Couples who are planning to tie the knot in Waco have a wide selection of both traditional and rustic venues to choose from. If you prefer a city-center wedding you will find a variety of venues in the heart of downtown Waco, including the trendy Cultivate 7Twelve gallery, The Hall at River Square Center and the ever-popular Palladium. If you fancy a garden setting for your Big Day you can have a look at two venues at the Carleen Bright Arboretum or the Ruthe Jackson Center. There is also a long list of popular country venues within an easy drive of the city where you can hold both elegant and rustic weddings surrounded by nature.
Conveniently located inside the McLean stadium, where it offers sweeping views of downtown Waco across the Brazos River, Baylor Club is a popular and stylish venue for your special day. Not only will your guests benefit from a brilliant atmosphere and unrivaled elegance, but you and your family will be able to relax and enjoy your wedding celebration while the venue’s Event Directors take care of all the details. Gourmet cuisine is provided on site and just about all the props you need (including tables, chairs, crockery, dance-floor and linens) are included in your package. Your dedicated event planner will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure your wedding day is an unforgettable event.
Baylor Club, 1001 South Martin Luther King Blvd, Waco, TX 76704, Phone: 254-710-8080
2.Cameron Park Clubhouse
Surrounded by the natural beauty of lovely Cameron Park, the Cameron Park Clubhouse offers an ideal option for a budget-conscious indoor/outdoor wedding for up to 100 guests. The location is ideal, close to downtown Waco, and offering beautiful river views and brilliant outdoor photo opportunities in the park. Most couples choose to tie the knot outside on the lawns or on the porch, before moving indoors for their reception. You have free reign with the décor but need to keep in mind that set-up and break-down all need to take place on the day of your event. You will need to hire your own vendors to provide catering, drinks and décor.
Cameron Park Clubhouse, 2601 Sturgis Rd, Waco, TX 76708, Phone: 254-750-5980
3.Castle Heights Bijoux
At Castle Heights Bijoux you will find plain beige walls and wooden floors which provide the ideal blank canvas where your unique style and personality can be showcased on your special day. You can let your imagination run wild when it comes to choosing your theme, décor and colors and you will save money by bringing in all your own food and drinks. Your rental price includes tables and pretty chairs and many other necessities such as flatware, linen, arches and other props can be rented on site. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and you will have the services of a dedicated Event Planner to ensure that everything is perfect.
Castle Heights Bijoux, 2500 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76710, Phone: 254-498-1015
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Cultivate 7Twelve Art Gallery is conveniently situated in downtown Waco, where it offers a unique setting for your dream wedding. You can choose from three separate indoor and outdoor spaces, depending on the size of your group. The atmospheric Back Patio (which can seat up to 65 guests) is perfect for your ceremony and for your photos, while the second-floor Studio offers the ideal blank-canvas backdrop for themed weddings. Unique and romantic, the Main Gallery is filled with artworks and provides the ultimate setting for an arty reception. The venue offers a selection of packages which can be tailored to suit your style and budget.
Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 767101, Phone: 254-401-1443
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Couples who would like to tie the knot in an idyllic country location need look no further than Deerfield Estates, one of Waco’s most popular event and wedding venues. At the heart of the estate you will find the beautiful historic timber-frame barn, which offers the perfect space for a stylish yet rustic reception for up to 200 guests. The barn can accommodate both your ceremony and reception but most couples choose to hold their ceremony outside in the rose garden, which is surrounded by acres of native Texas trees. A dedicated Wedding Planner and Same-day coordinator will ensure that everything is perfect on your very special day.
Deerfield Estates, 900 Spring Lake, Waco, TX 76705, Phone: 254-284-0070
6.Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens
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A magnificent vista of manicured lawns and landscaped formal gardens could be the back-drop to your dream wedding at the Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens. The elegant historic home and beautiful gardens offers limitless memorable photo opportunities, while receptions are held in an expansive and elegant white pole tent. You also have the option of using the double gazebo for smaller ceremonies or pre-reception cocktails. Almost everything you need for your dream reception is included in your package and the venue will work side-by-side with you to attend to all the details so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.
Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens, 1901 N. 5th Street, Waco, TX 76708, Phone: 254-752 2032
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The elegant and spacious Knoxville Ranch venue offers couples the opportunity to stage their perfect fairy-tale wedding in a wonderful indoor/outdoor setting. The popular venue boasts a banquet hall, large pavilion (perfect for your ceremony) as well as a spacious covered area where guests can enjoy pre-reception cocktails. In addition, the bridal party has the use of a comfortable Bridal Suite for their preparations, while the groom and his friends can relax in the “man cave”. Your caterer can set up in a professional kitchen and there are even a few rental cabins on site for guests who would like to spend the night at the venue.
