An Affordable Galveston Wedding and Reception Venue
For your special day, The Lyceum of Galveston Island is a wedding/reception venue like no other. This stunning site – located in historic downtown Galveston – offers both indoor/outdoor seating – all to be tailored to your specific needs and budget. This historic 1850’s landmark showcases both the main Lyceum Chapel as well as the more intimate Lyceta – all enhanced plus an outdoor lighted courtyard.
The Lyceum Chapel
With stunning floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows, highlighted by a beautifully-designed vaulted ceiling, The Lyceum Chapel showcases one of the most attractive – and affordable – wedding venues in Texas. Seating assembly style is 300; banquet style – 200, with guests seated at 25 round tables (seating 8 guests per table.)
The romantic and compelling beauty of The Lyceum Chapel is revealed as one comes into the venue (from the main entrance on historic Winnie Street), up the steps, and enters The Lyceum through its massive double doors. As you can see… there are so many creative arrangements we can suggest in setting the room for your special occasion.
The Lyceta Room
Should you prefer a smaller and more intimate space for your special day, we’re pleased to showcase The Lyceta. Adjoining the Lyceum, this smaller area can be easily set for a small wedding or can be used in conjunction with The Lyceum as a cocktail reception area, buffet line, etc. The Lyceta – featuring a full stage area – is perfect for your live band and/or DJ. Specially designed partitions easily separate the two rooms from each other – depending on your needs.
Outdoor Courtyard Setting
Nestled between The Lyceum and First Lutheran Church’s main sanctuary buildings and parish hall is a relaxing, beautifully-landscaped courtyard. Surrounded by wrought-iron fencing to ensure privacy, and accented with a Victorian-style Gazebo and multiple strands of overhead lighting, ensure a perfect outdoor reception and/or event.
Accessible by elevator, as well as an exterior entrance off the courtyard, the lower level of the venue offers a fully-furnished, private bridal suite/ dressing room. Additional amenities include a large, well-furnished prep kitchen and storage area for your caterer – including prep tables, stainless-steel refrigerator, ice machine, and storage shelves.
Built in the early 1850’s. The Lyceum was recognized as Galveston’s prominent and popular 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 first public school on the Island, and The Lyceum was used as a school house during the week (students were charged $1 per year to attend school here) and as the church’s sanctuary on Sundays. Everything changed following the Great 1900 Storm, where between 6,000 -12,000 people perished on Galveston Island. The Lyceum survived intact and was quickly utilized as a make-shift infirmary for storm survivors. ( Please visit our History page for more in depth information! )
The Lyceum is one of Galveston Island’s most affordable Texas wedding venues!
Monday-Thursday (8 Hours)
The Lyceta Only: $500
Lyceum Chapel Only: $950
Friday-Saturday (12 Hours)
The Lyceta Only: N/A
Lyceum Chapel Only: N/A
Sunday (10 Hours)
The Lyceta Only: $600
Lyceum Chapel Only: $1,400
The only additional fee is a Non-Refundable Security Deposit in the amount of $200.
What Is Included in Your Event Rental?
Your rental fee includes chairs and tables provided for your event, as well as staff to set up/break down. (Please note that we do not provide chairs or tables for outdoor usage, however we will assist you in securing tables/chairs for your outdoor set-up.) We can also provide a wedding coordinator if needed to assist in special arrangements to ensure that your special day will be perfect! 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
Video Tour of The Lyceum
Schedule Your Personally-Conducted Tour!
With just one visit…. You, too, will discover and appreciate one of Galveston Island’s very special hidden gems: The Lyceum of Galveston Island. Contact us to schedule your appointment to meet with our professional staff and tour this stunning venue. We look forward to working with you and to have the pleasure of not only meeting – but exceeding – your every expectation for your upcoming wedding or special event. Let’s get together soon and start planning!