12 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Houston to Embrace Nature

Celebrate with Mother Nature in H-Town.
12 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Houston to Embrace Nature
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Kim Griffin
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  • Kim writes for The Knot Worldwide, particularly about picking wedding venues and planning proposals.
  • Over the years, she has helped plan a wedding or two and briefly considered it as a career.
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Updated Feb 06, 2024

Your proposal went off without a hitch and now it's time to exchange your vows in front of your loved ones. The allure of outdoor wedding venues in Houston, where nature seamlessly intertwines with celebrations, seems to fit the bill. But where? Think about what you and your future spouse both like when looking for the perfect spot, and visit your top picks to get the vibe before you decide. From lush gardens to picturesque landscapes, Houston offers a variety of breathtaking settings for happy couples seeking an outdoor wedding they'll remember for a lifetime.

Embrace the beauty of the city as we explore the top venues that marry sophistication with nature's charm. Whether nestled in scenic parks or featuring skyline views, these outdoor spaces promise to elevate your special day to new heights. While trying to pick the perfect place to say I do, check out The Knot Vendor Marketplace, where you can filter Houston venues to your specifications—barns, gardens, tented, you name it! We know planning can be overwhelming, and want to make it as easy and personalized as possible.

The Grove in Houston, Texas

Tie the knot outdoors at The Grove
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Located in the heart of downtown Houston, The Grove is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city where you can enjoy lush greens and a lake while still drinking in the city's skyline. The 12-acre space has been open to the public since 2008 and offers several locations to say "I do." Grace Event Lawn can accommodate up to 800 people and has a bandstand for a live band or DJ, and Lindsey Waterside Landing, right next to Kinder Lake, has space for 266 guests in a tented space, and up to 650 untented. Maconda's Grove is another option filled with loblolly pines and an intimate feel. Overwhelmed? Don't worry. The Knot Vendor Marketplace has a wide variety of wedding planners, photographers and other professionals to help you build the event of your dreams.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center in Houston, Texas

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center for your wedding outdoors
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The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, established in 1967, sits just outside of Memorial Park and is home to native wetlands, woodlands, savannas and prairies. For couples who love Houston's flora, fauna and wildlife, this venue might be the perfect spot to choose. What could be more romantic than vowing your love in front of one of the venue's eight ponds with lush greenery all around?

The best thing about the center is that it can accommodate as little as four people or as many as 400, depending on your chosen spot. And if you'd like to have the ceremony outside and the reception indoors, that's an option too. The indoor space can also be used as a backup plan in case of rain.

Amsler Hills Winery in Sealy, Texas

Tie the knot in Texas at Amsler Hills Winery
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While there are well over 400 wineries in the area, Amsler Hills Winery is one of the best outdoor wedding venues in the Houston, Texas area. The winery offers an adorable pond with tall trees in the background, rolling hills and beautiful blossoms in the spring. Your wedding photographer will have plenty of options to take amazing shots of the happy couple too—especially as the sun begins to set. Depending on the time of year, Amsler Hills can easily handle a quant wedding of 50 to 100 people, but that could expand up to 125. Imagine strolling around the dreamy landscape as you toast your nuptials with wine grown right there. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

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The Wynden in Houston, Texas

Say I do at The Wynden in Houston, TX
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While searching for the perfect place to say your vows, consider adding The Wynden to your list. Centered in the Galleria area, the architecture gives off a romantic Tuscan feel that will give just the right undercurrent to your ceremony. The Wynden has a garden with a rustic fountain water feature and a gazebo surrounded by a well-manicured lawn. The courtyard could be the perfect place to pledge your hearts to one another. Your outdoor wedding could accommodate up to 600 people, but if you choose to move the seating inside, there's enough space for 250. With multiple options, you could have your wedding and reception all at the same place.

Shirley Acres in Houston, Texas

Shirley Acres for the best outdoor Texas wedding venue
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Heading north of the city, you'll find one of the best outdoor wedding venues in the Houston, TX area—Shirley Acres. The venue offers both charm and hospitality to all guests, with the team doing everything it can to make your wedding celebration just right. The outdoor space consists of a courtyard featuring seasonal flowers, blooms and twinkle lights to create a lovely and romantic ambiance.The courtyard can accommodate up to 400 guests, who can slip over to the Garden Room for the big reception complete with big-picture windows to still enjoy the view.

