Best Austin Wedding Venues
Caroline Studios has shot at most of the wedding venues in the Austin and Hill country area. We have comprised a more detailed list of some of our favorite and, what we think are, the best Austin wedding venues based on the light, variety of photos, and uniqueness. There is also a longer list at the bottom of more Austin area venues. Click here to see other destination wedding locations as well as the best Houston wedding venues. We also have a list for the favorite wedding vendors.
has many options for ceremony sites in the gardens, a beautiful glass barn, and a historic mansion all on the premises. The venue can hold around 200 people if you use the outdoor areas for seating as well. The catering is inn-house but also all organic and local. Tip: Pay attention to the lighting where your ceremony will be at the same time of day and year as your wedding, if possible, make sure it’s not in direct sunlight. Maximum capacity: 400 –
15 minutes from downtown Austin.
has a few ceremony options, 3 outdoor and 1 indoor. The reception hall shown above can hold around 250 people but there is also an outdoor pavilion which is often used as the cocktail area. It is a newer Hill Country venue made from pieces of chapel from Vietnam. It also has a new sister venue called Sacred Oaks. Tip: the chapel can be limiting for photo options, if you are planning on hiring a videographer or having more than 100 people attend your wedding, we do not recommend using the chapel as it makes it more difficult to shoot. Maximum capacity: 400 –
38 minutes from downtown Austin.
has 3 different ballroom options but the main ballroom is by far the best. It has an adjoining room that can be used for dancing, the ceremony, or a cocktail hour. Its’ victorian style makes it a very unique hotel in Austin. It is also said to be haunted! Tip: If you plan to use the Driskill for your ceremony we recommend getting external lighting on the bride and groom as the lighting can be very dull without it. Also, make plans to possibly walk around the capitol for bride and groom portraits. Maximum capacity: 350 –
The Greenhouse in Driftwood
has been in the same family for three generations and as you can tell with the structures and surroundings, it has been cared for each and every day of its existence. With lush, native plants, century-old Oaks, and natural open spaces just miles from the Austin city limits, The Greenhouse is not your average venue. The property has been using rainwater collection for primary water use since the 1970’s and most of the power needs are met using rooftop solar panels. In addition to conservation, promoting wildlife and bird habitat is of utmost importance. Maximum capacity: 250 –
45 minutes from downtown Austin.
Vista West Ranch
brings out the rustic chic in any wedding. It has an outdoor area for a ceremony, another for the cocktail hour, and an indoor barn reception spot. The venue is also equipped with two rusting vintage cars and a field that is seasonally blooming with wildflowers. Tip: Make sure to get the hanging lights for the dance area, they look great in photos. Maximum capacity: 230 –
41 minutes from downtown Austin.
The Winfield Inn
is a cute home located in Kyle. The house is often used for getting ready, there is an outdoor gazebo for the ceremony, and a large open pavilion for the reception. While the location plans are typically the same for each wedding, it is simply a beautiful venue. Tip: We love uplight in this venue, it goes a long way with the white ceiling. Maximum capacity: 500 –
25 minutes from downtown Austin.
Wild Onion Ranch
is a family owned ranch complete with cows. You can have the ceremony indoors or outdoors in a beautiful gazebo. The reception can be inside the main building or at the outdoor terrace. The area is beautiful with fountains and flowers. The seating arrangements for guests are scattered through out the grounds if not placed in the terrace or main building. Tip: Have the dancing in the main hall, it keeps people from getting too hot in the summer months and ensures people stay together for most of the reception. Maximum capacity: 250 –
15 minutes from downtown Austin.
Bob Bullock Museum
is mostly used indoors for their large ballroom but ceremonies are sometimes held by the entrance. The hall is vast with tall ceilings making sure you and your guests never feel cramped. One of the bigger nice venues in town it can accommodate large weddings. It is centrally located near UT but to photograph the best areas near here would require a little walking although the museum has some nice places to photograph as well. Tip: Make time to be able to utilize the areas around the museum for portraits. Maximum capacity: 350 –
3 minutes from downtown Austin.
is a restored white chapel built in 1904 in Mercury, TX but it is now located in south central Austin. The reception area is clean and white with touches of color from the stained glass windows. There is an outdoor area for a cocktail area and a ceremony spot located under a tree. The portrait locations are fairly limited but the area is beautiful. Tip: The one getting ready room is very small so most people opt for getting ready at a downtown hotel. Also another venue that is great with uplighting. Maximum capacity: 300 –
7 minutes from downtown Austin.
Red Corral Ranch
is located in Wimberley, just far away enough that your guests will have horrible cell service (which I think is a good thing). The ranch is equipped with enough rooms to accomodate 30-40 people on site, including a ‘honeymoon suite’. We like this venue because of the variety of locations possible. Most people get married at the lower part of the venue, where the peacocks hang out, then take a hay ride to the barn for the reception. You can also have an outdoor reception here if barns are not your thing or a ceremony on a labyrinth. You can utilize this venue to make it whatever style you have envisioned for your wedding. Tip: Don’t use the small bedroom for hair and make-up, use the dinning room in house, it’s much more photogenic. Also, leave the barn doors open and do your first dance at twilight. Maximum capacity: 200 –
51 minutes from downtown Austin.
