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Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom

Austin , TX
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LOCATION

10463 Sprinkle Rd
Austin, TX US 78754

PHONE

512-926-6907

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ABOUT US

For over 30 years, Barr Mansion has served as Austin's premier wedding and event location. Our full-service coordinators help design your event around the natural beauty of our gardens,... Read more
For over 30 years, Barr Mansion has served as Austin's premier wedding and event location. Our full-service coordinators help design your event around the natural beauty of our gardens, local organic cuisine, the nostalgic charm of our Victorian mansion, and the grandeur of our modern & sustainably-crafted ballroom. Our Artisan Ballroom invites natural surroundings inside during the day through a stunning 40-foot glass wall, and reveals candlelit radiance after sunset. We offer a variety of settings from intimate garden party to gala for 800. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1898
When was your venue last renovated?
2011
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Farm / Barn, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
5500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
60
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1898
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Farm / Barn, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
5500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
60
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Morgan Melissa
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
My wedding was an absolute dream thanks to Barr Mansion. The process was easy, the coordinators were dependable, and the venue was absolutely breath taking. We traveled from out of the state to make our wedding happen in Austin and the distance seemed non existent because of the coordinators hardworking attitude and high quality of service.
My wedding was an absolute dream thanks to Barr Mansion. The process was easy, the coordinators were dependable, and the Read more...
My wedding was an absolute dream thanks to Barr Mansion. The process was easy, the coordinators were dependable, and the venue was absolutely breath taking. We traveled from out of the state to make our wedding happen in Austin and the distance seemed non existent because of the coordinators hardworking attitude and high quality of service. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When I first got engaged I knew I had to go and see Barr Mansion. I had always heard how beautiful it was, and pictures do not do it justice, gorgeous! When I first contacted Barr Mansion for a showing, they were very responsive and helpful! After we decided to have the wedding brunch reception at Barr Mansion I was paired with Elyse Shumsky-Alcorn as our event coordinator. I was so lucky to have been introduced to Elyse and to have her at my side as our coordinator! She not only represents Barr Mansion with grace and class, but she also helped me tremendously with the stress and responsibilities that come with planning a wedding! She answered all emails promptly and professionally. She helps with all the tiny details that need to be taken care of. The actual wedding day: once we arrived at Barr Mansion the staff immediately greeted me, and I knew that the rest of the day would be smooth. Elyse was there right way with a water, and to offer me a glass of champagne - She then directed me to where I needed to be, in fact, she kept me on track throughout the wedding in a very discreet manner, so as not to interrupt a guest - I loved that about her, very thoughtful! She is really a terrific coordinator - she is organized, and a great communicator. The food was absolutely delicious, and I still have guests commenting about how good the food was, and how beautiful the venue was. The cakes were gorgeous, and tasted wonderful! Their efficiency in getting everything taken down was also very good, and fast! I would highly recommend working with Elyse at Barr Mansion, I had no stress, but pure Joy the whole day. Thank you Elyse and Barr Mansion for a wonderful experience.
When I first got engaged I knew I had to go and see Barr Mansion. I had always heard how beautiful it was, and pictures do Read more...
When I first got engaged I knew I had to go and see Barr Mansion. I had always heard how beautiful it was, and pictures do not do it justice, gorgeous! When I first contacted Barr Mansion for a showing, they were very responsive and helpful! After we decided to have the wedding brunch reception at Barr Mansion I was paired with Elyse Shumsky-Alcorn as our event coordinator. I was so lucky to have been introduced to Elyse and to have her at my side as our coordinator! She not only represents Barr Mansion with grace and class, but she also helped me tremendously with the stress and responsibilities that come with planning a wedding! She answered all emails promptly and professionally. She helps with all the tiny details that need to be taken care of. The actual wedding day: once we arrived at Barr Mansion the staff immediately greeted me, and I knew that the rest of the day would be smooth. Elyse was there right way with a water, and to offer me a glass of champagne - She then directed me to where I needed to be, in fact, she kept me on track throughout the wedding in a very discreet manner, so as not to interrupt a guest - I loved that about her, very thoughtful! She is really a terrific coordinator - she is organized, and a great communicator. The food was absolutely delicious, and I still have guests commenting about how good the food was, and how beautiful the venue was. The cakes were gorgeous, and tasted wonderful! Their efficiency in getting everything taken down was also very good, and fast! I would highly recommend working with Elyse at Barr Mansion, I had no stress, but pure Joy the whole day. Thank you Elyse and Barr Mansion for a wonderful experience. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Barr Mansion was a fabulous venue for our wedding. It accommodated 100 people perfectly and the flow from the outdoor ceremony to the indoor reception was seamless. Our wedding coordinator Thea was easy to work with and so helpful with suggestions. The food was great and our wedding cake perfect.
Barr Mansion was a fabulous venue for our wedding. It accommodated 100 people perfectly and the flow from the outdoor Read more...
Barr Mansion was a fabulous venue for our wedding. It accommodated 100 people perfectly and the flow from the outdoor ceremony to the indoor reception was seamless. Our wedding coordinator Thea was easy to work with and so helpful with suggestions. The food was great and our wedding cake perfect. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Renna
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We had such a positive experience with Barr Mansion! We especially loved our coordinater, Thea. She was top-notch; I couldn't have asked for a better coordinator!!
We had such a positive experience with Barr Mansion! We especially loved our coordinater, Thea. She was top-notch; I Read more...
We had such a positive experience with Barr Mansion! We especially loved our coordinater, Thea. She was top-notch; I couldn't have asked for a better coordinator!! Read less
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Brenda
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
This is the most beautiful venue! Our guests can't stop talking about how beautiful it was. Elyse took care of us like a pro and we would have given them 10 stars if it were available! The staff is fantastic and the wedding and reception went like clockwork. I would definitely recommend this venue.

B. Austin, Mother of the Bride
This is the most beautiful venue! Our guests can't stop talking about how beautiful it was. Elyse took care of us like a Read more...
This is the most beautiful venue! Our guests can't stop talking about how beautiful it was. Elyse took care of us like a pro and we would have given them 10 stars if it were available! The staff is fantastic and the wedding and reception went like clockwork. I would definitely recommend this venue.

B. Austin, Mother of the Bride Read less
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Ivonne
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Barr Mansion was absolutely gorgeous. All the staff is so friendly, helpful and flexible. Our coordinator was Thea, and we couldn't have asked for anyone better for us. She understood everything we envisioned and helped make it happen. Every detail was perfect that day thanks to the wonderful staff.
Barr Mansion was absolutely gorgeous. All the staff is so friendly, helpful and flexible. Our coordinator was Thea, and we Read more...
Barr Mansion was absolutely gorgeous. All the staff is so friendly, helpful and flexible. Our coordinator was Thea, and we couldn't have asked for anyone better for us. She understood everything we envisioned and helped make it happen. Every detail was perfect that day thanks to the wonderful staff. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We got married the first weekend in February, and everything turned out perfectly! The staff at Barr Mansion are incredible! The weather the day of the wedding was crazy, and the plans had to be changed the week of the wedding. I was nervous how it would all turn out since I really wanted the ceremony outside, but everything looked so great!
Elyse Shumsky is the best! She was our day of wedding coordinator and contact during all of the planning stages! She answered all of my questions, and even offered suggestions of who to use for makeup, tent rental, etc. SHE IS AWESOME! I would have been so stressed the day of the wedding if she would not have been there!
Elyse and Andy are seriously the best! They handled any problems that came up the day of the wedding, and made sure everything started on time!
And the venue is awesome- everyone is still talking about how pretty everything was and how good the food tasted!
We got married the first weekend in February, and everything turned out perfectly! The staff at Barr Mansion are Read more...
We got married the first weekend in February, and everything turned out perfectly! The staff at Barr Mansion are incredible! The weather the day of the wedding was crazy, and the plans had to be changed the week of the wedding. I was nervous how it would all turn out since I really wanted the ceremony outside, but everything looked so great!
Elyse Shumsky is the best! She was our day of wedding coordinator and contact during all of the planning stages! She answered all of my questions, and even offered suggestions of who to use for makeup, tent rental, etc. SHE IS AWESOME! I would have been so stressed the day of the wedding if she would not have been there!
Elyse and Andy are seriously the best! They handled any problems that came up the day of the wedding, and made sure everything started on time!
And the venue is awesome- everyone is still talking about how pretty everything was and how good the food tasted! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Elyse Shumsky-Alcorn (our day-of wedding coordinator and point-of-contact up to the wedding day itself) was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. She went above and beyond our expectations, and represented Barr Mansion incredibly well. She answered all of my emails promptly, I didn't have to worry one bit about coordination/flow issues on the day of, I was allowed to bring my photographer/parents/future in-laws on the site to show it off (just give them a heads up). Most of all, she catered to us personally (offered to grab us food and drink during the wedding reception). She gave us wonderful tips for our wedding, highlighting details my fiance and I had not even thought of. The highlight of my night was when she rescued our exit from the reception. We forgot to order sparklers, and some happened to be stored away (from previous weddings). Instead of just letting that go, she said we could use the spare ones. She revved up the crowd, and sent us on our way!!! Could NOT have asked for a better wedding coordinator...if the reception grounds and services offered alone do not convince you, Elyse is the BEST coordinator in Austin, Texas, and you'll definitely want her to help you plan your wedding.

Barr Mansion itself is beautiful!!!! Even at night, even if it was blizzarding or snowing or sleeting in Austin (threat of sleet is moderately high in Feb in Austin), the grounds are still so gorgeous. We were looking for a non-country but sweet place mixed with industrial or modern touches, and this was the place. The glass wall itself makes for an incredible backdrop in pictures (especially with the walkway lights glowing in the background at night). My friends and family kept on saying (with non-feigned enthusiasm), that the place was so elegant but not stuffy. Food was incredible! Cake and pie were incredible! Projects are in the works, I hope to see pics of it online when their additions are completed (more outside patio stuff I think). Get married/have your reception HERE!
Elyse Shumsky-Alcorn (our day-of wedding coordinator and point-of-contact up to the wedding day itself) was ABSOLUTELY Read more...
Elyse Shumsky-Alcorn (our day-of wedding coordinator and point-of-contact up to the wedding day itself) was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. She went above and beyond our expectations, and represented Barr Mansion incredibly well. She answered all of my emails promptly, I didn't have to worry one bit about coordination/flow issues on the day of, I was allowed to bring my photographer/parents/future in-laws on the site to show it off (just give them a heads up). Most of all, she catered to us personally (offered to grab us food and drink during the wedding reception). She gave us wonderful tips for our wedding, highlighting details my fiance and I had not even thought of. The highlight of my night was when she rescued our exit from the reception. We forgot to order sparklers, and some happened to be stored away (from previous weddings). Instead of just letting that go, she said we could use the spare ones. She revved up the crowd, and sent us on our way!!! Could NOT have asked for a better wedding coordinator...if the reception grounds and services offered alone do not convince you, Elyse is the BEST coordinator in Austin, Texas, and you'll definitely want her to help you plan your wedding.

Barr Mansion itself is beautiful!!!! Even at night, even if it was blizzarding or snowing or sleeting in Austin (threat of sleet is moderately high in Feb in Austin), the grounds are still so gorgeous. We were looking for a non-country but sweet place mixed with industrial or modern touches, and this was the place. The glass wall itself makes for an incredible backdrop in pictures (especially with the walkway lights glowing in the background at night). My friends and family kept on saying (with non-feigned enthusiasm), that the place was so elegant but not stuffy. Food was incredible! Cake and pie were incredible! Projects are in the works, I hope to see pics of it online when their additions are completed (more outside patio stuff I think). Get married/have your reception HERE! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Christine
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We got married at Barr Mansion in early October 2013 and it was a fantastic experience. Barr provided us with everything we wanted in a venue: gorgeous grounds, a unique ballroom, delicious food, and an amazing coordinator.

The old Victorian house has such photogenic interiors and exteriors, which really gave the photographs an antique charm. When people see our photos, they always ask us where we got married because of how unique the spaces are especially for Texas. Guests also raved to me about the food, especially the beef tenderloin so I highly recommend having that on the menu. You can't go wrong with the food at Barr-- that part is taken care of if you book there.

One of the biggest perks of this place is that it comes with a coordinator, which in retrospect, I couldn't imagine the day without. Elyse, our coordinator, was the absolute best-- she's so organized yet low-key and efficient; plus, she's such a great person to be around and it made the wedding day all that more smooth. I miss working with her already.

Overall, Barr Mansion is a great place to get married in Austin if you're looking for something less conventional than a hotel reception and more elegant than a ranch. Plus, your photographers will thank you!
We got married at Barr Mansion in early October 2013 and it was a fantastic experience. Barr provided us with everything Read more...
We got married at Barr Mansion in early October 2013 and it was a fantastic experience. Barr provided us with everything we wanted in a venue: gorgeous grounds, a unique ballroom, delicious food, and an amazing coordinator.

The old Victorian house has such photogenic interiors and exteriors, which really gave the photographs an antique charm. When people see our photos, they always ask us where we got married because of how unique the spaces are especially for Texas. Guests also raved to me about the food, especially the beef tenderloin so I highly recommend having that on the menu. You can't go wrong with the food at Barr-- that part is taken care of if you book there.

One of the biggest perks of this place is that it comes with a coordinator, which in retrospect, I couldn't imagine the day without. Elyse, our coordinator, was the absolute best-- she's so organized yet low-key and efficient; plus, she's such a great person to be around and it made the wedding day all that more smooth. I miss working with her already.

Overall, Barr Mansion is a great place to get married in Austin if you're looking for something less conventional than a hotel reception and more elegant than a ranch. Plus, your photographers will thank you! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
9/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We LOVED our wedding at Barr Mansion! The facility is beautiful and provided the perfect setting for our romantic and fun wedding! We planned on getting married under the tree but due to the rain the day before we moved the ceremony inside. The windows in the ballroom gave us the feel of outside without the humidity :) it was beautiful! We worked with Elyse through our wedding process and she was great! She made sure everything was taken care of the day of the wedding so that my parents and family could enjoy the day! The guests raved about the food and how beautiful it all was!
We LOVED our wedding at Barr Mansion! The facility is beautiful and provided the perfect setting for our romantic and fun Read more...
We LOVED our wedding at Barr Mansion! The facility is beautiful and provided the perfect setting for our romantic and fun wedding! We planned on getting married under the tree but due to the rain the day before we moved the ceremony inside. The windows in the ballroom gave us the feel of outside without the humidity :) it was beautiful! We worked with Elyse through our wedding process and she was great! She made sure everything was taken care of the day of the wedding so that my parents and family could enjoy the day! The guests raved about the food and how beautiful it all was! Read less
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Toni
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
My daughter just got married at Barr Mansion! It is a beautiful venue! The historic mansion was perfect for the wedding party to dress, for "First look" photos, for people to gather, etc. The grounds are beautiful. Several ceremony sites are available on the property. Beautiful gardens, beautiful old pecan tree.....and the Artisan Ballroom is a GREAT party room. It's perfect for dinner and dancing and could also be an alternate wedding site. Our wedding coordinator was Elyse Shumsky! She was an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to work with.....very informative, great suggestions, attentive, detail oriented....definitely "on the ball". She is a new friend and tops on my list! It was a magical evening!
Thanks Elyse and Barr Mansion! Toni Hibbs, Tyler, TX
My daughter just got married at Barr Mansion! It is a beautiful venue! The historic mansion was perfect for the wedding Read more...
My daughter just got married at Barr Mansion! It is a beautiful venue! The historic mansion was perfect for the wedding party to dress, for "First look" photos, for people to gather, etc. The grounds are beautiful. Several ceremony sites are available on the property. Beautiful gardens, beautiful old pecan tree.....and the Artisan Ballroom is a GREAT party room. It's perfect for dinner and dancing and could also be an alternate wedding site. Our wedding coordinator was Elyse Shumsky! She was an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to work with.....very informative, great suggestions, attentive, detail oriented....definitely "on the ball". She is a new friend and tops on my list! It was a magical evening!
Thanks Elyse and Barr Mansion! Toni Hibbs, Tyler, TX Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our experience at the Barr Mansion was amazing.

Our wedding coordinator was Nicole, and I cannot say enough good things about her. She was very responsive to our emails and made us feel at ease throughout the process. Her work as coordinator was SO VALUABLE the day before and day of. She kept things running really smoothly and did all the behind the scenes work for us. Our officiant went overtime, but she managed to get our wedding back on track, figuring out any changes that needed to be made for the day to run smoothly. She is a very calming presence.

The rest of the team at Barr Mansion is wonderful as well. My Dad remarked that the bartenders and staff were very pleasant and friendly. Being able to provide our own alcohol was a huge plus for us.

The food...I can't rave about it enough. We did a buffet for 175 people and Nicole made sure that process went smoothly so there was never a long line. The food we choose was delicious day of...SO MUCH BETTER than your average wedding food. The pizza was exceptional. Some people told my Dad the wedding cake was the best wedding cake they had ever tasted. Not only that, but the cake designer worked with my florist and did a stunning job with our cake. It was literally the most beautiful wedding cake I had ever seen---exactly what I had in mind.

The grounds of Barr Mansion were beautiful for our outdoor ceremony. The ballroom was nice and cool in July and easily had space for our 175 guests (setting up additional outside bar worked well as well--there was never a long line at the bar).

In terms of value, we picked a Friday, which gave us a discount. When you calculate all that Barr Mansion includes, I really do feel that it is a value in the Austin wedding market. If we had to deal with hiring a separate caterer, linen provider, wedding coordinator, cake baker, clean up crew, bartenders, etc, etc, our wedding would have been more expensive.

Our day really was perfect.
Our experience at the Barr Mansion was amazing.

Our wedding coordinator was Nicole, and I cannot say enough good Read more...
Our experience at the Barr Mansion was amazing.

Our wedding coordinator was Nicole, and I cannot say enough good things about her. She was very responsive to our emails and made us feel at ease throughout the process. Her work as coordinator was SO VALUABLE the day before and day of. She kept things running really smoothly and did all the behind the scenes work for us. Our officiant went overtime, but she managed to get our wedding back on track, figuring out any changes that needed to be made for the day to run smoothly. She is a very calming presence.

The rest of the team at Barr Mansion is wonderful as well. My Dad remarked that the bartenders and staff were very pleasant and friendly. Being able to provide our own alcohol was a huge plus for us.

The food...I can't rave about it enough. We did a buffet for 175 people and Nicole made sure that process went smoothly so there was never a long line. The food we choose was delicious day of...SO MUCH BETTER than your average wedding food. The pizza was exceptional. Some people told my Dad the wedding cake was the best wedding cake they had ever tasted. Not only that, but the cake designer worked with my florist and did a stunning job with our cake. It was literally the most beautiful wedding cake I had ever seen---exactly what I had in mind.

The grounds of Barr Mansion were beautiful for our outdoor ceremony. The ballroom was nice and cool in July and easily had space for our 175 guests (setting up additional outside bar worked well as well--there was never a long line at the bar).

In terms of value, we picked a Friday, which gave us a discount. When you calculate all that Barr Mansion includes, I really do feel that it is a value in the Austin wedding market. If we had to deal with hiring a separate caterer, linen provider, wedding coordinator, cake baker, clean up crew, bartenders, etc, etc, our wedding would have been more expensive.

Our day really was perfect. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I think it's every little girl's dream to feel like a princess on her wedding day... and I felt just that! Barr Mansion's staff, grounds, food, ambiance etc etc etc contributed to the best day of my life to date. Elyse Shumsky was my coordinator for the months before the wedding and the day-of the wedding, and I doubt, no, I KNOW the day could not have gone as smoothly without her direction. For the months prior Elyse was responsive to all of my 349857305 questions and she truly made the planning process as much of a breeze as I could have asked for. On the day of the wedding I received compliments from the wedding party and my family about how on-the-ball she was, which put my mind at ease. THANK YOU BARR MANSION AND THANK YOU ELYSE!! :))
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I think it's every little girl's dream to feel like a princess on her wedding day... and I felt just that! Barr Mansion's staff, grounds, food, ambiance etc etc etc contributed to the best day of my life to date. Elyse Shumsky was my coordinator for the months before the wedding and the day-of the wedding, and I doubt, no, I KNOW the day could not have gone as smoothly without her direction. For the months prior Elyse was responsive to all of my 349857305 questions and she truly made the planning process as much of a breeze as I could have asked for. On the day of the wedding I received compliments from the wedding party and my family about how on-the-ball she was, which put my mind at ease. THANK YOU BARR MANSION AND THANK YOU ELYSE!! :)) Read less
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Kirby
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Barr Mansion.

