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The best-kept secrets for planning an Austin wedding on a budget

The best-kept secrets for planning an Austin wedding on a budget

Zilker Clubhouse Austin wedding
Zilker Clubhouse boasts great views and is an affordable Austin venue. Photo by Elissa R Photography

Your wedding day is approaching, and you have Pinterest boards full of ideas, but the budget is limited. There are plenty of ways to pull off the wedding of your dreams in Austin without breaking the bank. We consulted top Austin wedding planners and local brides for the best-kept secrets and recommended vendors for a budget-friendly wedding.

Wedding planner: You and The Knot
For a mere $13.95 you can purchase The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and organize all of those photos, recommendations, articles, and other goodies you have been collecting for the big day. The planner includes worksheets, timelines, etiquette tips, and answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding weddings.

The dress: Once Upon a Bride 
If the dress of your dreams is beyond reach but you don’t want to compromise, check out one of Austin’s best-kept secrets. This wedding resale boutique sells new and lightly worn consigned wedding dresses, priced under $700. Bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses, and mother-of-the-bride dresses are also available for $50 or less. Forty percent of the dresses you will find in the shop are new, with 60 percent consignment dresses, all less than 7 years old and damage free.

The venue: Zilker Clubhouse
For a bargain skyline view, check out the Charles Page Zilker Clubhouse. Owned by the City of Austin, arrangements must be made well in advance and dates are obtained by a lottery. If you can handle dealing with the permits and red tape required, this venue is well worth it. There is a terrace with a stunning panoramic view of the city, as well as a charming clubhouse with a stone fireplace perfect for receptions.  

Floral design: Michael’s
Michael’s has a huge selection of everything you might need to create bouquets and boutineers and table, pew, and altar arrangements. Michael’s also features wedding décor, favors, lighting, and bridal accessories from celebrity wedding planner and designer David Tutera. With Pinterest and YouTube inspiration, gather your friends and design the bouquet and floral arrangements of your dreams. Plus, they can be completed well before the big day.

Cake: H-E-B
Your local H-E-B bakery has literally dozens of designs for wedding cakes, from simple to elegant. To save on costs, many couples have a small wedding cake for display and cutting, with a cupcake buffet for guests.

Caterer: Mr. Margarita and Torchy’s Tacos
Nothing says Austin like margaritas and tacos. You can order tacos and sides from Torchy’s, and rent a machine for frozen margaritas from Mr. Margarita.

Photographer: Complete Weddings
Professional photos eat up a large part of any wedding budget, but there are reasonable options available in Austin. Packages from Complete Weddings, based in Cedar Park, begin at $495 and go up to $2,495. They include the services of a professional photographer with a variety of times and services available. 

Music: Glenn Todd from Livewire Music Express
Of course you can always rent your own equipment and set your playlist from Spotify to get the evening's festivities going, but it’s a special night, so why not go with a professional DJ? You can choose your tunes as well as the mood you want to set while the DJ keeps the party moving. It’s an inexpensive and fun alternative to a band. Todd is easy to work with and gets excellent reviews.