Imagine standing up at the altar getting ready to say your “I do’s” with beautiful green, rolling hills behind you, and an endless Texas sky above you. Imagine you’re surrounded by vineyards, or the most adorable barn decorated in burlap and lace. If these images excite you, you should consider having a Texas Hill Country wedding. The area is popular for local and destination weddings alike. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but you can also find affordable vendors whose Texas hospitality you can’t beat.
You Can Enjoy the Scenery
You can find several unique types of venues out in the Hill Country. Dripping Springs, Texas, just a 20-minute drive outside of Austin, is home to many of the area’s most popular wedding spots. Couples can find a rustic but chic space at Pecan Springs Ranch. Surrounded by stunning pecan and oak trees on 17 acres of land, this beautiful venue fuses elegance into their 6000 square-foot barn with polished wooden beams and beautiful barn doors. For a more modern option, Prospect House features a crisp white interior and has a perfect ceremony location overlooking the picturesque countryside.
Texas Cuisine is Unbeatable
The south is known for its colorful and flavorful dishes. We’ll fry just about anything, serve dishes so spicy you’ll be burning for days, and cook everything from snakes to gaters. You can be sure to find a wide assortment of dishes to serve at your wedding are so tasty, your guests will be talking about it years later. Certain venues, like Camp Lucy, offer an in-house chef to prepare a fantastic meal specific to you and your tastes. If food isn’t the biggest concern on your wedding planning list, there are various local joints that will easily cater at really decent price. Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse serves up juicy, fall-off-the-bone barbecue with sides like fried okra and macaroni and cheese. They’ll be a big hit and keep you from spending your honeymoon fund! Plus, what goes better with a Texas Hill Country wedding than good old fashion barbecue?
Ever heard of a traveling honky tonk?
When you think of the south, you probably picture 10-gallon hats, people on horses in the streets and honky tonks where people line dance all night long. If you’re looking to add a touch of true Texas charm to your special day, Hello Trouble Hall is great addition to any event. The first of it’s kind, this mobile bar and lounge will be a big hit with guests. This trailer comes with its own bar inside, complete with weathered bar stools, boot-scootin’ music and and your own witty bartender.
Add Some Unique Touches to Your Menu
Food trucks are all the rage recently. While several big cities are full of them, Austin has a variety that ranges from barbecue to healthy, vegetarian food, and the most delectable desserts. If you decide to forgo a wedding cake, let your guests feast on the gloriousness that is Hey Cupcake! If you aren’t really into sweets but want to do something fun for guests, snow cones are always a hit on a warm Texas day.
You Can Support Local Talent
There are so many incredibly talented independent contractors in the Austin area. You can easily find affordable prices for several vendors who will happily work within your budget. From photographers to florists, you can always find someone local to give you exactly what you want. The locals know the area best, and are usually always willing to work with you to make your day absolutely perfect, from the presentation to the price. For example, Coral Vine Floral Design is a locally owned business that is not only saving brides money, but the owner, Monika, is an immense help throughout the planning process. (Cue the southern hospitality we mentioned.)
Enjoy Local Libations
The Texas Hill Country specifically is known for it’s local libations. Located in the heart of Texas wine country, there are also a number of local breweries and distilleries in the area. There are even wineries and distilleries that double as a event venues. For instance, Driftwood Estates Winery offers a beautiful view and mouth-watering wines. Or if you prefer something a little stronger, the famous Deep Eddy Vodka distillery is nestled in the Texas Hill Country. Several couples who get married in the Texas Hill Country will only serve local beverages as their unique flair.
There’s Plenty to See and Do
Aside from being right outside of the lone star state’s popular capital, Austin, the Hill Country is within an hour’s drive to popular tourist spots such as San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Gruene. It’s the perfect place to hold a weekend ceremony so you and your guests can enjoy all the offers of these beautiful towns. Do you have family members who just love antique shopping? Gruene is the perfect, quaint little town for them to check out. Take your bridesmaids on a winery tour in Fredericksburg, complete with your own person driver. If you want to do something a little more outside of the box, book a tour with Bike & Brew ATX. You are provided with a bike and a guide will lead you and your group on a tour of breweries around Austin. Drinks are also included in the price and the rides are great for all levels of riders. Another popular pastime in the area is floating the river. Especially in the summer, the Comal and Guadalupe rivers can be seen full of tubes slowly drifting along.