AN EXCEPTIONAL BOUTIQUE VINEYARD
By Jennifer Cunningham
The Vineyard at Florence is a boutique resort, winery, and wedding venue located in Florence, Texas to enjoy for a day, or stay for a lifetime. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, this unique venue features over 600 acres of picturesque scenery and vineyard views.
Couples and their guests will experience Tuscan-inspired architecture, bubbling fountains, nature trails, and a day spa at this breathtaking property.
The Vineyard at Florence offers award-winning wines, luxury overnight accommodations, spa services, a full service restaurant, and multiple Celebration villas.
Choosing a venue’ really sets the tone for your entire wedding. When you book the perfect venue, your color scheme, flowers, the right photographer, and menu will fall right into place. Often, your venue will have a list of recommended vendors they’ve worked with in the past. This is a huge help for finding the perfect fit for your day and crossing those things off your to-do list!
Our Old-World Italian ambiance transports you right to Tuscany. Seeming like a world away, but nestled into the heart of Central Texas, weddings at The Vineyard at Florence have a destination wedding feel, with the convenience of accessibility for your guests. The vineyard views and Tuscan-inspired architecture are certainly romantic, with that fairytale, happy ending kind of vibe.
When to Book and Pricing
How soon should we book the venue? 6 months at a minimum. Although a wedding can be planned in less time, it brings on unnecessary stress for the couple. Typically, popular dates like Saturdays in the Fall and Spring are booked around one year out.
We host birthday parties, bachelorette weekends, bridal showers, corporate events, couple getaways, family reunions – you name it, we’ve done it!
We have 3 venues on property that can host 2-300 guests.
The Winemaker’s Villa is the perfect setting to celebrate your intimate wedding or elopement. With our Wedding Weekend Package, we invite you to spend two nights in our gorgeous Italian-inspired, 5-bedroom villa. For the evening, the Old World ambience transports you and your guests to an Italian villa under the stars. This space is ideal for up to 40 guests and ranges from $2,000-$3,900.
Wine and dine with your guests in our unique, newly renovated winery. Our Winemaker’s Lounge, perfect for your cocktail hour, features custom lighting and a gorgeous marble bar. Enjoy the aroma of the wine as it ages in the 66 barrels that line the Barrel Room. Close your evening enjoying the view from the gorgeously manicured patio overlooking the property.
This venue is ideal for up to 100 guests and ranges from $2,000-$4,500.
Our Italian-inspired celebration villa, Ella Amore, is our largest space. Bask in your newlywedded love while enjoying the sunset from our romantic, new patio overlooking 34 acres of vines. Dance the night away with your guests beneath Ella Amore’s vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, and sweeping chandeliers.
This venue is ideal for up to 300 guests and ranges from $3,500-$5,500.
The Sales Manager will be on the premise the day of the wedding to assist with any questions you might have. Each event is ran by our Event Captain, your point of contact once the wedding has begun and will be present throughout the entirety of the wedding.
*Price ranges are based on day of week, season, and holiday. Peak season is March – June & September – November. Off – season is December – February & July – August.*
A $1,000 deposit is required to secure your date. After that, 50% of the remaining balance will be due 60 days out, with the final balance being due 10 days out. There is a 10% service fee applied over the entire subtotal. This covers gratuity for our banquet team.
Event Rental & The Day After
10-hour exclusive use of Ella Amore. This is broken down into 4-hour set-up + 5.5 hours of event time + 30 minutes for breakdown. $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due to secure your date.
We have multiple hotel rooms to accommodate the bridal party, and groomsmen. In addition, A bridal suite is provided complimentary for the bride to check-in the day prior to the wedding and is also used as the honeymoon room the night of the wedding.
What about a morning-after mimosa brunch?
We have 3 locations perfect for a rehearsal dinner. In addition, we also offer a preferred rate for anyone hosting their big day with us. We have a wonderful Sunday brunch that is complimentary to all overnight guests. A private room can be added to relax and enjoy the company of your guests prior to their departure.
One hour is is allocated for the rehearsal.
Our weather contingency (backup) plan for outdoor spaces? We have multiple gorgeous Plan B sites depending on your venue location.
There are 16 vineyard rooms, 3 suites, and one 5-bedroom villa available. A complimentary room block can be reserved with a preferred rate for the client’s guests. A 2-night stay in one of our 3 suites is included (bridal suite/honeymoon room).
Décor + Rentals
The client will be required to provide their own decorations. We provide all tables, chairs, and ivory linens.
The venue is pet friendly and would love for your fur baby to be part of your ceremony. We do ask that pets not enter the reception space. Open flame candles are permitted on tables as long as the bottom and sides are covered to protect the wax from dripping.
We provide basic signage. If you would like custom signage for your event, we would be happy to provide it for an additional fee.
Do you provide heaters and/or umbrellas for the outdoor spaces? We would be happy to rent heaters, tents, umbrellas on your behalf.
Vendors + Staffing
On-site catering is required. Our on-site catering ensures you and your guests savor perfectly prepared Italian dishes while being spoiled by outstanding service. You are welcome to use your own vendors (excluding food & beverage). We do have a recommended vendor list you are welcome to choose from, but it is not required.
The venue will set up and tear down all facility items. Therefore, clients are responsible for setting up all décor and removing all personal belongings at the end of the night.
All couples must have a Day of Coordinator. We offer an on-site timeline coordination service for $1,200. The service includes rehearsal practice, day of timeline management, custom floor plan, and vendor management. We require that all events have security. Finally, one security officer is included with each rental package. If the guest count is over 174, a second officer will be required for an additional $200.
Tips + Tricks
Do you have a favorite wedding you have hosted here?
I can honestly say every wedding has been my favorite. At the end of the day, if the couple is happy – I am happy. With all the unique and creative weddings, we’ve hosted here, I discover something new and exciting from each special day. I experienced my first puppy bridal party, my first gorgeous floral wall installation, and some of the most amazing romantic lighting at my time with The Vineyard. As for my favorite part of each wedding, it is by far dancing. The couple has finished their responsibilities and they get to just let loose and have fun with all the people they love.
Do you have any tips/ dos or don’ts from past weddings that you have hosted?
As always, my biggest advice is to take a deep breath and trust the team of vendors you have hired. As hard as it is, relax and go with the flow on the day of your wedding to truly be in the moment. Last minute things happen and sometimes changes must be made, but remember that the day is about celebrating the love you and your partner share. That’s what matters most.
The Vineyard offers tours 7 days a week by appointment only. Please call 512.766.4949 or email [email protected] to set up your visit.
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