The Dallas Arboretum is the gold standard for beautiful outdoor Dallas wedding venues in DFW. There are several options for ceremony or reception location. Each is full of unique character and charm. The Dallas Arboretum is also perfect for those wanting a semi blank slate. Couples can make the spaces their own, while still having lots of existing structures to play off of. Obviously, the gardens here are stunning. You can also take advantage of seasonal exhibit art that’s on display during your wedding.
There are several different venues within the Dallas Arboretum grounds. My two favorite, the Alex Camp House and the DeGolyer Estate, both have amazing views of White Rock Lake. These venue’s also come with the added benefit of having some amenities. Things like tables, chairs, event manager, and security. Pricing does vary based on time of year.
Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park is an elegant Southern venue. It has been expanded and updated but retains many of its historic elements and charm. Arlington Hall looks like a grand antebellum home. It’s perched on a hill surrounded by a lush park and overlooking Turtle Creek. Though only minutes from downtown Dallas, it feels like a world away.
In many ways Arlington Hall feels like it’s made for traditional southern weddings. However, it also has the ability to be a stunning backdrop for stylish modern events. This versatility makes Arlington Hall stand out among similar area options. There are so many ways to make the venue your own. From an intimate affair with close family, to a huge party of hundreds, Arlington Hall has you covered.
Arlington Hall is full of character. Built the 1930s, the hall was later expanded to host larger events. The building looks like a stately southern mansion, but its layout is versatile. It allows couples the flexibility to make it their own. Many historic details have been kept or restored. Original hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors, and sconces, all remain. There is a classic elegance about Arlington Hall that is undeniable. A popular option is to take things outside, kind of. Extending the porch with a clear tent takes the party up a notch without sacrificing comfort. It also provides a blank slate to design your own celebration.
This twenty acre park allows plenty of room for creativity. A formal Garden, two terraces, a elegant portico, and the Pavilion cover the Park. The pavilion is the probably the most popular ceremony spot. It’s set up perfectly for weddings, center aisle and all. Still, any of these areas make great ceremony locations with lots of room to customize.
Being in Texas, the air-conditioned Hall or add on tent are usually the places for receptions. However, if the couple’s brave, and gets nice weather, an outdoor reception is possible. Turtle Creek Park is full of options for any taste. Of course, the parks look changes with the seasons, but it’s always a beautiful setting for any wedding.
The Adolphus Hotel is a downtown Dallas gem. Built in 1911, the Beaux-arts style building exudes classic elegance. It has a long history of hosting important events and famous guests. Presidents, celebrities, and even the Queen of England have stayed here.
The 22 floor building is filled with gorgeous places for photos. The 19th floor ballroom is one of the best spaces for a wedding in Dallas. The room features floor to ceiling windows that let natural light in. The ivory walls and brass fixtures combine for a fresh, stylish feel.
There is also a rumor that the 19th floor is haunted. In the 1930s, a bride hung herself after being left at the altar here. This could be intriguing or disconcerting, depending on your tastes. Either way, it’s a stunning place for a wedding ceremony or small reception!
The downstairs ballrooms are not quite as unique, but definitely a solid option for larger receptions. The bar and lounge areas are full of character and charm. The French Room Bar is very dark and stately, perfect for a noir style images. The Adolphus has everything you will need on your wedding day, no need to leave the premises. There is even a beautiful barber shop off the lobby that makes for a great photo op.
The White Sparrow Barn venue is still newish and already known around the world. It is one of the best venues for gorgeous bright photographs. The barn’s surrounded with lots of beautiful fields and oak trees. You have the option to have your ceremony outside or open the barn doors for best of both worlds.
The inside of the the White Sparrow Barn is 45ft tall and built with natural wood floors and walls. It holds two hundred to two hundred and fifty guests. A beautiful stairway leads to the bride’s and groom’s suites, complete with full baths. It is far out of the city. You might need to consider transportation and lodging for you guests.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is another great downtown Dallas wedding venue. The Center has so much to offer couples. Though it’s located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, this place is all about the green space. It’s home to one of the most beautiful urban gardens you’ll ever see.
