26 total reviews
We recently had our wedding and reception at The Parador. I fell in love with the beautiful architecture and loved the history behind the venue. It was early spring but the weather ended up being fantastic and we were able to utilize the gorgeous garden for our cocktail hour.
I can not rave enough about Rebekah with Behind the Bash, she is quite the pro at coordinating the event from start to finish. She helped keep the evening running smoothly, including a room flip! I originally had reservations about a room flip between the ceremony and reception, however Rebekah and her team made the process seamless. They were extremely helpful and made me feel at complete ease during the event.
I highly recommend this fantastic venue and wonderful Behind the Bash team! You will be in excellent hands with this seasoned crew.
I used this venue for my wedding reception and it was absolutely perfect! The day of wedding planner (Rebekah of Behind the Bash) told us what to do and when- we never had to worry about anything. Everything was executed above my standards as a bride.
We loved the atmosphere and style of the Parador. It is a beautiful venue, with high ceilings, a wonderful garden, and lots of space for our ~150 guests. The Parador doesn't need much decorating because it is a beautiful space on its own, and at night when the tea lights are twinkling it creates a special look. The Parador only works with one caterer, Behind the Bash, so once you book the venue you mostly deal with Behind the Bash people for all the other decisions (food plus decorations, etc). If you are looking for a unique venue for your wedding, The Parador is the perfect location!
Had my wedding last year at the Parador and Behind the Bash (all inclusive). Guests raved about the garden and beautiful indoor space. Everything was included which made wedding planning easier. Photos came out phenomenal especially outdoor ones. Couple things I would have preferred differently; one would be that food is ok and not exactly to my taste, but still had enough variety that you can choose what you want. Second would be that the coordinator I had (Rebekah) was great, but I felt rushed during photos that I had to schedule another session with my photographer to get shots I missed! Despite these things, I still recommend the Parador if you want a no-frills, romantic setting.
I had my wedding at the Parador recently and I am so glad we chose this venue! This venue is gorgeous! We fell in love with all the historical details and the beautiful garden in the back. The rental also comes with tables, chairs, linens, easels, table numbers, free tasting soiree, centerpieces (if you decide to use them), and most importantly...an event coordinator!
The venue also requires use of their catering service, Behind the Bash. Our coordinator, Christina, with Behind the Bash, was awesome. Throughout the whole process, she was very responsive to emails and flexible with last minute changes. She went above and beyond to make our day special and less stressful. All my guests said it was the best wedding food they ever had! The overall cost (venue and food) may be a little high for some, but I felt it was definitely reasonable and worth what you get. I would definitely recommend this vendor!
The Parador was just perfect for our wedding reception. We set up three areas for our guests. There was a bar outside in the garden, which is really pretty. It was a beautiful day, so many of our guests stayed out there playing cornhole and enjoying the weather. Dinner was set up in the Duomo and the band was in the Cloister. Therefore, people were still able to sit and chat once the band started without the music being too loud. The Cloister was just right for the band and the slate floor meant we didn't have to rent a dance floor. Sheila was nice to work with. And, Behind the Bash Catering did an amazing job with the food, service and set up. If there were any problems, I was totally unaware. I would highly recommend The Parador!
The facility is beautiful and many standard service items are included with the rental fee.
Wedding Coordinator was the best.
I had a outdoor ceremony in this venue. They have a beautiful garden with white chairs set up for the event. It was gorgeous. The inside is very different from most of the venues in Houston, whereas it looks more like a villa located in the heart of a south american country. One thing to note is that even if you pay for the highest tier of open bar, there is still NO SHOTS allowed. And if they were not prepared for the amount of alcohol consumed, they will find a reason to close the bar early even if it's supposed to be open bar. Not happy about that. Good food. Good menu selection. Most people were very accommodating throughout the wedding planning process.
We spent so much time reviewing venues. We wanted an outdoor space and the Parador has an amazing garden. We also wanted a good inside backup in case it rained on our wedding day. (Luckily we had one, because it poured!). The interior of the Parador is just as breath taking. Not only did our guests not notice, they all were blown away by the place. The staff and service was very accommodating and did a great job! Oh, and I really wanted my pup in the wedding and when I we realized it was going to rain I was worried he might not be allowed indoors but they were very flexible! And they have a nice building in back that all the girls can get ready in which was great! We highly recommend the Parador.
We loved that the Parador could host both our ceremony and reception, as well as all the southwestern food that Behind the Bash catering (their in-house catering service) could provide. The main rooms were large enough for out 150 guests, and it also has a couple smaller rooms, including one we used with a babysitter. It was a gorgeous venue that we loved!
The venue is beautiful without having to do a lot of decorating. The staff was very helpful!
Beautiful location inside and out and awesome staff!
I fell in love with The Parador the minute we walked in. It's very unique if you are looking for something different than having your wedding in a hotel. It has a beautiful old church setting with a high ceiling and dome, a stage area we used as our dance floor, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard that we used for our photo sessions. They are so easy to work with and communicated with us every step of the way. The cocktail room is very spacious and has a very elegant air about it. The best part of all, is you get the whole place all to yourself for the day of the wedding.
When I found the Parador, I knew it was the venue of choice. They have great services and are reasonably priced for a venue in Houston. The grounds are amazing (especially in April! I couldn't have asked for a better location.
About how fabulous everyone at the Parador is. Everyone had me prepared for everything to go wrong on my wedding day, but besides some rain, which was uncontrollable by them, everything was perfect. Mysti had everything under control all evening long, made sure everything went perfectly, bustled my dress for me, and even changed my shoes to flip flops. If I had it to do all over I wouldn't change a thing, the food was amazing... All 300 of my guests fit and had a fabulous time. She even called Hotel Za Za to get our limo outside. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!
I absolutely love the Parador! I have been watching weddings happen all my life here and remember thinking this place must be pretty nice. So naturally when my time came they were number one on my list and shut down all of the competition! Two amazingly open rooms with gorgeous high ceilings and an amazing courtyard made me day better than i could have ever expected! Little decoration was used because of how wonderful everything already is. A few candles and flowers and that was it! My dream come true.
We got married at the Parador on October 29 and LOVED IT!! We were doing our best to avoid a hotel, traditional reception hall, and having to share our venue with another event during our wedding -- the Parador answered all of that and MUCH more!
For us, the # 1 advantage of the Parador is that it comes along with Behind the Bash Catering -- delicious food, all of your tables, chairs, plates and linens, and a wedding day (weekend, really) coordinator. We worked with Mysti McKinney from BTB, and she took care of absolutely EVERYTHING, which was immensely helpful since we were planning the wedding from NYC.
Highly, highly recommend the Parador and Behind the Bash catering for anybody -- but especially for an out of town bride!
This was the perfect setting for us. Something different than a typical hotel ballroom, the place has character and a warm, cozy feel - especially in the evening. Received many complements with this sentiment. The venue provides different pricing options for a great value, and Sheila was very easy to work with.
The only "downside" is that we had to split our tables between two adjacent rooms due to the size of our wedding (~325). The space ideally accommodates up to about 225 to have all the tables in one room.
Overall, a great experience and we'd choose it again.
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Built in 1928, this Mediterranean/ Byzantine-style building is located in the Museum District. Listed as a state historic site, The Parador is one of Houston's premier event facilities. Two large adjoining spaces, each with its own courtyard and garden, can be reserved individually or used jointly.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012