The Best Wedding Venues in Houston

The Bell Tower on 34th tops our list for the most romantic venue to tie the knot

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Chateau Cocomar

Deciding on the perfect venue is one of the most important elements of creating a memorable day. In a city as large as Houston, there are a plethora of choices that can fit each couple's needs for ambiance, budget, amenities, and more. 

Booking one of the best wedding venues in Houston will make planning easier, offering the vision a couple desires while allowing for flexibility. From hidden gems to iconic spaces, the dream wedding in this Texas metropolis awaits. 

Best Overall: The Bell Tower on 34th

The Bell Tower on 34th

The Bell Tower on 34th

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$-$$$
  • All-inclusive: Yes
  • Max Guests: 1,200

Why We Chose It

This lovely Mediterranean-style venue is a versatile option for any couple’s preferences—for both intimate or grand weddings, the venue staff seeks to accommodate with reasonable packages and a stunning space that will awe the guests.

Pros

  • No buyout fee to bring in different vendors
  • Cancellation insurance rebate
  • Hotel shuttles
  • Located near the 610 Loop of Houston

Cons

  • Required alcohol and beverage vendor 
  • Separate venue rental fee

Located in the Garden District, this is the best overall wedding venue in Houston, Texas, featuring Spanish hacienda architecture that yields a luxurious and intimate atmosphere. 

There is no price difference for a seated dinner versus a buffet; the service fee is the lowest in the industry; and the venue can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. There are all-inclusive packages, options to bring in your own vendors (with deals available), and thoughtful amenities like a cake stand and easels that mean fewer details to consider.

The packages are generally rated per person. Fees for beverages and renting the ballrooms (you can rent the entire space or just some rooms) are separate fees. Set up and teardown are also built into the prices per individual.

Many couples vouch for this venue because of its affordable packages, transparency in pricing, and the staff’s professionalism on the day of the ceremony.

Notable Amenities

  • All-inclusive option
  • Event coordinator
  • Event staff
  • Free guest parking
  • Complimentary valet
  • In-house catering
  • Tables and chairs provided
  • Linens provided
  • Some décor included (table numbers and stands, easels, cake stand)
  • Outdoor ceremony option

Most Affordable: Nouveau Art Antique Bar

Nouveau Art Antique Bar

Nouveau Art Antique Bar

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $-$$
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 175

Why We Chose It

Tons of vintage lamps illuminate this cozy, intimate venue, which is perfect for couples wanting a unique space. The open bar included in the venue rental price doesn’t hurt, either. 

Pros

  • Open bar included in rental
  • Can use any vendors of your choosing
  • Children welcome for free

Cons

  • Lacks natural light 
  • Not ideal for bigger weddings 
  • No outdoor area for cocktail hour

This is our pick for the most affordable wedding venue in Houston because the venue rental and open bar are combined as one price. Enjoy both incredible savings and a vintage space—it boasts one of the largest private collections of Tiffany-style lamps, which line the walls and hang from the ceiling. 

Located in the heart of Houston in midtown, guests can stay at the nearby four-star Magnolia Hotel (which this venue has a partnership with). The venue fee is based on the number of guests; additional time and a ceremony option are available for extra.

Bring your own catering—taco truck, anyone?—and your guests will have a great time. You don’t have to break the bank and can save money for other wedding elements.

Notable Amenities

  • Tables, chairs, and linens included
  • Free guest parking
  • Staff included
  • Up to 5 hours of setup time for free

Best for Small Weddings: The Oak Atelier

The Oak Atelier

The Oak Atelier

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $
  • All-inclusive: No
  • Max Guests: 50

Why We Chose It

With its many beautiful, distinct rooms, touch of vintage, and surrounding greenery, this place is the perfect destination for an intimate wedding with your closest friends and family. 

Pros

  • A wedding photographer’s dream
  • Bring in any licensed vendor

Cons

  • Décor restrictions
  • Tables and chairs not included
  • No day-of coordinator or event staff

Located in Conroe, Texas, 45 minutes from downtown Houston, this venue is a charming house. Walk in and enjoy high ceilings and four unique spaces, one of which is a rustic greenhouse nestled among oak trees that surround the property. You can experience Old World European antiques, industrial exposed brick, and clean minimalism all in one place. 

There is also a four-hour events package for a full wedding, and you can add on more time or rent their furniture for your ceremony layout and reception tablescapes. The abundance of natural light, decorative rooms, and affordability make this one of the best wedding venues in Houston.

Notable Amenities

  • Antique furniture for props
  • Free guest parking
  • Larger furniture pieces for rental

Best for Waterfront Wedding Venue: Waters Edge

Waters Edge

Waters Edge

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$-$$$
  • All-inclusive: Yes
  • Max Guests: 300

Why We Chose It

Score a gorgeous waterfront view for your wedding and an all-inclusive package that lets you sit back and relax during engagement season.

Pros

  • No buyout fee for changing vendors
  • All-inclusive packages are customizable 
  • Fireworks and a grand exit via boat are offered

Cons

  • Prices are higher than other venues in the area 
  • An additional hour for setup is an extra $1,200
  • Possibly dangerous weather during hurricane season (June—Nov.)

