When we think of Austin, Texas, a few specific thoughts come to mind. First, good food. Second, great live music. And third? Drop-dead gorgeous wedding venues. In fact, whether you’re looking for a ranch ceremony or an elegant indoor ballroom reception, an Austin wedding venue with enough charm to make your day everything you’ve dreamed it would be is only a hop, skip, and few months of planning away. And these next few venues are just perfect enough to make even the most stubborn of non-dancing guests want to bust into the “Electric Slide.”
A quick fifteen minute drive from downtown, this Austin wedding location is one-of-a-kind and home to several unique settings for both ceremonies and receptions. Indoor or outdoor, intimate or full-scale celebration, the options at Barr Mansion are versatile and entirely lovely. Outdoor ceremonies look pretty against the venue’s rose garden, while the Artisan Ballroom’s wood beams and 40-foot glass façade are ideal for a wedding of any theme. Bonus: the resident Victorian mansion is an elegant backdrop for day-of photography.
Le San Michele
Le San Michelle. Expansive grounds, elegant gardens, and a European-inspired stone house are just the tip of this venue’s iceberg. A limestone terrace makes for a dance floor divine – or a seating area with unmatched ambiance – while the 12 acres that make up the private estate are covered in gardens and lush landscaping. Set up bocce ball or croquet on the lawn, cozy up to the stone fireplace, or simply bask in the combined glow of café lighting and newly-wedded bliss. It’s all part of your day, after all.
Red Corral Ranch
Tucked away in the heart of Texas Hill Country (but still only an hour from downtown Austin), Red Corral Ranch is a traditional Southern girl’s dream – with an extra dose of rustic romance and a side of destination wedding potential. Both indoor and outdoor sites are available on the 1100-acre ranch, each accented by established oak trees and rolling hills. For a real helping of Southwestern flair, take your reception to the Big Red Barn where open barn doors and an adjacent fire circle create a star-gazing friendly setting for a dance party to remember.
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