Weather permitting, couples can spend the entire wedding in this idyllic outdoor setting. If you’re so inclined, the minimal, modern indoor option is fantastic as well. Of course, you will be celebrating among true masterpieces of sculpture. Pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Calder, and Rodin all call The Nasher home. All this amazing art lives seamlessly among the most beautiful plants and greenery. It’s the perfect place for a unique, stylish celebration.
The Dallas Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden is one of my absolute favorite locations. It’s a perfect mix of urban and natural elements. The garden is ideal for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and seated receptions. It’s home to elegant sculptures set among a mix of trees, concrete, and water features. The entire gardens enclosed. You can just see the surrounding skyscrapers peaking over the top. It gives visitors the feel of an urban oasis.
The best Dallas – Fort Worth wedding venues are all places that let you make your own mark. Personalizing your wedding day is so important and something I put a lot of emphasis on in my own work. I take the time to get to know what makes you unique as a couple. That way, I can tell your story in the most authentic way possible. Wedding day cliche’s and trends come and go. By making your wedding personal and distinct, you will have a story that is timeless and full of life. I’d love to be the one to tell that story. Please take a moment to learn more about me and my philosophy on wedding photography and get in touch!
Also, please check out these tips on how to make your wedding day more of an intimate affair
Another resident of the Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth is Brik. It has vintage industrial charm but is a bit brighter than many of its neighbors like The 4 Eleven. Brik offers a ton of room for customization and flexibility. Downstairs, upstairs, courtyard, and back porch are all great options. The bridal suite at Brik is one of the best in Dallas – Fort Worth.
Full disclosure; I married my beautiful wife here October of 2014. I can’t say enough about this awesome New Orleans style mansion and garden. It’s not ideal for large weddings, but is perfect for intimate gatherings. The courtyard garden of Hotel St. Germain works as a ceremony and reception location. The food is hands down the best I have ever had at a wedding, and the whole place exudes charm. The Hotel St. Germain is in Uptown Dallas right across from the Rosewood Crescent Hotel.
The Brake and Clutch Warehouse dates from the 1930s and has the character you would expect of the era. There’s exposed, worn brick and hardwood floors everywhere. Windows let natural light in but the space has more of an intimate, candlelit mood. Though you’ll most likely want to spend most of your time inside, there is an outdoor patio as well. As with most of the best Dallas wedding venues, the area around the Brake and Clutch Warehouse is part of its draw. Deep Ellum has tons of great restaurants and nightlife. It makes it perfect for an amazing afterparty out on the town.
The Trinity River Audubon Center is in the middle of the Trinity Forest. The Forest is a hidden gem in the Southeast area of Dallas. It’s in the city but feels like the middle of nowhere (in a good way). The striking modern building sits by tall grass, trees, and lots water. There are many options to make your own unique vibe. You also can create very interesting images at the Trinity River Audubon Center. There is plenty of space inside and out with lots of great light and views.
The McKinney Cotton Mill is about the most perfect rustic venue around. It’s full of aged walls and weathered brick. It still has all the modern facilities you’ll need on your wedding day. If you are a couple who loves the look of old time Texas downtowns and alleyways, you can’t miss it. In fact, its easy to imagine the venue itself overwhelming any wedding decor or design. That’s something to keep in mind with any venue that has such strong character. If your ideas compliment the structure it can create something pretty spectacular.
The McKinney Cotton Mill next to beautiful downtown McKinney. The city has lots of restaurants, places to stay, and is easy to get to. The layout is sprawling and gives plenty of options to create your own vision and find photo spots. The outdoor options are great for ceremonies, lounging, or cocktail hour. The main structure is a versatile area that is large enough to host a bunch of guests. It won’t feel too big for smaller weddings like the one pictured here either. The aesthetics of The McKinney Cotton Mill is a mix of industrial brick and weathered wood. The McKinney Cotton Mill has a lot to offer the couple who has lots of vision.
Hickory Street Annex is a fantastic option for those who like The aged industrial look. The main event space is full of large windows overlooking Deep Ellum. They allow for lots of natural light and wonderful views. It is a wonderful space to create your vision in. The Hickory Street Annex is a favorite for couple’s who have a very specific idea. It’s a blank slate to create in. The venue is part of an annex of buildings. It gives you various outdoor options for photographs.
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