5 Things to Remember When Choosing a Wedding Venue

1) Determine location above all else:

The location of your wedding needs to be convenient for not only you but also your guests. The Colony is nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth and provides a home-town feel no matter where you are from. Our city is accessible for out of town guests and locals. The travel time from both Dallas Love Field and DFW International Airport is only 25 minutes. To find the perfect accommodations for you and your guests, check out our last blog post.

2) Estimate how many guests you want to celebrate with:

Assemble a list of people you want at your wedding, paying special attention to relatives and friends you couldn’t imagine missing your big day. Ask your fiancé to do the same. These lists will become a guide while searching for the perfect venue. Most venues will have a minimum requirement, so make sure that your number exceeds theirs. If not, you could be left paying for empty seats on your wedding day.

3) Decide on a wedding date, or don’t:

The date of your special day can play a huge part in deciding on a venue. If you already have a meaningful date in mind, such as the day you met your fiancé or your parents’ or grandparents’ anniversary, be sure to communicate that to the venues. It is a terrible feeling to fall in love with a venue only to find out that they are booked full for your dream day. If your wedding date is more flexible, consider off-seasons. Wedding season in Texas is March-June and September-November. Due to popularity and high demand, venues charge more during these peak times. Booking in July, August, December, or January can save you a considerable amount. If your budget is particularly tight, explore the idea of a weekday wedding.

4) Envision what you want your dream day to look like:

Realizing the vision for your wedding is a crucial step in picking a venue. If your aesthetic is more traditional and timeless, the last place you want to marry your sweetheart is somewhere modern and eccentric. It’s crucial to understand what you enjoy and what you want your big day to look like. Below are some of our favorite picks in The Colony for inspiration:

Traditional Glamor

Cascades Conference Center has fused modern elegance with culinary creativity to wow your guests. With a 1,200 square foot entryway to the 3,000 square foot ballroom, there is plenty of room for a glamorous ceremony and reception. The Cascades Conference Center can accommodate more than 225 guests but can be divided up for more intimate weddings. In addition to the indoor space, there is an outdoor area complete with a picturesque gazebo. The venue also offers a wide variation on traditional wedding fare, with buffet or plated options for dinner. The Center is adjacent to 3 Marriott hotels, each ensuring loved ones are comfortable and close by.

Our recommendation: Utilize the outside grounds or the entryway for a cocktail hour following the ceremony. Let chefs feed the crowd with an attended station such as a slider or southern biscuit bar.

Cascades Conference Center
5909 Stone Creek Drive
The Colony, TX 75056

Source: CasadesConferenceCenter.com

Old World Charm

The Chapel at Ana Villa’s grandeur welcomes you and your guests on the big day. Every design element from the breathtaking staircase to the wall of windows exudes European sophistication. The chapel has a unique ambiance featuring exposed beams and radiant natural light. You can choose between two remarkable reception spaces. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate over 275 guests, who will experience the drama of 21-foot ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, and an oversized fireplace. For a more intimate reception space, La Cava (Spanish for “The Wine Room”) can host up to 160 guests. Its brick accented walls are the perfect backdrop for anyone seeking a bit of old world tradition. On-site bridal suites are designed for the bridal party to relax and prepare for your guest’s arrival. Features include a private bathroom, lighted makeup counter, three-way mirror, and flat screen monitor to observe the arrival of loved ones.

Our recommendation: The glamor of this Spanish-inspired estate is not to be soon forgotten. Make these memories last forever by taking photos in the outdoor archways, on the manicured lawn, and behind stunning wrought iron railings.

The Chapel at Ana Villa
5921 Stone Creek Drive
The Colony, TX 75056

Source: ChapelAnaVilla.com

Country Club Chic

The Tribute offers an awe-inspiring setting for the chicest wedding of your dreams. The clubhouse and lawn are inspired by the grace and beauty of Scotland. You and your fiancé can wed in two different settings. The Highland Terrace overlooks the manicured landscape and glimmering lake that offers peaceful sunsets in the evening. The Queen’s Park Gazebo is the perfect setting for a lush garden wedding with flowering crepe myrtles gracing the perimeter. The Tribute offers the Royal Ballroom for parties up to 200 and features a wood burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The Highland Terrace is a beautiful reception space for intimate weddings of no larger than 140 guests.

Our recommendation: Following the reception, a romantic night can begin with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in the convenience of an onsite honeymoon suite. Contact the venue for availability.

If getting married on the green is your dream also check out Stewart Peninsula Golf Course.

The Tribute Golf Links
1000 Lebanon Road
The Colony, TX 75056
Phone: 972-370-5465

Source: TheKnot.com

Rustic Waterfront

Old American Golf Club is the premier venue for those seeking an outdoor space with character and historic charm. The Carriage House provides a welcoming feel to everyone who enters. It is also the home to the club’s exceptional cuisine. The back patio is where your wedding will really come alive, serving a multifunction space for a covered or uncovered reception. Adjacent to their outdoor patio resides a vintage barn which adds the perfect touch of history. If you choose to be married outside on the lawn, your backdrop will be the picturesque 10th green and Lake Lewisville.

Recommendation: Enjoy evening nuptials and dinner reception on the patio. Later in the evening have a s’more station prepared so guests can enjoy dessert around the fire pit.

Old American Golf Club
1001 Lebanon Rd
The Colony, Texas 75056

Source: TheKnot.com

Rock Star Reception

Lava Cantina is the wildcard venue you probably didn’t think of until now. This ultimate music venue, restaurant, and bar is anything but a one-hit-wonder for your wedding day. Lava Cantina features a blend of Creole and Mexican cuisines creating unique fusion dishes like Mexican Boudin Balls and NOLA Brisket Quesadillas. This Bourbon Street-inspired venue is perfect if you are looking to bring something unconventional to your wedding.

Our recommendation: Highlight your rocker attitude by having friends and family sign music memorabilia. This unique take on a guest book will not only commemorate your nuptials but also the killer venue.

Lava Cantina
5805 Grandscape Boulevard
The Colony, Texas 75056

Source: GuideLive.com and LavaCantina.com

5) Enjoy the planning process with your fiancé:

After all, this wedding is to celebrate you, your fiancé, and the life you are choosing to share with one another. Budget, decisions, and timelines can make wedding planning stressful but The Colony Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help you along the way. We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon!