Picking a Wedding and Event Venue

With wedding season looming just around the corner, you may be thinking “Where do I start?” when picking out a wedding or event venue. There are hundreds to choose from in the Austin City Limits alone so it may seem a little overwhelming. Well, we’re here to help. We have worked with most of the venues in and around Austin in some form or fashion. We’ve compiled a list of a few worth checking out if you don’t know where to start. This list is by no means all inclusive and the venue you choose will really depend on budget, guest count and overall feel for your event. Another good place to see all of the venues in one place would be going to sites such as TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.com.

Allan House: Located in Central Austin, The Allan House is both spacious and intimate with a stunning outdoor area. It ranges from $2000-$6800 depending on time of year, as well as day of the week. The Allan House can accommodate parties as small as 50 or as large as 225. (http://allanhouse.com/)


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Brodie Homestead: Located in South Austin in the Sunset Valley shopping center, Brodie Homestead ranges in price from $1200-$5900 depending on day of the week. The venue can accommodate 200+ people but has tables and chairs for 200 even. (http://brodiehomestead.com/)


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Canyonwood Ridge: This relatively new venue in Dripping Springs has proved to be incredibly popular so far. It ranges in price from $3000-$8000 depending on day of the week and can accommodate 300 guests. (http://www.canyonwoodridge.com/)

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Dunvegan Keep: This stunning castle-like venue located in Austin ranges in price from $1500-$3950 and can accommodate up to 65 people. If you are looking for the perfect fairy-tale wedding, Dunvegan is the place to do it. (http://www.dunvegankeep.com/)


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Hummingbird House: Located in South Austin, the Hummingbird House is another perfect venue if you are looking for a fairy tale evening. They can accommodate up to 224 guests. Pricing is not listed on their website, but reaching out to them directly will get you a quote. (http://hummingbirdhouseaustin.com/home/)


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Ma Maison: With both indoor and outdoor options at Ma Maison, you need not worry about rain with this venue. Their pricing begins at $5500 and includes tables and chairs for up to 200 guests, although the venue itself can accommodate up to 600 guests! (https://www.themamaison.com/)


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Mercury Hall: With stunning stained glass and an outdoor patio area perfect for tenting, Mercury Hall is the perfect “blank canvas” to perfectly customize your event. Located in South/Central Austin, Mercury Hall can accommodate up to 250 guests and ranges in price from $750-$5900 depending on time of year and day of the week. (http://mercuryhall.com/)

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Jenny DeMarco Photography

Texas Old Town: Boasting four different event halls (all with their own charm), this Kyle based venue is sure to have exactly what you are hoping for your event. Texas Old Town is capable of accommodating 160-350 guests, depending on the hall you choose. To get pricing, you must reach out to them directly.


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Texas Women’s Federation: Located in central Austin, in the heart of West Campus, this historic building is perfect for any event. Ranging in price, depending on how much of the mansion you decide to use from $3190-$3950. As this is a mansion, the guest count can be pretty large, but you will want to reach out to The Mansion directly to make sure they can accommodate your group. (http://themansion.info/)


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Umlauf Sculpture Gardens: Love nature and looking for something outdoors for your big day? Umlauf is the venue for you then. They can accommodate 50-250 guests for a seated dinner. Pricing ranges from $2000-$4500 depending on the day and event time frame. (http://www.umlaufsculpture.org/weddings-1)

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The Vaughn: A new venue located in downtown Austin, The Vaughn is the perfect rooftop venue space to give your guests a true Austin experience. The Vaughn is capable of accommodating 150 guests seated or 200 guests standing. For pricing, you must reach out to them. (http://www.thevaughnaustin.com/home.html)

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Villa Del Lago: Looking for breathtaking views? Villa Del Lago is your event space. This gorgeous venue offers views like no other. To get pricing and guest count information, you must reach out to them directly. (https://villadellagoevents.com/)


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Vineyard at Chappel Lodge: Located in South Austin, this vineyard is the perfect spot for a romantic evening on the patio. They even have rooms for you to stay in post event! They offer chairs for up to 300 guests. You must reach out to them for pricing of your potential day. (http://chappellodge.com/)

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Jenny DeMarco Photography

Wild Onion Ranch: A charming ranch with a lot of history, Wild Onion Ranch offers the perfect setting for your event. They can accommodate 180 for seated dinner and 300 for standing depending on location on the ranch. For pricing, you must contact them directly. (http://www.thewildonionranch.com/#!/HOME)


Jerry Hayes Photography

The Winfield Inn: Located in Kyle, the historic Winfield Inn offers a beautiful setting for your next event. Pricing begins at $3500, and they provide tables and chairs for 150 guests but have the space for more guests if need be. Reach out to them directly regarding your guest count. (http://thewinfieldinn.com/)


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Premiere Takes on ARA in Orlando

Premiere had the opportunity to attend the American Rental Association’s Rental Show in Orlando this past February. Every year, we have team members who go through and graduate from the Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) program and attending ARA’s Rental Show serves as a little “treat” for making it through the program. This year we sent 6 team members to the show, 3 of which graduated from the CERP program at the show.

