Venue Love: Five Faves in McKinney

Oh, McKinney, how we love thee. Let us count the ways. Well, at least five ways. That is to say, we’ll be counting out five of our numerous favorite venues in the fair town, in no particular order.

~ Bella Donna Chapel ~

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photo credit: David Cheney Photography

This petite stunner is situated in the Adriatica Village in Stonebridge Ranch, and boasts gorgeous architectural and decorative detail, from stained glass to arched doorways to colonnades to iconography. The chapel holds up to 155 comfortably, on the floor level and a small balcony, and has changing rooms for both the bride and the groom.

~ Gather ~

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photo courtesy of Gather; credit: Texas Red Photography

One word: charming. For small, intimate weddings and celebrations, look no further than the sometimes-restaurant right off the square, Gather. We’re talking brick walls, tin ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and more personality than you could shake a stick at. Get a peak at their menu by dropping in for lunch one day – you will not be disappointed.

~ The Grand Hotel ~

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photo credit: Peyronet Photography

Speaking of brick walls and chandeliers, how about western elegance at its finest? Accommodating up to 150 guests, The Grand Hotel Ballroom has charm and style, with ample ability to wow your guests as they walk through this restored hotel on their way to your celebration. The hotel also boasts several more intimate spaces, such as the Library, the Wine Room, and Rick’s 110, and is even connected via lounge to Rich’s Chophouse, next door. The food here is top-notch, so your menu tasting may become your instant favorite part of your entire planning process. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

~ TPC Craig Ranch ~

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photo credit: Littrell Photography

Did you know that TPC Craig Ranch offers its amenities to non-members, too? It does! So whether you’re a card-carrying member of this golf club or not, Tournament Players Club (that’s where the “TPC” comes from) can provide an immaculate backdrop for your wedding. In the clubhouse, two adjacent ballrooms can create either an intimate or spacious setting for you and your guests, with seating for up to 200, and a cocktail reception for up to 250. And on the links, TPC’s PGA golf course is everything you would expect from the #10 ranked course in the state!

~ The Cotton Mill ~

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photo credit: The Mamones

Historic spaces are a special draw for lots of reasons, and when as much love and care has been placed into restoration and modernization as has gone into the Cotton Mill, the results are spectacular! The look is a special mix of rustic and industrial, and has to be one of the most photographed sites in McKinney! Two spaces exist for event rental: the Event Hall, and the Indigo/Dye Room. Able to accommodate up to a staggering 450 guests, the Event Hall is a blank canvas, surrounded by original 1910 wood floors, beams, and ceiling, brick walls, and multi-paned windows. More information about the Event Hall can be found on their site: mckinneycottonmill.com.

The Cotton Mill also has a smaller, outdoor space available, perfect for ceremonies and cocktail hours (or even small receptions!): The Indigo/Dye Room. This was once the enclosed dying room for the denim produced at the mill. Now a gorgeous ruin of ivy-covered brick walls, this is one of few urban outdoor locations that’s easy to find and access (and even boasts a waterfall!). Their website has an FAQ page and even shows some common layouts/floor plans along with pictures from past events in those spaces. Check out the options on their website or contact Darla Lovett at 972-838-7558/cottonmill@tx.rr.com!

There are many more venues in and around McKinney we love. If you need help finding a venue, or would like more information about what we do and how we can help you, please contact us today.

Happy hunting!

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