As the definition of “typical” brides and grooms has evolved over the years, so has the interpretation of a bridal shower. A soon-to-be-married couple in this century isn’t necessarily in need of new china or a toaster oven, but the idea of “showering” them with gifts and well-wishes is always in style. Remember that the bridal shower and bachelorette party are two different events. They can be combined in certain situations but, generally speaking, a bridal shower should include bridesmaids and close friends, as well as the bride and groom’s close female relatives. Need inspiration? Following are several bridal shower venue ideas in Houston. Searching for something specific that’s not on this list? Visit Peerspace, a one-stop marketplace for elegant, unique event venues in metro areas across the country.
1. A relaxing tropical tiki bar with a swimming pool
This private home’s design, including a water feature and cabana bar, is an ideal Houston bridal shower venue option. Create a festive menu, serve drinks with citrus garnish, and use the venue’s Bluetooth-enabled sound system to its fullest advantage with classic reggae music. Seriously, at the end of the day, who doesn’t love a tiki bar? Bonus points if the happy couple plans to honeymoon in the islands! Add a touch of the wonderfully weird, if you’d like: the venue is also used for photo shoots, meaning that various themed rooms inside are available, as well. Photos in an ornate Egyptian mummy room, anyone?
2. A simple yet chic studio in North Houston
Every bride is different, so every bridal shower should have the unique stamp of the guest of honor. With walls in soft white, buckets of natural light, and neutral, minimal decor, this bridal shower venue offers a blank slate for your mood and unique design! Beautiful simplicity is key in this space, allowing the party to be the focus, rather than the venue. Perfect for a planner whose imagination won’t be contained by someone else’s vision!
3. A multipurpose and picture-perfect aquarium showroom
On the other hand, break the mold of the “expected” bridal shower venue and embrace the decor of an aquarium showroom! There’s no more cheerful, whimsical design element than walls of bubbling tanks, including a 4000-gallon aquarium as a focal point of the room and a series of “touch tanks.” Will guests at a bridal shower take advantage of that opportunity? Probably not, but it’s a fun element! Run with the mood and elevate the theme with sparkling, bright cocktails and hand-passed sweets and savories (but perhaps save the ahi tuna for another event). You don’t have to be under the sea to enjoy one of the most vibrant bridal shower venue ideas in Houston.
4. A spacious, classy wine cellar in Westside
This trendy wine cellar has offerings that are perfect for an interactive event. The venue has an in-house caterer and offers delectable wine and food pairings. An afternoon of tapas-style small bites mixed with traditional bridal shower revelry gives guests lots to look forward to. Comfortable clusters of seating allow the opportunity to reserve seating for guests of honor, but there are also lounge spaces perfect for encouraging mixing and mingling of different sides of the family. The wall art is locally sourced and ever-changing, making the decor vibrant and unexpected!
5. A second-floor Hyde Park restaurant with a roof patio and indoor lounge
Bright colors and unique furnishings define this spot. It’s undoubtedly one of the most vibrant bridal shower venue ideas in Houston! Both the patio and indoor areas are lounge-style spaces with a twist, with Miami-inspired color, seating cabanas, and beach-friendly umbrella tables. A nontraditional seating arrangement will undoubtedly work best in this space; think either hand-passed hors d’oeuvres or brunch stations and an open seating concept. Any venue with in-house catering gets a second look: the menu will complement the design and feel; you can also expect a focus on signature crafted cocktails in this funky restaurant!
6. A funky art gallery in Greater Heights
Searching for a unique theme for a bridal shower? Let the venue pave the way! Get inspired by this collaborative artistic space and model the shower after an art opening: champagne and live music, guests meandering about the gallery before convening for a luncheon of small plates and additional conventional bridal party fun. There’s nothing stuffy or pretentious about this gallery, either. The layout is open and bright, and the art itself is welcoming and accessible, both the pieces and their configuration. There’s no shortage of things to look at! On alogistics level: street-level entry means it’s easily accessible for guests and, of course, for you and your caterer to load in.
7. A roomy, naturally lit warehouse in downtown Houston
Everyone loves industrial spaces: they’re neutral for just about any design option and never look dated. This warehouse is no exception: the contemporary combination of exposed brick with wooden beams and concrete floors create an environment that is complex, warm, and cozy. Sprawling space gives you lots of area in which to set up tables for seating, gifts, and food; the open kitchen-bar area allows food and beverage to be interactive, as if you’re in your home. This is definitely one of the most laid-back bridal shower venue ideas in Houston.
8. A sophisticated and versatile event hall in Sharpstown
Don’t be fooled by social media: the bride who wants to feel like an actual princess on her wedding day is still out there, and she deserves to have her wishes come true! If ornate and opulent is your style, look no further for a luxurious space. This elegant bridal shower venue in Houston includes over-the-top, baroque-style furnishings and your choice of design elements, including chiavari chairs and throne-style seating. The managers of this fabulous venue offer themed packages, making it gorgeous to match your specifications; you can then select your own caterer to add the finishing touches, whether a champagne brunch or a sophisticated cocktail party.