Versatile ceremony space? Check! Expansive ballroom? Check! Gourmet catering, gracious service and ultra-comfortable on-site guest accommodations? Check, check and …check! Hotels offer maximum wedding convenience and refined luxury all in one package. And these eight Houston-area hotels are up to the task.
Houston bride, Elandrea, had her eye on Mark for a while in college. “Luckily we had a mutual friend that talked to Mark for me. We exchanged numbers, became friends and started dating a year later,” she explains. When Mark started to think up the most creative way possible to propose, he channeled his tech background and created a game app that he was going to convince Elandrea to play. “He asked me to get my nails done, which struck me as odd, since was really not in his nature to do so. When I came home he also said that he wanted to take me for dinner,” adds Elandrea. “Before we left, he told me he wanted me to test out the game he was working on. I began to play the game like normal, and all of a sudden the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran came on, while images of us were popping up. Eventually a poem came on the screen, and then (here it comes!) a message that said, ‘Will you marry me,’” she recounts.
The lovebirds tied the knot in front of their nearest and dearest at Hotel Galvez & Spa. “My aim for the wedding was a tropical feel with beautiful, vibrant colors,” says Elandrea. Their color palette of orange, purple, fuchsia and gold set the tone for a bright, fun wedding atmosphere.
We couldn’t be happier for these two. Congrats and best wishes from all of us at Weddings in Houston!
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Galvez & Spa
You guys… We are SO excited to set our sights on Galveston this week: specifically, the gorgeous Hotel Galvez & Spa, aka the “Queen of the Gulf,” aka the most storied resort on the Texas coast, aka one of our favorite spots for destination weddings (at a destination VERY close to Houston proper)!!
OK, so here’s the scoop: A couple of weeks ago we were thrilled to randomly select bride-to-be and I Do! Wedding Soiree attendee Paige as the winner of our awesome Hotel Galvez Romance + Spa + Brunch Weekend Getaway GIVEAWAY. She was pretty thrilled, too (“OMG, I’ve never won ANYTHING before, I’m so EXCITED!!” were her exact words).
This week Hotel Galvez is back in our spotlight again, and we’re showcasing just how fabulous your event — whether it’s your dream destination wedding, engagement party, bridesmaids’ weekend or bachelorette escape — can be at this one-of-a-kind historic property.
Our most beloved Hotel Galvez celebration spaces? Let’s start with Centennial Green. If you read our magazine, follow our blog and/or get with us on social, there’s no doubt you’ve seen pix of beautiful wedding ceremonies on this spectacular expanse of lawn stretching out toward the Gulf of Mexico just off in the distance.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Galvez & Spa
For indoor wedding ceremonies and regal receptions, the historic Music Hall is an enduring Hotel Galvez favorite—maybe it’s the ornate arches…or the soaring ceilings…or the dazzling chandeliers? Maybe all three??
Photo: Adam Nyholt
And for tropical pool views AND indoor elegance, we swoon for weddings that take advantage of both the Terrace Ballroom and Veranda. Seriously, can you imagine anything more awesome than “I do’s” on the lawn, followed by cocktails overlooking a beautifully landscaped terrace, segueing into a feast focused on Gulf seafood and Southern favorites, accompanied by your nearest and dearest?
Photo: Akil Bennett Photography
Oh — and one last bit of good news as you fall into your Hotel Galvez wedding fantasy: Get your Hotel Galvez wedding contract signed by April 30, and you’ll score your choice of ONE of the following fabulous upgrades, just for being a Weddings in Houston reader (not available on previously signed contracts)!
- Dark Mahogany Chiavari Chairs
- Gold Chargers
- Champagne Toast
- Sunday Brunch for 6 Guests
- Large Poolside Cabana for 6 Guests
Haven’t visited Hotel Galvez in person yet? Now’s the time! Click here for contact information, and schedule your Hotel Galvez & Spa tour. And make sure to tell them you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog!!
