All Things Wedding

The Best Wedding Venues in Houston

by Alexandra Wolf
June 26, 2020

Want to get married in Texas? From opulent banquet halls to historic ranches, we have curated a categorized list of the best and most unique wedding venues in Houston, Texas. Whether you are a native or want a destination wedding, Houston and the rolling countryside offers many incredible spaces for your most special celebrations. At these venues, Houston will definitely not have a problem!

Best Outdoor Venues

The Grove

The Grove is a truly unique outdoor venue, with over 12,000 sq feet of total space. Located in a lush, 12-acre downtown park with views of the Houston skyline, you can use the Grace Event Lawn, Discovery Green Park, or the restaurant to create an unforgettable wedding for any number of guests. Choose a romantic ceremony on the rooftop deck, followed by a climate-controlled tented dinner. On the menu, you and your guests will find elevated Gulf Coast cuisine highlighting local and seasonal ingredients crafted by James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Robert Del Grande. Their staff will help you tailor your event to your exact preferences, with food services ranging from passed hors d’oeuvres to stations, family-style, or plated meals.

Schneider Hall

This classic Texas dancehall has hosted celebrations since the 1930s and sits on 175 wooded acres only two hours from Houston. The Hall’s loving renovation included reclaimed vintage wood from local structures and added a sweet patio. For your outdoor element, twinkle lights strung through the century-old live oaks turn the grounds into a dreamy fairyland as night falls, and there is plenty of space for lawn games or dancing under the stars. Your wedding will be both beautiful and unique, with customizable options for every space. The Hall itself contributes to the indoor-outdoor experience, as large windows around the whole building let in light and allow breezes to cool things down on warm evenings. Their events team can help you select the best package for you!

Best Big Guest List Venues

The Corinthian

Completed in 1909, the Corinthian Houston is a majestic neo-classical treasure in the heart of downtown Houston’s vibrant entertainment district. Recognized as one of the city’s true architectural landmarks, Corinthian Houston is authentically metropolitan, while being a chic and luxurious wedding venue. Corinthian Houston was home to the First National Bank for more than half a century, and its roots in cosmopolitan glamour evoke an era of refinement and revelry for you and up to 1000 of your closest friends and family. The Grand Hall and surrounding Mezzanine level offer exquisite vistas replete with a colonnade of 24 soaring Corinthian pillars, intricate marble floors, and a stunning suspended bi-cameral staircase. When a highly renowned caterer owns the venue, you know the food will be great. Having fêted several U.S. presidents, heads of state, A-list celebrities, and the Queen of England, Jackson & Company will deliver world-class cuisine and customization options.

The Ballroom at the Tremont House

This 4-star boutique hotel on the Gulf of Mexico offers an incredibly beautiful and historical venue for your wedding near Houston. On the upper level of the Davidson Building, you’ll find 14-foot ceilings and a spacious layout in the exquisite Tremont House Ballroom.  Host your outdoor ceremony on the sophisticated rooftop bar or terrace, or opt for an indoor-only event for up to 800 guests. To ensure your day is flawless, a detail-oriented catering and events manager will work with you every step of the way with your venue, decor, and accommodations.

Best Ranch Venues

The JL Bar Ranch & Resort

Nestled among the oaks and prickly pear, The JL Bar Ranch & Resort offers a beautiful setting with a custom experience on 13,000 acres of majestic Texas Hill Country. From an intimate wedding to a guest list of 500, their on-site catering and lodging options will make your planning process ideal and easy. As a wedding destination, The JL Bar Ranch offers multi-day experiences for you and your guests. A sample 4-day itinerary includes a first day filled with welcoming cocktail receptions, an amazing dinner, and activity sign up. The second day will include breakfast, activities like hiking, yoga, and spa time, concluding with your special rehearsal dinner. Day three includes photo sessions, your ceremony, and reception with signature cocktails and s’ mores by the fire. After a farewell brunch on day four, your guests will be dying to stay the rest of the week!

Pine Lake Ranch

This truly rustic ranch wedding venue will take your breath away. Pine Lake Ranch, located in Montgomery, Texas, sits on rolling green hills — an ideal wedding day backdrop. Imagine being welcomed by a charming old oak tree, inspiring feelings of enchantment and romance throughout your celebration. For your ceremony of up to 250 guests, you and your party will be in awe of the beauty and serenity of the centuries-old Oak Tree with lakeside views and elegant decor. The private lake and pier at Pine Lake Ranch make for stunning wedding photograph opportunities. Your rustically charming reception in the 6,500sq foot Barn will make you feel as though you are living your own fairytale! Picture a custom made barn door and wagon wheel lights as the backdrop for your wedding. Take in the beauty of the water, nature, and decorations for a truly peaceful experience by Pine Lake Ranch.

