55 total reviews
The Bell Tower was simply a wonderful venue for our wedding. Donna Chun was great! She listened to what we wanted and took all the stress out of the big day.
We had a couple of bumps along the way, but the Bell Tower clearly embraced the philosophy of providing superior customer service. We were always able to work through any concerns. The Bell Tower has a list of preferred vendors who we used for most everything. They were all familiar with the Bell Tower so coordination was seamless. The Bell Tower also is affiliated with a videographer and DJ so both were included in our contract for the venue.
The chef was flexible with our menu selections so we could have a buffet meal that suited us, the elegance of the day and the many children who we knew we'd have as guests as our two families joined together. They even made a couple of off menu dishes for our tasting.
We initially didn't think that the Bell Tower would be in our budget, but having a daytime ceremony actually made this option cheaper than some other venues we had visisted.
Since the wedding, we have received many, many compliments on the venue, the food, and the overall atmosphere of the wedding. I am SO happy that we chose this location to create our special memories. My husband is my Prince Charming, and this was our fairytale wedding.
Thank you, Donna!
My husband and I had a great experience at the Bell Tower on 34th and Angie Stubler. Angie was wonderful helping me get everything set up, answer my questions/concerns, and keep everything moving smoothly the night of. I liked that the Bell Tower made it easy...pick a food package and a drink package and then nearly everything else (including chavari chairs!!) is included. Everyone who came to the wedding was blown away by the venue and the little bit I had to do to make it look amazing.
There isn't enough I can say to express how amazing our day was at the Bell Tower. Our planner Angie was a dream! She took care of everything! She helped plan everything so perfectly, that all we had to do was enjoy our day. The staff was equally amazing. We felt so taken care of. The venue itself is so beautiful and my husband and I were so happy with our choice. Our wedding pictures look amazing with the Bell Tower as the backdrop!
When I first walked into The Bell Tower on 34th, I knew I had to have my wedding there. It's like no other place in Houston in that it gives you the distinct impression of being in Europe: from it's amazing architecture to the picturesque grounds and gardens to the water wall and soaring cathedral ceilings to the grand staircase ... it's just a magical place to be. And it was. With the help of their amazing coordinator Vanessa Small, we were able to create an absolutely gorgeous wedding.
Top notch service and absolutely gorgeous venue! Donna was so nice, professional and responsive! We made the right decision with our venue!
Vanessa Small and the staff at The Bell Tower made our wedding perfect! The venue was beautiful, the food wonderful and the coordination and service were top notch. Our family and friends are still talking about how beautiful it was. Thank you Vanessa!
This venue is amazing :) No need to decorate!
The first time I visited the Bell Tower, I actually forgot I was in Houston until I was on a second floor balcony and looked out over the walls to the rest of the neighborhood. The place is gorgeous! The staff are incredibly professional, and the venue provides quite an array of services. The food was absolutely amazing and the grounds look impeccable. This last part was such a plus for us as we could not afford to have many ceremony flowers. We had our ceremony by the Water Wall which had greenery all around it.
I would say the biggest downside to the venue, as incredible as it is, is the fact that it is designed to get as many weddings in and out in a single day. Scheduling with them was a little difficult at times, and my coordinator more often than not was unavailable. During the wedding she was difficult to find, like when we were trying to find my throwaway bouquet. It took about 15min for the staff to find her. After the reception, which ended earlier than as stated in my contract due to problems with the DJ, the staff rushed to clear everything before the next wedding. My mother had difficulty trying to save things for me. I also had these question cards on all the tables for guests to answer about my husband and I (fun things like what should we name our kids, etc). My mom gathered them up, but when she got home with everything, they were no where to be found. We guessed that the cleanup crew threw them away as my mother was off trying to make sure they didn't throw something else away. It's understandable that they need to clean up and get ready for the next bride, but we finished EARLY. There should have been no reason that they rushed so much that some of my items my mom was trying to save were thrown away. This aspect of the venue made it feel impersonal and like my contract with them was not important. That being said, I am still glad I had my wedding there for the qualities stated above. It really was a beautiful wedding thanks to the Bell Tower.
