WEDDING PLANNING

Say ‘I Do’ to These Top-Rated Houston-Area Wedding Venues

“There’s no place like home,” (to get married).

By Jayme Lamm Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Choose from sprawling natural forests, colorful gardens or winding pathways for photos, ceremony options and more at THE SPRINGS Magnolia.

If there’s a market that’s seen more recent pivots than others, the wedding industry is surely at the top of the list. If you haven’t heard, 2022 is set to have more than 2.6 million weddings and, like they say, “There’s no place like home” (to get married).

If your wedding isn’t a destination wedding, that doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’re getting married at home. Far from it, in fact. With more than 200 wedding venues to choose from with every bit of lavish and intimate finds throughout, finding the perfect spot to bring your Pinterest wedding dreams to life is closer than you think.  Check out our picks for Houston’s Top 10 Wedding Venues.

THE SPRINGS Magnolia 

This Magnolia location provides two remarkable styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking for elegant charm (Stonebrook Hall) or a classic ranch-style venue (Pine Hall), you’re bound to find luxury in every single detail here. With seating accommodations for more than 320 guests, you’ll find picture-worthy details like romantic sconce lighting, beautiful signature bridges, gorgeous architectural elements, high ceilings and more. Choose from sprawling natural forests, colorful gardens or winding pathways for photos, ceremony options and more within this collection of venues. You’ll find other THE SPRINGS locations throughout southeast Texas near Houston, with breathtaking venues in Cypress, Lake Conroe, Katy, Wallisville and Angleton.

Spread Oaks Ranch is a pristine and historic ranch nestled on 5,500 acres along the Colorado River, in Markham, Texas.

Spread Oaks Ranch

Go deep in the heart of Texas with a destination-type wedding just 90 minutes from Houston. Spread Oaks is a pristine and historic ranch in Markham with world-class amenities and luxury accommodations. Nestled on 5,500 acres along the Colorado River, the private Texas oasis offers hunting, fishing, wildlife and historic tours, clay shooting, bird watching, a swim spa with an infinity-edge pool and more for the ultimate pre- and post-nuptials adventure. The venue features impeccable interior and exterior designs and a state-of-the-art greenhouse that’s perfect for photo staging. Its inspiring landscape features large, looming oak trees and breathtaking sunsets over the lake. An on-site chef customizes guests’ culinary experiences, specializing in field- and farm-to-table cuisine paired with exquisite wine and handcrafted cocktails.

The Willowynn Barn is set on 18 private acres with a chapel and various outdoor ceremony sites to choose from.

Follow the beloved resident donkey on Instagram @willietheshotdonkey.

The Willowynn Barn 

In Santa Fe, 25 miles from Galveston and 30 miles south of Houston, sits yet another exquisite farmhouse wedding venue. Established in 2019, The Willowynn Barn is set on 18 private acres with a chapel and various outdoor ceremony sites to choose from, including a 5,000-square-foot, climate-controlled indoor barn space. With a capacity of up to 200 guests, the Barn has an all-white interior, beautifully designed bridal suite and amazing groom’s room, each with its own private garden areas. The Barn also has a full catering kitchen, a veranda for cocktail hour and even an on-site shot donkey for entertainment and to add an extra special element to your wedding photos.

Charleston Lane

Located in Montgomery, this brand-new venue on Lake Conroe offers a refreshing and elegant venue perfectly designed for almost any size wedding. It features four unique event spaces and outdoor seating areas throughout the 20,0000-square-foot space, all with breathtaking views. Amenities and photo spots include the Wexford Balcony, Palmetto Hall, the Bridal Suite and the Grooms Suite. Choose from various reception options, each featuring designer furnishings and luxury details. Charleston Lane is known for its hospitality and lavish in-house designs, and its location is one of the only Houston wedding venues offering waterside wedding pictures, thanks to its  Lake Conroe location.

The Astorian is a throwback to 1920s’ glamour and Art Deco design.

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The Astorian

A striking replica of New York City’s revered Grand Central Station, the Astorian is a throwback to 1920s’ glamour and Art Deco design throughout its 14,000-square-foot private loft space in the Heights. Discreetly situated in a landmark building, as designated by the Houston Historical Society, the venue offers a contemporary, multilevel facility equipped with dramatic 14-foot ceilings paired with floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of downtown Houston, which is one of its iconic photo spots. Warm touches like wood paneling and soft lighting combine with modern elements such as stained concrete floors, rusted steel, brushed aluminum, and brass and copper detailing to give it an industrial chic vibe. State-of-the-art technology, multifunctional fixtures and ancillary suites allow for flexible event configurations to tailor the space to your specifications.

