AUSTIN (KXAN) — A popular Austin wedding venue is closing its doors, despite more than a dozen weddings already having been planned to take place there next year.
Owner Morgan Daily Jackson says the Inn at Wild Rose Hall — located at 11110 Fitzhugh Rd., on the way to Dripping Springs — will be moved and re-branded, to open up under a different name next year. She says she’s been leasing the venue property for nearly 10 years with plans to eventually buy it, but that she was recently informed it would be sold to someone else. Daily Jackson says she was given until the end of December to move off of the property.
According to Daily Jackson, 17 couples had already put down deposits for weddings to be held at the venue in 2018. She’s offering her clients the choice to either choose a new venue and have their money refunded or to stick with their current contracts and use a new venue she plans to create in the next couple of months.
“The only thing I could do was just to tell my clients as soon as I knew what was going on and then try to figure out how to make it right,” she said.
As of Tuesday, several had already chosen to take the refund. Daily Jackson says so far, she’s taken out several business loans to write $19,000 worth of checks in returned security deposits.
“Because morally that’s right,” she said of her decision. “It’s about running my business in the way I’d like to be treated, and if I’d gone out and had this happen to me, I’d want my money back too.”
Daily Jackson says she plans to create a similar venue on the 14-acre ranch she owns next door to the Inn at Wild Rose Hall. She will rename it as Rambling Rose Ranch.
“Luckily I’ve still got a few clients who are staying with me,” she said, adding that one couple planing to use her new venue is scheduled to be married in February. She says she will have the new venue done in time. She’s also giving a large floral arrangement credit to clients who don’t break their current contracts.
“I feel very humbled that several of them have decided to stay with me,” she said. “They trust me, and they’ve seen what I’ve done here, and know that I can do it over there, too.”