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Your love isn't like anyone else's, and these special venues have that certain je ne sais quoi to match y'all. For the couple who colors outside the lines — and wants to skip the traditional hotel ballroom nuptials — these Houston locations are high on style and ambiance and anything but cookie cutter.
Houston Museum of Natural Science (Above)
It's one of the top-10 most attended museums in the country, and the sprawling space sets a grand (and educational) scene for your big day. Reserve the entire place for a 2,000-person cocktail reception, or choose from its various venues for a smaller ceremony or reception. That means you can exchange vows at Burke Baker Planetarium or the Cockrell Butterfly Center and dance among the dinosaurs at The Morian Hall of Paleontology. Best of all, this place will wow guests with minimal or no decor. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Julia Ideson Library
Bring out your inner bookworm (and the romance of the roaring 20s) at Houston's former central library — a downtown treasure named after a Houston librarian and suffragist in 1926. It recently got a $32-million restoration, including the addition of a reading garden, allowing the venue to hold up to 450 guests. More than 18,000 square feet of Spanish architecture hearken another era — even amid neighboring modern structures — with a grand staircase, marble columns surrounding the Tudor Gallery, original fixtures, and high-arched windows. Choose from eight floor plans, situated on the first through third floors, and be sure look up and notice the brilliantly painted wood flowers on the ceiling. Read real brides' reviews here!
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A colorful exterior and towering palms at the entrance belie the serene secret garden, complete with a meditation pool and waterfall swimming pool within this modern, architecturally savvy Bellaire event space. Brides have a choice of spaces — the Courtyard Room, the courtyard itself, the adjoining Studio, or all of them — at the indoor-outdoor venue, which has a catering kitchen, 20-foot ceilings and can hold up to 150 guests. And fret not: Floor-to-ceiling glass connects the indoors to the outdoors, no matter what configuration you choose.
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Reminiscent of a New York City loft, this new bi-level, Art Deco venue with 14-foot ceilings is in a building designated as a landmark by the Houston Historical Society. Warm woods and ambient lighting soften modern, industrial elements like concrete floors, rusted steel, and brass and copper detailing while floor-to-ceiling windows serve up the sunset and sparking skyline after hours. It also has outdoor rooftop space, a bridal suite, stage, gourmet kitchen, bar, state-of-the-art smart technology — not to mention removable walls and fixtures, so the 28,000-square-foot space, which can fit 400-plus guests, is really a bride's playground.
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A 1905 Arts District firehouse with an up-close (and unobstructed) view of downtown and a 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio with garden, this newly restored venue, with a capacity of up to 250 guests, is charm personified, thanks to its original red brick, dark-stained pine floors, concrete beams, hand-carved exterior stonework, and fireman's pole. Deemed a historical landmark, Station 3 maintains its vintage firehouse appeal alongside 21st century touches like a glass staircase, custom chandeliers, steel-encased mirrors, a catering kitchen and bridal suite. Read real brides' reviews here!