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.
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.
- Ma Maison – Website, Wedding Rates & Info
- Camp Lucy – Website, Sacred Oaks (best venue- 350 person capacity, small cabins for overnight lodging, in-house catering and rentals)
- Vista West Ranch – Website
- 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.)
- Pecan Springs Ranch – Website (beautiful grounds and features a 6500 SF climate controlled reception hall)
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.
- Greenhouse at Driftwood – Wedding – Website
- Creekside – Website (A 1950’s bungalow-style guesthouse is available as a rental option and will accommodate as many as 14 guests!)
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.
- Rancho Mirando – Website, Wedding Rates (RM is a destination venue, which means they can accommodate your wedding party onsite!)
- The Plant at Kyle – Formerly an old concrete manufacturing plant turned into a wedding venue. There are few amenities included, think like an Airbnb so consider having a small wedding there to avoid having to rent port-a-potties, 2018 same sex wedding
- Old Glory Ranch – Website, Britt & Steven’s 2014 fall wedding
- Montesino Ranch – Website
Bee Caves area
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.
- Retreat at Balcones Springs- Marble Falls, Website, Accommodation info, 2012 Summer camp wedding
- Villa Antonia- Wedding– Website
- Horseshoe Bay Resort – Website
- Star Hill Ranch – Wedding –Website
- Hideout on the Horseshoe – Canyon Lake area, Website
- One Eleven East – Downtown Hutto, Website
- Lone Oak Barn – Round Rock, Website
- The Union on Eighth – Georgetown, Website
- 2019 COMING SOON Wish Well House- Georgetown, Website
- Carrington Crossing – Buda, Website
- Garden Grove – Buda, Website
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
- Barr Mansion – Website, Bridal Portraits, Kate & Corey
- Allan House – Website
- Texas Women’s Federation Mansion – Website, 2017 rates
- Caswell House – Website
- Mercury Hall – Website, Alex & Christine’s early spring wedding reception
- Hotel Saint Cecilia (unique, colorful and best for elopements or intimate weddings) – Website,
- Hotel Ella (upscale rooms in an old manor home) – Website
- South Congress Hotel – Ginny & Justin
- Mattie’s at Green Pasture – Website
Hill Country vibes but “Austin proper”
These venus are natural, so-called “blank slates” leaving nature and architecture to do most of the decorating
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Website, Dan & Leah’s night wedding, Sarah & Ben’s 2015 spring wedding, Kara & Mark’s intimate wedding
Unique, heart of downtown spaces
Contemporary architecture, urban lofts, middle-of-the-city energy and intimate capacities.
- Blanton Museum of Art – Website, Wedding rates & info, Moody summer wedding
- Palm Door on Sabine – Website
- Bob Bullock History Museum – Website, Emily & Keith’s wedding reception
- Brazos Hall – Website (great for 250+ people events!)
- Fair Market – Website
- Umlauf Sculpture Garden (The Museum does not provide planning, set-up or teardown services which is something you’ll have to keep in mind when you book.) – Website, Wedding rates
Hotel ballrooms are traditional choices for indoor wedding receptions. Many of the larger hotels will have room for 300+ which makes it great for bigger weddings and multicultural events. The photo options are slightly limited here, as you’ll be sharing space with hotel guests milling about. The price tag for these does increase significantly when you’re approaching north of 150 guests, but on the upside, room service brings your hangover cure the next morning.