Thank you so much for
helping us make memories
that will last a lifetime! The
weather was wonderful and
La Escondida is the perfect
setting for a Texas Hill
Country wedding! Kathryn
found a wonderful place
to begin her life as Mrs.
Matthew Goolsby. I will put
the check in the mail this
morning and ask Kathryn to
send a few pictures your way.
— Dianne Fox
1. What type of packages do you offer?
At La Escondida Celebration Center we have three options.
At Grey Stone Manor we have a specific package for you that includes food, decor choices, and other options to customize your event for 50 or less guests. We also offer Rehearsal Dinner packages and overnight stays at Grey Stone Manor.
- You rent the facility and do everything yourself.
- Tell us your guest number, style, wishes and budget and we will create a turn-key event for you.
- Our most popular: - “Meet Somewhere in Between” package which allows you to rent the venue and then choose from a list of services and prices to customize your event while also using your own DIY skills or vendors to make your day special. During your visit we can discuss your wishes and personalize a package for you.
2. How many guests can you accommodate?
At La Escondida we can accommodate up to 180 guests from mid-March through late November. Between Thanksgiving and mid-March we can accommodate 125 guests. If you are planning a picnic style wedding we may be able to accommodate up to 200. Please talk with us about your vision.
3. Can you recommend a caterer? a DJ? a Baker? a Florist? An officiate? A photographer?
Yes, we can provide you with information for all of these professionals with whom we have previously worked.
4. Can I bring food without using a caterer?
No, this is a sanitation and safety issue for you, your guests and for the venue. You must use a caterer, restaurant or food supplier (i.e. SAM’S, HEB, COSTCO…) with proof of insurance. At La Escondida Celebration Center you may bring in a food purveyor of your choice. At Grey Stone Manor we have a list of caterers to discuss menus and choices with you for your package.
5. Do you allow alcohol?
Yes, we allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages. However, you MUST use OUR TABC certified bartenders(s) to serve any alcoholic beverages (additional cost at La E). For any event with alcohol you MUST also use our Security personal (additional cost at La E). All liquor will be served with at least an equal amount of a mixer and therefore cannot be served as a shot, neat, on the rocks or with just a splash. All of these requirements are a safety issue for you, your guests and for the venue. The Bartender and Security staff members are included in the Grey Stone Manor package. We can discuss options if you are not serving alcohol at your event.
6. I’m having a church wedding; can I hold just the reception at La Escondida Celebration Center or Grey Stone Manor?
7. What if I'm having a small wedding? Do you have a small wedding area?
Yes, we have two wedding sites on the 30 acres at La Escondida. We can discuss numbers, times of day and days of the week to offer discounts. Grey Stone Manor is a smaller venue for 50 or less.
8. What about dishes, tablecloths and decorations?
Ivory or white tablecloths are offered in most packages. At La Escondida Celebration Center we do not supply any dishes or tabletop decorations. We do have these items available for a small rental fee. We do have a decorator and florist if you need their services, we can discuss your needs and costs at our appointment. Most of these items are included in the Grey Stone Manor package.
9. Can I burn candles?
If there is no burn ban in effect, you may responsibly burn covered or floating candles. The fee for wax removal, if spilled on the furniture or floor, will be deducted from your damage deposit. However, please note that is best to use LED candles outside due to the evening breezes.
10. Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed. There is a ranch dog on property who takes her job seriously. However, if you wish for your pet to be a member of your wedding party, please talk with us about this possibility.
11. Do you have a place for the party to change clothes?
Yes, at La Escondida Celebration Center we have a changing room with a beauty bar and with access to two restrooms. We also have an additional changing area with proximity to two additional restrooms. At Grey Stone Manor, we have two separate changing areas with restrooms.
12. Do you allow overnight stays?
No, we do not have overnight stays at La Escondida. We do have area hotel information. There are area hotels that can book a block of rooms for your guests. If you book at La Escondida, we will inquire about a stay for the couple at Grey Stone Manor Bed and Breakfast. There is a two night minimum stay at Grey Stone Manor. If your wedding is at Grey Stone Manor, there is no overnight stay. The venue is either a wedding venue OR a Bed & Breakfast for the night - it cannot be both.
13. What if it rains on my special day?
This is the beauty of having your event at La Escondida Celebration Center or Grey Stone Manor. At La Escondida Celebration Center we have beautiful outdoor space, a 2400 square foot pavilion and a 2000 sq ft house to take care of your guests during unusual weather. At Grey Stone Manor we have beautiful outdoor space, a large Manor Room and a covered deck. We can discuss a rain
plan during your appointment.