Utopia River Retreat is an idyllic barn wedding venue located in Utopia, Texas, ideally situated on the banks of the Sabinal River. Utopia is located an hour and a half northwest of San Antonio centrally located to both Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area. This rustic property sits within 9 rolling acres of scenic countryside and natural beauty, providing the perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations. This venue provides ample space and accommodations to host the wedding event of your dreams surrounded by giant oak trees, a flowing river, and an abundance of natural wildlife.
Facilities and Capacity
Utopia River Retreat offers a large and stylishly decorated party barn as the ideal indoor accommodation for your wedding celebration. This space is capable of hosting 50-300 guests and can be arranged in a variety of styles to best suit your needs. This delightful event space features exposed-beam ceilings which are artfully hung with string lights to create a fairytale feel. A large stone fireplace can provide a central focus point for your event, while corrugated iron walls and wooden doors provide a solid, cozy, atmosphere. The barn itself can seat 80 people comforablly with still having a nice dance floor. Additonal guests can be seated either on the side deck or in the drive in front of the double doors looking into the barn so they don't miss anything. We have light poles that can be added to the outside seating area to pull that majical feel to all the guests.
For couples wishing to embrace the outdoors, Utopia River Retreat offers the treat of picking your very own riverfront space to hold your ceremony along the banks of the Sabinal River. Shaded by ancient cypress trees, couples can exchange their vows in this secluded setting close to the heart of nature. This venue also features a wooden patio and gazebo which can be used to host a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner, and more.
Utopia River Retreat is happy to provide the use of the kitchen located in the main house on the property for your big day, in addition to the BBQ pit and smoker located to the rear of the property. This venue works with a range of premium vendors from the surrounding areas and is happy to provide recommendations to couples wishing to hold their wedding celebration at the property.
The Utopia River Retreat property features an array of accommodations ideal for hosting wedding parties and guests on site. This property boasts six 1-bedroom cabins, three 2-bedroom cabins, and the Fortress; the large main house originally constructed in the 1800s.
Each cabin on the property offers splendid views of the surrounding scenery, with many located near the banks of the river, giving guests a feeling of tranquility and peace. Each 1-bedroom cabin can accommodate between two and four guests and features air-conditioning, TV with satellite, and outdoor BBQ grill.
The main house, the Fortress, can easily accommodate upwards of 10 people with many of the rooms featuring king or queen beds. Featuring 5 bedroom areas, 2 private bedrooms downstairs, 3 open concept bedrooms upstairs, and 2 futons with 3 1/2 bathrooms, full kitchen, 52-inch satellite TV, BBQ grill, and Fire ring. The Fortress provides luxury and comfort in a rural location with rustic charm and is perfect for the bridal party to get ready for the special day.
Recommended by 100% of couples
Kay · Married on 04/07/2018
Absolutely loved this venue. We got married here April 2018 and couldn't of been happier. The staff was incredibly helpful and willing to help with anything you may need. They have multiple spots to have your ceremony right on the river. Such a beautiful spot for any wedding.Sent on 04/30/2018
Utopia River Retreat's reply:Kay, thank you for allowing us to be a special part of your big event. We are always happy to help anyway we can. Look forward to your next visit.
Lauren · Married on 11/11/2017
A perfect venue for a rustic barn reception. You can get married by the water and have the reception right up the hill in the barn. The staff was there for me the entire time. They have everything you need and if not, they are willing to get it! So happy with our wedding here!Sent on 02/15/2018
Utopia River Retreat's reply:Lauren
Cindy · Married on 06/18/2016
We had our Celebration of Marriage at the Utopia River Retreat in June 2016. The deck and the pavilion over look the Sabinal River giving this indoor/outdoor venue a perfect backdrop for any occasion. At night the giant cypress trees light up and you can hear the crickets and locust humming along. Having lodging right there made it so convenient for our guest to come and go the whole weekend of the celebration. The party planner, Skye, took care of the all the catering and decorations leaving us to enjoy the moment. I wold highly recommend this venue for weddings, family reunions, girl's or guy's trips or anything else where space, beauty were appreciated!Sent on 08/21/2016