Great Wedding Sites In San Antonio

San Antonio is a great city to host a wedding. The Riverwalk, lavish hotels, and outdoor venues are all perfect spots for your wedding and reception.

Are you looking for a place to have a wedding ceremony or reception in San Antonio?San Antonio has many excellent sites for exchanging vows or hosting a reception, whether you intend to host a simple, casual affair for 25 guests or a more lavish, formal one for 1,000.Here are some suggestions for wedding sites in San Antonio.

For the wedding ceremony, many bridal couples prefer to exchange vows in a church.If the couple, or one of them, attends church at a certain location, then that would be the ideal spot for the wedding.Arrangements can be made with the church officials to reserve the building for the date desired for the wedding, and many churches have adjoining facilities that would be suitable for a reception also.Make sure that the rules governing the facility are obtained and understood; some places prohibit things like burning candles and having alcohol on the premises.

For couples who do not attend a particular church regularly and still want a church wedding, some churches allow couples to reserve their building for weddings even if they are not members.Some have requirements for the couple; for example, Central Christian Church on N. Main requires couples to attend pre-marital counseling sessions before getting married there, and the wedding must be conducted by a minister from that church.The Basilica of Little Flower on N. New Braunfels, which is built in a gothic style, also requires couples to attend workshops before being married in the church.San Fernando Cathedral, a downtown church built in the 1700s, is another popular San Antonio wedding site.For small weddings, Little Church of La Villita, a small stone downtown church built in 1879, is a favorite spot for small weddings and is less expensive to rent than some of the larger churches.For military weddings, Randolph AFB Chapel One or a chapel on the base to which the bride or groom is assigned would be a good choice.


Reception sites can also be wedding ceremony sites for those who do not require a church wedding.The Riverwalk is a very romantic site for San Antonio weddings, and there are many hotels and restaurants there that will provide all that is needed for a wedding reception.Many of the hotels, such as Marriott Rivercenter, Adam's Mark, Hyatt Regency and La Mansion del Rio, have onsite wedding planners who will help you decide which of their services will be the best fit for your wedding.Weddings can also be held on Marriage Island, a small, secluded spot on the San Antonio River near the Westin Riverwalk; the Westin also has a flower garden that will provide a beautiful backdrop for photos.Many restaurants on the Riverwalk, such as Biga on the Banks, will host a wedding reception in their banquet rooms, and it's also possible to have your reception on a river barge, with a Riverwalk restaurant providing the catering.

A museum can be an elegant or fun location for a wedding and reception.The McNay Art Museum has a reception room, a courtyard, and an outside gazebo and fountain area that can be rented for weddings.Be aware that many spots such as this museum require you to use only caterers that are on their "approved" list.A fun spot for a wedding is the Witte Museum's HEB Science Treehouse, a huge, four-level space that can hold hundreds of guests.The auditoriums in the beautiful Witte can also be rented for a more elegant affair, and the San Antonio Museum of Art, in its lovely castle building, would also be a great site for a wedding.

Outdoor weddings can be lovely, and San Antonio has the weather for outdoor affairs almost any time of year.The Botanical Gardens provides breathtaking scenery for photos and gorgeous spots for a ceremony and reception.The Forest Waters Club, north of San Antonio, provides beautiful oak trees and lakes for a scenic background for a ceremony, and has indoor rooms suitable for a reception.The historic Guenther House also offers space for an outdoor wedding in their arbor, and elegant indoor dining in their top floor roof garden, which overlooks the San Antonio River.Other country clubs, ranches, and the backyard of your own home or that of a friend could be good locales for an outdoor wedding or reception.

For all-inclusive weddings, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts can provide packages including overnight stays for the bridal couple and discounted accommodations for out-of-town guests.San Antonio is a good spot for a "destination wedding," and there are many places for the wedding party to spend a few days relaxing before and after the wedding.Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort offers various wedding packages, including outdoor ceremonies and elegant, indoor receptions.The Westin La Cantera Resort offers several different sizes of ballrooms for a reception and also provides banquet and beverage services.Omni San Antonio offers spectacular views of the city after dark and has packages for up to 1,000 guests, and The Inn at Craig Place Bed and Breakfast would be an ideal place to host a small wedding of less than 25 guests.The Marriott Plaza San Antonio is a unique hotel, offering not only large ballrooms but also beautiful courtyards, gardens, 19th century cottages, and historic stone buildings in which to have any size wedding and reception; bridal parties can book one or more of these venues to hold pre-wedding parties as well as the ceremony and reception, and they will have a different look for each event.

San Antonio is a very romantic city, and they are many places to hold wedding ceremonies and receptions.Walking on the Riverwalk or driving around the city and looking at possible venues will allow a couple to decide just where their wedding should be held in the beautiful city, and there are many, many spots that will be glad to be host to the perfect wedding.

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