34 total reviews
I had previously been in the wedding business in Austin and was aware of most of the venues that were worth taking a look at before deciding. The moment I actually visited Barr Mansion I felt the most amazing presence there. For starters the historical house. As you walk through the house the colors, wood detail, staircase and history provides such a rich and inviting atmosphere. Then you walk through the front door and follow the wrap around porch to see this beautiful tree. Immediately I knew I would be married under that tree. Along with the garden and arch way in the back yard, Barr Mansion provides many decorative details. This helped when planning decoration. Very little had to be done for the ceremony because the beauty alone was enough to take your breath away.
Then there is the Artisan Ballroom. As you walk through an actual garden full of fresh basil and other plants they will use in their catering, you find this amazing building with a head to toe glass front and a beautiful door frame that they had specially designed.
We got married underneath the trees on a surprisingly pleasant July evening with 260 guest. The set-up for our indoor/outdoor seating was perfect for the reception and the food was so delicious. YES, I actually tasted the food on my wedding day because I knew before hand it would be amazing. Plus our Barr Mansion consultant had a special plate just for us.
None of this would have been worth the money if I they had not had such an amazing staff. I put together my décor in organized boxes and handed them over to Elyse Shumsky, my consultant, on Friday before the wedding and everything was taken care of. I enlisted a few family members to help with tables but Elyse was the major factor in the coordinating. She was awesome! The whole process was easy and her patience made it stress free. After two meetings and a food tasting before the wedding we were set for the big day. Clean up was included so that you or your loved ones didn't have to worry about doing all of that after a long day. 90% of our guest were from out of town and they too could not stop raving about Barr Mansion.
Barr Mansion is the best in Austin and they book fast!! Ask for Elyse!
I fell in love with The Barr Mansion and Elyse!! I got married at the Barr Mansion on March 1st and my wedding was the wedding of my dreams and went off without a hitch (Thank you Elyse!!). I was an out of town bride from NYC so at first I was a bit apprehensive about planning a wedding from so far away but Elyse made it easy and fun and really held my hand throughout the entire process. She is so knowledgeable on weddings and gave me spectacular recommendations and advice whenever I needed it. She always got right back to me on any question or concern and really kept my mind at ease. This venue is beautiful and the food was divine. Coming from NYC we have a high standard for food and Alan and his team in the kitchen completely surpassed everyone’s expectation. People are still calling to say it was the best food at a wedding they have had EVER!! Thank you Elyse and Team for the best day of my life!!
We got married at Barr Mansion in early October 2013 and it was a fantastic experience. Barr provided us with everything we wanted in a venue: gorgeous grounds, a unique ballroom, delicious food, and an amazing coordinator.
The old Victorian house has such photogenic interiors and exteriors, which really gave the photographs an antique charm. When people see our photos, they always ask us where we got married because of how unique the spaces are especially for Texas. Guests also raved to me about the food, especially the beef tenderloin so I highly recommend having that on the menu.
One of the biggest perks of this place is that it comes with a coordinator, which in retrospect, I couldn't imagine the day without. Elyse, our coordinator, was the absolute best-- she's so organized yet low-key and efficient; plus, she's such a great person to be around and it made the wedding day all that more smooth. I miss working with her!
Overall, Barr Mansion is a great place to get married in Austin if you're looking for something more unconventional than a hotel reception and more elegant than a ranch. Plus, your photographers will thank you!
Barr Mansion makes any event feel so dramatic and romantic. The staff is great too. I highly recommend it.
We had a brunch wedding at the Barr Mansion and our friends have raved that it was the best wedding ever! Shanna, our coordinator, had great ideas and totally helped to make our day as easygoing as possible. Excellent food, too!!
Barr Mansion is a stunning venue. It will blow away you and your guests. We held our wedding reception (about 100 people) there. We had the full service plated dinner. The food and service was excellent. Barr Mansion has a reputation for being expensive, but I think it lives up to the price.
Barr Mansion is a gorgeous venue with wonderful, responsive staff who work hard for you. I worked primarily with Thea, and I can't recommend her enough.
We had our wedding at Barr Mansion in September of this year and everything was WONDERFUL!!! the food, service,and staff all exceeded our expectations in every way. Our coordinator was Elyse Shumsky and she was AMAZING!! All of the details were executed perfectly and she made sure we were able to relax and enjoy our perfect evening with family & friends.. We could not have been happier! Would highly recommend Barr and Elyse to anyone considering a wedding in Austin, TX
This venue is absolutely perfect. They do it all: set-up, coordinate, food, cake, clean up. They made our special day one to enjoy and not stress over. I couldn't recommend this venue enough.
