The Wildflower Center Catering Guide
If you are considering holding your special event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you are in for a treat! The Wildflower Center is a beautiful space on grounds covered with all sorts of stunning wildflowers. A uniquely Austin event space, your event will give your guests the opportunity to experience an Austin jewel! Royal Fig has catered numerous weddings and special events here, and can bring our experience to work for you.
There are several different spaces at the Wildflower Center open to your use, and Royal Fig has lots of experience helping choose the right configuration for your event. One option we recommend would be holding your wedding ceremony in the courtyard, then moving your cocktail hour over to the Butterfly Garden while our staff flips the courtyard, and sets it up for your catered dinner. We suggest round tables for the courtyard dinner, as they work perfectly with the rounded shape of the space, adding to the elegant feel. Later, you and your guests can move over to the gallery space for cake and dancing because the gorgeous wood floors are the perfect dancing surface.
The Wildflower Center is a stunning venue, but does require some specialized support in order to make the setup and cleanup run most efficiently. After catering numerous beautiful weddings and special events here, we have a few tips to help your day run smoothly.
Royal Fig recommends that you work closely with a seasoned event planner familiar with producing events at the Wildflower Center, as the load in and set up can prove to be logistically challenging. Additionally we recommend asking your rental company to stay and help with the flip of the space. Due to logistics, this will be the most cost effective way to get your space reconfigured in the shortest amount of time. Also, asking your floral vendor to stay for the room configuration would be perfect. Most table designs will need to be set up during the cocktail hour while your guests are relaxing in the butterfly garden.
We have a few more Pro tips for you, to make your day run seamlessly.
– Put some chairs inside the gallery so anyone who needs to relax inside can remove themselves from the heat and enjoy some AC.
– Provide guests with a map of the Wildflower Center. Your guest can enjoy the beautiful grounds and sights in between different parts of your wedding!
– You need to provide tables and chairs for the Wildflower Center. Enjoy the freedom to choose the tables and chairs that work the best for your event.
– Load in time at the Wildflower Center is very short, which requires a larger amount of staff to set things up perfectly for you.
As for the catering piece, we’ve got you covered for all of your dining and catering needs. Royal Fig is very familiar with the Wildflower Center and its specific requirements, and look forward to bringing our years of experience (not to mention our delicious, local food) to help you create the culinary vision of your dreams.
We are excited to help you take the next step on your wedding planning journey. Please reach out to set up a consult today, but please be mindful that we book dates 6-12 months in advance during our peak season, so contact us today to learn more.