Unique Places to Get Married in San Antonio, TX

by Alexandra Kadlec

With a population of over one million, San Antonio is a large city made even denser by the more than 26 million tourists who visit each year. With its many historical, natural, and cultural gems, San Antonio offers a number of unique locales for wedding ceremonies. Engaged couples will have no trouble finding a venue to host their special day in this southern Texas city.

San Fernando Cathedral

An enduring historical, religious and cultural center in San Antonio, the San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and continues to host weekly masses, baptisms, weddings, and funerals today. The cathedral provides a grand space for couples in search of a wedding site strongly rooted in San Antonio's Catholic community. Those interested should carefully read the list of requirements for being married in a Catholic church, which can be found on the San Fernando Cathedral's website. The cathedral can be reserved for weddings on Saturdays only.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

Couples in search of lush, natural beauty as the setting for their wedding ceremony should look no further than the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Located on 33 acres, it's comprised of seasonally changing formal and display gardens, the Lucile Hall Conservatory with climate-controlled glass buildings displaying a variety of plants from different regions, and the historical Texas Native Trail. Nine different sites are available for daytime weddings, accommodating 75 people at most for up to two hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Evening weddings may also be scheduled between 6 and 11 p.m.

Inn on the Riverwalk

The Inn on the Riverwalk is a bed-and-breakfast run in a picturesque Victorian home that was built in 1916. It overlooks San Antonio's Riverwalk and hosts wedding ceremonies for up to 125 guests. A variety of wedding packages, as well as an onsite wedding planner and ordained minister, are available. The Inn on the Riverwalk is an ideal place for couples who wish to explore San Antonio, as many of the city's tourist neighborhoods are within walking distance.

The McNay Art Museum

Located in a Spanish Colonial Revival-style house in the center of San Antonio, the Mcnay Art Museum offers an elegant and sophisticated venue for those looking to get married in style. The following indoor sites can be rented for one hour for a fee of $4,500: the Blackburn Patio, Octagon and Leeper Auditorium, AT&T Lobby, Ewing-Halsell Foundation Reception Hall, the Brown Foundation Sculpture Terrace, or the courtyard. Two sites outside the museum's main entrance are also available for wedding ceremonies: the area around the Gazebo and Fish Pond and the Koehler Fountain. Those sites are available only for wedding ceremonies lasting no longer than 30 minutes and with 50 or fewer guests. Reservations can be made for one hour between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a fee of $275.

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About the Author

Alexandra Kadlec has been writing about art since moving to New York City in 2008. Thereafter she began contributing to the International Foundation for Art Research's catalogue raisonne database. Kadlec obtained bachelor's degrees in English and art history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a master's degree in visual arts administration from New York University.