Towering oak trees, baby blue skies and pastures dotted with wildflowers create an unforgettable backdrop for the big day. Luckily, Houston is a short jaunt to lush green pastures and charming Texas towns.
From alfresco ceremonies underneath twinkling lights to intimate chapel weddings complete with scenic views, these countryside and barn wedding venues in Texas offer modern amenities without sacrificing the serenity of the great outdoors.
Just about three hours of a drive from Houston, you will find yourself in the serene Texas Hill Country, with vast open skies, a colorful palette of wildflowers and endless sunset views through the rolling hills. The Texas hill country has become a popular getaway destination for Texans and is getting nationwide recognition for the variety of activities and experiences offered, including wineries, hiking, swimming, country music, outdoor concerts, boutiques and country shops, and more. It is no surprise that the simplicity and beauty of the rolling countryside have brought an abundance of wedding venues to the area. Here are the top Texas Hill Country venues on our list that offer a blissful wedding day in pure Texas-style.
Spanning 10,000 miles of rolling hills dotted with winding rivers and sparkling lakes, the Texas Hill Country is one of the state’s—and, more recently, the entire nation’s—favorite spots for easygoing, elegant, fun-filled destination weddings. And it’s easy to understand why. First, there’s the expansive green landscape, which becomes a riot of color each spring when Indian paintbrushes, buttercups and much-beloved bluebonnets cover the gentle rises of this scenic region. Then there are the quaint towns, filled with gracious inns, lovely shops, barbecue joints and brewpubs, and tons of historic sites, from legendary Texas dancehalls to 19th-century farms to mansions-turned-museums. The Texas wine country, meanwhile, continues to grow in popularity (and in wine quality), with many wineries offering tours, tastings—even on-site accommodations, and private-dining options for unique rehearsal dinners and engagement parties.
But it’s the wide range of wedding venues in the Texas Hill Country that are the real draw of this coveted destination. Looking for a picture-perfect historic colonial chapel, complete with an antique wedding bell? Does your dream reception take place inside a gleaming grand hall, with soaring ceilings, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and a dance floor as big as all of Texas? Maybe you’re envisioning a resort-style wedding, with championship golf, tons of activities to entertain your guests, and a luxurious on-site spa, where you and the girls can relax and reconnect? You’ll find all of these, plus proximity to San Antonio and Austin—two of the state’s liveliest, most fun-filled cities—at these 4 gorgeous Texas Hill Country wedding venues.
It’s difficult to make the celebration of your wedding day feel like pure magic when you’re dealing with transportation, traffic, directions and keeping everything to a timeline. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your wedding at a venue where you could say your vows in a classic ceremony setting and do your fabulous post-vows partying all in one place?
The good news is that Houston is home to a variety of amazing wedding venues with real, honest-to-goodness chapels right on site. So, come take a look at our 8 favorite on-site chapel wedding venues and find out what sets each apart, as you plan the most memorable and seamlessly executed celebration of your lives!
Steeped in history, and stunning in design, the St. Anthony Hotel is a perfect San Antonio wedding venue for Houston-based wedding couples.
If you’re from San Antonio and want to return to your roots for your wedding celebration, or if you’re a Houston native now residing in the River City who wants to wed in your new town, the St. Anthony is a must-see. This AAA Four Diamond hotel and designated national historic landmark is a favorite for destination weddings, honeymoons, and pre-wedding celebrations. Not only does this glamorous San Antonio wedding venue have gorgeous spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions (including a fabulous rooftop terrace), it’s also a fabulous place for guests to stay while attending your wedding. Click here to read the rest of this post »