Photo: Select Studios
The I Do! Wedding Soiree is coming…are you GOING? Houston’s one-of-a-kind luxury wedding event and VIP cocktail party will treat brides, grooms, their family members and friends, to a magnificent evening of wedding design inspiration, one-on-one chats with top Houston wedding vendors, a strolling fashion show featuring gorgeous new designer bridal gowns, and superb food and cocktails from Jackson and Company, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, amidst the luxury of The Corinthian in downtown Houston.
But wait—there’s more. MUCH more…for one very lucky Houston wedding couple. One couple who purchases their I Do! Wedding Soiree tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24, will win an absolutely awesome 2-night weekend getaway at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez & Spa! Known as the “Queen of the Gulf,” Hotel Galvez has been treating guests to stunning water views, sumptuous service and luxurious amenities for more than a century. This iconic Galveston resort hotel is one of the Gulf Coast’s most desired locations for milestone celebrations, including elegant rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers, and yes, unforgettable destination weddings, at a destination very close to Houston. Buy your tickets to the I Do! Wedding Soiree by Friday’s deadline and you could win a Hotel Galvez prize package including the following:
Photos: Courtesy of Hotel Galvez & Spa
- A two-night weekend stay in a luxurious ocean-view room
- A 50 minute couple’s massage at the renowned Hotel Galvez Spa
- Hotel Galvez’s legendary Sunday Champagne brunch for two
- Complimentary valet parking
Tickets to Houston’s ultimate wedding fantasyscape and a $1,000 weekend of relaxation and indulgence at Galveston’s most famous resort hotel? Both could be yours, if you get your advance-sale tickets by this Friday!
Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian on Feb. 28. Good luck, lovelies…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!
Left Photo: Select Studios | Right Photo: Mia Bella Photography
She’s the Queen of the Gulf…and her magnificent wedding spaces, including the 9,300-square-foot Centennial Green, are the jewels in her impressive crown. If your fantasy is a destination wedding, but you’re looking for a destination a little closer to home, the magnificent Hotel Galvez & Spa, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, may be just the location you’re looking for. Say “I do” outdoors, as a gentle ocean breeze flutters the floral garlands of your altar canopy…then dine and dance the night away in the gorgeous Galvez Music Hall or stately Terrace Ballroom. Make a weekend of it, and invite guests to take in Galveston’s historic architecture, oceanfront attractions and Historic Pleasure Pier. However you choose to have your Hotel Galvez wedding, it WILL be wedding you’ll never forget.
Book your Hotel Galvez wedding by Dec. 31, 2015, and you’ll receive a complimentary Hotel Galvez signature cocktail as part of your libation menu, plus a complimentary upgrade to elegant chiavari chairs for your reception. There’s no better time to book your Hotel Galvez wedding than right now. And no place better to be swept away in a seaside wedding fantasy come-to-life!
Photos: Hotel Galvez
It’s been the crown jewel of Galveston for more than a century, and today, the magnificent Hotel Galvez & Spa sparkles more brightly than ever. Maybe that’s why Texas brides book early to make sure they secure the Galvez for the destination wedding of their dreams, and a chance to say their sacred vows on the hotel’s historic Centennial Green, overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Perfection.
Whatever you envision for your perfect wedding, we have the inspiration, ideas and expertise to make your wedding dreams come true–and we’re gathering them in one place, for one evening only, Thursday, Feb. 12, in downtown Houston. That’s when we unveil The I Do! Bridal Soiree, Houston’s one-of-a-kind luxury bridal experience. Top vendors and experts, stunning floral and design displays, 2015 bridal couture, gourmet food and cocktails from renowned Jackson and Company, live entertainment and $$$ swag bags for each and every bride. It’s not just a bridal show, it’s a spectacular cocktail party, created to indulge you, your friends…and yes, your groom, too (did we mention the exclusive Groom’s Lounge, with fine whiskey, prime steak and more?).
Purchase your all-inclusive I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets THIS WEEKEND and you are automatically entered to win an incredible Hotel Galvez & Spa romance + spa “Spring Fling” getaway, giveaway, including one weekend night luxury accommodations for two at the magnificent “Queen of the Gulf” plus a $200 spa credit you can use however you’d like (bridal-prep facial treatment? couple’s massage? a little bit of both?). Our winner will be announced live at the I Do! Bridal Soiree. Get your tickets now. And get ready for WOW!
