According to The Knot’s annual survey on average wedding costs, the venue for your wedding is by far and away the biggest expense. In 2014 the national average for a wedding venue was $14,006 – that’s almost half of all the expenses put together!
Given that the venue is a hefty investment that has to be lined up before everything else, we’re helping busy brides and grooms in their quest to find the perfect location for their Austin wedding. There are hundreds of venues to choose from, but the list below is an overview of seven top-rated wedding venues in and around the capital city.
Zilker Botanical Garden
It’s right in downtown Austin, but you’d never know it walking through the greenery of Zilker Botanical Garden. With all the winding trails and secluded offshoots, it’s a great location for a small, intimate wedding out in nature. Umlauf Sculpture Garden just up the road is another wonderful option for an outdoor wedding in downtown Austin.
You read that right. Water-loving couples are beginning to have their nuptials and reception on boats out on Lake Austin. With towering Hill Country views all around it’s a unique option for an outdoor wedding, and there’s no aggravation of traveling from the ceremony to the reception. There are several watercraft operators that can make a floating ceremony possible, but Lake Austin Riverboats’ Commodore vessel is highly recommended.
Vintage Villas is hands down one of the most highly rated wedding venues in all of Austin. That means this weekend retreat overlooking Lake Travis gets booked up well in advance. It’s perfect for couples that have a lot of out of town guests that can stay at the very comfortable villas onsite.
The Allan House
Another highly acclaimed Austin wedding venue, The Allan House is an ideal spot for historic and vintage lovers. It’s a unique downtown indoor/outdoor venue that features a Victorian-style home, expansive grounds and an all-glass greenhouse that’s perfect for fall or winter weddings.
Vista West Ranch
Having the wedding in a non-traditional space, like a barn, has been on-trend for several years now. Vista West Ranch dubs itself as a “rustic chic barn venue” which is an apt description. It’s out in the country, but the staff is serious about making your every wish come true and the value is amazing.
Texas Old Town
Planning a traditional Texas wedding? Then there’s no better venue than Texas Old Town. There are four rustic halls on the property, which can accommodate weddings of all sizes, and the staff will help you coordinate everything. From the stone-covered buildings to the majestic oak trees to the Hill Country views this venue is true Texas.
For a funky, undeniably cool wedding venue Mercury Hall is an excellent option. The century-old chapel is a beautiful throwback that can be dressed up any which way you want thanks to the bare white walls. The tree-covered grounds are just as impressive if you prefer to have an outdoor wedding. Time and time again people have described this venue as magical – a perfect response for any wedding ceremony.
Of course, the right venue all depends on the type of experience you want to create for your guests. Just as with your wedding photographer, you want to find a venue that fits your style and personal taste.