Parador FAQs

How do I hold my day or book an event?
You will need to complete The Parador Agreement and Contract and place 50% of the venue rental fee down, which will secure your date and is non-refundable. If you book your date with less than 6 months to the event, the venue rental fee is due in full.

How far in advance should I book the venue?
The Parador books events anywhere from 1 month out, and as far as 2 years out.

Is there special pricing for events held on holidays?
Special rates and conditions apply during certain holiday periods. Some major Holiday weekends may have additional charges. Including however not limited to Thanksgiving weekend, Easter weekend, Christmas weekend, 4th of July weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend and New Year’s Eve.

Can your event time last longer than four hours?
Yes you can extend your special celebration longer than the standard 4 hours with your caterer (additional fees applying). Depending on how much additional time will determine the amount of additional fees. Please consult with The Parador, as well as your Catering Coordinator, to go over those fees with you.

Can my venue rental exceed the time allowed on The Parador Agreement and Contract?
If you would like to exceed the rental time allowed on the contract, you can purchase an additional hour at the rate of $300 per hour. Additional cost may also apply, such as security, staffing and catering fees.

How do payments work?
Half of the venue rental is due upon the signing of The Parador Agreement and Contract to secure the date, with the remaining venue rental balance due 6 months prior to your event date. If you book The Parador less than 6 months out from your event date, the entire venue rental is due with the signing of The Parador Agreement and Contract. All payments to The Parador must be in the form of Cash, Check, Money Order and/or Cashier’s Check.

What is the capacity for ceremonies and/or receptions?
The Parador city occupancy is 594 persons, however the room capacity will vary depending on the room set-up. The following seating capacities for style of event are as follows:

  • Inside Ceremony – 330 in The Duomo Room and 180 in The Cloister Room
  • Outside Garden Ceremony – 220 on the grass
  • Seated Dinner – 182 in The Duomo Room
  • Seated Buffet – 220 in The Duomo Room (252 with 4 tables of 8 on wood flooring) and 100 in The Cloister Room (with either the Buffet or a Dancefloor set up in the room as well)
  • Cocktail Style Reception – 250 in The Duomo Room, 300 in The Cloister Room or 300 in The Garden

Do you allow outside catering?
The Parador has chosen the finest Caterers in the area to provide an exquisite, customized culinary experience. Whether you are planning a glorious seated dinner, a scrumptious buffet or delicious finger foods, these experienced caterers will help assist in providing the best options for your special event. We are confident that their high standards will meet all your expectations. Since these Caterers are Exclusive to The Parador, we require that you please choose from the list provided.

Do you have a preferred vendor list? Am I allowed to use other vendors not listed on the preferred vendor list?
We do have a preferred vendor list for your convenience! It’s a great starting point. You may also bring in vendors of your choice, however we do reserve the right to approve or deny use of vendors.

Does the Parador supply a wedding coordinator?
The Parador does not provide these services. All clients are highly encouraged to have an Event Coordinator for their event. You can either hire an outside coordinator or ask our Exclusive Caterers if they offer one with their services.

Can we bring in our own alcohol and/or take alcohol that is not use at the event?
No! All Bar Services are contracted through Capital Beverage Service. Capital Beverage Service will contact the Client to help decide on a bar package best for their event. Capital Beverage Service is licensed by the State of Texas (T.A.B.C.), therefore follows the laws set in by the State of Texas at all times. No outside alcohol may be brought in and no alcohol may leave the premises.

Can I order special beer and/or liquor to be served at the bar for my event?
Absolutely! When in communication with Capital Beverage Service regarding your event details, please let them know what you would like to have so their beverage director can go over pricing and options with you.

Is cocktail hour part of my reception time counted for calculation of total bar hours?
Yes, cocktail hour is typically this first 45 minutes to hour of your reception where your guests mingle before you make your official entrance. This is when all staffing begins.

What is the availability for parking? Do you offer Valet?
Valet Service is not required, however if requested, a proposal is requested for your approval and is scheduled by The Parador depending on the number of your guests. Payment for this service is due thirty (30) days prior to your event. Your rental includes the use of The Parador parking lot which accommodates approximately 70 spaces. Additional parking is available at the Chase Bank Building. If needed, the fee for the use of this parking area is $250.00.

Does The Parador charge tax on the Venue Rental and/or Security Fee?
The Parador does not charge tax on neither the Venue Rental nor the Security Fee.

What do we need to know before coming to the Event Cottage?
The Event Cottage can be occupied during the venue rental time only and will be locked during the event time. If you need a change of shoes, lip gloss, purse, etc., please take those items with you to the reception/event.

Can I bring food and beverages before the ceremony for the Wedding Party while they are getting ready?
Yes you are allowed to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages for the Wedding Party while they are getting ready. Please note, all alcoholic beverages must be provided by Capital Beverage Services.

Is The Parador available for Bridal portraits or engagement portraits?
If you have chosen The Parador for your special celebration, the Portrait Sitting is complimentary and includes 1 Hour Rental For Bridal or Engagement Photo (Tuesday - Friday, during Business Hours) and use of our Cottage, which is equipped with a vanity, lounge furniture, full length mirror and a private bathroom.