by Jessica Terson, Writer
It’s no surprise that Houston is the most populated city in the great state of Texas. With a thriving economy, upscale restaurants, and a world-renowned arts scene, Houston beckons new visitors daily. From exploring the national treasures at Space Center Houston to relaxing in Buffalo Bayou Park’s 160-acre green space, there’s something for everyone in this historic city — including spots for the perfect wedding.
Here’s our curated list of wedding venues in Houston. Host an outdoor ceremony at The Houstonian Hotel under a giant oak tree twinkling with thousands of lights, or nod to Texan style at The St. Regis Houston, and twirl on a dance floor inspired by hand-stitched cowboy boots. Without a doubt, these Houston hotels promise luxury and picture-perfect memories.
Boasting numerous accolades and awards, Hotel Granduca is Houston’s leading luxury hotel. It’s no surprise that this stunning property is reminiscent of an Italian villa; the hotel gets both its name and inspiration from Granduca of Monfallito’s 16th-century palazzo. Its Salone Rialto Ballroom is romantic and elegant with hand-painted ceilings and a glass-enclosed atrium overlooking a lush courtyard. For outdoor celebrations, the Tuscan-inspired pool area is picture-perfect with ivy-covered walls and ornate fountains. Evening events are particularly captivating with candlelight reflecting in the pool’s pristine waters. Intimate gatherings are equally luxurious in one of Hotel Granduca’s four meeting rooms. For every type of celebration, the picturesque beauty of Northern Italy awaits you.
Pool Deck Capacity: 100 (standing)
Salone Rialto Capacity: 100 (seated) – 120 (standing)
Salone Savoia Capacity: 100 (seated) – 120 (standing)
Surrounded by 27 acres of woods and located near lush Memorial Park, The Houstonian Hotel offers guests an oasis within the city. The famous Houstonian Club and award-winning Trellis Spa distinguish this privately-owned hotel as a first-class exclusive resort. With four different ballrooms available, there’s a perfect event space for every type of celebration. Join the list of illustrious figures to visit The Manor House, a two-story building adjacent to the hotel, and host a celebration amidst antique paintings and rich maple accents. For an enchanting outdoor ceremony or reception, Meadow is picturesque with wild oak trees and a white gazebo. Live Oak Tree on Meadow is the perfect place to set up a table and dine underneath thousands of twinkling lights. For those looking to indulge in natural beauty and modern luxury, The Houstonian Hotel is an ideal wedding and event venue.
Aspen Ballroom Capacity: 200
Hearth Room Capacity: 100
The St. Regis Houston’s enviable location makes it a natural favorite with local and international party hosts alike. Situated between the exclusive River Oaks residential area and the Galleria, a luxury shopping and entertainment mecca, this award-winning hotel is a perfect setting for a fashionable celebration. The iconic Astor Ballroom recently received a massive redesign. Rich leather details and an undulating waterfall-crystal chandelier perfectly compliment the wood paneled walls and tasteful artwork. The carpet makes a subtle nod to hand-wrought metal spurs and hand-stitched cowboy boots. For stunning photo ops, guests can pose next to the cascading crystal chandelier on the Grand Staircase. With such stylish decor, events and weddings at The St. Regis Houston are bound to be sensational affairs.
Astor Ballroom Capacity: 250 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Located in downtown Houston, Marriott Marquis Houston is just steps away from the city’s main attractions. Don’t expect guests to stray too far from the hotel grounds, though. With the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river and a wide assortment of delicious dining opportunities, the hotel is also a fun attraction for your guests. It’s also the perfect place to host an exclusive event. “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and this hotel is proud to boast the largest ballroom in Houston. An open-air outdoor pavilion with views of the Houston skyline, as well as a spacious foyer, allow plenty of space for both a cocktail reception and sit-down dinner. For an unforgettable outdoor celebration, head to Parkview Terrace. The covered Outdoor Pavilion on the sixth-floor terrace is a stunning backdrop for an exchange of vows or celebratory toast.
Houston Ballroom Capacity: 1400 (seated) – 2220 (standing)
Texas Ballroom Capacity: 2640 (seated) – 4300 (standing)
Unrivaled service and luxurious accommodations are inevitable at Four Seasons Hotel Houston. This upscale hotel is where “urban sophistication meets bold Texan hospitality.” Private events are always sensational in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Hand-blown Venetian glass chandeliers, silk draperies, and ornate crown moldings add a touch of European elegance to every celebration. We also love the Austin room where six-tiered chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows create gorgeous light. There’s no need for a photo booth with such dramatic views of Houston’s skyline as a natural backdrop.
