Galveston Wedding Venue

An Affordable Galveston Wedding and Reception Venue

The Lyceum of Galveston Island is a special award winning wedding/reception venue that is perfect for your special day. Our stunning wedding site is located in beautiful historic downtown Galveston! We offer great flexibility with both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements.

This Saturday is another Bridal Show, January 23, 2021 from 9am to 1pm!

Vendors include The Total Wedding Experience, The Cake Place, The Bryan Museum – Galveston and Silk Stocking Designs! Items being sold include:Fabric by the yard, TableclothsChair Covers & Sashes, Table Runners, Vases & Centerpiece Decorations, Red Mercury glass, Cupcake Stands, Cake Stands & Displays, Chargers, Sound System, Silk Floral Supplies & crafting supplies, Candle votives, Burlap tablecloth & runners, Jewelry & Gift items…and more!!

Rental Fees

Monday thru Thursday  – $1,450

Friday and Saturday – $2,950

Sunday – $2,000

What Is Included in Your Event Rental?

Your rental fee includes chairs and tables provided for your event. Also, it includes staff to set up and break down. However, we do not provide chairs or tables for outdoor usage. Nevertheless, we will assist you in securing them from local vendors. We can also provide a wedding coordinator on the day of your event to assist in special arrangements. In addition to the above-mentioned inclusions, your rental fee also includes the following:

  • Free Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Tables and chairs for up to 200 guests (indoors only)
  • Handicapped accessible ramps and elevator
  • The setup of tables and chairs according to your specifications
  • Tear down and clean up service following the event
  • Fully furnished Bridal Suite
  • Access to the venue for Engagement/Bridal Photography by appointment, prior to the wedding
  • Full-Service prep kitchen

Why The Lyceum Is The Best Wedding Venue in Galveston

WeddingRule, the fastest growing weddings editorial in the United States,
has just featured The Lyceum of Galveston as one of the their Top 10 Wedding Venues in Houston (2020)

We are registered with Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Here Comes The Guide.

Perfect rating at Wedding Wire
Excellent Facebook rating

Our Wedding Venue

There are 3 main areas of this historic Galveston wedding venue: the main Lyceum Chapel, the more intimate Lyceta Room, and the outdoor lighted courtyard. Let’s take a look at each one of these.

Galveston Historical Chapel: The Lyceum

The Lyceum Chapel is our showcase and is one of the most beautiful wedding chapels in Galveston. First of all, you will be amazed by it’s stunning floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows. During the day, the suns rays illuminate the venue with bright color. Likewise, at night they provide an artistic backdrop like huge pieces of art in in a gallery.

Next, you will look up and gaze at the beautifully designed vaulted ceiling. The lofty curved arches and beautiful woodwork give a feeling of grandeur.

Finally, the shining hardwood floors bring quality, warmth and elegance. We constantly keep them clean and free from dust.

Seating assembly style is a maximum of 300. For banquet setups, you can allow for 200, with 8 guests seated at 25 round tables.

Affordable Galveston Wedding Venue: The Lyceum

The Lyceum Chapel is romantic and beautiful. Behind the massive double doors you will see there are so many creative arrangements for your special occasion.

Beautiful wedding reception setup in the Galveston Lyceum
The Lyceum is one of Galveston’s most beautiful wedding venues

For Intimate Weddings: The Lyceta Room

The Lyceta is a smaller and more intimate space for your special day.  This room is separated from the Lyceum by pull-down partions. Therefore, this area can be easily set for a small wedding or reception. Likewise, you can rent it with The Lyceum as a cocktail reception area, buffet line, or dance floor. The full stage area is perfect for your live band or DJ. Come and see how flexible The Lyceta is to use alone or with the Lyceum.

The Lyceta Room (view from the stage toward the front door that opens into the lighted courtyard)

Outdoor Courtyard Setting

Nestled between The Lyceum and First Lutheran Church’s main sanctuary next door is a relaxing, beautifully-landscaped courtyard. The courtyard is kept private by wrought-iron fencing. Also, a Victorian-style Gazebo has lights and electrical outlets. Therefore, you can have your food or beverage vendor set up an open bar. Or, your musicians can plug in their speakers. Finally, the overhead lights provide a beautiful overhead to ensure a relaxing ambiance.

Lighted courtyard with gazebo
Have Your First Kiss at The Lyceum of Galveston!
Galveston outdoor lighted courtyard with gazebo for weddings and events (the stairwell opens into the Lyceta Room)

Lower Level

The lower level is accessible by elevator from the Lyceum. Also, it can be entered through the courtyard door. This lower level area offers a fully-furnished, private bridal suite room. In addition, there are amenities that include a large, prep kitchen and storage area for your food caterer. Finally, it has prep tables, stainless-steel refrigerator, ice machine, and storage shelves.

Comfortable Bridal Suite room
Kitchen area includes prep table, 2 over sized sinks, refrigerator, and ice machine

History

Built in the early 1850’s, The Lyceum was recognized as Galveston’s prominent social meeting venue and lecture hall. In 1854, First Lutheran Church made arrangements to hold its Sunday services in The Lyceum. Shortly thereafter, First Lutheran’s pastor established the Galveston’s first ever public school in The Lyceum! Students were charged $1 per year to attend school here. Following the Great 1900 Storm, The Lyceum survived intact. In fact, it was quickly utilized as a make-shift infirmary for storm survivors. Please visit our History page for more in depth information!


The Lyceum was the venue for First Lutheran’s weddings until the church was dedicated in 1959.

Galveston Area Wedding Vendors

We are highly recommended by Galveston and Houston vendors! If you are looking for a wedding coordinator, please contact Kathy at KGweddings.com. Please check out our preferred vendor list to find the best services for your specific needs!

Video Tour of The Lyceum

Schedule Your Personally-Conducted Tour!

Come visit and discover that we are one of Galveston Island’s very special hidden gems. Contact us to schedule your appointment for a tour with our professional staff. We look forward to working with you!

We want to exceed your every expectation for your upcoming wedding or special event. So, let’s get together soon and start planning! 

Don’t forget to also check out our Pinterest Boards for hairstyles, floral arrangement ideas, and wedding dresses!

Please see all our reviews and check out our blog for wedding fashion tips! These tips will help give you creative ideas! In addition, you can lower your planning stress and save money. Don’t miss the popular blog posting on how to do your first kiss!

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Located across the courtyard from First Lutheran Church of Galveston