The Best Wedding Venues in Dallas

Our top choice to exchange vows is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Now comes the hard part: figuring out which of the many, many wedding venues in Dallas is the perfect place for you to tie the knot. You’ll want to reserve the spot of your choice as early as possible, as some venues book out years in advance. To help make the whole process easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to choose from, along with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

On this list, you’ll find diverse venues that range in price, capacity, location, and package offerings. Regardless of what type of venue you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it here. 

Best Overall: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$-$$$
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: Varies widely depending on the package/location, but up to 500

Why We Chose It

Escape the urban chaos at the Dallas Arboretum, which provides blissful scenery and peaceful vibes for your big day. Among the 66 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds, there are elaborate gardens, water features, and sculptures, alongside sweeping beds of seasonal flowers and plants. Plus, you can pick from several packages and location options, so you get a more curated experience.    

Pros

  • Scenic, tranquil location
  • Extremely versatile, with a variety of ceremony and reception location options (indoor/outdoor)
  • Extra-spacious capacity 

Cons

  • You have to stick to an approved list of caterers, which can be limiting
  • There are a fair amount of rules and regulations to adhere to

A true Dallas landmark, the Arboretum is a 66-acre natural playground consisting of lush floral displays, land art, and quiet green spaces, making it the picture-perfect place to say your vows. A number of packages are available, and various indoor and outdoor locations are available for rent. 

Venue rental fees vary widely since you have so many ceremony and reception locations to pick from, although you can expect fees to start around $4,200 and go up from there. Each package fee comes with guest and service tables, an event manager, and a 45 minute rehearsal. Whether you’re dreaming of a quiet, intimate ceremony or a more decadent affair, you’re bound to find the package and site to suit your needs. 

Notable Amenities

  • 15 ceremony location options and four location options for evening ceremonies
  • Parking and admission fees are included in the rental cost
  • Event setup and teardown is included (which isn’t always the case)

Most Affordable: Jupiter Gardens Event Center

Jupiter Gardens Event Center

Jupiter Gardens Event Center

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: Up to 280, depending on the package/location

Why We Chose It

There’s nothing like saying “I do” amidst storybook-like oak trees. Jupiter Gardens combines natural splendor and laid-back luxury, all at a relatively affordable price. Basic packages come with more than most, making this venue a great pick for couples on a budget.    

Pros

  • Choose from three different indoor/outdoor venues
  • Ceremony can easily be moved indoors in case of inclement weather
  • Flexible payment plans available

Cons

  • Not super-close to downtown 

Get hitched beneath towering live oak trees, with a romantic gazebo as your backdrop, at the Jupiter Gardens Event Center. From there, guests can move to the Tuscan-inspired Athena Room, a sumptuously decorated ballroom with a sizable dance floor. Or, for smaller weddings or receptions, the venue also features the Aphrodite Room (with a max capacity of 70 people) Depending on the day of the week, rental fees start at $800 and packages start at $1,800. And, the on-site wedding coordinator is available to help every step of the way.  

Notable Amenities

  • A range of affordable packages
  • In-house wedding coordinator

Best for Luxury: Rosewood Mansion

Rosewood Mansion

Rosewood Mansion

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$$-$$$$
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 300 or 500 (outdoor)

Why We Chose It

For luxury-minded couples, Rosewood Mansion offers sheer opulence. Originally built as a private estate in 1925, this venue gives off old-Hollywood glam vibes—it’s an architectural marvel with beautifully manicured grounds to match.

Pros

  • Impeccable, lavish setting
  • Everything is custom-designed according to the couple’s expectations
  • “Ever After Experiences” include all kinds of luxe add-ons and amenities 

Cons

  • Price point will be inaccessible for some
  • No outside catering permitted

Pure luxury is the name of the game at Rosewood Mansion, where every wedding is custom-tailored to a couple’s desires. This private estate offers several options for your ceremony/reception (depending on capacity; max capacity is 500): the Promenade, Pavilion Ballroom, Sheppard King Room, Mansion Lawn, and Mansion Garden, all of which boast opulent, carefully preserved details like stained glass windows, hand-carved fireplaces, and much more. Rental fees vary widely but, on average, you can expect to pay $150-$300 per person. Everything is personalized, from the menu to the pre-wedding pampering treatments.