Knoxville Ranch, 4899 Leroy Prkw, West, TX 76691, Phone: 254-214-7344
Couples who long to tie the knot in a beautiful rural setting should book a tour of Mazanec Ranch, which offers a stunning lake-side location. You can choose to say “I do” right beside the lake in the stunning “Three Oaks Area” before moving indoors to a large climate-controlled space where you can set up your dream reception. You and your guests can dance the night away on a lighted (and covered) dance pavilion. Just about everything you need for a great reception is included in the various packages which can be tailored to suit your budget. Your dedicated Event Planner will take care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy your big day.
Mazanec Ranch, 5637 Mazanec Rd, Waco, TX 76705, Phone: 254-799-2794
9.Moon River Ranch
Moon River Ranch is the ideal venue for couples wanting to celebrate their marriage in a rustic, country-style venue. The interior of the wooden ranch oozes charm and nostalgia and is surrounded by nature at its best, where trees, river and waterfall vistas make the perfect backdrop for your photos. Most couples opt to exchange vows outside in front of the quaint little chapel and the bride can make a dramatic entrance in a horse-drawn buggy if she likes. The venue provides a spacious Bridal Suite where the bride and her entourage can prepare. Moon River Ranch offers comfortable on-site accommodation for up to 45 of your guests and the entire facility can be booked out for your wedding weekend.
Moon River Ranch, 402 CR 417A, Satin, TX 76685, Phone: 254-546-2233
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The Mutualista Hall in central Waco has been a popular event and performance venue for more than ninety years and could be the ideal wedding venue for your big day. The understated interior forms an ideal blank canvas which you can use as the backdrop for just about any theme. The venue also offers full kitchen facilities where your chosen caterer can prepare and serve your wedding dinner. The venue is large enough to provide separate areas for your ceremony and reception, as well as a dance floor and music stage. You are welcome to use vendors of your choice to supply everything you need for an unforgettable city wedding.
Mutualista Hall, 2214 S 15th Street, Waco, TX 76706, Phone: 254-405-0861
11.Old Bethany Weddings and Events
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Nestled in the heart of a grove of stunning Texan oaks, the beautiful white barn at the Old Bethany Weddings and Events venue is the ideal setting for an elegant country-style wedding. Surrounded by fields and woodlands, the venue offers several outdoor locations for your ceremony and photos, while the light-filled barn is the perfect place to dine and dance the night away with your guests. Both the bride and groom have access to a suite for preparations and there is a spacious prep kitchen for your caterer to use. Your venue rental includes tables and chairs for up to 350 guests and the services of an Event Coordinator.
Old Bethany Weddings and Events, 2730 Old Bethany Rd, Bruceville, TX 76630, Phone: 254-221-8088
12.Ruthe Jackson Center
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The award-winning Ruthe Jackson Center provides Waco couples with the ideal venue for an elegant Texan wedding. A lovely garden pavilion provides a brilliant setting for an outdoor ceremony and stylish photographs, while the chandelier-filled ballroom can be dressed up or down according to your tastes and budget. A dedicated Event Planner will work with couples to bring their dreams to reality and to ensure that they have a stress-free wedding celebration. Just about everything you need is available at the center or from their list of approved vendors so all you need to do is choose your theme and your colors and leave the details to the team.
Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Prky, Grand Prairie, TX 75052, Phone: 972-237-7500
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A big red barn forms the center-point of this popular country wedding venue where you can stage an authentic Western style Texan wedding. The barn is surrounded by pastures and there is plenty of space for a delightful outdoor ceremony. The facility has a Bridal Suite where the bride and her friends can prepare, while the groom and his friends relax in The Lounge. The spacious interior of the barn means that there is space for a band and/or DJ and a dance floor as well as an indoor area with stained-glass windows for your ceremony should you prefer to tie the knot indoors. Many décor props are available at no extra charge.
The Barn, 1900 W. Spring Valley Rd, Lorena, TX 76655, Phone: 254-772-8493
14.The Hall at River Square Center
If you are looking for a sophisticated yet versatile venue which can be dressed up or down to showcase your particular style and personality, the Hall at River Square Center could be your ideal wedding venue. The venue has a solid reputation for providing delicious menus tailored to suit your theme and budget and there is usually no additional charge for venue rental. The Hall can seat up to 240 guests and offers the services of an Event Planner who will work with you to bring your dreams to reality and give you peace of mind so that you can relax and enjoy your dream wedding.
