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Venues in Des Moines, Iowa,
(515) 333-5057
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4.9 out of 5
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    Bev Derby

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  • Nick, Stephanie and all the staff at Forte were absolutely wonderful. I had no idea where to start when we began planning for our daughter's wedding reception last year. Nick was great, he provided vendor options for me to explore when I was unsure who to call. He was patient and answered all my questions. I had so many compliments at the reception and afterwards about what a wonderful venue we had and they could not stop talking about the food from Barrata's. I was impressed by the food options that were available. Nick and the staff made me feel like I was in good hands so that took a lot of worry and stress off me so I could enjoy the day with my daughter and family. I could not have planned or wished for the day to have gone any better.

    Sierra

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    5 out of 5
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  • Nick and his team were so easy to work with! Our wedding day was so wonderful because of their hard work. We definitely recommend this venue not only for the amazing food, but for the affordable price! We spent $9,000 to rent the space for our ceremony & reception and for food.

    Riley

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    5 out of 5
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  • Choosing a reception venue is so important and can be so taxing - but after my first meeting with Nick @ Forte I knew that my wedding would go smoothly. They are so helpful through the entire process and want to make the day perfect for their couples. They have a very competitive price for being in the heart of Downtown Des Moines - considering it includes set up, tear down, linens, real plates & silverware. The food is to die for and we received tons of compliments from guests. There was nothing reserved for the weekend of our wedding so we were able to set up on Friday morning before rehearsal. Everything went perfectly and we would choose Forte over and over again!

    Happy Bride

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    5 out of 5
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  • The combination of Nick Speck and the space provided by Forte Banquet & Conference Center was an instant YES. We were sold and decided to have our wedding ceremony and reception at Forte Banquet & Conference Center. We could not have been more pleased with our experience. Nick was flexible, and took extra time to help create an intimate and personalized experience. The food was excellent, and the staff made all of the behind the scenes work go completely unnoticed! I would recommend this space to anyone and everyone! I didn't have to worry about a single thing, and I give all the credit to Nick Speck and his staff. Nick is an excellent leader, easy to get along with, and goes with the flow of your wedding!!!! I wish we could do it all over again! Thank you so much, we will never forget our experience with Forte Banquet & Conference Center and Barrattas Catering!

    Katlyn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Nick and the staff at Forte made for an easy planning process in my dream wedding! The venue has a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines and the proximity to the hotels was a huge benefit to our guests. We received many compliments about the food and service found at Forte! I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

    responded with the following comments.

    Katlyn & Derek, It was a pleasure to have a part in making your day special. Good luck to all you both in all of your future endeavors. Cheers, Nick

    Diane Rinehart

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    5 out of 5
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  • Forte has beautiful views of downtown! Although it’s large enough to host many friends and family, it has a very warm and inviting feel. We worked with Nick who answered all our questions, calmed our nerves and offered many creative solutions for our vision. We would highly recommend Forte for your wedding....we received countless comments on how beautiful everything looked and we couldn’t be happier!

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    Hi Diane, Thank you for the kind words, I enjoyed working with you in helping to make this a very special day for Jake & Katie. Hope you have a great holiday season and very Merry Christmas. Cheers, Nick

    Samantha Horton

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the very beginning, Nick was fun, pleasant, and most importantly straight forward. We felt we got competitive pricing and exceedingly high quality and service. There was plenty of space for our guests (200+), parking was great considering event space is downtown. Bathrooms were spacious and clean. Food was amazing. Event space is pretty and did not need a lot of additional decorations. The windows added a great design detail to the space. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to have our wedding reception at Fortè. Everything was great!

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    Samantha, Thank you for taking the time to gives us great feedback. It is always rewarding to hear when hard work pays off. We were proud to be a part of your special day. I will be sure to share the kind words with our entire team. I wish you and Nel's many more years of happiness. Cheers, Nick

    Gina Ryan

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    5 out of 5
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  • We recently got married on October 6 and we choose Forte for our wedding and wedding reception. It was all around a great experience. Nick helped us through the whole process, always responded very quick, and he and his staff were very accommodating. It was truly a great experience all around. The food was great as well! If you are comtemplating Forte for either a wedding or reception you won't be disappointed. We highly recommend! 5 Stars

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    Gina, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us here at Forte. It was a pleasure working with you both, all the best to you and Joe in the future. Cheers, Nick

    Carol

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Forte was the perfect venue for our daughter’s wedding! Nick and the rest of the staff were great to work with from beginning to end. They ran the reception seamlessly and we were able to enjoy the evening and not worry about anything! I would highly recommend the Forte!

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    Hi Carol, Thank you for taking the time to share how your experience was with Baratta's & Forte. It was a absolute pleasure working with both families on such a special day. Cheers, Nick

    Deanna

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you are looking for a wedding venue, look no further! Nick and his crew, especially Lisa and her wait staff, made our daughters wedding reception absolutely flawless! Start to finish, they were fantastic to work with. I cannot say enough about the confidence we had in knowing they had every detail under control. We had a very large group and not a single complaint. The venue, the food, the hospitality, service and overall professionalism were remarkable! We are so grateful to Nick and Forte for making our daughters wedding the best day ever!

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    Deanna, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. It was a pleasure to be part of Sidney & Derek's special day. Also Thank you for sending over the video of the sparkler send off it was a great way to end the evening. Cheers, Nick

    Jeff

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    5 out of 5
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  • Can't say enough about what a great experience we had with Nic at the Forte while planning our daughter's wedding. We felt very confident we made the right choice throughout the whole process from the day we booked the venue to the day before when we did our final walk through. We had so many compliments from our guests about how delicious the food was and also how smoothly it went to get all of our guests through the buffet. Thanks also to Lisa and the rest of the staff for doing such an awesome job. Lisa easily calmed our nerves when we weren't exactly sure what to expect by taking care of all the details throughout the evening. We had an awesome time!

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    Hi Jeff, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It was a pleasure working with all of you. Have a great rest of the summer. Cheers, Nick

    Cassie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Nick was quick, professional, and overall a pleasure to work with. He was flexible and worked with me to make sure everything was ready and in place for my banquet I held there. All the attendees were impressed and the space and service was great! I would recommend this venue to everyone!

    Brett

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    5 out of 5
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  • We loved the service and great hospitality we received when they hosted our big event and will certainly look to use them again in the future and would recommend you do the same.

    Katie

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  • The staff is so easy to work with, make the planning process a breeze!

    Christopher

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  • Nick was great to work with and he did everything in his power to make the event run smoothly. We will definitely be working with Baratta's Forte again in the future.

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