My Favorite Austin Wedding Venues!
sorta….some are outside Austin. hah!
Often, especially when I do the Texas Wedding Guide Bridal Expo, a lot of people are a bit overwhelmed with the seemingly infinite options for Austin wedding venues. What amenities do they have? What backdrop for your ceremony is ideal? How many people will it fit? As a photographer, I want to know what kind of lighting is in the bridal suite, how clean it looks, what the venue coordinator’s attitude is like. Do they care about creating a beautiful scenery for photos? Is there parking specifically for vendors that isn’t a mile away? What care has been put into the night time ambiance, so I can do night shots?
There is a massive variety in Austin wedding venues and it’s hard to know where to start. I’m definitely not saying I know everything about anything, really, but I can perhaps give you a good start on what Austin wedding venues could possibly be a good fit for you! I also recently did a blog on my favorite caterers and my favorite cake makers. Make sure to check those out for some further guidance!
Talk about a fantastic venue. Rianne is the amazing venue owner and put some serious work into this space. The bridal suite is filled with light and there is some decent space to get ready. There are big huge wide amazing spaces for photography, a really neat spot for the groom’s getting ready space and the reception area is gorgeous. It’s also perfect for bridal portraits!
This is one of my favoritest venues and simply don’t get to shoot here enough! Vista West Ranch has a GORGEOUS getting ready space, for both sides of the couple. One is light and airy, the other is more masculine. The space has stunning light, a superb ceremony space and a perfect reception space for a small to medium sized wedding. One of my favorite weddings there was Tonya and Ernesto’s rad shindig a couple years ago. Even in mid-July, Vista West Ranch is a stunner!
Okay, so this isn’t quite an Austin wedding venue, but King River Ranch is my *favorite*. Sad news? I’ve only shot here once. The impression it left was lasting AF though. The venue owner was beyond accommodating, “just give me a thirty minute heads up if you want to use a horse!” and my clients were treated like royalty. The bridal suite is *incredible* and the whole grounds is one unfathomably beautiful spot after another. I could shoot here allllll day.
Carina and Ernie’s wedding was such an insanely fantastic experience at this venue. The owner wanted to replicate an European feel in New Braunfels, Texas and boy….she nailed it. The reception site is intended to mimic an old English chapel, the gardens have a French garden feel and the grounds have so many twist and turns of beauty, I couldn’t capture it all in one day. HIGHLY recommend this place!
You’ve probably heard of Texas Old Town by now, with multiple venue options and affordable pricing for the country bride, but in case you haven’t….check it out. There are different halls, to meet your various needs. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of the getting ready locations, there is a serious shortage of windows. But if you’re looking for a solid country feel, Texas Old Town is where its at!
Oh boy, what an ADORABLE venue right outside downtown Austin! It’s one of my favorite Austin wedding venues, in Austin proper. It even has a decent amount of parking! It’s only really for smaller weddings, but it has a beautiful white interior, stunning ceremony grounds and an affordable price for average brides! My first wedding at Mercury Hall was Callie and Jeff, which was an amazing experience.
What a stunning East Austin wedding venue. Frankly, I just simply love the ambiance inside the venue. There isn’t a good getting ready spot and the parking is insane, since it’s shared with a brewery and bouldering business, but the chic industrial feel inside is unparalleled in East Austin.
Looking for a naturally beautiful site for a smaller wedding? Looking to have a wedding night in a tree house? Cypress Valley Event Center is just the ticket for the outdoorsy simplistic couple. I’ve done a few elopements there as well, which it is absolutely perfect for! My very first elopement there was Questella and Rita back in 2017. It’s a bit chilly in winter but still absolutely beautiful!
Looking for a modern venue that offers a blank slate for your wedding vision? Prospect House is the ticket! Plenty of parking, decent getting ready spaces (no windows and I love windows) and an iconic ceremony site that is memorable. I love the light and grounds of this space, plus the reception hall is also PERFECT for a customized reception. Too hot outside? Everything can be indoors too!
Woowee, if there was ever a perfect venue, this might be there at the top. The bridal suite is made of wedding dreams. Whoever designed this venue clearly consulted different vendors, because it’s well lit, spacious and even has hooks in ideal spots to hang a dress! It’s even toasty warm on a freezing cold December day. Make sure to stop by Amanda and Ben’s wedding day, to see the real magic we made!
And those are *some* of my favorite
Austin wedding venues!
Naturally, there a billion more. Dozens are starting up every year in Austin, Dripping Springs and the surrounding areas. I’m positive you’ll find your dream venue in no time!