Wedding Ceremony in Hughes Manor Outdoor Courtyard | PartySlate
photographer: Sweet Nest Photography | planner: Loose Ends Event Design | floral: Mandap Creations | venue: Hughes Manor
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7 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Houston for Your Nature-Set Nuptials

Wedding Ceremony in Hughes Manor Outdoor Courtyard | PartySlate

Outdoor wedding venues in Houston reflect the city’s stunning green spaces. Sure, Houston may be famous for its space exploration centers. But for outdoor enthusiasts, Houston is the ideal city. 

With natural wonders like the Armand Bayou Nature Center and urban green spaces like Discovery Green, there are endless opportunities to explore the scenic side of Texas. 

We love how these outdoor wedding venues in Houston set the stage for an exceptional wedding celebration. From family-owned wooded acres to city-sponsored arboretums, there’s a wealth of natural havens awaiting your next celebration. These outside wedding venues in Houston won’t disappoint.

*In no particular order…

1. Hughes Manor

Romantic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Hughes Manor in Houston, TX | PartySlate
photographer: Mustard Seed Photography

For rustic charm and modern elegance…

Houston, TX

Hughes Manor, situated centrally in the Washington Heights District, fuses industrial glamor with modern luxury.

This versatile and trendy event space features both an outdoor courtyard and spacious ballroom — making it the perfect venue for a wedding that combines indoor amenities with the beauty of the outdoors. 

The Courtyard offers a gorgeous setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony. We especially love how rustic fencing creates a unique backdrop for an exchange of vows — not to mention, plenty of photo ops. The spacious lawn and outdoor bar area also make this space perfect for a stylish cocktail hour. 

Guests can transition indoors for an elegant reception dinner in the industrial-chic ballroom. Click to see how two stunning chandeliers — along with mirrored walls — cast a romantic glow over this evening celebration.

Moreover, Hughes Manor is also the perfect setting for your rehearsal dinner. After running through your ceremony, enjoy an intimate al fresco dinner or head inside for an ultra-chic dining experience.

Hughes Manor

Hughes Manor

Houston, Texas
Intimate Wedding at Houston Botanic Garden in Houston, Texas
photographer: Ali Minetree

For one of Houston’s most beautiful green spaces…

Houston, TX

Houston Botanic Garden features 132 acres of horticultural displays, walking trails, and beautiful green space.

Exchange vows in Woodland Glade for a romantic outdoor ceremony set amongst magnolia trees and manicured hedges.

Consider hosting a smaller reception in the Culinary Garden Tent for a weather-proof celebration in a climate-controlled tent — and spectacular garden views.

A cocktail hour is just as picturesque in the Alcoves where a covered walkway, lined with beautiful planter boxes, opens up to the Global Collection Garden.  

Make sure to stage your first look in one of the many garden spaces for an intimate moment before the wedding festivities begin.

We especially love how event rental proceeds directly support Houston Botanic Garden’s conservation and education efforts.

Houston Botanic Garden

Houston Botanic Garden

Houston, Texas

3. The Grand Texana

Bride and Groom Kiss at The Texana Grounds at The Grand Texana, a Wedding Venue in Houston | PartySlate
photo courtesy of The Grand Texana

For historic grandeur set in the countryside…

Houston, TX

Romance is in the air at this chic Texana barn venue.

The Grand Texana — which includes a historic dairy barn and farmstead estate — is a historical landmark with a rich history that begins long before Texas independence.

World-renowned architect Wyatt C. Hendrick later purchased the land and designed two famous dairy barns with iconic Dutch colonial gambrel roofs. Today, the Chapel Barn and Reception Barn serve as rustic and elegant settings to say, “I do.”

The Greenhouse Arbor, with an antique barn cupola, makes for a picturesque outdoor wedding ceremony surrounded by woodlands and countryside.

We especially love the Pecan Orchard for first looks and wedding portraits.

Designed exclusively with romance in mind, this boutique venue offers over 7,800 square feet of combined facilities for a celebration that will capture your unique vision.

