13 East Texas Wedding Venues You'll Want to Say Yes To

The region east of Interstate 45 is full of gems.
Ellen O'Brien - The Knot Contributor.
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Ellen O'Brien
Ellen O'Brien - The Knot Contributor.
Ellen O'Brien
The Knot Contributor
  • Ellen is a contributor for The Knot, where she covers everything from honeymoons to wedding showers.
  • Formerly a fellow at Washingtonian magazine, Ellen has experience covering local weddings in the DC area.
  • Ellen also contributes to wedding venue round-ups at The Knot, helping compile the best wedding venues in cities across the country.
Updated Aug 08, 2021

The eastern part of the Lone Star state is full of beautiful wedding venues. You'll find an array of wedding venue options—from stunning country clubs to Texas-style ranches—for your big day. The most popular venues on this side of the state are rustic-themed spots, from renovated farmhouse spaces to Western-style resorts. So, throw on your cowboy hat and grab your boots. Some of these venues include additional add-on activities. You and your guests can spend the days after your wedding horseback riding, visiting cattle or sitting around an outdoor fire pit. Regardless of what spot you choose, many of these wedding venues offer indoor and outdoor spaces, so you can avoid the brutal Texas sun during those warmer summer months. Visit The Knot's Marketplace to find your perfect East Texas wedding venue. Until then, read on to learn about 13 of our favorite East Texas spots.

The Barn at the Silver Spur Resort in Canton, Texas

Dreaming of a rustic Texas wedding? Consider The Barn at the Silver Spur Resort. Located on 35 acres, this East Texas resort has a beautiful outdoor ceremony space. You and your partner can exchange vows next to the venue's elm and pecan trees with a gorgeous view of the lake. The venue's new barn is a great reception area for a Western-inspired affair. Plus, the venue offers overnight accommodations and activities, so you can extend the celebration. You and your guests can hang out by the horseshoe pits, play some lawn games or test out the escape rooms. You'll never want to leave this fun-filled East Texas resort.

The Cascades Country Club in Tyler, Texas

If you're looking for a versatile wedding venue with outdoor and indoor spaces, The Cascades Country Club may be the perfect spot for you. This Tyler venue can accommodate up to 700 guests (for those Texas-size weddings), but it also offers options for those looking to host a smaller affair. The venue's reception space is open and airy, with two stories of windows and multiple chandeliers. We also love the wine cellar for an intimate cocktail reception. Plus, the venue's executive chef will curate a specially-designed menu for weddings of any size.

The Pines at Cherokee Farms in Jacksonville, Texas

Say "I do" nestled in the woods of East Texas. The Pines at Cherokee Farms has 40 acres of land, as well as a renovated barn space that serves as a gorgeous reception hall. With 25-foot-tall ceilings and industrial-style chandeliers, the space emits a warm and inviting feeling. We also love the venue's multiple outdoor ceremony spots, including one accessible by a hand-laid brick pathway. You and your guests can spend the night celebrating and gazing out at the Texas woods from the venue's string-lit deck. Plus, the venue includes a bridal suite with a staircase leading to the groom's loft.

Wylde Acres in Longview, Texas

If you're looking for a wedding venue in a tranquil setting, consider Wylde Acres. Originally a family home, this serene event venue sits on 16 acres just outside the city of Longview. We love the outdoor ceremony spot, located next to the venue's pond. If you and your guests are fishing enthusiasts, the pond is available as a relaxing fishing spot. The wood lodge feel of the on-site house and reception area will make you feel fully immersed in the venue's natural surroundings. Plus, the venue's house has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and a kitchen, so you and your wedding party can spend the night at this gorgeous East Texas wedding venue.

Bella Sera Ranch in Palestine, Texas

Travel back in time at this beautiful Palestine wedding venue. Conveniently located between Dallas and College Station, Bella Sera Ranch is full of beautiful spots for your wedding day. The 49-acre private estate has an adorable white wedding chapel, idyllic pond and old windmill. The venue's outdoor pavilion can accommodate up to 250 guests. However, if you're planning on hosting a smaller wedding, the venue offers a discounted "Minimony" wedding package for up to 50 guests. Plus, the venue's scenic landscape—including oak trees and a famous sideways tree—is an ideal backdrop for stunning wedding photos.

