This venue was not set up for a wedding whenever we visited, but we could still picture what it would look like if we were to have our reception there! I really wanted our wedding reception to be in Downtown Dallas and overlook the Dallas skyline. I went to a bridal event at the Tower Club in Downtown about 2 years ago, and fell in love with the idea of being high up, and seeing the gorgeous city at night. Unfortunately, the Tower Club (which I will review later in the post), was wayyyy out of our budget. But I found several other venues that had the same vibe! This venue, City Club, was one of the alternatives we found.In our opinion, it had a really awkward layout. See the floor plan above to understand...so during the cocktail hour for your guests (while you and the wedding party are taking the last few pictures at the ceremony site), they will be in the "grill" and "lounge" area. It has a gorgeous view, with windows from ceiling to floor, and a really nice bar. But the space is a tad weird. It kind of looks like a lightening bolt, so there are some awkward angles, and you can't see everyone at once. That didn't bother us too much because we knew the main part of the reception would be in the dining room for dinner and dancing. When the bridal part arrives, they open the doors to the "dining room." We saw the "north dining room," but both north and south are identical. The dining room is shaped like an "L" as you can see above. We were told that the "sweetheart table" or the "head table" would be right in the middle, or the bend of the "L." Jefferson and I would be able to see all of our guests, but guests on either arm of the "L" wouldn't be able to see each other. This is just a personal preference for us, but we really want an open floor plan so everyone can mingle together and no one feels left out. PROS -Free parking...hallelujah!! -On the 69th floor, and in the middle of Downtown Dallas, so it offers an amazing view -Can accommodate up to 500 people...perfect for larger weddings -Separate room for a "cocktail" hour -Free, certified wedding consultant -Free tasting of the menu before the big day -They provide tables, chairs, and standard linens CONS -They are the caterers, so you can only use them -Carpeted floors, so you have to pay for a dance floor -Awkward floor plan for dinner 4. Tower Club 1601 Elm St Dallas, TX 75201 Located on the 48th Floor of the Bank of America Plaza
Two years ago, the Tower Club was my dream venue when I attended a bridal event there with one of my girlfriends. I had never gone to an event that was in Downtown Dallas and overlooked the entire city. The event carried on during sunset, and it offered a truly amazing view. However, after looking at the venue, we decided it just wasn't quite worth the price for us. There are several other venues in Downtown Dallas that have a very similar feel, and cost significantly less than the Tower Club. Don't get me wrong, it was spectacular, but just not worth breaking the bank over in our opinion.PROS -Gorgeous view of Downtown Dallas -Separate room for a "cocktail" hour -Free, certified wedding consultant -Free tasting of the menu before the big day -They provide tables, chairs and standard linens CONS -They are the caterers, so you can only use them -Carpeted floors, so you have to pay for a dance floor -$19,000 food and beverage minimum -$600 charge for setup and tear down 5. The Pegasus Room at Magnolia Hotel 1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202 Located adjacent to the hotel in the Dallas Power & Light Building The Pegasus Ball Room is part of the Magnolia Hotel, and is just across the street. It had gorgeous architectural features that really made the space unique. There are three, soft glowing chandeliers, that hand from the 18-foot ceiling. The walls are covered with flowing white draperies which are illuminated with various LED lights. This was an added bonus in our mind! If we chose this venue, we would use the purple LED lights on the drapes, and that would be included in the price-no paying the DJ for additional up-lighting! It was also perfect for our estimated guest count, because it can accommodate up to 225 people. Another cool feature was the giant screen in the center and back part of the room. During our visit, the wedding planner told us the DJ would go in front of the screen, and she could make a light for us that would display our initials or names on the screen behind him. That was also free-and a cute idea in my opinion! PROS -Free wedding consultant -A red carpet would be rolled out for all of the guests to walk on as they enter the venue -The bride and groom get to stay in the Magnolia Hotel the night of their wedding for free -Chairs, tables and standard linens included -Free tasting of the menu before the big day -LED lights are free if you choose to use the ones provided to accent the walls -Screen behind DJ to display your name or initials is free -Free room for the bridal party, which is located just off of the main ballroom CONS -The chairs are not the standard chiavari chairs, and would most likely need chair covers, which is an additional cost -They are the caterers, so you can only use them -There are no windows in the ballroom, so you may feel a little claustrophobic -$9,000 food and beverage minimum -Carpeted floors, so you have to pay for a dance floor 6. 42nd Floor Loft at City Place 2711 N. Haskell, Dallas, TX
The 42nd Floor Loft at City Place has loads to offer. It is located in what some would consider Uptown, and is super close to Downtown Dallas. Since the loft is on the 42nd floor, it offers stunning panoramic views of the city. City Place has a variety of different rooms you can use for your reception. They have several atriums, which are 5-stories tall, and have massive windows with lots of architectural interest. They also have a ballroom, which offers a more classic setting for a reception or event. I chose to review the 42nd floor loft because it was my favorite. When we visited, we parked underground and made our way up to the main lobby. The lobby had pretty marble floors, and rich wood paneling on the walls. After walking through the lobby, we stepped in the brass-lined elevators, complete with wood and stone accents, and cut mirrors. When we arrived at the 42nd floor, we were stunned by the views. The massive windows on two sides of the room allow you to see all of the Dallas skyline. We gazed at the view as we walked across a suspended bridge which connects to the other side of the room where the "loft" is located. Outside of the loft, there is a swanky lounge area where the "cocktail hour" would be. The walls are painted a light tan, and dark chocolate colored leather couches and chairs line the walls. After viewing the cocktail area, we opened the doors to the loft. It has polished cement floors, and romantic draping that looks straight out of a magazine. The billowy white fabric covers most of the walls, and gathers at the ceiling in three different spots with chandeliers in the middle. The windows offer more amazing views of Dallas and bring natural light to the space. We were also told that there are LED lights around the chandeliers that you can set to a specific color. That's why in some of the pictures above there is a soft purple glow. Overall, we were completely blown away by this venue!
PROS -The gorgeous, fabric-draped ceilings and chandeliers come with the venue -Tables, chairs and standard linens included -Chiavari chairs come in two different colors that you can choose between -Separate room for a "cocktail" hour which has dark chocolate leather couches and chairs included -Stunning panoramic views of Downtown Dallas from the 42nd floor -LED lights are also around the chandeliers if you choose to use a specific color to further accent the stunning ceilings -Free wedding consultant -Complimentary cake cutting -Free tasting of the menu before the big day -Underground parking for all of your guests
CONS -Can only use their caterer, Andrew Ormsby -Urban chic vibe, so if you are going for more of a classic ballroom feel, this probably isn't the look you want -$11,000 food and beverage minimum
YOUR TURN!! -What's your favorite venue out of the ones I reviewed? -Are there in venues in your city that you love? -Do you know of any other awesome venues in Dallas? -Are you planning a wedding or event?