Best Wedding Vendors and Venues Austin
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<H1>There are hundreds of wedding venues in Austin, and it can be very difficult to decide which is the perfect place to get married. After all, it's one of the most important days of your life! If you decide you want to wed outside of a church, read this list to learn about 10 of the most romantic and beautiful wedding venues in Austin and its surrounding areas. Many of these venues feature outdoor wedding ceremonies. </H1>
1104 San Antonio St.
Austin, Texas 78701
Formerly the private residence of a Scottish immigrant, Allan House is a beautiful Victorian home built in the 1883 with wide verandas and old-fashioned parlors. It sits in downtown Austin, just three blocks from the Capitol. The home is on gated grounds and offers both and indoor and outdoor option for weddings. The outdoor area has a stone patio adorned with tall, century-old oak trees and Texas blossoms. They have hundreds of small white lights wrapped around the oak trees and iron gates, which makes it feel very festive at night. This Austin wedding venue can accommodate up to 250 seated guests whether you choose to have the ceremony in the outdoor courtyard or inside the home.
615 Cardinal Ln.
Austin, Texas 78704
This events and performance venue is ideal for a wedding ceremony, a wedding reception or both. It was voted as one of the 'Best of Weddings 2008 & 2009’ by The Knot, a leading wedding Web site. The center’s main building was built in Mercury, Texas in 1904. The structure was moved to its location on a hill in South Central Austin in 1997 and has the feel of a beautiful, old-fashioned chapel. It is conveniently located near downtown but has a rural, Hill Country vibe. There are four acres of lawn with towering trees, bridal dressing rooms, a catering kitchen, and plenty of parking for your guests. The layout is flexible, so they can accommodate you whether your group is large or small.
19039 Adrian Way
Lake Travis, Texas 78645
Villa Antonia is one of Austin's most scenic wedding venues. It is located in the Texas Hill Country and overlooks the north shore of Lake Travis. It is built in the style of a Tuscan villa and features a massive stone arch entryway, a beautiful gazebo and a walkway that spirals through a 20-foot waterfall. Inside, there is a naturally-lit atrium with a beautiful, winding marble staircase. Have your ceremony outdoors on the lake-view terrace or inside the white Mission-style chapel. It also has plenty of facilities for a reception; the entire center has 15,000-20,000 square feet of versatile space. There are separate dressing rooms for the bride, groom and bridesmaids.
Michael Hooks Photography
10463 Sprinkle Road
Austin, Texas 78754
Barr Mansion is a family-owned business that has been in Austin for over 20 years. Get married in the intimate rose garden or the elegant Artisan Ballroom, of which the entire front is 40 feet of glass. Groups up to 75 can fit in the Victorian mansion, which was built in 1898 and features gingerbread porches. Its rooms serve well for rehearsal dinners or dressing rooms. The ballroom is suited to groups of 75-200. If you have a large group, the celebration can include the patio, or they can event set up a 2,400 square foot canopy. Barr Mansion even hosted groups of 800. They also offer add-ons such as cake design, floral arrangements and vendor selection. They serve all organic cuisine.
Thanks for the Memories
11110 Fitzhugh Road
Austin, Texas 78736
This rustic outdoor wedding venue in South Austin was voted as a Best of Weddings 2008/2009 pick by The Knot, a leading wedding Web site. The venue is essentially a ranch home with a laid-back Hill Country vibe, and it features a rolling green lawn adorned with 100-year-old oak trees. After the ceremony, you can dance and eat either under the covered veranda or inside the roomy home. You can also spend your first evening as a married couple together in the bridal suite. You can also rent the home for the full weekend if you have guests in town, as it has five large bedrooms and three bathrooms. This is a great place if you want a wedding under the stars!
