Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just drop in or do I need an appointment?
All Visits are scheduled by appointment.
What is the contingency plan in the event of inclement weather?
The reception pavilion may be setup for ceremony in the event of inclement weather. We watch the weather closely on event days to be prepared. Most ceremonies delay 10 or 15 minutes (this is the courtesy window for late arrival guests) to wait for weather to pass and have ceremony in the gardens.
Do I need to hire security for my event?
Security officers are not required.
What time of day is best for a ceremony?
Ninety minutes before sunset is ideal – thirty minutes for the ceremony and an hour of natural light photos after the ceremony.
Do I need to provide outdoor lighting?
The gardens and walkways have plenty of lighting provided. You may bring decor lighting for ambience if you’d like, of course!
Are linens included?
Linens are not included with your venue rental. Caterers often have linen packages available and event rental companies like Premiere, Monarch, and Marquee have an excellent selection.
What is your alcohol policy?
Hummingbird House is a BYOB facility. Approved bar staffing companies are required and there are several wonderful companies on our approved vendor list for you to choose from if your caterer does not offer bar services. We do not charge a corkage fee.
Who caters my event?
Hummingbird House offers a Preferred Vendor List with approved catering companies. You are not restricted to this list, however, all catering companies must be approved in advance. This approval process includes an onsite walk through and a signed copy of The Hummingbird House Catering Contract on file.
Do you allow food trucks?
Yes, and there are several companies we can recommend!
How many cars fit in your parking lot?
The parking lot has room for 100 cars and vendor vehicles.
May I hire a charter bus or shuttle?
Of course! The large set of gates located just past the main gate of the property can accommodate any size vehicle, even charter buses and food trucks.
How many events do you schedule in a day?
Only one event is scheduled per day.
If my guests celebrate a little too much can they leave their vehicles overnight?
Safety is very important to us! Guests may return the following day between 9 am and 12 pm to pick up vehicles left overnight.
What is your maximum occupancy?
Our fire code maximum occupancy is 224 guests.
Are there any hidden costs?
There are no hidden costs and the payment schedule is clearly outlined in your contract.
What is the deposit needed to reserve my date?
A 25% deposit of the venue rental fee and a signed copy of The Hummingbird House Contract are required to secure your date.
Are you pet friendly?
We have had plenty of doggie ring bearers and flower girls! Please let us know in advance is you would like to bring your pet(s) onsite.
When do I have access to the venue on the event date?
Your venue rental window is 4 pm to midnight (11 pm to midnight is reserved for vendor cleanup and load out).
May I schedule an early arrival?
You may schedule an early arrival, as early as 11 am, and there is a $250/ hour charge for this option.
May I schedule a late exit?
You may schedule a midnight exit (12 am to 1 am reserved for vendor cleanup and load out) and there is a $250 charge for this option.
Do you allow same sex weddings?
Absolutely! We embrace all unions at Hummingbird House.
Do you allow sparklers?
Yes! For your safety and to make sure you get the photos you want, the type of sparklers we allow are 20″ metal wire.
Are open flame candles/real candles allowed?
Yes! All candles must be in containers that catch all dripping wax (votive, vase, hurricane lamp, lantern, etc.).
Are there hotels located nearby?
There are many hotels located nearby (Kyle and Buda) and the venue is just 12 miles from downtown. A Google search of “hotels near Hummingbird House” will produce many results.