The Farmhouse is set on 45 acres of rolling hills and is home to a private lake and equestrian center, providing countless options for backdrops and ceremonies.

The Farmhouse

Located in Montgomery, this elegant yet rustic wedding venue and chapel can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 300 guests, and offers an array of possibilities for your dream day. The Farmhouse is an all-white modern venue, with soaring celings, shiplap walls, natural light and minimalist details. This curated couple’s space opened in 2016 and has won numerous wedding awards, including Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice 2020. The Farmhouse is set on 45 acres of rolling hills and is home to a private lake and equestrian center, providing countless options for backdrops and ceremonies. Other amenities you’ll find include an outdoor courtyard with artificial grass for photos that will keep your dress pristine, a covered wrap-around porch, lawn games, outdoor bars and more.

At Houston Oaks choose from opulent ceremony sites like a 15th century French chapel and its surrounding stonewalled courtyard with a seating capacity of up to 300, or the Lakeside Pavilion that can comfortably host 200 guests.

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Houston Oaks

Inside the gates of Houston Oaks’ private club, you’ll find 1,000 acres of picturesque countryside adorned with 200-year-old oak trees providing shade, exclusivity and elegance. Choose from opulent ceremony sites like a 15th century French chapel and its surrounding stonewalled courtyard with a seating capacity of up to 300, or the Lakeside Pavilion that can comfortably host 200 of your closest friends and family. No matter where you choose to say “I Do” on the grounds, you’ll be surrounded by views of mature oak trees bearing witness to your special day.

Boxwood Manor has a grand two-story reception space that sprawls over 11,000 square feet equipped with eight striking chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the lush grounds.

Boxwood Manor

One of the newest and chicest wedding venues to hit Houston is Boxwood Manor, the brainchild of Houston influencer Jessica Crum and her father, Mike Hogan. Located in Northwest Houston, this custom-built, modern-lux venue has four uniquely designed spaces for your wedding day needs, including the Manor, the Chapel, Bridal Cottage and Groom Cottage, all boasting clean lines and natural light. The Manor is a grand two-story reception space that sprawls over 11,000 square feet equipped with neutral décor, eagerly awaiting your personal touches. The space has eight striking chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the lush grounds. Mere steps away, you’ll find the Chapel, another dreamy space that features a modern, white-paneled building that also has floor-to-ceiling windows for a luxurious bath of natural light. 

The Peach Orchard in The Woodlands, this 16,000-square-foot venue is the perfect setting for any intimate or lavish wedding celebration.

The Beloved Ballroom with 10 breathtaking crystal chandeliers.

The Peach Orchard

One of the premier wedding venues in The Woodlands, this 16,000-square-foot venue is the perfect setting for any intimate or lavish wedding celebration. Providing a subtle and elegant design inspired by Northern European architecture, choose from the Grove at Rudy’s Promise, Phoebe’s Garden or the Beloved Ballroom. The Grove at Rudy’s Promise was inspired by the estate’s original barn, and Rudy’s Promise is a 3,000-square-foot chapel featuring historical elements like exposed wood framing, 70-year-old arched oak doors and heirloom windows. Nature lovers will swoon over Phoebe’s Garden as they’re surrounded by massive oak trees and flowering bushes, as well as the Beloved Ballroom with 10 breathtaking crystal chandeliers, panoramic doors and a vintage exposed brick wall from 1901.

Ashton Gardens, North Houston is located a few miles from downtown Houston, this awe-inspiring venue  includes well-appointed wedding suites, a glass-enclosed picturesque chapel, and an elegant ballroom.

Ashton Gardens, North Houston

Located a few miles from downtown Houston, this awe-inspiring venue feels worlds away, but still has everything that Houston has to offer at your fingertips. Imagine entering through towering twin mahogany doors as you make your way toward your forever. Enjoy well-appointed wedding suites, a glass-enclosed picturesque chapel, an elegant ballroom for dancing and exquisite culinary offerings. Ashton Gardens, North Houston offers a European, nature-inspired setting and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Ashton Gardens, North Houston also has a West Houston location. Part of Walters Weddings Estates, the company offers four luxurious wedding venues in its Houston collection, with a fifth venue set to open in the spring on Lake Houston, and many more to come.

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