Texas Country Get-a-way Wedding

Future brides’ Good Afternoon! This is my weekly Post – Check our new outdoor venue that will be blooming soon with Roses from our 700 Rose bushes and Blue bonnet patches will be lined in blue and aggie colors this year. We have dates that no one else has; it will take a year to get all our dates booked. This month is the lowest price you will ever see.
 Need a Wedding – Honeymoon all in one?
Picture a Spring time wedding outside with flowers blooming everywhere during an orange sunset of Texas. Come stay for a 4 day and 3 nights County Wedding Get-a-way!
 You can start on Thursday with a rehearsal and dinner in the big house. Arrive Friday morning to get ready for your makeup and hair with your bridesmaids as your vendors get your wedding decorated for a Spring Décor. Then walk out the side door that no one knows about down the long 50 foot arbor to the Gazebo to your future husband. Have the most memorable Spring Ceremony that you have always dreamed of. Then shooting amazing pictures with your family as friends drink and watch you. Then celebrate with music and food in a romantic lite tent reception with white flowing lights everywhere and dancing all night with friends and family. Ending with memories walking through the garden; as your say goodbye to your friends and family; you both don’t need to leave, you can just stay the night in our Bridal Suite with our romantic canopy bed and large windows viewing the country side of Texas. Waking up as #MsBride4Ever and swinging on the Veranda watching the Sunrise to your first day together. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is just next door at the café or enjoy a picnic out in the gardens as they are all just for you and your husband. Arrange for a horse ride together in the country side or take a ride in the local town to shop for antiques together. Swing on the hammock outside or just walk the Formal Garden for an enchanting memory. Leave with wonderful new memories of your stay at Binders Gardens on Monday morning. 

If you already booked your venue, contact us to come shoot your bridals this spring. It’s been voted the most favored by photographers all over Texas. We have tour dates available every day of the week. We have discounts for payment plans to meet those budget brides. Come see our Gazebo, Covered Bridge, Veranda, Terrace, Chapel, Formal Rose Garden, large bridal suite and Lake. Thou I’m an outdoor venue, we have options to cover you or move to the large church hall next to us.

Contact us at 281-630-2854 or email us at info@BindersGardens.com; Prices start at $750 if booked the month of February, let us set up a tour today.
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Thank you for your time, Marc and Robin Binder




Deciding between an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception and a wedding ceremony or reception held indoors? 
Regardless of which you both choose; both types one can be turned into your dream wedding, though there are pros and cons to either situation.

You should be careful to weigh all of your wedding venue options, thinning them down as you go. Answering the title question will help you reduce many of your venue options, getting you both that much closer to finding the perfect spot to celebrate your “I dos.” 


photo by Mark Matthews

To help you with your decision, we have assembled a positives and negatives list that better lays out the choice between an indoor wedding and an outdoor wedding.


photo by Roy Kasmir Photography
The Indoor Wedding Venue
No Weather Issues: One of the biggest pluses to an indoor wedding is that there is no stress or worry over unpredictable weather. Rain is not an issue, neither is snow and clouds, wind and blazing sun are all non-issues, which equals a load off of the couple’s mind. Granted, weather will play a small role in wedding photos and perhaps transportation, but weather at an outdoor reception is such a huge worry—especially for brides—that indoor weddings are often chosen because of this reduced risk factor alone.


photo by Roy Kasmir Photography
Plenty of Décor Options: There are little to no restrictions—sans any fire hazards or code violations—that would restrict you from decorating your indoor venue just the way you want. Again, this is somewhat weather-related, but the wind won’t knock down your hand-painted centerpieces and bugs won’t attack your giant heart cookie. When you envision loads of other small and fragile details, an indoor wedding is sometimes the safest bet.

Temperature Control: Is the groom notoriously warm, even in the cooler months? Is Grandma always cold, even in the summertime? When you’re outdoors, there is little you can do about temperatures, except to provide hand fans to guests and/or encourage them to bring sweaters. You control the temperature from the beginning when you’re hosting an indoor wedding reception. Plus, you can seat your guests under vents or next to fans depending on their affinity for getting chilly or overheated.

