By Celestina Blok
Something old becomes something new at these historical and established locales, each of which has only recently opened its doors to the public for private events.
The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth
1316 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, 817-335-3525, thewomansclubfw.com
Backstory Encompassing four historic mansions on two city blocks, The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth properties include examples of Colonial Revival, Craftsman and Victorian architecture that have been thoughtfully preserved. Only a year-and-a-half ago did the private club open its doors to the public for booking events.
Location Situated in the heart of the bustling Near Southside, the properties sit amid Fort Worth’s medical district and the Fairmount neighborhood, just minutes from downtown.
Style and setup “Versatile but classic,” says The Woman’s Club executive director Ashley Paz. With grand chandeliers, ornate plaster work and original woodwork, the historical spaces are most certainly traditional in style. Note that Z’s Café is the official caterer of The Woman’s Club, but the facility is open to other caterers through an approval process with an additional fee.
Capacity Wedding receptions mostly take place in the Anna Shelton Hall, a ballroom that was added to the William G. Newby Memorial Building in 1926. The space can seat up to 250 on its own, but when the doors are open to the neighboring Waples Hall, the capacity jumps to 400.
Know this There’s a full city block of secured parking. There also are several smaller event spaces and suites available for bridal portraits, bridal party prep, brunches and more.
Roots Fort Worth
1416 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-773-8175, rootsfortworth.com
Backstory Built in 1910, the small, square brick building was most recently a restaurant called The Rocket. It sat vacant for years before Fort Worth native Ambra Portillo, a wedding planner by trade, purchased the property in 2018 with the intent of using it as a smaller event space. She’s been surprised at the number of wedding inquiries she’s received.
Location About a mile from the Fort Worth Stockyards, Roots is in a small, street-side strip of businesses that includes El Rancho Grande, Byblo’s Lebanese Restaurant and Into the West home furnishings store.
Style and setup Portillo wanted to stray from the nearby Stockyards’ rustic atmosphere and calls the feel of her space “industrial glam.” The building was completely gutted and redone with clean, blank walls, a fresh wood floor, modern lighting and Anthropologie wallpaper in the restroom. There are two patios, one of which features an intricate wrought iron gate that’s original to the building. An on-site prep kitchen is convenient for caterers.
Capacity Roots is ideal for smaller receptions. The indoor space holds 70 to 80 for a seated dinner; the entire building with both patios holds 150, maximum.
Bonus Outside the patio’s iron gates is a picturesque alleyway covered with grapevines, making for a unique spot for photo ops.
Know this Hiring a valet service is ideal. Roots owns a parking lot on Northside Drive to facilitate valet parking, allowing guests to pull right up to the venue to drop off their vehicles.
Fall Creek Ranch
8220 Langdon Leake Court, Granbury, 817-279-3911, fallcreekranch.com
Backstory The 1,500-acre property is a working ranch that has been in the Langdon family for three generations. (The family resides in an on-site farmhouse built in 1882.) Weddings have been hosted here for close family and friends for years, but the ranch’s availability to the public is more recent.
Location About an hour’s drive southwest of Fort Worth, the ranch is named for the creek that meanders through the property and boasts numerous waterfalls.
Style and setup “We are very rustic,” says Kristyn Langdon, who started the wedding venue business on the property two-and-a-half years ago with her husband, Kelly. The hay barn, which originally had dirt floors, was converted into a reception hall. A brand new chapel with walls that open was added just three months ago.
Capacity The chapel seats 205; if the guest count is closer to 250, there’s an option to have the ceremony outside, dinner in the hay barn and dancing in the chapel with the folding chairs removed.
Bonus “Sometimes there are cattle watching the wedding,” says Kristyn. “It just depends on which pasture needs to be grazed.”
Know this While the Langdons encourage hiring a charter bus service to shuttle guests to the property, there is a large on-site parking area equipped with attendants and golf carts for those who need assistance. Outside vendors are welcome.