4209 Eck Lane
Austin, Texas 78734
(800) 267-7623 or (512) 266-9333 Located 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Vintage Villas offers several options for wedding ceremonies. Have an indoor ceremony in the Sunset Room, which has a view of Lake Travis through its cathedral windows. You can also opt to have your wedding outdoors in either the beautiful Arbor Courtyard or the Gazebo gardens, which overlook the lake. Having a wedding around sunset is popular here! Vintage Villas has a bridal changing room. There are 43 charming rooms in the villa, so your out-of-town guests can stay on-site. They also provide very innovative cuisine from an acclaimed chef, so if you have your reception here too, you can have a custom menu created just for you.
Matt Montalvo Photography
2600 Hwy. 290 East
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Located 20 minutes from downtown Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, The Terrace Club was also a 2008/2009 top wedding pick by The Knot. You can get married in their ballroom that is surrounded by windows, with a large dance floor and 24-foot vaulted ceilings. If you prefer your wedding to be outside with a view of the Hill Country (especially with the backdrop of a stunning sunset), you can have your ceremony in the lush outdoor garden that has an arbor and a natural stone walkway. As a full catered event facility, they offer banquet packages and a variety of menus that can serve any sized group. Their wedding coordinators can help you plan every detail.
18315 RR 1826
Driftwood, Texas 78619
Creekside Pavilion is located along the banks of Onion Creek, and the grounds are filled with Cyprus trees. It is an outdoor wedding venue located in the Texas Hill Country, and you can have your ceremony in the Creekside Gazebo or on the creek by the waterfall. The 7-acre compound has gated entry, and the climate-controlled interior is perfect for receptions. Inside there is also a large stage for bands and a roomy dance floor. There are two large, illuminated outdoor decks, which your guests will love on a beautiful day, and guests are free to stroll along the creek. There is unlimited parking in addition to private dressing rooms. They offer catering, music, and other services.
Emily Starbuck Gerson
605 Robert E. Lee Road
Austin, Texas 78704
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a beautiful place to get married in Austin if you want a natural setting near the city center, and it is certainly one of the most unique wedding venues in town. It has a xeriscaped garden filled with sculptures from acclaimed artist Charles Umlauf. The outdoor area contains an arbor especially for weddings, and it overlooks a lily pond with a waterfall and wooded hills in the distance. The outdoor terrace can accommodate up to 200 guests. For receptionsl, the Roberta Crenshaw Building, which is glass-enclosed, can accommodate 40 people for a small event, or around 30 guests for a seated dinner. The Umlauf Garden offers a full catering kitchen.
3505 West 35th St.
The Mayfield Park and Preserve is a peaceful area located near the Austin city center. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds were given to the city in 1971 by the owner and is now a public park that can be reserved for weddings. It features two acres of gardens that contain palm trees and a large pond with water lilies, and there are many beautiful peacocks. There are also 21 acres of nature preserve that contain wildlife and walking trails. The cottage on the grounds was built in the 1870s and can be rented out in addition to the gardens. The cottage has two reception rooms, a dining room, a kitchen a sun porch, a bridal changing room and two bathrooms.
The Palm Door used to house the City Grill, but is now an events venue often used for weddings. It has beautiful architecture, with wood floors and beams and 14-foot vaulted ceilings. It can look like a funky warehouse or they drape it in fabric for an elegant look. It is one of the few downtown wedding venues that is not a hotel ballroom. They also allow outside food and beverage and are very flexible with decor. The interior has a main room and gallery that can hold 300 people standing, or 150-175 people for a seated dinner. For rows of chairs, it can fit 200 people. The exterior decks run the length of the building and overlook Waller Creek. The back of the house has a private bride’s room with its own bathroom.
Rule #1- Understand The Logistics
With all the emotion and excitement that comes with the early stages of wedding planning it is very easy for couples to see a venue, get excited and sign the contract. While it may seem ho-hum, remembering to consider the logistics of the venue can actually save you big headaches later on. Everything from how many guest you will need the venue to fit, the season and time of day you want to have your wedding and any special accommodations your guests might need.
