Enjoy a review of Californos Wedding venue in Kansas City
by Kim & Duston, who hosted a wedding with us this past autumn - posted 11/01/2017
We had our wedding here on Oct 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 back up plan if it needed to be inside, which was awesome! We really liked the wind chime outside during the wedding, it made it very romantic. Besides decorating before the event, they took care of anything. There are also hotels close by which made it nice for guest. We would for sure suggest this wedding 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!
Californos offers the highest level of attention and service to you while planning your wedding! Our seasoned professionals have handled all sorts of special events, from casual but festive newlyweds' receptions to formal affairs with passed hors d'oeuvres, plated courses and ornate place settings! Take a few minutes out of your week to make a plan to visit Californos in person and see first hand the enchanting event space and discover the many details that create a coherent, stunningly beautiful and turn-key event with which you can really WOW your special geusts! Tours are offered daily, with advance notice, and can be arranged online with automatic confirmation. In the event that the ideal time is not available to you, or if you prefer it, call us during office hours to arrange a tour time that works best for you! Californos is the ideal place for an out-of-town bride or a couple that keeps a hectic schedule, as Californos and a few favorite vendors will make wedding planning, smooth, easy, and even delightful!
Californos Westport is a beloved brunch spot in Kansas City for locals in-the-know who support local business in the community! Saturdays and Sundays, our restaurant offers a wonderful array of brunch and breakfast items to enjoy from 9am to 3pm! We also offer a brunch buffet menu to private event hosts arranging various get-togethers, such as a bridal shower, birthday, graduation, or an informal brunch with out of town guests, the day after your Kansas City wedding! Californos regularly hosts weddings and wedding receptions. Once in a while, a couple will team up with Californos Westport to host their event with a brunch theme! That is available day or evening, as your event is special to us as well - we'll customize it to fit your ideas! Our heartfelt thanks goes out to an important client of Californos, Bailey, who posted the following review of Cailfornos' wedding venue on a popular bridal website, regarding her May 26, 2018 wedding! Browse our brunch menu for private parties.
Read this review by Bailey, posted on the Knot, a popular bridal website: 06/01/2018
Book your Wedding Reception with Californos for a stylish, fun and turn-key experience in Kansas City!
In sickness and in health, you vow to be with your partner through life. Security and safety, happiness and love are all reasons for two young people to join together and there are many challenges along the way as we proceed through life.
Weddings are notorious for the surprises and pitfalls that go along with planning large events with out-of-town guests, special arrangements and dozens of details, both large and small.
With Californos Westport, you are not just getting a venue, but a very dedicated, experienced and hard-working team who create an identity around the success of your party.
With 30 years in business, Californos has the tools and expertise to weather the storm with you as you proceed through your engagement towards the big day!
Pre-register for our bridal event today and enjoy complimentary admission ($25 at the door). This evening, after work, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Californos Catering team will be here to mingle with you and hear more about your wedding. You can sample some hors d'oeuvres, wine and wedding cake, while enjoying the sounds of Celia Albon on the harp.
If not, consider scheduling a tour, when you can come see our wedding venue in person soon! Appointments can be scheduled directly from our website and give you the chance to consult with our on-site wedding planners and event pros in person!
What other local wedding professionals will present at tonight's Wedding Fair?
Chase Novick from the AC Hotel (Marriott property across the street from Californos).
Carson Swisher Photography, Altar Bridal, Complete Music & Events, Craig Sole Designs, known for his wonderful florals, and Don Davidson from Clergy Services.
There are so many factors to consider when choosing from an array of possible wedding venues for your big day. Finding something truly special that you can also afford are often a big priority. Look no further. Plainly speaking, Calfornos offers what other wedding venues just do not and cannot offer. Our famed party palace offers an epic patio where you can host the most beautiful outdoor wedding that Kansas City has to offer! Local brides choose Californos for a reason. Read recent reviews from our 2018 brides on the Knot or Wedding Wire to see what brides are saying about the Ballroom's new look and Californos amazing staff, offering in-house catering, in-house coordination and much more! Make sure you pre-register for Monday's Wedding Fair to give us the head's up that you're planning to attend!
Shout out! This amazing pic was taken by Lindsey Baker Photography for Emily & Alex's stunning June 2017 wedding at Californos Westport. Emily & Alex own their own design company: Gaston Made.
Book one of the few remaining Saturdays this Summer and Californos will double your deposit! Californos is an amazing venue and we have open dates in June and July, 2018 to offer a savvy couple getting married soon! You can book a premium Saturday date today and save $1,200 on your purchase simply by choosing one of the following date, which are within the next 120 days.