The thing that drew us to Barr Mansion (other than the stunning venue) was that Rick and Elyse would be there throughout the planning process and would take care of us on the day of the wedding. Both Elyse and Rick were very quick to respond and always patient in answering any questions we had during the planning process. It was definitely a great feeling showing up on our wedding day knowing that our day would be in good hands.

We were married under the pecan tree in late April and the grounds were STUNNING. If you can snag a date in late April/early May DO IT! The weather was comfortable, the tree had leafed out, the grass was bright green and all the spring flowers were in bloom. The appetizers, dinner and wedding cake were all delicious and we even took advantage of the brick oven to have a late night pizza snack for all our guests. One thing we really liked about Barr Mansion was that we were able to provide the alcohol, which really made a difference in our alcohol budget compared to the pricey "alcohol packages" offered by most wedding venues.

Everyone kept telling me that "something always goes wrong on your wedding day" but that couldn't have been further from the truth when it came to our wedding. Elyse ran everything so smoothly that we never had to worry about a single thing. She kept us on schedule but was never pushy and worked with our DJ to make sure everyone knew what was happening. The evening went by so quickly, but we were both able to relax and enjoy the moment with our friends and family which, in the end, is exactly what everyone wants for their wedding.

I couldn't recommend Barr Mansion and their incredible staff more. They truly made our wedding perfect. Thank you, Elyse, Rick and Barr Mansion!
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Barr Mansion.

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Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Barr Mansion.

The thing that drew us to Barr Mansion (other than the stunning venue) was that Rick and Elyse would be there throughout the planning process and would take care of us on the day of the wedding. Both Elyse and Rick were very quick to respond and always patient in answering any questions we had during the planning process. It was definitely a great feeling showing up on our wedding day knowing that our day would be in good hands.

We were married under the pecan tree in late April and the grounds were STUNNING. If you can snag a date in late April/early May DO IT! The weather was comfortable, the tree had leafed out, the grass was bright green and all the spring flowers were in bloom. The appetizers, dinner and wedding cake were all delicious and we even took advantage of the brick oven to have a late night pizza snack for all our guests. One thing we really liked about Barr Mansion was that we were able to provide the alcohol, which really made a difference in our alcohol budget compared to the pricey "alcohol packages" offered by most wedding venues.

Everyone kept telling me that "something always goes wrong on your wedding day" but that couldn't have been further from the truth when it came to our wedding. Elyse ran everything so smoothly that we never had to worry about a single thing. She kept us on schedule but was never pushy and worked with our DJ to make sure everyone knew what was happening. The evening went by so quickly, but we were both able to relax and enjoy the moment with our friends and family which, in the end, is exactly what everyone wants for their wedding.

I couldn't recommend Barr Mansion and their incredible staff more. They truly made our wedding perfect. Thank you, Elyse, Rick and Barr Mansion! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Minette
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so lucky to have Elyse Shumsky as the coordinator for my daughter’s wedding at Barr Mansion. The entire event was perfectly planned and flawlessly executed. The ceremony and reception ran smoothly and right on schedule allowing us to relax and enjoy every moment. She was always available without being intrusive. Elyse is extremely professional, incredibly well-organized, very attentive to detail, highly creative, and a pleasure to work with. I can’t imagine how we would have managed without her.
We were so lucky to have Elyse Shumsky as the coordinator for my daughter’s wedding at Barr Mansion. The entire event was Read more...
We were so lucky to have Elyse Shumsky as the coordinator for my daughter’s wedding at Barr Mansion. The entire event was perfectly planned and flawlessly executed. The ceremony and reception ran smoothly and right on schedule allowing us to relax and enjoy every moment. She was always available without being intrusive. Elyse is extremely professional, incredibly well-organized, very attentive to detail, highly creative, and a pleasure to work with. I can’t imagine how we would have managed without her. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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bbruno
Wedding:
5/25/2012
5.0/5.0
The Barr Mansion really doesn't need much of a review, because if you look at the pictures, you can see how stunningly beautiful it is. The people who work there are just as great, and honestly, I think you get a lot of value for your money. SO much is included in their package and that makes everything else so much easier, limiting the vendors you have to research.

Rick was great and easy to work with. It was wonderful having a day-of coordinator that really knew the venue and all of the other vendors. Obviously, the house and reception hall were beautiful, and the pictures will be great no matter where you are on the property. We got many compliments on how great the food was (organic!) and how beautiful the venue was. The Barr Mansion was really an easy choice to make.
The Barr Mansion really doesn't need much of a review, because if you look at the pictures, you can see how stunningly Read more...
The Barr Mansion really doesn't need much of a review, because if you look at the pictures, you can see how stunningly beautiful it is. The people who work there are just as great, and honestly, I think you get a lot of value for your money. SO much is included in their package and that makes everything else so much easier, limiting the vendors you have to research.

Rick was great and easy to work with. It was wonderful having a day-of coordinator that really knew the venue and all of the other vendors. Obviously, the house and reception hall were beautiful, and the pictures will be great no matter where you are on the property. We got many compliments on how great the food was (organic!) and how beautiful the venue was. The Barr Mansion was really an easy choice to make. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
5/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Barr Mansion did a wonderful job with our wedding! Rick was amazing and kept everything going smoothly! I highly recommend Barr Mansion! Our wedding was everything we wanted and more! It was a true fairy tale!
Barr Mansion did a wonderful job with our wedding! Rick was amazing and kept everything going smoothly! I highly recommend Read more...
Barr Mansion did a wonderful job with our wedding! Rick was amazing and kept everything going smoothly! I highly recommend Barr Mansion! Our wedding was everything we wanted and more! It was a true fairy tale! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Barr Mansion is a beautiful venue. They do all the catering and the cakes and they use organic and local ingredients. The staff is very nice and they were quick to respond to any of my questions or concerns.
Barr Mansion is a beautiful venue. They do all the catering and the cakes and they use organic and local ingredients. The Read more...
Barr Mansion is a beautiful venue. They do all the catering and the cakes and they use organic and local ingredients. The staff is very nice and they were quick to respond to any of my questions or concerns. Read less
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Danelle
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Where do I even begin? I LOVED my wedding at Barr Mansion!! All of my guests were from out of town and they were all blown away by the venue! It is unique, elegant, rustic, PERFECT. Everything was amazing, including Hannah and Rick who helped in the planning process.

First, the planning process was sooo easy. Barr has catering (which is all organic -- the only USDA certified organic venue -- very Austin!) so I didn't have to worry about finding that, they handle the cakes, staff, set-up, break-down, day of coordination, etc. Seriously, it was so easy. We worked with Hannah mainly and she is AWESOME! So sweet, kind, and organized. I really didn't worry about ANYTHING -- and trust me, I am a worrier. Hannah made sure my day turned out exactly as I had envisioned it. She kept reassuring me -- "It's your wedding, you can have it however you want." Even guests at the wedding came up to me to tell me how amazing she was.

Another perk -- you can provide your own alcohol. We bought TONS and you are able to return extra unopened alcohol to most places (Specs, Costco -- FYI - Costco is the cheapest AND you don't have to have a membership for the spirits section because it is actually separate from the store).

The food turned out delicious (we had apple cider brined chicken breasts and beef tenderloin with bacon herb butter)! We even had a little surprise for the guests at the end of the night - Barr has a stone pizza oven so we had organic pizzas for a late night snack. The guests loved it! The cakes were also really good. Our brides cake was a traditional white with raspberry filling. Our cakes were also very pretty and well decorated. They ask you to provide a picture of what you would like them to look like -- I cheated and just picked one that I liked that was done previously at another wedding at Barr.

We got married under the old pecan tree at sunset. It felt beautiful. We worked with Stems (Barr's resident florist that you do NOT have to use -- BUT SHE IS GOOD!) and we put chandeliers in the tree. Loved it.

Next – the Artesian Ballroom. Really amazingly beautiful. It is really a great space. We ended up getting lighting from ILD because I really wanted an amber glow – almost like candle light. It was relatively inexpensive (in relation to the entire cost of a wedding!).

If you can’t tell yet, I really loved my wedding. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Barr Mansion. Another bonus is that it is out in the middle of what feels like nowhere but it is still about 10-15 min from downtown. Very secluded and private. My biggest worry was that I did all this work and had this vision and I was going to be disappointed in the end --- totally NOT the case!!! Brides – you will not regret picking this venue for your most special day!
Where do I even begin? I LOVED my wedding at Barr Mansion!! All of my guests were from out of town and they were all blown Read more...
Where do I even begin? I LOVED my wedding at Barr Mansion!! All of my guests were from out of town and they were all blown away by the venue! It is unique, elegant, rustic, PERFECT. Everything was amazing, including Hannah and Rick who helped in the planning process.

First, the planning process was sooo easy. Barr has catering (which is all organic -- the only USDA certified organic venue -- very Austin!) so I didn't have to worry about finding that, they handle the cakes, staff, set-up, break-down, day of coordination, etc. Seriously, it was so easy. We worked with Hannah mainly and she is AWESOME! So sweet, kind, and organized. I really didn't worry about ANYTHING -- and trust me, I am a worrier. Hannah made sure my day turned out exactly as I had envisioned it. She kept reassuring me -- "It's your wedding, you can have it however you want." Even guests at the wedding came up to me to tell me how amazing she was.

Another perk -- you can provide your own alcohol. We bought TONS and you are able to return extra unopened alcohol to most places (Specs, Costco -- FYI - Costco is the cheapest AND you don't have to have a membership for the spirits section because it is actually separate from the store).

The food turned out delicious (we had apple cider brined chicken breasts and beef tenderloin with bacon herb butter)! We even had a little surprise for the guests at the end of the night - Barr has a stone pizza oven so we had organic pizzas for a late night snack. The guests loved it! The cakes were also really good. Our brides cake was a traditional white with raspberry filling. Our cakes were also very pretty and well decorated. They ask you to provide a picture of what you would like them to look like -- I cheated and just picked one that I liked that was done previously at another wedding at Barr.

We got married under the old pecan tree at sunset. It felt beautiful. We worked with Stems (Barr's resident florist that you do NOT have to use -- BUT SHE IS GOOD!) and we put chandeliers in the tree. Loved it.