The Bell Tower is the most beautiful venue in Houston in my opinion. The architecture is dramatic in a very tasteful way, so you do not need tons of decor to make a statement. The food is very good as long as you filter thru the subpar dishes during your tasting. My main complaint did not come until my actual wedding day...it literally stormed, flooded and hailed on my wedding day. So, our officiant and several other guests were a little late. Instead of giving me an extra 30 minutes at my reception, they rudely informed me that there would not be any extra time. I get that they are running a business but after all of the money that we spent with them, they could have compromised somehow. Instead of responding, "Umm, no way." That might be based on your coordinator...not sure. Also, several of my guests complained about my coordinator speaking to them rudely. Not cool. However, I did appreciate the guys walking my guests into the venue with umbrellas so that they would not get wet. I did not feel very catered to on my actual wedding day as the bride, though. If you want a super personal experience for your wedding, be sure to feel out the coordinators and go with your gut. I sensed that something was not right but I did not vocalize it. That was my fault...lesson learned. Oh, and make sure that your coordinator's attire complements the attire of your wedding. Overall, I had an amazing wedding. I think the crowd and the love between the couple dictates that more than anything else...
In response to the comment below, I agree that there must have been a miscommunication because like I said, I had no real complaints until that day. It was a crazy day due to the weather. I did not want to cancel or postpone...I just wanted a little consideration for the storm, which was out of my hands instead of everything being rushed. I also understand that a large crowd can be difficult and I do applaud the staff for making the event appear to be flawless. Just as I wrote my thank you card, I would have appreciated a follow up to see how my wedding went in my eyes. Overall, I truly had a wonderful time and I would recommend your venue. But I just had to learn to be more vocal about any concerns. What I said in my thank you card is 100% true. Thank you guys...
Dear foreverconway, We are saddened by your review and reposted your other kind and glowing HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE below. You definitely got it right, the crowd and the love between the couple dictate how amazing the event goes. Yours was AMAZI...
Besides the fact that this venue is beyond gorgeous, the help they provide is very helpful. You have to use their food and I was skeptical at first but it tasted very good! They include a day of coordinator and Donna did that very well! There basically was no need for a planner with her because she was on top of things. The place is so gorgeous that it does not need a lot of decoration. I would definitely recommend using this location for your wedding!
1. When we visited for the first time, we booked our wedding date on the spot. This is the most beautiful venue I have ever seen. Hands down.
2. Also, The food is shockingly DELICIOUS; not just "great, for wedding food," it's truly "great food."
3. The service is impeccable, too. Start to finish-- right down to every member of the serving staff!
DOWNSIDES: 1. They book up really fast!
2. They tend to “nickel and dime” you on the little stuff-- so don't lose sight of the little stuff, as you select your menu, services, etc.
3. I knocked off 1 star for quality because, during our reception, there was some issue with the air conditioning. (I am sure this is not a regular occurrence.) Our wedding guests (myself, bride, included!) ended up looking like we'd just left a rave or something, at the end of the night—super sweaty from dancing in that incredibly hot room! But, all in all, I remember our amazingly beautiful wedding (and the extra sweaty part just makes for a goofy/funny side of our story.)
Beautiful venue! We fell in love with it early on which made every place after it pale in comparison. Angie was our coordinator, and she was awesome. She took care of every detail, the food was amazing, they worked with our budget, everything went off without a hitch. Only thing was we were not able to get into the venue until two hours before the wedding (because there was another event going on) so we had to find another place to do our first look and so we were pressed for time for photos.
Everything about the venue was wonderful except the planner services. It was so beautiful and hardly needed any decorations. However, the e-mails coming from our assigned planner as well as the accounting department were sometimes rude and unprofessional, not to mention insensitive to a bride 3 days before her wedding. If it was't for that, the Bell Tower would have 5 stars from me. Food and beverage packages were also a little overpriced and you arent allowed to bring in anyone else.
