About the venue

Brimming with character in the heart of Downtown Austin, The Allan House is the perfect location for weddings and special events of all kinds.

THE SPACE

A HISTORIC MANSION AND LUSH OUTDOOR COURTYARD

Expertly restored, the Victorian home boasts original heart pine wood floors, impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers and modern furnishings and wrapping southern verandas. Oak tree canopies shade the expansive courtyard, where magnolia trees and crepe myrtles create an intimate urban oasis. When the sun sets, twinkling lights enhance the beauty of the outdoor space.

THE WINTER TENT

During the months of December, January and February, a custom-made clear, heated tent is included in the venue rental. Covering the entire outdoor event space, the tent offers the comforts of climate control in the unpredictable winter season, with the look and feel of an outdoor event. A full heating system, luxe white draping and crystal chandeliers are included in The Winter Tent package.

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venue Amenities

indoor + outdoor event spaces

With multiple ceremony locations and reception arrangements.

CAPACITY

Courtyard Ceremony: 200 guests
Courtyard Reception: 200 guests
Indoor Ceremony: 65 guests
Indoor Reception: 60 guests
Veranda Ceremony: 45 guests
Veranda Reception: 50 guests
Cocktail Style Reception: 250 guests

Details

  • Exclusive use of both indoor and outdoor spaces – lovely parlors, wide verandas, and lush courtyard
  • Two private changing suites
  • Decorative outdoor lighting, including up-lighting around the fence line and in the trees; white twinkle lights throughout the outdoor areas
  • Catering prep kitchen
  • Outdoor sound stage for event entertainment, includes lighting
  • Tables and chairs for up to 150 guests (19) 60″ round tables, (150) white folding chairs, (6) 6′ rectangular tables, (1) 48″ round cake table)
  • Black wrought iron bistro furniture for up to 40 guests (10 tables with four chairs at each)
  • Three high cocktail tables
  • Initial set-up and break down of our tables, chairs, and antique furniture
  • Two-hour photo session (bridals, engagement photos, anniversary shoot)
  • One-hour ceremony rehearsal (scheduled around other event rental times)
  • On-site manager; on-site security officer during all events
  • The winter tent is included for all events during the months of December, January and Februrary (a clear tent that covers the entire courtyard + a heating system, chandeliers and white draping)
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VENDOR REQUIREMENTS

ALL EVENTS AT THE ALLAN HOUSE ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A DESIGNATED CONTACT PERSON, EITHER A PROFESSIONAL CO-ORDINATOR, FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER

The contact person will serve as a coordinator for all outside vendors, and be on-site for the entire rental time, through the end of clean up.

CATERING & BEVERAGE SERVICE

TO ENSURE A SEAMLESS EVENT, THE ALLAN HOUSE HAS CREATED A LIST OF PREFERRED CATERERS

All 19 of the options on our list provide full-service catering. If you decide to hire a local food truck or restaurant instead, we require clients to hire one of the 3 full-service staffing companies on our vendor list.

Clients may purchase and bring in their own alcohol. It must be served to guests by TABC certified bartenders that carry a minimum $1 million liability insurance policy.

OUTSIDE VENDORS

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF CREATIVE TALENT IN AUSTIN, INCLUDING MANY INCREDIBLE WEDDING AND EVENT VENDORS

Our clients have the flexibility to work with their choice of outside vendors, but we have created a list of preferred vendors that we are happy to provide upon request.

FAQs

  • 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.
  • WHAT LIGHTING IS INCLUDED WITH THE VENUE RENTAL?

    All rentals of The Allan House include white twinkle lights wrapping trees and throughout the courtyard, a white up-lighting system in all of the courtyard landscaping and lighting in the stage. Four crystal chandeliers are included in the Winter Tent months (December, January and February) ONLY. Many of our clients choose to hire professional lighting vendors to bring in chandeliers, festoon lights and other decorative lighting to the indoor and outdoor areas of the venue.
  • 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 bartender who is both TABC licensed and carries a minimum $1 million insurance policy serves all alcohol to your guests.
  • WHAT ARE YOUR REQUIREMENTS OF MY CATERER?

    We require that you select one of the nineteen (22) full service caterers or staffing companies (along with the local restaurant or food truck of your choice) off of our Preferred Vendors list. This will ensure that your event runs smoothly and that the service staff is familiar with our venue. The staff from either your caterer or staffing company will handle the food and beverage service set up, 'flip' of the venue during cocktail hour (if applicable), execution of meal service, and the clean up of your event.
  • 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. All of our preferred caterers and preferred event staffing companies can provide bartenders that 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 among multiple clients on weekends with multiple events. Inquire with our management team to get connected with the other clients booked during your event week or weekend. Our Winter Tent is included for all rentals during the months of December, January and February.
  • 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?

    For events booked in 2020 and beyond, a parking lot is included with every venue rental. The lot is located next door to the venue and has 50 parking spaces. It is available beginning at 5pm on weekdays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. If additional parking is needed, or if your event was booked prior to 2020, there are three nearby parking lots that are available to rent. Each lot has between 40 and 50 spaces and range from $300–$350 to rent. Please inquire with our management for the contact information to reserve the available lots. There are also metered parking spots on the block that are free after 6:00 p.m., and all day on Sunday.
  • AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE A COORDINATOR?

    While we do not require that you hire a professional 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 coordinator/contact person for your event. Your contact person will be the main point of contact for all of your vendors during set up, the event timeframe and clean up.
  • 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.
  • DO YOU ALLOW DOGS?

    Yes! Dogs are like family members and are part of many ceremonies at The Allan House. We allow (leashed) dogs at the venue for the ceremony and pictures, but ask that they are taken home/away from the venue during the reception.
  • 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.
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