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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Jovana · Married on 09/07/2019
From our first meeting to the end of our wedding night, Mariana was a such calming presence. Mariana is such an expert in what she does, and to be quite honest, I don't know if I would have been able to plan my wedding without Mariana's help. My husband and I both have jobs that keep us pretty busy, and knowing that someone else could take care of pretty much everything surrounding our wedding was a true life saver. She made planning our wedding such a breeze - I actually felt guilty a few times when people asked me if I was stressed out by wedding planning because I really had no reason to be stressed. I knew that Mariana was taking care of everything. For example, for the flower centerpieces for the tables for the reception, I just sent her some inspiration photos and said, if you could do something similar to this, that would be great. The result was fantastic and beautiful and honestly, better than anything I could have suggested.Sent on 10/07/2019
Our wedding ended up being even better than we could have ever hoped (and we had pretty high hopes/expectations!) and it was due to Mariana and her wonderful staff. Don't be fooled by the fact that the venue is a bar during the week, Mariana and her staff were so professional and so on top of it that this could have been a wedding in the fanciest and most expensive venue in town. The bartenders were very generous, the staff were so kind, and the food was amazing! We used both the pizza oven (for the cocktail hour) and the taco truck (for dinner) and we received so many compliments! A lot of people mentioned to us that it was the best food they ever had at a wedding and others were excited to find out the taco truck was permanently there so they could come back and eat there again. I'm so happy I picked Avant Garden for our wedding venue - it was truly perfect!
Helen Mcpherson · Married on 03/30/2019
This place is magical!
I can't give this place and Mariana enough praise! If you're looking for something on a smaller scale, that is artsy with a bit of historical charm, this is the place for you. I was a pretty low maintenance bride to begin with so I think that worked in my favor, I knew it would be gorgeous no matter what because the venue is just so freaking beautiful! Also, working with Mariana was a breeze. She showed us pictures of previous weddings she had done with different kinds of centerpieces, colors, and bouquets. I could tell that she had a good eye for things and that anything she put together would turn out better than what I could imagine. It was very easy for me to put my trust in her and the overall process.Sent on 04/09/2019
When it comes to the food, you need to go with the taco truck. You'll get compliments on the food for weeks to come.
Mariana helped us coordinate everything the day of the wedding and kept us on track the entire evening from start to finish. We could not have done it without her and my wedding could not have been any more perfect! We can't to visit again for some tacos and sangria!
Jaclyn Moreira · Married on 03/23/2019
This venue was everything I could have wanted. Great packages, great price, great staff!!
I could not say more about our experience. Avant- Garden has an amazing ambiance and great staff but Mariana is the key! She helps bring your vision to life and makes it happen! She made the process of planning my wedding completely painless. This was a one stop shop for ceremony, reception, food, drinks, flowers, dj- you name it. Their packages make the wedding planning process stress free. I couldn’t recommend this place moreSent on 06/25/2019
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.