Next – the Artesian Ballroom. Really amazingly beautiful. It is really a great space. We ended up getting lighting from ILD because I really wanted an amber glow – almost like candle light. It was relatively inexpensive (in relation to the entire cost of a wedding!).

If you can’t tell yet, I really loved my wedding. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Barr Mansion. Another bonus is that it is out in the middle of what feels like nowhere but it is still about 10-15 min from downtown. Very secluded and private. My biggest worry was that I did all this work and had this vision and I was going to be disappointed in the end --- totally NOT the case!!! Brides – you will not regret picking this venue for your most special day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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tahnee.thompson
Wedding:
11/11/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I booked Barr Mansions for our November 11, 2010 wedding. When the fire happened I was a little nervous about the back-up plan, but once I went to the food and cake tasting I saw how amazingly beautiful it was I knew that it was still going to be the wedding of my dreams. I was blown away at how well Barr Mansion handled the whole thing. They were absolutely wonderful in every aspect. Everyone and everything at Barr Mansion was fabulous and exceeded my expectations. Everyone was very friendly and more than willing to help out in any way they could. As a bride planning a Texas wedding from Florida it was nice to know that I could rely on anyone there the ease my stress.

Rick was fantastic. He was easy to get a hold of, and if I had any questions or concerns he was right there ready with answers. On the day of the wedding he was very attentive and on schedule. He knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding and executed it perfectly. Nothing went wrong the day of and it was everything I had dreamed of.

Working with Abby at STEMS was so pleasant! She knew exactly what I was looking for and with my lack of knowledge for floral created the most beautiful display of flowers. My bouquet was so gorgeous I wanted to keep it forever, and the girls bouquets were the perfect simple touch. As for the guys boutonnieres they were simple and elegant with the most beautiful flower. The centerpieces were better than I could have imagined, and all the extra touches of floral really made my wedding into everything I had dreamed of.

I have gotten so many complements from our guests and I can't thank Barr Mansion enough! I would recommend Barr Mansion to any bride, my experience was just fantastic!
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My husband and I booked Barr Mansions for our November 11, 2010 wedding. When the fire happened I was a little nervous about the back-up plan, but once I went to the food and cake tasting I saw how amazingly beautiful it was I knew that it was still going to be the wedding of my dreams. I was blown away at how well Barr Mansion handled the whole thing. They were absolutely wonderful in every aspect. Everyone and everything at Barr Mansion was fabulous and exceeded my expectations. Everyone was very friendly and more than willing to help out in any way they could. As a bride planning a Texas wedding from Florida it was nice to know that I could rely on anyone there the ease my stress.

Rick was fantastic. He was easy to get a hold of, and if I had any questions or concerns he was right there ready with answers. On the day of the wedding he was very attentive and on schedule. He knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding and executed it perfectly. Nothing went wrong the day of and it was everything I had dreamed of.

Working with Abby at STEMS was so pleasant! She knew exactly what I was looking for and with my lack of knowledge for floral created the most beautiful display of flowers. My bouquet was so gorgeous I wanted to keep it forever, and the girls bouquets were the perfect simple touch. As for the guys boutonnieres they were simple and elegant with the most beautiful flower. The centerpieces were better than I could have imagined, and all the extra touches of floral really made my wedding into everything I had dreamed of.

I have gotten so many complements from our guests and I can't thank Barr Mansion enough! I would recommend Barr Mansion to any bride, my experience was just fantastic! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Chris & Juliana
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Barr Mansion. When I signed up to get married there, it just felt right. I had looked at a bunch of other places that were nice, but Barr Mansion had it all. We had a small wedding, but it still took a lot of work--thankfully, everyone at Barr Mansion took control and made it easy. I worked with Abby (now of STEMS floral) and Keegan, who were both awesome. They were very flexible and responsive, they worked within my budget, and they had a ton of great ideas. (And the food and the cake were great!)

We booked Barr Mansion before the fire (and then got married in October). I was incredibly impressed with how they handled a very difficult situation. They were very forthcoming and honest about what to expect. I never had any doubts that they would make my wedding beautiful and amazing--no matter what. And they did, always with a smile. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. When they finish building the new reception area, I'm sure it will be even better than before.

Thanks to everyone at Barr Mansion for making my wedding day truly special.
I highly recommend Barr Mansion. When I signed up to get married there, it just felt right. I had looked at a bunch of Read more...
I highly recommend Barr Mansion. When I signed up to get married there, it just felt right. I had looked at a bunch of other places that were nice, but Barr Mansion had it all. We had a small wedding, but it still took a lot of work--thankfully, everyone at Barr Mansion took control and made it easy. I worked with Abby (now of STEMS floral) and Keegan, who were both awesome. They were very flexible and responsive, they worked within my budget, and they had a ton of great ideas. (And the food and the cake were great!)

We booked Barr Mansion before the fire (and then got married in October). I was incredibly impressed with how they handled a very difficult situation. They were very forthcoming and honest about what to expect. I never had any doubts that they would make my wedding beautiful and amazing--no matter what. And they did, always with a smile. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. When they finish building the new reception area, I'm sure it will be even better than before.

Thanks to everyone at Barr Mansion for making my wedding day truly special. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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ade412
Wedding:
10/3/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were one of the "unlucky" couples to have the pavilion, but it was still our dream wedding. From the moment we found out about the ballroom burning down, to the moment we left in our limo at the end of our wedding night, the Barr Mansion staff was nothing but accommodating, professional, and just all around why any bride could ever want from a wedding venue. The food was great, the dessert were to die for, and the pavilion was decorated so well that our guests didn't even know that it was our "back-up" plan. And we did not spend nearly as much as most on our decor. I have to say, that it turned out even better than I could've imagined even from before the ballroom burned down. Our wedding coordinator was Keegan and she was awesome. She listened to what we wanted, gave us lots of great suggestions (we were sort of clueless), and there wasn't a request that she couldn't accommodate. I highly recommend the Barr Mansion, with or without the ballroom.
My husband and I were one of the "unlucky" couples to have the pavilion, but it was still our dream wedding. From the Read more...
My husband and I were one of the "unlucky" couples to have the pavilion, but it was still our dream wedding. From the moment we found out about the ballroom burning down, to the moment we left in our limo at the end of our wedding night, the Barr Mansion staff was nothing but accommodating, professional, and just all around why any bride could ever want from a wedding venue. The food was great, the dessert were to die for, and the pavilion was decorated so well that our guests didn't even know that it was our "back-up" plan. And we did not spend nearly as much as most on our decor. I have to say, that it turned out even better than I could've imagined even from before the ballroom burned down. Our wedding coordinator was Keegan and she was awesome. She listened to what we wanted, gave us lots of great suggestions (we were sort of clueless), and there wasn't a request that she couldn't accommodate. I highly recommend the Barr Mansion, with or without the ballroom. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Aliciamayb
Wedding:
8/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was everything we could have ever dreamed of. The staff was very professional and Keegan was a pleasure to work with as our wedding planner. I would highly reccomend having any special event there.
Our wedding was everything we could have ever dreamed of. The staff was very professional and Keegan was a pleasure to Read more...
Our wedding was everything we could have ever dreamed of. The staff was very professional and Keegan was a pleasure to work with as our wedding planner. I would highly reccomend having any special event there. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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MrsB
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot recommend Barr Mansion enough. Abby and the rest of the Barr Mansion staff were amazing through the entire process! Barr Mansion provided all of our floral, in addition to the venue, catering and cakes. Everything was perfect and just how I imagined. The venue is truly a gem and beautiful. The food was delicious! And I can't wait to eat the rest of our cake (in the freezer for the 1 year). Abby and the staff were very thoughtful and well organized. (They are true pro's in the wedding business.) Before the wedding, everyone tells you that things will go wrong and not to expect perfection. But looking back at the wedding day, I can't remember anything going wrong. It was perfect and just how we imagined and planned. Thanks so much Abby!!
I cannot recommend Barr Mansion enough. Abby and the rest of the Barr Mansion staff were amazing through the entire Read more...
I cannot recommend Barr Mansion enough. Abby and the rest of the Barr Mansion staff were amazing through the entire process! Barr Mansion provided all of our floral, in addition to the venue, catering and cakes. Everything was perfect and just how I imagined. The venue is truly a gem and beautiful. The food was delicious! And I can't wait to eat the rest of our cake (in the freezer for the 1 year). Abby and the staff were very thoughtful and well organized. (They are true pro's in the wedding business.) Before the wedding, everyone tells you that things will go wrong and not to expect perfection. But looking back at the wedding day, I can't remember anything going wrong. It was perfect and just how we imagined and planned. Thanks so much Abby!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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AbbyBoBabby
Wedding:
2/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Amazing - everyone at the wedding was pleased with the attentiveness of the staff, the timeliness of drinks and food, and the air of fun professionalism. A+.

I read this morning that there's been a fire on the property, so I wanted to emphasize the great staff, and the beautiful tent they set up for us. Brides planning on getting married at Barr Mansion this summer: never fear. Barr staff will make the event gorgeous with or without the original building set-up you imagined.

My mother and I had a great experience before the wedding with preparation. I can't remember a time an email wasn't answered in 24 hours or a phone call wasn't returned. Everyone was very accessible and accommodating. And when we were on site to make decisions, we never felt rushed.

Rick was fantastic. Particularly memorable to me was his cheerful attitude, especially in the face of a hand injury he received a couple of weeks before our wedding. He helped me (and my charming, yet full-o-questions mother) with paring down all the questions to the few real decisions we had to make. He made it all easy.

The cakes were beautiful. So gorgeously decorated - both - and tasty! I can't wait for our first anniversary to have a taste again. The Lemon wedding cake with citrus icing was a dream. Going "organic" does not sacrifice any flavor, presentation, or fun. "Great work" to the chefs. We are generally impressed by everything that comes out of Barr's chapel-kitchen.
Amazing - everyone at the wedding was pleased with the attentiveness of the staff, the timeliness of drinks and food, and Read more...
Amazing - everyone at the wedding was pleased with the attentiveness of the staff, the timeliness of drinks and food, and the air of fun professionalism. A+.

