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Rustic DIY Texas Wedding For $14K

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Erin + Lee

Austin , Texas
Total wedding budget $14,000

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Photography: $1,750.00
  • Dress: $81 Lulus Dress + $150 in alterations = $303.00
  • Catering: $3,500.00
  • Cake: $260.00
  • Calligraphy: Free. Bride’s mother addressed invitations and helped with Ketubah/Wedding Contract
  • Venue: Original venue (evacuated due to flooding) was Sanctuary Event Space and cost was $3000.00 – however, they negotiated with a substitute replacement venue on the day of the wedding/during flood – we were able to use Gather Venue at no additional cost.
  • Flowers: Free. Bride & family picked wildflowers in (an unincorporated) field. Friends arranged florals. 
  • Vases: half were borrowed, half were thrifted around $40.00 total
  • Groom’s attire: H&M suit for $170.00, tailored for $150.00 + DAZI tie $40.00 = $360.00
  • Music: “Rent Party” $450.00 
  • Rentals: Sound equipment – $75.00
  • Wedding planner: $2000.00
  • Alcohol: $730.00
  • Bartenders: $600.00 (buyback was around $300.00)
  • Extra Staffing: $250.00
  • Makeup: $210.00 (for four people)
  • Save the dates, Invitations, Programs, stamps: $174.00 (including stamps) on Canva.com
  • Umbrellas & Ponchos: $145.00
  • Guest book: $25.00 Amazon
  • Bride Hairpiece & Jewelry: $50.00 on Etsy.com
  • DJ/MC: Free! (friends)

Total Budget: $11,000

How many guests did you have?


What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?


  • Bride hand-painted and lettered the Ketubah, a Jewish wedding contract. 
  • Bride illustrated save the date postcards and all table numbers, seating chart
  • Bride & family handpicked wildflowers.
  • Friends arranged all florals, including florals on tables in vases, bride bouquet & on Chuppah.
  • Welcome sign
  • Invitations (made by Maid of Honor)
  • British bunting
  • Chuppah
  • Guest book cover
  • Embroidered sign

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Buying a beautiful white dress that was not labeled “wedding dress” was a big way to save money. I wanted a short, flirty dress that felt like me and was great for a Texas Spring, so I found a great and affordable tailor through a friend who did an amazing job. 

Making the choice to go with a food truck instead of a waiting service or buffet saved us money. 

We also bought our own alcohol from a store with a buyback program – and were able to sell 1/2 of it back to the store. 

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Make sure you have a wedding planner or a Day-Of-Coordinator that really knows what they’re doing. Without ours, we would have probably canceled our wedding!

What was your biggest splurge?

The groom is a major foodie, so having the best local food truck serve the wedding meal was really important to him! It was our biggest expense next to the venue.

What was your favorite detail?

I loved having so many handmade items created by talented friends. The bright hand-painted welcome sign, bamboo chuppah, and British bunting were amazing details we will always treasure.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Ha! So many moments. I will never forget crying in the bathroom while my fiancé held me after finding out we were being evacuated from our first venue. That was a very memorable and bittersweet moment. At the saved wedding, though, my favorite moment was dancing the Hora with all 80 guests surrounding us. 


Photography: Flowermouth Photography | Venue: Vuka (previously Gather Venues) | Wedding Planner: Burlap and Rose Weddings |Catering: Peached Tortilla | Bakery: Paper Route Bakery | Band: Rent Party | Makeup: Jennifer Cunningham | Wedding Gown: Lulu’s | Veil: Dried flower hairpiece – Vualia | Groom’s Suit: H&M