The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Places to Get Married
Harmony Wedding Chapel, Photo by Chris Adams (Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches)
Getting married in Houston can be an exercise in stress and overspending. Here are a few venues we suggest for upcoming wedding ceremonies and, more importantly, receptions.
10. Harmony Wedding Chapel
8120 Gulf Freeway, 713-643-7777
First on our list is Harmony Wedding Chapel, the little chapel that could. This is about as close to Las Vegas as you can get in Houston. True, there are no Elvis impersonators, but we're guessing the folks at Harmony might be talked into letting you bring your own for a sizable tip. As you might expect, this is the least expensive venue on our list. It's also the venue that's closest to a freeway (it's on a Gulf Freeway access road). Be sure and give your guests (all 100 of them) good directions, or they'll spend a half hour taking the next exit and circling back. Cheesy? Yes, but also kinda quaint and seriously kitschy, which is just right for some weddings.
9. Bridge Water Events
2651 S. Highway 146, Baytown, 281-837-6700
You have your choice of an outdoor wedding ceremony in a lovely gazebo or inside the banquet facility. Both have the Fred Hartman Bridge as a backdrop. Bridge Water is easy on the wallet. The website lists prices as $250 for the ceremony, another $2,000 for a Saturday night, $350 for a bartender and security guard and $350 for a DJ. There's also a 8.25 percent tax and 18 percent gratuity added to the total.
8. Rosemary's Garden
Courtesy of Rosemary's Garden
14639 Bellaire, 281-568-9151
Yes, the chapel is simple and cozy at Rosemary's Garden. But you don't go here for the chapel; you go here for the great ballrooms that are available for your reception. Prices are extremely reasonable and the garden setting is lovely.
Is this the swankiest site on our list? Ah, not quite. But it's also not the most expensive on our list either. For a charming chapel and reception halls marked by low-key luxury, we suggest Rosemary's Garden.
Photo by David Jones/djonesphoto
7. The Bell Tower on W. 34th
901 W. 34th St., 713-868-2355
As you might guess, prices are a little higher for the Bell Tower on W. 34th. It's a great setting and offers full service options. The setting is grand, but not extravagantly expensive. Yes, it's slightly pricier than some other sites on our list, but what can we say? When it comes to weddings, you pay for architecture as well as service. Besides, those wedding photos are going to last a lifetime, spurge a little and get something classy -- and reasonable.