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These special restaurants provide the perfect setting for tying the knot

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 by fcasio
2.15.16 | 7:45 am
Brennan's Courtyard Bar Courtesy of CultureMap / Jennifer Laura Design

Brennan’s Courtyard Bar Courtesy of CultureMap / Jennifer Laura Design


Wedding planning can certainly be stressful and a simple way to reduce stress is to use one of Houston’s finest restaurants as your venue. Hosting a wedding at a restaurant is great option as a restaurant can handle the ceremony and reception, providing food, tables, and chairs — all under one roof.

To help you find the right spot for the big day, we’ve rounded up the ideal restaurants for hosting the perfect wedding.

Brennan’s of Houston

As one of the city’s most historic restaurants, Brennan’s of Houston provides a lovely setting for a wedding ceremony and reception in the 1930s building designed by John Staub. Surrounded by oak trees, palms and ivy, the red brick courtyard would be ideal for a spring wedding and can accommodate up to 100 guests.

The ballroom — great for a reception as it can seat up to 150 guests — provides a sense of Southern luxury with chandeliers and vaulted ceilings. Brennan’s modern take on Louisiana cuisine is sure to please everyone and the restaurant offers dozens of hors d’oeurve and seated dinner options, including crab cakes and their signature banana’s foster.


As a long-time favorite of the city’s elite, Tony’s offers a luxurious, contemporary setting for a beautiful wedding ceremony. The restaurant offers plenty of venue options depending on the size of the guest list. The airy main dining room, walls replete with master artworks, seats as many 300 guests while the San Remo room can seat up to 100 and the Wine Cellar provides the perfect intimate setting for up to 60 people.

Known for their exquisite updated Italian cuisine — including favorites like the flaming red snapper or raviolo di manzo filled with braised short ribs — a seated reception at Tony’s would impress anyone lucky enough to be invited.

La Colombe d’Or

The Grand Ballroom — also known as La Grand Salon — at the boutique hotel La Colombe d’Or has long been considered to be one of the city’s premier wedding venues. Lined with 300-year-old panels from the country chateau of La Comtesse Greffulhe, as well as resplendent chandeliers, the Grand Ballroom evokes a sense of a bygone era of European royalty and splendor. The venue can accommodate hundreds of guests and is large enough to host both the ceremony and reception.

Cinq, the restaurant at La Colombe d’Or, is known for its updated take on classic French cuisine with dishes like lobster bisque with crispy crawfish tails and cedar smoked duck. An added benefit to using the hotel as a wedding venue is that the most important guests can stay on site in one of the five art-filled suites.

Rainbow Lodge

There are few destinations in Houston that can provide as romantic a setting for a ceremony as Rainbow Lodge, with its beautiful log structure overlooking an acre of bucolic grounds and a bubbling creek. The entire restaurant, while not large, is big enough to accommodate a more intimate wedding (around 100 people) for an outdoor ceremony and a seated reception inside.

Rainbow Lodge is known for its Southern-inspired cuisine, with hors d’oeurve options like fried Texas quail bites with bourbon gravy and entree choices such as rainbow trout with lump crab and pecan brown butter.

Ouisie’s Table

This long-time River Oaks restaurant with a distinctly upscale Southern feel features a lovely garden, called The Bear’s Nest, that can accommodate a cozy outdoor wedding.

In terms of spaces for the reception, Ouisie’s main dining room can seat up to 135 seated guests, and Lucy’s Porch, which faces the garden, can accommodate up to 95.

The restaurant’s fine dining take on down-home cooking includes passed hors d’oeurves like chicken fried steak on a biscuit to shrimp quesadillas and seated entrees such as crispy red snapper and grilled buffalo tenderloin.

Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

A picturesque gazebo in the large, grassy field overlooking Buffalo Bayou provides the perfect pastoral setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

For the reception, The Loft Room at Brenner’s accommodates up to 54 seated guests and includes a fireplace and private balcony. For a spring wedding, the Blue Bar — an outdoor lounge with a verdant view of the bayou — accommodates 100 seated guests or 120 for a cocktail reception.

The steakhouse menu includes dozens of passed hors d’oeurves like mini jumbo lump crab cakes and bacon-wrapped quail breasts, as well as entrees like their famous filet mignon and Gulf red snapper.

