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."
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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....
May weddings in Kansas City can be a dream come true, and engagement season is upon us! Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day is considered to be the most active time of year for couples to become engaged and start making plans for their big day. Luckily Californos is here to help, and we offer a venue and package that can accommodate any size group, with premium services at a competetive price point.
Open dates at Californos' historic Trolley Barn Venue in May of 2017 include...
Saturday May 13 (Considered to be prime time, this is an ideal date, last open Saturday).
Fridays - May 5, 12, 19 or 26 (Californos offers $20 off the per person all-inclusive rate).
Sunday May 28 (**This date is priced like a Saturday, because it's memorial day weekend).
Sundays - May 7, 21 (Sunday weddings offer a rate of $25 off per person).
Please note that for Friday weddings in Kansas City, Californos offers a promotional rate!
Pricing is all-inclusive at Californos. What does that exactly mean? Our wedding reception package is priced per person, based on the number of guests and the date. The per person pricing covers the wedding reception venue, catering & bar services. We also include sales tax, along with linens, china and staffing! This is in contrast to other Kansas City wedding venues for which pricing can be much more criptic or incomplete.
Our weddings come with an open house bar of cocktails, beer, and wine along with soft drinks. Our brides book the venue with access to both indoor and outdoor event space in the heart of Kansas City's most authentic and exciting entertainment district!
You can enjoy an engagement that's short and sweet without stressing over putting it all together if you choose a wedding venue that does it all. This and you'd get to start your married life by Summer 2017! View our open dates for wedding receptions at Californos in Kansas City.
Kansas City Brides
Choose Californos Westport as a turn-key alternative to planning a wedding reception.
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