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Crafty Cocktails

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

We love signature drinks! We love when couple’s choose to highlight their favorite drinks or incorporate the cocktail into their theme or color scheme.

Guests love signature drinks! They love to see the colorful, ice cold drinks. They love to sip new concoctions while chatting with their friends.

Crafty Cocktails

Below are a few of our favorite crafty cocktails (and don’t forget to use local liquors!):

The Greyhound: Grapefruit Juice and Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, served over ice with a slice of lime (or a sprig of Lavender)

Mint Margarita: St. Germain, Herradura Silver Tequila, fresh lime juice, club soda and mint sprigs

Frosty Lemon Martini: Lemon vodka, lemon juice, sugar and lemon peel, shaken and served in a martini glass

Limoncello Raspberry Proseco: Proseco, limoncello liqueur, raspberries, served over ice with mint sprigs

Moscow Mule: Tito’s Vodka, Ginger Beer, lime juice, served over ice with a slice of lime (or check out this Melon Mule recipe)

Vodka Mint Lemonade (or Limeade): housemade Mint Lemonade, Dripping Spings Vodka, served over ice and with mint sprigs

Sudden Blush Cocktail: Dolce Vida Anejo Tequila, Cantaloupe Melon syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice and serrano pepper seeds

Ginger Beer Margaritas: Reposada Tequilla, Ginger Beer, Triple Sec, fresh squeezed lime juice, served over ice with a salt rim and slice of lime.

Follow our Crafty Cocktail pin board on Pinterest for more ideas and  thirst-quenching recipes.

 

 

We answer “10 Questions To Ask Your Venue Before Booking”

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Most planning resource websites, blogs and magazines include a checklist of things to ask your venue prior to signing the contract. We have answered these questions for you – all specific to your Barr Mansion rental. These 10 questions were lifted right from Oh Lovely Day’s post “Finding Your Wedding Venue”.

1. Do you have a cut off time or a time limit? Lots of places make you cut off the music by 10 pm or give you 4 hours for your reception, and if you want to party to the wee hours this is important to you.

BM: We do not have a noise ordinance or curfew. Amplified noise outside at any time is fine. We do price our packages at 4 hours (from start of party to end of party, with an additional 2-hours of access time prior to start of party), but you can add time on at an additional cost (depending on guest count). So you can go as long your feet or budget will let.

2. Do you cater on site, have rentals, etc. or do we have to bring everything on site ourselves?

BM: We do require that you use our catering and all our food is prepared on-site (some of it even grown here). We also include the bridal’s cake and the groom’s cake (but if you have a real hankering for an outside baker, we can make an exception on the dessert). We also have a whole slew of in-house rentals that are part of your party package (ceremony and reception chairs, guest tables,  food and cake tables, all auxiliary tables, linens, dinnerware, silverware, and barware). By 2015, we will have a warehouse of additional rentals that you can rent to set up cocktail reception, lounge seating and even farm table seating.

3. What is the parking like for your guests?

BM: Our parking lot is gravel and non-descript. We don’t require a parking attendant or valet and it’s never been an issue for our clients. However, 60% of our couple’s provide some sort of transportation for their guests in order to give them the opportunity to enjoy themselves and make it home safely.

4. What are the bathrooms like for your guests? (this is important! you don’t want porto-potties for your guests right?)

BM: We have a total of 9 stalls on property. They are all enclosed in buildings with electricity and running water. (No porta potties here!)

5. Can I bring my own alcohol on site? (this is a gem and can save you a lot of money)

BM: Yes! We provide the certified bartenders, the barware, the ice and the mixers (if you are doing a full bar or signature cocktails), but your provide the alcohol. We agree, this is a gem of an option. You can pick your own bar menu. We can also refer some great vendors who deliver and pick-up any returns.

6. Where will the guests eat, dance, have cocktail hour, sit for the reception (if applicable)? You want to be sure there is room for the number of guests you have in mind at each location.

BM: We consider our 7-acre property to have venues inside venues. We have the Barr Mansion which is a great place to host your bridal party and family prior to photos or the processional. The ornamental gardens provide many different backdrops for an outside ceremony and we have had over 600 people on our lawns. The Artisan Ballroom,  with it’s climate control and spacious floor plan, is perfect for dinner and dancing. Capacity of the Ballroom for a seated dinner and dance floor is 200 people. The newest addition, The Farmstead, will be a perfect host for ceremony, cocktail hour or reception and will comfortably seat 250 people.

7. Can we use any vendors we want? Do you have any vendor requirements or restrictions?

BM: We provide a well-vetted Preferred Vendor List to all our booked couples. The list is extensive and covers everything from babysitters to transportation. However, it is strictly a resource and not a requirement to use the PVs. You can bring in any vendor you want or DIY the whole thing, it’s really up to you. We do say there are 5 additional vendors you would want to bring in for a well-rounded wedding: photographer, flowers/decor, alcohol, officiant and music/entertainment. Otherwise we are the venue, rentals, food, cake, staff and coordinator.

8. What are the extra fees or hidden costs? Sometimes ceremonies cost extra. There is a fee if you go over a certain number of people.

BM: We have three categories we price out for every wedding: Ceremony, Reception and Bar Service. Yes, having your ceremony on-site is an additional cost and that covers the ceremony chairs, 2-hours of access time, use of Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room, 1-hour rehearsal on day before and rehearsal coordination.

9. Do you have a minimum cost that we must meet? Many venues do, and while they are usually easy to meet, if the minimum is $20,000 and that is more than your budget, that is not the venue for you.

BM: Yes, we do have minimums. Saturday nights in April, May & October: $15,000. Other Saturday nights: $10,000. Other nights and daytimes: $5,500. They are not hard to meet when you factor in all the services we provide. We agree with OLD, if the minimum is outside of your total budget the Barr Mansion may not be a good fit.

10. What other restrictions do you have, if any? Some of these could be a noise restriction (could prevent you from having the band or DJ you want), decoration restrictions, etc.

BM: We don’t have a lot of decor restrictions. Probably the biggest one is no petroleum based candles, because they ruin our organic linens. But LED, beeswax or soy candles are a great substitute. Other restrictions: no artificial petals, glitter, confetti, rice or bird seed can be thrown on our property. See above, but we don’t have noise restrictions.

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?

Featured in the Knot Magazine: Stephanie & Sean

Posted on: January 12th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Featured in Brides Magazine, as one of “America’s Most Romantic Wedding Venues”

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Adele 1 Comment

The Barr Mansion was featured in the current Winter issue of Brides Magazine as one of the top venues in the nation;  we’re incredibly honored and excited to be recognized by such a prestigious magazine.

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