Are you planning a destination wedding? Forget Maui and say adios to Acapulco, because the real hidden gem of destination weddings is Austin, Texas. Austin is home to surreal scenery, an acclaimed music scene, and an enriching cultural heritage. Choose Native Experience for all of your wedding party entertainment needs. Our local insiders, all of whom are native Texans, will customize a unique experience package just for your guests. Our experiences include transportation, dedicated guides, and personalized tours of our beautiful city.
Austin natives love a good vintage, and with over 30 wineries within a short drive of the city, there’s plenty to choose from. The local insiders at Native Experience can recommend a destination for your wedding party’s wine tasting, or we can arrange a tour of multiple wineries. Austin features several urban wineries in the downtown area, including the Infinite Monkey Theorem and the Meridian Hive Meadery. Or, Native Experience can arrange transportation for your party to the Texas Hill Country surrounding the town, where you’ll have your pick of dozens of wineries, like Becker Vineyards and the Duchman Family Winery.
Few destinations are as romantic as the Hamilton Pool Preserve. This historic beauty is a natural swimming hole fed by a 50-foot waterfall that plunges over majestic limestone outcroppings. You don’t have to be a geologist or a botanist to appreciate the natural beauty of this preserve, which features plenty of native flora and fauna. A knowledgeable guide can lead your wedding party on a short hike to the Hamilton Pool. It’s the perfect spot to snap some wedding photos, but do dress sensibly for the hike.
Gardens and Botanical Centers
If your wedding party would appreciate a tour of Austin’s natural beauty, without the hike that the Hamilton Pool requires, Native Experience can recommend local gardens and botanical centers. Zilker Botanical Garden is a charming place for wedding guests to visit, and in fact, it’s also a popular venue for weddings. Locals know it as “the jewel in the heart of Austin.” Its 26 acres feature themed gardens, Koi ponds, and even a recreated dinosaur habitat. Another option is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which was founded with the mission of preserving native flora. You’ll find stunning gardens, managed natural areas, and wildlands on its 284 acres. Eight hundred species of native Texas plants are found here, along with more than a hundred species of birds. If you’re lucky, your wedding guests can even catch a glimpse of Athena, the resident great horned owl. Athena enjoys nesting in the courtyard.