10 Most Talked-About Texas Wedding Venues

You've heard the hype -- now get the scoop on these top Texas wedding reception sites.
by Davida Sidrane Hogan

Arlington Hall at Lee Park

At Arlington Hall on the grounds of the historic Lee Park in Dallas, start the party in the Reception Room, which has a limestone fireplace, then move as many as 500 guests into the traditionally elegant Great Hall for dinner. Planning a smaller wedding? Check out the outdoor terraces, which also make a fantastic location for an on-site ceremony. (214) 520-0977, ArlingtonHallAtLeePark.com

Camp Waldemar

Have your ceremony overlooking the Guadalupe River at Camp Waldemar in Hunt; then move inside to the lodge, which has vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace. It holds 150 for dinner and dancing. Bigger events can take place in a tent adjacent to the river. 830-238-4821, Waldemar.com

The Corinthian

Make an entrance when you walk down the colonnade at The Corinthian in downtown Houston. The event space is in a neoclassical building, which was completed in 1905. The in-house caterer will help you pull together a delicious dinner from one of their themed menus. (713) 222-2002, TheCorinthianHouston.com

Hickory Street Annex

This complex of buildings in Dallas, built in 1921, originally served as a distribution center for Gulf Oil. Now the Hickory Street Annex is home to galleries and designer centers. Get married in one of the light-filled lofts and truly make the space your own: The mostly white interiors are like a blank canvas. The space can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated dinner. (214) 828-1414, HickoryStreetAnnex.com

Horseshoe Bay Resort

If you say your vows on the grounds of the Horseshoe Bay Resort in central Texas, you'll have a beautiful lake or waterfall as your backdrop. The setting is one of the most serene in the Lone Star state. An onsite event manager will be there to guide you through the planning process. Choose a package and the resort will take care of all the catering -- including late-night snacks. (877) 611-0112, HSBResort.com

Laguna Gloria at the Austin Museum of Art

Originally the private estate of Clara Driscoll, Laguna Gloria in Austin is a Mediterranean-style villa built in 1916. You can get married on the Lake Austin shoreline in one of four outdoor areas and then have your reception under a tent on the villa's terrace. Photo tip: Take some shots in the sunken garden -- the white pergola and manicured hedges are the perfect background. (512) 458-8191, AMOA.org

The Parador

Built in 1928, The Parador, in Houston's Theater District, has all of the details of a Mediterranean villa. Walk down the aisle and exchange vows at this historic Texas landmark. Your guests will be amazed by the five-sided ballroom as they dance and dine under its 35-foot dome. Pick from the venue's preferred caterer list. (713) 529-3050, ParadorHouston.com

Reflections on Spring Creek

A great choice for a large wedding, Reflections on Spring Creek in Plano can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. The gardens, koi ponds, waterfalls and hand-carved gazebos on the grounds offer plenty of gorgeous spots for pictures. If you're planning a traditional ceremony, take advantage of the on-site chapel, which is draped in tapestries and fine art. Inside the ballroom, check out the gorgeous crystal chandeliers and Italian tile dance floor. (972) 633-9595, ReflectionsOnSpringCreek.com

Star Hill Ranch

Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave feels like the set of an old western: The historic buildings on the grounds were all relocated from various sites around central Texas and carefully restored. You can get married in one of two chapels or outside under the arbor. The outdoor area can accommodate as many as 500 guests! For the site-catered reception, you'll have several spaces to choose from. (512) 565-6746, StarHillRanch.com

The Southwest School of Art and Craft

The deconsecrated Coates Chapel and two large gardens on the grounds of the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio can be customized any way you want. Choose your caterer from the approved vendor list. (210) 224-1848, SWSchool.org

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