I found an AMAZING new venue, and my fiancee and I booked it immediately. For some background, we have a somewhat sizable budget, BUT he and I are two different religions, so we are now having 2 days of ceremonies and 2 receptions, plus a rehearsal dinner, so that means we are now paying for 3 dinners for many, many out of town-guests.
Which is when I decided I was going to have to scale down my wedding venue ideas….when we first got married, and we’d decided to try to have 1 “fusion” ceremony and reception (the logistics didn’t work for a variety of reasons), we were looking at these venues: City Club Fort Worth, Petroleum Club Dallas, Belo Mansion Dallas, and Four Seasons Las Colinas. When we realized we were going to have multiple ceremonies and receptions, those places started quoting us prices like $50,000 for the food and drink alone for 2 days, nevermind the decorations, music, etc. etc. for 2 nights.
So then it was back to the drawing board and I started looking for cheaper options–and I found a brand new venue in Las Colinas, Irving. It’s called Noah’s, and it is brand-spanking new. It’s actually a small, family-owned chain that started in Utah, apparently. The website is http://www.mynoahs.com. The Irving location is not even fully built (well, it may be now, but it wasn’t when we saw it), but their open house is Feb. 25th. You should definitely come and see it.
What’s awesome about this place is that although the base rental price for the space isn’t *cheap*, it is totally reasonable and the best part is: You can bring in outside catering and booze!!!! You could have Mcdonald’s cater it, if you wanted. You can have your aunts serving martinis, if you want. Not that we will be doing any of that craziness, but the options are there and you can find many ways to save money in the food and drink arena. The best part is, unlike the few other venues I had heard of in the DFW area that allow outside catering and booze, the space is not butt ugly and is actually quite modern and pretty.
All the floors are wooden, the chairs in the Irving location are actually even better than the ones in the pictures used at other locations, and they do include basic tablecloths and napkins in white, ivory, or black (although I think we will be renting some in a different color).
They do not have an outside wedding location, but they have several rooms that can be used flexibly, and one is an ‘atrium’ type room that gives you an indoor-outdoor feeling without having to worry about weather. I was also set on having an outdoor ceremony, so if you really want one—after a lot of searching, and I mean a lot, I found a secret, hidden pavilion behind Williams Square (where the Mustang statues are) overlooking the lake—and I called every place in town to find out who owns it, and how I can rent it.
I’m passing this information along, because I think it’s pretty much Dallas’s best-kept secret—the pavilion is owned by the Irving Chamber of Commerce, and only 2 places can rent it out– La Cima Club (who won’t rent it unless you have your reception there), and a small place called Glory House, whose owner was unbelievably sweet and said that she would rent it to me even without me having her cater my reception, for $2500 (that’s including white garden chairs). If you are having a sunset ceremony, this place can not be beat. THere is a FREE parking garage nearby for your guests, and you could have your pictures in the beautiful Williams Square. Here are pics of the pavilion:
Hope this helps! We visited a LOT of other venues too, so if you have a higher budget I can give you other recommendations.