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10 Simple Elegant Wedding Venues

Lounge and live it up in luxury at these 10 simple elegant wedding venues in and around Houston. You’ll be in the excellent company of many couples who have chosen these beautiful though not-too-buttoned-down Houston wedding venues for their own relaxed and romantic celebrations!

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Venue: The Grand Hall At Deer Lake Lodge | Photo: Morgan Brooks Productions

1. THE GRAND HALL AT DEER LAKE LODGE

New to acclaimed health resort and holistic spa Deer Lake Lodge, the Grand Hall offers indoor and outdoor space for 200 celebrants, including an utterly charming patio and vintage-chic wood ballroom, plus cleansing and detox packages, massage and Click here to read the rest of this post »

Venues We Love + OPEN HOUSE: Ashton Gardens

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Photo: Allee J Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens Chapel
Who says Houston couples can’t have the feel of an outdoor wedding venue but with the climate-controlled comfort of the great indoors?

If this is the wedding vibe you’re going for, we’d like to introduce you to Ashton Gardens, which seamlessly blends the beauty of nature’s bounty with classic ballroom wedding ambiance.

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Photo: Matthew Trevino Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens Ballroom
Ashton Gardens is actually two nearly identical venues (one in North Houston, one in West Houston).

Both offer a blend of forested splendor and romantic ballroom chic that’s a perfect fit for couples who want the feel of an outdoor wedding venue, but without the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Say, “I do,” in front of a backdrop of soaring windows looking out on lush trees, in Ashton Gardens’ lovely on-site chapel, with its country-church feel, and state-of-the-art technology. Then venture into the venue’s party space, enclosed in windows for wonderful sense of serenity, and accented with crystal chandeliers for an even more wonderful sense of…celebration!

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Photo: Mustard Seed Photography | Venue: Ashton Gardens
Experience the magic in person at the Ashton Gardens North Bridal Open House on June 23.

Visit Ashton Gardens North on Saturday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m. for your chance to tour the lovely chapel, twinkling ballroom and beautiful grounds. Talk to in-house wedding experts, and learn more about the venue’s full-service wedding packages, which include ceremony and reception space, rentals, dance floor, lighting, and fine cuisine. We can’t stress enough how little stress you’ll experience if you put your wedding in the hands of the experts at Ashton Gardens. Can’t make it on 6/23? No problem! Take a moment to schedule a tour at your convenience…and make sure to tell them you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog! Happy planning, loves.

Nearby Destination Wedding Venue: 15 Acres

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Venue: 15 Acres | Photo: Dream Photo & Video

Like something out of a sun-dappled dream, destination wedding venue 15 Acres simply…appears…in the Texas countryside, just minutes outside of Houston. No wonder Houston-based couples are gaga for this gorgeous 300-capacity site!

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Photo: Courtesy of 15 Acres

Ceremony options at 15 Acres include the venue’s spacious covered patio, which can be cooled or heated for maximum comfort in any season. Indoor reception space takes full advantage of the picturesque green setting, with tons of oversized windows and tall French doors. And when it comes to pre-wedding prep space for both brides and grooms, it’s hard to beat 15 Acres’ lavish bridal suite and awesome groom’s cabin (which even boasts a stocked fishing pond!).

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Photo: Courtesy of 15 Acres

Schedule your appointment to visit this unique new Houston-adjacent destination wedding venue, and experience in person all that 15 Acres has to offer. Are you or your spouse-to-be an active military member or first responder? Make sure to ask the 15 Acres event staff about special discounts, available just for you. And stay tuned for details about 15 Acres’ Wedding Open House, coming up in August (date TBA)!

Wedding Bands vs. DJ: Which Is Right For You?

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Photo: F8 Studio | Entertainment: Emerald City Band

Your wedding day is a celebration of the love and commitment of you and your future spouse usually spent with family and friends. Once you’ve exchanged vows, the party begins with food, drinks and music. However, when it comes to the entertainment, should you opt for an expert DJ or a professional wedding band? Both can be excellent choices, but there are pros and cons to both. Narrow down your choice for great entertainment for your guests with the following in mind.

Keep in mind:

Atmosphere – what type of music are you wanting to hear? what kind of delivery?

Budget – traditionally bands are more expensive, but DJs can be just as costly.

Space – how big is your venue? will it accommodate a full band?

Wedding Bands

Wedding bands provide you the dynamics of a live performance. It’s traditional and the band you choose can make a real difference in setting the tone for your reception. The party can come alive with a bandleader who’s able to vibe and interact with crowd choosing music accordingly.

  • Pros: As with all live music, you’re getting a one of a kind experience. This can enhance the vibe of the party and hype you and your guests excitement as you follow every beat and note. Essentially you’ll be experiencing a concert just for you. 
  • Cons: Booking a band can be costly, and musical selections will be limited by the repertoire and style of the band. Wedding Bands may charge either a flat fee or per musician, per hour but most will negotiate.
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Photo: Civic Photos | Entertainment: LG Entertainment

DJs

Nowadays, DJs are artists in their own right, with expertise offering diverse mixes of musical styles guests of all ages can enjoy. Plus, the songs played will sound exactly as you remember them, encouraging sing-alongs and improvisation. You can also count on a DJ to take up less space with their equipment than a full on band would, leaving more room for bodies on the dance floor.

  • Pros: No matter how many songs you must have played during the celebration, it likely won’t be a problem for your DJ to find each track. Generally, DJs are are more budget friendly to. A DJ with a charismatic stage presence and exceptional emcee skills can read the crowd and seamlessly keep the party going.
  • Cons: However, a DJ with a poor personality can really put a damper on the party. Also, if your DJ is not quick on their feet, improvisation can be tough. For instance, if your for first dance doesn’t go as plan or if an impromptu announcement is needed.

Made your choice? Whether a band or a DJ is what your looking for, take care of your entertainment needs with these top vendors.