City-by-City Guide: Hip Texas Wedding Hotels

From premier event planning to luxe bridal suites, here are some of the best hotels for your Texas wedding.

Picturesque Setting

Located on a bluff overlooking Lake Travis, Vintage Villas in Austin offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. “The view is breathtaking,” says event planner Barbara Hearne of Barbara’s Brides. “Their gardens have grown more colorful each year and bloom beautifully each spring.” If you want indoor photos, the venue also features a sunset room, outfitted with hardwood floors and high ceilings overlooking the lake. (512) 266-9333

Historic Venue

One of the oldest hotels in Texas, The Driskill Hotel in Austin was built in 1886. “From the moment you walk in, you feel how special this venue is,” says Hearne. There’s a selection of guest rooms in the Historic wing -- which has soaring ceilings, elaborate woodwork and balconies -- and the Traditional wing, featuring art deco styling and the colors of the Texas Hill Country. (512) 474-5911

Group Accommodations

Heather Sims of Jubilee, A Celebrated Events Co tipped us off to the Hilton Americas hotel in downtown Houston. The venue was specifically designed to accommodate larger than life events without skimping on the decor and atmosphere, and is located just miles away from the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural Science, and Contemporary Arts Museum, for all your guests’ sightseeing needs. (713) 739-8000

Elegant Ballroom

Located right near the ultra-romantic Pegasus Park, the Pegasus Room at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas recently opened in the summer of 2006. The 3,500-square-foot ballroom boasts rich colors of blue, green and gold that is sure to complement any seasonal wedding. The most gorgeous part? Three majestic chandeliers hanging from an 18-foot ceiling. (214) 915-6500

Star Service

The staff at the Horseshoe Bay Resort will help you plan every wedding day detail, from designing your dream cake to planning activities for all your guests. In fact, all of their coordinators have gone through a special certification program to guarantee they can cater to your every whim. (830) 598-2511

Perfect Locale

The Wyndham Arlington is a great place for all your guests to gather, particularly if many will have young children in tow. The hotel is located right in the middle of “Fun Central,” with Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor right next door. Shopaholics will also love that the famous Galleria Mall located in Dallas, a half hour away. (817) 261-8200

Romantic Suite

Enjoy your newlywed status in complete seclusion in one of the cottage suites at The Sanford House in Arlington. Situated amid blooming gardens and a tranquil pool, each cottage features king-sized beds, whirlpool tub built for two, and a gas-burning fireplace. (817) 861-2129

Scenic Dinner

What better place to host family and friends than with a delicious rehearsal dinner overlooking San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk? The acclaimed chefs at the Hotel Valencia will whip up a gourmet New American or Spanish-influenced feast tailored to your taste buds. (210) 227-9700

-- Linda DeProperzio

Courtesy of Vintage Villas

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