Here's a big question: should a couple pick the venue before having a guest list or should they get a guest count and then pick the venue? It is not easy to have a guest count two weeks into the wedding planning process but if you don't have an idea of what size wedding you are going to have you will not be able to pick a venue confidently. No firm count is needed to look at venues, but one of the first questions the venue will ask a couple is how many guest you'll be hosting. Having a rough idea of your wedding size -- whether it be 60, 125 or 300 guests -- will allow you to cross venues off your list without having to go look at them in person since almost every venue lists their facility size online. Searching an onine venue datatbase like RusticWeddingGuide.com will allow you to save time and not have to call, email or track down basic information about a venue.
Couples probably have a good idea of the season they want to tie the knot, which can also help to shape the wedding venue search. But don't forget: many venues might showcase images from a beautiful season like summer on their websites, so make sure you ask to see pictures from the season you intend to get married. If the venue holds weddings in all seasons, make sure you ask questions such as, "Is there heat and air conditioning? Is there a 'backup' space if all of a sudden it starts to rain? If there is a good lighting so that our guests will be able to see as the evening goes on?"
While getting married might be one of the most self-absorbed times in a person's life, you take into account any special accommodations your guests might need when selecting a venue. While any established wedding venue will have proper accessibility for people with disabilities, a venue that is not typically rented out as a business might not have full wheelchair access.
Rule #2 - Visit The Venue At The Time Of Day Your Wedding Will Be
Saturday is still the most popular day for couples to go out and visit venues and since most couples get married on a Saturday it only makes sense. But one of my most important rules is to go back for a second visit at the very time of day your wedding will be held. If you visit a venue at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and you are planning to have your wedding at 5 p.m. in the evening, you probably won't be getting the same view of the venue. It only seems logical to be able to see the venue at the very time of day you will be hosting your wedding but it is something that, most of the time, you will need to ask for. Everything from how the light floods into the space, to if a cold draft sweeps through the hallway can help you figure out if this is the venue you want to spend your money on. Visiting the venue is also the perfect time to bring with you your wedding planner or coordinator and have them take a look. Oftentimes those wedding professionals have a different take of a venue and might offer some good advice.
Rule # 3 - Find Out If The Venue Is Full Service Or Not
There really are two very different types of wedding venues, full service and not full service. A full service wedding venue most of the time offers everything from table and chair rentals, to linens and catering supplies, while a non-full service venue most of the time only offers you the space and it is up to you to fill in the rest. This means you will be responsible for booking all of the vendors for the wedding day. Either way, some venues have required vendors that they want you to work with, so that is something to figure out before you the book space. Working with venue-required vendors such as caters, rental companies, and event designers does not give you the option of "shopping" around and finding a quote that meets your budget.
Rule #4 - Decide On Your Wedding Style & Feel
A romantic vineyard, an urban industrial loft, an elegant barn, all of these spaces sound appealing when planning a wedding. But just like its not easy to fit a square peg into a round hole, it is not easy to plan a style-specific wedding at all venues. Taking into account what style wedding you want will help you choose the venues you need to visit. If a modern minimalist wedding is what you have your sights set on, you might want stay clear of any country charm venues. Many couples think that they don't need to decide on a wedding style early on, but I think it is one of the most important decisions because you might be able to save on decorations and decor if you select a venue that suits your wedding day style.
Rule # 5 - Ask, Ask & Ask Again
Making a list and asking all the questions you have about a venue is important but not as important as asking that same question to multiple people associated with the venue. Depending on who you are dealing with and what their role is at the venue you might get different answers, so make sure you ask your questions to everyone -- from the catering manager, to the business manager, to the day-of coordinator. Important questions that you might not think to ask are, "How many weddings are held here in one a day? Who will be here helping me the actual day of the wedding? Do you have any construction or landscape changes coming up before my wedding? Do you anticipate any changes to the venue before the wedding day?" Just when you think you have asked enough questions, ask again and then of course get everything in writing!