"We had an amazing wedding at Californos! Couldn't have asked for a more accommodating and professional crew to help us plan (from Seattle) and move us through the evening events. The venue is gorgeous and really fit our style. We did an outdoor ceremony in August and dinner/reception/dance inside. We requested a full plated dinner rather than the buffet and they staffed up and served an amazing dinner, including a last minute kids meal option. Mig is a pro. Everything was so seamless. We also liked that the pricing was straightforward and inclusive. Highly recommend!"
Kendra & Billy celebrated their new life together at Californos Westport by hosting an intimate wedding ceremony outdoors, followed by a reception in the ballroom of our gracious antique trolley barn building in the heart of Kansas City's historic district of Westport. Thanks to Lark Photography and for the Bride & Groom for sharing these lovely images from their big day in Kansas City! Keep reading and below you'll find a quote from the bride, taken directly from her recent 5-star review of our wedding venue on a national bridal website.
Kendra & Billy planned a gorgeous reception from the West Coast, by keeping it simple and choosing Californos, a turn-key venue with all-inclusive pricing! They enjoyed the outdoor wedding ceremony on our spacious and shaded back patio in August, followed by an outdoor cocktail hour and a plated dinner in our lofty ballrooms to follow! Californos specializes in weddings and we offer a turn-key solution to your wedding planning adventure that appeal to busy brides like Kendra, planning her wedding while running her own pharmacy business in Washington State and planning from another timezone! Congrats to you both, Kendra & Billy, we are honored to get to celebrate with you & be that special place you'll always remember!
Grooms love Californos Westport and we can count the ways! Today we'll give you 10 reasons your groom would love to host a party with you at Californos on your wedding day! Counting down from the obvious to the most important - here we go!
10) There's always an open bar! Californos includes that in the pricing; it's generous and fun!
9) Great food & lots of it! Californos does not skimp on the food and we aim to WOW you!
8) Californos ballroom has one of the best dance floors in Kansas City! Let's bust a move!
7) Tax inclusive pricing. If you book by 12/30/2018 you can take full advantage of that!
6) Guests don't have to travel far; Wedding ceremony venues indoors or out!
5) Turn-key reception service. We help make wedding planning easy on you both!
4) Guests can walk to and from several nearby hotels.
3) Built in after-party options: party on our patio, saloon, main bar or at neighboring clubs.
2) To see that smile on your face. Californos will do anything to take care of our brides.
1) Bragging rights. Californos is Kansas City's most legendary wedding destination.
Surround yourselves with friends and family at Californos on your wedding day! Elegant ambiance in a stylish and contemporary urban gem like our building offers is truly unique to us. There is no other facility in Californos that offers the grace and beauty of our restored 1903 Trolley Station building. Begin your evening with an outdoor wedding ceremony that will captivate your guests and incorporate fresh air and natural wonder into your intimate vow exchange. Californos stunning venue offers natural light, brick walls, forty-foot barrel ceilings and hardwood dance floor, but also an expansive set of ballrooms & party rooms to host your dinner, reception, ceremony and bridal suite needs. We even have your after-party or post-wedding brunch built-in to our array of wedding services! Californos makes it a fun and turn-key experience for local brides and party planners. A destination for your most important moments, call on Californos today for a private tour of the venue!
Tours are available almost daily and can be scheduled easily via our online appointment tool. The venue at Californos Westport comes complete with food-forward, complete and delightful catering options that range from plated dinners to buffets and more! Five full-service bars are on-site to handle any special details from the outdoor cocktail hour to the after-party! Californos offers bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and vow-renewals. Our couples have a chance to have their names & wedding date memorialized in our brick sidewalk cafe for posterity! Since 1988, the Burns family and the team at Californos has been Kansas City's go-to resource for flawless, memorable and gracious weddings & receptions.
Available dates in 2019 can be had in any month! Contact us today to find out if your date is available or schedule a time to come in and visit with us about your plans and what Californos can offer you on your wedding day in Kansas City!
