Bed and Breakfasts and InnsLooking for a special venue for your wedding? Start your new life together at a bed and breakfast. Most B&B and inns host weddings of all sizes. The majority of B&Bs already have beautiful decorations in place, both indoors and out. They also often provide excellent catering, and lodging for your out-of-town guests. One disadvantage to B&B weddings is that your guest list cannot be very big. In the Austin/Drippings Springs area, try The Inn at Wild Rose Hall, a classic, Texas ranch-style inn surrounded by six acres of majestic oak trees and lawns. Stay the weekend and allow yourself time to relax before and after the ceremony.
In the Livingston area, try the McCardell Cottage Bed & Breakfast, one of the most historic B&Bs in Texas. In San Antonio, think about The Inn at Craig Place, and in Seabrook, there's Beacon Hill Bed & Breakfast.
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OutdoorsTexas landscapes can't be beat, and with the size of Texas and its variety of outdoor locations (beaches, lakes, rivers, parks, mountains--the list goes on!), brides and grooms have plenty of natural beauty to choose from. Wedding photos taken outdoors in a beautiful setting with natural lighting are a huge advantage to having an outdoor ceremony and reception -- who wouldn't want a waterfall, lake, or breathtaking mountain in the background? The Angel Springs Event Center offers a secluded hill country location in the Austin area with a tree-shaded back lawn -- perfect for your outdoor ceremony. Step inside the spacious ballroom for an elegant reception. Try the Ruby Ranch Lodge in Buda and exchange your vows near the outdoor waterfall or under the majestic oaks lit by twinkle lights. The Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley is a 1,100-acre natural sanctuary with an outdoor walking labyrinth and a big red barn for rehearsal dinners. Also in Wimberley, Old Glory Ranch features an outdoor covered pavilion and a wooden deck on the banks of the Blanco River for large outdoor ceremonies and a stone landing on the Blanco River for smaller ceremonies.
At Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan, hold your ceremony on a stone patio on a bluff with a 270-degree view of the lake, then dance the night away under the stars with a roaring fire in the stone fireplace.
Historic Victorians and MansionsWant a ceremony site with a little history? Try one of the historic Victorian homes, mansions or ranch homes Texas has to offer. The Allan House in downtown Austin offers lovely parlors, wide verandas and an idyllic courtyard. Barr Mansion, also in Austin, is romantic Victorian home, featuring lush gardens and a ballroom brimming with old-world elegance. Built in the 1920s, the Guadalupe River Ranch in Boerne was the former home of actress Olivia de Havilland and overlooks vistas, hammocks stretched between shady trees, well-manicured lawns and beautiful gardens.
The Fulton Mansion State Historical Structure is an ornate, four-story house in Rockport-Fulton, originally completed in 1877 and featuring classic French Second Empire architectural styling. In the Ben Wheeler area, try the historic Roseland Plantation and its wedding chapel, originally part of a 3,300-acre cotton plantation established in 1852. Or think about Heather's Glen, an elegantly restored historical mansion and Conroe's premier wedding and reception facility.
Though not a historic mansion, Little Chapel-in-the-Woods blends nature and art in a wooded setting on Texas Woman's University campus and features 10 stained glass windows. Although constructed for private meditation, the chapel is now the setting for many weddings in the community.
Resorts and HotelsHaving your ceremony and/or reception at a hotel or resort is a popular choice for many reasons. Most guests want to stay at or near the wedding site. Having your reception in a resort or hotel also makes catering easy, as some places give discounts if you hire them to cater the affair. Most hotels or resorts offer help with decorations, and also provide the tables, chairs, dishes, silverware and other items you may have to rent at other venues. Whether you want a sit-down dinner, casual buffet or just cake and punch, a resort or hotel is an easy choice for a reception if you don't want to have to worry about overseeing a lot of details.
If you want your ceremony to take place at a resort or hotel, Texas has many to offer. An ideal resort for once-in-a-lifetime wedding receptions, the Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin provides a beautiful hill country backdrop for every ceremony. At the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Bastrop, you and your wedding party can revel the healing power of Spa Django before the ceremony.
At Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, you have lots of fabulous options. Arrive in a horse and carriage at a gazebo surrounded by Mill Creek for your ceremony and then off to the Western Pavilion or Grand Lodge for your reception. Just a few minutes from Austin, you can experience true Texas hospitality at Lakeway Resort and Spa near the shores of Lake Travis.
Unique LocationsDon't like to run with the pack? Want a unique and unforgettable ceremony site? Texas has several to offer. Try the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin, with its canopy of treas, winding paths, gardens, and bridges that span sparkling streams. Wedding arbors overlook a water lily pond with a gorgeous view of wooded slopes and waterfalls. The glass Crenshaw Building offers space for more intimate conversation during your special event.
Stunning beauty, European elegance and state-of-the-art amenities make One World Theatre an unforgettable venue. Nestled atop the Barton Creek Hills just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, this Tuscany style castle will captivate you with its old world charm, elegant interiors and lush surroundings.
The Riverwalk in San Antonio is one of the most visited places in all of Texas. Have your ceremony and dinner on the Riverwalk Barge or on Marriage Island behind the Hotel Contessa.
If you want something especially memorable, have your wedding on the water. Austin Party Cruises offers cruises for weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners on Lake Austin close to downtown. Popular scenic backdrops of Mount Bonnell, Westlake Resorts, Loop 360 Arch Bridge and Majestic Waterfront Estates make for a wonderfully memorable cruise! FantaSea Yacht Charters in League City can make your dream ceremony come true aboard a beautiful, 100-foot climate-controlled yacht. Cruise into the sunset as you say your vows. FantaSea can provide everything from the minister to gourmet meals to the wedding cake.