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Nick SImonite courtesy of Preservation Austin

Austin’s best places to get married

From city parks to darling dance halls

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Green Pastures
| Nick SImonite courtesy of Preservation Austin

In a city that loves the outdoors and cultivates it accordingly, there's no shortage of beautiful places to get married in the great (or highly manicured) outdoors. But there are also plenty of spaces—both new and tried-and-true—that hedge against dicey weather or downright predictable heat by being gorgeous, year-round go-tos. Whether you want a 300-person blowout or a stylish elopement party, this list covers just a fraction of great Austin spots to get hitched in.

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Pearl Snap Hall

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Yes, it’s in Georgetown, and it’s a pretty, pretty place. A 1910 country church that has been restored to its beautiful, simple bones, the space features floor-to-ceiling, vintage, whitewashed beadboard; original long-leaf pine floors; and cleaned-up, classic windows. The space holds up to 150 guests and has modern amenities including kitchen prep space, a private bridal suite, and brand-new bathrooms.

Big event room with whitewashed walls, chandeliers, and a small table with floral arrangement in the middle
Pearl Snap Hall
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Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom

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The Barr property, which encompasses a storybook Victorian mansion, a ballroom, and a third event space called the Farmstead, has been a go-to for romantic Austin weddings for decades. It’s a pastoral setting in the city, close to downtown and surrounding north Austin but with a countryside feel. The Barr is available to provide or coordinate every aspect of a wedding we can think of (except for the dress, maybe), including its own chefs and certified organic food services. It holds 300 guests

Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve

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One of the loveliest weddings we’ve ever attended was held at Mayfield, the city park next to the Contemporary Austin—Laguna Gloria museum. Fascinating history? Check. Beautiful, aged, ironwork fences and gates? Check. Peacocks? Check. What more do you need?

Neill-Cochran House Museum

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The Classical Revival building in the UT campus area basically functions as a museum of Austin history, which all kinds of events and performances in that vein. It’s also the site of many events, including weddings, and it’s historical furniture and decor make for a delightful, romantic environment complete with private spaces for dressing and photo-taking, as well as roomy grounds.

Caswell House

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The super-central and gorgeously kept Caswell House is on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark, and listed as a City of Austin Historic Landmark. The Victorian building is a longtime favorite for Austin events and weddings, especially during winter months, when its luxurious indoor spaces and holiday decor come in extra-handy.

Zilker Park Clubhouse

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Many a knot has been tied in front of the panoramic downtown view offered by this hilltop venue, located just west of Zilker Park. There’s also a nifty, rustic stone clubhouse, a rock patio, and a spacious concrete terrace, offering a total capacity of 100. Local residents get a discount on renting the city property, which is managed by Austin Parks and Recreation.

Zilker Botanical Gardens

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Getting married in a city park can involve lots of paperwork and waiting. The beauty of getting married in Zilker Botanical Gardens, at the right time of the year, with the city skyline in the background, is totally worth it.

The Driskill Hotel

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It might be an obvious choice, but the historic Driskill hotel belongs on any respectable list of Austin wedding venues. Built for a cattle baron in 1886, it has been at center of local hospitality ever since and has the stories to prove it. It has also been well-restored and remains one of the most romantic wedding settings in the city.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

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A still-hidden gem in the middle of Austin, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a perfect place for intimate and elegant events. It can accommodate 50 to 250 guests for a seated dinner, and the Arbor ceremony area is an ideal location for up to 150 guests. 

Springdale Station

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Opened in 2016, Springdale Station offers a unique, lovely venue that’s a mix of historic buildings and verdant outdoor settings set against reinvented industrial-style buildings—a mix of elements true to its East Austin neighborhood’s recent past. It has not one but two restored wooden train stations on the premises—one built there by the owner of Frostex Foods and its warehouse next door, the other the original Pine Street Station, moved from its location near what is now the Saltillo Plaza development.

Tillery Place

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Both romantic and funky, Tillery Place is located in a pecan grove behind the Tillery Street Plant Company in East Austin. Along with the place’s natural, verdant charms, the venue offers a vintage airstream for personal prep and/or photo settings, metal fire pits, and twinkling lights that give it a relaxed and potentially whimsical, secret-garden feel.

Sanctuary event space

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Run by and benefiting the nonprofit Amala Foundation, the Sanctuary events space is an intimate venue canopied by ancient live oak trees, tucked away in the central city, just off South Lamar Boulevard. With a maximum capacity of 150 guests, the Sanctuary offers a terraced outdoor ceremony site and arbor, a cottage and studio space for entertaining, and a treetop balcony apartment.

Green Pastures

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The legendary homestead of the legendary Koock family, which included the legendary John Henry Faulk (y’all need to look all that up if you don’t know what we’re talking about) has been remodeled by (legendary) local firm Clayton & Little Architects and is home to acclaimed restaurant Mattie’s, revamped and modeled (by design star Joel Moezersky—the hits keep coming) in the spirit of the longstanding original. It’s also still an incredibly lovely oasis, and it still has its peacocks.

Tiny T Ranch

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The Tiny T offers a rural wedding experience that’s not far from Austin and thus rustic and a countrified in an Austin-y way. It’s owned and run by Spike Gillespie, a longtime writer, knitter, and cultural figure in the city (she can also officiate your wedding if you’d like). The ranch offers the 250-square-foot Tiny Chapel, which seats around 30 guests (or ceremonies on the porch and seating in the field in front for larger parties), as well as the 1,200-square-foot Molly Ivins Pavilion, with a 100-person capacity. The large ranch house on the property can also be rented for overnight accommodations.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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The Hill Country locale in southwest Austin is one of the most beautiful around, and the with Texan architecture, native landscapes, and flexible spaces and expansive grounds available for a unique, gorgeous wedding setting.

