Austin is home to 6th Street, live music, and the University of Texas, and while all of those things are great, they’re not all this South Texas city has to offer. In fact, Austin is a great place to host a wedding, with its natural beauty and cool kid vibe.
So whether you’re an out-of-towner or long-time local, if you’re looking for a lively city with a hometown feel for your wedding, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve rounded up my favorite Austin wedding venues, which you can read all about here. These are great places for not only hosting your wedding, but housing your guests in true Texas style and comfort.
Related: Planning a Courthouse Wedding? Here’s What You Need to Do and Should You Elope?
South Congress Hotel
Located in Austin’s hip South Congress shopping, dining, and entertainment district is the boutique hotel aptly named the South Congress Hotel. If you dig industrial-chic minimalism (think white brick, polished cement ceilings, hardwood floors, and mid-century modern furnishings), this is the wedding venue for you.
Locally designed, owned, and operated, this Austin gem serves as both an indoor and outdoor event space. It features 71 guest rooms and 10 suites, three restaurants, a coffee shop, lobby bar, in-house catering, and an Instagram-worthy rooftop pool. Plus, the hotel offers a dedicated event team to help couples pull off their big day.
The hotel’s event spaces accommodate up to 250 guests and include a pre-function room, courtyard, and lush gardens. Every corner of this classic hotel acts as a customizable backdrop for ceremonies, receptions, and pre-wedding parties like rehearsal dinners and bridal showers.
The Line Hotel
Want to bring a bit of history into your Austin wedding? Look no further than The Line Hotel. Once home to a jazz club that broadcast live on local radio in the late 1960s, the hotel is part of downtown Austin’s history book.
At The Line Hotel you’ll encounter mid-century modernism, textured canvas ceilings, original artwork (a great intro to the city’s growing visual arts scene), and a stylish outdoor vibe via hanging and potted plants, floral chairs, and a hand-carved wooden bar.
The hotel overlooks Lady Bird Lake and the Congress Bridge and offers couples and their wedding guests plenty of space to celebrate. The Onyx and Topaz Ballrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows providing plenty of natural light and gorgeous views. And the hospitality suites serve as gathering spaces for the wedding party to prepare for the big day.
Justine’s Secret House
Justine’s is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of venue, but keep your eyes wide and you’re in for a treat. This secret oasis is tucked behind a clump of trees and beckons to be explored. Enter the front courtyard and you’ll find a charming French Victorian home painted pink with white trim and a plethora of palm trees and foliage covering the property. Delicately draped cafe lights create a magical ambiance that’s both inviting and enchanting.
Guests say the venue is an experience in itself and doesn’t require much in the way of additional decorations or details. In the house you’ll find rich red walls, chandeliers, candelabras, an old piano, and classical paintings. It’s all very dark and romantic, but cozy with a side of seduction.
A wedding at Justine’s Secret House wouldn’t be complete without the venue’s popular French cuisine. From classic French onion soup to duck confit with roasted red potatoes, Justine’s chefs will cook up a mouth-watering dinner that guests won’t soon forget.
Located in Dripping Springs just west of Austin, this modern event space was designed specifically for weddings and other celebrations by award-winning Texas architect Max Levy. Levy is best known for his simple, yet dramatic creations that connect modern spaces to nature through light, shadow, and breezes.
Prospect House has a gallery vibe with its abundant natural light, simple material palette, and thoughtful details. The multiple outdoor sites and raw spaces allow for plenty of customization, whether that means wild creativity or pensive minimalism. The area is designed to take full advantage of the Hill Country views and provide a striking backdrop for a Texas wedding.
Indoor options include the Main Hall (high ceilings and lots of natural light) and the Breezeway (screened-in entry hall with exposed framing with directed views to the main outdoor ceremony space). Outdoor spaces include the Ceremony Lawn accented by native grasses and Red Oak trees, the Biergarten where guests can gather before and after the ceremony, and the Little Tree area that acts as an alternative ceremony space that’s more intimate and less designed. Additional amenities include changing lounges for pre-event preparations and a caterer’s kitchen.
Looking for more information or help with hosting your wedding in Austin, Texas? I have plenty of tips, tricks, and connections. Let’s talk!