Q:Can I bring in my own vendors?
A: Yes! However, your caterer, bartender, and tent vendor must come from the Allan House Preferred Vendors List. These vendors are guaranteed to be familiar with our venue and highly skilled at executing seamless events under our roof.
Q:What are your requirements of my caterer?
A: We require that you either select one of the full service caterers off of our Preferred Vendors list, or that you use one of the event staffing companies from our Preferred Vendors List to pair with the caterer/restaurant/food truck/food provider of your choice. This will ensure that your event will have a full service catering experience, regardless of the food that is served, so the set up, execution and clean up of your event are flawless and meet our requirements and high expectations as the top wedding venue Austin has to offer.
Q: What are the requirements of my bartender?
A: They must be TABC certified and have basic liability insurance of one million dollars. We recommend hiring bartenders from your full service caterer or one of the event staffing companies off our Preferred Vendors list, as they all meet our requirements.
Q: What is the rain plan?
A: We suggest that you reserve a tent from one of our preferred tent rental companies for the day of your event. We work with Marquee Events and Premiere Events for tenting needs. Both companies have custom tents for our courtyard space. Oftentimes, the rental of the tent can be shared on weekends with multiple events. Inquire with our management team to get connected with the other clients booked during your event week or weekend.
Q: Can I purchase additional hours?
A: Yes! Additional hours can be added to Friday, Saturday or Sunday events for $350 per hour, and Monday–Thursday events for $250 per hour.
Q: Who are your preferred vendors?
A: The list can be found under the ‘vendors’ tab of the website. Allan House clients are not required to use the vendors on this list for services other than catering and bartending.
Q: What is included in the rental?
A: The rental rate includes the use of both the indoor and the outdoor space of the mansion. We have nineteen 60’’ round tables and 150 folding white chairs. These tables seat 8-10 people. We have six 6’ tables, one 48’’ round cake table, and 10 iron cafe style bistro tables along with 40 iron cafe style bistro chairs. We also have three 30″ cocktail tables and three wooden easels. The courtyard is also lit for the duration of the rental time. We take care of the set up and break down of all Allan House-owned rental items. We also include some decorative lighting (chandeliers and twinkle lights) in the outdoor courtyard. We strive to provide outstanding amenities, so you can enjoy your experience at the top wedding venue Austin has to offer!
Q: What size linens will I need to rent for the tables?
A: The 60’’ rounds and the 30″ cocktail tables require 120’’ linens; the 48’’ round cake table requires a 108’’ linen; and the 6’ rectangular tables require 90’’ x 132’’ linens. Also, if you choose to rent sashes for the chairs, 9’ x 8’’ will work best for our chairs.
Q: What are the rental rates?
A: Our rates vary depending on the night of the week and the time of the year. A full pricing list can be found under the ‘details’ tab of the website. Thank you for considering the top wedding venue Austin has to offer; please don’t hesitate to contact us with rental questions.
Q: What do my guests do about parking?
A: There are three parking lots that are available to rent – one right next door to Allan House, one across the street from The Allan House, and one right behind the house – that each have between 40 and 50 spaces and range from $300–$500 to rent for the evening. There are also metered parking spots on the block that are free after 6:00 p.m., and all day on Sunday. Please inquire with our management for the contact information to reserve the available lots.
Q: What is required to reserve a date?
A: Half of the rental rate will confirm that the date is yours.
Q: Am I required to have a coordinator?
A: While we do not require that you have a coordinator, we highly recommend it! Either way, you are required to have a designated contact person that will be in charge of making sure everything is cleaned and removed from the grounds at the conclusion of the event.
Q: Do you have sound restrictions?
A: Yes. The City of Austin requires that all amplified sound must remain under 75 decibels (as read from the four corners of the property). Our staff takes sound readings throughout each event that has amplified sound to ensure these limits are met.
The City of Austin also requires that amplified sound be off outside by Midnight on Friday and Saturday, by 10:30pm Sunday–Wednesday, and by 11:00pm on Thursday. Indoor music has no time limit.
Q: I am a local wedding vendor. How can I get added to your preferred vendors list?
A: To become a preferred vendor, we require that your business has worked on at least 5–10 events at the Allan House. From there, we will look into your references and decide if you and/or your product are a good fit for our clients. As the top wedding venue Austin has to offer, we keep a highly selective list of vendors to ensure utmost quality to our guests.