While some might think that the Houston metropolis, often lauded as the heart of Texas, only offers country-inspired wedding venues, it’s actually home to a versatile collection of event spaces that are as affordable as they are desirable. Whether you’re hoping for a ceremony on a manicured lawn bordering a series of waterfalls, or a reception amongst custom-lit dinosaurs, there are amazing options when it comes to affordable wedding venues in Houston.
This family owned 21-acre property has been hosting weddings for over 40 years and borders beautiful Cypress Creek. For outdoor ceremonies, Shirley Acres features a grassy courtyard, surrounded by an assortment of palm, pine, and oak trees, and a custom-made cedar arbor that’s ideal for the exchanging of vows. If you would like your ceremony or reception indoors, this venue offers The Garden Room or The Pavilion. The Garden Room has a light and airy feel with 20-foot ceilings, chandeliers, and massive picture windows that look out onto the courtyard, while The Pavilion offers an ambiance of rustic elegance with a wood beam ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers.
Typical Cost: $1,100 to $3,000 plus 18% gratuity
Bonus: For those that want to fully immerse themselves in Shirley Acres, there is an on-site guesthouse offering four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
A venue that exemplifies old-world elegance and charm, Las Velas is ideal for couples who dream of being wed in a Tuscan villa but don’t have the funds to travel to Italy. Perfectly positioned throughout the space are palm tree laden gardens, fountains, and hand-carved stonework, which creates an enchanting environment. One-of-a-kind photo opportunities are also abundant, as this villa features a grand staircase, brick archways, and magazine-worthy lighting. For added convenience, both ceremonies and receptions can be held at Las Velas.
Typical Cost: $4,700 to $6,800 depending on the time of year and day of the week.
Bonus: The on-site staff and caterers at Las Velas are said to be top-notch, helping to create a flawless celebration.
French Mediterranean vibes abound at this stylish, yet casual venue that’s a prime choice for couples looking for an architecturally unique and nature-focused venue. The charm of The Gallery is enhanced by the details, which include an antique hand-carved mahogany bar with Tiffany stained glass, a three-tiered antique fountain, and twinkle lights indoors and out. In addition, the outdoor spaces feature an ivy-covered wall, massive oak trees, and jasmine-filled courtyard. Check out their image gallery for ample visual inspiration.
Typical Cost: $3,320 to $7,300
Bonus: The rental fee includes a 4-hour bridal portrait session.
Couples hoping for a more traditional wedding will have numerous elegant options at this French-inspired country club, which features event spaces spread out over the 185-acre picturesque property. The primary venues utilized for ceremonies and receptions include the grand and chandelier-clad Versailles and Fleur de Lis rooms, the Formal Lawn overlooking a series of waterfalls on the 18th green, and the Terrace or poolside Palm Grille that are optimal for intimate celebrations. Couples will work with the club’s Director of Catering and Events to craft a customized celebration.
Typical Cost: $1,000
Bonus: The on-site Executive Chef and Sommelier will help you craft a customized menu and wine list.
If you’re hoping to throw a truly unforgettable celebration of love, you’ve found your spot. With eleven event spaces that could have you saying your I do’s amongst tropical plants and endless butterflies, underneath soaring and dramatically-lit prehistoric creatures, within a sparkling room housing 750 of the world’s most exquisite gems and mineral specimens, or surrounded by water fountains, trees, and stars, your wedding is sure to be one for the books. It’s recommended that you spend some time in the museum before making your event space pick, as there’s such a wide spectrum of choices.
Typical Cost: $1,000 to $8,500
Bonus: The museum offers special event lighting, which allows you to select various colors, texture patterns, and gobos to set the mood of your special day.