Yes! If you plan to have an open bar set-up, meaning alcohol will be free of charge to your guests, please contact an independently contracted TABC bartending firm to serve the alcohol. All alcohol at open-bar events must be served by a TABC certified bartender. BYOB is not permitted at Two Wishes Ranch. The Bar closes 1 hour before the music has ended. Your bartender will need to provide a Certificate of Insurance.
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.
The venue provides one security guard for up to 100 guests.
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 250 guests. The Big Wish Barn dimensions are available at All Seated to design your perfect seating plan.
We have 3 bathrooms, one being wheelchair accessible. Though 1 bathroom per 50 guests is sufficient, construction will begin this year to add 3 more 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 $1000.00 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.
In the event the you choose to change the date of the event, every effort will be made by Two Wishes Ranch to transfer reservations to accommodate the new date. All payments made towards the original reservation will be applied to the new date unless the change request occurs within 180 days of the originally scheduled event date (the “original event”). In the event a change of date occurs within 180 days of the original event, all deposits and payments will be forfeited and a new deposit will be required to reserve a future date. All venue rental fees for the new date will be based upon the Two Wishes Ranch listed pricing at the time of the rescheduling. The Renter further understands that last minute changes can impact the quality of the event and that Two Wishes Ranch is not liable for these compromises in quality.
Cancellations. In the event of cancellation, all payments made to the date of written cancellation are nonrefundable. To cancel your event, Two Wishes Ranch must have a cancellation request in writing. Cancellations will be effective immediately. However, if you decide to proceed with a new date after the initial cancellation, Two Wishes Ranch will only honor a date change within fourteen (14) days of the original notification of cancellation and all rules regarding date changes apply from above.
We ask that you use our preferred vendors for catering, bartenders, rentals, and lighting. However, if there is a restaurant or vendor 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.
We require that you use a Full Service caterer. Your caterer must agree to:
- Caterer must provide one staff member per every 75 guests. This is to ensure that your guests are well taken care of, that tables are bussed and spills are cleaned.
- Caterer is responsible for bussing and refilling drinks and/or drink stations.
- Caterer to dispose of bussed trash in kitchen – no trash cans on event floor. Caterer will provide 55 gallon drum liners for the guest trash to be disposed in.
- Caterer to leave property at the end of the night with bagged trash.
- Caterer is responsible for taking out restroom trash at the end of the event. Two Wishes Ranch will provide trash can liners.
- Caterer is willing and able to professionally cut wedding cake should Client choose to have it.
- At least one staff member must stay until the end of the night to fulfill above duties.
- Caterer has the capability to assist with a room flip should the Client choose an indoor ceremony.
- The use of any barbeques, grills, heaters or fryers are subject to the approval of Two Wishes Ranch and local procedures (i.e. county wide burn bans may be in effect). Should Client’s Caterer wish to use any of said equipment Caterer must have prior authorization from Two Wishes Ranch.
**It is strongly encouraged that Client get Caterer approved by Two Wishes Ranch prior to signing Caterer’s contract.**
Caterers, florists, photographers, wedding planners, and bartenders 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 desire that no polo be played on the fields the day of your event. There is no fee to make this request.
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. At this time parking spaces are along the main venue road. Should there be heavy rain during your event, we can provide 2 Polaris carts to shuttle your guests the short walk to the venue. The venue’s parking garden is currently under construction and expected to be complete by fall 2019.
This is a real ranch out in the Texas country. It would be wise to suggest that your guests wear thicker heels or boots instead of stilettos.
You will have 14 hours to host your event beginning at 9 A.M. and ending at 11 P.M. unless otherwise arranged. You may arrive at 9 A.M.* to begin decorating and getting ready in the Little Wish Bridal Suite and the Lucky Penny Groom’s Cabin. All Music, Food And Beverage Service Must Stop By 11:00 P.M. Last call for drinks is at 10:30 P.M., all guests depart at 11:00 P.M., and all décor installations including special lighting, etc. must be fully removed by midnight, the venue empty with lights out and doors locked.
*One additional hour may be purchased to gain access to the property at 8:00 A.M. For $150. Additional hours may also be purchased to have a departure beyond midnight.
If you’d like to have your ceremony rehearsal at Two Wishes Ranch, you are able to schedule your rehearsal to take place 1-3 days before your wedding. If no other event is scheduled the day before your wedding date, a forty-five minute rehearsal will be scheduled from 4:30-5:15 P.M.. If an event is booked the day before your wedding date, the booked event will take precedence and your rehearsal time will be rescheduled for the morning of your wedding. If preferred, you also have the option of a forty-five minute rehearsal on an alternate day of the week when no event is scheduled. If your rehearsal is to take place on your wedding date, it must occur forty-five minutes prior to the rental period start time, by 8:15 A.M.
