AvantGarden is a historic mansion and vintage-style wedding venue located in Houston, Texas. This unique building was built in 1896 as a private home, and renovated in 2007 as the event venue it is today. Situated in the Montrose/Midtown area, it offers couples both indoor and outdoor options for their celebration. AvantGarden specializes in beautiful, fun and low-stress weddings.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 180 guest at this unique venue. You can exchange your vows outdoors in their one-of-a-kind garden for an intimate ceremony, or say your “ i do's” on their candle-lit back patio, City Lights. The turn-of-the-century Kraft house will serve as your backdrop. For your reception, you can dance the night away in their Citron Room upstairs. For your cocktail hour, your guests can mingle in the AvantRoom, their downstairs lounge, or on their Front Court and Porch. The venue features three fully stocked bars where you and your loved ones can grab wine, sangria, microbrewed beers and premium liquors.
Though they don't advertise, AvantGarden was named one of the top must visit spots in Houston by the New York Times. They've been a part of the wedding industry for over eight years, and they offer all-inclusive packages to ensure your big day is a success. Their experienced staff will assist you with your event planning and event rentals, along with setup and cleanup. Lighting and sound is included with your rental fee, as well as tables, chairs and linens. Additional services include, but are not limited to:
In addition to hosting lavish weddings, AvantGarden is also happy to host intimate elopements. Additional events they will hold include:
This historic house is one of the last remaining midtown/lower Westheimer structures in Houston. It’s where Howard Hughes played as a child, and it eventually served as a halfway house before Mariana Lemesoff purchased it and repaired it twice. In 1996, it was The Mausoleum, a bar, live music and artistic venue, and in 2000, it was named Helios. Now, it serves a special event venue, live music venue and performance space.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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melissa · Married on 03/11/2017
We got married at AvantGarden on March 11th, and it was more beautiful than I could ever imagine. Mariana is truly someone whom you can trust, and she will make sure your wedding goes smoothly and wonderfully. The week of the wedding I had to move my church ceremony to Avant due to the rain. I was so nervous and anxious but Mariana was able to work with my last minute changes and assured me it would be just fine, and it truly was. Mariana's staff was so kind and hospitable to me and my (130) guests, they catered to the potential bad weather, my tables and centerpieces were set up beautifully, & everyone LOVED the taco truck!! It really poured at the end of the night and Mariana made sure all the decorations we brought were packed up and stored safely for us to take home. It was really nice to not have to think of that at the end of the night. Overall, I truly felt blessed that our wedding was able to be celebrated on this day at this venue as it was perfect, blessed and we really have Mariana & her staff to thank. Thank you so much! We had a blast!!!!??
Katie · Married on 02/16/2019
Avant was Amazing!
Mariana and her team made our day perfect! She is so organized and took all the stress off of us. I never felt like a detail would be missed throughout the entire planning process. She is extremely flexible. All of our guest had a great time and really complemented her staff. They were attentive and so friendly. The food was amazing and I would highly recommend the taco truck that is onsite. There isn’t a thing that I would have changed about my wedding and Avant made it possible!
Felicity Adams · Married on 12/01/2018
Beautiful, stress-free amazing wedding
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at AvantGarden at the beginning of December (2018). From the planning to execution, the food and the venue, the atmosphere was great and everyone had a fantastic time. It was better than we could have ever imagined!
Mariana’s knowledge and experience as an event planner and ‘day of’ coordinator was invaluable to us. She took so much stress out of the wedding planning and organization and put together something that far exceeded our expectations. On the wedding day she kept everything running on schedule and even made sure that myself and the groom stopped to have something to eat. We didn’t have to do anything apart from enjoy our day and spend time with our guests.
The flowers and decorations really were both creative and stunning, my bouquet and the centerpieces were really amazing. We had the on-site taco truck cater and they were fantastic; the set up is really nice and the quality is outstanding – no one was left hungry and we received a lot of compliments.
The DJ was great and kept everyone entertained and kept the order of events moving along, the bartenders and service staff were friendly, attentive and professional!
We have been told by so many of our guests that they really had the best time and just how much they loved the venue, the food and the atmosphere - we only have Mariana and the AvantGarden team to thank for that as they really worked hard to make it amazing.
Thank you, AvantGarden, for making our day so memorable and special, for all of the right reasons!
Such a beautiful venue!! You definitely won't find anything else like it, so if what you're going for is a unique venue with a vintage style, this is the place!!!
Absolutely stunning venue. The staff is courteous and professional!
DarKer Side DJ'S has had incredible experience with Avant Gardens. The facility is beautiful and has all the amenities needed to have a wonderful weddino reception!!! The staff is in tune to their wedding couples and very helpful to their outside vendors.