The Inside Scoop
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The First Look
Located 15 miles south of Waxahachie in Dallas, Texas, the Old Bison Ranch is a rustic wedding venue that combines country setting with modern elegance. Its beautiful rolling hills, natural spring-fed ponds and lush vegetation blend to offer a dream wedding and reception destination. A sunset over the groves of pecan trees creates an unparalleled romantic ambiance for your special day.
At the Old Bison Ranch, the staff are responsible for table setups, takedowns, venue cleanup and on-site coordination. With high levels of professionalism, the courteous nature of the employees is unmatched. Couples can choose from the following indoor and outdoor space options for their ceremony and reception:
The pavilion covers an area of 3,200 square feet and can host up to 450 guests. With features like wooden beams, a gabled roof and a vintage wagon, the pavilion design emphasizes the rural setting of the venue. Its airy nature coupled with the beautiful view of the fields makes this space suitable for receptions.
The canopy area provides a quiet and romantic woodland setting for the ceremony. The whistling winds and swinging branches add a sparkle of intimacy to the event. The tree canopies shield guests from the unforgiving Texas heat, making this space is suitable for summer weddings.
The main hall is an indoor space that covers approximately 1,000 square feet. This space features rustic interior décor with air conditioning. The main hall is suitable for small wedding receptions and can host up to 64 seated guests.
What You Should Know
Old Bison Ranch has a bring-your-own policy on alcoholic drinks. In addition, the venue requires alcohol to be served by a licensed bartender or caterer. Old Bison Ranch allows couples to contract outside caterers. The team of staff readily offer advice on reliable caterers based on their previous engagements.
Smoking outside of designated areas is not permitted on the property. Other restrictions include the use of artificial rose petals and any music past midnight.
Couples renting space at Old Bison Ranch are accorded 16 hours of ceremony and reception time, including set-up and clean-up times. The management expects all events to begin at 8 a.m. and end before midnight.
The Old Bison Ranch provides couples with banquet tables and white wedding chairs for up to 160 guests. The event organizers may coordinate with independent vendors to offer additional chairs and tables for the ceremony and reception.
Old Bison Ranch has a friendly staff who cooperate with the personal event planners from the beginning to the end of the ceremony. The staff ensure that everything falls into place according to the couple’s preferences. In addition, the onsite manager at Old Bison Ranch sees to it that all amenities are available in time for the wedding and reception.
The evening lighting at Old Bison Ranch offers a spectacular view for night events. With LED flood lights reaching the pond area, couples can share a quiet moment as their special day comes to an end.
This venue has tons of photography hot spots. Couples can use the moss-draped woodlands, giant oak tree, expansive green fields, rustic buildings, and the pond area as the backdrop for their photos. Old Bison Ranch has a shaded area set aside for buffet lines, food stations, and cake serving. The strategic position of this area facilitates efficiency in serving large numbers of guests.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Farm + Ranch, Barn
Food + Catering, Rentals + Equipment
Great Venue for a Country WeddingReviewed on 4/07/2015 Julie T
The venue is beautiful! It's a perfect location for a country wedding. It rained on my wedding day and their Plan B had everything turn out amazing. My motto the day of was "it is what it is..." Everyone more than enjoyed themselves and it turned out better than I expected. There's an onsite cabin that you can rent out and stay the night in before and after. We didn't and I wished we had considered it for the night before. The staff, from what I heard after the fact, wasn't terribly helpful in sweeping and setting up the chairs. When I drove up, I saw a mess of people running around but didn't pay too much attention to it. Maybe because they were short staffed that day...? Who knows. But Jodi Gentry is the event coordinator and she's a sweetheart. She'll typically always call you back within a day or two. She also texts, too.
SIL's weddingReviewed on 11/06/2014 Jessica Q
My sister in law had her wedding here. It was perfect and summer-y, exactly what she wanted.
Beautiful VenueReviewed on 4/02/2014 Keeley M
Our wedding was perfect! This place is beautiful and my guest absolutely LOVED it!
Perfect setting for outdoor charmReviewed on 11/12/2013 Deidre P
What I loved about this place was the ceremony site under the oak tree for one, the price, the outdoor environment, the rustic charm and Jodi. If you use Old Bison you will work with Jodi to set up dates and things..She is super sweet and always calls you back if she misses your call. I was very concerned about the location and my guests getting lost but we put up a few signs to help them along the way and everything worked out fine. Old Bison supplies "wedding" signs as well, I noticed them when we were putting ours up. I was unaware that they normally do that. This venue is perfect for 40 guests or 200...it can accommodate a ton of people. There are so many aspects to the venue that decorating can seem overwhelming but the venue speaks and "decorates" for itself. There really is no need to add much else to it. I loved it and am SO happy we chose Old Bison. They do not supply a day of coordinator, so that was an issue for me, I wanted a calm care free day, so I had to hire one from elsewhere. How I would describe it is you pay for the venue and they basically give you the keys and you do with it what you want...I also had to hire clean up crew because that too was not provided.I would 100% recommend this place if you want to be very involved in your wedding. It is not for someone who wants an all inclusive. Just a side note about the atmosphere..a cow mooed during our ceremony...it was awesome!
Wonderful and Beautiful!Reviewed on 6/21/2012 Hilari M
Bev was great to work with. Being able to get free flowers and plants from the greenery in addition to the already beautiful landscape of the ranch was amazing. If an outdoor wedding with trees is what you want go to old bison!
beautiful venue!Reviewed on 10/28/2011 Lindsey W
Loved the old bison ranch! They were so helpful and cooperative. They let us borrow anything we wanted from the greenery to use for the ceremony and reception. The venue is absolutely beautiful!
Best Place ever to marry !!!Reviewed on 5/09/2011 Kate M
Bev is great ! She answers your every question and allows you to use the venue for photos or meetings with vendors (pending there is no event that day).She works with you on budget and a payment plan. Their beautiful venue is perfect on its own. But they also own The Greenery and you are allowed to use their plants/iron works to decorate for your wedding as long as they are returned. Also best part is there is staff there during the wedding/reception to maintain the property but no one is hovering over you watching your every move.
Awesome Venue!!!Reviewed on 8/31/2010 Candi H
This is a wonderful location! Very Rustic and authentic! The people are great and help with anything you need. There is three different locations to have the ceremony all at one main location. They also have a cabin there for the Bridal party to get ready in, that you can rent for Wedding night, which we did! I cannot say enough good about this place and people! Totally worth the money! I would use them again in a heartbeat!!! Candi Houdek (married Aug 14, 2010)