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Apr 6, 2018

San Antonio Venues Episode – Episode - #166

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San Antonio is a beautiful, culture-filled city surrounded by rolling hills. This leads to many varied choices in the type of venue you can find in the city and surrounding area. SA is also fun filled with the River Walk, Six Flags, and Sea World.

The Allen Farmhaus - New Braunfels

  • Rustic Barn with covered ceremony area
  • Capacity- 250 for a seated reception with dance floor, 299 for a cocktail event
  • Can bring in own alcohol and catering vendors
  • Rental includes - 12-hour (11am-11pm) facility use; table and chairs for 250, engagement and bridal portrait use; lawn games
  • Bridal Suite

Fair Oaks Ranch - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

  • Country Club setting with several outdoors settings for ceremony and receptions, ballroom for an indoor reception
  • Capacity 200-400
  • In-house bar and catering service only
  • Rental includes: linens, tables, chairs, setup and break-down, glassware, serve ware and plates. Use of décor.
  • Many catering packages available to choose from

Gardens at Old Town Helotes - Helotes, TX

  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites
  • Capacity-200
  • Allows outside bar and catering service
  • Rental includes-8 hours of combined rehearsal, setup, ceremony and reception; venue coordinator; tables and chairs; setup and breakdown; complimentary parking with golf cart shuttle service
  • Bridal Suite

Hidden Falls - Spring Branch, TX

2 venues to choose from :

  • Remi's Ridge
    • Capacity-300
    • Outdoor ceremony site and ballroom
    • Rental includes: setup; tables, chairs, linens, centerpiece glassware, and mirrors;
    • Wedding party suites
    • Guests lodging
  • Hay's Hollow
    • Capacity-250
    • Open air ceremony area, ballroom
    • Rental includes: setup; tables, chairs, linens, centerpiece glassware, and mirrors;
    • Private bridal suite

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel and Spa - San Antonio, TX

  • Capacity-300
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites
  • In-house catering and bar service
  • Setup and breakdown included
  • Bridal and groom party suites

Jack Guenther Pavillion at Briscoe Museum -San Antonio, TX

  • Capacity-400
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites; 3 floors of customizable spaces
  • Rental includes-25 tables and chairs for 250, dance floor is included for Friday and Saturdays
  • Has access to the famous San Antonio River Walk

Milltown Historic District -New Braunfels, TX

Has 3 different venues

  • The River Venue
    • Capacity-200
    • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites available
    • Can use approved caterer only
    • Included in rental: Tables and chairs
    • Has bridal and groom party suites
    • Complimentary wedding night stay
  • The Grande Ballroom
    • Capacity-175
    • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites
    • Can use approved caterer only
    • Included in rental- tables and chairs, sound system
    • Has bridal and groom party suites
    • Complimentary wedding night stay
  • The Gallery
    • Capacity-75
    • Indoor and outdoor ceremony sites
    • Can use approved caterer only
    • Included in rental-tables and chairs, sound system

Oak Valley Vineyards - San Antonio

  • Capacity-250
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites
  • In-house catering and bar service
  • Bridal Suite
  • Contact event coordinator for venue rental packages

The Oaks at Heavenly - Helotes, TX

  • Capacity-250
  • Outdoor ceremony/indoor reception
  • Can bring in own caterer and bar service
  • Included in rental-Tables and chairs, ivory or white linens, set up and breakdown, full china service, and golf cart shuttle for parking
  • Bridal and groom suites

Scenic Springs - Helotes, TX

  • Capacity-250
  • Outdoor and indoor ceremony and reception sites
  • Can bring in own caterer but they have in-house bar service
  • Bridal and groom suite

Scottish Rite Performing Arts Center - San Antonio

  • Capacity-550
  • Indoor ceremony and reception site
  • Can bring in own caterer and bar service
  • Rental includes: tables, chairs, setup and breakdown
  • Bridal and groom suites

The Tower of the Americas - San Antonio

  • Capacity-500 (several banquet facilities each have different capacity)
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception
  • In-house catering and bar service
  • Great views of San Antonio

UTSA University Center - San Antonio

  • Capacity-500
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites
  • Included in Rental –tables and chairs, audio/visual equipment, setup, and breakdown
  • Can bring in own caterer and bar service
  • Bridal and groom suite

The Veranda - San Antonio

  • Capacity-1000
  • Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites
  • In-house catering can bring in bar service
  • Setup and breakdown included
  • Bridal and groom suites

**Listener Question**

I love my fiancé, but his family...to say it politely, is a little much. we are both Filipino and have large families. We wanted a small wedding but I have had to make due with about 200 guests. That is fine, I was prepared for it. My issue is that my fiance's family is HUGE. and I mean huge. they wanted to add 185 guests at least over our original 120. (My fiance and I are paying for the 120 and the rest his family and my family were splitting) however... they are suddenly willing to accept just 40 guests on their side as opposed from the original 225 guests they wanted. Least to say my future mother in law is known for her schemes and has bragged how they sneak people into the wedding by bringing the invitation and stepping out of the venue and passing it off to other family members. My fiance and I CAN NOT PAY FOR THE EXTRA GUESTS NOR DO WE WANT A LARGE WEDDING. Now for my question...

We have security and valet. Is it rude to put on the invitation... Attendance without ID and re-entry will not be permitted?

My Answer-Ok, I need to ask more questions: is the dinner a plated sit-down dinner or is it a buffet? If it is plated, you can do a seating chart and have escort cards for each person that RSVP'ed. That way they really can't sneak anyone in for the dinner portion as there won't be anywhere for them to sit. If it a buffet have everyone sit and then announce each table separately to partake in the buffet and when that table is done then the next table goes. I would also have only enough tables and chairs for those that RSVP'ed. Can you shut the doors and not let anyone else in after everyone gets there? If I can come up with something else I will let you know. Other than giving out dinner tickets to guests and the caterer confiscate them when they go the buffet, that is not very classy but it may work for you.

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