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Frequently Asked Questions

about Thistle Hill Estate Weddings & Events


How many guests will the chapel hold?
Old Center Chapel, our white wedding chapel on the estate, was built to accommodate 100 seated guests plus wedding party inside.

We've had the pleasure of hosting events with 20 – 450 guests by also offering outdoor garden weddings or tented events as requested. Our secluded 56+ acre estate allows for intimate and extravagant guest counts.
How would COVID-19 capacity limits impact a wedding at Thistle Hill Estate?
During the pandemic and in the future, Thistle Hill Estate will follow all health and safety protocols and guidelines set out by the State of Texas. Depending on the area or building you have your event on our property, we will put a plan in place to practice social distancing and not exceed capacity limits.

We will also work with your other vendors and event planner to provide a safe environment for you and your guests.
Do you have my date available?
Please contact us to discuss availability at Thistle Hill Estate. In addition, we recommend securing your date by booking with us at least six months to a year in advance.
Do you allow pets in the wedding party at Thistle Hill Estate?
Yes. Your pets are welcome to be on the property and at your wedding party at Thistle Hill Estate. We do ask that your pets are leashed at all times and have an assigned caretaker during your special day.
Can I tour Thistle Hill Estate before booking my wedding?
We would love to give you a private tour of our estate with a scheduled appointment. For your convenience, we also offer virtual tours on this website and video conference consultations.
Do I need a wedding planner or an event coordinator to book an event here?
For full day weddings we request that you have a wedding planner or at least a day of coordinator.  Weddings have many moving parts and a complicated timeline without a coordinator you risk your special day having issues.  Many times a coordinator or planner will save you much more than their fee.  Coordinators are not an expensive option and you will be glad you have one!
Do you offer micro weddings or elopement packages?
Yes. At Thistle Hill Estate, we have micro wedding packages for up to 50 guests and elopement packages for up to 30 guests.

Guest House

Is there lodging nearby the estate for our guests?
Away from the hustle and bustle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Thistle Hill Estate is about 30 minutes from excellent hotels and resort options with shuttle services. Beyond our on-site Thistle House, there are multiple vacation AirBNB rentals near Whitesboro, TX. If you would like specific recommendations, please do not hesitate to ask!  
Can I bring my pets to stay with us at Thistle House?
We allow well-behaved, house-trained dogs at Thistle House.
When can I check in at Thistle House? When do I need to check out?
Generally, the check-in time at Thistle House is 4:00 p.m. The check-out time is 11:00 a.m. unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
Do you provide firewood at Thistle House?
Yes, we provide wood enough for one fire. Any additional firewood you may need will be available for a fee.
While we are staying at Thistle House, where are we allowed to explore on the grounds of the estate?
The front creek and pond area is is yours to explore. Beyond the pond is available to tour by appointment only.


Do your host other events on the estate besides weddings?
Thistle Hill Estate can accommodate guests in many different ways. We love offering the estate for bridal luncheons, corporate retreats, rehearsal dinners, and private parties.
Can we bring in our own vendors for our event?
Yes, we feel every event should be unique. With outside vendors, we believe you should be able to curate your event the way you want it. We welcome all professional, licensed, and insured vendors. We also offer a list of preferred vendors to our clients.
Can I have a photoshoot on your property?
Styled photoshoot requests are granted in advance and depending on availability. There are many different outdoor photo opportunities here at Thistle Hill Estates such as senior pictures, family photoshoots, holiday pictures, bridal portraits, engagement sessions, and wedding photography.

Gardens, a log tree swing, a pond, bridges in wooded areas, rustic barns, horses, cattle, and more can provide picturesque Texas backdrops for your photographs.


Do you have a helipad for helicopter travel arrangements?
Yes. We have a helipad for your arrival by executive size helicopter.  We can also arrange helicopter travel for you.
Do you allow fireworks on your property?
Thistle Hill Estate is a fireworks-friendly venue. If you would like to have fireworks set off at your event, there are local fireworks vendors in our area that can provide you with a professional, high-quality fireworks display. 
Do you offer sleigh rides in the winter?
On the rare occasion of snowfall at Thistle Hill Estate during your event, we can bring out our traditional sleigh as a stationary prop to use for photographic purposes. The sleigh is not available for rides at this time.

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