If you’re still looking for the perfect Austin Wedding Venue, or are curious what I recommend I created a list to help! This is NOT  a comprehensive list of every wedding venue in the Austin in Central Texas area. If you’re looking for a directory, I recommend the directory on the Knot or Wedding Wire.

This is simply an in-progress list of my favorite venues that I have shot at before, or ones that I recommend. I’ll try to see this updated as new venues keep coming up each year.

For convenience, I separated each venue by city and categorized by general areas of Austin like the Hill Country, further west into lake country and deeper Hill Country areas (like Johnson City and Marble Falls) I separated the Central Austin wedding venues by type so if you’re looking for something specific, scroll down for those. I’ve also created a category for the suburbs since the Round Rock, Hutto, Buda and Georgetown areas are booming with venues as well.

These venues are great “all-in-one” venues with getting ready, ceremony & reception held all on the same grounds. Many brides opt for a transportation service to bring their guests out here simply for safety and convenience.

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Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs is now the Wedding Capital of Texas and it’s no surprise because it’s just a quick, easy 30 minute drive from downtown Austin. Rocky limestone terrain, hilly, curvy roads and great accommodations to really show off Central Texas to your out of town wedding guests.

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  • Memory Lane Event Center – Website
  • Prospect House – Website (Modern design set in the hill country, clean white walls and a well maintained picturesque ceremony space. 250 person capacity)
  • One World Theater – Website, Wedding Rates
  • *NEW!* Addison Grove – Website
  • *NEW!* Canyonwood Ridge – Website (300+ capacity)
  • *NEW!* Cedars Ranch – Website
  • *NEW!* Pecan Springs Ranch – Website (beautiful grounds and features a 6500 SF climate controlled reception hall)

Driftwood 

Just a few minutes south and east of Dripping Springs is Driftwood! Famously home to the Salt Lick, Driftwood is slowly growing into  a similar wedding destination. Slightly closer to the city, and a little quieter than Dripping Springs, think of Driftwood like the younger more casual sister city.

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  • Duchman Family Winery – Website
  • Stonehouse Villa – Website
  • Thurman’s Mansion- Website
  • Creekside- Website (A 1950’s bungalow-style guesthouse is available as a rental option and will accommodate as many as 14 guests!)

Wimberley

Known for being an artists’ town,  good antiquing and amazing B&Bs, Wimberley has all the small city charms you expect from Central Texas with the quiet natural retreat of the Blanco River. It’s a little further south and secluded than Dripping Springs but still within a day’s drive from Austin or San Marcos.

Johnson City/Marble Falls/Lakeway

Way out west of town there are a few venues that are gaining traction and growing in popularity in 2016 because they feature a more blissful retreat style wedding experience. Note: some vendors (myself included) will charge a travel fee to get to these since they’re quite a hike from central Austin. Check with your caterer, florist and prop rentals to make sure.

Austin suburbs

  • One Eleven East – Downtown Hutto, Website
  • Lone Oak Barn – Round Rock, Website
  • The Union on Eighth  – Georgetown, Website
  • Carrington Crossing – Buda, Website
  • Garden Grove – Buda, Website, Current Rates  (Brand new venue, has onsite accommodations!)

If you want to stay in the city, Austin has you covered with a huge variety of venues. From upscale hotels to intimate old homes, brides should expect smaller capacities and preferred vendor lists.
Some venues in particular have cramped, dark or no bridal suites, so I recommend keeping that in mind when choosing where to get married.

Original Historic Mansions, Antebellum homes and quaint chapels

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Boutique Hotels

  • Klimpton Van Zandt (sleek, modern with swanky vibes) – Website, Wedding Rates
  • Hotel Saint Cecilia  (unique, colorful and best for elopements or intimate weddings) – Website,
  • Hotel Ella  (upscale rooms in an old manor home) – Website
  • Green Pastures (recently underwent a HUGE renovation and is open for 2017 bookings!) Website

Hill Country vibes but central location

These venus are natural, so-called “blank slates” leaving nature and architecture to do most of the decorating

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Unique, heart of downtown spaces

Contemporary architecture, urban lofts, middle-of-the-city energy and intimate capacities.

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Major hotels

Hotel ballrooms are traditional choices for indoor wedding receptions. Many of the larger chain hotels will have room for 300+ which makes it great for large weddings and multicultural events. The photo options are slightly limited here, as you’ll be sharing space with hotel guests milling about. But on the upside, you don’t have to worry about driving anywhere after the party is over!

  • W Hotel Austin
  • Four Seasons
  • Hyatt Regency – Website
  • Omni Barton Creek – Website
  • Driskill Hotel – Website
  • Lone Star Court- Website
  • South Congress Hotel – Website, Weddings  (Capacity is only 150 for a seated meal and 250 for a standing only reception.)