We had four team members attend the Events and Tents portion of the show, which took place on Saturday, February 25th. Each team member got to choose from a list of three or four class options for each time slot, picking what interested them and would be the most beneficial to them.

Sunday was another day full of classes and information. Much like Saturday, each team member was able to pick a class from each time slot that was going to be the most beneficial to them/their position.

Monday and Tuesday was the trade show portion. We were able to walk through hundreds of booths to look at new products to acquire.

Throughout the entire conference, ARA hosted several dinners and outings for us. One of which, and our personal favorite, was going to Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme parks- Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Kong Island.

If you have the opportunity to attend the rental show in year’s to come, we strongly encourage it. You learn from other event professionals and get to meet people from all over!

Below are some pictures we took from our time there. We hope to see you there next year!

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Wild Onion Ranch Open House

For years, 2 Dine 4 Catering has been the primary caterer at The Wild Onion Ranch. This year, the venue brought on three new caterers to give their event holders a variety of options. Last week, they hosted a successful planner’s luncheon to showcase just what these caterers can do. What started as a home nearly 80 years ago has now transformed into a magical, hidden garden in the heart of south Austin. “More than just a home, we open the history of our land and lives to those celebrating their own starts and making their own memories. The love and hard work that is put into these events is apparent as soon as you step onto the grounds.”

We had the privilege of providing rental décor for the luncheon and chose bright oranges, blues and greens to enhance both the natural beauty of the venue, as well as compliment their marketing initiative.

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Both natural and modern rentals were brought in to showcase various design routes in their already rustic space – which is adorned with exposed wooden ceilings, a grand fireplace made of natural stone, and large glass doors that allow you to peek into their luscious gardens throughout the duration of the event. Brand new printed table runners were brought in to embellish the farm house tables provided on site and Madeline x-back chairs were placed to bring in a bit of warmth. Coupled with a modern place setting, we successfully achieved a modern-rustic design.

It was a beautiful afternoon…sunshine, mid 70’s and the beautiful outdoor flowers were in full bloom. We were accompanied by a great team of local vendors who, without a doubt, excelled in their crafts. These vendors included Royal Fig Catering, Pink Avocado Catering, Word of Mouth Catering, Polkadots, Westbank Floral and Wendee Sawran Petals.
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We were first greeted by mimosas and passed appetizers from Royal Fig. The pool house and surrounding pool area were decorated in beautiful aquas and golds. We then walked around the expansive and immaculate grounds at The Wild Onion Ranch. The love that the Edgerton family has for The Wild Onion is reflected in the details found throughout the property. The “Dinner” bell was rung and we were seated in the Pool House for lunch, served by Pink Avocado. Word of Mouth Catering provided a dessert trio.


Thank you, Wild Onion Ranch, for asking us to be apart of your lovely event!



Photography by Jerry Hayes Photography.

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Austin Gives-Generous Business Awards

Today, I was reminded of the power of a community coming together to change a life when I was invited to represent my family’s event rental business at the Austin Gives Generous Business Awards. All of the businesses nominated give generously of their time and money to the Austin community.   

Kendra Scott was the guest of honor, and she spoke about her humble beginnings in Austin, Texas. Kendra Scott is known for giving back to numerous non-profit organizations, and her beliefs are reflected in her company’s core values-Family, Fashion and Philanthropy.


I would like to take a minute to remind everyone that a little generosity can go a long way. While philanthropy is associated with donating money, giving does not have to be monetary in nature. You can volunteer at a local school and read with children that need extra one on one reading time. You can volunteer at many of the church pantry or local kitchens that feed the homeless. You can visit elderly patients at a nursing care facility. You can walk dogs at the local animal shelters. There is an opportunity to give back whatever your special interests and passions may be.

Tennis legend Arthur Ashe saidFrom what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” No gift is too little. You may never know the joy you bring to someone that you help, but isn’t that the point of giving? We do it not for reward, but because we have a sincere desire to help others and brighten their day. We may never know the full impact that our giving will have on a life, but even if you help just one person, you have made a difference.

Thank you to Kelly Barber and Truluck’s for inviting me to be your guest. My heart is full from the stories of compassion and I am moved to help others around me. Please join me, and start a movement within your heart!

Congratulations to the winners in each category: Charitable Champions- Hoar Construction; Big Hearts- Round Rock Express Baseball Club; Bold Givers- Keller Williams Realty International; Community Leaders- Seton Healthcare Family!

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March of Dimes + Eclipse Event Co. Fundraiser

Last week, Eclipse Event Co. put on a wonderful fundraiser at Chez Zee for The March of Dimes and raised over $1700 for the cause!

If you’re not aware of what the March of Dimes is or stands for, their mission, taken from the March of Dimes website states: “Prematurity is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. We are working to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them.”

Eclipse raised the money for March of Dimes but having various items donated to be raffled off. Items included things like gift cards to restaurants, comped stays at various hotels and videography/portrait sessions.