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.
25 beautiful Austin made wood farm tables which each seat 8-10
5 round 60″ folding tables which each seat 8-10
400 antique wood folding chairs.
At this time we ask that your DJ or band bring all equipment needed, including microphones for speeches and lapel mics for your ceremony officiant. The indoor and outdoor stages provide plenty of amps for your musician’s needs.
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.
At this time we do not provide any TVs or screens but you are welcome to bring your own.
You will need to get one day event insurance.
Yes, a food truck or multiple trucks may park on the premises where allowed. There are 3 locations at the venue that work well for guests to easily access food trucks.
Yes. There is a wheelchair ramp just beyond the entry walkway which allows guests in wheelchairs to easily access the ceremony garden, Big Wish Barn, and restrooms.
Two Wishes Ranch has shuttle information available to share and you may arrange and hire any service. The service must communicate with Two Wishes Ranch at least 10 days prior to your event date in order to clearly understand where to drop off guests at the venue.
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 Two Wishes Ranch 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. If you will have more than 5 children under age 13 you must provide a nanny or point person solely dedicated to tending to them.
Yes. The on site manager will assist you in storing gifts in a locked storage space behind the event barn.
We ask that your DJ or band bring all necessary microphones for speeches and for your wedding officiant.
You may bring any music you’d like and you will need to also provide the sound system.
Yes. The kitchen is 475 sq ft and is a full service kitchen: refrigerator, ice machine, microwave, prep tables, dish sink, and hand washing sink are available with the rental. The stove and oven are available for $250 per event.
Two Wishes Ranch will provide a 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 provided venue coordinator takes care of everything dealing with the venue, will make sure your tables and chairs are set up according to your plans and that your vendors have access to the venue. A wedding planner, however, is responsible for coordinating all other things that come with the venue. Why we require that you have at least a “Day Of Event Coordinator”:
- A professional planner will seamlessly coordinate your wedding vision allowing you, your mom, sister, favorite cousin, best friend or anyone else you thought may want to fill the role of planner to actually have a good time during your event!
- A planner will make sure that once the vendors arrive, they know where they’re supposed to be and when and when the need to depart so as not to interrupt your ceremony.
- A planner can handle ceremony or reception flipping which is nothing to underestimate considering our wild Texas weather!
- A planner can help you coordinate your entire day, assist with all design details, catering, dress snafus, make sure the first look happens at exactly the right time, and that sparkler send off is magically choreographed with your photographer.
- Your wedding planner must have liability insurance.
You have the option to pay the minimal fee of $150 for the setup of ceremony chairs or $250 for the setup of reception tables and chairs as based on your floor plan and provided to Two Wishes 30 days prior to your event date. Your wedding planner will help you map out a great plan for the design of the space.
As stated in the previous answer, you have the option of paying a fee to have Two Wishes set up your tables and chairs based on the layout plan you provide. You are responsible for decorating and 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 bag the trash.
Our favorite place to stay in Lockhart is the Ellison House. Two Wishes guests receive a 20% discount.
At this time we do not have partnerships with these locations but love to suggest them:
Another local Airbnb we like is the Gambrell House.
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 include 400 antique wood folding chairs for use in the ceremony garden. On the A la Carte menu we also offer 20 white wood benches, each seating 10-12, for $20 each or $350 for all.
There are power outlets available on all 4 sides of the garden.
We’re in Texas! Our event barn and restrooms are fully heated and air conditioned.
Two Wishes Ranch is a pet-friendly property but asks that if the you’d like to include your pets in your event that you follow these policies:
- Pet must remain on a leash at all times.
- Pet must have a dedicated handler to control the leash and pick up feces from the pet at all times.
- Pet is not allowed inside the reception or anywhere close to food at any time due to potential contamination.
- If the pet cannot be taken off site after photos then the pet must remain kenneled inside The Lucky Penny (groom’s quarters) for the event.
Yes. A one hour engagement or bridal portrait session is included with the rental. Once you choose your photographer, you will schedule an appointment with Two Wishes to use the venue and surrounding areas for your one hour photo session. The session must be scheduled take place between Monday and Thursday.
Sparklers are allowed in designated areas as long as the Caldwell County burn ban is not in effect. Fireworks are not permitted due to safety risks.