Beautiful venue, great venue coordinator (elyse), food turned out great even though we didn't like it at the tasting, and service was good overall. It can be a bit pricey since they charge for everything (like putting out cocktail tables)
Thanks to Elyse and the staff at Barr Mansion, my daughter's wedding was a magical experience. Everything was orchestrated perfectly. The mansion was a beautiful setting for bride and groom preparations, the grounds were beautifully manicured and the food was delicious.
Elyse is simply wonderful to work with! We were able to turn things over to her with complete confidence that everything would be just as we wanted.
I highly recommend Elyse, event coordinator, and Barr Mansion.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Barr Mansion.
The thing that drew us to Barr Mansion (other than the stunning venue) was that Rick and Elyse would be there throughout the planning process and would take care of us on the day of the wedding. Both Elyse and Rick were very quick to respond and always patient in answering any questions we had during the planning process. It was definitely a great feeling showing up on our wedding day knowing that our day would be in good hands.
We were married under the pecan tree in late April and the grounds were STUNNING. If you can snag a date in late April/early May DO IT! The weather was comfortable, the tree had leafed out, the grass was bright green and all the spring flowers were in bloom. The appetizers, dinner and wedding cake were all delicious and we even took advantage of the brick oven to have a late night pizza snack for all our guests. One thing we really liked about Barr Mansion was that we were able to provide the alcohol, which really made a difference in our alcohol budget compared to the pricey "alcohol packages" offered by most wedding venues.
Everyone kept telling me that "something always goes wrong on your wedding day" but that couldn't have been further from the truth when it came to our wedding. Elyse ran everything so smoothly that we never had to worry about a single thing. She kept us on schedule but was never pushy and worked with our DJ to make sure everyone knew what was happening. The evening went by so quickly, but we were both able to relax and enjoy the moment with our friends and family which, in the end, is exactly what everyone wants for their wedding.
I couldn't recommend Barr Mansion and their incredible staff more. They truly made our wedding perfect. Thank you, Elyse, Rick and Barr Mansion!
Absolutely loved Barr Mansion! It's only been a month since our wedding but my husband & I are still receiving comments on our beautiful venue! The food was amazing & the staff was so professional. I had to worry about NOTHING. The night was magical & very organic, in the sense that everything seemed to flow very naturally. I appreciated that very much. I would recommend Barr Mansion hands down above any other venue! I was the happiest bride in the world! :)
We were married at Barr Mansion last weekend. It was the first of more than a dozen venues we looked at, and it was honestly love at first sight. The mansion, ballroom, and the property as a whole, is gorgeous. Hannah was the only person in our venue search that took the time to sit down with us after the site tour and go over options and pricing in great detail. She was the one who earned our business.
We chose the pecan tree for our ceremony. We found comfort in the fact that if the April weather didn’t cooperate, the rain plan was still very appealing. We planned everything from out-of-state, so it was awesome to have a venue that handled the day-of coordination, food, cakes, tables, chairs, linens and dinnerware in-house. We have fairly discerning tastes in beer and wine, so we enjoyed having the freedom to bring in our own alcohol.
We did, however, run into some issues. After Hannah’s departure from her job at Barr, Rick informed us that he would be our new coordinator. Then, we were promptly reassigned to work with to Elyse instead, “since our wedding was on a Sunday.”
After the Elyse hand off, I e-mailed her and Rick to confirm the time of our rehearsal. Rick said our rehearsal would be held on Saturday, the day before our wedding (naturally). Elyse e-mailed us the same day informing us that the rehearsal would have to be on Friday, since Saturday was booked all day with events. Since 85% of our guests were coming to Austin from out of town, moving the rehearsal to Friday would have caused major problems. We decided to call Rick about everything (why wouldn’t he call us?). The rehearsal was on for Saturday, and I was assured everything would be fine.
One week later, we were informed that our day-of coordinator would be Nicole instead. Now on our fourth coordinator, all the small details we talked about with Hannah on day one had been completely lost. We feel we were continuously handed off because we were having a small wedding on a Sunday. The good news is that Miss Nicole totally saved the day.
She was in touch with us immediately and put two in-person planning meetings on the calendar when she knew we would be in town visiting. She did an awesome job of making sure all the small details were perfect. She even helped us get a custom cake flavor that was not on the tasting menu, even though Rick told us he would research it when we saw him at the harvest tasting (where we saw him drinking alcohol).
We submitted our guest count two days before our contracted deadline, and when I asked to add our vendor meals the day before the final count was due, Rick wrote back saying that it was too late to add them. He suggested we call Jason’s Deli to deliver food for them. We honestly thought he was kidding – he wasn’t. Luckily, the chef was able to add to our food order to accommodate us.
