We’re here to make your event as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on event rentals, amenities and ideas.
And if you’re looking for wedding vendors and service providers, check out our list of Preferred Vendors for some of the best options in Austin.
What is the capacity?
The outdoor garden and greenhouse: 200 seated with a dance floor - Up to 325 standing (capacity limited to the requirements of the Fire Department, which are subject to change).
What is included in the venue rental?
When CTC Garden is booked, we are happy to provide our clients with the following: a dedicated day-of Manager on Duty, all on-site lighting, water, fans, heaters (must purchase propane), use of surround-sound speaker system and stand-alone speaker system, and all on-site furniture. The rental rate includes the use of both the greenhouse and the outdoor space in the garden. Please see our rental packages as well.
Does CTC Garden have furniture and equipment or do I need to bring my own?
The garden features an eclectic mix of furniture (tables, benches, chairs, stools) which you are welcome to utilize - seating for approximately 50 people. Large sit-down dinners typically bring in rental tables, chairs, and linens. Also, a little extra lighting goes a long way. Parties may store additional rental furniture in CTC’s loading area (not covered, drop-off/pick-up during CTC Garden business hours: M-F, 9am-5pm). Please see our Preferred Vendors list for rental recommendations.
What type of lighting is in place?
The garden is lit by string lights and a spotlight on the garden wall. The greenhouse has lighting, as well as the covered areas. Additional lighting is encouraged for ambiance.
Can I bring my own vendors?
Yes, at no additional charge! But be sure to check out our on-site African-inspired, organic, locally sourced food trailer, Cazamance Cafe! Available for catering, flexible options. Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm.
What about alcohol?
You may purchase your own alcohol and have it delivered to the garden on the day of your event or wedding. All alcohol must be served by a TABC licensed bartender. Check out Austin Personal Bartenders for your staffing needs. For larger public events/festivals/fairs, CTC may require security guards and that IDs are checked at the door. Please speak with your CTC Garden representative about other rules/regulations regarding alcohol.
What are the insurance requirements to have an event at CTC Garden?
All vendors must carry their own liability insurance. Renters must purchase one-time event insurance, naming CTC International, Inc. and Selena Souders as additional insureds/loss payees. The policy must carry $1,000,000 public liability insurance per occurrence, as well as property damage insurance in the amount of $100,000. Please speak with your insurance agent about the specifics of such a policy. You can also get more information at www.wedsafe.com or privateeventinsurance.com.
Is CTC Garden wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all of the event space is fully accessible. However, please note that the interior garden space is graveled. If you require specific accommodations, please notify your CTC Garden representative so they may be arranged.
What staffing does CTC Garden provide during an event?
CTC Garden will provide a dedicated day-of Manager on Duty - responsible for unlocking and locking the venue, turning on lights, turning on music, directing vendor questions, and being knowledgeable about the space. MOD will also ensure that all rules are followed and venue is clean at the end of the event. For additional staffing needs, please ask your CTC Garden representative.
What entrance do guests use?
Guest entrance is located on Cesar Chavez across from the Terrazas Library.
What about parking?
CTC Garden offers limited parking on-site with a generous amount of complimentary street parking. Nearby parking lots are available to rent for an additional fee (valet service only). Parties may also bus guests to the venue.
Where should my vendors park to unload?
Vendors may park/unload in the alley directly behind CTC Garden (enter from Waller or Medina).
What are rules and regulations on decorating the space?
You are welcome to decorate the space as you desire as long as it results in no harm to the buildings, plants, or trees. All open flames (candles) must be contained in some sort of glass receptacle. No nails, screws, or staples may be used for hanging. Prohibited items: hazardous materials, fireworks and incendiaries, open flames, paints, dyes or other materials that would stain the Event Rental Premises, confetti, silly string, piñatas, birdseed, and similar party favors. We recommend bubbles for wedding send-offs. Decoration and tear-down must occur within the rental time period.
Are floor plans available?
Yes, you can download a floor plan here.
What about restrooms?
The outdoor area contains two portable toilets, which are cleaned weekly: one standard size and one that is wheelchair accessible. If you choose to rent the indoor area as well, you will have access to one indoor restroom that is also wheelchair accessible. This restroom is not meant for heavy traffic (bridal party/event hosts only). Portable toilet providers offer upgraded options as well (see Preferred Vendors list).
Who exactly is responsible for cleaning the space?
Any and all vendors are responsible for breakdown/cleanup of their equipment. As for the rest of the venue, it must be left the way it was found. All furniture (chairs, tables, benches, bars, etc.) and decor should be cleaned/hosed-down and replaced. If you used the fire pit, douse it until it is no longer smoking. Ask your CTC Garden representative about cleaning service options.
What about trash/recycling?
CTC Garden will provide trash/recycling receptacles, as well as trash bags. All trash must be in bags and placed in the proper City receptacle located out back. Empty the blue recycling containers into the proper City receptacles. Check the grounds (including the front and parkings areas) for small trash such as cigarette butts. Check plants and planters for trash.
What is required to reserve the date?
Half of the rental rate plus a refundable security deposit are due upon signing the contract. The balance is due four weeks prior to the event. The security deposit will be refunded by check within a timely manner after the event if the premises have been left reasonably clean and undamaged.
Until a contract is signed and returned with a deposit the date remains open and available for rental. The first customer who sends the contract with payment receives the date. Please note that this is defined as a counter-signed executed copy of the contract and a payment that has been processed.