Frequently Asked Questions for Texas Old Town
Q: Does Texas Old Town have a ceremony site?
A: Yes, each hall has a ceremony designated site. Please visit our Facilities page to view available ceremony sites. Beautiful white chairs are provided for the ceremony sites.
Q: Does the indoor facility have air conditioning and heating?
A: Definitely-Air conditioning is a must in Texas!
Q: How long do we get to use the facilities?
A: 8 AM to 12 AM. Please note that 12 AM is the time that all items should be removed and all guests departed.
Q: Does Texas Old Town have dressing rooms?
A: Yes, Texas Old Town provides a ladies and gentlemen's dressing room for each reception/ceremony venue.
Q: Does Texas Old Town have overnight accommodations?
A: No, but hotels are just down the road in South Austin, San Marcos, Kyle and Buda. Ask about our great Hotel Vendors!
Q: In case of inclement weather, can the ceremony be moved inside the reception hall?
A: Certainly! Texas Old Town is expert at indoor as well as outdoor weddings. Always come prepared for this-you can never predict Texas weather.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Only if medical reasons dictate, otherwise, no pets are permitted.
Q: How far in advance should we reserve a date for our event?
A: Halls are booked according to availability, so if a hall is open, any party can reserve it. However, keep in mind that many events are booked well in advance and Texas Old Town does not save dates without a deposit and signed contract. (12-18 months is the general rule).
Q: Where do guests park?
A: All vehicles should park in the designated parking lots with exception of the bride & groom and handicapped guests.
Q: What is provided at the ceremony site?
A: Chairs, the ceremony site structure and a PA system.
Q: Do you provide tables, chairs, and linens for the reception hall?
A: Tables and chairs only. Texas Old Town has great vendors that provide an wide array of linens.
Q: Since there are four halls on the property, is there a problem with parties intermingling or disturbing one another?
A: In the years that Texas Old Town has had multiple events occurring simultaneously, an issue has never arisen with parties disturbing one another. Each facility is completely independent of the other, including parking and everything else.
Q: Can we decorate how we choose?
A: Of course! However some limitations exist-paper confetti, glitter, unprotected candles, silk flower petals, and sand are strictly prohibited. Hay and birdseed are permitted outdoors but not indoors. Please respect the walls and furniture and do not use nails, screws, or staples. You are welcome to use candles that have at least three inches of side glass coverage above the flame.
Q: What can be tossed in the air for the bride & groom's departure?
A: Bird seed, organic flower petals (silk or fake flowers are not permitted), and bubbles are permissible. Sparklers, paper confetti, and rice are strictly prohibited.
Q: Are fireworks allowed?
A: Unfortunately, due to the many risks, fireworks are not permitted.
Q: Can we come to decorate the day before the event?
A: Yes, as long as the facility is not reserved for that day. Please verify availability five days prior to your event.
Q: May we take engagement or bridal pictures at Texas Old Town prior to our event?
A: We feel priveleged for you to take your photos at Texas Old Town. Please schedule your photo shoot with Texas Old Town between a Monday and Thursday. Because of the possibility of conflicting events, Please verify availability five days prior to your photo shoot.
Q: Can alcohol be served at Texas Old Town?
A: Yes. If an open bar set-up is used (meaning the client provides alcohol free of charge to their guests), Texas Ritas, an independently contracted TABC bartending firm, must be contracted to have the alcohol served. 'BYOB' is permitted but highly discouraged. All 'BYOB' alcohol should be immediately placed at the bar and subsequently served by the bartender. If a "cash bar" set-up is used, then the client must contract a firm that has a license to sell alcohol, which is normally a restaurant or full-service catering company. A copy of such license should be made and supplied to Texas Old Town at least a month before a scheduled event occurs. Texas Ritas does not have a license to sell alcohol. Alcohol that is not served by a bartender is not permitted on Texas Old Town property.
Q: Must the bride use Texas Old Town's recommended vendors?
A: No with one exception--the bartender. All other vendors are preferred but not required. Vendor flexibility is something Texas Old Town wants to afford its clients.
Prices, Payments & Deposits
Q: What is the payment schedule for reserving a date at Texas Old Town?
A: Generally, a non-refundable 25% deposit of the contract amount is required to hold a reservation for the specified date of the contracted event. An additional non-refundable 25% of the total amount is due six months before the event, bringing the total paid amount to 50% of the balance due. An additional non-refundable 25% of the total is due four months before the event, bringing the paid amount to 75% of the total fee. The remaining balance is due two months before your event.
All that being said, we offer PERSONAL PAYMENT PLANS that you can arrange with the manager according to your ability to pay because we know weddings can be expensive, so we want to make it as easy as possible. And of course we do not charge interest any payment.
Texas Old Town prides itself in showing you exactly what you get and the exact price you will pay for it!
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