Forget passports, plane fares and complicated travel logistics…these six Texas destination wedding venues offer a full weekend wedding experience, just a short drive away from downtown Houston.
SAY I DO: Nestled among pecan and oak trees on a serene 50-acre estate whose history dates back to the early 19th century, Richmond’s Briscoe Manor welcomes couples to say their vows in a stately limestone chapel (the photo ops are out of this world!), and invites celebrants to take full advantage of the property’s magnificent modern ballroom, featuring soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams and glittering crystal chandeliers.
SIDE TRIP: Take your visiting guests on a day trip through Texas history at Richmond’s George Ranch Historical Park—a 20,000- acre working ranch that traces its heritage back to the 1830s, and offers fun-for-all activities like traditional chuckwagon lunches, cattle demonstrations and campfires.
SAY I DO: Galveston’s Lyceum is more than just a beautiful venue for your Gulf Coast destination nuptials— it’s a bona-fide historic treasure, dating back to the 1850s, and featuring a dramatic steeple, soaring stained-glass windows and grand double doors, along with a charming courtyard for outdoor celebrating.
SIDE TRIP: Getting hitched in Galveston? Round out your Lyceum wedding with yet another trip back in time, by arranging an intimate guided tour to one or more of the island’s revered historic homes—a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visiting guests, which can be readily organized through the Galveston Historical Foundation.
SAY I DO: Built in 1938 by a prosperous Texas banker for his bride (aww), The Manor House of Richmond is more than a graceful antebellum mansion and sprawling estate—it’s a true destination wedding setting, complete with lush gardens, hundred-year-old oak trees, and a luxurious bridal suite with its own (gasp!) private pool.
SIDE TRIP: Heading out to Richmond for your nuptials? Have your wedding party stay nearby, and have your rehearsal-dinner gathering at Richmond’s Braman Winery & Brewery, where y’all can sample local wines, craft brews and, weather permitting, live music on the outdoor stage…in between heartfelt toasts, of course!
SAY I DO: While those attending your wedding at Sandlewood Manor—a stunning antebellum mansion inspired by Louisiana’s famed Nottoway Plantation—will feel like they’ve been completely transported to another time and place, they’ll actually be in Tomball’s newest event venue, strolling endless balconies, sipping cocktails by the outdoor fire pit, and, if they’re especially honored guests, staying a night or two in one of the mansion’s three lavishly appointed suites.
SIDE TRIP: While you’re up in the northern neck of the woods, schedule a group outing to Old Town Spring, home of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival every April, and a year-round visitors’ favorite. You and your crew can stroll quaint streets filled with charming boutiques, gift and antique shops, and eateries.
5. MOFFITT OAKS
SAY I DO: Set on 47 sprawling acres in Tomball, Moffitt Oaks boasts a variety of outdoor and indoor ceremony and reception spaces, from the picturesque Lakeside Arbor, to the charming Cantina, with its traditional Texas architecture, to the rustic-chic Barn, which blends the gleam of hardwood with the sparkle of crystal chandeliers.
SIDE TRIP: On the evening before your wedding, take time to unwind at Main Street Crossing, a unique live-music venue and restaurant in downtown Tomball.
6. 15 ACRES
SAY I DO: The brainchild of a mother-daughter team with a combined 25 years of event-planning experience, Hockley’s brand new 15 Acres brings the destination wedding experience conveniently close to Houston proper, with sprawling lawns, an expansive covered patio, a pastoral pond and a contemporary blank-slate ballroom that you can fill with just about any wedding fantasyscape imaginable.
SIDE TRIP: Thirsty for maximum R&R at your 15 Acres weekend wedding? Plan your nuptials for Sunday (you’ll have more date options and save a few dollars on facility rental), and save Saturday for a group visit to nearby Magnolia’s Lone Pint Brewery, for frosty mugs of famed Yellow Rose IPA, brewery tours and kick-back gourmet eats from visiting food trucks.