I read this morning that there's been a fire on the property, so I wanted to emphasize the great staff, and the beautiful tent they set up for us. Brides planning on getting married at Barr Mansion this summer: never fear. Barr staff will make the event gorgeous with or without the original building set-up you imagined.

My mother and I had a great experience before the wedding with preparation. I can't remember a time an email wasn't answered in 24 hours or a phone call wasn't returned. Everyone was very accessible and accommodating. And when we were on site to make decisions, we never felt rushed.

Rick was fantastic. Particularly memorable to me was his cheerful attitude, especially in the face of a hand injury he received a couple of weeks before our wedding. He helped me (and my charming, yet full-o-questions mother) with paring down all the questions to the few real decisions we had to make. He made it all easy.

The cakes were beautiful. So gorgeously decorated - both - and tasty! I can't wait for our first anniversary to have a taste again. The Lemon wedding cake with citrus icing was a dream. Going "organic" does not sacrifice any flavor, presentation, or fun. "Great work" to the chefs. We are generally impressed by everything that comes out of Barr's chapel-kitchen. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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hje
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Exceptional service, beautiful flowers, overall good experience.
Exceptional service, beautiful flowers, overall good experience.
Exceptional service, beautiful flowers, overall good experience. Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
I love Barr Mansion!! My husband and I were married on the grounds in July 2009 and could not be happier with the entire event, from the first moment we called to inquire about the location to the moment we ran to our car as newlyweds. Barr Mansion has a staff that seems like a truly family and they know everything you need to know. We used their floral services as well and I didn't worry about a thing. The food is absolutely unbelievable - our guests continue to complement the chefs! The value is outstanding - Barr Mansion is essentially an organic one-stop-shop for your ceremony and they are always available to answer any question (of which I had many!) Barr Mansion and Artisan Ballroom is outstanding - unbelievable grounds, awesome staff, and a night you'll never forget!
I love Barr Mansion!! My husband and I were married on the grounds in July 2009 and could not be happier with the entire Read more...
I love Barr Mansion!! My husband and I were married on the grounds in July 2009 and could not be happier with the entire event, from the first moment we called to inquire about the location to the moment we ran to our car as newlyweds. Barr Mansion has a staff that seems like a truly family and they know everything you need to know. We used their floral services as well and I didn't worry about a thing. The food is absolutely unbelievable - our guests continue to complement the chefs! The value is outstanding - Barr Mansion is essentially an organic one-stop-shop for your ceremony and they are always available to answer any question (of which I had many!) Barr Mansion and Artisan Ballroom is outstanding - unbelievable grounds, awesome staff, and a night you'll never forget! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Jenny
Wedding:
4/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Abby and her staff were fantastic! The venue is breath taking and we really appreciated the organic aspect. They were very friendly and were there to accept every call, answer every question and calm every last minute panic. It was so easy to share my vision of my day with Abby and watch it come to life! She designed the center pieces and other aspects of the floral arrangements. My bouquets were stunning and the landscaping was beautiful. I can't say enough how perfect my day was due largely in part to Abby and Barr Mansion. I would recommend Barr Mansion to anyone who would ask. You will get treated with respect and you can watch your visions unfold into physical perfection!
Abby and her staff were fantastic! The venue is breath taking and we really appreciated the organic aspect. They were very Read more...
Abby and her staff were fantastic! The venue is breath taking and we really appreciated the organic aspect. They were very friendly and were there to accept every call, answer every question and calm every last minute panic. It was so easy to share my vision of my day with Abby and watch it come to life! She designed the center pieces and other aspects of the floral arrangements. My bouquets were stunning and the landscaping was beautiful. I can't say enough how perfect my day was due largely in part to Abby and Barr Mansion. I would recommend Barr Mansion to anyone who would ask. You will get treated with respect and you can watch your visions unfold into physical perfection! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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eglankler
Wedding:
3/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Beautiful! We had both our ceremony and reception there and guests could not stop raving about the location. The staff were great and I would recommend them for any event!
Beautiful! We had both our ceremony and reception there and guests could not stop raving about the location. The staff Read more...
Beautiful! We had both our ceremony and reception there and guests could not stop raving about the location. The staff were great and I would recommend them for any event! Read less
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brandnewamy
Wedding:
11/16/2008
5.0/5.0
Barr Mansion is, hands down, the best wedding and reception venue in Austin, and fully deserves a few more than the 5 stars I'm giving it. As a chef and meeting planner, the one thing I knew I did not want for my own wedding was to manage a million different vendors on the day of. Barr Mansion handles the food (from the appetizers to the cakes), the tables, linens, glassware, utensils, chairs, servers -- even the floral arrangements if you choose to use them. We weren't nickeled and dimed -- we got a quote at the outset, which included various discounts that they suggested -- and our final price at the end was actually less than what we'd expected.

For me, the best part of having our wedding at Barr Mansion was the unbelievable professionalism and flexibility of the staff. If I had a question (or 20), they were right on it. Could we do this? Sure! Also, holding our ceremony at the Barr actually allowed us the services of a day-of wedding coordinator, and Abby was wonderful. She made us sit down and enjoy the food we'd worked so hard to pick, and even packed us a couple of box dinners for the next night, which came in handy as we were frantically getting ready to leave for our honeymoon.

Speaking of which, all of their food, from the salads to the cake frosting, is made with organic ingredients, and we're still hearing about how great it was. To repeat: I'm a chef. I'm picky. And I was delighted with every bite. Barr Mansion doesn't have a liquor license so you can bring your own booze and have them serve, which really cuts down your costs. I gave them a photo of a cake I loved and it was duplicated perfectly. It was the one moment during the entire evening where I actually got teary-eyed. :-)

Our guests are still talking about how beautiful the setting was, and I know they're not just paying us lip service. While we were eating dinner that night, we watched guest after guest looking around and mouthing "WOW!" while shaking their heads in amazement.

This place will not disappoint. We are delighted to recommend it to any couple in the Austin area looking for a truly unique, comfortable, elegant, and romantic wedding. By the way, one of the questions here is "how long did it take you to book this venue?" It actually took us one hour. We visited just one place (this one), and handed over our deposit -- and we weren't even engaged yet! Over a year later, we were just as thrilled with our decision.
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Barr Mansion is, hands down, the best wedding and reception venue in Austin, and fully deserves a few more than the 5 stars I'm giving it. As a chef and meeting planner, the one thing I knew I did not want for my own wedding was to manage a million different vendors on the day of. Barr Mansion handles the food (from the appetizers to the cakes), the tables, linens, glassware, utensils, chairs, servers -- even the floral arrangements if you choose to use them. We weren't nickeled and dimed -- we got a quote at the outset, which included various discounts that they suggested -- and our final price at the end was actually less than what we'd expected.

For me, the best part of having our wedding at Barr Mansion was the unbelievable professionalism and flexibility of the staff. If I had a question (or 20), they were right on it. Could we do this? Sure! Also, holding our ceremony at the Barr actually allowed us the services of a day-of wedding coordinator, and Abby was wonderful. She made us sit down and enjoy the food we'd worked so hard to pick, and even packed us a couple of box dinners for the next night, which came in handy as we were frantically getting ready to leave for our honeymoon.

Speaking of which, all of their food, from the salads to the cake frosting, is made with organic ingredients, and we're still hearing about how great it was. To repeat: I'm a chef. I'm picky. And I was delighted with every bite. Barr Mansion doesn't have a liquor license so you can bring your own booze and have them serve, which really cuts down your costs. I gave them a photo of a cake I loved and it was duplicated perfectly. It was the one moment during the entire evening where I actually got teary-eyed. :-)

Our guests are still talking about how beautiful the setting was, and I know they're not just paying us lip service. While we were eating dinner that night, we watched guest after guest looking around and mouthing "WOW!" while shaking their heads in amazement.