Californos hosts an open house on Monday October 8, 2018. Come, enjoy a short and sweet evening in our event space to see the ballrooms, courtyard and saloon, along with the rest of Californos charming and expansive wedding and event venue! Engaged couples are invited to take part in a casual evening of wine tasting, appetizers, cake & wedding planning! You can network with some of Kansas City's favorite vendors, including those who specialize in guest accommodations, bridal gowns, florals, travel, wedding ceremony, music, catering & more! You must register ahead for free entry to the event, as we are providing refreshments for our guests! Please sign-up on our website today and feel free to bring one or two guests with you if possible! Californos has so much to offer - you absolutely must see it in person to understand the incredible backdrop that the restaurant provides for our brides. There are hundreds of amazing opportunities for the most memorable of moments. Party with us on your big day!
Congratulations, it's your wedding day! Make the most of it by choosing a venue that showcases your style and lust for life! Californos patio is nestled on the side of a hill, shaded among mature sycamore trees in the heart of Kansas City's exciting and historic district of Westport.
Our established local venue is a proven spot to host carefree weddings and receptions, only steps from Kansas City's best hotels, churches and neighborhoods. Californos team can provide a seamless event, with outstanding food & refreshments, as well as a superior facility and location that will help you create a host of amazing memories. Our staff is knowledgeable, helpful and relaxed, here to show you and your guests a great time while they are here celebrating your big day!
Californos can provide an indoor ceremony situation to backup your plans, so you can enjoy your engagement with the peace of mind that everything will be taken care of on your wedding day, with or without the cooperation of the weather! Contact our sales department today to begin planning your big day at Kansas City's most amazing and turn-key wedding venue, Californos Westport!
Hiring the right DJ or live band for your event can be a tricky venture! A live music element is absolutely amazing, and the chance to throw one of life's best parties certainly warrants the consideration to hire live musicians for some aspect of your wedding day. Perhaps a guitarist or harpist for the wedding ceremony, an Irish duo or a mariachi band during the cocktail hour would be the perfect accent to your most special day!
When it comes to the dance party itself, brides and grooms either hire a party band or a DJ to get the dance party started early and to keep the party hopping to the very end of the evening! Bands go on break, so make sure to interview your perspective entertainers about their capability and willingness to play from a selected song listing during dinner and any other break or down-time that they may expect. A live band can be quite expensive and so many couples opt to hire a professional wedding DJ or club DJ. If your DJ specializes in weddings, you know that you will have a pro weighing in on some of your timeline details and an MC to help you keep the reception time organized. Your wedding reception will fly by quickly and your DJ or MC will play a critical role in communication and timing of your event. From the wedding ceremony to the first dance and beyond, a capable DJ on hand is easy to recommend to any bride!
Call on Californos for some suggestions. We can guide you towards various DJs and Entertainment companies or live bands, based on past experience and client feedback.
Californos venue and team are multi-faceted and flexible! We can tailor our services to fit your particular wedding! Whether a small, informal wedding or a large and intricately detailed event, Californos is a comfortable fit that will showcase you and your style on the biggest day of your life! The restaurant's antique trolley barn building offers event space with charming architectural interest and the wedding venue features an expansive and beautiful patio with outdoor bars, a stage and restrooms. Our talented team is dedicated to your very special event.
Leslie & Chris hosted nearly 300 guests at their May 5, 2018 event in Californos lofty ballrooms and shaded urban courtyard. They hosted a private ceremony with close family, where they signed their ketubah or traditional wedding contract! They then hosted a beautiful and heartfelt American wedding ceremony on the back patio under the sycamore trees. Guests were then treated to a cocktail hour, a plated salad course, and a buffet of heavy appetizers, prepared by Californos, for their dinner. There's so much more to say about their amazing wedding day, but we'll save some of those details for another day soon!
Californos may still have your date open in 2018 or 2019! Schedule your venue tour today to reserve your date and start planning a wedding at Kansas City's favorite venue, Californos Westport! You can browse our turn-key, all-inclusive package online today!
