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!