Best Intimate Venues

Station 3

Station 3, the historic Houston fire station built in 1903, boasts two stories each with 14-foot ceilings. Look no further if you want to provide an industrial-chic environment for you and your guest to enjoy! Both levels have an open floor plan concept and many unique features that help add that special touch to your event. Floor to ceiling exposed brick, hardwood floors, incredible views of Houston’s downtown skyline, and the original fire pole are just a few things that will make your wedding the talk of the town! Station 3 has many great packages, each offering a variety of options to bring your wedding to life. 

The Gardens at Madeley Manor

At Madeley Manor, expect an unforgettable event in a lush setting with an elegant glow of candlelit beauty. Relaxed yet refined, their brilliantly restored 1930s manor with exquisite grounds and gardens is a distinctive gem in Conroe, Texas. The gates lead to a dramatic circular drive lined with Corinthian columns in this lush and idyllic haven, making you forget that you’re anywhere near a big city! Exchange vows in their simple and bright gazebo adorned with a crystal chandelier, situated between two magnificent old oak trees. Built in 1936, Madeley Manor maintains its original footprint and floorplan. Its recent restoration preserved the home’s captivating charm and beauty. Once you step through the entrance, you’ll find an inviting interior illuminated by French windows and elegant details with an airy and romantic atmosphere.

Best Affordable Venues

Balmoral Crystal Beach Club

Find Texas’ first man-made crystalline lagoon can be found in Balmoral Crystal Beach Club, a wedding venue like nothing Houston has ever seen! Part of the 8-acre Balmoral Amenity Village, this tropical lagoon is framed with white sandy beaches and lush landscaping. It is your destination wedding found in the heart of the city. Anchoring the lagoon is the Grand Castle Hall that offers 7,500 square feet, so your imagination can go wild. Their events team will help your monumental celebration run perfectly in the middle of paradise.

Sterling Banquet Hall

Sterling Banquet Hall, one of Houston’s most elegant banquet halls, provides the perfect ambiance for your wedding at an affordable cost. Located in Central Houston, Sterling is an 8,000 square foot facility that can accommodate up to 250 guests. After your ceremony with family and friends, continue the celebrations on the hardwood dance floor to dance the night away, surrounded by draped curtains and stunning chandeliers. The raised stage area allows you to showcase any entertainment of your choice. Their professional staff and events team are dedicated to providing you with high-quality service for your tasteful and timeless wedding. Their wide range of services and amenities give you the ability to customize the day as you’ve always imagined, and your event is sure to go off without a hitch!

Best Opulent Venues

The Astorian

Situated in a designated landmark building, The Astorian is an industrial-chic, 14,000 square foot private loft space located in the Heights neighborhood of Houston. Designed to imitate New York City’s revered Grand Central Station, The Astorian is a throwback to 1920’s glamour and Art Deco design. This venue offers a contemporary, multi-level facility equipped with high ceilings, a fully functional gourmet kitchen and bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of downtown Houston. Your wedding ceremony will overlook breathtaking views of the Houston skyline with lots of natural light. Following the ceremony, experience a glamorous reception in high style in The Grand Ballroom. At the end of the night, enjoy a champagne toast with friends and family as the sun sets over the horizon. Whatever your vision, The Astorian staff is ready to deliver the wedding ceremony and reception of your dreams with flexibility and service. 

Julia Ideson Library

Your memorable and extraordinary wedding at the Houston Public Library’s historic Julia Ideson Building will be both opulent and unique! In the heart of the city, the building’s distinctive and elegant Spanish architecture stands out among the glass modern buildings that surround it. As you enter into this 1920s structure, you are taken back to a Houston that once was. The sophisticated grandeur and history of the building are felt as you walk the reflective Spanish-brick floors through to the grand staircase. Your guests can wander the Tudor Gallery surrounded by large marble pillars, the Reading Room’s original wooden fixtures, and the one-of-a-kind exhibit room showing some of the Library’s archival collection. The ceiling is a masterpiece: stunning gold and colored wooden flowers will have you and your guests in awe. The exceptional romantic spaces, artworks, and corridors with high-arched windows in the Julia Ideson Library make it the perfect setting for a unique wedding with historical significance.