There are a few reasons you may be hunting for a free or cheap wedding venue in Texas. You and your fiancé may have a low budget due to limited funds, or you may have simply decided not to spend too much on your wedding in order to save for your future.
If you’re planning a wedding in Texas and need to keep costs down, here are 5 free or inexpensive wedding venues in Texas:
1. Chapel Dulcinea
Ofcourse I have to make Chapel Dulcinea, the FREE* Austin Wedding chapel, the first on this list. This is a beautiful rustic chapel, perched on the edge of a cliff in southern Austin.
The chapel can seat about 12 on its permanent stone benches, but if you need more seating, Chapel Dulcinea has white wooden folding chairs that can be added, increasing the capacity to 50! (Up to 100 outside of the cover of the chapel’s roof)
A separate covered pavilion is available on the cliff side for a short mini-reception if you choose, where you can have a quick cake cutting ceremony and first dance.
*This venue requires a $200 “no-show fee” to schedule your wedding for a Monday-Thursday, or $400 for weddings on Fridays-Sundays. As long as you check-in at your scheduled time on the date that you have booked, you get that money back.
2. Lake Bastrop South Shore/Osprey Point Hall
Here is a wedding venue option that I never would have known about if I hadn’t had the lucky opportunity to photograph a wedding there.
Lake Bastrop South Shore is actually a camp ground, but in this camp ground are two small event halls which can be rented out, one of which is called Osprey Point Hall.
Osprey Point is equipped with a full catering kitchen (you bring in your own caterers), a large stone fireplace (a perfect spot to place the alter for an indoor ceremony!), and comes with the option to rent out tables and chairs.
My clients held their ceremony outside of the hall, with the lake off to the side of them. They strung fairy lights from tree to tree, and brought in a wooden alter and folding chairs.
After the ceremony, Osprey Point Hall was lightly decorated in woodsy accents, and twinkle lights.
The Hall can seat 80+ people, and is only $175 to rent out!! You can call the park office for more information at 512-498-1922.
3. The Charles S. Cock House (San Marcos)
This cute little cottage, built in 1867, is located in San Marcos, Texas, near the historic downtown square.
This is a unique option for a small, intimate wedding, as the house features 3 separate rooms which seat 12-16 people each.
Rental of the house is only $100 for 4 hours!
Outside of the house is also an ornate white Gazebo, which offers another option for your ceremony. The only downside to this option is the traffic noise.
4. Landa Park Gazebo (New Braunfels)
Another spot that I had the luck of shooting a wedding in; this amazing intricate wooden Gazebo is made from polished branches, and sits beside the crystal-clear waters of Landa Lake.
The rental fee for this ceremony space is only $75 for one hour, and can fit up to 50 guests.
You do need to bring in your own chairs, and there is no reception space available. It’s also important that you make sure you are reserving the gazebo on the lake, and NOT the gazebo next to the park’s administrative building.
Reserve a nearby restaurant for your reception dinner, and this amazing gazebo is a perfect place to hold an intimate ceremony!
5. Marriage Island (San Antonio)
This venue offers a range of packages, but the most basic one (Marriage island rental + officiant) is only $431.55.
I have my first wedding at this riverside venue later this summer, so keep an eye out for photos of it here on the blog, and on my facebook page!
Texas Wedding Venues for Small Budgets
Weather you’re planning an intimate wedding by choice or necessity, these 5 cheap wedding venues in central Texas are amazing options that you may not have known about!
Are you looking for an affordable wedding photographer in Austin for your small intimate wedding? I offer affordable wedding photography options for couples on a budget, by offering hourly packages at a minimum of 2 hours (OR ask me about payment plans!)
Call me today at 512-831-1900, or contact me by email to talk about your wedding plans and book me for your wedding!