Hi there! We are getting married in Austin, Texas. Neither of us are from Texas. My guy is in the Army stationed at Fort Hood. He is from California and I am from Minnesota. We are a in our early 30's and are keeping it a very small wedding in Texas. We are having our wedding at Chapel Dulcinea, which is this cute outdoor chapel up on a huge hill overlooking the start of Hill Country. It is gorgeous! So excited! However, I am so torn on venues.....we narrowed it down to two options. We are keeping it simple and a bit non-traditional in many ways. We just want to provide our family a great weekend together. We are looking at renting some rustic ranches for our families to stay in as well and will have a family dinner at one of the ranches on Friday night.
So our contenders:
1. Franklin BBQ which is 21 miles away from the Chapel, downtown Austin. It is rated #1 BBQ in the USA right now. We can rent the entire place out and it includes brisket, ribs, turkey breast, sausage, pulled pork with sides of slaw, potato salad and beans. It also includes a flat price with alcohol and pies! Yum! We can have a small duo play music but, it seats a max of 66. We are having maybe 30 folks. I think it would be so awesome and nice to give our guests the best in Texas. I am a bit worried about it being so far away though. It would be a very fun and unconventional way of a wedding party I think.
2. Trattoria Lisina which is 10 miles away from the Chapel. It is set on a winery and is a nice Italian restaurant that would be a bit more fancier. A four course family style meal. We aren't allowed music inside the restaurant. It has a minimum set price but everything is included (alcohol also) as long as you don't go over the minimum. Advantage is it is right by the Chapel and would be a little bit fancier. This would be more of your classic setting.
So as a guest what would you prefer if you had never been to Austin, Texas? Italian in a winery setting or BBQ in the heart of Austin? I love both either way. Just would love to hear some opinions from a guest perspective. Thank you!