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.
132 Reviews for AvantGarden
Recommended by 98% of couples
60 User photos
Bridget A · Getting married on 03/02/2021
Our Reception was perfect!
My husband and I had eloped and wanted to find a place that fit our personalities to hold our reception and everything about Avantgarden was exactly what we were hoping to find. Mariana was amazing and so helpful picking the right package for our night. The entire team was great- the bartenders, the people who set up and took down tables, just everyone was so helpful and made the evening go smoothly. It is probably the only place inside the City or Houston that is affordable and BEAUTIFUL. We did not want to spend a fortune on this night because we were already married and this was exactly what we hoped for. I cannot say enough good things about this place!! It really was a magical night.Sent on 02/25/2020
April Hawkins · Getting married on 03/02/2021
Beautiful wedding in two weeks
Mariana pulled our wedding together in less than two weeks. We booked it sight unseen, and were over the moon with the beautiful venue and wonderful staff. I can't recommend this venue highly enough.Sent on 02/25/2020
McKenzie Watson · Getting married on 11/11/2020
Unique, Enchanting, Exactly What We Wanted
My husband Michael and I have been hanging at Avant Garden for years: we used to have tango classes upstairs, and we're there most Monday nights for live jazz or to meet friends for drinks. We'd seen Mariana showing the place to prospective couples time and time again, so when we got engaged, we knew right away we wanted to have our wedding there.Sent on 12/16/2019
Avant Garden as wedding venue did not disappoint -- in fact, it blew us away! Mariana works so well with couples and makes the process so easy. As someone who plans large events for work I know how stressful and complicated it can be contrasting different quotes and vendors and trying to pin down every single detail, even details you've never thought of before.
Having our wedding at Avant Garden made planning so straightforward, with Mariana asking us all the right questions to help us think through exactly what we wanted for our day. She is a true industry professional and yet engages with the personalism of a friend.
The space is totally unique and beautiful. It shows up great in pictures and feels like an enchanted garden, with courtyard hangings, all kinds of plants and greenery, and a darling spiral staircase. Mariana works with you so that you can customize as much as you would like (she can provide a dj; we chose to bring our own; that worked just as well) and she can take care of the rest.
We highly recommend Avant Garden as a wedding venue, event space, and classic all-around neighborhood bar. Thank you to Mariana and the team!
AvantGarden's reply:McKenzie and Michael,
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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.