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Austin Elopement Venues

How to choose the best venue for your small and intimate wedding in Central Texas

Tips for planning an intimate wedding in the Austin area.

The Austin and Hill Country area is rife with wedding venues but what if your guest count is under 50? Under 20? When you’re not having a big wedding, what is the perfect venue? Consider this is your natural light loving photographer’s guide to choosing the perfect intimate wedding venue in Austin.

You’re looking for the Goldilocks of Austin elopement venues. You don’t want a place that’s too big, making you feel like no one showed up to your party, or a place that’s too small and lacking a variety of photo opportunities.

It’s gotta be just the right amount of space and most importantly – it has to fit your vibe. Are you more about crusty old buildings or are you hoping to spread out a little and enjoy the Hill Country views?

Thankfully you have the option for either or both for your Austin Elopement or Microwedding.

Austin Small Wedding Venue Ideas


The Sanctuary Event Space is a mostly open air venue in the heart of South Austin tucked away in the treetops.

These types of locations are more about having it all in one place rather than ceremony & reception in different locations. You can show up and get married wham bam!

Downtown & historic buildings

Looking for crusty buildings and a more formal or classic wedding venue feel with a smaller guest count? Barr Mansion is the best and my most favorite, however my second favorite intimate wedding venue goes to One Eleven East.

Hill Country Venues with views

I feel like I need to put a caveat here.

Austin has a ton of venues with sweeping panoramic Hill Country views but most of them either aren’t doing small weddings, or are too big to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth out of the space.

There are tons of tiny, older, more generic summer camps which can be great for the outdoorsy couple, but not having access to power for music, lights or for your caterer can be a problem.

Additionally, when choosing an all-outdoor venue you need to think about the weather and time of year you’re having your wedding. Fall & Spring are the most popular because of moderate weather but they might come at a higher price on the weekends because it’s “peak season” in Central Texas.

If you choose an off season date, consider how and when you will want to duck inside for some A/C or heaters.

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Pecan Springs Ranch is just outside Austin not quite to Dripping Springs and yet it’s a world away. They are a photographer’s favorite for being so nice and having multiple really great ceremony and portrait location options. Plus the light is really nice. They are offering small wedding packages as of publishing this article

Fredricksburg Wineries & Breweries

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The Hall at Jester King is just across a field from the brewery itself and has a gorgeous rustic industrial vibe to it. A perk when booking this venue is the opportunity to celebrate with strangers and all the great JK beer next door!

Modern/ Unique

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The Wildflower Center is one of my favorite fall and spring venues in Central Austin. You can book your event by following this link. I loved photographing this November Wildflower Center wedding.

Of course these are just my favorite selections of the wedding venues in Austin that can hold your small, scaled down wedding. Whether it was COVID cancelling your big wedding, or you’re just not that into spending all that time and money on a party for 150 people, there are many options for an intimate wedding in Austin and San Antonio.

I know that wedding planning right now is a little different and stressful but if you’re planning a super small wedding in 2021 or 2022 and are ready to book your photographer – contact me using the form below and tell me all about your plans!

Intimate wedding pricing available for Monday-Thursday events in 2021. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Elopement rates start at $1000

Shoot me a message through this contact form and let’s begin the discovery process! I hope to hear from all of you, no matter your wedding size. xo