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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