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The Allan House is a mansion wedding venue located in Austin, Texas. Nestled in the heart of the city, this Victorian mansion boasts charming gardens and elegant function rooms that provide a romantic backdrop for weddings. The house was built in 1883 and blends original features with contemporary design for a one-of-a-kind setting. It is conveniently located just three blocks from the Texas State Capitol and is nearby a wide variety of other attractions and amenities.
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The Allan House has picturesque indoor and outdoor event spaces available for weddings. The mansion’s courtyard offers an unforgettable space for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception. Framed by towering century-old oak trees and decorated with native blooms, this idyllic space can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated reception. The courtyard features brick pavers and terraced limestone steps where you and your partner can exchange vows while your loved ones are seated below. You can use this as your reception location any time of the year, as the venue includes a heated tent for use during the winter months. The house has spacious verandas where guests can mingle during cocktail hour, as well as many beautiful areas for photo opportunities. Inside the house, there are sophisticated parlors that can accommodate more intimate events. The indoor function rooms are ideal for ceremonies of up to 65 guests and receptions of 50-60. Also located in the building are two separate dressing suites so you and your wedding party can get ready in private.
When you book your wedding at The Allan House, you and your loved ones will have exclusive access to all of the venue’s event spaces. This establishment offers many services and amenities to ensure your wedding day is unforgettable. They provide outdoor lighting, tables and chairs, and in the winter months, a heated tent. On the day of your nuptials, the venue will supply an event manager and security team to ensure your celebration is executed seamlessly.
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Gorgeous, Kind, & Helpful
Though the venue is gorgeous on its own, Juliana is the real star of the show. A joy to work with throughout our years of planning, Juliana was always quick to respond to questions, accommodating to new ideas, and just a great communicator with both us and our planner. Her expertise is also apparent in all the wonderful connections she has throughout the wedding industry - other vendors spoke highly of her and the venue throughout planning. Juliana's support and calm, collected manner were most helpful when having to make the decision to nix a rain tent at the very last minute. She didn't have to be involved in that decision, but we super appreciated that one more person was helping us make the tough call - and that she was invested in helping us have the best day possible for our wedding!
Overall, every piece of our special day fell into place perfectly at The Allan House, as if it was all meant to come together in that space. Vendors are comfortable working within the venue's space. And due to its history in the events scene, I feel the best planners know how to really spice this gem up to make it special for the couple. Guests loved the space as well - the balconies were wonderful for cocktail hour as the courtyard was transitioned from ceremony to reception. (Note: inside the house can get very loud when guests are mingling, which made me appreciate the balconies even more.)
A few tips/notes from our experience: 1) The upper balcony was perfect for capturing portraits at golden hour, and it was refreshing to step away from the party for a few quiet moments with just our photographer and videographer. 2) The bride and groom suites worked perfect for our group -- we did not have a bridal party or groomsmen, just our immediate family members present to help us get ready. All hair/makeup was done off-site. 3) I was slightly nervous about the aesthetics and quality of the courtyard sound booth but everyone assured me it would be great. They were right -- the DJ and other musicians that played throughout the evening sounded awesome, and the booth itself just fades into the background. It felt positioned perfectly to pull guests from all corners of the courtyard onto the dance floor when a crowd-pleaser played. 4) I was unsure how dancing on the cobblestones would be, and some ladies definitely had sore feet in their (block) heels, but there were zero issues and guests enjoyed all types of dance.
We love, love, loved our wedding day and The Allan House was the perfect venue for our colorful, party-forward, cocktail style, laidback event. I would recommend it to any other couple who appreciates the natural beauty of the venue, and that enjoys convenient proximity to the city. (Guests enjoyed spilling out of our event to a nearby, walkable bar to continue their night! ;))
Amazing wedding venue!
Settling on a date, and understanding the plethora of rentals included (tables and chairs for 150+ guests) just made the decision that much easier! Juliana was so warm and kind, and worked seamlessly with our coordinator (Mockingbird Lane Events-truly another amazing wedding must-have!) When we requested an additional half-hour for our catering staff, the transaction was quick and reasonable.
Getting married during a global pandemic is sure to cause some headaches, but there was never any issues with communication with Juliana and ensuring we moved forward. My father even contacted her over a year ahead of time to help with research for hotels since majority of our guests were from out of town. She provided a list and professional suggestions about what was worth our time and energy.
The Allan House was absolutely perfect for our quiet, classic yet laid back style of wedding. This backdrop made all of our guests look even more stunning, and the tree lit up at night was gorgeous. Highly suggest The Allan House. You can't go wrong with a beautiful and historic home for your weddings or party needs!
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Always a pleasure working at The Allan House! Beautiful venue in the heart of Austin with a really attentive staff!
The Allen House is a great choice for an excellent Austin experience! Their team makes hosting a great event a real snap.
What a treasure nestled into downtown Austin! We've played for many open houses and weddings at the Allan House and each one is unique - one of our favorite places to play!
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