All that said, our day was amazing. We are still getting compliments on the gorgeous venue and the food. Nicole seriously worked her butt off to make sure everything was perfect. She kept the evening running smoothly, and made sure we were comfortable from the second we arrived until right before the send off. THANK YOU, NICOLE!!!
If you book an event at Barr, be prepared to be extremely proactive about communication. Double check the costs and payment due dates on your paperwork before you sign anything (ours was wrong). Based on our experience, you will likely be the one to confirm details, receipt of paperwork, deposits and payments.
beautiful just out of my price range
We really enjoyed Barr Mansion! The food is amazing and the staff is so great! We enjoyed all the detail that Rick put into getting our day setup. I fully recommend Barr Mansion to everyone! From country weddings to vintage weddings it is the perfect venue!
This venue is beautiful! Our wedding was great, there were a few things that went wrong with minor details (i.e. the champagne wasn't set up in our rooms before and the ice cream bar for the groom's cake didn't make it out before the cake was served) but really nothing major to complain about. Our guests could not stop talking about how great the food was and how much fun they had! You can do so much with the decorations for this venue so it's fitting for any style of wedding (especially if you're a fan of Pinterest crafts!). Hannah and Rick went out of their way during the entire 1.5 yrs we were planning the wedding (yep, for that long they remained truly committed to outstanding customer service!). Thanks Barr Mansion! Our wedding was everything we imagined and more!
I loved everything about Barr Mansion! They do all the catering and cakes so I didn't have to waste time trying to find someone I liked. They use local, organic ingredients too. The staff was incredibily friendly. My wedding wouldn't have been what it was without the help of Hannah, my Barr Mansion coordinator!
I'm still giddy about my wedding in November at Barr Mansion. They did an incredible job. The food was great, the ballroom looked gorgeous and the staff was totally on top of it--even taking care of me when I got sick in the middle of the reception (yes, the only low point). My only complaint is that they were a bit flaky on the estimate; there were math errors and some incorrect selections so just be sure to go over everything carefully.
Where do I even begin? I LOVED my wedding at Barr Mansion!! All of my guests were from out of town and they were all blown away by the venue! It is unique, elegant, rustic, PERFECT. Everything was amazing, including Hannah and Rick who helped in the planning process.
First, the planning process was sooo easy. Barr has catering (which is all organic -- the only USDA certified organic venue -- very Austin!) so I didn't have to worry about finding that, they handle the cakes, staff, set-up, break-down, day of coordination, etc. Seriously, it was so easy. We worked with Hannah mainly and she is AWESOME! So sweet, kind, and organized. I really didn't worry about ANYTHING -- and trust me, I am a worrier. Hannah made sure my day turned out exactly as I had envisioned it. She kept reassuring me -- "It's your wedding, you can have it however you want." Even guests at the wedding came up to me to tell me how amazing she was.
Another perk -- you can provide your own alcohol. We bought TONS and you are able to return extra unopened alcohol to most places (Specs, Costco -- FYI - Costco is the cheapest AND you don't have to have a membership for the spirits section because it is actually separate from the store).
The food turned out delicious (we had apple cider brined chicken breasts and beef tenderloin with bacon herb butter)! We even had a little surprise for the guests at the end of the night - Barr has a stone pizza oven so we had organic pizzas for a late night snack. The guests loved it! The cakes were also really good. Our brides cake was a traditional white with raspberry filling. Our cakes were also very pretty and well decorated. They ask you to provide a picture of what you would like them to look like -- I cheated and just picked one that I liked that was done previously at another wedding at Barr.
We got married under the old pecan tree at sunset. It felt beautiful. We worked with Stems (Barr's resident florist that you do NOT have to use -- BUT SHE IS GOOD!) and we put chandeliers in the tree. Loved it.
Next – the Artesian Ballroom. Really amazingly beautiful. It is really a great space. We ended up getting lighting from ILD because I really wanted an amber glow – almost like candle light. It was relatively inexpensive (in relation to the entire cost of a wedding!).
If you can’t tell yet, I really loved my wedding. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Barr Mansion. Another bonus is that it is out in the middle of what feels like nowhere but it is still about 10-15 min from downtown. Very secluded and private. My biggest worry was that I did all this work and had this vision and I was going to be disappointed in the end --- totally NOT the case!!! Brides – you will not regret picking this venue for your most special day!
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Creating the Wedding of your Dreams
Barr Mansion offers a one-of-a-kind setting for indoor/outdoor weddings, featuring versatile and well-manicured grounds, an Eastlake Victorian mansion, sustainably-crafted modern ballroom, full-service planning, and certified organic cuisine.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Loft/Raw Space, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
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