'Haunted' Galveston hotel hosting wedding reception for island's famous 'ghost bride'

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A black-and-white photo of the Galvez Hotel, which was built directly behind the seawall in Galveston, Texas.

A black-and-white photo of the Galvez Hotel, which was built directly behind the seawall in Galveston, Texas.

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The Hotel Grand Galvez is considered one of the most haunted hotels in Texas and now the Galveston Island stay is honoring one of its most famous paranormal guests just in time for Halloween.

The Hotel Galvez, also known as the "Queen of the Gulf," has been a staple tourist attraction on Galveston Island for more than a century, according to the island's official website. Built in 1911, the hotel has stood the test of time and still stands today with no shortage of stories, with a few tales focusing on the paranormal side of affairs.

One of the hotel's paranormal stories focuses on the inn's so-called ghost bride known as Audra. To honor the legend of this story and countless other stories involving encounters from years past, the hotel is throwing her a wedding reception. 

Staff and guests of Hotel Galvez still reported ghost sightings involving Audra, the island's website said.

As the story goes, Audra was a 25-year-old bride-to-be who stayed in room 501 of the hotel and she was engaged to a mariner who sailed in and out of the Port of Galveston, according to a recounting of the event listed on the hotel website. While waiting for him to return from sea, a storm erupted, leaving Audra concerned about his safety. Audra would later be told that her fiancee's ship was lost at sea and eventually took her own life in the hotel's west turret, the page states.

In a turn of events, the ending of the page states the mariner appeared at the hotel after her passing, only to find his bride-to-be had taken her own life. 

Now, the hotel is honoring the legend by throwing Audra a wedding reception for guests to attend. 

Audra's reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., with guests asked to dress in costume or cocktail attire. Tickets are $95, and the event is open to the public. 

For additional information, guests can call 409-765-7721 or visit the Grand Galvez website. 

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