Qualifying dates for our Summer 2018 promotion for short engagements include:
Saturday June 23
Saturday June 30
Saturday July 7
Saturday July 14
Saturday July 21
Think over the top! Californos has it all and we're getting super competitive about how we price our receptions! We have open Fridays too! Choose another date and take advantage of another special offer based on our all-inclusive Wedding Reception package. Book an open Friday or Sunday in this same period so we can we'll double your deposit and include a $750 credit towards a ceremony or 5th hour of your open bar. (That's a $1,950 credit towards the perfect Friday wedding this Summer at Californos).
Choose from Fridays and Sundays before the end of Summer 2018 for your wedding day at Californos. Save on a Wedding Ceremony and Reception in Kansas City.
Friday May 4 or Friday May 11
Friday June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 / Sundays June 3, 10, 17
Friday July 13, July 20, July 27 / Sundays July 1, 8, 15, 22
Friday August 10, Friday August 17, Friday August 24 / Sundays August 5, 12, 19, 26
Californos wedding venue is historic Westport's horse-drawn Trolley Barn, built in 1903! Today we can host the most amazing wedding reception in Kansas City in our lofty ballrooms and on our spacious courtyard! Enjoy a wedding ceremony, shaded by Sycamore trees and a blanket of stars overhead as you party into the late night with best friends, travelling from afar to celebrate with you! Don't disappoint your out of town guests! Choose Californos for the peace of mind! With Californos you know you can afford to host the very best food, open bar, with the location that will have your friends wanting to move to Kansas City!
Hotels and nightlife are steps away, while you enjoy the spacious and private backdrop of Californos. Our team will guide you through a flawless engagement and planning time, with a seamless execution that will have you smiling on your wedding day! Consider a tour this week to see Californos for yourself! Sample our restaurant while you're here for a tour to enjoy our sidewalk cafe, outdoor bar area and fun atmosphere for brunch or dinner.
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.
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
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."
Okay, the wedding is over, but does the fun have to stop? For $25.50 per person, Californos offers an all-inclusive package that allows you to host a brunch the morning after your wedding! Call now to reserve one of spectacular private rooms for an informal gathering the morning after your wedding! Choose from the Library/Mezzanine, Westport Room, Saloon or the Ballroom. Californos will provide a 5-item buffet with your favorite brunch menu items and we'll include the private room, coffee & soft drinks! You may host alcohol or guests can purchase their own, taking advantage of our Saturday and Sunday specials on Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Make the most of your big weekend, with guests and friends in town, you want to visit with them! Don't let the entire weekend slip by and not enjoy every possible moment with your guests. Browse our website for the menu and call ahead to book your date with a deposit of $250, payable as soon as you are sure you're coming to celebrate with us at Californos Westport!
Location is key to your wedding weekend, so think it through before committing to a place that doesn't offer it all.
Okay, you found a beautiful wedding venue where all your guests can fit in one big room! Congratulations, now, make sure you've considered a few other items before you place the deposit and commit to your location, as this is the biggest decision you will make after you select a future spouse! Just kidding. Anyhow, it's a pretty big deal, and so have you thought about these aspects yet?
Is there a staff of workers that come with your venue? If not, you're either going to have no one helping, or you're going to end up paying extra for catering staff. Maybe both. Make sure someone is there to help on your wedding day. Don't put your dad and groom in a situation where they are balancing off a ladder hanging decor, or sweeping up spilled beer on the dance floor. Don't pick a place where one lady is the only person you've ever seen working. Who is going to help make it all happen? A venue like Californos has much more to offer in this regard.
Guests will be drinking, we must assume. How will they get home safely?
At Californos - we have two lovely hotels across the street; guests can literally stumble there after your hosted open bar. Don't put guests in a spot where they are stuck without a ride home. Wait - does your venue even serve coffee? That would sure help and it would be nice, but you'd be shocked how many places don't offer any coffee service with the bar package.
How long should your party go? Should you host an after-party?
At Californos you can decide this at the very last second! Lots of options are available to you, since our bar and restaurant is on-site and we're in the heart of an entertainment district! Picking Californos as your venue means that you can walk to other bars for a nightcap, or stay and host more drinks or let guests purchase their own at our beautiful restaurant bar.
What should we do the morning after our wedding?
Go out to brunch of course! Meet up with out-of-town guests for brunch, coffee and mimosas the morning after your wedding! Californos can host you for a formal event or an informal reservation, depending on the size of your group. Why go anywhere else? At Californos you're a VIP, so let us help you execute the most amazing and completely planned out weekend possible!
Thanks for reading; you can bet that Californos will share more expertise with you when you book your wedding at our spectacular venue. Tour the event space this week and prepare to place a deposit with us to ensure the most completely well-planned-out that wedding Kansas City has to offer!
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
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