The Houston wedding industry continues to thrive, and with a host of new venues to choose from, brides and grooms-to-be are winning in the game of love. From budget-conscious to money-is-no-object, options go from rustic to sleek. All will have you swooning.
Magnolia Flatts Ranch
Magnolia Flatts Ranch and Carriage House is located on a 30-acre horse ranch in Katy. The property is perfect for the down-home couple who want a Texas-style reception. Good Ole Boys catering provides the fare of modern-day recipes with Cajun flair. If you're looking for a venue that is reasonably priced with a little country attitude, Magnolia Flatts is ideal.
26403 Katy Fwy; 281-391-4333
Suitable for the modern, elegant couple, Life HTX, located in the River Oaks/Montrose area, features several high-tech elements, from contemporary built-in lighting to state-of-the-art projector systems and floor-to-ceiling projection screens. What's more, gorgeous chandeliers provide cool ambiance and a versatile background. The roster of caterers is robust and you have the option to bring your own alcohol.
2512 Woodhead; 713-339-3779
Elegant barn venue The Vine, located 45 minutes west of Katy, boasts two gorgeous ceremony spots: Union Bell Chapel for up to 300 guests and The Barrel Barn for up to 500 guests. The two locales allow for a choice of an intimate setting either in the courtyard under the stars or under the eaves of barn. A unique addition, and one the men in the party will appreciate, is the Lonestar Lounge groom suite, complete with billiards. Ladies, The Vine definitely didn’t forget you — get dolled up in the Wild Rose Cottage bridal suite.
25642 Bernard Rd, New Ulm; 713-553-9797
Situated in Tomball, Sandlewood Manor sits on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The Antebellum home is masterfully designed and offers a gorgeous medley of luxury and artistry. From terraces and balconies to a grand ballroom, romantic outdoor cocktail pavilion, and a pond with a walkout pier and gazebo, this setting will meet all your wedding needs.
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Nestled in the heart of Houston’s Theater District, The Ballroom at Bayou Place is downtown’s largest private event space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping balconies allow for beautiful views of the skyline. The Ballroom can accommodate parties from a seated reception with a small stage and dance floor for 700 guests to a cocktail reception for more than 1,000 guests. Alcohol packages are provided by The Ballroom, which also offers a great selection of preferred caterers to meet your culinary needs.
500 Texas St.; 713-400-1299
The Pearl is a classic ranch-style venue in in Angleton (about an hour from downtown) decked out with Austin stone and weathered cedar. Inside, The Pearl is 10,000 square-feet, while outside measures approximately 5,400 square-feet. The newly-open property, designed to accommodate a tented event should inclement weather arise, services the area in grand style.
2500 North Hwy 288, Angleton; 979-464-9300
The Space HTX
The Space HTX is a white -on-white industrial warehouse located in east downtown, just a stones throw from Minute Maid Park. Neutral walls and polished concrete floors make for a sleek, minimalist backdrop. The 5,000 square-foot space can comfortably sit 200 guests, and can hold up to 325 standing guests without seating. Catering is offered through neighboring restaurant Tout Suite, but The Space HTX allows outside catering as well.
2005 Commerce St.; 832-961-8000
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CultureMap contributor Deborah Elias is the founder of Elias Events.