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6 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Texas

By Staci Parks 1.27.22

One thing’s for certain: 2022 will be a year overflowing with weddings — some of which were paused or indefinitely postponed. Experts are saying that there will be approximately 2.5 million weddings this year — the most the U.S. has seen since 1984.

With an overflow of weddings, receptions, and parties on the horizon, and with continued concerns over gathering indoors, some couples are moving their celebrations outdoors in lieu of more traditional indoor venues. Luckily, there’s no shortage of outdoor wedding venues in Texas.

Here are six of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in Texas.

outdoor wedding venues in Texas
Gruene Estate. Photo by Sycamore Tree Photography

1. Gruene Estate, New Braunfels

The venue’s open-air chapel — featuring suspended stained-glass windows and exposed rafter beams — is ideal for traditional couples searching for a modern twist. You’ll have an open view of all 17 acres of this stunning property. The nearby covered pavilion doubles as a reception hall, seating up to 250 guests.

2. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth

There are over 117 acres designated for weddings, but the Japanese Garden Pavilion is perfect for small, intimate ceremonies — or even a quick elopement. The garden is beautiful year-round, but it’s especially stunning throughout the fall months as the foliage changes.

3. Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

This intimate sculpture garden, in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, offers couples an elevated wedding day experience. Guests can mingle among works by Mark di Suvero and Joan Miró, while the wedding party takes advantage of the garden’s photo-ready vignettes.

outdoor wedding venues in Texas
Southfork Ranch

4. Southfork Ranch, Parker

This venue was made famous by the mega-hit soap opera “Dallas” in the late ’70s. Today, it continues to personify Texas’ bigger, bolder grand style as a noted venue for a variety of events, including weddings. Southfork’s staff caters to your aesthetic, whether you’re seeking a rustic-style setting or a refined, sophisticated event. Bonus: Take your wedding photos in front of the iconic Ewing Mansion.

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5. Ma Maison, Dripping Springs

This French-inspired, 23-acre wedding venue is nestled in Texas’ wine country, right outside of Austin. Exchange vows in an antique French gazebo or under an oak grove tree and then take advantage of the perfectly landscaped grounds for photos.

6. Knolle Farm & Ranch, Sandia 

This venue sits on a working ranch, making it perhaps the most Texan spot on the list. The little white chapel is timeless and scenic, the perfect backdrop for a modern, rustic wedding. While there, guests can also explore South Texas’ last family-owned dairy farm.

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