The question is popped, the answer leads to excitement and the hard work begins — finding the perfect venue for the perfect wedding.
In previous stories (Houston's 10 Best Wedding Venues: A cheat sheet for smart brides and grooms and 18 hot and happening event venues: The best places to party special in Houston) we have discussed great wedding venues in the Houston area. Here are some exciting new options for hosting your wedding or special event:
The revitalization of Buffalo Bayou has delighted many and now there's more to love with the installation of the first venue/restaurant space along Houston's main body of water. The Dunlavy, which sits on the banks of the bayou in an area called Lost Lake, is a stunningly simple space with an impressive collection of crystal chandeliers that flicker off the windows and water. With the Clark Cooper Concepts team at the helm of the culinary experience, this space is surely going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Houston Oaks, located in Hockley about 35 miles from downtown Houston, is one of the most beautiful places in the area to have a wedding and reception in one place. The owners have installed a sweet little chapel on the property for the ceremony. There are many places to hold the reception but I love the idea of a clear span tent strategically situated under a gorgeous oak tree.
The Citadel on Kirby is a phenomenal new space. Gathering its inspiration from 17th century Scottish castles, it is both elegant and grand. Not only it is perfect for an indoor event, with its 26-foot-high ceilings, but the 30-foot indoor water wall and more than six acres of lush landscaped gardens, fountains, gazebos, and outdoor patios make it the perfect locale for an outdoor event. If you have dreamed of getting married in a castle, this is your space.
Sylvan Beach Pavilion is a landmark venue located in La Porte on Galveston Bay. Even though it is a historic property, it underwent a $15 million renovation in 2013 that creates a more modern feeling, with large windows and a teakwood deck space. Its most celebrated feature is the 10,000-square-foot glass-walled ballroom with a 3,600-foot circular dance floor. The is a special space that offers couples of all budget ranges a variety of robust packages.
Waters Edge is waterfront venue located on two and a half acres facing the shores of Clear Lake. Guests can enjoy scenic views while sitting on the 2,500-square-foot patio that includes a fire pit to enjoy the spectacular view. The property also features a lighted pier and gazebo located over the water for those wishing to have a truly unique and romantic ceremony. The venue is decorated with modern touches, which makes a unique canvas for any event. One of the best features is the ability to launch a fireworks extravaganza, a rarity inside the Houston city limits.
Built on a secluded 22 acres with American Craftsman architectural elements, this charming space is located in Atascocita. The main building overlooks six acres of ponds in the woods near the Lake Houston area and has a lot of southern charm. Executive chef Julio Avila and wife Tiffany Avila of The Hometown Chef Catering Co. are sure to please the palate with their food and beverage selections.With a variety of ceremony and reception spaces to choose from and the ability to have a D.I.Y wedding or choose from all-inclusive packages, this venue can meet all budget ranges.
Located 20 minutes west of the Galleria area and only five minutes west of the Beltway, The Bougainvilleas is a true delight — featuring two ballrooms, a chapel, a wine room, a bridal suite, and a groom's room. The stunning floral entrance will surely captivate your guests' attention. The grand ballroom can seat up to 350 and with several package options to choose from with the basics including linens, cake, nonalcoholic beverages, and some decor elements, this is perfect for the budget-conscious couple.
CultureMap contributor Deborah Elias is the founder of Elias Events.