Dripping Springs is known for its small-town charm, but it’s one aspect in particular that draws over a thousand couples a year to the scenic beauty of the area – picturesque weddings. From nuptials said under towering oaks to grand ballroom receptions, this little slice of Texas Hill Country knows how to do it big (or small if that’s your thing) when it comes to weddings.
Truth be told, weddings are such a big deal here that the state legislature took notice of everyone saying “I do” around these parts and declared Dripping Springs the “Wedding Capital of Texas” in 2015.
Whether you’re into new school wedding vibes or are keeping it traditional all the way down to the wedding cake, here are a few things that make Dripping Springs the place to get married.
Venues of Every Variety
Dripping Springs may be a town with a population of under 6,000 people, but within a 15-mile radius, there are 35 wedding venues. They range from historic churches and rustic barns to sprawling lodges with all the modern amenities.
Many of these venues, such as The Alexander at Creek Road and Cypress Mill Ridge offer lodging in addition to event spaces so everyone in your wedding party can stay on site. Couples who are looking for a wedding venue that’s a little more exotic but still overflowing with lots of charm would do well to check out Asante. The lodging and events space is a mix of “Texas ranch, East Africa with a touch of Old Mexico flare.” They even have a variety of African antelope and gazelle species roaming on the grounds.
A Touch of Texas Tradition
While no two couples and no two weddings are exactly alike, tradition is big around these parts and even a little bit adds an element of both fun and romance for couples and their guests. Ever consider a pounding party? While the name may raise a few eyebrows, the Quaker tradition refers to pounds – as in weight and encourages friends of the couple to give them a pound of sugar, flour, or butter. In more modern times it’s been adapted to sort of a pre-housewarming party for the couple to receive any sort of gift to help them start their new lives together.
The tradition of the groom’s cake is exactly what it sounds like – a cake all about the groom! These cakes often are a bit more eccentric than the traditional wedding cake and often reflect some humorous aspect of the groom’s personality. Plus, nobody’s going to object to more cake at a wedding.
Burying the bourbon is another fun one that gets the friends of the couple involved. Thirty days prior to the big day, the couple buries their favorite unopened bottle of bourbon near the wedding site. The superstitious tradition is supposed to prevent rain on the couple’s wedding day. Don’t worry, the bourbon doesn’t stay in the ground forever but is dug up and shared among friends and family on the big day.