Pictured: plated course / berry spinach salad / glassware & full place settings.
Images by Lark Photo.
Bailey & Blake's wedding on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was absolutely beautiful. They planned a morning event with an outdoor wedding ceremony at Californos spacious and shaded back patio. The courtyard offered a beautiful setting for an intimate exchange of vows. The lighting in the courtyard at Californos that May morning was particularly lovely, as you can see in the images below, taken by Rick Messina Photography.
The bride and groom attended Californos Wedding Fair, where they met some great vendors. They chose to reserve rooms at the AC Hotel Westport, a boutique hotel across the street from Californos and close to Loose Park, where the couple were able to spend an hour taking some pictures. The Fiddly Fig did a great job with their flowers. The flowers were a pop of color to contrast the natural earth tones of Calfornos brick walls, greenery and hardwood floor.
Californos offers an all-inclusive package with pricing that includes the venue, catering, bar & much more! Many brides ask us about the possibility of a brunch event rather than an evening reception. It's fairly unique, offering a different vibe that is uniquely lovely and memorable. Their menu consisted of ten items that they chose from our menu, including biscuits & gravy, fresh fruit display, brown sugar bacon, sausage, quiche, pastries and more! Of course, the menu was complimented by Irish Coffee, Mimosas and Bloody Marys along with a full bar. After the bouquet toss, guests danced the rest of the afternoon to music curated by Elite Sounds Entertainment and enjoyed the delicious cake delivered by Dolce Bakery. The afternoon ended with a festive confetti toss as the newly-married couple made a big exit.
Ashley & Matt had a wonderful reception at Californos Westport in Kansas City on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and all of the details and amazing moments of that special day were well captured by the dynamic duo of Black Coffee Photo Co.! We highly recommend checking them out for a fun and fantastic photographer. Californos ended up being the perfect turnkey solution to this local Kansas City couple, trying to put together the most fun, elegant and intimate wedding possible!
Some highlights from this event include so many nice touches! In the morning, Ashley reserved the Saloon at Californos as a bridal suite for a place the ladies of her wedding party to get ready. They had fun getting hair and make-up done together, sipping some mimosas, singing along to their favorite music & having a relaxed morning with light refreshments and a little pre-party!
Californos provided fantastic food & drinks for this event that included a 10 piece heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet that featured vegetables, turkey sandwiches, stuffed mushrooms, and our signature Mixed Grill dish, among five other choices! The full open house bar was well-accessed by the 150 guests that they hosted for their intimate winter wonderland themed reception in Kansas City! Some specialty drinks that added to the experience included Rieger Whiskey, a Kansas City favorite, stored in Sherry casks, and of course the hot chocolate bar pictured below!
Contact Aaron or Mig at Californos today by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
This coming Monday, June 4th, Californos is hosting a happy hour event after work, perfect for engaged couples, brides-to-be, or anyone planning a big event in the next year or so! Californos will provide some delicious passed hors d'oeuvres. Plan your Summer wedding with us, or speak to wedding planners about any date in 2018, 2019 or 2020!
We'll sample Chef Marita Swift's delicious desserts, and visit with the event planners and other favorite local wedding vendors about your specific event! It's an informal bridal show, short & sweet, to get your creative juices going in regards to planning the big day, with help from the best local wedding pros! You can enjoy a sampling of sparkling wines & Californian varietals as you browse through Californos expansive and very beautiful event space in the heart of Kansas City.
Californos venue is ideal for a ceremony and reception all in one place. You will have the option of an air-conditioned, indoor ceremony in our fantastic ballroom or a shaded outdoor ceremony on the courtyard, with your wedding reception to immediately follow. Our spacious facility offers a bridal suite and ample opportunity for you and your wedding party to be taken care of throughout the day, with our restaurant and large, comfortable bridal suite on-site.
Call today to speak with an event coordinator at 816.531.1097, or register today to attend Monday's show, held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm June 4, 2018.
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.
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