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Reviews of 6 Dallas Wedding Venues

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I have learned so much about planning a wedding just over the past month.  There are so many details I didn't even think of before now! For this post, I thought I'd share some of the venues we looked at, and give you an in-depth review of all of them!  For any of you all planning a Dallas wedding or a Dallas event, I hope this helps 🙂6Weddings   1. The Filter Building 2810 White Rock Rd, Dallas, TX 75214
Outside View of the Filter Building...featured in D Magazine

Outside View of the Filter Building...featured in D Magazine

Picture taken by Jenny Martell Photography...picture featured on http://www.societybride.com

Inside view.  Picture taken by Jenny Martell Photography...picture featured on http://www.societybride.com

Featured on Aspen Catering's blog

Another inside view.  Featured on Aspen Catering's blog

The Filter Building was gorgeous when we saw it.  We decided to poke our heads in the door without setting up an appointment, and they were actually putting the finishing touches on the room for a wedding reception that night.  It was neat to see the space fully decorated for a reception-definitely helps when you try to visualize your reception there!  We didn't actually ever officially talk with anyone at the Filter Building because we ruled it out almost immediately due to its seating capacity.  So I'm not sure if they provide tables, chairs, linens, etc.  But give them a call, or check out their website, and they can answer those questions for you! PROS -Located on White Rock Lake, so the windows, which span the entire side of the building, overlook the lake and create a gorgeous view -Ideal if you are interested in an urban/industrial feel because of the exposed brick and iron trusses -Perfect for smaller weddings (max is 200 people) -No need to pay for a dance floor because the floors are finished concrete -Rectangular floor plan is ideal because there are no awkward spaces where guests could feel isolated -Cozy feeling with dimensions of 110' x 32' CONS -When we saw the venue, it was set up for about 125 people, and it was packed.  The wedding planner said they were going to have to move two tables out of the room after dinner to make room for dancing.  We want about 200 people at our wedding so that concerned us.  The planner explained that they have an outside patio which they enclose with a heated or air conditioned tent to accommodate larger weddings.  But then you have to decide which guests sit outside and are away from all the action 🙁  Even though it says it fits 200 people, in my opinion, this venue is probably best for about 100-150 people max -If you don't want the industrial vibe, this venue could feel a little cold and exposed for your taste -At night, you wouldn't be able to see the gorgeous view of the lake...so if you're really wanting the view, this space is best for a daytime reception -Has a set list of approved caterers to choose from 2. The Room on Main 2030 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201 The ballroom is located on the 6th floor of this building.
Inside views of the "ballroom."  Images found on http://theroomonmain.com/gallery/

Inside views of the "ballroom." Images found on http://theroomonmain.com/gallery/

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Inside views of the "ballroom." Images found on http://theroomonmain.com/gallery/

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Picture I took on my cell phone when we visited the venue...pretty easy to fall in love with this gorgeous space!

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Picture I took on my cell phone when we visited the venue...pretty easy to fall in love with this gorgeous space!

We lucked out again when we visited The Room on Main because it too was already set up for a wedding.  That almost gave the venue an unfair advantage because some of the venues we looked at were empty, so we had to imagine a wedding reception in the space!  When Jefferson and I walked into the venue, our jaws dropped.  It was truly breathtaking.  It had that grand, ballroom feel I had envisioned ever since I was a little girl.  The gorgeous, dark hardwood floors, the large windows with elegant champagne drapes, and the 30-foot coffered ceilings accented with antique chandeliers, left me speechless.  Like I said previously though, it's easy to fall in love with a venue when it's already set up for a wedding reception! For just using the room on a Saturday, it costs $4,500.  There is also a $6,000 food and beverage minimum.  So the costs for this space can add up quickly! PROS -They provide chiavari chairs, and tables with the standard linens -No need to pay for a dance floor because the floors are hardwood -On site bridal parlor includes bar cart, sofa, full length mirrors and full bathroom -On site men’s lounge includes sofa, coffee table, flat screen television and mini fridge -Located in Downton Dallas, so there are tons of convenient and nearby hotels for your out-of-town guests to stay at CONS -You can only use one caterer-CN Catering -$4,500 just to use the room on a Saturday -If you want to pay for your guests to use valet it's pretty expensive: $1250 for up to 200 guests; $1,500 for 201-249 guests; $1,750 for 250 and greater guests -They do not provide a wedding planner or anyone to help out during the day of...your florists, caterer, DJ, etc. would be the ones in charge unless you hire your own planner -You have to hire a police officer which is another additional cost -$300 cleaning fee   3. City Club 901 Main St Suite 6900, Dallas, TX 75202 Located on the 69th Floor of the Bank of America Plaza
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Inside view of City Club. Picture found at http://www.weddingbook.com/wedding-venues/dallas-tx/the-city-club-dallas