This place will not disappoint. We are delighted to recommend it to any couple in the Austin area looking for a truly unique, comfortable, elegant, and romantic wedding. By the way, one of the questions here is "how long did it take you to book this venue?" It actually took us one hour. We visited just one place (this one), and handed over our deposit -- and we weren't even engaged yet! Over a year later, we were just as thrilled with our decision. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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AustinbyChicago
Wedding:
11/7/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I can't say enough positive things about Barr Mansion. We would not change one thing about our November 2008 wedding in large part due to the hard work and dedication of the Barr Mansion staff. Their professionalism, attention to detail and clear mission to serve their client, in this case an out-of-town bride and groom, was absolutely flawless. These folks went through every single wedding related detail with us remotely, graciously tackling several iterations of cakes, bouquet/floral arrangement ideas and even a last minute change in ceremony details through email no less. Barr staff understood that we couldn't make the trip to Austin to discuss these critical details and took it upon themselves to make this work for us rather than making us work for them. The venue is dreamy; it's the perfect place for an elegant but unpretentious and intimate wedding. Our guests raved about our food, cakes and floral arrangements and were so thankful that Barr staff went out of their way to accommodate all of us. Countless wedding guests commented that our wedding was the most beautiful they’d ever been to. We couldn’t have done this on our own…it was made possible by Barr Mansion. We toured numerous Austin wedding venues and none captured the essence of Austin, its kind and laid back people and natural beauty the way Barr Mansion does. We give them infinite stars.
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My husband and I can't say enough positive things about Barr Mansion. We would not change one thing about our November 2008 wedding in large part due to the hard work and dedication of the Barr Mansion staff. Their professionalism, attention to detail and clear mission to serve their client, in this case an out-of-town bride and groom, was absolutely flawless. These folks went through every single wedding related detail with us remotely, graciously tackling several iterations of cakes, bouquet/floral arrangement ideas and even a last minute change in ceremony details through email no less. Barr staff understood that we couldn't make the trip to Austin to discuss these critical details and took it upon themselves to make this work for us rather than making us work for them. The venue is dreamy; it's the perfect place for an elegant but unpretentious and intimate wedding. Our guests raved about our food, cakes and floral arrangements and were so thankful that Barr staff went out of their way to accommodate all of us. Countless wedding guests commented that our wedding was the most beautiful they’d ever been to. We couldn’t have done this on our own…it was made possible by Barr Mansion. We toured numerous Austin wedding venues and none captured the essence of Austin, its kind and laid back people and natural beauty the way Barr Mansion does. We give them infinite stars. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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jeunemarie
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Lovely, Timeless & Green. The Barr Mansion prides itself on being the only USDA certified organic wedding venue in Texas. It was so important to us that we were able to have such an elegant affair while remaining "green". From the hor'dourves to the sit down dinner, even the flowers were locally grown and organic. We received so many compliments on how fresh everything tasted, and we knew we had picked the perfect venue. Thank you so much Barr Mansion!! Our wedding was incredibly romantic and beautiful, everything we dreamed about and then some!!
Lovely, Timeless & Green. The Barr Mansion prides itself on being the only USDA certified organic wedding venue in Texas. Read more...
Lovely, Timeless & Green. The Barr Mansion prides itself on being the only USDA certified organic wedding venue in Texas. It was so important to us that we were able to have such an elegant affair while remaining "green". From the hor'dourves to the sit down dinner, even the flowers were locally grown and organic. We received so many compliments on how fresh everything tasted, and we knew we had picked the perfect venue. Thank you so much Barr Mansion!! Our wedding was incredibly romantic and beautiful, everything we dreamed about and then some!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Anne
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Abby and the entire staff at the Barr Mansion were so easy to work with. They made the process enjoyable. The wedding ceremony and reception were beautiful. The food and the cake were delicious. Our guests kept commenting on how "magical" the venue was! We would highly recommend the Barr Mansion to anyone wanting a unique venue, great service and delicious organic food and cakes!
We LOVE the Barr Mansion!!
Anne & Edgar Dapremont
Austin, TX
Abby and the entire staff at the Barr Mansion were so easy to work with. They made the process enjoyable. The wedding Read more...
Abby and the entire staff at the Barr Mansion were so easy to work with. They made the process enjoyable. The wedding ceremony and reception were beautiful. The food and the cake were delicious. Our guests kept commenting on how "magical" the venue was! We would highly recommend the Barr Mansion to anyone wanting a unique venue, great service and delicious organic food and cakes!
We LOVE the Barr Mansion!!
Anne & Edgar Dapremont
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Julene
Wedding:
7/6/2008
5.0/5.0
The Barr Mansion was fabulous from beginning to end! Abby was always super responsive, and totally worked with our budget. She also did our flowers & centerpieces, which turned out beautiful! The food & cake was a hit with all of our guests, and the venue is breathtaking. I highly recommend the Barr Mansion for any Austin event... WOW!
The Barr Mansion was fabulous from beginning to end! Abby was always super responsive, and totally worked with our budget. Read more...
The Barr Mansion was fabulous from beginning to end! Abby was always super responsive, and totally worked with our budget. She also did our flowers & centerpieces, which turned out beautiful! The food & cake was a hit with all of our guests, and the venue is breathtaking. I highly recommend the Barr Mansion for any Austin event... WOW! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Laura
Wedding:
5/16/2008
5.0/5.0
I got married at the Barr Mansion on May 16, 2008, and I could not have had a more perfect wedding. The staff was wonderful: they were always quick to respond to my questions, not pushy for me to use any of their ancillary services and instead provided plenty of information on photographers, musicians, etc at all price ranges, and my wedding coordinator, Rick, was perfect (who is included as part of the deal at no extra cost at the Barr Mansion, as are the cakes and table settings). I never knew where he was or what he was doing, but everything proceeded perfectly, and he was never pushy or intrusive. At the end of the night when everyone was having a blast dancing, he let us stay a little late because the food had come out a little bit late (although no one noticed this). The food was excellent and unique; it is all organic, and It is nice that they do the food there, as it is one less vendor you have to find on your own. The cakes are included and they did a yummy chocolate layered cake covered in chocolate shards. As for a beautiful place to get married, you cant beat this. The grounds are green as can be and the flowers were all in bloom in May. Because of the beautiful scenery, our pictures turned out great. The barn is beautiful with all the lights. They have a back-up indoor site to get married in case it is raining on your day. The best way I can describe the feel of the decor is natural, eclectic, and rustic with a touch of an eastern feel. So many people were asking "Wow! how did you find this place?" We had sparklers for when we left the wedding, and the staff handled setting it all up. And, as per our request the car we left in had boxes filled with food, cake and leftover wine for us to take to the hotel. To sum it up: great people, great food, gorgeous and unique location.
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I got married at the Barr Mansion on May 16, 2008, and I could not have had a more perfect wedding. The staff was wonderful: they were always quick to respond to my questions, not pushy for me to use any of their ancillary services and instead provided plenty of information on photographers, musicians, etc at all price ranges, and my wedding coordinator, Rick, was perfect (who is included as part of the deal at no extra cost at the Barr Mansion, as are the cakes and table settings). I never knew where he was or what he was doing, but everything proceeded perfectly, and he was never pushy or intrusive. At the end of the night when everyone was having a blast dancing, he let us stay a little late because the food had come out a little bit late (although no one noticed this). The food was excellent and unique; it is all organic, and It is nice that they do the food there, as it is one less vendor you have to find on your own. The cakes are included and they did a yummy chocolate layered cake covered in chocolate shards. As for a beautiful place to get married, you cant beat this. The grounds are green as can be and the flowers were all in bloom in May. Because of the beautiful scenery, our pictures turned out great. The barn is beautiful with all the lights. They have a back-up indoor site to get married in case it is raining on your day. The best way I can describe the feel of the decor is natural, eclectic, and rustic with a touch of an eastern feel. So many people were asking "Wow! how did you find this place?" We had sparklers for when we left the wedding, and the staff handled setting it all up. And, as per our request the car we left in had boxes filled with food, cake and leftover wine for us to take to the hotel. To sum it up: great people, great food, gorgeous and unique location. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Abby
Wedding:
4/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Of course I had a fabulous experience with the Barr Mansion! The food was great, the cakes delicious, the place looked absolutely amazing... could not have been any better!!
Of course I had a fabulous experience with the Barr Mansion! The food was great, the cakes delicious, the place looked Read more...
Of course I had a fabulous experience with the Barr Mansion! The food was great, the cakes delicious, the place looked absolutely amazing... could not have been any better!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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stodtx
Wedding:
2/23/2008
5.0/5.0
What an UNBELIEVABLY EASY and NO STRESS wedding we had. The Barr Staff, Food and Grounds were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Everything was perfect and all guests had a FANTASTIC time. I would recommend over and over again.
What an UNBELIEVABLY EASY and NO STRESS wedding we had. The Barr Staff, Food and Grounds were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Read more...
What an UNBELIEVABLY EASY and NO STRESS wedding we had. The Barr Staff, Food and Grounds were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Everything was perfect and all guests had a FANTASTIC time. I would recommend over and over again. Read less
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captainpease
Wedding:
5/26/2007
5.0/5.0
The Barr Mansion was simply unbelievable. I don't even know how to express my sincere gratitude towards the staff there because it was that awesome. I would say the main differentiator the Barr Mansion has is their extremely personal planning service. It's a family owned establishment and Abby, the family's daughter worked with us. She knew exactly what she was doing but we never felt like just another couple getting married. She had no trouble accomodating any of our special requests. The ceremony and reception were completely customized and she seemed just as excited about our suggestions as we were. The historical site is really beautiful and their glass sided ballroom in the back is perfect for a reception.

Although this place is not affordable for everyone, you get so much for the money. The wedding planner is included and their food is prepared onsite. All of the food is certified organic and simply delicious. Most, if not all, the produce is grown locally at Boggy Creek Farms.
The Barr Mansion was simply unbelievable. I don't even know how to express my sincere gratitude towards the staff there Read more...
The Barr Mansion was simply unbelievable. I don't even know how to express my sincere gratitude towards the staff there because it was that awesome. I would say the main differentiator the Barr Mansion has is their extremely personal planning service. It's a family owned establishment and Abby, the family's daughter worked with us. She knew exactly what she was doing but we never felt like just another couple getting married. She had no trouble accomodating any of our special requests. The ceremony and reception were completely customized and she seemed just as excited about our suggestions as we were. The historical site is really beautiful and their glass sided ballroom in the back is perfect for a reception.

Although this place is not affordable for everyone, you get so much for the money. The wedding planner is included and their food is prepared onsite. All of the food is certified organic and simply delicious. Most, if not all, the produce is grown locally at Boggy Creek Farms. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
2/14/2009
4.9/5.0
Barr Mansion is one of the first places we went to look at and I fell in love from the moment I got out of the car. A freind from college had gotten married there a few months before me and I could not wait to have my reception there too! It is such a classy place with beauitful dining and reception areas. The staff was great and did a nice job with helping us pick out everything. We went over budget which is tough, but I guess to be expected, but our expectations were more than met! We are so glad we have the memories to last a lifetime here!
Barr Mansion is one of the first places we went to look at and I fell in love from the moment I got out of the car. A Read more...
Barr Mansion is one of the first places we went to look at and I fell in love from the moment I got out of the car. A freind from college had gotten married there a few months before me and I could not wait to have my reception there too! It is such a classy place with beauitful dining and reception areas. The staff was great and did a nice job with helping us pick out everything. We went over budget which is tough, but I guess to be expected, but our expectations were more than met! We are so glad we have the memories to last a lifetime here! Read less
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Ann
Wedding:
4/13/2014
4.8/5.0
Our wedding at the Barr Mansion was everything I hoped for. It was beautiful & the food was delicious. There aren't too many options for food selections, but that's because it's all organic, which was preferable to me. Even my friends with eating restrictions could eat almost everything because there were no hidden ingredients. They were also super helpful in ensuring my grandmother had enough sauce. The only problem I experienced was that I did not know the coordinator would not be there the entire night until she told me goodbye sometime between 8-9. Everything was well planned, so we didn't need her to be there, but it would have been nice to have known beforehand and to have had a secondary contact whom we had met before to speak with should any problems arise.
Our wedding at the Barr Mansion was everything I hoped for. It was beautiful & the food was delicious. There aren't too Read more...
Our wedding at the Barr Mansion was everything I hoped for. It was beautiful & the food was delicious. There aren't too many options for food selections, but that's because it's all organic, which was preferable to me. Even my friends with eating restrictions could eat almost everything because there were no hidden ingredients. They were also super helpful in ensuring my grandmother had enough sauce. The only problem I experienced was that I did not know the coordinator would not be there the entire night until she told me goodbye sometime between 8-9. Everything was well planned, so we didn't need her to be there, but it would have been nice to have known beforehand and to have had a secondary contact whom we had met before to speak with should any problems arise. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
We got married at Barr Mansion at the end of February and everything was just perfect. The weather gods heard our prayers and gave us a brief 48 hours of fabulous weather. I loved workimg with Elyse! She was the best! She had some great suggestions and good opinions. I found her guidance to be invaluable. She was always very responsive to my questions and wildly prompt in summarizing our meetings and sending out follow up emails with work papers and plans. I thought the venue was perfect and looked beautiful. I especially appreciated that Elyse was always on time for our appointments; never had to wait; loved that!