They showed an incredibly touching and informative video during the luncheon, which you can watch by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxCjow3rpnQ

Below are a few photos we took while we were in attendance. We hope you enjoy them and might consider donating to March of Dimes today.


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The Plant at Kyle Open House

Last week we had the pleasure of attending a planner open house at an unusual venue called The Plant at Kyle.


Photo: Hester + Hardaway Photogypsies

“An award-winning architectural landmark, the building was designed by Lake|Flato Architects as a private residence using steel recycled from the Alamo Cement Plant. The house was completed in 1989.” This secluded property can host small intimate events or larger receptions up to 300 guests by adding tents in the fields around the stunning home.


Photo: Lake | Flato Architects

The Plant at Kyle is housed on 17 acres of private land and is nestled away in the Texas Hill Country. According to the property managers, Martha and Jamie, you might even see a fox, armadillo, or wild turkey roaming nearby while lounging by the pool, sitting on the screened in porch, or playing games on the lawn.


We had the privilege of providing rental decor for their two oak farm tables and chose colors to bring out both the natural rustic beauty of the landscape, as well as the industrial feel of the architecture. The Plant at Kyle was built with sustainability in mind and was “green before it was cool.”


We loved the unique design of the screened in two story porch, with stairs leading up to a balcony and bedroom, where you could see out over the patio. Downstairs, there is an indoor living room and fully equipped Kitchen. They even have their own bistro lighting hung in the screened in porch, to light up the night and provide the perfect ambiance for any reception.

We were joined by a wonderful team of vendors who helped put on this event including Royal Fig Catering, Mad Rooster’s, HEB Blooms in Kyle, Whim Hospitality, and more.

If you’re planning a small to medium wedding or are looking for a unique and sustainable venue to host your event, look no further. The space inspires creativity and we can’t wait to help with your events at the Plant at Kyle!


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A Groom’s Guide to the Perfect After Wedding Cigar/Whiskey Pairing

blog-1Amanda White, Research Technologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine states,”A number of behavioral studies have demonstrated that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories and are better at inducing that feeling of “being brought back in time” than images.” Whether you’re a cigar aficionado or want nothing to do with smoking at all, the smell, feel or taste of a cigar has the ability to trigger a memory of a special day or time in your life. Tad Gage, from Cigar Chronicles states,”Beyond all the basics, there is a “certain something” about cigars and fine tobacco that captures our interest and passion. A cylindrical roll of well-aged leaves and the drifting blue smoke of a fine stogie tell part of the story, but not the full story. In the end, tobacco is as much about enjoying the moment and making memories, as it about the smoke itself. Not every cigar or situation will yield a memorable moment, but if you keep your eyes, ears and taste buds open, it’s surprising how many times a fine cigar can also yield a fine memory.” From Tennessee to Texas, cigar  stations at weddings are becoming quite popular. Even if the bride and groom are non-smokers, it is a great way to connect your guests with conversation, entertainment and those memories we all go out of our way to leave in each guest’s mind about your special day. blog-2Although I could go into great detail about the do’s and dont’s of a great cigar station at your wedding, this is more or less all about you and your personal experience. The stress of pulling off a perfect wedding day, although on many occasions are left to the professionals, can still leave you ready to kick back and unwind after the vows are completed and the cake has been cut.

There is something about smoking a cigar that can make a person feel strong, relaxed, confident, and dauntless; all the things a man will need on the first day/night of their new responsibilities; just think of Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales, Demi Moore as a navy seal in, G.I. Jane, General Patton on the front lines speaking to his troops, and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger in almost every picture.  Besides making the choice of which pairing you are going to try, there are a few other decisions you will need to make. blog-3For example, make sure beforehand that your choice of venue allows smoking, as some do not. Another decision to make is choosing the perfect time; whether you slip off and find a quiet spot alone, have your wedding planner script in a 30 minutes hiatus, or choose to wait until after the new in-laws have made their way back to the hotel, will be totally up to your personality and style. Another decision to make is whether you choose to kick back alone with just your thoughts, invite the best man to join for some good conversation, or whether you are going to make it a bonding moment for you and your new forever friend in the middle of all the chaos while your guests eat, drink, dance, and be merry.

Now for the options… Whether you have tried every cigar and whiskey on this list or have blog-4never heard of them before, I recommend just going with what sounds like the most enjoyable to you for the occasion. It can be a tricky thing to pick the right whiskey for a cigar—I would say personally that whiskey will overpower most mild cigars, but sometimes there are exceptions. According to an article by Cigar Aficionado’s Jack Bettridge, “We’ve been pleasantly surprised in pairings when a big, ballsy cigar made a great partner for a light whiskey and vice versa.” In the grand scheme of things, it is always best to leave the details to the professionals. With that being said, here are some links to some great pairings along with excellent descriptions of flavor and taste. Some may be quite expensive, while others will be more affordable, however I will say if you can afford it, don’t let price be a barrier to the experience of building a great and lasting memory! https://www.jrcigars.com/blending-room/university/cigar-pairings/best-american-whiskeybourbon-and-cigar-pairing/2015/07/27/


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