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Inside view of City Club. Picture found at http://www.weddingbook.com/wedding-venues/dallas-tx/the-city-club-dallas

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Image found at http://www.cityclubdallas.com/index-3.html

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
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Inside view of Tower Club. Photo found at http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Tower-Club-Dallas

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Inside view of Tower Club. Photo found at http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Tower-Club-Dallas

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Inside view of Tower Club. Photo found at http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Tower-Club-Dallas

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
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Pictures I took on my cell phone when we visited

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Pictures I took on my cell phone when we visited

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Inside veiw of the Pegasus Room at Hotel Magnolia http://weddingvenuedallas.com/venues/the-magnolia-hotel/

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
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Photo found at http://cityplaceevents.com/weddings/gallery/, taken by Sandra Lynch, The Photography Clique, Harry Photo, Jennifer Yarbro and Junior Villanueva.

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Photo found at http://cityplaceevents.com/weddings/gallery/, taken by Sandra Lynch, The Photography Clique, Harry Photo, Jennifer Yarbro and Junior Villanueva.

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Photo found at http://cityplaceevents.com/weddings/gallery/, taken by Sandra Lynch, The Photography Clique, Harry Photo, Jennifer Yarbro and Junior Villanueva.

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Photo found at http://cityplaceevents.com/weddings/gallery/, taken by Sandra Lynch, The Photography Clique, Harry Photo, Jennifer Yarbro and Junior
Villanueva.

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?

 

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6 Comments

  1. Heidi

    #4 – You mentioned me in your post!!! Nicely done, Cate!

    • Cait

      Yes!!! I almost used a pic from that event too! Glad you read the post and enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Mary Anm

    How much was the 42nd floor?? Wow!!! This is awesome!! Thanks so much for putting this info out there! And which one did you go with???

    • Cait

      Thank you! We actually went with CityPlace’s 42nd Floor 🙂 It was by far my favorite!! We booked the venue literally a year ago, so the prices may have changed since then. I know for the space, food, and drinks, expect to pay at least $15,000…but that includes SO much! 4 hours of the space, food, drinks, chivari chairs, tables, standard linens, an awesome space for the “cocktail hour” that has leather couches and chairs, cake stands, bridal portrait easel, champagne for the bride and groom’s toast…and much more! Your price can go up depending on how many guests you have and what food/drink menu you choose. If you have anymore questions, I’d love to answer them! I’ve seriously considered going into wedding planning after all of this 🙂

  3. ZMM

    How much were you quoted for City Club?

    • Cait

      Keep in mind we visited over a year ago now…
      Also, keep the following in mind: we estimated about 200 guests, we wanted a “cocktail hour” where additional food would be served, and we wanted an open bar of beer and wine. Vicki Welch is the wedding coordinator there and she is absolutely phenomenal. I told her our max budget, and she worked with it, then sent me back one quote around $17,000. Then, she sent me another quote that included the “Bridal Package,” and it jumped up to about $21,000. But if you want a reception around downtown Dallas with an awesome view, expect to pay at least $15,000.

      I see on their website that they offer an amazing “inclusive bridal package.” This package includes a custom cake by Elena’s Cakes (we used her for our wedding and were absolutely IN LOVE!), and a custom floral design by Dr. Delphinium (who we would have LOVED to use for our wedding, but were out of our budget). I’m sure the bridal package is expensive, but with the other things it includes, it might be worth looking into! Here’s the link: http://cityclubdallas.com/room_information_wedding.html

      Feel free to contact me if you have anymore questions!

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