Chandon Arbors wedding and event venue in Keller looks to expand options

Cynthia and Don Hennig started Chandon Arbors after they helped to plan weddings for their children. (Photos by Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cynthia and Don Hennig started Chandon Arbors after they helped to plan weddings for their children. (Photos by Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Cynthia and Don Hennig started Chandon Arbors after they helped to plan weddings for their children. (Photos by Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Cynthia Hennig designed Chandon Arbors so that energy would flow from the front doors through the “jewel box” to the back of the building.
Cynthia Hennig said she wanted to open a wedding venue because of her experiences working with venues when her children were married. One issue stuck with her: a lack of space for family and friends to send off newlyweds properly.

“Where was the space to say goodbye?” Hennig said. “Where was the space to have that meeting together?”

That inspiration led Hennig to open Chandon Arbors. The Keller events venue centers around what she calls the “jewel box,” or an antechamber where families can say goodbye, pray and provide other sendoffs for married couples.

Hennig, who has a degree in interior design, created the space at Chandon Arbors in accordance with the principle of feng shui. The result, she said, is a calming effect for guests during monumental life events.

Beyond weddings, Chandon Arbors hosts conferences and corporate events. Hennig said the jewel box also works as a place to prepare mentally before a big presentation or sales pitch. Not only does the venue serve customers from Keller and nearby cities, such as Southlake, but it also draws out-of-town companies that appreciate its proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and other attractions.

Since opening in late 2019, Chandon Arbors has hosted at least 35 weddings, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hennig’s husband, Don, who co-owns the business and handles its finances, said they could have had almost double that number without the pandemic. Still, the Hennigs give tours to potential customers almost every day, and the event venue has a successful social media presence, they said.

According to the Hennigs, the majority of couples who book Chandon Arbors for their wedding are usually looking for a fully inclusive experience.

On average, the typical couple has a budget of between $20,000-$30,000, which is a typical budget for the majority of weddings held in the United States, Hennig said.

The Hennigs said they hope to diversify their options in 2021 by holding more themed events that are open to the public, such as a masquerade party or a Valentine’s Day singles event.

Ultimately, the Hennigs said they want Chandon Arbors to be a place for building unity and a place where the community can come together for fun and relaxation.

“To see how happy the families are—that’s what makes it all worth it,” Hennig said.

Chandon Arbors

121 S. Elm St., Keller


Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. open 24 hours

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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