I booked this venue for my wedding the day that I did the first facility tour. This place is so beautiful! They are constantly maintaining and doing upgrades to make it better. My event producer was Donna Chun, she is amazing! I loved working with her, she was very friendly and organized which made life for me much easier! Anything I wanted, whether it was a special menu item request or help with ideas she was on it and took care of it all! I planned my wedding for just over a year, so I was able to work with The Bell Tower to get every little detail just right.
On the day of my wedding everything was just perfect. We had given Donna several personal items to use as decorations for the ceremony and reception, she and her staff handled getting the items in their right spot. I was so amazed by how she was able to create my vision for everything, when I walked down the aisle at the water wall and into the reception Chandelier room everything was perfectly set up. The coordinating of timing between all of my other vendors was spot on. The food was amazing!!! 3 weeks after my wedding people are still raving about the food, I was so happy!
I could not have picked a better place to have our wedding! It's funny several people I talk to that live in the area around The Bell Tower have not ever seen it, so I think it's great that a venue this big and beautiful can exist where it does but still be quaint!
Highly recommend the bell tower to everyone!! Beautiful venue. Made all my dreams come true!!!!
The Bell Tower was amazing. Lezlie was beyond helpful. She was there to help plan our amazing wedding. She's very experienced and knows what will work and what won't work. She was very organized and prepared. Her day of coordinating was so helpful. Every meeting I had at the Bell Tower I was always greeted so warmly and they cater to your every need. The staff there is amazing. They all were so nice and helpful each time I was there and above and beyond they day of. The venue itself was gorgeous. We had the ceremony in the Camponile Room and the reception in the big ballroom. Both were so beautiful. I received so many compliments on the venue on how beautiful it was, and I couldn't have agreed more. The food they catered was awesome, too! The tasting is the best day! :) All around, it is a great venue for a very reasonable price, comparatively..
the bell tower is a gorgeous facility. it's layout and staff are very accommodating too. the food was excellent. the upgraded packages, such as the tea lights and lit fireplaces are beautiful. we loved having our wedding there. the best part about the bell tower for us, was having DONNA CHUN as our event producer and consultant. she is AMAZING. she is so kind and patient. when it comes to weddings she has it nailed - even to the smallest of details. she made sure that we had everything we needed. even all of our personal additions to the wedding were in place and taken care of. the entire wedding and rehearsal went so smoothly. it's all due to donna's hard work and industry knowledge. she is a gem.
The venue was gorgeous and we got SO many compliments. Decided it was worth the extra expense and loved it!
My mother-in-law found this venue online and I was hesitant at first because of the location. I wanted my guests to stay closer to the Galleria to get the flashier side of Houston. However, this venue swept me off of my feet during the first visit! Yes, it was a little beyond my budget but my groom and I had a priceless experience on our wedding day! The venue doesn’t need a lot of decorations because of its majestic feel and Tuscany inspired embellishments. The food was delicious and the drinks were balanced with just enough alcohol to keep my brunch ceremony exciting! My guests were highly impressed with the location!
Vanessa was my event coordinator and she was fantastic! She helped me to remain calm thorough out the process and prevented extra spending. She NEVER attempted to add on pricey additions that I didn’t need, instead she focused on the theme/feel that I wanted to create for my special day. She was very detail-oriented and made sure that everything went as I had planned! She was awesome! Her energy is positive, enthusiastic energy is highly contagious!
The most Stunning venue EVER! Beautiful location..Amazing food/drinks..Outstanding service from the staff..
Angie was my coordinator at The Bell Tower & she did a excitant job. She made my day absolutely perfect and everything went smooth!
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Like something straight out of a movie set, a spectacular 'One of a Kind' Ceremony and Reception venue strategically located in the heart of Houston, breathtaking designs, seasoned wedding professionals, world class cuisine. “Indoors or Outdoors, the perfect setting, a must see!”
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Tented Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Barn/Farm, Boat/Yacht, Botanic Garden/Park, Country Club, Hotel/Resort, Inn/B&B, Loft/Raw Space, Mansion/Historic Site, Museum/Gallery, Restaurant, Unusual/Alternative, Vineyard
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