The Hall at River Square Center, 217 Mary Avenue, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-870-0901
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Waco, the Palladium is a popular event and wedding venue which can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated reception. The interior lends itself to both rustic and elegant themes and the exposed brick walls offer a blank canvas for your imagination to run riot. There is plenty of interior space for a dance floor, buffet tables and a cake stand and part of the hall can be set up to accommodate your ceremony, if you prefer to host both reception and ceremony at the same place. You are welcome to use vendors of your choice but are responsible for both set-up and break-down.
The Palladium, 729 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-716-7252
16.The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum
You need look no further than the beautiful Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway if you dream of celebrating your wedding in a garden setting. The barn-like Pavilion is a purpose-built event venue with floor to ceiling windows, surrounded by beautiful woodlands and meadows to inspire your photographer. Summer ceremonies are usually held in the gardens, but the Great Hall of the Pavilion can easily accommodate both your ceremony and reception. Other amenities include a lobby (ideal for pre-reception drinks), a caterer’s kitchen and a relaxing Bridal Room which has a private garden. Tables and chairs are provided and you are welcome to choose your own vendors to supply everything else.
The Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd, Woodway, TX 76712, Phone: 254-399-9204
17.The Phoenix Ballroom
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The Phoenix Ballroom cleverly combines exposed brick walls, sparkling chandeliers and industrial-style wooden ceilings and floors to provide an ideal backdrop for both elegant and rustic wedding themes. Located close to the Brazos River in the heart of downtown Waco, the venue is easily accessible and offers valet parking for your guests. The Ballroom can supply most of what you require for your big day including tables, chairs, linens and décor items and you can choose your own vendors to supply everything else you need to showcase your style and personality. The lavish Ballroom can easily be set up to host both your ceremony and your reception.
The Phoenix Ballroom, 401 S. 3rd St, Waco, TX 76706, Phone: 254-754-0099
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Conveniently located on North Highway 6, Tucker Hall offers a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces which you can perfectly customize to suit your dream wedding. The venue boasts a combination of rustic charm and elegance, enhanced by attractive wood and stone accents and outdoor patios featuring dramatic stone fireplaces. Most couples opt to say their vows outside on the patio before moving indoors to the Texas Hall or Lone Star Hall for their reception. In addition to supplying tables and chairs, a custom dance floor and special lighting, both the bride and her groom have a comfortable suite for their preparations.
Tucker Hall, 7767 North Highway 6, Waco, TX 76712, Phone: 254-848-9503
19.Unity Spiritual Center of Waco
Unity Spiritual Center is a wonderful choice for couples who would like to celebrate a traditional (non-denominational) wedding ceremony in a warm and welcoming wedding chapel. The interior of the chapel presents a muted neutral palette which forms the ideal backdrop for just about any floral décor you may choose. Unity Spiritual Center can supply attractive pew-end decorations as well as a variety of table decorations for your reception, or you are very welcome to bring in all your own décor. To make your big day less stressful you will find a comfortable Bridal Room (and a groom’s suite) for your preparations and a large kitchen for your caterer.
Unity Spiritual Center of Waco, 400 S. 1st Street, Hewitt, TX 76643, Phone: 254-666-9102
20.Vintage Oaks Ranch
Located on the shores of a private lake and surrounded by a grove of mature Texas oaks, the Vintage Oaks Ranch facility is the ideal choice for a country-style wedding. The beautifully-appointed indoor space oozes charm and elegance, providing the perfect backdrop to the theme of your choice. Most couples choose to exchange vows in the Outdoor Ceremony Site, under a romantic canopy of oaks. The large covered patio is a great place for your guests to enjoy pre-reception cocktails, while there are two indoor spaces and a granite outdoor area for your reception. Both bride and groom have comfortable suites where they can relax with their entourage before the ceremony.
Vintage Oaks Ranch, 2712 Happy Swaner Ln, Axtell, TX 76624, Phone: 254-592-1604
21.Waco Hippodrome Theatre
A convenient downtown location as well as unique architecture and oodles of history make Waco’s Hippodrome Theatre one of the city’s most outstanding events venues. Famous for hosting countless musical and stage extravaganzas, the Hippodrome Theater could be the ideal venue to stage your own very special day. Besides the main amphitheater which can seat hundreds of guests, the venue boasts a mezzanine level, outdoor space for ceremonies and drinks and several smaller rooms which are ideal for more intimate wedding receptions. The venue offers professional event staff to take care of all the details as well as in-house catering and the use of their rooftop restaurant and bar.
Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-218-6906
22.Waco Weddings and Events
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Offering the perfect budget alternative to couples who simply want to tie the knot without spending a fortune, Waco Weddings and Events can host your elopement or small wedding without fuss and bother. Waco Weddings and Events have the only Walk-In Wedding Chapel in the area, where couples can choose to be completely spontaneous and still have a memorable ceremony in a beautifully decorated chapel. Services on offer include a simple elopement ceremony for the bride and groom only, an intimate wedding ceremony for up to fifteen guests or a complete ceremony and reception package (booked in advance). Your day of coordinator will be in attendance to ensure that all goes according to plan.
Waco Weddings and Events, 801 Washington Ave, Suite 402, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-304-1295
23.Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio
Offering outstanding views of historic downtown Waco from their large rooftop patio, the Waco Winery Tasting Room could be the answer to a wine-lovers’ quest for the perfect setting for a relaxed city wedding. The indoor Tasting Room lends itself to all kinds of wedding themes, from relaxed country and western to elegant city slick. You can allow your imagination to run wild and use the great atmosphere and their stage for live music to tailor the reception of your dreams. The spacious rooftop patio can be beautifully decorated for your ceremony and your guests will be able to enjoy local Texan wine as you all dance the night away.
Waco Winery Tasting Room, 708 Austin Ave, Second Floor, Waco, TX 76701, Phone: 254-875-2375
24.Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum
The Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum is a very special space to celebrate a wedding. The center is surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the gardens, which offer your photographer an unsurpassed backdrop for amazing wedding photos. You can hold your ceremony in the gardens or on the large patio adjacent to the reception hall. Inside the Whitehall Center you will find a large open-plan space which can easily be transformed into the reception venue of your dreams for up to 125 guests. It is also possible to hire both the Whitehall Center and The Pavilion for your wedding – the Whitehall Center is also an ideal indoor ceremony venue.
Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd, Woodway, TX 76712, Phone: 254-399-9212
25.Willow Creek Wedding and Events Venue
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Willow Creek Wedding and Events offer Texan couples a beautiful, light-filled venue ideal for an elegant country wedding. Imagine making your grand entrance across the lovely white bridge which leads the bride and her entourage to the outdoor gazebo where most ceremonies are held. In case of bad weather, your ceremony can be set up in the stylish Atrium, which features beautiful chandeliers and floor to ceiling glass doors. The Main Reception Hall can seat up to 300 guests for dinner, while still providing space to dance the night away. The bride and groom and their entourage have comfortable dressing suites in the Wedding Party House and the small Red Barn is ideal for pre-ceremony refreshments.
Willow Creek Wedding and Events, 415 S. Westmoreland Rd, Waxahachie, TX 75167, Phone: 972-800-7973
25 Best Waco Wedding Venues
- Baylor Club, Photo: protivnica/stock.adobe.com
- Cameron Park Clubhouse, Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com
- Castle Heights Bijoux, Photo: gladiusstock/stock.adobe.com
- Cultivate 7Twelve, Photo: Cultivate 7Twelve
- Deerfield Estates, Photo: Deerfield Estates
- Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens, Photo: Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens
- Knoxville Ranch, Photo: Knoxville Ranch
- Mazanec Ranch, Photo: shevtsovy/stock.adobe.com
- Moon River Ranch, Photo: mikola249/stock.adobe.com
- Mutualista Hall, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Old Bethany Weddings and Events, Photo: Old Bethany Weddings and Events
- Ruthe Jackson Center, Photo: Ruthe Jackson Center
- The Barn, Photo: Alex Li/stock.adobe.com
- The Hall at River Square Center, Photo: andrey_orlov/stock.adobe.com
- The Palladium, Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
- The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, Photo: timonko/stock.adobe.com
- The Phoenix Ballroom, Photo: The Phoenix Ballroom
- Tucker Hall, Photo: ViDi Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Unity Spiritual Center of Waco, Photo: svetlanaz/stock.adobe.com
- Vintage Oaks Ranch, Photo: pupae/stock.adobe.com
- Waco Hippodrome Theatre, Photo: rostyslav84/stock.adobe.com
- Waco Weddings and Events, Photo: Elena Kratovich/stock.adobe.com
- Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio, Photo: syrotkin/stock.adobe.com
- Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, Photo: van/stock.adobe.com
- Willow Creek Wedding and Events Venue, Photo: Sergey Ryzhov/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com