12 Timeless & Historic Wedding Venues in Houston

The Corinthian Houston is a historic Houston wedding venue.
Photo: Always Us Photography | Venue: Corinthian Houston | Cake: Cakes by Gina | Gown: Belle Âme Bridal | Linens & Furniture Rental: EB Inc Event Rentals

There’s something truly captivating about Houston’s historic wedding venues. Nestled amidst the city’s evolving skyline, these timeless spaces offer a blend of charm and grandeur, making them perfect for the wedding of your dreams! Each venue brings its unique story and architectural beauty, ensuring something special for every couple. From quaint 19th-century buildings to luxurious high-rises with panoramic views, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect backdrop for your special day right in the heart of Houston. 

Explore our curated list of the top historic wedding venues to say “I do.”

Corinthian Houston

The historic wedding venue, the Corinthian Houston is detailed in pastel flowers and white tablescapes.
Photo: Daniel Colvin Photography | Venue: Corinthian Houston

Nestled in the heart of Houston’s Downtown Historic District, the Corinthian Houston is a monumental tribute to neoclassical grandeur. Initially built in 1866 as Houston’s First National Bank, this architectural gem marked its stature as the city’s first skyscraper by 1905. Today, transformed into an exquisite wedding venue, the Corinthian Houston boasts a capacity to welcome over a thousand guests. Its awe-inspiring interior is defined by soaring ceilings, majestic Corinthian columns, and a grand bicameral staircase, crafting an ambiance of unparalleled elegance and historical richness—ideal for a truly spectacular luxury wedding.

The Vault at Corinthian Houston

The Vault at Corinthian Houston is nestled in the historic venue's original bank vault.
Photo: Erika Geier Photography | Venue: The Vault at Corinthian Houston | Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers | Cake: Susie’s Cakes

Step into the enchanting ambiance of The Vault at Corinthian Houston, where vintage elegance meets old-world charm. Housed within the original vault of the First National Bank, this venue offers a unique blend of historical allure and modern aesthetics. Located in the Corinthian Houston, The Vault provides an intimate setting perfect for micro-weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Its exquisite design and intimate atmosphere make it ideal for couples seeking a venue with a distinct character and timeless grace.

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Photo: Tee Tran Studios | Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Nestled on 27 lush acres, The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa stands as an iconic sanctuary of tranquility within Houston. Imagine exchanging vows beneath a dazzling Live Oak tree adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a fairytale ambiance for your special day. Alternatively, choose from one of three opulent ballrooms, each offering a blend of glamour and sophistication. The venue’s crown jewel, the Historic Manor House, once the home of former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, offers a rich tapestry of history and exquisite architecture. Here, guests can experience the epitome of Southern Hospitality, surrounded by a culinary team dedicated to excellence, making every moment at this magnificent Houston showpiece unforgettable.

Magnolia Hotel Houston

The bride and groom share a kiss outside of the Magnolia Hotel Houston.
Photo: Erika Geier Photography | Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston

Immerse yourself in the historic splendor of the Magnolia Hotel Houston, a beacon of city-chic elegance and a storied landmark since its debut as Houston’s tallest skyscraper in the roaring 1920s. Initially housing the Houston Post-Dispatch and later the headquarters for Shell Oil in the early 1930s, this iconic 22-story building has been transformed into a premier wedding destination. The Magnolia Hotel Houston presents three sophisticated event spaces, including a grand ballroom adorned with an exposed bulb ceiling and a uniquely styled lounge, offering an array of luxurious backdrops for your big day. This venue combines historical significance with contemporary luxury, ensuring an unforgettable wedding day.

Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

The bride and groom wed at the historic Houston wedding venue the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice.
Photo: Brit Floyd Weddings | Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Guest Accommodations: Magnolia Hotel Houston

Step into the illustrious past of Houston’s Crystal Ballroom at The Rice. This 1913 historic ballroom, once the capital of the Republic of Texas, now serves as one of Houston’s most prestigious event spaces. The Crystal Ballroom is renowned for its breathtaking 35-foot ceilings, opulent crystal chandeliers, and exquisitely detailed historic murals. A complete wrap-around terrace and an adjacent Parlor add to its grandeur, making it an ideal location for a memorable wedding celebration. For more intimate receptions, the Empire Room offers an exclusive retreat with its twenty-two-foot ceilings, an impressive eighteenth-century fireplace, and an elegant 20-foot serving bar. This space is further enhanced by a private terrace and luxurious lounge furniture, ensuring a refined and intimate atmosphere for up to 70 guests.

Hotel ICON

Hotel ICON is a historic wedding venue in Houston.
Photo: Ama by Aisha | Venue: Hotel ICON

Discover the enchanting blend of historic grandeur and contemporary Texas flair at Hotel ICON, a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Houston. This venue, originally the Union National Bank, is one of the nation’s earliest skyscrapers, offering a backdrop of exquisite architecture, soaring ceilings, and sweeping panoramic views of the downtown skyline. Hotel ICON is renowned for its first-class service and splendidly grand spaces. The hotel features a magnificent ballroom with towering ceilings and elegant windows that flood the space with natural light, creating a breathtaking setting for your special day. The exclusive Wine Vault in the lower lobby offers an intimate and romantic atmosphere perfect for micro weddings, making Hotel ICON an unforgettable destination for any celebration.

POST Houston

A group of friends walk on the rooftop of the wedding venue, POST Houston.
Photo: Mandi Roach Photography | Venue: POST Houston

Step into the architectural wonder of POST Houston, a venue steeped in history and modern elegance. Initially constructed in 1934 as the heart of Houston’s U.S. mail system, this iconic building has been transformed into a premier event space following its 2016 renovations. POST Houston features an alluring atrium with effervescent architecture, making it an idyllic setting for distinctive wedding receptions. Adding to its charm is the private rooftop venue, ‘Outpost,’ which offers unrivaled views of the Houston skyline. Outpost includes a covered outdoor area, perfect for hosting up to 300 guests in a splendid al fresco reception. This venue uniquely combines historical significance with contemporary design, providing an unforgettable backdrop for any grand celebration.

The Parador 

The Parador is a historic Houston wedding venue in the city's Museum District.
Photo: Stay Cross | Venue: The Parador

Nestled in the heart of Houston’s prestigious Museum District, The Parador is a testament to architectural elegance, initially built in 1928 as a house of worship. This Texas historical landmark captivates with its Mediterranean style and intricate Byzantine details, featuring a majestic 35-foot domed ceiling and beveled crystal windows. These elements beautifully harness natural light from the verdant gardens and sparkling fountains in the surrounding courtyards, creating a serene and picturesque setting. The Parador offers two exquisite ballrooms, each brimming with the charm of a bygone era, providing a perfect blend of historical grandeur and romantic ambiance. Couples can exchange vows in the breathtaking cathedral-like setting indoors or amidst the tranquil beauty of the lush outdoor gardens, making it an ideal venue for a memorable wedding celebration.


The bride and groom hold hands at the altar at their outdoor wedding ceremony at AvantGarden.
Photo: Nate Messarra Photography | Venue: AvantGarden

AvantGarden, set within the charismatic confines of a historical 1896 Krafthouse in Houston’s eclectic Montrose and Midtown area, offers a distinctly unique setting for wedding celebrations. This venue exudes an authentic charm that has long attracted couples seeking a venue with character and history. AvantGarden boasts four versatile spaces, from a main bar and lounge to a front patio graced by a sculpted fountain and a covered back patio ideal for more intimate gatherings. AvantGarden has three fully stocked bars, offering a wide selection of wine, beer, and spirits to ensure a festive atmosphere throughout the event. This venue combines historical allure with practical elegance, making it a favored choice for those looking to celebrate their special day in a truly memorable setting.

Petroleum Club of Houston

The Petroleum Club of Houston is detailed in pastel florals and greenery for a ballroom reception.
Photo: Eden Grey Photography | Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston

Perched on the 35th floor with panoramic views of the Houston skyline, the Petroleum Club of Houston epitomizes timeless elegance and sophisticated charm. Renowned for its history of exclusivity and high standards, the Club offers an atmosphere of classic sophistication that has been cherished since 1946. Its venue features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide breathtaking vistas, creating a majestic backdrop for any celebration. Whether planning an intimate gathering or a grand reception, the experienced staff at the Petroleum Club of Houston are dedicated to meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each event is flawlessly executed. This venue stands as a premier choice for couples desiring a wedding celebration that is both spectacular and seamlessly orchestrated.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

A bride and groom walking with their wedding party inside Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Photo: EventSmith Productions | Venue: Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located just north of downtown Houston, is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Saint Arnold brings a unique feel to your celebration, from the large German-inspired beer hall for grand celebrations to the English-inspired pub for more intimate gatherings. Saint Arnold Brewing Company not only provides the ambiance but also offers a full catering menu for events of all sizes—and, of course, beer!

Le Méridien Houston Downtown

Photo: Esther Makau Photography | Venue: Le Méridien Houston Downtown | Videography: Cinematic Saviors | Invitations & Table Top: Bering’s

Le Méridien Houston Downtown elegantly marries modern sophistication with historic charm, offering over 9,000 square feet of stylish event space. The jewel atop this venue is the Z on 23 Rooftop Lounge, providing breathtaking panoramic views of Houston’s skyline, perfect for a wedding that aims to impress. Inside, the grand ballroom and urban decor create a chic backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Prepare for your day in the glamorous bridal suite and retreat to the romantic wedding suite after the festivities. Initially, the Melrose Building, completed in 1952 as Houston’s first International Style skyscraper and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Le Méridien Houston Downtown is a landmark of architectural and historical significance, ensuring your wedding is nothing short of legendary.

“12 Timeless & Historic Wedding Venues in Houston” Spotlight WiH Partners- Venues: Corinthian Houston | The Vault at Corinthian Houston | Magnolia Hotel Houston | Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Hotel ICON | POST Houston | The Parador | AvantGarden | Petroleum Club of Houston | The Houstonian Hotel, Club & SpaSaint Arnold Brewing Company | Le Méridien Houston Downtown | Photo: Brit Floyd Weddings Mandi Roach Photography | Videography: Cinematic Saviors | Cake: Susie’s Cakes | Cakes by Gina | Jewelry: Zadok Jewelers | Gown: Belle Âme Bridal | Linens & Furniture Rental: EB Inc Event Rentals | Invitations & Table Top: Bering’s

Contributors- Photo: Always Us Photography / Daniel Colvin Photography / Erika Geier Photography / Tee Tran Studios / Ama by Aisha / Stay Cross / Nate Messara Photography / Eden Grey Photography / EventSmith Productions / Esther Makau Photography

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