615 Cardinal Lane,
Austin, TX 78704
Average Base Cost: $21,000
Average base cost for a wedding at Mercury Hall is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday night in June and an average per person cost of $100/pp for food and beverage as well as a $300 furniture rental charge. Entertainment, additional decorations and rentals, DJ, valet, and photography are not included. Average price includes service charge and state sales tax (for catering only, as Mercury Hall does not charge sales tax). Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
*Prices subject to change
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: Mercury Hall rental fees break down as follows:
- Exclusive use for 5 or 10 hour rental, depending on your rental times
- On Site Manager available to answer questions and watch property
- One hour for rehearsal the day prior to your event date (outdoor access), scheduled around other booked events
- Four acres of versatile grounds
- Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony and Reception Space
- Brides Dressing Room
- Prep Kitchen
- WiFi Internet
- If you wish to rent their tables and chairs, there is a $300 table and chair rental charge in addition to the rental rate, unless fee is waived for special events. This includes 300 white folding chairs, 14- 60″ round tables, 4- 6’ rectangular banquet tables, 4- 8’ rectangular banquet tables for use.
- For any events booked for a rate under $1000, a $20/hour site manager fee will be added to your rental rate. This amount will not exceed $1000 in cost.
- You may purchase additional time at the rate of $100/hour for events held on a Monday-Thursday. For events on Fridays/Sundays there is a $150/hour charge and for Saturdays there is a $200/hour charge. Please let the Manager know at least two weeks ahead of your event date if you would like to add time.
Food/Beverage: Mercury Hall has a preferred vendor list for caterers. However, you may choose to use your own caterer for a $200 fee. They will also need to sign a Vendor Contract Agreement and provide a copy of their Liability Insurance Policy. Mercury Hall allows clients to purchase their own alcohol without any additional expense; however, they do require that all alcohol is served by a TABC certified bartender, whom is covered under at least a one million liability insurance policy (NOTE: This is standard)
Note: Mercury Hall requires all clients and vendors to use Premiere Rentals for all general party needs. They will only allow other rental companies to be used if Premiere cannot provide you with a specific item or style, and this must be first approved by Mercury Hall. Please note vintage rental and other decor rental companies are not considered part of the general rental needs.
Space Type: Inside/Outside
Size: The hall can seat 120-150 people inside with a buffet and dance floor. The outdoor gravel patio adds an additional 1800 square feet, so for indoor/outdoor events, the hall can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Bridal Suite: Yes
Parking: There are 75 parking spaces onproperty. All additional parking will need to take place in the surrounding neighborhood. If you have over 150 guests, the venue strongly encourages hiring a valet service or shuttle bus service for guests.
Food Service Type: Your choice
How Will Grandma Get There? Mercury Hall is located just 2.7 miles south of downtown where there are a ton of hotel options, including Courtyard by Marriott, Four Seasons, and the W Hotel.
Party On! Events go can until 1 a.m. All outdoor amplified music must be completed by 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8pm for events Sundays through Thursdays, due to their Outdoor Music Venue Permit. Before 8 or 10pm (depending on the day of the week) sound cannot exceed 75 decibels from the property line. As for indoor sound, sound cannot exceed 85 decibels from the property line, but as long as it is kept at a reasonable level, the venue says it should be fine.
Originally built in 1904 for use as a church by the residents of the small town of Mercury, the building survived two fires and was used for services and weddings until 1996. In 1997 the building was purchased and named Mercury Hall after its “humble” beginnings, as the venue’s website describes. The landscape, with wildflowers and oak trees, was designed to reflect a true Hill Country feel, with both vintage and modern accents. Fun fact: Mercury Hall was featured in the movie “Waking Life” by local screenwriter/director Richard Linklater.
Woman Getting Married Says
First off I ALWAYS have a soft spot for venues that put their pricing information as well as rules/regulations online. I wish more wedding venues would! But aside from that this wedding venue has charm (and economical charm at that) for days. It’s the perfect location for guests who will more than likely want to stay downtown if they are visiting, and it has both inside and outside space for a great flow.
With that said I would keep the guest list on the smaller side here, especially if you want to mostly utilize the indoor space (or need a valid rain option). While there is not a ton included for the wedding venue rental price (though to be fair even for a peak month/day the price is pretty reasonable), there are some great pricing options for those on a tighter budget that will allow you to use the venue in an off-peak month, day, or even block of time for a much lower rate. All-in-all it’s definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a cozy, unique Austin wedding venue.