The Grand Texana

The Grand Texana

Hempstead, Texas

4. Moffitt Oaks

Wedding Ceremony at Moffitt Oaks, an Outdoor Wedding Venue in Houston | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Moffitt Oaks Instagram

For pastoral charm and one-of-a-kind photo ops…

Houston, TX

Moffitt Oaks is a charming, pastoral setting for rehearsal dinners, corporate events and all-inclusive weddings.

Five distinct venues can be mixed and matched to create your ideal celebration.

Located between two lakes, outdoor ceremonies and receptions at the spot are always picturesque.

The covered patio boasts a fire pit and lounge seating for a relaxed chic gathering. Guests can even strike a few poses with the stable horses against a backdrop of gorgeous green pastures.

Indoor events are just as memorable in The Barn, a restored and remodeled stable featuring exposed wooden beams and suspended chandeliers.

With a classic ballroom and additional cantina to choose from, Moffitt Oaks can easily accommodate a variety of events.

Moffitt Oaks

Moffitt Oaks

Tomball, Texas

5. Shirley Acres

Wedding Ceremony in The Garden Room at Shirley Acres, an Outdoor Wedding Venue in Houston | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Shirley Acres

For picturesque scenery and stunning views…

Houston, TX

Shirley Acres, situated on 21 wooded acres, is a family-owned-and-operated all-inclusive venue.

The inspiration for Shirley Acres began with four weddings on a private estate. After witnessing the joy of their own children saying, “I do,” Ralph and Lou Shirley decided to open up their land to the public and host celebrations year-round.

For an outdoor wedding ceremony, The Courtyard features a romantic arbor and seasonal flowers.

Indoor dinners and receptions are always memorable in The Pavilion. Overlooking a pond, this intimate space features exposed wooden beams and rustic chandeliers.

For more vibrant celebrations, The Garden Room brings ballroom-elegance to the great outdoors.

Best of all, guests can rent out the Shirley Acres Guest House for a convenient home base just steps from the celebration.

Shirley Acres

Shirley Acres

Houston, Texas

6. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Bride and Groom at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, an Outdoor Wedding Venue in Houston | PartySlate
photographer: Kristen Curette Photography

For romantic backdrops in a lush natural setting…

Houston, TX

Situated in the southwest corner of Memorial Park, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is one of the oldest nature education facilities in Texas.

With a dual mission of nature education and land conservation, this 155-acre arboretum provides a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

The Meadow Deck overlooks a native demonstration meadow and one-acre pond, making it a romantic backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

We also love ceremonies and receptions at The Lily Pond where guests can marvel at the arboretum’s pristine beauty.

All indoor spaces boast floor-to-ceiling windows, so even corporate functions can enjoy a backdrop of nature.

Children can also revel in the magic of the outdoors as the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a great setting for kids birthday parties — fun with a side of learning and sunshine.

We especially loved the “signs of nature” theme where kids become detectives and learn to track the many reclusive animals on the grounds.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston, Texas

7. McGovern Centennial Gardens

Bride at McGovern Centennial Gardens, an Outdoor Wedding Venue in Houston | PartySlate
photographer: The Cotton Collective

For spacious lawns and curated gardens…

Houston, TX

Located in the idyllic Hermann Park, the former Houston Garden Center is now a sprawling eight acres of magnificent green space named the McGovern Centennial Gardens.

Multiple themed garden rooms and a spacious central lawn create a beguiling oasis in the heart of The Museum District.

Tall hedges surrounding The Celebration Garden turn this outdoor event space into your own secret garden. The spacious lawn easily accommodates an outdoor wedding ceremony or tented pavilion.

For indoor celebrations, Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, designed by Apple Store architect Bohlin Cywinski, offers a modern space with an adjacent patio. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide guests with uninterrupted views of a 30-foot garden mount across the Centennial lawn.

With such a picture-perfect backdrop, guests might easily forget they’re in a bustling, major metropolis.

McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Houston, Texas

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Your dream Houston wedding is just within reach…