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Author: Carol Fall

Author: Carol Fall

I own Fall Farm Country Inn, a boutique bed and breakfast in East Texas. I love sharing my recommendations to exploring this wonderful area!

6 Dream-Worthy East Texas Wedding Venues + Tips for Planning Your Big Day

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    Planning your big day to make sure everything goes perfectly!? Take a breath—we’ve compiled a list of the top East Texas wedding venues and included tips and advice to ensure that you have the amazing wedding you deserve!

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    Best Intimate Wedding Venue in East Texas

    Fall Farm Country Inn | Mineola

    Boutique bed-and-breakfast Fall Farm Country Inn in Mineola is the best East Texas wedding venue for an intimate ceremony. The beautiful property is not only idyllic, complete with farmhouse charm, but close to local conveniences and other fun things to do.

    Fall Farm offers three wedding packages: the Elopement for Two, the Elegant Elopement, and the Destination Wedding.

    Elopement for Two

    The Elopement for Two offers a private ceremony performed by a minister.  Either inside Fall Farm’s common areas or outside on Fall Farm’s grounds, the bride and groom will have a lovely and intimate experience.  

    For the ceremony, a beautiful bouquet and boutonniere will be provided for the bride and groom.  Also, you’ll enjoy a custom-designed wedding cake, with a toast of sparkling Prosecco and two souvenir Fall Farm champagne flutes.

    Following the ceremony, the bride and groom will enjoy a two-night stay in a romantic suite, along with a delicious, full breakfast served en suite each morning at the time you choose!

    Elegant Elopement

    The Elegant Elopement is a package that includes an intimate ceremony, performed by a minister, for up to six wedding guests. Two hours are allotted for the ceremony on Fall Farm’s lovely property (inside or outside), for both you and your guests.

    During the ceremony, you’ll enjoy a custom-designed wedding cake, an artisan Charcuterie board, a tray of mouthwatering, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a sparkling Prosecco toast to the newlyweds. A beautiful bouquet and boutonniere will also be provided for the bride and groom.

    Following the ceremony, the bride and groom will enjoy a two-night stay in a romantic suite, along with a delicious, full breakfast served en suite each morning at the time you choose!

    Destination Wedding

    The Destination Wedding package is perfect for larger celebrations. Reserve the entire house for two days and two nights while you celebrate with family and friends!

    Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet on the morning of the wedding and a full breakfast with table service the morning after. The package also includes an appetizer reception, with sparkling Prosecco for toasting, a specially designed wedding cake and cake-cutting ceremony, and a floral bouquet and boutonniere for the lovely couple.

    The wedding ceremony, performed by an ordained minister, can be either a standing ceremony in Fall Farm’s fireplace room or a seated ceremony held outdoors for up to 25 guests.

    Additional services you can request include:

    • A private seated dinner with table service for up to 14 guests
    • A fire pit and s’mores tray
    • Floral arrangements
    • White rose petals sprinkled on the bed
    • Realistic flame candles for the wedding suite
    • Additional overnight stay
    • Honeymoon Package Add-On
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    Top Wedding Venues in Emory Texas

    The Wildflower Wedding & Special Events Venue

    If you’d like to get married by the water, this East Texas wedding venue offers ceremonies pondside underneath a handcrafted arbor. They also have an indoor venue space with white-washed walls and plenty of natural light.

    Some unique wedding photo opportunities they offer include photos on a row boat in the pond, on a two-seater bicycle, on an oak tree swing, and more!

    Raintree Ranch

    This over 8,000-square-foot, French Orleans-style mansion is excellent for those looking for a regal yet secluded East Texas wedding venue. Hosting your wedding here will embody Southern charm.

    It’s a great option for larger weddings, too, with accommodations available for up to 75 guests.

    The Barn of Emory

    If a rural, country-chic wedding under the stars is your dream, then look no further. This East Texas wedding venue features springs, ponds, fields, and a temperature-controlled barn to make your wedding comfortable, beautiful, and memorable.

    One of their unique offerings is horse-drawn carriage rides!

    Other Excellent East Texas Wedding Venues

    The Black Oak Wedding Venue | Sulphur Springs

    If your dream wedding includes having everyone you know and love attend, this East Texas wedding venue is a great choice. Outdoor weddings on their scenic property can accommodate up to 200 guests.

    Marry at The Overlook for gorgeous views—tie the knot on a decked platform that overlooks the canyon.

    Hidden Pines Venue | Hoard

    The sweeping mountain vistas and rustic charm at Hidden Pines are incredible.

