One of the hardest decisions you will have to make about your wedding is where it will take place. And choosing the perfect elopement wedding venue to symbolize your relationship can feel like its own battle at times. More importantly, the location of your wedding determines so many other wedding planning factors and can present a number of challenges within itself.
You’re already doing a small wedding – an elopement, in fact, and you just want to keep things simple. But also exciting, and adventurous, and unique at the same time!
HERE ARE 6 NON-TRADITIONAL, SAN ANTONIO ELOPEMENT WEDDING VENUES FOR YOUR UNIQUE WEDDING!
1. Confluence Park
What?! You’re telling me you’ve never been to Confluence park?
Confluence Park is an incredibly beautiful venue right off the river in downtown San Antonio. In fact, they call it Confluence Park because the venue sits adjacent to the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek.
The park is full of greenery, culture, and one-of-a-kind architecture for your guests to enjoy. And trust me – it provides an unbelievable background for all of your wedding photos! Even though Confluence Park is an incredible option for a wedding venue, it’s also an educational center for kids. Do with this information what you will!
For more information about Confluence Park, click here.
2. Japanese Tea Garden
You’ve lived in San Antonio for how long and you haven’t visited the Japanese Tea Garden yet?!
For those that are less familiar with this non-traditional elopement wedding venue, the Japanese Tea Garden is a free and public park in downtown San Antonio (near the Zoo! How about a Zoo wedding?). It is filled with lots of luscious greenery, lilypad ponds, and water-bound wildlife. And yes, there is a waterfall!😍
For more information on the Japanese Tea Garden for special events, click here.
3. Fountain Cove
If you’ve ever had a chance to visit the Tower of America in downtown SA, then you’ve probably noticed the huge, soothing fountains near the base of the tower.
I think Fountain Cove is perfect for couples that are truly committed to an elopement wedding. The photos that come from these fountains are almost always unbelievable. And if the weather looks like it might be a problem in the weeks leading up to your wedding, you can rent a 20-foot by 20-foot tent to protect you and your guests!
For more information, click here.
4. Cibolo Nature Center
For nature-loving couples, this location just might be the most breathtaking.
Cibolo Nature Center is a free and public park in Boerne, Texas – just outside of San Antonio.
In 1988, the Evans family took it upon themselves to preserve the park. The park contains over 100 acres of land, creek, and even comes with a set of actual dinosaur tracks. This location is perfect for anyone with small kids as it offers an educational experience throughout.
Better yet, you can return for long walks with your loved ones after your wedding day for years to come!
Even if you’re considering having something a little larger than an elopement wedding, this venue offers plenty of room for however many guests you choose to invite.
Click here to learn more about what Cibolo Nature Center has to offer!
5. Marriage Island on the Riverwalk
If you are the kind of couple who loves the rich history and tradition that our beautiful city has to offer, then Marriage Island is the perfect place for you!
If you’re not familiar with this small piece of San Antonian history, Marriage Island is a small (only large enough for a few people to stand on it comfortably) islet that overlooks the widest part of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Legend says this small islet brings good luck to new marriages – which is why more than 225 San Antonians get married here every year.
For more information, you can read about Marriage Island here.
6. Ivy Hall
AKA: the perfect elopement wedding venue for couples who want the traditional feeling in a rather alternative setting.
Ivy Hall is an event space in downtown SA (you can see The Tower of Americas in the background!) complete with an adaptable outdoor space, indoor space, garden, patio, and cafe. Because of its adaptable nature, the venue works seamlessly with both elopement-sized weddings and full-size (150+ people) weddings.
This venue is perfect for couples who don’t want to spend a ton of money on decor: it’s already completely designed and decked out. Because the venue is a dedicated event space and is frequently used for weddings of all sizes, most of the basic wedding accommodations are already taken care of: from tables to set up and break down and even garden furniture and decor.
For more information on this venue, you can click here.
Here’s ONE MORE unique elopement wedding venue idea: an Airbnb wedding!
This article is a great starting point for inspiration. If you’re open to doing an Airbnb wedding – in San Antonio or beyond, I just might know a gal that can help out!
I’d love to learn more about what makes you excited about planning your wedding! From there, we can create a wedding experience that is authentic and truly unforgettable for you and your loved ones. Let’s chat!