As the nation’s fourth largest city and the South’s biggest metropolitan area, Houston has a lot to offer in just about every way. Couples planning a wedding in this cultural and culinary epicenter will have plenty of unique wedding venues in Houston to choose from, but we’ve singled out some of our absolute favorites. Whether your planning tastes veer more toward the chic and sophisticated, or you’ve always dreamed of a classic Texas wedding even Bonnie and Clyde would approve, these unique wedding venues in Houston will perfectly suit your tastes, we promise.
6 Super Unique Wedding Venues in Houston, Texas
If you’re a native Houstonian, particularly one who grew up dining in Uptown, you’ve certainly heard of Ouisie’s (pronounced “wee-zees”), a community staple that’s been serving classic Southern cuisine with a bit of Cajun influence since the 1960s. The intimate, cottage-style restaurant in River Oaks moonlights as one of the most unique wedding venues in Houston on the weekends with the rustic meets wine country decor serving as the perfect starting point for creative couples. Beyond the event venue itself, which offers four unique indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions, Ouisie’s Table includes the benefit of the restaurant’s time-tested catering menu.
Olde Dobbin Station
There’s good reason why industrial chic is one of the biggest trends in wedding planning and decor these days. Previously vacant factories, mills and, in the case of Southeast Texas, oil pumping stations are gorgeously repurposed as sparse, airy and light-filled wedding venues just waiting to be properly spruced with unexpected floral touches. Olde Dobbin Station, located in Montgomery just near Lake Conroe, is an event space in this vein. Currently enjoying its second act as a wedding venue, Olde Dobbin’s five distinct buildings were built in the early 20th century and used by various oil companies. Couples may choose from the indoor chapel or the outdoor courtyard for their wedding celebrations, while the massive McCoy Station building — the banquet hall to best all banquet halls — is perfect for a reception, with the capacity to seat more than 500 people.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
For the nature buffs among us, what could be more perfect than exchanging your vows near a massive 2,000-carat emerald before being toasted by your wedding party near the skeleton of a T-Rex? The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers just the opportunity, with more than a dozen galleries, halls and cabinets to rent for your special day, each with their own scientific focus and allure. In terms of wedding venue uniqueness, the museum is pretty high up there with spaces as varied as the Burke Baker Planetarium Theatre (get married under the stars!) to the outdoor and incredibly verdant Cockrell Butterfly Center.
Gardens of River Oaks
Natural beauty, natural light and letting nature set the mood for you — these are all things modern couples have embraced, and one of the reasons gardens continue to be extremely popular wedding venues. However, Gardens of River Oaks is really in a class of its own. Beyond being this magical fairy garden of a place in the middle of urban Houston, the English Conservatory turned wedding venue is an absolute stunner. With its recognizable glass-domed ceiling and minimal interior decor, it’s the perfect canvas for all of your garden wedding ideas. Beyond the conservatory, the Gardens feature a cluster of restored cottages for weddings with up to 180 guests. Looking for inspo? This real couple accented the Victorian feel of the conservatory with a gauzy off-white and metallic color palette for their fall wedding at Gardens of River Oaks.
The Carriage House
Veer a little north of Houston and you’ll find The Carriage House, previously used for horse-drawn carriage storage and beautifully restored with a combination brick and dark wood facade. Inside, 35-foot exposed timber beams, wood paneling and a sleek dance floor give the space an open and light-filled aesthetic for Houston couples. Outdoors, enjoy the splendor of the Houston woods with a stroll around the property’s creek, a walk down the cobblestone aisle and antique pews full of guests. High school sweethearts Natasha and Chris accessorized this venue with eucalyptus accents and rustic signage for their Spring wedding at The Carriage House.
You’ve definitely heard of couples renting a hotel for their wedding, or a chapel. Maybe even a hotel and a chapel, but a chapel, a saloon, a jail — essentially an entire authentic Old West Town? That’s what one of the most unique wedding venues in Houston offers couples looking to try their hand at a six shooter (or, just look like they could) with SycamoreVille. It’s a reconstructed town on six acres in Pasadena that offers up lots of space, privacy and Bonnie and Clyde dreams come true. For other couples who may not want such a realistic experience, there’s a traditional side to Silver Sycamore as well with a gazebo to wed beneath and a reception hall for after-wedding dancing.