Barr Mansion is a beautiful venue - with flexible options for ceremony, reception, and dinner/dancing. All of the staff was helpful throughout the entire event. I couldn't be happier - and I wouldn't change a thing. Loved every second of planning to the day of our wedding! Again - Elyse is just awesome - a great person, fun, and makes the entire process enjoyable and not stressful. Adore her!
We got married at Barr Mansion at the end of February and everything was just perfect. The weather gods heard our prayers Read more...
We got married at Barr Mansion at the end of February and everything was just perfect. The weather gods heard our prayers and gave us a brief 48 hours of fabulous weather. I loved workimg with Elyse! She was the best! She had some great suggestions and good opinions. I found her guidance to be invaluable. She was always very responsive to my questions and wildly prompt in summarizing our meetings and sending out follow up emails with work papers and plans. I thought the venue was perfect and looked beautiful. I especially appreciated that Elyse was always on time for our appointments; never had to wait; loved that!

Barr Mansion is a beautiful venue - with flexible options for ceremony, reception, and dinner/dancing. All of the staff was helpful throughout the entire event. I couldn't be happier - and I wouldn't change a thing. Loved every second of planning to the day of our wedding! Again - Elyse is just awesome - a great person, fun, and makes the entire process enjoyable and not stressful. Adore her! Read less
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Sabrina
Wedding:
12/22/2012
4.8/5.0
I loved having our wedding at Barr Mansion! I worked with Rick and he was fantastic!! Everything turned out the way we wanted it to, and it's a great value considering all that is included in the price. They are really flexible about letting you bring anything to decorate with, storing it there the night before, etc. I didn't have a wedding planner outside of Rick, so I was worried going in about all of the little details and my DIY stuff that needed to be set up. I provided Rick with detailed instructions on how I wanted everything, and he and his staff made it turn out even better than I had envisioned! The only reason why I docked the stars is because they only have one food tasting that you can go to with a very limited menu to actually taste and if you can't make the date they set, there's no way to taste anything. Also, if I could do it all over again, I'd get a cake elsewhere. They did a beautiful job decorating the cake, but it wasn't anything special taste-wise. The other desserts (esp the pumpkin pie) were delicious though! Overall, everything was wonderful and I'd do it all over again :)
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I loved having our wedding at Barr Mansion! I worked with Rick and he was fantastic!! Everything turned out the way we wanted it to, and it's a great value considering all that is included in the price. They are really flexible about letting you bring anything to decorate with, storing it there the night before, etc. I didn't have a wedding planner outside of Rick, so I was worried going in about all of the little details and my DIY stuff that needed to be set up. I provided Rick with detailed instructions on how I wanted everything, and he and his staff made it turn out even better than I had envisioned! The only reason why I docked the stars is because they only have one food tasting that you can go to with a very limited menu to actually taste and if you can't make the date they set, there's no way to taste anything. Also, if I could do it all over again, I'd get a cake elsewhere. They did a beautiful job decorating the cake, but it wasn't anything special taste-wise. The other desserts (esp the pumpkin pie) were delicious though! Overall, everything was wonderful and I'd do it all over again :) Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
4/14/2012
4.8/5.0
I recently had my wedding at Barr Mansion and it was beautiful. Everything turned out splendidly and the day went off without a hitch. It was so nice to not have to worry about anything on my wedding day. The grounds were gorgeous and the Mansion itself was perfect. It was my fairytale wedding day come true!
I recently had my wedding at Barr Mansion and it was beautiful. Everything turned out splendidly and the day went off Read more...
I recently had my wedding at Barr Mansion and it was beautiful. Everything turned out splendidly and the day went off without a hitch. It was so nice to not have to worry about anything on my wedding day. The grounds were gorgeous and the Mansion itself was perfect. It was my fairytale wedding day come true! Read less
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cammytime
Wedding:
11/1/2008
4.8/5.0
During the planning sessions they were always available, helpful, very clear about all expenditures and details. They were even helpful in making suggestions to help me reign in expenses to fit my budget.

Everything that they managed was incredibly well run, professional, beautiful, and effortless for me and my family and wedding party. The classy details like flowers along the bar, the arrangements on the tables, and the layout of the rock garden made me feel so beautiful and elegant on the day of. Rick (the free wedding coordinator provided by Barr) always respected mine and my husband's space and the importance of these moments for us while managing the timing of events at the wedding and rehearsal. This service, which I probably wouldn't have paid for if it weren't free, was really priceless as it granted me my sanity leading up to and during the wedding.

I also have to mention that the tasting was amazing! The food at the tasting (and our wedding) was delicious, obviously made from fresh, organic ingredients. We actually got several ideas, not only for the meal selections, but also for decorating and organizing the wedding rehearsal at Barr from the way this event was organized somewhat like a mini-rehearsal. It also made me feel great to be able to serve such delicious, organic food, a lot of it grown right here in Texas, to all my friends and family from out of state. The origins of my food and the impact of my wedding on the environment were important considerations for me when selecting Barr and it means a lot to me that they care so much about these issues as well.
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During the planning sessions they were always available, helpful, very clear about all expenditures and details. They were even helpful in making suggestions to help me reign in expenses to fit my budget.

Everything that they managed was incredibly well run, professional, beautiful, and effortless for me and my family and wedding party. The classy details like flowers along the bar, the arrangements on the tables, and the layout of the rock garden made me feel so beautiful and elegant on the day of. Rick (the free wedding coordinator provided by Barr) always respected mine and my husband's space and the importance of these moments for us while managing the timing of events at the wedding and rehearsal. This service, which I probably wouldn't have paid for if it weren't free, was really priceless as it granted me my sanity leading up to and during the wedding.

I also have to mention that the tasting was amazing! The food at the tasting (and our wedding) was delicious, obviously made from fresh, organic ingredients. We actually got several ideas, not only for the meal selections, but also for decorating and organizing the wedding rehearsal at Barr from the way this event was organized somewhat like a mini-rehearsal. It also made me feel great to be able to serve such delicious, organic food, a lot of it grown right here in Texas, to all my friends and family from out of state. The origins of my food and the impact of my wedding on the environment were important considerations for me when selecting Barr and it means a lot to me that they care so much about these issues as well. Read less
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rebecca
Wedding:
5/25/2008
4.8/5.0
Barr Mansion was the best thing about our wedding. Our coordinator, Abby, was fantastic. Everyone raved about the food, which was all organic. The ballroom is a showstopper, people loved it! Abby also did our flowers, which we exactly what I wanted.
Barr Mansion was the best thing about our wedding. Our coordinator, Abby, was fantastic. Everyone raved about the food, Read more...
Barr Mansion was the best thing about our wedding. Our coordinator, Abby, was fantastic. Everyone raved about the food, which was all organic. The ballroom is a showstopper, people loved it! Abby also did our flowers, which we exactly what I wanted. Read less
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CWrig
Wedding:
7/7/2007
4.6/5.0
Ah-mazing. The Barr Mansion is an outstanding facility that really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The night of my wedding was absolutely magical due in no small part to the facilities and the staff there. I can't over state the quality of the ambiance, food and attention to detail they provided. It was at once a miracle and a gift. Go see!
Ah-mazing. The Barr Mansion is an outstanding facility that really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The night of my Read more...
Ah-mazing. The Barr Mansion is an outstanding facility that really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The night of my wedding was absolutely magical due in no small part to the facilities and the staff there. I can't over state the quality of the ambiance, food and attention to detail they provided. It was at once a miracle and a gift. Go see! Read less
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Scott
Wedding:
10/28/2012
4.5/5.0
Barr Mansion was phenomenal. It's an extremely pretty location, and the value could not be better. In the entirety, I only had one small complaint.

We did a Sunday brunch wedding, and it was great. We did brunch food, and many people commented on how delicious it was (especially the wood-fire Pizza). The grounds are very pretty, the Mansion quaint, and the ball room is beautiful and a lot of fun.

One of the best things about Barr Mansion is how much is included and how easy that makes it. We didn't have to worry about finding food, table, or cake vendors. Barr Mansion handles the day of coordination (which, in retrospect, is way more valuable than I first thought!). Everything worked very smoothly.

The value is there too. We did a brunch wedding which came with a heavy discount, but even paying full price, it would be very difficult to find comparable quality vendors for as low a price.

The day of coordination was wonderful to have, and all the staff and Caitlin (our coordinator) did a great job. It was a chilly morning, so people gathered in the Mansion before the ceremony, and they brought in cups and coffee, and it really let people mingle. Then, later, it helped to have the timing of everything work smoothly.

My one complaint is the responsiveness a month or more out. Every time we talked directly to one of the coordinators (Rick, Hannah, and Caitlin all provided advice), it was great. But emails would often go unresponded to initially, and I wouldn't get a response until a week or more later. It took us a very long time to set up our meeting with the coordinators. This improved drastically in the couple of weeks leading up to the wedding, so the harm was not great, but it was still aggravating. This was also Caitlin's first solo wedding, so with time she'll develop a more confident manner, but she was a little unsure at times. Not a big deal, especially because she's aided by Rick and Hannah who definitely know their stuff.

Highly recommended
Barr Mansion was phenomenal. It's an extremely pretty location, and the value could not be better. In the entirety, I only Read more...
Barr Mansion was phenomenal. It's an extremely pretty location, and the value could not be better. In the entirety, I only had one small complaint.

We did a Sunday brunch wedding, and it was great. We did brunch food, and many people commented on how delicious it was (especially the wood-fire Pizza). The grounds are very pretty, the Mansion quaint, and the ball room is beautiful and a lot of fun.

One of the best things about Barr Mansion is how much is included and how easy that makes it. We didn't have to worry about finding food, table, or cake vendors. Barr Mansion handles the day of coordination (which, in retrospect, is way more valuable than I first thought!). Everything worked very smoothly.

