Destination Wedding: Deep in the Heart of Texas

Planning a destination wedding?  Wait … Planning a TEXAS destination wedding?

If so, you’re in luck!  Texas has literally tons of amazing places to tie the knot.  Our team got together, and chatted up our favorite wedding planning professionals.  Some of them are actually in Texas, and all of them were more than happy to talk with us, so we can share this great information with you!

If you happen to be planning your Texas destination wedding on your own, one of the biggest decisions you must make is where to have it.

Hopefully, this list we’ve compiled of gorgeous wedding venues throughout the state will get the ball rolling for you! From hill country resorts and beach side venues showcasing the natural beauty of Texas to more low-key, traditional weddings, we have found a little something for everyone!

Tuscany Courtyard (Texas City) – As the name suggests, this gorgeous venue brings Tuscany right here to Texas, with just the right touch of rustic, natural elegance. There are two indoor facilities for the reception, as well as two outdoor wedding ceremony sites to accommodate all your wedding day desires.


Falkenstein Castle (Burnet) – Chasing the fairy tale?  Who wouldn’t want to get married in a castle?! You will get the royal treatment if you choose this wedding venue – they only hold one wedding per weekend to give the bride and groom the full attention they deserve!

Hotel Galvez & Spa (Galveston) – Another elegant wedding venue, this hotel has been around for more than 100 years, but has been recently renovated. Choose between an outdoor ceremony with picturesque views of the Gulf for your wedding, or a beautifully decorated indoor venue.

The Cliffs Resort on Possum Kingdom Lake (Graford) – The bride and groom can choose to have the ceremony either in the conference room or overlooking the beautiful lake, but either one is sure to make everlasting memories for you and your guests!

Poetry Springs (Terrell) – Just east of Dallas, you will find this beautiful gem in the deep woods – perfect for those who want a rustic wedding with a natural backdrop!

Elmwood Gardens (Palestine) – This overwhelmingly beautiful venue is nestled in the quiet forests of East Texas, complete with European-style flair and a 4200-square foot ballroom for all your guests. It is continually recognized by top wedding magazines for its romantic charm and beautiful setting.

Kindred Oaks (Georgetown) – If you want a hill country wedding, this is the place to have it! Boasting jaw-dropping views of the rolling hills and a beautiful reservoir nearby, you and your guests alike will never forget a wedding held here.

If you and your fiancé are thinking about a beach destination wedding, Texas’ large coastline means that the state’s landscape includes many beaches.

Numerous Texas cities allow weddings and wedding receptions to occur on their beaches.

Here are the favorites we found for your romantic Best Day Ever:

Galveston – The City of Galveston, located on an island about 40 miles south of Houston, allows weddings on any of its numerous beaches. Beaches are on the Gulf of Mexico and most are within walking distance to local restaurants, bars, and other attractions.

South Padre Island – The beaches on South Padre Island are part of one of the longest barrier islands in the world. Its beaches are some of the widest in Texas and draw a huge Spring Break crowd. Hosting a wedding on the beach requires a permit from the City.

Port Aransas – The beaches of Port Aransas, which are bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, are reportedly very clean, large, and easy to access.  A permit is required for weddings on Port Aransas beaches. Permits can be acquired from the City’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Corpus Christi – Beaches in Corpus Christi are managed by the City and are bordered by the Gulf of Mexico. A permit issued by the city is required to host a wedding on a Corpus Christi beach.

Your reception can be held on the beach, in one of the city’s public parks, or in a pavilion. The cost of the permit depends on whether alcohol will be served, the amount of insurance you purchase, and any facilities, such as a pavilion, that you rent.

Rockport Beach – Rockport Beach is located in the City of Rockport on the Aransas Bay. Rockport is a fishing village and so its beaches offer casual and calm backdrop for your big day. In addition to having a wedding on the beach, you can rent one of the beach’s 61 pavilions.

You can also hold your wedding on a private beach venue. Many times, private beaches are owned by a restaurant or hotel. Some of these facilities include:

Mansion by The Sea is located on a beach in Red Fish Bay, which is near Port Aransas. Your ceremony can be held on the beach and your reception either indoors or on the Mansion’s outdoor deck. An on-site wedding coordinator helps couples plan their perfect day.

San Louis Resort is located in Galveston. Couples wanting to marry on a beach can do so on the resort’s gazebo that overlooks the beach. A reception can be held in one of the hotel’s many indoor and outdoor spaces. An on-site coordinator helps couples plan their wedding.

Pearl South Padre is located on the southern end of South Padre island. Ceremonies can be held on the beaches right outside the hotel’s door, while receptions can be held in one of the hotel’s ballrooms.

There are dozens of beaches, both public and private, within Texas that may suit your destination wedding.

Most public beaches require a permit. Inquire with the city’s department of parks and recreation or special events to determine the permit requirements that apply to your beach wedding.

There you have it.  A whole pile of fabulous destination wedding venues in the state of Texas.

Once you’ve selected a venue and a date, get in touch with us!  We’re here to help!  Fran is available to get all your questions, and help you design a beautiful suite of Save the Date cards, destination wedding invitations, and more!

You can also take a look at our collection of curated images right here.  You may find these helpful in inspiring you and keeping you on track to stay motivated.

We know your day is going to be absolutely magical and amazing!  Romance like THIS is a key ingredient in making this truly your Best Day Ever!


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