Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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6003 Memorial Dr,
Houston, TX 77265
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Average Base Cost: $60,000

Our average base cost for a Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday evening using a mid-range tent and a food/beverage price of $100/pp. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: 

A minimum donation of $5,000 to the Museum’s of Fine Arts, Houston’s Leadership Circle is required. In addition to the donation, there is a venue fee based on guest count:

  • 1 to 99 guests: $7,500
  • 100 to 199 guests: $10,000
  • 200 to 350 guests: $15,000

Note: The venue is not available for rental in February or the first two weeks of March. Ceremonies are not allowed at this venue.

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What’s Included: Access to the venue until 10:00 pm.


  • Tenting with flooring is required. Pricing ranges $20,000 – $50,000
  • A re-sodding fee of $10,000 may be added based on damage caused by the tent
  • All printed materials (IE: invitations) must be pre-approved by MFAH.

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Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed (except for beverage, which must be provided by Art of the Spirits, Inc), but must be pre-approved by the venue.

Beverage: Sample pricing for the bar includes a beer and wine option for $3.50 per person, per hour.  A full bar option is $6.00 per person, per hour.

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More Stats:

Space TypeOutside (the mansion is only available for a guided tour)

Size: Up to 350 guests

Bridal Suite: No

Parking: Yes, parking is complimentary

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How Will Grandma Get There? Downtown Houston is a 10 minute drive from the venue and offers an array of lodging options, including the Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency and Double Tree Downtown.

Party On! Events can go until 10 p.m.

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Photo by Cameron Kelly Studio

The Report: 

The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s showcase for American decorative arts and paintings. It is the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, and the collection is “one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world.” The house is situated on 14 acres of “organically maintained gardens” in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood.

Woman Getting Married Says:

We all know Texas does things BIG, and while this Houston wedding venue is gorgeous, you’re gonna need a BIG budget to get married here. The venue fees alone will keep most brides away, so try not to get too attached to it unless you’ve got over $50,000 to spend on JUST the venue and tenting costs alone.

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Amenities/What’s Included 5
Convenient for Grandma 8
Layout 7
Location 9
Overall Charm 9
Venue Value 6

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