Notable Amenities

  • The rental fee includes linens, tables, chairs, china, the dance floor/stage, and other furniture
  • Additional complimentary services may be included, based on your food and beverage expenditure (wedding night stay, in-room breakfast for two, discounted valet parking, etc.)
  • Fun “Bridal Beauty” extras

Best for Outdoors: The Filter Building on White Rock Lake

The Filter Building on White Rock Lake

The Filter Building on White Rock Lake

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $ 
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 200

Why We Chose It

Spread along the shores of picturesque White Rock Lake, the Filter Building is a prime spot for nature lovers. This historic industrial building (think exposed brick and original iron trusses) sits atop a hill overlooking the lake, providing panoramic waterfront views for your ceremony and reception. 

Pros

  • Lakeside scenery = great photo ops
  • Beautiful historic building
  • Rental package includes furniture, parking, security, and event planning
  • Relatively affordable

Cons

  • No flexibility for catering; all food and beverage must be arranged through FGF Catering 
  • You can’t set up decor the night before (only during a designated time slot on the event date)

A three-time winner of the “People Love Us on Yelp” award and a recipient of WeddingWire’s “Couple’s Choice Award,” the Filter Building is a widely beloved spot. Nestled on White Rock Lake, the location is as scenic as it gets, and the building itself is beautiful and historic, with exposed red brick from the 1920s and plenty of natural light. Venue rental rates range from $2,200 to $6,000, depending on the day and season; this fee covers eight hours of rental time, four hours of security, two parking lots, an event-planning meeting, the bridal suite, and furniture set-up. Maximum capacity is 200 people.   

Notable Amenities

  • Ample on-site parking (two lots)
  • Second-floor bridal suite provides plenty of room for getting ready (and great views of the lake)
  • Rental fee includes parking, an event planning meeting, furniture set-up, and the bridal suite

Best in Downtown Dallas: W Hotel

W Hotel

W Hotel

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$-$$$
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 400

Why We Chose It

A wedding at the W is as Big-D-snazzy as it gets. This hotel is conveniently located in Victory Park (near Downtown, Uptown, and Turtle Creek), and it makes for a glammed-up urban setting for your celebration.

Pros

  • Convenient downtown location
  • Spacious capacity
  • Plenty of hotel perks, from Whatever/Whenever service (in-room champagne, spa treats, etc.) curated by on-site wedding specialists to honeymoon services

Cons

  • Parking isn’t free for guests
  • Outside catering costs $45 per person
  • Chef attendants and bartenders are an additional fee

At the W Hotel, opt to say your vows on the 33rd floor with sweeping views of the city, or enjoy a grand ceremony in the Great Room, which can accommodate up to 400 guests. The hotel is conveniently located in uptown Victory Park, so even if guests don’t want to stay at the W, they have plenty of other nearby lodging options to pick from (alongside vibrant shops, eateries, and bars). The starting (base) cost is $4,250 for 50 guests and goes up from there, based on the number of guests and day/time of year. And, the hotel’s Whatever/Whenever service is on hand to fulfill all your whims, including post-wedding spa treats and in-room bubbly.

Notable Amenities

  • Multiple packages to choose from  
  • Complimentary amenities include chairs, tables, house linens, china, stage/dance floor, and others 
  • Bartender fees waived for weddings with over 120 guests

Best for Small Weddings: The Historic Frankford Church

The Historic Frankford Church

The Historic Frankford Church

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 150

Why We Chose It

Intimate and drenched in history, the Frankford Church evokes a simpler, quieter time. The stately white church sits on four acres of native prairie land, transporting couples and their guests back to the 19th century. 