Lake Tyler Petroleum Club in Tyler, Texas

Celebrate your nuptials on the shores of Lake Tyler at this venue's private waterside peninsula. The Lake Tyler Petroleum Club offers two different spots to say "I do." Harbor Landing, a glass building overlooking the lake, includes a massive deck, swimming pool and lawn space. You and your guests can grab a drink at this spot's stunning built-in white granite bar. The venue's other spot, Lakeside Clubhouse, has stately wooden ceilings, a stone fireplace and an outdoor deck space. This clubhouse is a great choice for those hosting a smaller affair. Plus, the venue is only a two-hour drive from Dallas.

Margot Hill Weddings and Events in Malakoff, Texas

If you're looking for a taste of the French countryside in East Texas, consider Margot Hill Weddings and Events. This venue includes a 5,300-square-foot indoor/outdoor reception space, which has a stunning covered veranda. We love the property's pond, located just steps away from the custom on-site home. You and your wedding party will have a relaxing space to get ready in the property's bridal suite. Plus, this venue offers tons of fun additions to your wedding day—from a marquee sign and champagne wall to a vintage-style green velvet couch. With so many options, you'll be able to customize this venue to fit your specific vision for your big day.

The Springs in Wallisville in Wallisville, Texas

Located just over 40 miles from downtown Houston, this wedding venue is the perfect option if you're searching for a farmhouse retreat. The Springs in Wallisville has a stunning white farmhouse reception space with an all-white interior, high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. There is no shortage of natural light in this airy reception space. Plus, you and your partner will be able to make a show-stopping grand entrance down the farmhouse's rustic grand staircase. We also love the venue's proximity to the water, including Lake Anahuac and Trinity Bay.

The Landing Event Center in Kilgore, Texas

Looking for the perfect venue for your outdoor wedding? The Landing Event Center is a great choice. Located between Tyler, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana, this versatile venue is surrounded by over 100 acres of the idyllic Texas landscape, including beautiful ponds (with gorgeous fountains) and native wildlife. We love the venue's patio area, which comes equipped with heaters and fans—making it adaptable to the unruly Texas weather. Plus, if you're a fan of The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em!), this venue has Texas Longhorn cattle on site.

High Hill Farm in Arp, Texas

If you're searching for a vineyard wedding venue in the heart of East Texas, High Hill Farm has you covered. You and your partner can exchange vows overlooking the venue's landscaped gardens, wild meadows, wooden forests and the vineyard. Head to the venue's granite patio for cocktail hour, which includes a fountain and outdoor fireplace. We also love the wall of French doors at this venue's reception pavilion. Plus, with overnight accommodations available (including an adorable four-bedroom bungalow), you and your guests will be able to enjoy the venue for a little bit longer.

The Legacy in Jacksonville, Texas

With six different wedding packages available, this Jacksonville spot is the perfect venue for those looking for flexibility when designing their dream wedding day. You and your partner will be able to pick the wedding package for your specific budget needs. The Legacy offers multiple different wedding ceremony and reception areas, including a wedding chapel, outdoor garden, reception hall and covered veranda. We love the four-tier fountain at the entrance to this gorgeous venue. Plus, fireworks are permitted at the venue, so you can cap off your big day with a bang (literally!).

Savannah's at the Flying H Ranch in Tyler, Texas

Host the cowboy-kickback of your dreams at this Tyler venue. Savannah's at the Flying H Ranch is the perfect place for any special event, but especially a barn-inspired wedding celebration. This venue is a great affordable option for those hoping for a low-key big day. The venue's ranch wedding package includes access to the outdoor venue space, party deck, bridal room and honeymoon suite (as well as tons of amenities) for $2,000. The venue also offers smaller elopement packages. We love the venue's offering of ranch activities, including horse trail rides and an outdoor challenge course.

Heather's Glen in Conroe, Texas

Dreaming of hosting a wedding in a secret garden? Heather's Glen can give you just that. This stunning wedding venue has a blossoming garden, adorable wedding chapel and bridal cottage. We love the greenery that surrounds this venue. From the brick walkways to the serene fountain, everything about this venue's garden is designed to perfection. This venue is truly a tropical getaway in the heart of East Texas. Even though it's less than an hour's drive from downtown Houston, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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