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4 Reasons to Host a Sunday Wedding

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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1. Discounts and Incentives
Similar to Friday weddings, many venues and wedding vendors offer discounts for days other than Saturday. The Barr Mansion offers a significant discount for Sunday evenings and daytime weddings. Other top vendors like Hyde Park Photography also offer special incentives for non-Saturday clients (and special package offerings for all Barr Mansion clients. Visit their website for details and some amazing pictures). By taking advantage of these discounts, you can stretch your wedding budget even further! And the pictures will still be stunning and no one will know your Sunday wedding cost any more or less!

2. More Fun Time With Your Family and Friends
Because there will likely be many family members and friends you have not seen in a while, enjoy a couple of days with them before the wedding. Welcome them into town with a Friday night barbecue (because when in Texas…) and a Saturday afternoon boat trip on Lady Bird Lake. Start the weekend off with these welcoming, casual celebrations and let the excitement build for your Sunday wedding.

3. Travel for Your Guests
Most guests who are traveling to attend your wedding will have to take at least one day off of work. For a Saturday wedding, a typical travel schedule may be to leave on Friday, attend the wedding on Saturday, fly home on Sunday. For a Sunday wedding, the number of days is no different, it just shifts from taking Friday off to taking Monday off instead. Why not take advantage of the cost savings associated with a Sunday wedding? Your guests will not mind which day they take off for your special day as long as they can be there to celebrate!

4. More Availability for Barr Mansion and Other Top Vendors
The Barr Mansion books up Saturday weddings 12-16 months in advance. Most of our Spring 2015 Saturday evening slots have been filled. We only have a few left. If you love our venue, Sunday is a great option! The same is true for other great vendors.

Of course, there are reasons why Saturday is more popular. Saturday evenings provide a better opportunity for a more formal nighttime affair. If you are envisioning ball gowns and pearls, Saturday may be more appropriate. If you have a large percentage of guests who are residents of Austin, they may want to be home early on Sunday in order to prepare for Monday.

Don’t miss out on additional discounts for daytime events! Our gardens and grounds are a perfect backdrop for mid-day weddings. Daytime weddings are becoming more and more popular, especially during our Spring and Fall seasons. Plus, our brunch menu is truly decadent (powdered donut holes drenched in maple syrup and served with bacon, anyone?!).

What do you think about hosting or attending Sunday weddings?

Austin Outdoor Brunch Wedding: Mary and Paul

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by admin No Comments

We’re so pleased that Mary and Paul chose Barr Mansion for their April wedding! Top hats and typewriters abounded in this joyous vintage event, and the bride looked lovely in her classic pearls and tea-length gown with bold floral accents. We wish Mary and Paul all the best in their new life, and thanks to Jeff Fitlow for the fantastic photos!

Five Reasons to Have a Brunch Wedding

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by admin 4 Comments


If you need more convincing than the mouth-watering photo of our Buttermilk Biscuit with House Smoked Pork above (thanks, Steven Noreyko!), here are our top five reasons for having a brunch wedding:

  1. Better Dates.  Most popular wedding venues, including ours, book up to a year to a year and a half in advance during our peak seasons.  However, if you’re willing to do an earlier, daytime event, your options open up considerably and this can help you ensure you get your special date.
  2. More Affordable.  At most all venues, brunch and daytime events can save couples in upwards of 20-30% off venue rental and associated costs.  Additionally, brunch can mean a lighter meal than a full multi-course dinner, helping you save on your catering bill as well.  Other vendors may also be willing to budge on their numbers given that they can still do an evening event.
  3. Beautiful Photos.  Beautiful daylight, lush gardens, and clear skies can make for phenomenal photographs of your wedding party.  Having a daytime wedding opens up a number fantastic photo ops, especially at a versatile, indoor & outdoor venue like ours.
  4. Casual Dress.  Looking to let your guests (and your wedding party) go more casual?  A brunch wedding can still be upscale and glamourous, but there is also flexibility for beautiful tea-length dresses, lovely sun hats, linen suits, and more.
  5. Food, Food, Food.  As you can see from the photo above, brunch foods can be absolutely decadent and delicious.  If your find that your favorite foods tend towards classic brunch staples like coffee cake, deviled eggs, and smoked salmon, a daytime wedding is the perfect option for crafting your menu of favorites.  And don’t forget, mimosas, Bloody Marys, Irish coffee are also brunch classics and can help make your bar tab easier to manage as well.


Austin Outdoor Ceremony: Chylin and Brandon

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by admin No Comments

Springtime in Austin is the perfect time for an outdoor brunch wedding ceremony and this past May, Chylin and Brandon’s vintage-inspired wedding with lots of handmade touches was simply amazing.  From the unique bridesmaids dresses to the quilt square guest book to bocce and croquet set up on the lawn, careful attention to detail made this beautiful wedding a truly outstanding and joyful affair.

