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Galveston Historical Foundation

Galveston, TX View map

About

Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and reincorporated in 1954 as a non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life. Set in verdant Kempner Park, the historic 1880 Garten Verein tiered dancing pavilion offers a magical venue for weddings and receptions. The building's most unique octagonal design and panoramic windows allow spectacular views from every angle. It resembles a grand glassed-in gazebo. This air-conditioned facility includes a caterer's prep room, stage and dance floor. Imagine tables of festive food and unique decor as you dine and dance with your new spouse. Garten Verein offers a relaxing, historic and romantic setting for the best day of your life. Gather your family and friends at 1880 Garten Verein and enjoy a spectacular wedding day.

Our rentals are Friday: $2500.00; Saturday: $4500.00; Sunday: $2000.00 and Weekdays: $1000.00. The refundable deposit is $500.00 at time of contract; 50% rental is due 60 days after the contract is signed and rental balance is due 90 days from your event start date.

250 seated with dance floor/ 400 Reception Style

Frequently Asked Questions

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
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What months are included in your off-peak season?

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Recommended by 99% of couples
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    Angela Married on 03/21/2020
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    In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike

    I had to contact them 2 weeks after Ike because my first wedding was 6 weeks after Ike (2008). I hadn't mailed the invitations, and we didn't know if it was still standing. I didn't know if my contact was okay or if her family and staff were okay. But she was amazing. She asked if we still wanted to get married there even though the building was perfect. I said of course. I had picked it because it was gorgeous, fit my needs, and I wanted to give my money to an historical society. All the rest of their properties sustained damage, so they really needed my business. She told me to come see it to be sure, and she was right, the building was perfect. It is an historical building because it survived the 1900 storm, and they raised it after that.
    Tips: The kitchen is small, so make sure your caterer knows what's up. The beautiful windows cast weird shadows, so make sure your photographer is familiar with it in advance. The tape on the floor stays on the floor. No balloons, no rice, no sand, no flames (historical building!). Be sure you reserve the park from the city so you have the parking lot to yourself and no loud music outside and the outside areas clear for photos. Generally they will want to put the DJ on the stage, not the ceremony because it is too easy for people to fall off of it. Also, if you have a summer wedding, don't put the cake in one of the bay windows on the sunny side! It will start to get warm and the frosting will start to melt and slide. Just set a table against the inner railings or along the side where it won't get direct sunlight. Chair and table rental was very inexpensive. Rules were reasonable and laid out clearly in advance before booking. 100% recommend to people all the time.

    Galveston Historical Foundation's reply:

    Thanks so kindly for your thoughtful patronage and positive feedback. All my very best to you both in love & life~
    Lauraleigh
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    Nathan Married on 08/04/2018
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    Venue was perfect for our Wedding Day!!! Thanks so much for making our day special!!! Quality of service and cooperation with other vendors was fantastic.

    Galveston Historical Foundation's reply:

    We were thrilled to be apart of your lifetime festivities. All my very best to you both.

    Sincerely yours,
    Lauraleigh
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    Liz Married on 07/14/2018
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    Loved having our reception here in July. Lauraleigh was very responsive and helpful. We ended up stringing up a few lights and bringing in our own chairs, but the venue is so beautiful on its own you really don't need to do much to decorate. I was worried about the heat in July but the AC held up! Highly recommend.

    Galveston Historical Foundation's reply:

    Thanks so very kindly for your thoughtful response. I wish you both all the very best in love & life.

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Garten Verein, a historical building, is perfect for weddings! With walls of windows, hard wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a stage for your DJ, and a beautiful pergola right outside, Garten Verein is gorgeous for ceremonies and receptions. We always love it when we have the pleasure of working a wedding there.

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2228 Broadway St Galveston, TX, 77550
4097653402
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Galveston Historical Foundation frequently asked questions

What are the most important characteristics of Galveston Historical Foundation in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Galveston Historical Foundation for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Park

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Galveston Historical Foundation for wedding events?

Galveston Historical Foundation offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Galveston Historical Foundation offer?

Galveston Historical Foundation offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Galveston Historical Foundation offer for wedding events?

Galveston Historical Foundation offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Galveston Historical Foundation have available for wedding events?

Galveston Historical Foundation offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Galveston Historical Foundation and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Galveston Historical Foundation is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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