When we heard Dripping Springs was home to the Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery, we were pretty much sold. But did you know it's also considered the official "Wedding Capital of Texas®"?
Average Wedding Cost:
$33,000 per 100 guests
Average Number of Weddings:
1,400 per year
Average Sunny Days:
Peak Wedding Seasons:
Fall and Spring
Popular Wedding Styles:
Rustic Chic, Outdoor Elegance
So...how did it get this illustrious title?
We're glad you asked!
Partly because it's a veritable treasure trove of wedding venues—more than 35 in a 17-mile radius—that host literally thousands of weddings each year. But also because this area appeals to almost any couple's style. From rustic barns and historic chapels to elegant estates and wineries, brides and grooms have endless ways to say "I Do" in Dripping Springs.
So if you want your wedding to be positively dripping with Texas charm (see what we did there?), we've taken care of your search with this get-hitched hotspot.
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Top 5 Reasons To Wed In Dripping Springs:
1 } The Texas House voted to designate Dripping Springs as the "Wedding Capital of Texas". It's officially official, guys. With the scenic Texas Hill Country as a backdrop and the abundance of unique venues, it's no surprise that this is the premier destination wedding location in Texas.
2 } Austin makes for a mean after-party. It's just 30 minutes from Dripping Springs, making it easy for you and your guests to enjoy its world-renowned music scene, historic Sixth Street, hip wineries and distilleries, and fab restaurants.
3 } Dripping Springs is home to jaw-dropping natural wonders such as Hamilton Pool and Pedernales Falls State Park. Plus, the city passed a "dark sky ordinance" to help preserve visibility of the glittering canopy of stars at night. Great reason to consider that outdoor reception!
4 } There are plenty of lodging options for your guests. With rustic cabins, charming cottages, historic bed and breakfasts, vibrant casitas, and luxurious guest rooms, everyone will enjoy their stay in comfort and style.
5 } There's no shortage of topnotch local wedding vendors, who are experts in all things "Dripping Springs". So if you're an out-of-towner, rest assured these seasoned professionals will make your wedding go off without a hitch.
Insider Tips for your Dripping Springs Wedding
Marriage License Requirements
In the state of Texas, couples may apply for a marriage license at any County Clerk's office. Both you and your fiancé must appear together, and provide payment along with a government-issued ID proving that you're at least 18 years of age. The fee for a marriage license in Hays County is $82 and there is a mandatory waiting period of 72 hours. However, if you present a "Premarital Education Course Certificate" (through the Twogether in Texas Program), the fee will be $22 and the 72-hour waiting period will be waived.
Your marriage license is valid for 90 days after issuance, and you have 30 days after the wedding ceremony to return the license to the county clerk.
Military Love! All fees are waived if you're a member of the National Guard on federal active duty, or a member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty who is preparing to be deployed to serve in a hostile fire zone. You'll just need to provide documentation of your deployment.
Besides the holidays, you'll want to be aware of these popular annual events if you're hosting your wedding in Dripping Springs:
- The Annual Founders Day Festival → April: This three-day festival celebrates the founding of the Dripping Springs community in 1850 and offers a variety of family-friendly activities to further community togetherness and spirit. With a carnival, a parade, cook-off competitions, street dances, live music, and arts & crafts vendors, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.
- Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival → September: This annual celebration was created to showcase the many local vineyards, wineries, breweries, restaurants, chefs, artists, and growers in the Dripping Springs area. An estimated 2,500 food and wine enthusiasts come together to sample an incredible assortment of Texas wines, craft beers, spirits, and gourmet foods.
- Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding → Late Sept/early October: This event brings some of the best bull riders in the world to Dripping Springs, and proceeds go to serve the special needs community in and around Austin.
- Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival → October: The heart of the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is all about finely-crafted songs and the talented folks who have written them. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local, national, and international talent, this festival features more than 20 free shows each day at 4 different venues along historic Mercer Street.
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