Villa del Lago
is a home located on lake travis. It has an elegant pavilion that spans over 2400 square feet which is surrounded by landscaped gardens. The ceremony location overlooks the lake. It is mostly an outdoor venue so its’ loveliness is somewhat dependent upon the weather. The home itself is not typically used for weddings at all so most people get ready at a rented vacation home near by. Tip: Near sunset ceremonies give the best light for ceremonies. Maximum capacity: 200 –
25 minutes from downtown Austin.
is a venue built for weddings located near lake Travis. There is a large outdoor area equipped for a beautiful ceremony under a tree. There is windowed pavilion that can be opened up if the weather is great. Tip: Yard games work great at this venue. Maximum capacity: 300 –
28 minutes from downtown Austin.
The Blanton Museum
is one of the lesser known venues in Austin likely because they have more rules than your average venue since it is also an art gallery. The reception space is vast and modern with an outdoor park nearby that is good for photos. Some people will have a smaller (100 person) ceremony in one of the galleries but some opt to get married in a church near by. Tip: Tall centerpieces look great in this venue. Maximum capacity: 300 –
3 minutes from downtown Austin.
is also a modern art venue but has a very different feel to it. It is mostly an outdoor venue with an indoor getting ready area and potentially an indoor cocktail area. You can have the ceremony down by the lake overlooking the pathways or right next door to the main building. When it rains it will need to be tented and the grounds are not open to vendors until later in the day due to museum hours. We have photographed weddings large and small here. Tip: Make sure your family knows where to be for family portraits and when, since the venue is vast and scenic it’s easy to wander around. Maximum capacity: 150 –
10 minutes from downtown Austin.
a cute little house centrally located off 0f 11th street. The house is used for getting ready and the cocktail hour while there is an outdoor area for the reception and ceremony. The area is easily tented during the winter and rainy weather. Tip: Do a first look and have the ceremony close to sunset time for better lighting. Maximum capacity: 270 –
is a brand new venue that is just now being finished up. It is a huge barn that can accomodate up 400 people! There is a getting ready room for the guys and girls, a large parking lot, and eventually there will be an outdoor space for a ceremony. It gets points for being one of the few venues with rustic charm that can accomodate a large wedding. And the best part? Maximum capacity: 400 –
10 minutes from downtown Austin.
Vineyards at Chappel Lodge
is a mostly outdoor venue with two getting ready rooms large enough to get dressed before the ceremony. There is a spot under a tree for ceremony and in the right season you could have a wild flower back drop. There is an outdoor terrace for the reception as well as an area for the cocktail hour. This venue needs to be tenteed if there is a chance of rain. Tip: Get ready at a hotel near by as the getting ready rooms can get cramped fast and don’t have the best light. Maximum capacity: 250 –
18 minutes from downtown Austin.
The W Hotel
is as downtown as it gets. The Austin location upholds the W’s reputation of being modern and high end. There is an outdoor terrace option for the ceremony and a plan B option should it rain. The ballroom itself is straight forward but the venue gets extra bonus points for having cool areas to shoot at and easy accessibility to other downtown locations. Tip: Uplighting, again, and check the ACL schedule to see if there will be any events going on at the same time as your wedding. Maximum capacity: 260 –
was formerly known as the Mansion on Judge’s Hill but they have since done extensive remodeling to make it a more modern hotel and venue. The mansion itself is scenic with beautiful architectural design. There are two reception and two ceremony options. The only downfall is the possibility of another wedding going around the same time as your own but the large ballroom with windows covered in christmas lights is worth checking out. Tip: You may have to schedule portrait time around when another bride is doing hers so you have access to more areas. Maximum capacity: 250 –
5 minutes from downtown Austin.
The Four Seasons
hotel is another venue with two ballrooms with a possibility of two weddings at once. The indoor ballroom is classic with nice chandeliers. The venue gets points because of its close proximity to Town Lake giving more opportunities for photos as well as a nice ceremony option. Tip: The walk to the lake is a long one if you’re in uncomfortable shoes, plan accordingly. Also, uplighting. :) Maximum capacity: 550 –
is located near the lake and is a seemingly large villa with many different areas. There are many options for where you can do things and while there isn’t much acreage there are plenty of photo locations. It is an elegant villa with a Tuscan vibe. Tip: If you are having a small enough wedding (100-150), have the dinner and dancing all in one spot to avoid a disconnect. Maximum capacity: 200 –
39 minutes from downtown Austin.
Barton Creek Resort
is a huge resort located in west Austin. It has a golf course on site where one of the two reception locations is located. There is a classic ballroom adjoined to a potential ceremony or cocktail room as well as a glass window pavilion that can be opened up or closed as need be. Tip: Try to get ready in a room that isn’t super far away from the groom, the hotel is huge and it can 10 minutes for us to walk from one to the other wasting a lot of time. Maximum capacity: 500 –
19 minutes from downtown Austin.
Star Hill Ranch
– Star Hill is one of Austin’s most unique settings for church services, weddings and other special events. Centered along a historic main street and surrounded by panoramic Hill Country views.
Facilities include The Little Chapel (smaller historic chapel), Reception/Banquet Hall, Bride’s/VIP Suite, Groom’s Quarters/Cantina, Outdoor Arbor & Pavilion, Biergarten, Main Street/Plaza, and Catering Kitchen, as well as Fitzhugh Chapel/Hall (larger chapel) and Guest Cottage, which may be added on for your event depending on your needs and overall guest count. Maximum capacity: unknown but large! – 27 minutes from downtown Austin
– A beautiful hill country event facility built in 2014 with a neutral backdrop in mind to allow every couple to add their own special touches to. The venue has an 1800’s era home for getting ready, an outdoor pavilion, and indoor reception hall. Maximum capacity: 200~ – 22 minutes from downtown Austin
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