The first step of wedding planning is choosing a wedding venue. There are hundreds of wedding venues in Houston with varying styles and price points, so choosing one can be a big task.
We’ve photographed weddings all over the greater Houston area and compiled this list of what are, in our opinion, the best Houston wedding venues to help you in your search for the perfect place to get married.
We’ve complied a massive list of wedding venues in Houston at the bottom of this page, but we wanted to highlight what we considered to be the essential venues to tour. These are our favorite venues to photograph and each one is great.
The Gallery is one of our absolute favorite wedding venues in Houston. Our favorite feature is the low mission style clay roof in the front. The ivy wall is also a fantastic place for photos. There’s a secluded patio for private ceremonies in the heart of Houston. The warmth of the recessed lighting and wood floors of its indoor spaces makes receptions feel intimate and elegant all at once.
Great for: couples looking for a wedding venue with character.
For more information on getting married at The Gallery and to see some weddings we’ve photographed there, check out our page dedicated to The Gallery-Houston weddings.
Iron Manor is one of the most unique venues we’ve ever seen. The exposed brick and steel creates a modern industrial feel, while its sprawling gardens and imposing estate style architecture make it feel like a castle. Really the only way to describe it as as a modern industrial castle.
Great for: couples who want a modern and interesting venue, but still want it to feel like a fairy tale.
The Farmhouse is a modern take on traditional farmhouse style. Its large reception space and chapel give your guests plenty of room to celebrate, but its traditional style still makes everything feel intimate and cozy. The tall grass, the private lake, the line of trees, and the simple and classic architecture all provide great places for photographs.
Great for: a large wedding that need lots of room to spread out.
Get more information about what a wedding at the Farmhouse could look like.
Jennings Trace is a beautiful venue because of its very modern architecture. The exposed steal beams and ducts, concrete floors, and massive windows makes it unlike venues that flaunt a rustic farmhouse or barn style. We absolutely love the way the window light of both the bridal suite and the chapel give weddings at Jennings Trace a beautiful warm glow without being overwhelmingly bright. And the oaks and pine trees that surround it let you get photos in nature in addition to the sleek modern photos the venue will give you.
Great for: getting a modern, clean look to your wedding photos, without missing out on a bit of nature for your photos.
Be sure to look at this wedding to see more of Jennings Trace
Butler’s Courtyard take up an entire city block and is full of rustic small town charm. The courtyard as well as the barn next to it are relaxed and charming. There’s also a brick patio reception space under a white tent that gives an intimate and private feeling to your wedding. But the original bank building, with its brick walls and exposed wooden and metal features, has an industrial feeling.
Great for: Cozy and elegant weddings. All wedding themes would work here.
To learn more about Butler’s Courtyard Weddings, read our dedicated page
Inspired by the architecture of San Miguel de Allende, Madera Estates really makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale world. Madera Estates is known for its exciting party atmosphere. Fireworks, live bands, fire breathers, street performers. Madera Estates seems to be the Houston wedding venue for couples who want to do something really unique.
Great for: a no-holds-barred wedding night experience. Expect to throw your guests the party of the year.
Check out this our page to see just how wild and fun a wedding at Madera Estates can be
The Carriage House is quintessential southern charm. The traditional style chapel with its unique red doors is a classic and elegant ceremony space, while the massive chandelier lit barn is a perfect place to let loose in a reception.
If you’re looking for something a little rustic, but not full on country, the Carriage House is a perfect choice for you.
Great for: if you want a classy and rustic wedding.
Stepping onto the grounds of Sandlewood Manor feels like taking a journey back in time. The antebellum architecture lends a timeless charm to your special day. The manor’s exterior boasts grand columns, intricate detailing, and a sense of history that’s sure to impress your guests. In a sea of white barns, Sandlewood Manor’s architecture makes photos really unique.
Great for: Couples who want something unique while still remaining traditional and elegant.
To learn more about weddings at Sandlewood Manor, visit our Sandlewood Manor Guide.
Boxwood Manor describes itself as “southern chic meets modern luxury,” and both the words “chic” and “luxury” certainly fit. The property is large and includes a spacious lawn and elegantly landscaped grounds, so even the outdoors will make you feel glamorous. The minimalist architecture and decor of the buildings is beautiful without being too baroque or aggressively extravagant; the classical white exteriors and luxury designed furniture create an incredibly classy space.
Great for: Couples looking for a luxurious venue with southern charm
Learn more about weddings at Boxwood Manor here.
Galveston isn’t Houston, as anyone from the island will tell you, but if you’re getting married in the “Houston area” these Galveston wedding venues are definitely worth considering.
Click here to see our list of the best Galveston Wedding Venues