My love affair with South Congress Hotel started with Nicole & Alec’s natural and modern wedding, and it’s been a favorite ever after. Since their summer soiree last year, I’ve had the honor of photographing two more weddings there! This downtown Austin wedding venue encompasses everything there is to love about the city. It brings together the warmth and hospitality Texas is known for, along with the world-renowned modern architecture, design and urban amenities. And it’s all set amid the heartbeat of downtown Austin: South Congress Avenue.
So if you’ve been searching for one of the best downtown Austin wedding venues (IMO), South Congress Hotel might just be everything you’ve been looking for. Below I’ve listed all my favorite things about the venue that makes it truly exceptional. I’ve also highlighted three totally different real Austin weddings to show just how diverse and accommodating this venue is no matter the style or theme.
South Congress Hotel has become an icon in the downtown Austin scene. From tourists vacationing there from all over the world to Texas natives looking for a luxurious staycation, this boutique hotel has coined itself “a microcosm of Austin.” And it delivers – offering a slice of the city all in one spot. But let’s break down some of it’s best wedding features, benefits and amenities:
Named after the iconic Austin avenue it sits on, South Congress Hotel is conveniently located to some of Austin’s best eateries, parks, shops and live entertainment. It is the perfect all-inclusive Austin wedding venue to get married and celebrate within close proximity to favorite Austin attractions. Your guests can spend the wedding weekend making memories right outside the venue’s doorstep.
South Congress Hotel is an artfully designed and curated boutique hotel with all the modern and cozy angles. From their iconic industrial modern courtyard to the rooftop pool and stunning suites, there’s a photogenic nook around every corner.
It’s one of the main reasons I’m never worried about weather at this venue – they truly have you covered with a host of gorgeous, authentically Austin spaces. It’s a photographer’s dream.
With luxurious modern lodging, three restaurants, two bars, a coffee shop, on-site boutique shops, a rooftop pool and more, there’s really no reason for you to leave the venue. This is perfect for out of town guests to use as a base for exploring downtown Austin. There are many indoor and outdoor wedding options to choose from, perfect for when the temperamental Texas weather is keeping you on your toes.
Part of South Congress Hotel being an all-inclusive wedding venue is their onsite catering services. From cocktails to the dinner menu and the cake, the hotel’s catering is every foodie’s dream. They aren’t just your average hotel restaurant, they go all out in typical Austinite fashion. With carefully curated menus to compliment every palate and their award-winning pastry team, you and your guests will savor every morsel.
They offer so many amenities and customized timelines, and you can even rent out the main bar for wedding weekend welcome parties or cocktail hour:
Bridget & Tyler chose to host their rehearsal dinner at Café No Sé, one of South Congress Hotel’s onsite restaurants:
The getting ready suites provided by South Congress Hotel are much more homey and cozy than your typical hotel suite. They are decorated beautifully with modern touches, have plenty of room for your wedding party to get ready, and great lighting!
The frosted glass windows outside the bridal suite are also one of my favorite locations for portraits.
South Congress Hotel is a LGBTQIA+ inclusive wedding venue. As an Austin wedding photographer who proudly serves all couples, it’s incredibly important to me to work with vendors and venues that honor and celebrate all love.
Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to choose a wedding venue that expresses your unique personalities, styles and authentically tells your story. South Congress Hotel never disappoints no matter the wedding style or theme. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about the venue – it brings modern sophistication to every wedding, but easily transforms to fit every couples’ ultimate wedding day vision. To show just how effortlessly this venue morphs to each couple’s style, below are three real South Congress Hotel weddings with completely different vibes.
Besides choosing your Austin wedding photographer, knowing how to choose a wedding venue is crucial in bringing your dream wedding day to life. Your venue directly impacts your wedding photos and vision. This is why I love spotlighting my tried-and-true favorites. If you’re looking for a downtown Austin wedding venue that honors the soul and spirit of the city and your love, you can’t go wrong with the South Congress Hotel.
Interested in a South Congress Hotel wedding? I’m always here to share my Austin wedding venue tips. I’ve also curated a complete list of my Top Texas Hill Country Wedding Venues for more location ideas.