The Bell Tower on 34th in Houston, Texas

The Bell Tower on 34th for your outdoor wedding reception
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If you want a stress-free day where you have all the confidence that everything will go as planned on your big day, you want to think about tying the knot at The Bell Tower on 34th. The outdoor ceremony space is picturesque with a cascading water wall, stunning architecture and a lovely garden. There are also dressing rooms available, dramatic staircases, lush greenery and a state-of-the-art sound system. The Bell Tower on 34th can host up to 300 guests, and the wedding packages are also customizable, so each experience is unique.

Shafaii Hall & Garden in Houston, Texas

Tie the knot in Texas at Shafaii Hall & Garden
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Those looking for small outdoor wedding venues in Houston need to look no further than Shafaii Hall & Garden. The private garden is a covered space draped with twinkle lights and surrounded by greenery. Romance and whimsy fill the environment with vine-covered columns and a towering veranda. Bring your vendor team and personalize the moment to fit you both. Shafaii Hall & Garden can fit up to 140 people who can enjoy a quaint ceremony before moving to the reception hall for hours of celebration.

Addison Woods Wedding and Event Venue in The Woodlands, Texas

Say I do at Addison Woods Wedding and Event Venue in TX
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Historic charm meets modern elegance at the Addison Woods Wedding and Event Venue in The Woodlands just north of Houston. What used to be a working farm and food store is now an event venue offering towering oak trees, rolling hills, manicured lawns and even a fishing pier making the most out of that Texas sunshine. Either work with the venue's knowledgeable staff for planning or bring along your team to craft the perfect wedding.

Addison Woods Wedding and Event Venue has a guest capacity of up to 200, is woman and veteran-owned, and is committed to giving your vision life.

The Villagio in Houston, Texas

The Villagio for the best outdoors TX wedding venue
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Typically known for its astounding ballroom wedding space, The Villagio also has a grand outdoor space for your Houston wedding. The Rose Garden is an intimate outdoor area with a pavilion for the ceremony as they begin their life journey together. Get married under the stars amid rows of roses and fairy lights adding a magical touch. The venue's Rose Garden can accommodate up to 250 guests comfortably and if you choose to have your reception there as well, the culinary team has a wide variety of menus to fit everyone's taste buds.

The Parador in Houston, Texas

Have the best TX outdoor wedding at The Parador
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Nestled in the heart of Fouston's Museum District, The Parador is a historical landmark built in 1928. While the detail and craftsmanship of the building are magnificent, it can serve as a romantic backdrop for an outdoor wedding in the courtyard or garden. Couples with large guest lists can even reserve both spaces so everyone has plenty of room. The Duomo Gardens are especially lovely and fragrant, with sculpted fountains and flora along winding paths. It has enough room for up to 220 guests or a dinner party for 50 to 150.

Houston Zoo in Houston, Texas

Tie the knot at the Houston Zoo
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For a unique twist that would suit animal lovers perfectly, the Houston Zoo could strike the perfect wedding tone. Believe it or not, the zoo has several venue options available for couples in love. While some options allow you to exchange vows among sea creatures, great apes and chimpanzees, they are all indoors. The outdoor options include the Vulture Habitat, which can accommodate up to 120 guests, the Karamu Outpost, which can hold up to 150 and the H-E-B Lone Star Pavillion for up to 200 people. What a fun way to start your life together!

The Farmhouse in Montgomery, Texas

Get married outdoors at The Farmhouse in Texas
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No list of the best outdoor wedding venues in the Houston, Texas, area would be complete without mentioning at least one farm or ranch, right? The Farmhouse in Montgomery fits the bill as a minimalistic and contemporary spot—a blank slate, if you will, to build the wedding of your dreams. While there is a large Farmhouse Chapel where you could have your ceremony, The Farmhouse has an outdoor courtyard perfect for weddings, overhead cafe lighting and an outdoor covered porch to enjoy the Texas air. The property is 45 acres of country hills, complete with a private lake and can accommodate between 50 and 300 guests.

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