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Modern Downtown Wedding Hotel: Hilton Americas-Houston

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The Hilton Americas-Houston: South Asian Weddings And More In Houston’s BIG, Beautiful Downtown Hotel

Need LOTS of space for your great, big Houston wedding? With space to comfortably accommodate up to 2,000 of your nearest and dearest, the Hilton Americas-Houston is an ideal wedding pick. A longtime favorite for South Asian weddings, Middle Eastern weddings, and any wedding that requires ample room and international catering expertise, this excellent downtown hotel also has plenty of smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings. Plus, the location, just steps from downtown Houston’s best shopping and dining destinations, as well as expansive urban park Discovery Green, can’t be beat. Schedule your tour today to see more of this modern downtown wedding hotel, and start planning your big, BIG day!

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Elegant Spring Wedding At The Astorian

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Photo: MD Turner Photography

After meeting through mutual friends, Michael and Kelley found themselves smitten with each other, right from the get-go. Their connection soon turned into romance, and after five happy years, Michael decided it was time to make things official. One fateful day after brunch, Michael and Kelley took their dog, Dunkin, out for a walk…which ultimately turned into a memory Kelley will always cherish, after Kelley noticed a pink heart tag on the dog’s collar that read, “Mom, can we keep him?” and on the other side, “Will you marry me?” OK, guys, how sweet is that? Michael’s creative proposal worked, and the following May, Kelley and Michael tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at the same church where the bride’s parents had been married. The pair’s spring Astorian wedding reception had it all, from the elegant decor and the spectacular city view, to fantastic entertainment and exquisite food. Their 275 guests were treated to the sublime cuisine of Cordúa Catering. “Cordúa Catering knocked it out of the park,” notes the bride. “They provided the traditional carving station with some fun, modern options like the Mac & Cheese Bar, the Raw Seafood Bar, and a Salad Wall.” Yum! Yet the best moment for Kelley and Michael was “…The Astorian’s view of the sunset on downtown Houston. It was breathtaking and a moment we will never forget!” Congratulations to you both!

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“Astorian Spring Wedding” Photography: MD Turner Photography; Spotlight Vendors – Venue: The Astorian | Catering: Cordúa Catering | Photobooth: Oh Snap Selfie Photobooths

Contributors: The Sweet Shack, Houston Invitation Services, Blooming Gallery, Blush & Co., Whittington Bridal, Drywater Band

Venues We Love: Julia Ideson Library

Historic Houston Wedding Venue Julia Ideson D Jones Photo: D. Jones Photo | Rentals: LBL Event Rentals & Design

You know that feeling you get when you walk into the cool hush of a big, imposing, historic library? Well, you get that feeling and then some when you enter downtown Houston’s Julia Ideson Library, with its sophisticated grandeur and ornate interiors. But here’s the thing: When it’s your wedding at the Julia Ideson, you don’t have to hush! Oh no, darling. Celebrate your nuptials inside this stunning 1926 structure, and you’ll get to dine, dance, laugh, talk and enjoy every moment of your once-in-a-lifetime event, surrounded by gleaming marble pillars, beneath the garden of gilded wood flowers that wraps around the ceiling.

Julia Ideson Wedding Kat Creech Photo: Joey T Photography | Planning & Styling: Kat Creech Events | Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Linens: House of Hough

As for the building’s Spanish-influenced exterior? It’s got plenty of places for gorgeous bridal portraits, couple pix and romantic photo ops, whether you opt for the magnificent column-flanked front steps, or a tranquil, tree-lined path on the library’s manicured grounds. Searching for a truly unique and ineffably cool place to say, “I do?” Check out this historic Houston treasure, let them know you found them right here on the lil’ ol’ Houston Wedding Blog, and start planning the urban-swank wedding you’ve seen in your dreams!

We’re Down With Downtown: 2 DTHTX Wedding Venues We Love (OK…3)!

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Sure, the bars are hopping. And yeah, there’s a hot, new eatery opening its doors just about every 19 seconds. But one of our favorite things about downtown Houston’s business-to-pleasure evolution is the growing popularity of our thriving urban center as a super-chic location for wedding celebrations.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Ballroom at Bayou Place

One of the coolest kids on the Downtown block is The Ballroom at Bayou Place. Located right in the heart of Downtown’s lively Theater District, The Ballroom has 15,000 square feet (!!) of flexible party space, which can be configured for everything from an intimate engagement-party gathering to an all-out-epic wedding bash for 500 or more of your nearest and dearest. If sleek balconies, sweeping skyline views, swank chandeliers and velvet drapery sound like your idea of the ideal wedding setting, you’ll definitely want to check out this Downtown dazzler, where manager Craig Howard (formerly of Ritz Carlton hotels and Cirque du Soleil—you may have heard of ’em) and his team of pros will help you with everything you need to plan a very pretty city wedding.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Ballroom at Bayou Place

Jumping from a modern ballroom to classic one, let’s take a little stroll across Downtown, and treat you to a glimpse at The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, located, just like the name says, in the historic Rice Hotel. Built in 1913, The Crystal Ballroom is 5,600 square feet of…gorgeous. Picture 35-foot-high ceilings, hand-painted murals, arched windows, and, of course, the lavish chandeliers you’d expect from a place with “crystal” in its name. Plus, the venue is catered by Sambuca, a name synonymous with renowned American fare—making The Crystal Ballroom a great spot not just for opulent Downtown weddings, but impress-your-guests pre-wedding parties and rehearsal dinners.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Oh—and don’t forget Lawless Spirits, also located in The Rice. This artisanal-cocktail hotspot, with its industrial-glam ambiance and equally chic terrace offers additional pre- and post-wedding celebration space, along with a taste of Texas history.

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Photo: Courtesy of Lawless Spirits

Find these two Downtown gems, and tons more Houston-area wedding venues, right here, and schedule your tours early, loves…the best spots in town book up fast!

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice