One of the most cosmopolitan cities in Texas, Dallas is an elegant mix of classic country and popular culture. Many of the urban areas of the city are filled with chic, modern restaurants and hotels, while historic mansions and sprawling ranches exude the rich, glamorous past of this mighty metropolis. Not surprisingly, Dallas offers a wide array of wedding venues that meet the needs of couples hoping for more contemporary nuptials, and those wanting to feel as though they’ve rewound the clock to the city’s bygone days. And luckily, many of these options will be kind to your bank account. Check out these affordable wedding venues in Dallas!
An ideal mix of classy and country, the Lone Star Mansion offers a stunning 20-acre canvas replete with a tree-lined drive, private lake, and ceremony and reception locations that range in ambiance from old-world romance to rural charm. Venue options include an antebellum-style mansion, ballroom, iron gazebo by the lake, a poolside courtyard, majestic oak tree, and luminous carriage house. And because good food is a crucial element of any good party, an on-site chef prepares an impressive variety of fresh menu options that leave guests raving. For those wanting an elegant, rural Texas wedding, that exudes so much glamour you half expect Scarlett O’Hara to appear in the ballroom, this captivating estate is for you.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,500
Bonus: There is golf cart transport from the parking area to venues. And come on, who doesn’t love a chauffeured golf cart ride?
A venue that can easily accommodate a tried and true Western-themed wedding, or industrial chic nuptials with hints of cowboy ruggedness, Stockyards Station is the place to go for those desiring the essence of Texas be woven into their big day. This century-old building, located on the historic East Exchange Avenue, has three event spaces with massive dance floors, stages, and numerous bar areas. And, brick floors, rustic wooden columns, and high ceilings complete with iron chandeliers, ensure that classic “Cowtown” charisma is part of your jovial, down-home celebration. To enhance the simplicity of wedding planning, the Stockyards staff will help you organize food, entertainment, your dream lighting, and more.
Typical Cost: Receptions start at $500
Bonus: A mechanical bull can be rented if you really want to kick your hoedown into high gear.
The ultimate in modern sophistication, the Magnolia Hotel Dallas is truly spectacular with sparkling chandeliers, plush seating arrangements, and a stunning view of the Dallas skyline. One of the three event spaces in the hotel is the iconic Pegasus Room where classic elegance is dripping from every corner of the room, but especially the crystal chandelier snaking across the ceiling. Beyond the ethereal environment, an extraordinary meal is prepared by the hotel’s catering team, and enjoyed on house tables, linens, china and glassware included with the venue rental. In addition, there are many popular ceremony sites nearby, including Perkins Chapel, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and United Methodist Church.
Typical Cost: Starting at $5,000
Bonus: Complimentary VIP accommodations (for the couple), cake cutting and a champagne toast are included.
Wed on the shore of tranquil Lake Lewisville as you look over the Scottish links-style golf course designed by famous architect Tripp Davis, or, say your I-do’s in a gazebo surrounded by flowering crepe myrtles and seasonal flowers. Wherever you chose to wed at The Tribute at the Colony, you’re sure to enjoy a lush and whimsical celebration of your love. After your outdoor ceremony, migrate to The Royal Ballroom where a vaulted ceiling, with exposed wood beams, flows into floor-to-ceiling windows, providing sweeping views of the lawn and lake beyond. If a balance of classic elegance and the majesty of nature seem like a dream combo, The Tribute at The Colony might just be your winning venue.
Typical Cost: Starting fee of $1,000 for receptions, and $1,500 for ceremonies
Bonus: Chocolate covered strawberries and champagne are provided in the finely appointed honeymoon suite.
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A quaint footbridge that arcs over a small lake provides access to this award-winning venue, inspired by a 16th-century Tuscan chapel. The Bella Donna Chapel makes it easy to forget that you’re in Texas, as it seems to transport you into a romantic European dream. Few decorations are needed because of large candelabras, wall sconces, and brass candles on the altar that are alight with candles, illuminating the remarkable Romanesque architecture. In addition, stained glass windows, tiled floors, and cascading chandeliers add to the exquisite atmosphere. While receptions cannot be held in the chapel, a nearby Bell Tower, or the Croatian-style village of Adriatica, are available.
Typical Cost: $1,500 – $3,200
Bonus: A plush bridal suite is offered for wedding prep.
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Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, and hypnotherapist who works with mothers-to-be, new mothers, and their support teams. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.