There are so many Austin wedding venues to choose from. After all, this isn’t only the capital of Texas, it’s a beacon of art, culture, and unique character. The city has always had a welcoming spirit that charms visitors. It’s no wonder that Austin has become one of the hottest destination for weddings in the country. The western part of the area is full of lush hills that are home to dramatic views. Urban Austin has many pedestrian friendly areas with restaurants, bars, and live music. There is something for everyone here in Central Texas.
I’ve tried to narrow things down a bit with a few of my very favorite Austin wedding venues. They all have a few things in common… Built in character that still allows for customization is always important to me. Having a great reputation for making clients happy is another big factor. Most of all, I put value in venues that couples won’t find anywhere else.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures
South Austin, Texas
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is a historic landmark located in South Austin. The recently renovated estate reopened a few years back and is better than ever. It features a restaurant, Mattie’s, that is one of Austin’s hottest culinary destinations. (And yes, it’s some of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding). It’s set in the beautiful old Victorian farmhouse that Martha “Mattie” Faulk moved to in 1916. It’s also where her daughter opened Green Pastures in 1946. This became a favorite venue for elegant parties, wedding receptions, and other events. It’s legacy lives on in Mattie’s at Green Pastures, one of the absolute best Austin wedding venues.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures lies only a few minutes away from downtown Austin. Despite its convenient location, Mattie’s feels far away from the city. Guest feel surrounded by mid century Texas charm. Though in many ways the grounds feel elegant, it’s in no way ostentatious. Southern hospitality is the vibe here and the entire place feels homey and inviting.
The white farmhouse has been lovingly restored to it’s former glory. The stately building feels right at home as the centerpiece of the grounds. It’s surrounded by bright, inviting patios and porches. Inside, there are lovely old bars and cosy fireplace lounges. They are great places to meet and mingle before the wedding gets started.
The main draw for couples looking to get married at Mattie’s is the stunning outdoor grounds. The area features beautiful live oak trees, grassy meadows, and roaming peacocks. You’d be hard pressed to find a more idillic setting, especially in the city. There are great options for outdoor wedding ceremonies, depending on your preferred backdrop.
The large, covered patio space is perfect for cocktail hour. Plus, a clear party tent is connected to the area for added space and possibilities. The tent makes an outdoor reception possible, while still protecting guests from weather. It sits under live oak branches and right outside Marion Hall, the main reception space.
Marion Hall is terrific for an indoor wedding reception. It’s 2300 square feet can host 160 seated guests. The south and east galleries feature large wooden doors and windows. They look out onto the garden while letting in natural light and air. No matter where you are at Mattie’s, you feel like you are a part of the surrounding nature.
Laguna gloria is a historic landmark that overlooks the Colorado river. It is conveniently located a few miles to the west of downtown Austin. The setting always felt a little like southern California to me though. The villa is over a century old and was first a private residence. It is currently part of the Contemporary Austin. True to its artistic history, Laguna Gloria is home to many outdoor sculptures. The natural setting and gardens are the real draw though.
The Italian driscoll style Villa is set among beautifully manicured gardens. It sits on a hill that overlooks the water and hills of west Austin. Almost every spot on the grounds is great for photos. Sunset at Laguna Gloria is particularly beautiful. There is a sizable outdoor patio that can be tented while maintaining those amazing views.
As you’d imagine, Laguna Gloria isn’t a hidden gem. Instead, this is one of the most celebrated and sought after wedding venues in the Austin area. If you are considering saying “I do” here, you’ll need to make plans sooner rather than later!
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South Congress Hotel
South Austin, Texas
As the name suggests, the South Congress Hotel is located right on South Congress Avenue. It’s location, in the heart of Austin cool, is only part of hotel’s draw. The real strength of the South Congress Hotel as a wedding venue, is its versatility. The outdoor ceremony space has lots of room for customization. It features ample room for seating and a large stage/altar. The entire space can be converted to an outdoor reception or cocktail hour.
It can get a little steamy during the Texas summers, so there is a great indoor ballroom area. What makes it an above average ballroom is the large sliding glass doors that open up to the ceremony patio. It feels like and indoor/outdoor setting, even with the doors closed.
The hotel itself is on the larger side for a boutique size. It also has several restaurants and a pretty happening pool scene. The busy premises could be a little inconvenient for vendors and guests. Thankfully, the ceremony and reception spaces are in their own corner of the Hotel. The wedding activities don’t overlap with the rest of the hotel unless wanted. Of course, the hotel is a funky meets upscale meets mid century modern gem. The grounds give many opportunities for creative wedding portraits. It can really be a one stop shop for couples, without being cookie cutter in any way.
The Greenhouse at Driftwood has something for everyone. This unique wedding venue is located in the Texas Hill Country Southwest of Austin. It’s a dream spot for any couple who loves nature but can’t quite commit to eloping on a mountain top.
The Greenhouse at Driftwood works for almost any wedding style. The artsy boho vibes are obvious, but the spaces work great for elegant black tie affairs as well. There are options galore for ceremonies. Couples can exchange vows a number of idyllic settings. There are, of course, the greenhouses (desert and tropical). The desert greenhouse is the most popular. It’s available for very small ceremonies or elopements. There is an outside area for tenting and a beautiful lawn with Hill Country vibes. The entire venue is very customizable and it’s all gorgeous!
Despite the rare plants and outdoor beauty, the building itself is equally attractive. It’s even used as the backdrop for ceremony altars. It is a striking mix of Central Texas stone and glass that seems at home among the natural treasures it holds. The entire property was designed with an eye on sustainability and conservation. It’s a great bonus that The Greenhouse at Driftwood offers it’s couples.