The value is there too. We did a brunch wedding which came with a heavy discount, but even paying full price, it would be very difficult to find comparable quality vendors for as low a price.

The day of coordination was wonderful to have, and all the staff and Caitlin (our coordinator) did a great job. It was a chilly morning, so people gathered in the Mansion before the ceremony, and they brought in cups and coffee, and it really let people mingle. Then, later, it helped to have the timing of everything work smoothly.

My one complaint is the responsiveness a month or more out. Every time we talked directly to one of the coordinators (Rick, Hannah, and Caitlin all provided advice), it was great. But emails would often go unresponded to initially, and I wouldn't get a response until a week or more later. It took us a very long time to set up our meeting with the coordinators. This improved drastically in the couple of weeks leading up to the wedding, so the harm was not great, but it was still aggravating. This was also Caitlin's first solo wedding, so with time she'll develop a more confident manner, but she was a little unsure at times. Not a big deal, especially because she's aided by Rick and Hannah who definitely know their stuff.

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Lacey
Wedding:
3/16/2013
4.3/5.0
We had our 3/16/13 wedding here and it was beyond beautiful. Elyse Shumsky was our wonderful wedding coordinator (took over from Rick) and I am so glad fate had her in store for our wedding. She handled stress, bumps in the wedding day schedule & lots of people seamlessly. She is a fabulous wedding coordinator and I would hire her again and again. She is down-to-earth, responsive and professional. She is easily the Barr Mansion's greatest asset. You do "save" a lot of money booking Elyse at the Barr because she does all the day-of wedding coordinating for you. As long as you are organized and want to plan your wedding, a separate wedding coordinator is completely unnecessary.

The venue was beautiful (mansion & ball room) and it was so nice not to have to change locations. Elyse handled everything (catering, cake, table settings, etc). It was such a stress-free day. The only cons at the Barr have nothing to do with Elyse. The organic only menu was a bit annoying to me since I am not into that kind of stuff, its just part of the venue though. (some of our guests loved it) Also every little extra item is an up-charge but I noticed every venue does that. The catering staff was phenomenal and professional. We had our food in stations (pizza, brisket sliders, baby grilled cheeses, goat cheese lasagna) so that no one had to wait in a long buffet line. The cake was beautiful but again ...only organic so it tasted strange lol not bad, but strange.

The outdoor ceremony under the big tree was perfect. The rustic elegance of the mansion & modern ballroom is just what I wanted without the completely trendy barn wedding. It was so unique and special. I wouldn't change a thing about our wedding, it was perfect. Thank you Elyse for your hard work and putting your heart into your job. It made our day very special and we sincerely appreciate you!

(I put more detail into my Yelp review b/c it lets you type more if you want to check that out)
We had our 3/16/13 wedding here and it was beyond beautiful. Elyse Shumsky was our wonderful wedding coordinator (took Read more...
We had our 3/16/13 wedding here and it was beyond beautiful. Elyse Shumsky was our wonderful wedding coordinator (took over from Rick) and I am so glad fate had her in store for our wedding. She handled stress, bumps in the wedding day schedule & lots of people seamlessly. She is a fabulous wedding coordinator and I would hire her again and again. She is down-to-earth, responsive and professional. She is easily the Barr Mansion's greatest asset. You do "save" a lot of money booking Elyse at the Barr because she does all the day-of wedding coordinating for you. As long as you are organized and want to plan your wedding, a separate wedding coordinator is completely unnecessary.

The venue was beautiful (mansion & ball room) and it was so nice not to have to change locations. Elyse handled everything (catering, cake, table settings, etc). It was such a stress-free day. The only cons at the Barr have nothing to do with Elyse. The organic only menu was a bit annoying to me since I am not into that kind of stuff, its just part of the venue though. (some of our guests loved it) Also every little extra item is an up-charge but I noticed every venue does that. The catering staff was phenomenal and professional. We had our food in stations (pizza, brisket sliders, baby grilled cheeses, goat cheese lasagna) so that no one had to wait in a long buffet line. The cake was beautiful but again ...only organic so it tasted strange lol not bad, but strange.

The outdoor ceremony under the big tree was perfect. The rustic elegance of the mansion & modern ballroom is just what I wanted without the completely trendy barn wedding. It was so unique and special. I wouldn't change a thing about our wedding, it was perfect. Thank you Elyse for your hard work and putting your heart into your job. It made our day very special and we sincerely appreciate you!

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Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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minacat
Wedding:
8/9/2008
3.8/5.0
I really liked this place...it was really pretty. But there are lots of restrictions- they are the ones making your meal (only organic food...can get pretty pricey) and they have lots of other rules (can only use certain kind of organic candles). They were also in the middle of doing repairs/updates/renovations when I went and visited...so it looked kind of cruddy in places (fence was rotting, not painted, etc.) Hopefully they've got that all fixed up now though.
I really liked this place...it was really pretty. But there are lots of restrictions- they are the ones making your meal Read more...
I really liked this place...it was really pretty. But there are lots of restrictions- they are the ones making your meal (only organic food...can get pretty pricey) and they have lots of other rules (can only use certain kind of organic candles). They were also in the middle of doing repairs/updates/renovations when I went and visited...so it looked kind of cruddy in places (fence was rotting, not painted, etc.) Hopefully they've got that all fixed up now though. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
3/22/2014
3.5/5.0
Thea was really great and my experience changed dramatically after she was assigned to me as my event planner. I would give her 5 stars across the board. My experience with Barr Mansion was less than impressive before Thea came on in January (I booked our event in November). Communication was poor and unorganized. I often felt like my event was not given the attention that other events were receiving due to our wedding being during the day and not the 'main event' for the night. Thea came in an took the time to give me all the information needed, answered all my questions, and did her best to make all things right. The day of the event, Thea was organized, calm and professional.

I would recommend Barr Mansion to others as long as they were working with Thea. The rest of The Barr Mansion staff definitely treats you like it's a privilege to be using their facility.

As far as the facility goes, the grounds are well kept and the space presents itself really well. The food was delicious (we had a brunch) and everything turned out beautifully. The cakes were pretty and everyone raved about the german chocolate grooms cake. Everything was set up on time and the layout was per our request.

Overall, it's a beautiful place to get married and it's nice to have a one stop shop that handles the food, tables, linens, set up, servers, etc. The staff could be more organized and friendly. Just make sure you get Thea.
Thea was really great and my experience changed dramatically after she was assigned to me as my event planner. I would Read more...
Thea was really great and my experience changed dramatically after she was assigned to me as my event planner. I would give her 5 stars across the board. My experience with Barr Mansion was less than impressive before Thea came on in January (I booked our event in November). Communication was poor and unorganized. I often felt like my event was not given the attention that other events were receiving due to our wedding being during the day and not the 'main event' for the night. Thea came in an took the time to give me all the information needed, answered all my questions, and did her best to make all things right. The day of the event, Thea was organized, calm and professional.

I would recommend Barr Mansion to others as long as they were working with Thea. The rest of The Barr Mansion staff definitely treats you like it's a privilege to be using their facility.

As far as the facility goes, the grounds are well kept and the space presents itself really well. The food was delicious (we had a brunch) and everything turned out beautifully. The cakes were pretty and everyone raved about the german chocolate grooms cake. Everything was set up on time and the layout was per our request.

Overall, it's a beautiful place to get married and it's nice to have a one stop shop that handles the food, tables, linens, set up, servers, etc. The staff could be more organized and friendly. Just make sure you get Thea. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
4/7/2013
3.4/5.0
Barr Mansion was the perfect setting for our wedding! The mansion, ballroom and grounds are beautiful and the property totally set the vibe for our big day. Our wedding was a success and the big day was wonderful!
Our ceremony was held on the lawn and it was beautiful! The grounds were perfectly manicured and the mansion looked great in the background. The ballroom was lovely and just right for our reception. We had room for the buffet, seating, and dancing, plus the cakes and favors. The chefs were using the pizza oven as part of our buffet and the ballroom became hot and smokey. We were uncomfortable and it didn't seem like the staff had a plan in place to handle it.
Our food was fantastic!! Every dish was tasty and beautifully presented. We chose the venue in large part because of the delicious and interesting menu and were not disappointed. Barr's baker did a lovely job creating our cakes from inspiration photos we sent in. The cakes were delicious and beautiful. Our groom's cake flavor was a special request and she accommodated it without any trouble.
Event Planning - I did not have a positive experience in this area. Based on our initial meetings with another coordinator, we expected the staff to go above and beyond. Our coordinator definitely did not. It was difficult to communicate and VERY stressful to plan an event with her. Details had to be discussed MANY times before they were written down correctly. Emailing was the only way to get in touch but many went ignored or were only partially answered. We were treated like we were just one of many couples and our event was not special or important. Rather than feeling like the coordinator was there to help me execute my vision and ensure that I was happy, I felt she was just concerned with managing the support staff and her timeline.
Barr Mansion was the perfect setting for our wedding! The mansion, ballroom and grounds are beautiful and the property Read more...
Barr Mansion was the perfect setting for our wedding! The mansion, ballroom and grounds are beautiful and the property totally set the vibe for our big day. Our wedding was a success and the big day was wonderful!
Our ceremony was held on the lawn and it was beautiful! The grounds were perfectly manicured and the mansion looked great in the background. The ballroom was lovely and just right for our reception. We had room for the buffet, seating, and dancing, plus the cakes and favors. The chefs were using the pizza oven as part of our buffet and the ballroom became hot and smokey. We were uncomfortable and it didn't seem like the staff had a plan in place to handle it.
Our food was fantastic!! Every dish was tasty and beautifully presented. We chose the venue in large part because of the delicious and interesting menu and were not disappointed. Barr's baker did a lovely job creating our cakes from inspiration photos we sent in. The cakes were delicious and beautiful. Our groom's cake flavor was a special request and she accommodated it without any trouble.
Event Planning - I did not have a positive experience in this area. Based on our initial meetings with another coordinator, we expected the staff to go above and beyond. Our coordinator definitely did not. It was difficult to communicate and VERY stressful to plan an event with her. Details had to be discussed MANY times before they were written down correctly. Emailing was the only way to get in touch but many went ignored or were only partially answered. We were treated like we were just one of many couples and our event was not special or important. Rather than feeling like the coordinator was there to help me execute my vision and ensure that I was happy, I felt she was just concerned with managing the support staff and her timeline. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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