Many couples that dream of a destination wedding in Europe. Whether it is the south of France or Italy’s Tuscan countryside, Europe has stunning settings– the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding. However, traveling to Europe to tie the knot does not always fit in the budget or may seem like a logistical nightmare. Well, we are here to help! Here is a list of Austin venues that bring the European vibe to Texas.
Villa Antonia was originally a private residence, but was later modified to be a one of a kind option for a wedding venue in Central Texas. The space sits on the side of a hill providing a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony with canyon views and constant breezes. Villa Antonia has many charming nooks and terraces for your guests to explore during the evening and is the perfect spot for jaw-dropping portraits.
Key takeaways: The indoor chapel space can be used for a ceremony in case of rain, or as a dance floor lounge space. The large outdoor courtyard and two terraces can host ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner. And the back-up indoor space for cocktail hour and dinner is necessary in the case of rain!
Laguna Gloria- The Contemporary Austin
Laguna Gloria makes your guests feel like they have been whisked away to a far away destination, but is only located five miles from downtown Austin! By day, the venue serves as a museum where guests can discover contemporary art from around the world, monumental sculptures and wooded walking path that overlooks the lake. By night, the space offers a stunning wedding venue where guests can enjoy a magical Austin night under the twinkle lights.
Key takeaways: This venue is mostly outdoors and requires tenting for sun cover and in the case of rain. There is a built in theater style outdoor ceremony area. The terrace can be used for cocktail hour and dancing, and the small indoor space is best used for cake and mingling. There is a large lawn that can used for a myriad of reasons including a contingency plan for rain.
Ma Maison, French for “my home,” is located in Dripping Springs, just a forty five minute drive away from the bustle of downtown Austin. The venue offers a French countryside vibe with elegant spaces that are timeless and full of romance. There are endless opportunities for great photo spots here. And the space leaves plenty of opportunity to make your wedding feel like unique personalized. This property is quite large, located on 23 acres of land, so there is plenty of privacy for you and your guests!
Key takeaways: This venue offers multiple spaces for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, so each event is unique and not cookie-cutter. They do offer the Trellis, Chapel and Great Hall as options for rain plan.
Le San Michelle
Le San Michele is located twenty five minutes south of Austin in Buda, Texas. When you step into the two-story limestone home, you immediately feel that you have been swept away to old world Europe. The space is filled with antiques and feels more like a home than a wedding venue, because technically it is still the owners residence. But they lovingly share it with couples as a gorgeous setting for weddings. Enjoy lovely hill country views on this 12 acre estate that offers a beautiful setting for portraits and dinner under the stars.
Key takeaways: This venue is entirely outdoors as the house is only used for the couple to get ready prior to the ceremony. All ceremony and reception spaces do require a rain plan tent.
Camp Lucy is a resort-style venue located in Dripping Springs. Once your guests arrive on property, there’s no reason to leave! From modern lodging accommodations and resort style pool, to an on-site restaurant, this property has everything you need! Camp Lucy boasts two unique venues on opposite sides of the property as well as a third vineyard tented location.
Ian’s Chapel offers multiple spaces for outdoor or indoor ceremonies, cocktail hour and an indoor dinner. The venue is a collection of multiple historic properties that have been moved to Texas from all over the world. Tons of history to explore in this space!
Sacred Oaks offers a gorgeous outside ceremony under the shady oak trees, and a vast reception space for cocktail hour and reception. You can feel the European influence in this space from the exposed wood to the gorgeous stone floors.
And if you dream of getting married in a vineyard, then Camp Lucy’s sailcloth tent in the middle of the grapevines, is pure magic.
Key takeaways: All of these spaces are incredibly unique and versatile. As a resort-style property, Camp Lucy provides all of the catering in-house.
Stonehouse Villa is located thirty five minutes south of Austin in Driftwood, Texas. When your guests arrive, they are greeted by a two-story limestone building. Inside, you will find a meticulously designed space that can serve as a welcome area or cocktail hour! Ceremonies take place in the back lawn under the gorgeous oak trees. This venue is unique because the designers were able to blend the old European vibe of the main house with a super sleek and modern reception hall.
Key takeaways: This venue does a great job of blending an antique chateau with a modern reception area. The venue does offer a rain backup plan, so no additional tent rental required!
Canyonwood Ridge is located 20 miles from downtown Austin in Dripping Springs. This huge 12,000 square foot venue boasts hill country views with an outdoor ceremony site and indoor chapel space. The space is great for large groups, as it can seat up to 299 guests. The design of the space is the perfect blend of Texas elegance and European romance.
Key takeaways: The indoor chapel space is a fantastic option for summer months or a rain backup plan. In our opinion, one of the best rain back up plans in the Austin area!
Commodore Perry is located on 10 acres in the heart of Austin. This true resort style property by luxury hotel company Auberge, offers on-site accommodations, a restaurant and a gorgeous wedding chapel & expansive lawn. The property is filled with beautiful formal European style gardens and boasts an historic mansion, both a stunning back drop for wedding photos! The onsite chapel is a ceremony option for intimate groups, as well as serves dual purpose for a dancing & lounge space.
Key takeaways: This space has gorgeous grounds, and is conveniently located in Central Austin. As a resort, they provide all in-house catering. A tent is needed for sun cover and as a rain plan for this venue.
Now that we’ve shown you the myriad of Austin venues with a European vibe, it’s time to dive into the venue search process. Let us guide you through! Contact our team of Planners today.
Blog By: Alana Harrison