A: We are about 30 minutes from the Council Bluffs/Omaha downtown metro.
A: The chapel can seat 168 in the pews with the option of bringing in additional seating in the back for up to 240. The banquet barn can seat up to 275.
A: We are open mid April to November 1.
A: Yes, you are free to choose which caterer to use. We do not require you to select from a list. The only requirement we have is that they be a licensed, professional caterer. If you need assistance in selecting a cater, please let us know and we'd be happy to give you some recommendations.
A: You may choose whatever vendors you wish for your photographer, videographer, transportation, wedding cake, etc. If assistance is needed in selecting a vendor, we'd be happy to point you in the direction of vendors that have been out here before.
A: The deposit varies depending on day and buildings being booked. Please contact us for more information.
A: One of the compliments we receive most is that our venue is naturally beautiful and minimal decoration is needed. Nothing may be nailed, tacked, pinned or attached to the wood. Only LED candles are allowed inside the buildings. No environmentally harmful, unsightly or potentially dangerous materials such as glitter, rice, confetti, silly string or fireworks (including sparklers).
A: Decorating must be coordinated in advance with us if to happen outside of your rental time. Additional charges will apply. Tear down of your decorations must be done in your scheduled rental time unless additional time is contracted.
A: Willow Creek has their own liquor license and cannot have you bring in outside alcohol. Absolutely no outside alcohol is to be brought onto Willow Creek property per state law. Alcohol is available through the bar. Yes, we ID!
A: For a ceremony only it is 4 hours. For a reception only it is 8 hours. For both a ceremony and reception it is 12 hours.
A: Gates will be locked and the property will not be open for your event before the agreed upon scheduled rental time. Please inform all vendors (minister, photographer, florist, etc.) of your rental time. No one will be admitted until the scheduled rental time.
A: Since we are located on a working farm, we request that you have an appointment for a tour of our venue. Any meetings with vendors involved with the event must be prearranged. Access to the property is only available when an event or showing is scheduled. When an event or showing is not scheduled the main gates will be locked denying access to the property.
A: That will depend if we have another event booked for the following day. If no event is scheduled for the next day, arrangements must be made before leaving the property.
A: No smoking is allowed inside any of the buildings, but smoking areas are available in several spots outside.
A: Due to our heavily booked schedule, most couples do a run through the day of their wedding. If you wish to have your rehearsal on a day other than your wedding day, an additional charge will apply. Rehearsals will be arranged around 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date and is subject to venue availability.
A: No, but we have worked with many officiants in the past and can suggest some if help is needed.
A: No, the acoustics in the chapel are amazing and only about 5% of the weddings held here have opted to use one. You will be responsible for securing your own microphone should you choose to use one.
A: Vendors may come onto the property at the start of your rental time.
A: No, the premises need to be cleared by the end of your rental time so our staff can clean and prepare for our next scheduled event. Any items left behind will likely be discarded into the trash.
A: Yes, limited refrigeration space is available, so please discuss your needs with us beforehand.
A: There are 12 pews on each side for a total of 24 pews.
A: You may have fresh floral arrangements, use fresh flowers in the bouquets and boutonnieres, but please do not have the flower girls throw fresh flower petals. Fresh flower petals may damage the floor and you may be charged for not following the rental agreement guidelines.
A: We do not provide any music. You will need to provide your own music and either someone to play an instrument or operate the CD player for you. You can hook phones, iPods, laptops, etc. into the CD player to play music. You will be responsible for bringing all of your own cords and connections as we do not provide those items.
4066 325th Street Shelby, IA
The best way to reach us is to take I-80 to exit 29
Head North for a mile and turn right onto County Road F66/335th Street
Take a left onto Winston Avenue and go a mile.
Turn right onto 325th Street and our property is on the right hand side of the road.
Follow the lane down to the buildings.
If you see a sign for a Level B/No Maintenance road,
DO NOT use it. These roads are not maintained by the county and when wet can lead to a stuck vehicle.