A Peach and Blue Wedding with Cinematic Flair

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by fcasio No Comments

Republished from WeddingChicks.com

wedding gown by Sottero & Midgley

Larissa and Rob both work in the field of media and are passionate about their jobs, which is how they met. Because of this they incorporated unique details into their special day that we know you’re going to love! Read on to hear more from Larissa about their wedding day, especially their full budget breakdown. For more details from this peach and blue wedding with cinematic flair check out the full gallery here, all beautifully captured by Duy Khang Photography.

brown lace bride dress

white wedding bouquet

From the Bride:
We wanted our wedding to be low key, but elegant. I’m a big believer that weddings need to reflect the people throwing the party-because after all that’s all it is-a party to celebrate your marriage. Brennan’s was the perfect location for us because we could have a laid back ceremony in the courtyard, followed by an AWESOME meal (good food and lots of delicious drinks were a MUST for us).

We also wanted details that represented something important to us-our job. We met at work and are passionate about the media field. That’s why we added interesting surprises…everything from a youtube video save the date (which you can totally check out below), the applause signs and the countdown numbers during the ceremony, to the newspaper lined petals on our bouquets.


wedding invite by Minted
wedding ceremony sign

signature cocktails for wedding ceremony

If I could do anything differently I would have done a first look. I know this is a controversial topic, but I really, really, really wanted to see my husband for the first time at the ceremony and that’s why we made the choice not to have a first look. But the truth is, seeing him earlier in the day would have eased a lot of my “nerves” (I was very nervous to be the center of attention).

It was nerve racking walking down the aisle and I think I would have been a little more “in the moment” if I had already had seen him. Obviously, it would also have also allowed us more time for pictures of he and I. We had an AMAZING photographer, but we had limited time in between the ceremony and reception for pics of us.

ceremony countdown
Showtime sign
patio wedding ceremony

applause sign at wedding ceremony

From Jennifer Laura Design:
Larissa and Rob were dream clients. Giving me free reign to make decisions allowed me to go above and beyond our original concept and even whittle in a few surprises for Larissa. I took the news theme and ran with it – borrowing Larissa’s mother’s vintage typewriter, using typewriter key escort cards and corresponding table numbers, I wrapped books in old newsprint, and even used old newspapers to stack centerpieces on. It was a theme that didn’t hit you in the face, but was subtle, a little whimsical, and kept reminding guests of exactly where they were…at Larissa at Rob’s wedding!

Take A Seat sign
guest book ideas

chalkboard reception menu
vintage table decor ideas

Advice From the Bride:
Sometimes newlyweds offer some wedding advice, so here goes:
1. Don’t play by rules. I didn’t stress out because my husband’s sister was in the grooms party, that my flower girls were full grown adults, I didn’t have a bouquet toss…etc. I figured no one else would care if I didn’t stress over the rules I wanted to break.

2. Enlist the help of a really good planner/coordinator. I know this seems like a no-brainer, but find someone who shares your style. My planner worried about all the details. I trusted her taste – and so I trusted her to make decisions on my behalf. It saved me a ton of stress.

cake table ideas

wedding cakes by DaCapo\'s Pastry Cafe

desert table ideas

paper mâché YUM cake table decoration
midnight snack and exit flags

View Entire Gallery

Photographer: Duy Khang Photography
Coordinator & Event Designer: Jennifer Laura Design
Venue & Caterer: Brennan’s
Hair & Makeup: Beautique
Flowers: Pam Bates of Fleura Bella
DJ: Victor of The Wedding Show
Dress Designer: Sottero & Midgley
Jewelry: BCBG
Stationery: Minted
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Swift & Company
Band: Polk Entertainment
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom
Bridesmaid Jewelry: Modeets
Flower Girl’s Green Dresses: BHLDN
Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Simply Nesting
Officiant: Neel Singhal | Cake: DaCapo’s Pastry Cafe

Read on to see how much this peach and blue wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


We went a little over our 25K budget. We only had 100 people which helped limit the costs but still have top shelf alcohol etc.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: $14,000 (this covered food & drinks)
DJ: $1,200 (ceremony & reception)
Photography: approx $2,500
Decor approx $2,000
Flowers approx: $2,000
Dress: $1,500