    They are also very generous with allotted time in their wedding packages—you’ll have the entire property to yourselves, from 10 AM until midnight!

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    Tips for Choosing the Perfect East Texas Wedding Venue

    The following is a list of things to keep in mind while choosing your favorite East Texas wedding venue, so that your guests have an amazing experience and you have the wedding of your dreams!

    Choosing the Right Location

    Many East Texas wedding venues are nestled in the countryside, with beautiful scenery and rustic charm. This provides a unique opportunity for a truly stunning wedding, but certain conveniences may be less easily accessible.

    Some guests may have to drive quite a way to attend the wedding, so it’s important that your venue offers lodging for your guests—if there will be any alcohol at your wedding, this is the safest route, too.

    If the venue doesn’t provide lodging, they should have a list of nearby hotels, Airbnbs, bed-and-breakfasts, etc. If they don’t, it’s best to look into lodging yourself and provide the information to your guests as a courtesy.

    Ensure, too, that your guests have clear driving directions to the venue, given that many East Texas wedding venues are more remote.

    Stay True to Your Vision

    Aside from the physical location of your East Texas wedding destination, you also need to prioritize your vision. Choose a location that reflects both you and your partner for a truly memorable experience, in which both of your hearts are happy.

    Make sure the venue is authentically you!

    Whether you’re looking for a countryside barn-style venue, formal property, or traditional wedding venue, you’ll find what you’re looking for in East Texas!

    Prepare for Inclement Weather

    The weather in East Texas can be a bit wild—it can change without warning. If you’re only planning to have an outdoor wedding, well…you should have a backup plan to be safe.

    Discuss the option of holding your wedding indoors instead, with your venue of choice. This way, if you have to change your plans at the last minute, you’ll still have an amazing wedding!

    Make Sure the Venue Fits Your Budget

    Before looking into East Texas wedding venues, it’s best to agree on a budget, as well as how many guests to invite. This way, you have a clear price in mind that’ll work for you and your partner.

    Deciding on these factors will make it easier to choose your perfect venue, and…it’ll eliminate squabbles over costs later on, so you can focus on the joy and happiness of your upcoming marriage!

    Do you prefer a huge celebration or a more intimate ceremony?

    Find Out What’s Included

    It’s essential to make sure you’re aware of everything included (and not included) in the wedding package you’re purchasing. This goes along with managing your budget, too, as you don’t want to incur any last-minute surprise expenses.

    It sounds simple, but there may be some fine-print subjects to clarify:

    • How long will you and your guests be allowed to stay in the space? Venues usually set a specific time duration.
    • How early will you be allowed to arrive?
    • Does the total price include gratuity, service charges, and cleaning fees, or will you need to pay for those separately?
    • What services are included? For example, will the package include a photographer, A/V equipment, floral arrangements, any decorations, catering, beverages?
      • If these services are not included, the venue should be able to supply you with a list of recommended/approved vendors.

    And, Find Out What’s Not Allowed

    Some venues have restrictions on decor, so it’s best to choose a venue with your desired architecture and ambiance from the start—the less decorations you’ll need, the easier (and more budget-friendly) it’ll be for you!

    Consider Your Guests’ Wants and Needs

    Although it’s your and your partner’s big day, of course, it’s still good practice to be considerate of your guests’ needs. If everyone has a good time, so will you two!

    Will you be inviting all family? Or, will there be a blend of family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances? The better you know your guests, the more you can envision what they’ll enjoy.

    The more everyone relaxes and has fun, the more they’ll wish the celebration never ends!

    Along with your guests’ wants and needs are concerns over parking, accessibility, and bathrooms:

    • Is your East Texas wedding venue wheelchair accessible?
    • Are there bathrooms onsite? If so, how many? If there are none, portable restroom rentals should be arranged.
    • How will guests park their vehicles? Will there be a large enough and easily accessible parking lot for guests? Will valet parking be available?

    Have Confidence in the Venue Owner/Manager

    It’s important to take into account the experience and knowledge of the venue owner and/or manager. Before touring your favorite East Texas wedding venues, prepare a list of questions you’d like answered.

    The more confident you feel with the venue’s staff, the less stress will be on your shoulders.

    Nothing should be left unanswered for you to worry about on your wedding day!

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    Finding the Perfect East Texas Wedding Venue

    You’re bound to find your dream destination within these fabulous East Texas wedding venues.

    If you still need more reason to get married here, take a look at this East Texas getaway guide!

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