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Austin Wedding Venues Suitable for Live Austin Bands
Austin has some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the state and many are perfectly suitable for adding one of the great local Austin bands to your reception. Here is a list and description of some of the better venues that have ready facilities to host live bands.
Lakeway Resort is an awesome venue overlooking beautiful Lake Travis. The ballroom has glass walls with a magnificent view of the lake on two sides. It has a nice stage for a live band and the room has great acoustics. At this venue, the wedding is performed inside the ballroom and then after the ceremony, the crowd moves outside on the patio for a cocktail hour while the staff sets up the ballroom for dinner and the band finishes set up in preparation for the reception. The dance floor is very roomy and the placement of the band is very good, as all tables have a clear view of the band and the dance floor. Many Austin bands find that the load in is very easy as well as opposed to some venues where loading in 4000 pounds of sound gear can be a pain.
Villa Antonia is one of the most scenic of Austin wedding venues overlooking Lake Travis. It's a little further from Austin but worth the drive as the venue is reminiscent of a fairytale castle where kings and queens roamed . The ceremony is performed either in the available chapel or the more desired outdoor patio overlooking the lake with gorgeous views of the river winding through the rolling hillsides. Dinner is in the dinning room or outside on the patios spread out around the romantic stone architecture of the venue. The band is placed inside the chapel which has great acoustics for live bands and has a nice roomy dance floor.
The Barr Mansion is located in North Austin out 290 on Springdale Road and is a rustic mansion set in the Texas Hill Country. The old fully restored plantation style mansion makes a very picturesque backdrop for the ceremony that usually takes place in the courtyard. In case of rain or cold weather, the ceremony is held in their Artisan Ballroom on the property where dinner and the reception is normally held. Inside this building is where the stage for the band is located. The stage is set into the wall and has a huge picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden above it which can be lowered to cover up the band during the ceremony. The picture is raised after the ceremony and the band can start their dinner set immediately with no down time flipping the room for dinner. The Artisan Ballroom which houses the reception and band is has a good sized dance floor, a very roomy stage for the band and is brimming with old world elegance.
The Salt Lick Pavilion is a spectacular setting for your reception, nestled in a grove of pecan trees on the banks of Onion Creek on the outskirts of Austin in Driftwood. There is a nice sized stage for the largest of bands and a huge dance floor in the ballroom. The ceremony takes place along the banks of Onion Creek under the pecan trees. The backdrop to the ceremony is Onion Creek and accented by a beautiful 4 foot waterfall.
The Ladybird Johnson Wild Flower Center is located in South Austin and is a great venue to have a live band. The band can perform outside in the picturesque stone courtyard or inside the main ballroom if it's too cold or raining. This venue is dedicated to preserving the beauty and diversity of native plants and wildflowers of North America and really shows it with its amazing gardens. The natural landscapes here make a gorgeous scenic backdrop for any wedding or private party. The band has plenty of room inside or out and the dance floor is nice and roomy inside or out as well.
You can't go wrong with any of these venues if you're having any one of the great Austin bands for your wedding reception. All of these venues have plenty of power and ample room for the bands and big spacious dance floors.
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