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(832) 287-5577

About Us

AvantGarden is a historic mansion and vintage-style wedding venue located in Houston, Texas. This unique building was built in 1896 as a private home, and renovated in 2007 as the event venue it is today. Situated in the Montrose/Midtown area, it offers couples both indoor and outdoor options for their celebration. AvantGarden specializes in beautiful, fun and low-stress weddings.

Facilities and Capacity

We can accommodate up to 200 guest at this unique venue. You can exchange your vows outdoors in their one-of-a-kind garden for an intimate ceremony, or say your “ i do's” on their candle-lit back patio. The turn-of-the-century Kraft house will serve as your backdrop. For your reception, they will offer great international dining options, both buffet or family style service.

For your cocktail hour, your guests can mingle in the AvantRoom, their downstairs lounge, or on their Front court and porch where they can enjoy a variety of snacks and hors d'oeuvres. The venue features fully stocked bars where you and your loved ones can grab wine, sangria, microbrewed beers and premium liquors.

Services Offered

Though they don't advertise, AvantGarden was named one of the top must visit spots in Houston by the New York Times. They've been a part of the wedding industry for over thirteen years, and they offer all-inclusive packages to ensure your big day is a success. Their experienced staff will assist you with your event planning and event rentals, along with setup and cleanup. Lighting and sound is included with your rental fee, as well as tables, chairs and linens. Additional services include, but are not limited to:

  • Dinner Catering
  • Bar services
  • Ceremony
  • Ceremony rehearsal
  • Floral arrangements
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Traditinal wedding cake
  • Dessert station
  • Coffee bar
  • China
  • Glassware
  • Flatware
  • Barware
  • In house officiant
  • Parking
  • Photo booth
  • Professional photographer
  • Dj services
  • Wireless Internet
  • Valet
  • Pet friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible

Other Services

In addition to hosting lavish weddings, AvantGarden is also happy to host intimate elopements. Additional events they will hold include:

  • Engagement party
  • Bridal shower
  • Rehearsal dinner


This historic house is one of the last remaining midtown/lower Westheimer structures in Houston. It’s where Howard Hughes played as a child, and it eventually served as a halfway house before Mariana Lemesoff purchased it and repaired it twice. In 1996, it was The Mausoleum, a bar, live music and artistic venue, and in 2000, it was named Helios. Now, Avantgarden serves a special event venue.

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  • My husband and I had eloped and wanted to find a place that fit our personalities to hold our reception and everything about Avantgarden was exactly what we were hoping to find. Mariana was amazing and so helpful picking the right package for our night. The entire team was great- the bartenders, the people who set up and took down tables, just everyone was so helpful and made the evening go smoothly. It is probably the only place inside the City or Houston that is affordable and BEAUTIFUL. We did not want to spend a fortune on this night because we were already married and this was exactly what we hoped for. I cannot say enough good things about this place!! It really was a magical night.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 500.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s)

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    Describe your venue

    Historic Building, Mansion

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Aisle Markers, Aisle Runners, Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, July, August

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