I'm Lisa Kirk, a wife, mama, writer, and founder. Since 2010, Something Pretty has been home to my favorite memories, reflections, and inspirations. Thanks so much for reading!

Austin Venues: The Barr Mansion


The Barr Mansion is a statement venue. The mint green Victorian mansion, which houses the dressing rooms, photographs beautifully and the glass walls of the ballroom are nothing short of striking when lit up during a nighttime reception.  The seven-acre property books only one event a day, so clients can enjoy full use of the facilities. Thanks to the variety of settings, clients can make their wedding experience their own and customize it to any style. Couples may choose to hold a ceremony in the gardens, with the namesake Barr Mansion in the background, or they may want to deck out the ballroom in string lights for a dramatic evening ceremony. The versatility truly caters to a huge variety of styles.

The Barr Mansion is also the nation’s first certified organic events facility. They use locally grown, organic food in all of their seasonal menus, which can be adjusted through a “star” rating system. Their signature style is “modern comfort food” and they draw inspiration from cultures across the world. A few spring dishes on their menu include Miso Orange Marinated Pressed Tofu, Wood-Fired Baked Gulf Black Drum and Moroccan Spiced Pork Tenderloin.

Barr Mansion | Caroline + Ben Photography{Caroline+Ben Photography via Something Pretty}

I love it because: The menu is extremely customizable and every part of the venue, from the mansion to the ballroom to the gardens, is incredibly photogenic.

Recommended for: A charming, vintage-inspired wedding for a foodie couple.

Capacity: Can accommodate 50-600

Cost: Ranges from an appetizer buffet for 25 guests with “12 star” food at $6,753 to $30,952 for a buffet meal for 400 with “20 star” food. Price increases as the rating of the food goes up (with additional stars). Reception prices for Saturday weddings in April, May and October increase by 5 percent.

Love, Lisa






  1. Jadzia says:

    Love this week’s posts!

  2. Lena says:

    Oh, what a dream!


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