This luxe wedding was captured by Vignette Deluxe Photography and you can see more photos here.

Deborah and Christian

Posted on: September 14th, 2010 by admin 1 Comment

Deborah and Christian celebrated their marriage with a brunch ceremony and reception on April 25th, 2010.  A completely destination wedding, the bride saw the venue for the first time the Thursday before their Sunday wedding.  The ceremony site was chosen the day before at the rehearsal.

The couple was wed in Tillie’s Grove, a shaded area between the Rose Arbor and the Jubilee Garden.  It was the perfect location for an intimate, daytime ceremony.

A very bright and festive color pallet decorated the Artisan Ballroom for their reception.  The bride and groom’s personalities were written all over their wedding, from robots on their invitations to action figures on their cake.

Thanks to Amelia Tarbet for these beautiful images.  Flowers provided by STEMS Floral Design. Look for this wedding to be featured in the Knot magazine soon!

Rachel and Lewis

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by admin No Comments
Rachel and Lewis had a beautiful brunch wedding on October 4th.
The weather was somewhat “iffy” that day, so they had the ceremony indoors. But it turned out to be a beautiful day for a wedding. The bridal party processed down the aisle to an accordion and the bride had two male attendants, “bridesmen” we called them. They were married under an arch of brown curly willow and green vines.
After the ceremony inside the ballroom, everyone went outside to do a group photograph. The wedding party was able to take lots of pictures outside in the gardens.

The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, pale green hydrangea, white Queen Anne’s lace, and green vines.
The couple offered cheesecake and cupcakes for dessert. They also had a cupcake topper, which was a pokemon action figure. And a twist on the traditional, they offered their guests rose champagne for refreshment. Guest favors were personalized mugs.
The couple left to a grand exit with birdseed tossed at them.

Thanks ever so much to Whitney Lee Photography for these images!!

Annelies and Ben

Posted on: November 4th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Annelies and Ben were married under the arch on a gorgeous October morning. This was a wedding with some character for sure. The bride carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, succulents, artichokes, and kale. The boutonnieres were made out of asparagus.
Along the same lines, the centerpieces had just as much character. One style featured pillar candles wrapped in asparagus surrounded by floating succulents, and the other style featured a vase filled with hydrangeas, eggplants, and artichokes.
You could not have asked for better weather for a brunch wedding. The skies were blue, the air was cool, and the sun was shining. Annelies looked gorgeous with white dendrobium orchids in her hair.
A word from the bride: Thank you all so much for making our October 25th wedding so beautiful and memorable! Ben and I just returned from our honeymoon in the Galapagos (soooo fabulous!) and we wanted to be sure and let you know how much we enjoyed our ceremony and reception. We actually had fun at our own wedding– everything looked perfect and felt easy and natural. Mark and Keegan: thank you for gently guiding us and our guests through the ceremony and reception! Abby- The flowers were INCREDIBLE!! you and your staff outdid yourselves. Those purple cabbages and artichokes were amazing with the hydrangeas in the bouquets, the centerpieces were a hit, and I have to admit my very favorite part was the asparagus bouttonieres– just what I had envisioned. Again thank you so much for adding all the special touches that made our wedding absolutely perfect. It was just what we hoped it would be.
Besides food meant to be nice to look at, there was food a plenty to be eaten as well. Guests dined on brunch menu, many of the items vegan—including swiss chard veggie wraps, melon panzanella, and sweet potatoes with miso mustard. Guests also dined on herb frittata, roasted veggie and ciabatta rolls, a family recipe coffee cake, and a yogurt martini bar with fresh fruit and other toppings. And don’t forget the dessert! Stunning cakes to finish the meal.

Come back and see us Annelies and Ben!!
Thank you Mary Sledd for the gorgeous photos!

Andrea and Robert

Posted on: July 7th, 2009 by admin No Comments
Andrea and Robert had a beautiful brunch wedding reception on June 28th. Guests arrived to bloody mary’s and mimosas under the fans of the Pecan Tree, as the bride and groom greeted everyone. With record-breaking temperatures all week in Texas, everyone was very happy to move into the ballroom pretty quickly and enjoy gospel music from Bells of Joy—a truly soulful treasure who were so much fun to watch.

Table centerpieces featured potted plants with white blossoms, which guests were able to take home after the reception. The bride’s cake was a tall three-tiered carrot cake with cream cheese icing and bright green hydrangea in between the layers. The groom’s cake was cheesecake with a fleur de lis pattern in the middle surrounded by fresh raspberries.

Andrea and Robert were married in the mountains in a sweet and special ceremony just for the two of them—so at the reception they played a slideshow for their friends and family to be able to see the ceremony. It was a beautiful, relaxed, and fun reception—a good time was had by all.

Thank you Brad with Hyde Park Photography, for the (as always) wonderful photos.