Austin is full of so many beautiful and inspiring wedding venues that it can be very difficult for a couple to find one that not only fits their budget, but reflects their personalities and values as well. Fortunately for charitable couples that want to have both a memorable and meaningful wedding, there are several fabulous and unique nonprofit venue options to consider.
The Blanton Museum of Art
Creative and artistically minded couples will want to check out the Blanton Museum of Art located on the University of Texas campus. The museum’s Rapoport Atrium, available for ceremonies and receptions, features a grand staircase and a 50-foot-tall ceiling with skylights, all framed within a site-specific art installation by artist Teresita Fernandez. Titled Stacked Waters, the artwork evokes a Roman bath with hundreds of custom-made blue iridescent tiles.
The space can accommodate up to 300 people for a reception, and the facility rental fee is $5,000 for a four-hour evening event that includes two hours for set up and an hour to break down. Catering and rentals are contracted separately. Further information can be found on their website.
Facility rental fees at the Blanton support the museum’s mission to provide personally moving, thought-provoking, and visually arresting experiences with art.
Owned and operated by the Austin Junior Forum, a women’s volunteer organization, the Daniel H. Caswell House is a 19th-Century home available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement photos. The entire house is privately rented for each event and, with that, each bride receives the ability to take engagement photos for free during their open house hours, an onsite facilities director during their special day, and amenities such as a large front lawn and upstairs and downstairs terraces with views of the Capitol.
The prices vary based on season and day, ranging from $500 for a 5-hour rental on a weekday to $2,550 for a 10-hour rental on a Saturday from January to October. More information about rates and reservations can be found on their website.
The house is a Texas Historic Landmark and the money received from events supports the house’s operations and restoration, and allows the Caswell House the ability to support other nonprofits by donating the space for charities and fundraisers throughout the year.
There are many beautiful spaces available for ceremonies and receptions at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center located in southwest Austin, including an arboretum, groves of oak trees, gardens full of wildflowers, and a large Gallery with floor-to-ceiling windows and scenic meadow views.
The facilities are available for rent every day of the week from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Rental fees ranges from $2,000 on any given weekday (Monday through Thursday) throughout the year to $4,500 for a Saturday during peak season (March through May and September through November). Read more about holding your wedding at the Wildflower Center on their website.
All the money earned in the facility rental program goes towards supporting the center’s mission to increase sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes, including a global seed conservation project that protects plants against threats of extinction, an ecosystem design group that developed a special grass species to sustain extreme drought and weather conditions, and a huge series of educational programs that teach homeowners how to holistically work with nature in their own gardens.
Located in Central Austin right on the shores of Lake Austin, Laguna Gloria is home to a Mediterranean style villa and gorgeous landscaping built in 1916 by Clara Driscoll, best know for helping to save the Alamo from destruction in 1903. The entire 12-acre property is available to rent (with some exclusions based on exhibits), with a 150-person capacity for a ceremony and reception (more allowed if just a reception).
The cost to rent the property is dependent on the day and time of year, ranging from $1,500 – $5,250. Additional costs include staffing (approximately $500), specialty speaker equipment to comply with their residential sound ordinance ($935), plus membership to the museum ($125). More details can be found on their website.
Couples who get married at Laguna Gloria help support the continuance of the beautiful, historic site, education programs which pay for busing and tours for elementary and middle school kids, and an Art School that hosts intriguing art education for both children (age 5 and up) and adults. Laguna Gloria is part of The Contemporary, a multi-site modern art nonprofit museum and gallery.
The Sanctuary Event Space is a lush oasis in the 78704 ZIP code that is part of the The Amala Foundation. The full grounds of the venue include the Front House/Community Center, outdoor grounds, and the Sanctuary Yoga Studio. The venue can host approximately 150 guests.
The full grounds can be rented for $200 an hour on Thursdays and Fridays, up to a flat fee of $2,000 for a Saturday full-day rental. The option of renting the Tree Top Loft is available for a $500 flat fee. Learn more on their site.
The proceeds from venue rentals directly benefit The Amala Foundation’s nonprofit youth programming. Click here to learn more about the Amala Foundation and the programs you support by venue rental fees.