9 total reviews
This is a great place if you are looking for a Hill Country ranch wedding. The Kendall Creek venue is a big beautiful barn that is perfect for an indoor reception. There is a great pavilion outside the barn for a ceremony as well. Do keep weather in mind, as the barn can get hot in the warmer months.
It was great to have the venue, catering & ceremony under one roof and to have 1 point of contact. If you are looking for a ranch wedding, this is a great place.
We found Don Strange Ranch out of luck and knew it was the perfect setting for our wedding. We also had them do the catering which was also fantastic. Lorissa was able to work with us within our budget and advise us on the things that we could cut with little impact. They were very accomodating making minor changes we requested. It poured down rain for days before and the day of the wedding, but the rain cleared shortly before the ceremony and it was stunning! They set up all of the tables and chairs and linens plus buffet for us with their traditional lanterns on each table. Esther was kind enough to pack us a basket that somehow got to the get away vehicle with plates of food and wine for us that night. We didn't get to eat much while we were there because we constantly had people talking to us and by the time we reached our hotel that night we were exhausted and hungry so it was a godsend. She even packed us a piece of cake which was great since the only bite I got was the one that my husband shoved in my face a few hours earlier. I would recommend their facility to anyone that is looking for a rustic type wedding. The lights and chandaliers were perfect, you really cannot appreciate how pretty it is if you don't see them at night. The space is large and roomy, easily accomodating our guests, the bar, food, gifts, cakes, dj and photo booth rental. If you can afford to upgrade to the main ranch - it is totally worth the difference in price versus using the Kendall Creek venue they have. It's also beautiful, but there are alot of extras (there's a house across from it that you can use to get ready in) that made our day so much easier by using the main ranch. And the guests didn't have to walk through the rain to get from the ceremony site to the reception site. Two weeks later I'm still getting remarks on how great the food was and how beautiful the place was. I can't wait to see the final photos! The only thing I would say for those of you on a budget - don't have the ranch buy the beer, it's literally $100 more a case than what you would pay at Costco. The wine is much more reasonably priced so we saved money by providing a bottle of wine on each table and a cash bar. (You can also save some money by booking the venue during the non peak season.) Total for catering was just under $5K which included the bar and wine. Venue varies from $750 to approximately $2500 but includes all of your tables, chairs, some linens, and set up, longhorn feeding (which all the kids and adults loved).
I got married at the Don Strange Ranch last fall - it was perfect! The staff was so helpful every step of the way. The venue was beautiful and we didn't have to worry about a thing. And the food.... it was fantastic! We could not have been happier with the way everything went, and we would highly recommend this venue to anyone who was considering using it! Here are more pictures:
Our daughter, son-in-law, family and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed the wedding at the Don Strange Ranch last October. The wedding with around 250 guests was held outdoors on the ranch grounds. However, if it had rained there would have been plenty of inside space in their rustic, inviting hall that was perfectly suited for our fun reception. The planners and caterers helped us in every way to have exactly the wedding that we were looking for. It was a beautiful, memorable day. Any couple wanting a real Texas country wedding with great Texas food in a natural, ranch setting----you will love working with folks at the Don Strange Ranch! And your guests will never forget it!
WARNING!! At first, we felt so lucky and blessed to find such a beautiful venue only 5 months before our wedding date! Well, there is a reason why the ranch wasn’t booked and I hope to spread the news to all who dare get swindled into using this facility or the catering company itself.
When we did our walk through, we were promised the world. They have two locations on the ranch (Kendall Creek and DSR) and we were assured that they wouldn’t double book the other location as that would mean cars would be driving past our outdoor ceremony site during the ceremony itself. They also mentioned that the facility (as it was January) was out of season and therefor was overgrown with weeds and fallen branches. They said those things would be in prime condition by May.
Once we signed the contract all hell broke loose. They now said that we would have to rent out both venues (more thousands of dollars) to keep them from double booking the sites. Lorissa, their wedding planner, was beyond rude to my parents, my in laws and myself. At one point she offered to send us to a different venue, as they may be more helpful… After our save the dates went out! When I would call for a scheduled conference call, she wouldn’t even remember which bride I was or what wedding we were referring to. She fought us on every tiny menu change and we didn’t even receive a final menu until two weeks before the wedding. We tried to contact Brian Strange who seemed to care less that even though we were paying them tens of thousands of dollars we were being treated with worse customer service than you would receive from a call center representative for your phone company. Not to mention that they would constantly throw new charges into our catering bill. They were planning on serving our 350 guests with 6 wait staff and when we asked to have water and a plated salad at the tables our bill went up by $5,000! Not to mention a VERY LARGE “service charge” that was tacked on the end.
Two weeks before the wedding we were invited to come see the venue while it was being set for another wedding. They had weeds that were 2 feet tall directly in front of the house that the bride walks out of to start the processional. There were dead leaves and tree limbs on every slanted rooftop where photos were to be taken. It seemed like now that Don Strange had passed away his sons have no pride for what they have. We ended up giving them a detailed list of common sense wedding venue “to-dos”. And after they threw a fit, they eventually pulled the weeds, cut back branches, and cleaned the place up a bit. We had a custom made stone altar (similar to Jenna Bush’s) brought in which they also made a fit about getting it in no earlier than the day before and having it out by Sunday. Yet, we found out when we brought the machinery to move it that they had scheduled three brides’ walk throughs for earlier that day and were leading them to believe that our altar would be there for their weddings! I feel so sad for them!! They will swindle you out of every dollar after it is too late for you to make other arrangements and will knowingly mislead you along the way. Our wedding turned out beautifully, thanks to our wonderful vendors outside of DSR and thanks to the 5 months of anxiety my poor mother endured while working tirelessly. If you don’t want to experience the stress level of bad comedy movie while planning your wedding, I recommend finding another venue.
The people at Don Strange are amazing, they help us have our dream wedding within our budget and they always showed an outstanding customer service.
Their food is amazing and the open bar is well worth it.
My husband and I are already planning to host our 10th anniversary in Don Strange (although, if we could, we would celebrate it there every year).
HIGHLY recommend this place!!!
Don Strange gave us the most beautiful rehearsal dinner....from the venue place to the staff...it was just a dream! Absolutely perfect!
We had an excellent experience working with the staff at Don Strange! Everything was outstanding from the venue itself to the amazing food! They helped create a magical evening that everyone loved!! Would absolutely reccomend the Ranch to ANYONE looking for a beautiful Hill Country Wedding!
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Don Strange Ranch
The historical Don Strange Ranch is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is a real working longhorn ranch that is only a short 45 minutes from downtown San Antonio. A perfect venue for you to make your own!
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013