Friday, January 20, 2012

Expert Advice from Elizabeth: Planning Your Wedding, Part 1: Venues

So. You're engaged.  Oh, what excitement!  You get to plan the most dreamed-about day of your life (maybe). Where to start?  Well, now that you've chosen the partner of your dreams, it's time to start choosing the wheres, whens and hows. La Fleur is going to help you do that with a little series of posts on our favorite places, people, and pastries around our fair city. 

First up in our series of posts on Austin wedding vendors is the all-important venue.
Choosing a venue is probably the most important step in the preparation of your wedding - with this decision, you will have to know how many invitations will be mailed and who you chose to be in your wedding party. At the same time, you'll need to come up with an overall theme for your big fete - having an idea in mind will help you choose the type of venue you need, as well as providing a time frame (Spring wedding with light, lush florals? A glittering, glamourous winter wonderland?) for the big day and a guideline for your colors and wardrobe.

For those who want to think outside the traditional church wedding, Austin is a great city for beautiful, unconventional venues. Here are a few of our favorites:

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 Part of the Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria consists of 12 acres of parkland, a mediterranean-style villa built in 1916, an amphitheater, a "Four Seasons" Garden featuring Venetian statues, and a Sunken Garden - the possibilities for an event here are truly endless.

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We mention the Allan House fairly often here and on our Twitter, but that's only because it's absolutely beautiful and charming, and popular with Austin brides (with good reason). This Victorian mansion in downtown Austin dates back to 1883 and has been a girls' boarding school, a family home and has now been restored and reopened as an event center. The indoor space is perfect for intimate weddings, breakfasts and bridal showers, while the outdoor space can be transformed into a fairy-lit wonderland for larger weddings.

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Built in 1904 as a church in Mercury, TX and moved to its current location in 1997, Mercury Hall is a wonderful option for cool couples looking for a simple, rustic space in which to host their wedding. The Hall and its four acres of grounds evoke "casual Hill Country elegance and romance." We love the simplicity and minimalism of this venue - it's stunning on its own without a need for elaborate decor.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center is a wonderful venue for romantic and bohemian brides to incorporate nature into their respective wedding themes - the spacious courtyard is adorable on its own but can be adapted to any number of reception themes, and the beauty of the natural surroundings provides a stunning backdrop for ceremonies and photo sessions.

Star Hill Ranch

This place is precious. Star Hill Ranch is a collection of historic buildings that have been relocated to their current location to create an idyllic early 1900s-era village and - thanks to meticulous restoration - makes an amazing wedding location for couples who want to add some classic Hill Country gorgeousness to their event. In addition to two chapels and an outdoor space for ceremonies, Star Hill also offers seriously adorable bride and groom accomodations for the day of the event, bar and catering services and can seat up to 500 guests. Make sure you check out our post on Tazia and Sway's summer wedding at this location for more eye candy and ideas.

Red Corral Ranch

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Last but most certainly not least: Red Corral Ranch is comprised of over 1100 acres of  Hill Country, a winding Labyrinth, Butterfly Gardens, a Celebration Hall and a Big Red 'Party Barn' (Party. Barn. Ohhh yes.),  leaving your options for a perfect wedding as wide open as Texas skies. We hear from a lot of New England and NYC brides looking for the perfect spot for a Southern barn wedding - take note, because this is it, you guys.

Hope this gives you all some great ideas to mull over - check back soon for an upcoming list of our favorite wedding photographers, and have a great weekend!

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