Venue Information

What's included in my rental at bella sala event center?

Your rental includes everything you need to make your big day come to life! We provide you with 66" round guest tables, white linens and wood crossback chairs. For your head table, you may choose wood harvest tables or a raised head table dressed in white linens and white stage skirting. No need to worry, the day of your event we will have everything set up for you. All you need to do is decorate your tables!
Also included in your rental is our experience on site event team. We are here to help make your day simply unforgettable.

When do I get access to bella sala on my big day?

Your special day starts at 8am the day of your wedding. From there, you are free to plan your day how you choose. The fun needs to stop by 11:00pm and you have until 1am for you, your guests and vendors to gather up items and be out of the building.

What's so special about Friday weddings?

Friday weddings are the best! Not only are you guaranteed to get in on Thursday to set up all your decor and rehearse for your wedding, you also get to take advantage of our AWESOME Friday rates. Thursday hours are 10am-5pm. Your rehearsal must be completed by 5pm.

If I am having my wedding at bella sala, when can I plan to rehearse?

All Friday weddings are guaranteed to rehearse on Thursday between the hours of 10am and 5pm. If your wedding is on Saturday and there is a Friday event scheduled, we will schedule your rehearsal after 5pm on Thursday (for outdoor ceremonies only). If there is no event scheduled on Friday, we will schedule your rehearsal anytime between 10am and 5pm on Friday.

Is my 4 legged fur baby allowed on site?

We love our fur babies! Dogs are absolutely allowed to be a part of your special day at bella sala. We simply ask while they are in the building they are in a kennel and are not allowed to run around. Please remember at any time your pup may be around food or beverage, so they absolutely must be in a kennel. After the ceremony, we kindly ask that they return home. You are responsible for the clean up of any mess your pup may make, including outside. Should an accident happen that requires deep cleaning, you will be responsible for the cleaning fee.

Can we have candles and what about a sparkler send off?

Give me all the candles! The more the better! All candles do need to be in a votive or cylinder. If you are using a taper candle, it will need to have a dish under it. What's even better is we will light all your candles before the reception starts!

Sparkler send offs are so fun and make great pictures. Please make sure you have a bucket with water/sand in it to put out all sparklers after the send off.

Are there restrictions on decorations?

We love watching your vision come to life! For the most part, the sky's the limit. However, we do not allow helium balloons or anything taped or nailed to the walls or floor and no small/loose glitter or confetti.

Can we bring in our own vendors?

Yes, and we absolutely love meeting and working with new vendors. Not sure what vendor to use? We can help! We have seen some of the best vendors the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area has to offer and are happy to recommend the ones we know will make your event memorable.

Do you offer any decor?

Of course we can help with decor, and believe me we love to decorate! Whether it's linens, place settings, candles, backdrops or uplight, we have you covered. We are not florists, but can recommend some great ones to complete your vision.

What do I need to clean up at the end of my event?

You are only responsible for what you have brought into the venue. Leave the messy stuff to us!

What happens if it rains before my ceremony?

While it's always our dream to watch you get married in front of our stunning waterfall, we all realize sometimes that can't happen (darn weather). Should your ceremony need to be moved indoors, we offer an indoor backup ceremony option if you have rented Cascata only. If you have rented all of bella sala we will make the best recommendations on how to set up your indoor ceremony around your reception.

How will my room be set up?

This is where it gets really fun! We love creating custom layouts for your big day! We also know how the room flows best so we are happy to make our recommendations on what works best for your wedding and reception or other event.

Is there a damage deposit?

No, we do not charge a damage waiver. However, you are responsible for any damage that has been caused while you are here. We do keep a credit card on file for any damage that may have been caused. Should the card need to be charged, you will be provided with an invoice and photos of the damage.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes! We offer a 15% military discount. This discount does only apply to the couple, not extended family.

Can cars be left overnight?

Absolutely! We want all our guests to have a fun and safe night. If you feel your car needs to be left overnight, please do leave it. We just kindly ask that you remove it the next morning by 9am.

How large is your parking lot?

We have a whopping 140 paved parking spots. That means we have plenty of parking spots for ALL of your guests, including accessible parking spaces. In the very rare instance you need more parking, we do have an overflow parking lot.

If it rains or snows, do you have a covered drop-off area?

We sure do! Our large covered awning is the perfect spot for all your guests to be dropped off at the front door, which is wheelchair accessible, by the way.

Talk to me about food trucks.

OHHHH food trucks are one of the newest and funnest wedding reception trends! We love us some food trucks, and with our large covered awning, it's the perfect spot for one or more food trucks. Depending on the needs of the food trucks, we may even be able to offer electrical hook ups to make their evening easier. We've hosted a number of events featuring food trucks, so please ask us for details.

We are so glad you are here

Why bella sala?

I'm glad you asked! We are the largest locally owned venue and have been in operation since 2009. We pride ourselves on making your event simply unforgettable. With years of knowledge and experience, we know how to make sure your event goes off without a hitch. From the moment you sign your contract to your big day, you can count on us to be there every step of the way. We truly love being part of your special day, and our team would be so honored if you choose us!

I'm ready to come view this beautiful space, how do I book a tour?

The easiest way to book your tour is to go to and schedule your personal tour. Online, you will get full access to our touring availability calendar. Don't want to schedule it online? No problem! We are happy to schedule it for you. Please call 319-545-4255 for your personal tour time.

Am I required to get event insurance?

We do not require you to get event insurance, however, we do recommend you contact your insurance agent about any questions you may have.

Bar Facts

How does the bar work?

We do require all alcoholic beverages to be purchased from us and served by our bartenders. All bar packages are customizable to your event needs. We have no set minimums, so you can purchase as much or as little as you want. We understand everyone's budget is different and we are here to help you plan what's best for your event. From a fully hosted bar to a cash bar and everything in between, we have you covered!

Do you have non alcoholic beverages?

Yes we do! A water station is set up free of charge. We also serve Coca Cola products from the bar. If your caterer does not provide any beverages, we can also provide a coffee station as well iced tea and lemonade.

Can I host a signature/specialty drink?

Yes! We love helping you create an amazing signature drink that adds the perfect finishing touch to your special event.

Local Accommodations

What hotels are close to bella sala event center?

We are less than 1 mile from Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. Around the mall, you will find several great hotels: Best Western Plus, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Comfort Suites.

What do you recommend for end of night transportation?

Some of the local hotels offer shuttle service. Please inquire with the hotel about any fees involved with the shuttle service. Coralville's Heartland Inn, Hampton/Radisson Inn, Springhill Suites and Hyatt Regency all offer shuttles. Uber and Lyft are also available in the area.

I'm ready to book bella sala event center - what's next?

What is the payment schedule?

We are so excited you are ready to book bella sala! To reserve your date, you will pay 50% of the hall rental fee. The remaining balance will be due 6 months after you sign the contract.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all forms of payment. If you choose to pay via credit card, a 4% processing fee will be added. We can also send you a payment link via Quickbooks, and there is no fee added. Of course, you can always bring in or send a check or cash.

How do I sign the contract?

We have found the easiest way to sign contracts is via email using docusign. If you prefer to sign it in person, that is awesome, too. We would need to schedule a time for you to come in and sign the contract. Please plan about 20 mins for an in-person meeting.

What happens if we cancel?

While we hope this never happens, there is the rare chance that events need to be canceled. From the moment you sign the contract, the date is yours and we have committed to working with you. Therefore, if you do need to cancel your event, any funds that have been paid to us are non refundable.

Also, we realize that in rare instances an event may need to change its date. Please inquire with us about what changing your date may look like and any fees involved.