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Pearl Snap Hall

Yes, it’s in Georgetown, and it’s a pretty, pretty place. A 1910 country church that has been restored to its beautiful, simple bones, the space features floor-to-ceiling, vintage, whitewashed beadboard; original long-leaf pine floors; and cleaned-up, classic windows. The space holds up to 150 guests and has modern amenities including kitchen prep space, a private bridal suite, and brand-new bathrooms.

Big event room with whitewashed walls, chandeliers, and a small table with floral arrangement in the middle
Pearl Snap Hall
Pearl Snap Hall/Facebook

Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom

The Barr property, which encompasses a storybook Victorian mansion, a ballroom, and a third event space called the Farmstead, has been a go-to for romantic Austin weddings for decades. It’s a pastoral setting in the city, close to downtown and surrounding north Austin but with a countryside feel. The Barr is available to provide or coordinate every aspect of a wedding we can think of (except for the dress, maybe), including its own chefs and certified organic food services. It holds 300 guests

Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve

One of the loveliest weddings we’ve ever attended was held at Mayfield, the city park next to the Contemporary Austin—Laguna Gloria museum. Fascinating history? Check. Beautiful, aged, ironwork fences and gates? Check. Peacocks? Check. What more do you need?

Neill-Cochran House Museum

The Classical Revival building in the UT campus area basically functions as a museum of Austin history, which all kinds of events and performances in that vein. It’s also the site of many events, including weddings, and it’s historical furniture and decor make for a delightful, romantic environment complete with private spaces for dressing and photo-taking, as well as roomy grounds.

Caswell House

The super-central and gorgeously kept Caswell House is on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark, and listed as a City of Austin Historic Landmark. The Victorian building is a longtime favorite for Austin events and weddings, especially during winter months, when its luxurious indoor spaces and holiday decor come in extra-handy.

Zilker Park Clubhouse

Many a knot has been tied in front of the panoramic downtown view offered by this hilltop venue, located just west of Zilker Park. There’s also a nifty, rustic stone clubhouse, a rock patio, and a spacious concrete terrace, offering a total capacity of 100. Local residents get a discount on renting the city property, which is managed by Austin Parks and Recreation.

Zilker Botanical Gardens

Getting married in a city park can involve lots of paperwork and waiting. The beauty of getting married in Zilker Botanical Gardens, at the right time of the year, with the city skyline in the background, is totally worth it.

The Driskill Hotel

It might be an obvious choice, but the historic Driskill hotel belongs on any respectable list of Austin wedding venues. Built for a cattle baron in 1886, it has been at center of local hospitality ever since and has the stories to prove it. It has also been well-restored and remains one of the most romantic wedding settings in the city.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

A still-hidden gem in the middle of Austin, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a perfect place for intimate and elegant events. It can accommodate 50 to 250 guests for a seated dinner, and the Arbor ceremony area is an ideal location for up to 150 guests. 

Springdale Station

Opened in 2016, Springdale Station offers a unique, lovely venue that’s a mix of historic buildings and verdant outdoor settings set against reinvented industrial-style buildings—a mix of elements true to its East Austin neighborhood’s recent past. It has not one but two restored wooden train stations on the premises—one built there by the owner of Frostex Foods and its warehouse next door, the other the original Pine Street Station, moved from its location near what is now the Saltillo Plaza development.

Tillery Place

Both romantic and funky, Tillery Place is located in a pecan grove behind the Tillery Street Plant Company in East Austin. Along with the place’s natural, verdant charms, the venue offers a vintage airstream for personal prep and/or photo settings, metal fire pits, and twinkling lights that give it a relaxed and potentially whimsical, secret-garden feel.

Sanctuary event space

Run by and benefiting the nonprofit Amala Foundation, the Sanctuary events space is an intimate venue canopied by ancient live oak trees, tucked away in the central city, just off South Lamar Boulevard. With a maximum capacity of 150 guests, the Sanctuary offers a terraced outdoor ceremony site and arbor, a cottage and studio space for entertaining, and a treetop balcony apartment.

Green Pastures

The legendary homestead of the legendary Koock family, which included the legendary John Henry Faulk (y’all need to look all that up if you don’t know what we’re talking about) has been remodeled by (legendary) local firm Clayton & Little Architects and is home to acclaimed restaurant Mattie’s, revamped and modeled (by design star Joel Moezersky—the hits keep coming) in the spirit of the longstanding original. It’s also still an incredibly lovely oasis, and it still has its peacocks.

Tiny T Ranch

The Tiny T offers a rural wedding experience that’s not far from Austin and thus rustic and a countrified in an Austin-y way. It’s owned and run by Spike Gillespie, a longtime writer, knitter, and cultural figure in the city (she can also officiate your wedding if you’d like). The ranch offers the 250-square-foot Tiny Chapel, which seats around 30 guests (or ceremonies on the porch and seating in the field in front for larger parties), as well as the 1,200-square-foot Molly Ivins Pavilion, with a 100-person capacity. The large ranch house on the property can also be rented for overnight accommodations.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Hill Country locale in southwest Austin is one of the most beautiful around, and the with Texan architecture, native landscapes, and flexible spaces and expansive grounds available for a unique, gorgeous wedding setting.