River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics

2503 Westheimer Rd.,
Houston, TX 77098
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Average Base Cost: $19,000

Our average base cost for a River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday evening using 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 included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: 

Daytime (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: $100 hour
  • Tuesday, Friday: $750

Evenings and Weekends

  • Monday through Thursday: $1,250
  • Friday Evening, Saturday (all hours) or Sunday (all hours): $2,250
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What’s Included: Use of the facilities and a forum manager for 6 hours.

Extras: Additional time is $50/hour on the day of the function.  Additional time outside of business hours or outside of the day of function is $100 for the first hour, $50/hour thereafter (this would have to be added for your rehearsal as well). Charges for security and noise permits may also apply.

Note: Technically there is a “no dancing inside the building” rule, though this does not apply to the other grounds areas.

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Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed, however the venue does require you to choose from their list of pre-approved caterers.

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More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: Up to 175 guests

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Bridal Suite: There is not a proper suite but rooms inside the forum can be used as a changing room.

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Parking: Yes, there is a lot on site.

How Will Grandma Get There? The best nearby hotels are in uptown Houston, which is a 15 minute drive from the venue.  Hotel options include the JW Marriott, Aloft and Hotel Indigo.

Party On! Music must end at 10:00 pm and the event must conclude by midnight.

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The Report: 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics was built in 1910 and has been owned by the River Oaks Garden Club since 1942. Featuring three formal gardens (designed by J. Allen Myers, Jr. and Herbert Skogland) as well as two additional, more informal gardens,  the Forum is available for ceremonies, receptions, birthday parties, and photo sessions. The Forum of Civics is the sister property to Bayou Bend.

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Woman Getting Married Says:

The River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics is a naturally beautiful Houston wedding venue which is fairly cost-effective for the city. Even though you’ll have to bring in your own tables, chairs, etc., the gardens are so pretty you’ll really have to do very little in terms of decor (think colorful roses and lots of candles). I would talk with the venue/caterer re: the use of a tent in case of inclement weather (brides have said there is a custom tent you are able to use). If you are able to get that included this becomes an even better deal.

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

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  1. says: elisagrace

    Thanks for the information. To the best of my view after reading the above content it seems that River Oaks Garden club is merely a monument type. Where in marriage place dance is not allowed, there is no place for changing the dress for bride or groom then it is just like monument. I got married at House Plantation, they have all inclusive facility. They have also best outdoor arrangements.