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Tying the Knot, Island Style

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Tying the knot with a seaside theme is a popular option for many couples. Galveston offers many venues for such a dream wedding – island style. 

Why not get married barefoot on the sand in a beach park, or surrounded by grapevines within a vineyard? Or you can repeat marriage vows on the front lawn of the seaside Hotel Galvez, in the Tremont House Ballroom or even amidst train cars in the Railroad Museum. Galveston has both classic and unique island spots to say, “I do.”

Tremont House Hotel
Located within The Strand District, this swank and upscale hotel has eight venues with over 15,700 square feet of space that can fit up to 800 guests. The hotel is conveniently located near many restaurants, galleries and shops. Nighttime views of Galveston from the hotel’s Rooftop Bar are like no other.  

Hotel Galvez and Spa
Tie the knot with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico in the hotel’s Oleander Garden and Centennial Green. The imposing façade of this century-old hotel surrounded by palm trees and leafy gardens offers a romantic backdrop. Take the party indoors to the wide-windowed Veranda setting and Terrace Ballroom. 

Moody Gardens Hotel
Get married with a grand view of the Gulf at Moody Gardens’ Rooftop Terrace, Palm Beach or the Botanical Gardens with views of the Gulf. Inside reception facilities range from suites to a grand ballroom.  

Galveston Railroad Museum
The museum’s train depot exhibit, locomotives and passenger cars serve as backdrops for weddings and other events. Dining cars that once chugged along tracks nationwide are still used for events and galas serving up to 64 guests.

Galveston Beach Parks
Talk about a seaside wedding. While small ceremonies without chairs or other setups can be held on public beaches, larger events must be prearranged. Two areas designated by the Galveston Park Board for weddings and private parties can be rented – one at Stewart Beach and the other at East Beach. Permits are required for music; no problem, however, with the beachside views.

The Bryan Museum
Say your wedding vows amidst history, as the museum is home to historic artifacts spanning centuries. Weddings and receptions take place at the gazebo and patio area, and within the glass atrium of the museum’s Conservatory. Packages include one or both of those facilities. 

Sea Star Base
With maritime sailing, educational and leadership programs, this waterside venue also has space for events and weddings. Facilities include an outdoor waterfront chapel/amphitheater, suites, and a dining and banquet hall. 

Haak Winery
Just across the Causeway in Santa Fe, this is the ideal spot to tie the knot surrounded by grapevines. Five acres of vineyards grow within a 12-acre estate with an outdoor chapel and reception pavilion that’s just perfect for the occasion.

Article written by Richard Varr

Richard Varr is a well-rounded freelance writer with more than 25 years writing experience. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), he specializes in travel, feature and business writing and is the author (main contributor) of the Dorling Kindersley EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE TO PHILADELPHIA AND THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY. Richard currently lives in Houston and contributes to a variety of magazines and websites, with particular focus on highlighting destinations for cruise and RV publications. Visit his own blog at