Our Top Pick of Dallas Venues: Rustic Chic Vs. Grand Elegance

Dallas, our sleek and modern metropolis in Texas which boasts both elegant romance and rustic ranch surroundings. But in such a diverse city of bridal dreams, we understand that choosing your venue can be a bit challenging.

First things first, consider your style. Your chosen ceremony and reception venue should mirror your tastes and personality as a couple. You may opt for timeless sophistication and grandeur, and so are looking for a stunning ballroom or hotel set up. Or, you’re trading in tradition for an al fresco celebration with either a bohemian or rustic-chic theme. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top 3 Dallas venues for both wedding styles.

Dallas, photo credit: f11photo
Downtown Dallas | Photo Credit: f11photo

Rustic Chic Venues:

The cosmopolitan style isn’t for everyone, but for a truly authentic Texan ranch wedding, you may need to venture outside of the city center for some fresher and greener environments. Our top 3 ranch venues are all within an hours drive from the center of Dallas, and are so worth the journey!

A rustic wedding is defined by distinctive details; countryside, natural/organic materials or decoration, cowboy vibes (think boots!), barns, animals, wooden signs, and a variety of textures and creative additions. With any of these three venues listed below, let your imagination run wild!

Photo Credit: Oleg Fotografo

1. Thistle Springs Ranch

A Texan wonderland of wildflowers, cedar wood trees, and of course, thistles. This stunning country venue is a blissful retreat that blocks out the city noise with fresh tranquility. You can choose from a plethora of backdrops for your special day. From a historic windmill, to an authentic dairy barn or the lake with the sunset as its background. Then, celebrate in their provincial barn, and take photographs among the roaming horses.

Thistle Springs Ranch

Thistle Springs Ranch is located in Cleburne, Texas, an hour outside of Dallas. You can rent the venue for a 12 hour period, having access to their three-story vintage barn which overlooks a three acre lake. Here you can seat up to 250 guests around handcrafted plantation tables. Among these rolling hills, you really will be able to create the rustic chic wedding of your dreams.

Thistle Springs Ranch

2. Southfork Ranch

If you know Dallas, you know Southwark Ranch. This legendary venue was made famous by the Ewing Family of the Dallas television series. Now, this 63,000 square ft. event space can be the luxury ranch venue for your rustic wedding.

Southwark Ranch, photo by  Matt Pasant
Southwark Ranch, photo by Matt Pasant

Boasting outdoor covered pavilions, award-winning caterers, and 10 different ballrooms to choose from, Southfork Ranch also has dedicated professionals that work tirelessly to create the perfect day. They can arrange all aspects of your event, from food, to transportation, flowers, entertainment and decor.

Wedding planning can be stressful to say the least, however. rest assured, you can relax in the hand of experts at this ranch. For an effortless and memorable wedding in what is otherwise known as “The Most Famous Ranch in the World,” consider Southfork Ranch for your wedding venue.

Southfork Ranch
Southfork Ranch
Southfork Ranch
Southfork Ranch

 3. Classic Oaks Ranch

This 230 acre Wedding and Event Center is a mesmerizing landscape, complete with a stunning barn with a stone fireplace, a 6,000 square ft. party pavilion and even a working cattle ranch just to make it all the more authentic.

Classic Oaks Ranch

Classic Oaks Ranch is a family run business, committed to providing the perfect atmosphere and setting for you and your guests. Give them a call to inquire more information about the rustic-chic day of your dreams!

Classic Oaks Ranch - Wedding and Event Center
Classic Oaks Ranch – Wedding and Event Center

Elegant City Venues:

As beautiful as the above venues are, we know that some couples prefer to celebrate with flawless elegance in grand fairy tale ballrooms. You may just love to be in a central location, with panoramic views as a backdrop to a room lit with chandeliers. Well, luckily, Dallas offers these luxuries as well.

1. The Orion Ballroom

With unrivaled views of Dallas, this venue is nothing less than spectacular. The Orion Ballroom is located on the 15th floor of 400 S. Zang Boulevard, just minutes from the center. Think 360 degree views of the city, and world class catering. You can’t go wrong!

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Dallas | Orion Ballroom
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Orion Ballroom

 The stunning reception room at Orion seats up to 300 guests, and there is also a chapel overlooking the horizon, as well as, a bar, lounge area, and a private couples suites. Acclaimed chef, Douglas Brown, will cater to your needs with a mouthwatering menu tailored to your personal tastes as a couple. The room stands as a shiny elegant canvas upon which you can add your own style.

If you think Dallas is as stunning as we do, then this is the venue  for you. What could be more romantic than tying the knot surrounded by the stars and skyline of Dallas, Texas?

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Orion Chapel

2. Cityplace Events

Cityplace Events is a venue where the possibilities are endless. Located in the Cityplace Tower in the heart of Dallas, you can have the luxury of choosing between 48,000 square ft. of event space in this tower venue that will be the envy of every other bride.

Cityplace Tower, Dallas
Dallas |Cityplace Tower

Picture this, you’re celebrating on the 42nd floor of a tower, eating award-winning cuisine with your nearest and dearest, and dancing the night away above the stars. Cityspace Tower’s 42nd floor loft is an open space flexible to any event. Alternatively, you can get married in one of the building’s 4 atrium spaces, they are vast, grand and stunning, with 5-story windows overlooking uptown Dallas. All event spaces can be dressed up or down to suit your personal style.

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42nd Floor Loft, Cityspace Tower
Atrium, Cityspace Tower
Atrium, Cityspace Tower

3. Arlington Hall at Lee Park

You could say we’ve saved the best until last. Arlington Hall at Lee Park is the perfect blend of city center glamour and country freshness. This manor style building has acres of space yet, has all the splendor and grandeur that a bride would want in a fairy tale wedding. This venue is perfect for couples that are seeking elegance and sophistication but with lush green space as well.

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Arlington Hall at Lee Park
Arlington Hall at Lee Park
Arlington Hall at Lee Park

You’ll find this romantic paradise just off Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas. It has the potential to host both intimate and lavish weddings with a flexibility of guest count, since it boasts 15 acres. For cocktails, receptions or ceremonies, you can choose between the ballroom pictured above, the Formal Garden, or the Allman Pavillion. All these spaces will blow your guests away.

Arlington Hall at Lee Park
Arlington Hall at Lee Park

Whether you’re seeking a rustic ranch or a fairy tale ballroom, you can be sure to find your dream venue here in Dallas.

If you have enjoyed any of these venues, leave your comments below and send us your Real Wedding stories!

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