Space Constraints: This will always be a factor for indoor venues. Depending on the size of your wedding, this may not be an issue for you. Every indoor venue has a maximum capacity, though it will vary slightly if you’re having a cocktail reception or a seated dinner. This number is non-negotiable, as per fire codes and other safety restrictions, and must be taken into account before booking (or even looking at) indoor venues.
Location Issues: Most indoor venues have tried to address location issues for larger events such as weddings, but, especially here in Houston, there are so many old, charming buildings that just don’t have the most convenient parking, delivery ramps, docks, etc. This can prove challenging for vendors trying to load in equipment and décor for your wedding, but that isn’t necessarily your concern. Vendors are professionals, many of which deal with logistical challenges every day. They will be the ones to figure out this “con” for you.

The Outdoor Wedding Venue

Atmosphere: On that perfect, clear, starry night, there isn’t much that can compare to a beautiful outdoor wedding reception. Outdoors is truly where the majority of our most breathtaking receptions have taken place. For all that extra stress over the pending weather report, a night like this is worth every worry in the long run. You simply can’t recreate that kind of beauty indoors.


photo by Mark Matthews
Less is More: Often times you can ease up on the décor budget when planning an outdoor wedding. Depending on your venue, the natural beauty of the landscape and gardens is more than enough to create that desired magical atmosphere.


photo by Michael Giardina

Best of Both Worlds: There are many venues that offer the beauty of an outdoor wedding or reception and the refuge of a roof and four walls. Though the indoor space associated with an outdoor venue isn’t typically large enough to host your entire event inside, it would offer shelter to Grandma when she gets cold or a quiet, semi-private place to sit and catch up with an old friend from college during the reception. Often times, there is some shelter on the property that might include a small greenhouse or boathouse that isn’t big enough for more than a few people. But again, the spontaneity of talking a stroll down to the boat house or to visit the greenhouse garden is entertainment enough for many guests in need of a break from the dance floor. It all adds to the charm of your guests’ wedding experience.


Costs: There are a few extra costs that you must consider when hosting your wedding outdoors. If your outdoor location does not include a tented area, for example, we recommend you rent one for your reception to cover the tables and dance floor—both of which you might also have to rent separately. But this could be less cost if your tent is $3000 and your inside option is over $5000. Tent reception can me magical when done at an outside venue.
Restrooms: Sure, outdoor weddings and receptions will have restrooms nearby, but those facilities might be located in a building that is a slight walk from the party. For many, this is a non-issue, but for those few outdoor venues with a hike to the main building, this is enough of a concern to ask about while visiting each site.


photo by Albert Legislador
Wildlife: Ok, maybe the term “wildlife” insinuates wild animals crashing the party, but that’s not exactly what we mean. The outdoor wedding reception—and this is especially sensitive to the temperature, proximity to water and time of year—will occasionally have to deal with a bug situation. Mosquitos are the most common “wildlife” to show up uninvited to an outdoor wedding. If you have a game plan for those little creatures, or they’re not an issue at your venue, then this might not be a con to consider after all.


photo by Roy Kasmir Photography
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Finding the Right Venue for your Dream Wedding  
The average bride spends an average of $12,000 for a Venue. Well the average cost is probably higher since 2012. Know your budget when looking for a venue and if you think that you’re getting a deal, find out what is missing. Finding a venue with your date available is even tougher. That is why you need to plan on putting down a deposit when looking for your venue.

Not all Venues are the same, so do your homework. They don’t all offer the same thing, so when asking a Venue what’s your rates, it’s not fair to pick on over price. If want to know their rate, ask what rate do they start with for a wedding Ceremony and ask what you get? Prices are different for 50 people than the typical 300 people wedding.   

