of your wedding! We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
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