What is required to reserve a date?
We require a signed contract, as well as 50% of your date’s rental fee. The second half of your rental fee will be due 90 days prior to your event date, along with a $1,000 refundable security deposit.
Who are your preferred vendors?
Our Preferred Vendors 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.
Can I bring in my own alcohol?
Yes! Most of our clients choose to purchase and bring in their own alcohol. You are allowed to do so, as long as a TABC licensed and insured bartender serves all alcohol to your guests.
What are your requirements of my caterer?
We require that you select one of the full service caterers off of our Preferred Vendors list. You may also choose to bring in the caterer/restaurant/food truck/food provider of your choice, as long as they are paired with one of the Event Staffing Companies off of our Preferred Vendors list. 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 expectations and venue requirements.
What are your requirements of my bartender?
Your bartender must be TABC certified and work under an entity that carries a liability insurance policy of at least one million dollars. We recommend hiring bartenders from one of our Preferred caterers or event staffing companies, as they all meet our requirements.
What is the rain plan?
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 Tents, Premiere Events, and Monarch Event Rentals for tenting needs. All three companies have custom tents for our courtyard space in both white and clear top options. 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.
Can I purchase additional hours?
Yes! Additional hours can be added to Friday, Saturday or Sunday events for $300 per hour, and Monday–Thursday events for $200 per hour.
What do my guests do about parking?
There are three parking lots that are available to rent – one right next door to The Allan House, one across the street, and one right behind the courtyard – that each have between 40 and 50 spaces and range from $300–$350 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.
Am I required to have a coordinator?
While we do not require that you have a coordinator, we highly recommend it! If you choose to not hire a professional coordinator, you are required to designate a friend or family member as the main contact person. Your contact person will be the main point of contact for all of your vendors, and he/she is in charge of making sure everything is cleaned and removed from the grounds at the conclusion of the event.
Do you have sound restrictions?
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.
Do you work with LGBTQ+ couples?
YES! We love all kinds of love, and everyone is welcome at our venue.
What is the difference between a Wedding Coordinator and a Venue Manager/On-Site Manager?
In a nutshell, the venue manager is responsible for overseeing the set-up of in-house rental items, and logistics as it relates directly to the venue. He/she is on-site for your entire rental time to serve as a point of contact for any venue related emergencies or issues that may arise throughout the event, and to manage in-house systems such as the AC/heater and lighting, and to ensure all vendors and guests are following our venue rules.
An outside wedding planner will coordinate and manage ALL logistics and design details with your entire wedding vendor team, families and guests.