Fun and Unusual Venues in the Dallas
The Black Forest Theater
|Built in 1948 as a movie
theater, the Forest Theater was purchased in 2003 by Dallas'
own Erykah Badu and renamed the Black Forest. Located in
South Dallas near Fair Park, the Theater itself can
accommodate 1200 guests, and the Cafe can hold smaller
groups. Saturday rental of the Theater is $2500, or $750 for
the Cafe. Food and drink minimums apply, as well as cleanup
and security charges. Great pricing info on the website.
Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
Dallas 214-943-2771, ext. 301
|Not to be confused with the
Dallas World Aquarium, the Aquarium at Fair Park contains a
fabulous collection of aquatic creatures including moon
jellyfish, seahorses and a large variety of fish. Your
wedding reception or corporate function can accommodate 90
seated or 150 standing reception for evening. Call or email
|Banquet rooms can hold up to 300
people for a seated dinner, or 1800 for a reception. Rental
fees start at $750 for up to 250 guests with a $7500
spending minimum on Saturday nights. Rental fees include
furniture and linens. Additional costs include staff fees
and security. Catering ranges from $18 pp to $60+ pp and you
must use their caterer. There are also minimums on alcoholic
beverage service charged on a pp basis starting at $16 pp
for beer/wine or $20 pp for a full bar. The actual bar bill is based on consumption.
The Dallas Zoo
Dallas 214-943-2771, ext. 301
|So may unique venues, so little
space! Here's a quick summary: Choose from the new Prime
Meridian Restaurant overlooking the Flamingo Pond
(accommodates up to 300 guests seated inside and up to 200
people seated outside), the ZooNorth Cat Green for a
tree-covered event surrounded by ocelots, lions and birds of
prey (can accommodate up to 1,000 people seated during
normal zoo hours only), the Bird Valley/Butterfly Garden
(holds 100 seated or 300 standing), or The Wilds of Africa
Plaza surrounded by pecan trees (accommodates 750
people seated). Email for rates.
|I did a tour of the facility
while they were setting up for a wedding and it looked
stunning. You must use a preferred caterer or pay an
additional $250. No alcohol may be purchased except for
Delaney wine. They also allow you to give away beer for
free, but you cannot charge for it. A licensed bartender is
required. Rental fees are charged on a time-sensitive basis.
|Looking for something a little
different for your reception? Why not consider the Lakewood
Theater? With it's famous red, green, and blue Art Deco
tower, the Lakewood is Dallas' sole remaining single-screen
movie palace. With capacity from 80 to 800, the Lakewood
says that they're one of the most reasonably priced event
venues available. Call or email for pricing details.
The Science Place
Dallas 214-428-5555 ext. 303
|Rental available, but no pricing
info on website.
The Sky's the Limit
|This idea isn't for everyone,
but here's a company that offers hot air balloon weddings!
The chief pilot is an ordained minister, so don't worry
about having to drag along someone to do the ceremony.
Additional guests can fly along in other balloons, or track
the balloon and meet you at the landing site. The costs are
$550 and include the fees for you, your spouse, and the
minister and his services.
of Hermann Hall
Dallas 214-747-4422 Ext. 2
|This place has been around since
1911, so it really has some character. Can accommodate
groups up to 400. The upstairs rents for $1000 and the
downstairs ("bowling alley") rents for $500. Prices include
tables and chairs. You may bring your own caterer.
|Yes, I'm biased because we used
them for our wedding reception and it turned out
magnificently. Rental fee is $500 for a Saturday night for a
private room (although somehow, we got this waived). You can
bring your own cake, but they'll charge a $20 cake cutting
fee. They are very accommodating, and they'll set up the bar
any way you'd like. Holds about 150 people.
Texas Rangers Baseball Museum
|If you're a baseball fan, could
there be a more perfect place for your reception?! Room
rentals start at $600 and can accommodate anywhere from
25-1200 guests. Outside caterers are welcome.
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