Yes! If you plan to have an open bar set-up, meaning alcohol will be free of charge to your guests, we require that you contract Texas Ritas, an independently contracted TABC bartending firm, to serve the alcohol. All alcohol at open-bar events must be served by the Texas Ritas bartender. BYOB is not permitted at Two Wishes Ranch. The Bar closes 1 hour before the music has ended.
At this time we do not have a liquor license. All alcohol must be served by a TABC bartender.
You will be providing all food and drink so check with your caterer on their requirements.
You are responsible for hiring a security guard if children are present and alcohol is being served at your event, such as at a quinceañera. What about a rehearsal dinner? We do not require a guard at weddings or rehearsal dinners.
Yes. Two Wishes Ranch is an easy 35 minute drive from downtown Austin, 30 minutes from San Marcos and an hour from San Antonio.
The event barn interior can accommodate 250 seated guests comfortably. The adjoining porch accommodates 80 seated. The Ceremony Garden seats up to 100 guests. The Big Wish Barn dimensions are available at All Seated to design your perfect seating plan.
We have 3 bathrooms and 1 shower. Within 2019 we will have 6 bathrooms.
Two Wishes Ranch is a 300 acre property. We are open to ideas using almost any part of the ranch to create your perfect event. We love to make room for creativity! You may choose the large ceremony garden as your wedding site or use it for your reception, rehearsal dinner, cocktail party, reunion dinner under the stars, etc. There are also several beautiful ponds to choose as ceremony sites. The interior of the barn may be used for any type of event as well, cocktails, dining, dancing, registration, meeting spaces, trade show space for corporate events. The options are endless.
There is a $500.00 security deposit, returnable to clients up to two weeks after the event has been held once property has been inspected for any potential damage from the event or wedding.
A.) Notice of cancellation received more than 180 days prior to event will result in a refund of 25% of your total deposit.
B.) Your deposit is 100% transferable to another date based on Two Wishes Ranch availability without penalty if request is received more than 180 days prior to your event.
C.) Notice of cancellation fewer than 180 days prior to contracted date will result in a refund of 0% of the total deposit.
We require you to use preferred vendors for catering, bartenders, rentals, and lighting.
However, if there is a restaurant not on our list, we are open to exploring your choice. We want to make sure you use an outstanding and reputable caterer because a bad meal or poor table service can really dampen your guests spirits!
You may choose any vendor you’d like for photographers, florals, wedding planner, cake bakers, and bands
Caterers, florists, photographers, and wedding planners need to provide a certificate of insurance.
Yes. We will need to know what you’d like to hang or post but will likely be able to accommodate you.
We only allow flameless candles to be used in the barn interior and exterior.
No: Glitter, confetti, sand, rice or silk petals.
Yes: Birdseed, bubbles, and lavender seeds – welcome outside only.
No decorations may be hung from the fans or chandeliers. Please be respectful of the space and only use removable white putty such as Duck Brand Removable Mounting Poster Putty on our walls instead of nails, screws, or staples.
We have no hidden fees or charges.
The Big Wish Barn and surrounding spaces are completely private and will be used exclusively by you and your guests. We have 2 polo seasons during the spring and fall and you may choose to request that no polo be played on the fields the day of your event. For an additional fee you also have the option to schedule a private game for the enjoyment of your guests!
Yes. We can accommodate as many cars or shuttles as necessary.
This is a real ranch out in the country. There are cracks between the barn’s porch wood that a stiletto heel could possibly get stuck between causing someone to trip. It would be wise to suggest that your guests wear thicker heels or boots instead of stilettos.
You will have 11 hours to host your event beginning at 1 pm and ending at midnight unless otherwise arranged with Lauren Reeves. All set up and break down must happen within these hours and are not to begin prior to 1 pm or end after 12 am unless you arrange to have the break down time extended to 1:00 am for a fee of $100. This means all décor installations including special lighting, etc. must be fully removed by midnight.
If you’d like access to the barn earlier than your contracted arrival time you can do so for $350 per additional hour.
We will find an hour to fit in your rehearsal that Friday before your event if that’s the day you prefer. We can’t promise a rehearsal in the ceremony space if it is booked for that Friday, but we can certainly find a great spot to rehearse on the property.
If you would like to extend the time guests attend your event, you may add extra hours for a fee of $750 an hour. Otherwise, all guests must depart by 11:00 pm.
There will be one on-site manager included during your event.
Included: 13 beautiful locally made wood farm tables which each seat 8-10, 6 round folding tables which each seat 8-10, and 200 folding wood chairs.
Your on-site manager will assist with all AV needs. We have one AV system that can be set up outside or inside the venue. If you use a band, they should bring all equipment needed. We have plenty of amps.
Yes. We have 2 stages.
Indoor Stage is 11 x 18 with the dance floor size you designate inside the Big Wish Barn.
Outdoor Stage is 15 X 24 with a 24 x 24 dance floor.
Yes. We have wifi in the event barn.
Yes we have a large flat screen TV that can be moved.
You will need to get one day event insurance.
Yes, a food truck may park on the premises where allowed and possibly even park inside the barn if desired.
You may arrange and hire a shuttle service but the driver must visit the ranch prior to your event in order to clearly understand where he should drop and pick up guests.
There are no flash restrictions. Your photographer may take photos anywhere on the venue property. If he or she would like to take photos of surrounding areas outside of the designated event area, please have them speak to Lauren Reeves about the possibilities at least a week prior to your event.
Yes, though this is a ranch. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and may not venture off the venue property to visit animals, etc.
Yes. The on site manager will assist you in storing gifts in a locked storage space behind the event barn.
Not at this time.
We send everyone to Whim Hospitality.
The kitchen is 475 sq ft and is a full service kitchen: Refrigerator, freezer, ice machine, oven, stove, microwave, prep tables, dish sink.
Lauren Reeves will be your venue coordinator. But a venue coordinator and wedding planner are very different. To make sure you have the very best event possible, we require that you work with a wedding planner. The venue coordinator takes care of everything dealing with the venue. Lauren will make sure your tables and chairs are set up according to your plans and she’ll make sure the vendors are able to have access to the venue. A wedding planner, however, is responsible for coordinating all other things that come with the venue. They will make sure that once the vendors arrive, they know where they’re supposed to be and when. Your wedding planner must have liability insurance.
We will set up the tables and chairs as you request. You are responsible for decorating and then removing decorations. Your caterer and bartenders will clean the venue spaces: bus tables, remove trash and tidy spills. In the dressing quarters for the bride and groom, you or your wedding planner will remove all personal belongings and trash.
Our favorite place to stay in Lockhart is the Ellison House.
Another Airbnb we love is the Gambrell House.
The Best Western in Lockhart is only 10 minutes from the ranch.: 1811 S. Colorado Street (512) 620-0300
Otherwise we suggest staying at one of the many wonderful spots in nearby Austin, Kyle and San Marcos.
Couples usually reserve the venue 12-18 months in advance. The event barn at Two Wishes Ranch is booked according to availability, so if the event barn is available, it’s all yours! In order to reserve your chosen date, we require a deposit and signed contract.
We provide benches, chairs and a sound system.
Yes, of course! Our event barn and restrooms are fully heated and air conditioned.
Dogs are allowed for use in your ceremony. They must be crated after the ceremony and we suggest you do so on the bridal cottage screened porch so they are not anxious with the noise and activity of the wedding.
Fireworks are not permitted due to safety risks and burn bans.