The Iowa Memorial Union is conveniently located in the heart of the University of Iowa campus, just blocks from downtown Iowa City. The IMU has a variety of venues including two elegant ballroom spaces for larger groups, and other intimate spaces to accommodate wedding parties of all sizes. The IMU offers catering, an attached hotel, and event planning staff all located in the same building.

At the IMU you will have the opportunity to customize your wedding, work with our award-winning chefs to choose a catering package and unique menu especially for you, and enjoy a number of complimentary services and discounts and the fact that almost everything at the IMU is tax free. Let our experienced staff help make your wedding everything you expect it to be!

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Jenna and Ben's special day at the IMU

Some recent guests of ours were kind enough to share their gorgeous wedding video, which showcases several locations and services from the IMU, including: the Iowa House Hotel, IMU River Terrace, Danforth Chapel, and IMU Main Lounge.

Iowa City Wedding Videography | Jenna + Ben Wedding Highlights from MI Studios on Vimeo.

IMU North River Terrace
  • 6,000 square foot area overlooking the Iowa River and IMU Amphitheater
  • Entrances – River Room and Sunporch, accessible entrance from the new North Entrance
  • Outdoor seating and umbrellas for casual dining, meetings, or simply enjoying the view
  • Picturesque view of the university campus: Art Buildings (old & new), Danforth Chapel, IATL Building, John & Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, Hancher Auditorium
  • Venue for live entertainment – student sponsored events
  • The North River Terrace is available for private events and is included in the Main Lounge rental
IMU River Amphitheater
  • (3) Tiered event space overlooking the Iowa River
  • Combination green spaces and limestone spaces that create natural seating areas for up to 500 people
  • Semi-circle landing directly next to the Iowa River, suitable for ceremonies and performances 


University Catering is dedicated to providing the highest quality food, planning and service especially for you. Whether your party is 7 or 700, our award-winning chefs pay special attention to every detail making your meal exactly the way you want. Our catering services provide featured menus, or customize a menu of your choice. We have many options to satisfy a variety of taste buds including vegetarian meals. View wedding menus from University Catering and contact them for an estimate for your wedding!

Iowa House Hotel

Enjoy the convenient location of the Iowa House Hotel located inside of the Iowa Memorial Union. The IMU’s 95 room self-operating hotel offers many packages to suit the needs of all your overnight guests including discounted room blocks for wedding customers. Choose from standard rooms, executive rooms, two-bedroom suites, king and queen suites, junior suites and more. Customers who book their wedding reception in the Main Lounge or Ballroom of the IMU will receive a complimentary bridal suite in the Iowa House Hotel (based on availability). More...

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