Pros

  • Gorgeous, unique setting: a historic church surrounded by prairie land and flowers
  • You don’t have to do your own cleanup

Cons

  • There are (small) additional fees for restroom usage and for attendants to oversee parking 
  • Not near downtown/hotels

Originally built in 1897, the Frankford Church makes for a charming, historic space to hold your nuptials. Included in the rental cost (a rather affordable $2,750) are two planning sessions, a rehearsal, four hours in the church (and outside for photos), and church cleaning fees, with a non-refundable deposit of $900. Big weddings aren’t for everyone—here, capacity is set at 150, so it’s definitely a more intimate space. Everything at this venue, from the wood-planked walls and pendant lighting inside the church to the surrounding grassy prairie and wildflowers, is positively idyllic.

Notable Amenities

  • Rental fee includes two planning sessions, a rehearsal, and cleaning fees (before and after the ceremony)
  • Central A/C and heat

Best With a View: 2616 Commerce Event Center

2616 Commerce Event Center

2616 Commerce Event Center

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 200

Why We Chose It

With a spacious rooftop deck overlooking the glittering lights of downtown, 2616 Commerce Event Center is an ideal spot for couples looking to get married with a killer view in the backdrop. This multi-level venue is urban-chic to the max. And with experienced staff at the ready, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands.

Pros

  • Awesome rooftop deck overlooking downtown
  • Multiple levels with indoor/outdoor space, so you have flexibility 
  • Super-experienced event managers and staff
  • Within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.

Cons

  • Everything has to be removed from the venue within one hour of your event time 
  • A minimum of two bartenders is required
  • You have to reserve the parking lot and pre-pay for it (no free parking)

Conveniently located just blocks from the convention center and within walking distance of several great bars, restaurants, and hotels, the 2616 Commerce Event Center boasts three sleek spaces: the Commerce Room, penthouse (featuring two private balconies), and rooftop deck (complete with panoramic views of downtown). You can opt to have both your ceremony and reception either indoors or outdoors, and the venue has multiple layout options available for the rooftop—maximum capacity is 200 guests.  

The pricing for ceremonies is $1,500 for up to 100 guests and $2,000 for 100 to 200 guests; reception pricing starts at $4,900 and goes up to $7,500, depending on the day and time of year. All venue rentals include the set up of 60-inch round tables and chairs, rectangular tables for catering, tables for gifts/the cake/sign-in, full-length linens, and use of the newly remodeled bridal suite. The rooftop deck is decorated with beautiful wrought iron furniture, a custom cedar bar, and string lighting, which affords a truly romantic ambiance.   

Notable Amenities

  • Multiple indoor/outdoor options
  • Rental fee includes reception tables, cocktail tables, chairs, full-length table linens, use of the bridal suite, and more
  • A cocktail hour may be done in the same room as your ceremony or reception at no additional fee
  • Event managers work closely with you throughout the process (not just day-of)

Final Verdict

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to selecting the best wedding venues in Dallas. But the Dallas Arboretum wins our top spot for its beautiful setting, relative affordability, and range of locations and packages (which makes for a much more curated experience than most).

Guide for Choosing the Best Wedding Venues in Dallas

Is a Wedding Venue in Dallas Right for You?

“I’ve had quite a few clients who live in other states marry here in Dallas,” says Ashley Mason of Saunter Weddings. “When I asked them why they chose to wed here, the response was location. The airport hub is pretty central in relation to other states and it’s easy to travel through internationally, which are major factors in guest experience when planning a destination [wedding].”

According to Mason, the quality of vendors and bang for your buck are also factors that set Dallas apart as a wedding destination. “Dallas is also home to some of the most celebrated wedding vendors in the world and offers a variety of venues, from upscale barns to vineyard soirées and artfully designed ballrooms,” she says. “[Also], the cost of planning a wedding here compared to more commonly known destinations is hard to beat, leaving more room in the budget to go the extra mile with creativity.”