This wedding venue is in El Lago, Texas, about 20 minutes from downtown Houston. It’s on a private property that spans 2.5 acres, facing Clear Lake for a lovely ceremony backdrop. The indoor building can seat 300 guests, and the patio outside is perfect for mingling. Get married by the lake and watch the sunset as the after-dinner dancing begins. 

You can rent just the venue or opt for one of their customizable packages where they do all the heavy lifting. These all-inclusive packages are where Waters Edge excels—from drapery to a fireworks display, anything is possible. If you prefer to not go all-inclusive, you may bring in your own vendors with no buyout fee required. This venue, with an enviable lakefront view, is a versatile option that can fit many couples’ needs.

Notable Amenities

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Event coordinator
  • Tables and chairs provided
  • Suites available for getting ready
  • Digital photo booth

Best for Luxury Weddings: Chateau Cocomar

Chateau Cocomar

Chateau Cocomar

Key Specs

  • Price (venue range): $$$-$$$$
  • All-inclusive: Yes
  • Max Guests: 999

Why We Chose It

From the ornate decor imported from Europe to the venue's stately architecture and impressively detailed planning services available, Chateau Cocomar will make the bride and groom feel nothing short of royalty on their big day. 

Pros

  • Venue rental is for the whole day
  • Wedding planning services offered
  • All-inclusive packages available

Cons

  • Buyout fees for florist and catering
  • Valet only
  • Set up/teardown are separate fees

Chateau Cocomar is the definition of luxury and can deliver a true Cinderella moment on your wedding day. This 7-acre estate (located 30 minutes from downtown Houston) is an ode to European design. The elegant interiors boast chandeliers, wood paneling, marble floors, and fireplace mantels all imported from Europe. 

The ceremony and reception can be held indoors or outdoors. The venue rental fee includes the entire building and offers at least 10 hours of event time. Note that valet, security, set up, and breakdown are among some of the separate fees required. There is also a list of required vendors for certain aspects (e.g., florals and beverage service) and a preferred vendor list to choose from for other elements.

Notable Amenities

  • Required vendor list
  • Tables and chairs provided
  • Linens provided
  • Professional event coordinator required

Best for Outdoor Wedding: McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Key Specs

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

Why We Chose It

There’s a reason why the Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park is one of the best outdoor wedding venues in Houston—it’s a local landmark that removes the hustle and bustle of the city for a serene, natural experience, complete with a 30-feet tall garden mount rippling with water.

Pros

  • Stunning views
  • Good for big and small weddings
  • Within the 610 Loop

Cons

  • Décor restrictions
  • No day-of coordinator available
  • As a public park, not always private

Having a wedding here can be chic, minimalist, and elegant. While the Centennial Gardens is available to rent (namely the Celebration Garden within), so is the nearby Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion that was designed by the architectural firm that designs Apple's stores. You can rent one space or both. 

Pricing is based on a six-hour time frame, which includes setup and teardown. There are no all-inclusive packages, but there is a required vendor list that works for a range of budgets and can help with more efficient wedding planning.

The Celebration Garden can be used for both the reception and the ceremony, fitting up to 300 people. You may rent a tent to cover the lawn. In case of inclement weather or for more space, the Pavilion is fully enclosed and has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer amazing views of the garden mount and can comfortably seat up to 150 people. 

Notable Amenities

  • Required vendor list
  • Free guest parking
  • Tables and chairs provided

Best for Hotel Wedding Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa

The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa

The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa

Key Specs

  • Price: $$$
  • All-inclusive: Yes
  • Max Guests: 500

Why We Chose It

This venue has everything in one destination with no shortage of entertainment and amenities. Its elegant flair and oasis vibe make it a beloved resort spot with locals and visitors alike. 

Pros

  • Wedding party and guests can stay all together
  • No venue fee required

Cons

  • $25k-$45k food and beverage spending minimum
  • Separate ceremony fee
  • Onsite event coordinator required

Located in the popular Galleria area, the Houstonian Hotel spans 27 acres and features four different ballrooms, a variety of outdoor spaces, and smaller rooms to accommodate whatever wedding size and atmosphere you’re looking for—modern, rustic, classic, or elaborate.

There are luxurious suites for the wedding party to get ready in. Feel free to bring your own vendors or pick from the hotel’s preferred vendor list. Wedding packages depend on the number of guests and a minimum food and beverage spend, and there are also offerings for bridal brunches, afterparties, and other add-ons. Lastly, all packages include a free night’s stay for the bride and groom and easy booking for the guests. Enjoy the special day without worrying about transportation and other logistics.

Notable Amenities

  • Valet and free guest parking provided
  • Variety of tables and chairs provided
  • Votive candles provided
  • Hotel block is an option

Best for All-Inclusive: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Key Specs

  • Price: $$$
  • All-inclusive: Yes
  • Max Guests: 400

Why We Chose It

This is another iconic city landmark whose history and architectural grandeur make it one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Houston. Its all-inclusive packages and ideal location are also great for creating a memorable day. 