When Greg cut his foot on a Memorial Day weekend river-house trip, Laura, who barely knew him, was urged by her matchmaking best friend to “‘fix his foot because I was in school to become a physician assistant,” she tells us. Little did Laura know she was taping up the tootsie of her future husband. Two years later, the pair wed at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez & Spa, amidst billowing white draping, lush lavender, mauve and coral flowers, and lots and lots of family. “The entirety of the wedding was very family oriented. The ceremony was written by our immediate family over a long dinner a week before the wedding. Greg’s father performed the ceremony, with my parents giving a reading. My matron of honor was my sister and the best man was Greg’s brother, who wore his U.S. Marines dress blues,” recounts Laura. And while Laura and Greg’s fancy moves—a result of dance classes prior to the big day—elicited oohs and aahs, another dance-floor moment at this Texas wedding was even more moving: “An anniversary dance was performed, with my aunt and uncle being the last dancing, with 43 years of marriage. Greg and I are always compared to this particular couple due to over a foot height difference between us, which my aunt and uncle also share; that was a special touch.” Congratulations to the newlyweds (and their long-wed relatives!), and big thanks to JW Baugh Photography for the pretty pictures!
Photos: JW Baugh Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Pronovias ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Bride’s Ring: Zadok Jewelers ~ Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: Cakes by Julie ~ Catering: Café Natalie ~ Flowers: Special Arrangements ~ Venue: Hotel Galvez & Spa ~ Coordinator: Eventology Weddings
OK, major proposal cuteness: “Matt made me breakfast in bed to celebrate my job promotion. As we were toasting with Champagne, he picked up our puppy and placed him in my lap. When I looked down my ring was on the puppy’s bandana. I said, ‘Yes,’ cried and then we called everyone we knew to tell them we were moving to Dallas for my new job AND we were getting married!” Allison and her California cutie tied the knot at the Hotel Galvez in front of 100 beloved guests. A vibrant, summery wedding color palette of pink, orange and green played perfectly off the historic Galveston hotel’s backdrop of breezy whites and neutrals, and set the stage for a lively and lovely beach wedding. Our thanks to MiaBella Photography for sharing photos, and to Allison and Matthew for sharing their very special day.
There’s something so darn timeless and captivating about Shaw and Kael’s morning wedding at Galveston’s historic Hotel Galvez. Everything from the wash of coastal light to the vintage-inspired palette of warm golden brown and bright poppy red to the charmingly attired couple themselves is picture-perfect. Here’s something else that was perfect: the groom’s acknowledgement of the the day’s precious moments. “One thing I really appreciated was that throughout the day Kael would stop me and say, ‘Let’s remember this moment,’ which was a nice way to slow down and not forget anything important amidst a busy, emotional day,” explains Shaw. Grooms: Take note! Everyone else, take a moment to savor this delightful Galveston wedding, with fabulous photos courtesy of Houston-based Joshua Tyi Photography.
You say you’re longing for a destination wedding—without the hassle of long-distance travel? Take a cue from Stephanie and Travis, who got the best of destination-wedding delights—sea breezes, spectacular sunset, a grand beachfront hotel—at a destination very close to home: Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel. “Travis and I wanted a fun atmosphere where everyone could relax and party,” Stephanie says. “His side of the family is from the North and had not been to Texas yet. We searched for many months until we fell in love with Hotel Galvez. It had character and a destination feel.” Taking inspiration from the historic Galveston hotel’s iconic charms, the couple went for “a Southern vintage theme with dusty rose, teal and vintage yellow as our color palette,” the bride notes. And they incorporated their two enduring loves (well, besides each other)—family, and Texas-country music—throughout the celebration, with beloved photos, heirloom accessories, Stephanie’s grandfather’s ’57 Chevy, and a performance by rising country star Jason Cassidy. A picture-perfect location, an unforgettable day, an adoring couple, beautifully captured by Jonathan Ivy Photography. Does it get any better than that?