Comparing Wedding Venues in Dallas

Consider these main criteria when looking for the ideal wedding venue in Dallas:

  • Pricing: When it comes to pricing, every venue is different. Some may be full-service venues, which means they have everything you need for your special day. Some are DIY, so you’ll have to bring everything in yourself. And, from there, there are many, many other in-between options. Think about what’s included and what’s not, and make sure to price everything out so you don’t exceed your total budget.  
  • Layout/Capacity: Make sure there’s ample space for all your guests to mingle—a venue with multiple layout options is ideal. “As a designer, I look for venues with flexible spaces so that we aren’t boxed into one plan only,” Mason says. “It allows for more creative freedom to play with layouts and customize.”
  • Hours of Operation/Restrictions: If you’re envisioning dancing into the wee hours of the night with your guests, make sure that your venue doesn’t require you to be gone by 10 p.m. (or charge a fee for staying past a certain time). “Any venue that comes with extended rental hours is an added bonus since some celebrations go on for days with multiple events and complex build-outs,” Mason says. Many venues have noise restrictions, as well. 
  • Guest Experience: It’s important to think about your guests’ experience, especially if you’re having a destination wedding or inviting a lot of out-of-towners. Look for a venue that’s located near good hotel options, and inquire about a room block/special rate for your guests.
  • Parking: It may not be as sexy as decor or music, but parking is one of the most important things to consider before booking a venue. Be sure to find out if the venue provides free parking (and if not, check if they can help arrange for shuttles) and how many cars it can accommodate. 
  • Aesthetics: It’s worth noting that it’s important to stick to the venue that fits your aesthetic and feels like you—don’t just go with a venue/vision that looks like an Instagram ad. 

Book Your Dallas Wedding Venue Today

To start the booking process, couples should request pricing information from the venue. This info should include the number of guests expected in attendance, the day of the week, and how much the total cost will be. Some venues have this information listed online; for others, you may need to request a quote via their contact form, email, or phone. Once you’ve received pricing info, you can choose a package, along with any additional amenities/features. You’ll then select a payment schedule and make a deposit.

Definitely talk to a planner before securing your venue. “There are always questions planners know to ask based on our experiences. The answers to these questions can be deal-breakers or deal-sealers, so it’s important to book a planner prior to signing the dotted line,” Mason says.

A planner may also be able to help you get the lowdown on brand-new venues before this info becomes available to the general public. According to Mason, “New venues are opening up every year. If you don’t see your ideal dates available at your chosen space, talk with your planner to get the scoop on venues to come. [Venues] usually reach out to planners to give us construction tours and first looks, which essentially means first dibs before they fully open their calendars.”

FAQ
  • How Much Do Wedding Venues in Dallas Cost?

    The cost of a wedding venue in Dallas can range from around $3,000 to $30,000 (although there may be a few that are more expensive ). This fee varies widely (and includes different amenities and services) from place to place. It’s important to get a big-picture price breakdown from the venue and to have a clear idea of what your total budget is before committing.

  • What Do Wedding Venues in Dallas Offer?

    Dallas wedding venues offer something for every type of couple, whether you’re looking for a glamorous downtown location, an offbeat or historic spot, or a low-key, outdoorsy venue like a park or garden.

  • Are Wedding Venues in Dallas All-Inclusive?

    “Dallas offers a fair amount of all-inclusive venues and some allow you to select from their preferred vendor list. Hotels typically have set contracts with certain vendors to bring ease to clients wanting a more one-and-done planning process,” Mason says.

  • What Types of Venues Are in Dallas, TX?

    Wedding venues in Dallas include gardens, parks, lakefront historic buildings, art museums, hotels, and churches, among others.

Methodology

For this article, we looked at over 30 venues in the Dallas area. Our main criteria included pricing and value (we wanted to include a range of options for every budget), layout and capacity, location, and any restrictions (e.g., on catering, alcohol, and music).

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