Some Venues has low season and high seasons. You should know that some low season prices are not the same for your month you’re getting married. Know the difference in Texas with outside venues. Sometimes but not always; some venues that only have ball rooms, might only have the same prices all year round. 

Setting up a wedding for 300 is much more expensive due to man power, tables and chairs then a wedding for 50 people. For every person that goes to a venue, and you have a Ceremony and Reception, you have to have two chairs in different location. The cost goes up. So when asking what their prices are for venue; please ask, “What is a Ceremony only for 100 people on July 4th?” Then, you will get a closer cost. But even if someone quotes you a price on that, you need to know what they offer for that price.

More and more brides are doing their wedding their selves. They do this to save money so the venues that only offer location, chairs and tables; they know you want the location for her budget. There are some venues that have low prices and as they popular and bigger, their prices will be going up. 

Things to look for in venue as you make your wish list of venues;
How many people can the venue hold? Is parking free at the venue? Is there handicap accessible at the venue? Will they let my vendors come in or do I have to use the venue preferred Vendors? Does the venue let me come in the day before for the rehearsal? 

 Does the venue count kids under 3? Does the venue let me serve alcohol and if so, do they offer TABC servers that are insured? Does the venue have restrooms? Will there be someone from the venue to help show my vendors where to go? Does the venue offer an Officiant? 

Does the venue let me take photos with my family after the Ceremony? Will there be a cleanup fee at the venue? Will the Venue let me make payments after the deposit? Will the venue let me bring in my own food? If there is bad weather, what plans will the venue let me do? Can I use candles and sparklers at my wedding at the venue? Is their sound and lights available for my Reception at my venue? What time do I need to be out of the venue so I know when to start cleaning up?

So next time think before asking a venue what is the cost there to have a wedding? Pictures can only show you so much. Go out take a visit and get the real cost before deciding on a venue by the value of what they have to offer.

By Robin and Marc Binder

BindersGardens.com Venue


Best tips to get Engagement Photos

Once you find a photographer and a budget you can agree on, you need to meet with them to discuss a few things to make it a memorable day.

Plan on attire with solid colors.  To make the images fun and different poses you both want taken.

Plan on your location and sometimes the location is meaningful with you both.  Like the first place you kisses.  Try to tell a story to capture your live for each other and your hobbies.

Making your engagement photos fun is easy.  Many find ideas on Pinterest to see what is the trend with everyone else.

 One of the most important things with engagement images is the time of day.  Know when the lighting is good, morning or afternoon.  Knowing will give you some amazing images to treasure.


Houston Wedding Vendor A Team

Thank you to all that have sent us the welcomes and Congrats on becoming a Wedding Vendor.  We are humbled to have our new location to offer Brides an amazing location to get married.

As a new Wedding Venue, we are looking for vendors established close to West or SW area of Houston that will team up with us and network and create our A Team.


We can only offer a location but as many brides have been contacting us.  Not all of them want to do it yourself.  Aka DYI are not for everyone.  So, we are on the hunt fast and furious on an A Team to join us so, we can package a price for those in need.

Someone told us this week that over 40,000 marriages happened last year in Houston alone.  So it will just grow more ever year.  We hope to help fill that need.

Please if you are a wedding vendor and want to come talk to us at our location.  Come on out!  Call us and tell us when you can come.  We are Binders Gardens at 16630 Hwy 36, Needville, TX 77461.

We are the same drive as Jays Cafe in Needville, across from the high school.  We will soon post our date in April for our open house and we will start with a bang on our marketing plan.  Join our A Team now.

Emails are welcomed at Info@BindersGardens or check out our web site at BindersGardens.com.

Vendor Page is filling up with connection!  Join us now!

The Binders

Houston Wedding Network

The Houston Wedding Network is growing and we have learned that there are different areas of Houston that get together at different Wedding Venues once a month to network and discuss needs and pass out cards.  This is amazing to network and get to know more and more of the new guys in town.  As a small wedding venue it’s helpful to network with other venues and learn from them as they all help each other out to get these Houston Brides the best wedding they can have.