Austin Capacity: 130 (seated) – 175 (standing)
Four Seasons Ballroom Capacity: 400 (seated) – 500 (standing)
For over 72 years and in more than 180 locations around the globe, InterContinental Hotels have been redefining luxury travel. Now, Intercontinental Houston has a new home in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. At 21 stories tall, this sleek structure brings modern grandeur to the Houston skyline. A suspended light sculpture and a backdrop of rough-cut limestone and green moss creates an immediate impression in the lobby. Celebrations become dynamic events of their own in the Live Oak Grand Ballroom. Guests can dance the night away under a cascading ceiling installation reminiscent of a river. Clusters of twinkling light fixtures create a starlight vibe that adds a touch of romance. Of course, guests can also enjoy the outdoor pool terrace with covered pavilion tenting.
Outdoor Pavilion Tent Deck Capacity: 120 (seated) – 160 (standing)
Outdoor Pool Terrace Deck Capacity: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Live Oak Grand Ballroom Capacity: 475 (seated) – 1,087 (standing)
Boutique hotel meets luxury resort at Hotel ZaZa Houston. Located in the heart of the dynamic Museum District, this elegant hotel is the perfect home base for exploring Houston’s main attractions. Celebrations are always a memorable affair in the main ballroom which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized crystal chandeliers, and luxe drapery. The Wishmaker junior ballroom is equally stylish with delicate moldings, crystal chandeliers, and textured wallcoverings. For a more intimate gathering, opt for The Conversation Salon. Walnut floors and waterfall chandeliers evoke the grandeur of a traditional ballroom. Make sure to cap the evening with a stay in one of Hotel ZaZa’s Parisian-inspired concept suites.
The Conversation Salon Capacity: 80 (seated) – 100 (standing)
The Wishmaker Ballroom and Terrace Capacity: 120 (seated) – 165 (standing)
Great Expectations Ballroom and Terrace Capacity: 300 (seated) – 365 (standing)
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is proud to be Houston’s only AAA Five-Diamond destination. This majestic 38-story tower is set amidst 10 acres of magnificent oak trees and cascading fountains. Guests are greeted by impressive artwork and a grand chandelier laces with Swarovski crystals in the atrium lobby. Most impressively, this lavish hotel boasts a two-story Rolls-Royce showrooms and direct helicopter pad access — cementing its reputation for luxury. For celebrations, look to The Grand Ballroom and Post Oak Ballroom. A combination of breakout rooms and pre-function areas make these venues a perfect fit for any personalized event. A private terrace allows guests to step outside and enjoy sweeping views of the city.
Post Oak Ballroom Capacity: 200 (seated) – 286 (standing)
Grand Ballroom Capacity: 1,236 (seated) – 1,685 (standing)
Situated in the vibrant Uptown District, steps away from The Galleria, this AAA Four-Diamond hotel is where guests go to really experience Houston. NRG Stadium and Rice University are just some of the attractions right at your fingertips. The Westin Galleria Houston perfectly accommodates any celebration in its flexible event spaces. We especially adore the modern and lively decor in The Plaza Ballroom. Dream-like ombre walls make a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding ceremony or live music. For picturesque events, the Monarch Ballroom offers picturesque views. Whatever you do, don’t forget to swing by The Galleria for some stunning photo ops.
Monarch Ballroom Capacity: up to 150
Plaza Ballroom Capacity: 350 (seated) – 450 (standing)
Galleria Ballroom Capacity: 850 (seated) – 1,000 (standing)
Experience cosmopolitan glamour at Hotel Alessandra. This 21-story sleek, luxury hotel boasts Art Deco-inspired décor with modern accents. In the evening, its glass facade illuminates the Houston skyline, so guests will likely take out their cameras before they even walk through the doors. Alessandra’s Grand Ballroom is stylish with sputnik chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive views of downtown Houston. Of course, Alessandra easily accommodates the needs of any function with versatile floor plans and setup with a responsive staff.
Belle Ballroom Capacity: 240 (seated) – 250 (standing)
After undergoing a $30 million renovation, the Four-Diamond Omni Houston Hotel has reopened its doors. Its new design takes inspiration from Houston’s local aesthetic and incorporates leather, bronze and brass. The result is an upscale, thoroughly modern, hotel situated in a lush, park-like setting. For large-scale celebrations, host an event in Post Oak Ballroom. With over 10,000 square feet of space and a pre-function area, the venue easily accommodates a pre-dinner cocktail reception and offers space for corporate branding opportunities. We also love Greenway Ballroom with its glittering crystal chandelier and mirrored walls that maximize any projection lighting. Outdoor celebrations can be held pool-side or lake-side, as well. For guests looking for a lush resort without wandering too far from an urban setting, Omni Hotel Houston is the perfect destination.
Pool Terrace Capacity: 240 (seated) – 350 (standing)
Greenway Ballroom Capacity: 280 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Post Oak Ballroom Capacity: 820 (seated) – 1,053 (standing)
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