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, lively reception sites and scrumptious catering, you’re sure to find vendors to make you say, “I DO!” See what’s possible when you host your wedding in The Colony with this round-up of the best in the city.

Timeless Venues

Fast Facts: Chapel at Ana Villa

Maximum Guest Count: 275

Highlighted Feature: Grand Staircase

Venue Aesthetic: Romantic, Classic Elegance

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 wedding 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 while guests arrive. Features include a private bathroom, lighted makeup counter, three-way mirror and flat screen monitor to observe the arrival of loved ones. Multiple hotels and restaurants are within walking distance for the convenience of out-of-town guests.

Fast Facts: Golf Clubs at the Tribute

Maximum Guest Count: 200

Highlighted Feature: Stunning Lake Views

Venue Aesthetic: Romantic, Sweeping Landscapes Outdoors, Cozy Indoors

On the city’s north end, The Golf Clubs at the Tribute offer an awe-inspiring setting for the sophisticated 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 of 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 it’s 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’mores station for children or those young at heart.

Fast Facts: Cascades Conference Center

Maximum Guest Count: 340

Highlighted Feature: Outdoor Gazebo

Venue Aesthetic: Traditional, Modern Glamour

Cascades Conference Center has paired modern elegance with comfort and convenience. With a spacious entryway to the 3,000-square-foot grand ballroom, there‘s plenty of room for a glamorous ceremony and reception, accommodating more than 300 guests. In addition to the indoor space, there is an outdoor area complete with a picturesque gazebo, ideal for al fresco hors d’oeuvres 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.

Receptions that Wow

Fast Facts: Lava Cantina

Maximum Guest Count: 500+

Highlighted Feature: Stage and Dance Floor

Venue Aesthetic: Industrial, Contemporary Modern

Lava Cantina is the wildcard venue you probably didn’t think of until now. This fusion 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 their fusion of Creole and Mexican cuisines, creating unique 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.

Fast Facts: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Maximum Guest Count: 300

Highlighted Feature: Astounding Customized Chef’s Menu

Venue Aesthetic: Romantic, Sweeping Landscapes Outdoors, Cozy Indoors

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 300 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, as the restaurant’s attentive staff and hospitality will make your special celebration shine. Davio’s is also the perfect setting for a memorable rehearsal dinner.

Rehearsals for Every Couple

Whether you are planning an elegant affair or relaxed outdoor gathering, The Colony features a coordinating restaurant to match your theme. For help narrowing down venues by cuisine, atmosphere or size, contact Visit The Colony. Our staff will learn your needs and provide suggestions to help save you time. You can also find a complete list of  local restaurants on our website.

Tips for Perfect Planning

1) Decide on a wedding date or month:

The season of your special day can play a huge part in deciding on a venue and vendors. It’s a date you will celebrate for the rest of your life, so don’t take it lightly. Wedding season in Texas is typically 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.

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. On the flip side, be careful to tell your venue your expected maximum to ensure seats and space for everyone.

3) 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 hometown feel no matter where you’re from. Take advantage of the accessibility of a big metropolitan area, while avoiding big-city prices and competition for vendors. The travel time from both Dallas Love Field and DFW International Airports is less than a 25-minute drive, and hotel are available in close proximity to venue (and after-party) locations. To find the perfect accommodations for you and your guests, check out our website.

4) 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, timelines and family opinions 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!

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