Pros

  • All-inclusive packages available (even for afterparties)
  • Within the 610 Loop 
  • Accommodates big weddings

Cons

  • Valet parking only
  • Minimum $17k spending for food and beverage
  • Separate venue rental and ceremony fees

The Rice Hotel, now a luxury apartment complex, was once the Republic of Texas capitol building. Since then, it’s been transformed into an event space that caters to both large and small parties. Its splendid 1913 design means that not much décor is necessary.

There is a venue rental fee and ceremony fee, along with a minimum food and beverage spend. The in-house catering comes from Sambuca Restaurant. However, the all-inclusive offering means less hassle and more time to enjoy the engagement period. Everything—from day-of coordinator to cake cutting, can be taken care of by the staff. 

Notable Amenities

  • Event staff provided
  • In-house catering required
  • Complimentary cake cutting
  • Linens provided
  • Tables and chairs provided

Guide for Choosing the Best Wedding Venues in Houston

Is a Wedding Venue in Houston Right for You?

Houston is a big city, so that means there’s a wide selection of venues that can suit many couples’ needs. Whether you have a tight or flexible budget, modern preferences or vintage taste, or want indoor, outdoor, casual, or formal—Houston has a variety of great options.

The Pros

There are a lot of options to choose from when looking for the best wedding venues in Houston—from historic, opulent ballrooms and minimalist, sleek museums to manicured lawns and rustic oak parks. These venues can accommodate a variety of guest list sizes, and there are always contingency plans in case of inclement weather. 

Furthermore, wedding food and drink choices are stellar. Many spaces have in-house chefs, cater from well-known establishments, or allow food trucks. While many venues have a preferred or required vendor list, there are others that allow you to bring in your own vendors.

Houston is also a great city for guests to explore. Local breweries, malls, restaurants, parks, and museums can help make out-of-town guests feel like they’re on a mini-vacation. 

The Cons

The majority of venues are actually outside the 610 Loop, so keep this in mind for guests traveling from out of town (or even locals)—transportation and timing are important. 

Weather is also a major factor. There’s hurricane season to consider (June through November) and the unpredictable weather that often affects Houston. In addition, Houston is known for its heavy humidity.

Lastly, as Houston is very urban, the venues within the Loop or even outside the Loop may not be the best for adventurous elopements or weddings located in grand natural landscapes. However, if you’d like to get married by the water or beach, Galveston and Seabrook, for example, offer lovely waterfront views. Or if you would like a rustic environment, there are venues available outside the Loop.

Comparing Wedding Venues in Houston


While each couple has their own set of preferences for a wedding venue, here are some musts to consider when looking around. 

Pricing: Don’t forget to inquire about any extra fees (venue fee, service charge, and fees for culinary staff, for example) that might not be provided on the original quote. There are also might be elements that you might not need and can remove from pricing as needed. 

Location: Consider which venue is convenient to the two local airports and whether there are hotels nearby for guests. 

Scenery: Think about the kind of environment you would prefer for your wedding. Outside in nature or indoors in an old library? The environment will affect how you plan aesthetics and budget. 

Vendor Choices: You may want to have an all-inclusive package or a required vendor list to make planning more efficient, or you might want to go the DIY route and bring your own vendors.

Coordinator Choices: You may want to hire a professional coordinator to help plan the wedding and execute the day of. There are many venues that require a professional.

Amenities: Get as specific as you can about what’s available at the venue. For instance, ask if there are bridal and groom suites for getting ready the day of, if there’s a built-in sound system, what décor and linens are available, and if there are any restrictions are for the grand exit. 

Book Your Houston Wedding Venue Today

  1. If you're reading to get started with booking your wedding venue in Houston, begin by making a list of the following elements: the guest count, your potential dates, the budget, the length of the ceremony and reception, must-have amenities, and required vendors. From here, you can contact venues to request pricing information and compare packages and offers. To secure your venue of choice, you will likely need to put down a deposit.
FAQ
  • How much do wedding venues in Houston cost?

    Wedding venues range from the low $3,000s to the upper $9,000s. This is usually just for renting the space; some venues have required vendors so the cost will be affected based on what vendors and costs you are bound to. Furthermore, the date of the wedding is significant. Weekday, Friday, and Sunday dates are more affordable than Saturdays.

  • What do wedding venues in Houston offer?
    • Beautiful views
    • The option to be outdoors (consider the moderate temperatures of the southern U.S.)
    • Delicious local cuisine
    • Landmark architecture that is often historical
  • What types of wedding venues are available in Houston?

    Houston, Texas, is home to some stunning venues, perfect for weddings of varying size and style. Couples can choose from museums, public libraries, parks and gardens, hotels, barns, private homes, warehouses, and restaurants. Keep in mind that this destination has both cosmopolitan locations and venues that are outside the city (think farm weddings).

  • Are wedding venues in Houston all-inclusive?

    Not all venues are all-inclusive, but many of those that are also offer packages that are not all-inclusive.

Methodoloy

We researched over 15 venues in Houston, Texas, carefully considering factors like price, space dimensions, style, location, size of staff, guest capacity, and ceremony amenities. We evaluated reviews, accolades, and reputations for each venue before choosing which to feature in this article.

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