Photo: Courtesy of Chateau Cocomar
If romance is your middle name and you want a fairytale feel, these magical Houston venues have all the makings of a storybook wedding.
Chateau Cocomar (Above)
Reminiscent of an opulent French château, the idyllic four-story estate sits on seven lush acres and affords couples the run of more than 35,000 square feet — all with a capacity of over 400. A bit of an outlier in northwest Houston's Champions area, the majestic mansion is very private and impresses brides, grooms and wedding guests with historical details like a fireplace from the Taj Mahal and antique doors from a French monastery. Straight from the pages of a storybook, other standouts include spiraling staircases, quatrefoil windows, crystal chandeliers and soaring ceilings. Ask about fireworks on the front lawn for your own special day. Read real brides reviews here!
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Completed in 1905 as the First National Bank, this historical downtown Houston venue occupies two stories in the neoclassical building (which is also home to upscale residential lofts), allowing brides up to 1,000 guests for a seated dinner and almost 2,000 for receptions. The stunning space is noted for its colonnade of 35-foot Corinthian columns supporting the ceiling, which is graced with ornate, original plasterwork. A restored Palladian window flanks the glam, double stairway. Jackson and Company is the beloved, award-winning resident caterer. Read real brides reviews here!
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La Colombe d'Or
A European restaurant, boutique hotel, event space, art gallery, bar and library set in a 1920s mansion, the charming, 60-capacity Museum District venue is the site of serious history. Past guests include President Bill Clinton, Madonna, and many other VIPs — and the owners flew in hand-carved, 300-year-old, 20-foot-high wood walls from the estate of a French countess where Proust, Rodin, and Pierre and Marie Curie once mingled for the main event space, Le Grand Salon. Read real brides reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Agave Estates
Three event spaces, all with a Spanish vibe, share 30 peaceful acres less than a mile from Interstate 10 in the suburb of Katy — just west of Houston. The all-inclusive venues, Agave Road, Agave Real and Agave Rio, accommodate different party sizes, either indoor or outdoor amid immaculate tropical gardens. Amenities vary by location, but we're partial to Agave Real, which suits up to 200 guests. Opened in 2012, it feels like a remote resort escape with a pool, fireplace, stone pavement, and handmade reclaimed wood accents — not to mention, a high-tech bridal suite and groom's lounge. Read real brides reviews here!
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Its name translates to "the candles," so it's no surprise that there's plenty of flickering ambience at this 250-capacity, Galleria-area venue, which resembles a Spanish mission in tan stucco. It has two stories and indoor-outdoor space, including an air-conditioned inner courtyard. Dramatic and dazzling details like Italian marble floors, fountains, archways, high-arched windows, fireplace and lush landscape (including mature palm trees) abound. Read real brides reviews here!
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The Petroleum Club
Newly relocated (after more than 50 years in its former home just a few blocks away) to the top floor of the Total Building downtown, the 30,000-square-foot, 280-guest-capacity space offers breathtaking skyline views and slick new city digs that include a chef's table and seven private dining rooms. Couples do not have to be members of the private club to partake in its grandeur for their big day. Read real brides reviews here!
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Built in the late 1920s as a church, this 3,000-square-foot, 330-guest-capacity venue is a Texas historical landmark in the Museum District with arched doors and dark wood details. It merges Mediterranean with Byzantine style and features three distinct adjoining spaces, including The Duomo, which boasts a 35-foot dome, dance floor, raised stage and the most space; The Cloister, a private courtyard in an open-air environment; and The Gardens, which has winding paths, fountains, a pavilion and seating. We love how the sunlight filters in through windows on all sides. Read real brides reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of The Bell Tower on 34th St.
The Bell Tower on 34th St.
When the gate opens to The Bell Tower on 34th St., it reveals a towering Tuscan style fortress — tucked just off the street in the centrally located Garden Oaks neighborhood. The 26,000-square-foot, 1,200-plus-capacity, Italian-inspired venue is a picturesque paradise in the middle of the city, complete with 30-foot ceilings, stunning staircase, manicured gardens, and lighted waterfall. Couples can choose from several rooms (including a chapel and ballroom), combined areas, or the entire space. Bonus: If you're considering an after party, the venue is within steps of popular hangouts like Cottonwood. Read real brides reviews here!