The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning in The Colony

Celebrate your big day in one of North Texas’ most unique destinations. With memorable waterfront views, eclectic reception sites and scrumptious catering; host your wedding in The Colony with this round up of the best the city has to offer.

Timeless Venues

Cascades Conference Center has paired modern elegance with comfort and convenience. 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, accommodating more than 225 guests. In addition to the indoor space, there is an outdoor area complete with a picturesque gazebo, ideal for al fresco hors d’oeuvre or pictures with family. The venue is attached to Fairfield Inn and Suites and neighbors two Marriott hotels, each within walking distance, to ensure loved ones are comfortable and close by. Be sure to book the bridal suite to get ready with bridesmaids just steps away from the altar.

The grandeur of Chapel at Ana Villa welcomes you and your guests on the special day. Every design element from the breathtaking staircase to the wall of windows exudes European sophistication. The chapel has a unique ambiance with 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 dramatic 21-foot ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers and a grandiose 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.

On the north end of the city, The Golf Clubs at the Tribute offer an awe-inspiring setting for the chicest wedding of your dreams. Two distinctive clubhouses are available to host indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Rental of any event space features a bride and groom dressing area and custom menu for dining service.

The Tribute clubhouse and lawn evoke the grace and beauty of Scotland. You and your fiancé can wed at The Outlook, the recently renovated third story room overlooking the manicured landscape and glimmering lake. Alternatively, book the Ceremony Arbor for a lush garden wedding. The Tribute offers the Royal Ballroom for parties up to 200 and features a wood burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings.

Old American Golf Club is the premier venue for those seeking an outdoor space with character and historic charm. The Old American Grill provides a welcoming feel to everyone who enters. It is also the home to the club’s exceptional cuisine. The outdoor patio is where your wedding will really come alive, and is the perfect venue for sunset nuptials and an al fresco dinner reception. To end the evening on a sweet note, utilize the adjacent fire pit as a s’more stations for children or those young at heart.

Receptions that Wow

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. Enjoy a ceremony on the open-air stage or host guests on the covered patios. The on-site restaurant can feed a crowd with a fusion of Creole and Mexican cuisines, creating unique fusion dishes like Mexican Boudin Balls and NOLA Brisket Quesadillas. This Bourbon Street-inspired venue is ideal for the unconventional couple, rock music fans or those who know how to host a party.

Tip: 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.

Have guests talking about your reception for months after the wedding with the relaxed atmosphere and upscale menu at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. The standout restaurant features eight meeting spaces seating 10 to 200 guests. Enjoy an exquisite meal among family and friends, dining on perfectly aged steaks, handmade pasta and seafood flown in daily, directly from Boston. Davio’s attention to detail does not stop at ingredients, the restaurants’ attentive staff and hospitality will make your special celebration shine.

If you already have a reception venue in mind, consider Davio’s or other local restaurants for your rehearsal dinner.

Tips for Perfect Planning

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 less than a 25-minute drive. To find the perfect accommodations for you and your guests, check out our website.

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. 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 month:

The date of your special day can play a huge part in deciding on a venue. 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.

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 Visit The Colony is here to help you along the way. We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon!