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So, you’ve got a shiny new ring and you’re just about ready to kick off your wedding planning journey? The first step is figuring out where you’re going to host your celebration and, luckily, Houston offers a ton of gorgeous venues for your big day.
Some of the best of the best are open-air options, so we’ve rounded up our favorite outdoor wedding venues in Houston to help point you in the right direction. If you want to skip the banquet hall in favor of something a bit more natural, you need to check out these patios, lawns, and terraces.
Oakmont Houston is a cool and casual venue with a trendy edge. It’s located just outside of the Business District and has fun, eclectic furnishings that will blow your guests away (plus, you won’t have to rent a ton of decorations, since it's already spruced up for you).
The expansive outdoor space has all the seating and string lights you need, and even boasts patio games and projectors to keep your guests entertained. It can fit up to 400 guests, making it an obvious choice for a larger wedding celebration.
Take the half-hour drive from the Houston area to Tomball and you’ll find Sandlewood Manor, a gorgeous estate home with plenty of wedding potential. Inside you’ll find grand ballrooms with glittering chandeliers, but the lawns may be even more impressive. They stretch across 27 acres of land and offer amazing views of the house and forested areas.
There’s even a tiered fountain that looks absolutely magical under a canopy of stars. If you want to get the best of both worlds, host your wedding ceremony in the great outdoors and then bring your reception inside for a night of dinner, drinks, and dancing. It can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Silver Sycamore is another breathtaking outdoor wedding venue that’s just a short drive away from Houston (it’s located in Pasadena). The Western-style town with false-front buildings that will give your special day a bit of cinematic flair and whimsy, and is totally different from every other event venue on this list.
It’s home to a white chapel, an old saloon, a trading post, and the main street, where you can set up your ceremony space. For your reception, make use of the massive lawn that’s adjacent to the town (you can even put up a tent, if the weather starts acting up). It can fit between 200 and 1000 guests.
The Bell Tower on 34th is an award-winning Houston wedding venue with years of experience under its belt. It has plenty of gorgeous rooms inside, but if you want to be surrounded by nature on your big day, the Waterwall courtyard space will be right up your alley.
It boasts tropical plants and trees, ivy-clad walls, wrought iron details and an epic waterfall installation that makes for the perfect ceremony backdrop. As for capacity, it can hold up to 350 guests, so you should have no trouble fitting all of your friends and family. Bonus: the venue offers full-service packages that include a day-of coordinator to make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous outdoor space with some serious fairytale charm, look no further than the lawns of Oak Tree Manor. It flaunts stunning gardens and will surround you and your loved ones with plenty of flora and fauna on your big day.
The centerpiece of this space is the massive oak tree smack in the middle of the lawn, which makes for a great wedding ceremony backdrop and can be used as the dividing line between your ceremony and reception areas. It can accommodate up to 200 guests, making it great for larger celebrations. As an added bonus, the manor house is equipped with two suites, so you can stay the night after your wedding reception has wrapped.
The Dunlavy is an ultra-modern event space offering top-notch panoramic views of Buffalo Bayou Park. It has both indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, though the inside spaces basically look like they’re outside thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the walls.
The patio itself is a blank canvas, so you can easily transform it to fit your wedding theme and color scheme to a T. It’s ideal for smaller celebrations as it has a capacity of 50 seated guests (but it can fit another 200 inside, if you’re on the hunt for something bigger for your wedding day!).
If you’re looking for an edgy outdoor venue, The Silo needs to be on your radar. The warehouse space is located just outside of downtown and has concrete flooring, graffiti-covered walls, abandoned painted vehicles, and industrial installations that make it totally unique. It covers a whopping 20,000 square feet of space and can fit up to 500 guests, so you don’t have to worry about cutting back your invites. It’s also totally flexible, meaning you can arrange your ceremony and reception areas however you please.
Make your way to Southwest Houston and you’ll find BH Ranch and Entertainment Center, a rustic-chic barn wedding venue. It’s tucked away on an eleven-acre estate, so you’ll be far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life on your big day (giving you tons of privacy).
The ranch-style environment is perfect for a more casual celebration, but can also be dressed up to the nines with fancy furniture and decor for a luxurious ceremony and reception. You can host your event on the lawns, bring it into the covered patio, or head inside for a real barn wedding. It can accommodate between 100 and 450 guests.