The question’s been popped, the ring presented and your heart is aflutter with pre-marital bliss. Love is in the air. You excitedly share the news with loved ones and what are the first questions they ask?
“Have you set a date? Where’s it going to be?”
And that’s when it hits you. You have to plan a party for hundreds of people with no past experience. Among the catering, DJs, linens and favors, the most crucial factor is probably first on your list: pick a magical venue.
Fear not, intrepid fiancées. We’ve got you covered. In the spirit of keeping ATX weird, here are our Top 7 Unique Wedding Venues in Austin, Texas. Guaranteed to give your wedding style, pop and a bit of the quirk that makes this city great.
NOTE: This list is in no particular order. We love each of these locations equally.
#1 Barr Mansion – An Organic Experience
With a stunning mix of Victorian elegance and natural beauty, Barr Mansion has quickly become a premier ATX wedding destination. Here, everything is natural. From their 100% organic food menu to the woody vibe of the main ballroom, Barr Mansion feels warm without being casual.
Oh, and remember that terrifying list of things to rent and order? Barr Mansion handles most of it. From table settings to rentable furniture to a complimentary day-of coordinator, Barr Mansion makes your planning a cinch. Coupling that with a charming mix of classic style and modern chic, this North Austin venue is a magical place to say your vows.
10463 Sprinkle Rd – Website
#2 Mercury Hall – Old School and Intimate
Holding your wedding in an hundred year old venue is the definition of old school. Fun, distinctive and brimming with character, Mercury Hall’s vibe is charmingly left of center. Featuring 13 stained glass windows and a stunning outdoor terrace, Mercury combines classic beauty with old world charm.
And while every location on this list is perfect for pictures, Mercury Hall’s gorgeous grounds and evenly lit interior are a photographer’s dream. The stained glass windows are stunning, while the bare bones interior is a blank canvas for customization. Charming, rustic and timeless, Mercury Hall is the ideal spot for couples who value an intimate setting over grand, overblown affairs.
615 Cardinal Ln – Website
#3 The Saltlick – BBQ with a Classy Twist
A wedding at a BBQ joint? Balderdash you say? Well, believe it! One of Austin’s most famous BBQ joints, The Saltlick is also a fantastic place for a wedding hoedown. If you have out of towners looking for a very “Texas” destination, this ATX landmark may be just the ticket.
But don’t confuse a land of ribs and brisket with casual dining. The Saltlick features three wonderful places to celebrate: their lush vineyard, the upscale Thurman’s Mansion or the outdoor splendor of the Pecan Grove. No matter which you choose, you’ll be treated to some of the best grub in Austin. A combination of down home goodness and southern hospitality.
18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX – Website
#4 Federation of Women’s “The Mansion” – Opulent and Elegant
When planning your big day, the number one question will be “what’s your theme?” Sadly, “getting married” isn’t enough anymore. With one of the most gorgeous foyers in town, the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters (commonly referred to as “The Mansion”) is a wonderful jumping off point for your festivities.
But The Mansion isn’t just old school class. It’s incredibly versatile. Are your 18 cousins from Tyler driving down for the wedding? This monstrous ballroom will easily handle your expanding guest list. A lovely outdoor patio gives guests a place for fresh air as they soak in the rich history of one of Austin’s most storied estates.
More Mad Men than mason jars, The Mansion is Hollywood glamour mixed with Southern charm.
2312 San Gabriel St – Website
#5 Castle Avalon – A Fairytale Wedding
Ever dream of rolling up to your big day in a horse drawn carriage while a bevy of handmaidens cater to your every need? Castle Avalon is a fantastic place to start if you want to get all Disney on your special day. Cinderella never had it this good!
While the castle’s New Braunfels location is technically outside Austin city limits, Avalon is too unique to leave off the list. A grand entryway offers incredible views and photo opportunities as you make your way to the main event hall.
Whether you’re saying “I do” in the spacious outdoor garden or partying in the immaculate grand ballroom, Castle Avalon will make you feel like royalty. Fairytales do come true!
10900 Hwy 46 West, Canyon Lake, TX – Website
#6 Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum – Zen and Calm
Newsflash: weddings are madness. What better way to calm the senses than a serene, tranquil ceremony at Umlauf Sculpture Garden? A babbling brook streams behind the podium as your guests soak in the natural splendor. Five acres of bronze and stone sculptures enhance the romantic mood.
But it’s not all quiet and calm. After a picturesque ceremony at the Arbor, your guests can celebrate outside or on the Terrace. With full access to all lawns and gardens, your wedding can be a majestic, sprawling affair. Perfect for those in tune with nature, art and old fashioned good times.
605 Robert E Lee Rd – Website
@BillTuckerTSP wants to know:
We’ve all been to at least one Austin wedding. Which location was your favorite?
Our daughter got married at Castle Avalon in a medieval themed “costume wedding”. It was amazing!
We got married at Lou Neff Point, overlooking Lady Bird Lake and downtown. Doesn’t get much more “Austin” (not to mention affordable) than that. I do love a good Barr Mansion wedding though!
My husband and I were married at the Caswell House on West at 15th St. Our ceremony was on the porch, and our simple brunch reception was in the house. It was perfect, old-school Austin.
Do check out the ranch at bell springs in the hill country! totally loved that place http://www.theranchatbellsprings.com
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