Dripping Springs, Texas
Dripping Springs proclaims itself to be the “Wedding Capital of Texas.” In fact, there are over 35 wedding venues nearby. The small town lies only a few miles west of Austin. Despite its close proximity to the big city, the area feels like a world away. It’s everything you could want from a small Texas Hill Country town. Of course, the typical rustic Texas style wedding venues abound. But it’s a modern, minimalist venue perched on a hill that takes best advantage of the country charm.
Prospect House is an all white wedding venue with that features lots of room to create. Designed by Texas architect Max Levy, the building’s layed out in a long shotgun format. It features clean geometric lines and lots of windows for natural light. While the interior is all white, the exterior is shiny metal. There’s suites for getting ready, enclosed breezeway, and an air conditioned main hall.
The biggest draw for most is the outdoor landscape around Prospect House. It features native grasses, wildflowers, and Texas Red Oak tress. Of course, the well known white altar frame sculpture makes a great backdrop for the hilly views. It is an unbelievable setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
Looking for classic Texas elegance? Look no further than the historic Driskell Hotel in the heart of downtown Austin. The building is a landmark and makes quite a statement. It was built way back in 1886 by Col. Driskell, a rich cattleman looking to make a statement. He wanted to build the finest hotel in the South and it’s stood the test of time. The Romanesque Revival style building’s made up of brick and white limestone. The hotel is so full of character that it becomes the stylistic focal point of most any wedding held within it.
There are several options for ceremony and reception spaces. My favorite is the Mezzanine. It occupies the second level of the Driskell and to say it is grand would be an understatement. The space features Hand-painted columns, marble floors, and plenty of space for guests.
The rest of the hotel has plenty of great photo opportunities as well. Of course, you’re steps away from anything downtown. The Driskell is perfect for couples wanting a little black tie and a little western swing.
Downtown Austin, Texas
Another downtown Austin gem is Brazos Hall. It’s the most industrial of any other wedding venue here. That being said, this is much more than your average “old brick warehouse” venue. It’s a large and versatile space. Couples with a long guest list and unique vision will appreciate the ability to create here.
The biggest draw to turn-of-the-century warehouse building is the covered outdoor rooftop deck. The Deck overlooks the corner of 4th and Brazos in the hotel district of downtown Austin. The area’s surrounded by skyscrapers and the sounds of live music wafting from 6th street. It’s a terrific location for a large urban ceremony.
The first floor Main Hall was converted from an old grain mill. It features restored pine floors and rafters with brick walls. The room is massive. 8,400 square feet with space for 900 standing and 500 sitting. Best of all, it’s a blank space on which to create your dream wedding.
Villa Del Lago
Villa Del Lago overlooks Lake Travis in far North West Austin. At 20 thousand square feet, it has room for any size wedding. Villa Del Lago features a huge mansion estate, gardens, and an open air event center. All these overlook Lake Travis and the Hill Country. The entire villa is done in a Mediterranean meets Texas Hill Country style. The ceremony altar space overlooks the vista below and is a highlight. The event center is very versatile and the open air option is fantastic. My favorite area is the long garden lawn. The area can be furnished for a reception dinner and even tented. This option gives things an elegant Italian feel that I love. Villa Del Lago is a wonderful option for an elegant Austin wedding.
The Line Austin
Downtown Austin, Texas
The Line Hotel might seem like an odd choice for a wedding venue at first glance. The recently renovated space has a lot going for it. It’s located downtown right next to Ladybird Lake and South Congress Avenue. The building opened in 1965 as the Crest Inn and always had great mid-century bones. The new design has brightened things up and added lots of personality to the hotel.
The Line Hotel offers lots of room to customize and move around in. One of the it’s best features is the 6th floor patio bar overlooking Ladybird Lake. The area works great for a sunset cocktail hour. In fact, the Line Hotel has some serious culinary chops. It’s home to two restaurants and a coffee shop. One of them, Arlo Grey, is the product of Top Chef winner Kristen Kish. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything Top Chef related!
The rooms and suites are great for getting ready in. They are big and bright with terrific views. Of course, staying at the hotel makes things especially easy for out of town guests. Plus, pets stay for free!
The main draw for couple’s here are the two ballrooms. Unlike most ballrooms, these feature floor-to-ceiling windows. The windows allow natural light in the space. They also provide views of Town Lake and the Congress Avenue Bridge. These versatile spaces offer options for all sizes of events. The Onyx Ballroom can hold up to 665 or be divided for a more intimate feel. The Topaz Ballroom is smaller but still holds up to 377. In addition to all this, both offer the freedom to create that make ballrooms desirable.
Austin Country Club
Colorado River, Northwest Austin
The Austin Country Club is an exclusive venue on the shore of the Lake Austin. The club is known for its views, including Pennybacker bridge and the lush grounds. The Austin Country Club features customizable indoor leading to outdoor options. There are many opportunities to make the spaces your own. Of course, being a premiere club, the level of service is very high. Everything from the award winning chef, to the well appointed clubhouse, is top notch.
Celebrate at one of these Austin Wedding Venues
The best Austin wedding venues will all let you make your own mark. Personalizing your wedding is so important. I get to know what makes you unique as a couple. That way, I can tell your story in the an authentic way. Wedding trends come and go. By making your wedding personal and distinct, you’ll have a story that’s timeless.
I’d love to tell that story. Please learn more about me and my philosophy as an Austin wedding photographer. Then get in touch!