Mom and I visited another venue this past Friday called The Gardens. This was a place recommended by a college friend of mine. She actually was in a wedding there a few months ago.
It is a full service facility located off Sam Houston Tollway near Hobby Airport. It is a full service facility housed in a converted grocery store. They have been hosting events in the space for 14 years and as such, it is older than some of the other venues I’ve toured. There is a chapel that seats 200 and 3 different ballroom spaces, the largest of which seats 500 people. There are 2 large changing areas for bride and groom with several sinks, stalls and chairs to sit in. The decor reminds me of a Spanish hacienda with orange colored Saltillo tiles and real hardwood dance floors. There is a fountain right when you walk in which is a nice touch.
So mom and I toured the whole spot, and while I wasn’t WOWED like I was at Ashton Gardens, it was fairly decent. We sat down with the event coordinator and ran the numbers for 150 people and I was persuaded a whole lot more! For our budget (which we’ve estimated at 10K for everything), it really is the one that makes the most sense and will probably get the Daddy-zilla to start writing some checks. I have to admit that the yacht really was first place for me and Myron but since I’m having to make some concessions to family (Daddy-zilla) to have a larger guest count, I guess I’ll just have to reconcile that in my mind get over myself suck it up.
I’m attaching some pictures so please leave a comment and let me know what you think.