Shanna has compiled a list of her most recent favorite wedding venues. This post explores the unique traits of each venue that makes each one so charming to its guests. Each of these beautiful venues has a different feel to them from the other, ranging from details of a southern farmhouse, to the perfect modern destination wedding venue.


1.) The Olana, Hickory Creek, TX

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First on the list is The Olana, located in Hickory Creek, TX. The Olana is a French-inspired mansion with beautiful architecture and detailing that anyone will appreciate as soon as they step foot inside. The Olana sizes up to be 48,000 square feet across 40 acres of private land. The venue is technically considered a private estate that is now available for renting out for numerous special occasions. With the venue being an estate comes a sense of privacy and intimacy for guests. Planning your special day at The Olana guarantees a charming, southern feel with a feeling of having a private event. While the design and build of the venue is French-inspired, the estate almost gives off a southern farmhouse feel, as it is located in a small suburb 30 minutes north of Dallas. If the venue you’re seeking needs some charm, history, and a great experience for your guests, look no further. You can book a free tour and consultation at The Olana if its beautiful detailing and architecture strike this venue as a place you would consider hosting an event! Visit their website here:

Why is this venue a favorite? The Olana is the perfect luxury wedding and event venue to build milestone memories that last a lifetime. Shanna’s top reason is its spacious bridal suite – This room includes a hair salon, spa and huge two story closet and large setting room. Next, there are various rooms to hold your ceremony and reception. And finally, the outdoor area for ceremonies consists of a beautiful, one-of-a-kind designed front and back terrace. Some other attractions The Olana has are its groom suite, which includes a half basketball court and bowling alley, and its opulent chandeliers and stairs.


2.) One World Observatory, New York City, NY

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The One World Observatory in New York City, NY is a one-of-a-kind venue to elope or hold your wedding ceremony at. This venue is considered a destination wedding venue due to its non-traditional feel and experience being inside. The One World Observatory looks atop the entire city of New York has 360-degree views of all of Manhattan. The top three floors of the observatory are available to rent for occasions, however, the top floor is only available at certain times of the year. What is unique about considering this venue for your wedding is its elevator ride up to the 102nd floor. During the ride up, you and your partner get to experience the history of the development of New York City, which is showcased through a brief educational experience on the elevator ride up. For the more creative folks, this venue allows you to get creative with your own style when planning your wedding. The One World Observatory’s website describes the venue as a blank slate where couple have the freedom to design their desires.

Why is this venue a favorite? This venue is one of Shanna’s favorites because of the New York City skyline views, the amount of natural lighting the venue lets in, and finally, the fabulous photo opportunities during day and night. Find out more about the One World Observatory in NYC here:


3.) Iron Manor, Montgomery, TX

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As listed on its website front and center, the Iron Manor in Montgomery, TX is an Avant-Garde style venue with elements of industrialism seen throughout its 17,000 square feet of beauty. The building took 2 and a half years to restore and renovate its original industrial charm. The Manor features an Iron chapel and Crane Hall for receptions, which has been standing for the last 115 years. The main room itself features three hanging glass chandeliers to compliment the rustic, industrial feel of the building. Iron Manor’s mission is to create a uniquely beautiful experience that guests will remember for a lifetime. You will be ensured a great experience, as the Iron Manor is open for free touring and appointments seven days a week. Find out more on Iron Manor’s website:

Why is this venue a favorite? Shanna explains that the architectural elements of this venue are not only breathtaking, but they have a mix of non-traditional and traditional elements. While the Manor is quite modernized and has an industrial feel, decorations like the beautiful and bright chandeliers bring warmth to the place. The venue also photographs fantastically. From the beautiful grounds outside to the modern charm inside, your wedding at the Iron Manor will look and feel stunning!


4.) The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX

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The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX is a luxurious looking venue that features skyline views, a rooftop terrace, and multiple Vegas-inspired ballrooms held specifically for special occasions. The Joule Hotel is not only a venue, but it is an experience. These large ballrooms are unique because they have beautiful architectural detailing on the ceilings, as well as massive chandeliers that take up a majority of the space. Here at this venue, there is constantly something to look at. Its fancy lighting and ambiance sets the perfect tone for a wedding ceremony, and your guests can explore the outdoor and rooftop terraces during the reception. For more details about The Joule Hotel, visit

Why is this venue a favorite? Shanna loves The Joule Hotel because of its multitude of amenities for the bride, groom, and guests, especially. They will be surely entertained at this venue. Additionally, the stunning artwork inside and the uniquely designed event spaces add to the hotel’s personal character and charm. In Shanna’s eyes, The Joule is the perfect location for a wedding.