Real Wedding Budgets of Texas Brides

Three Texas brides dish on every single wedding expense.
by Alison Goldman

It sounds easy -- 10 percent to flowers, 50 percent to catering -- but let's be real: There's no way you can plan each purchase down to the last cent! Here's what three Texas brides spent on their weddings and which pros they used to stick to their budgets.

Katie Manship & Daniel Terrazas

January 17 | San Antonio | 200 guests

Their Budget: $35,991

Their Breakdown

ceremony site $1,525 including a singer, organist, officiant, and donation. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, (210) 828-6425

reception site $4,500. McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, (210) 805-1782

photography $2,500 for two photographers and all proofs and images on disc. Marcus Revilla Photography, San Antonio,

videography $1,000 for one shooter for seven hours and four edited DVDs. John Atiee, Citi-Video, San Antonio, (210) 496-1155

wedding consultant $1,500 for six weeks. Diamonds & Dreams Wedding Consultants, San Antonio, (210) 744-4686

wedding gown $2,100. Paloma Blanca, Serendipity Bridal, Austin, (512) 374-9492

shoes $50. DSW, San Antonio, (210) 497-5670

hair $45 for a classic bun with curls. Olga Mendoza, Shear Envy, Universal City, (210) 945-7100

makeup $75. Dara Carney, San Antonio, (210) 218-6246

wedding Rings $1,000 for Katie's band/$60 for Daniel's. Stone Oak Jewelers, San Antonio, (210) 403-3900/James Avery Jewelry, San Antonio, (210) 764-2662

other Jewelry $150 for a bracelet, earrings, and a necklace. Carolee, Dillard's Department Store, San Antonio, (210) 651-5033

groom's formalwear $35 for Daniel's shoes. His tux was free with the groomsmen's rentals. Ralph Lauren, Al's Formal Wear, San Antonio, (210) 491-0202

stationery $1,200 for invitations/$100 for DIY programs and place and menu cards. Moon Mippy Stationery & Gifts, San Antonio, (210) 495-9100/

bridal party gifts $250 for bags with flip-flops, stationery, and koozies. Moon Mippy Stationer y & Gifts, San Antonio, (210) 495-9100

flowers $2,850 for six pew markers, nine bouquets, 10 corsages, 12 boutonnieres, 30 arrangements, one wishing tree, flowers for the bride's hair and a cake topper. HEB Bloom, San Antonio, (210) 492-4837

guest Book $50 for a monogrammed photo album.

catering $10,500 for hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, and a two-course seated dinner. Absolutely Delicious Catering, San Antonio, (210) 342-2321

rental equipment $3,060 for linens, lighting, tables, and chairs. John Kerney, BP Lighting, San Antonio, (210) 521-8921/Touch of Elegance Co., New Braunfels, (830) 620 7018/Absolute Rentals, San Antonio, (210) 696-5376

reception Music $495 for a DJ. Cutting Edge Entertainment, San Antonio, (210) 495-3900

dance Lessons $750. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, San Antonio, (210) 490-3733

wedding cakes $800 for bride's; $325 for groom's. Cakes by Cathy Young, San Antonio, (210) 493-8466/ Elm's Bakery, San Antonio, (210) 479-0700

favors $300 for a candy bar. Mippy Stationery & Gifts, San Antonio, (210) 495-9100

transportation $150 for a limo. Luxury Limousine, San Antonio, (210) 495-3900

hotel Room $346 for two nights in a suite. Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, (210) 229-9222

Wendy Eckstrom & Clay Lacey

May 9 | Parker | 140 guests

Their Budget: $12,761

Their Breakdown

ceremony and reception site $6,949 including food, alcohol the couple brought in, centerpieces and linens a margarita machine, bartenders and a security guard. Swingin' D Ranch, Parker, (972) 221-0167

ceremony Decor and Accessories $69 for a ring pillow, a guest book and pen, a flower girl basket, rose petals and a program basket.

photography $800 for five hours, a disc with all digital images and all rights. Nicole Linscomb, Little Elm, (214) 850-9279

ceremony officiant $300. Rev. Ken Savage, LoveNotes, Richardson, (972) 647-9580

wedding rings $1,267 for custom-made bands. Nasr Brothers Jewelers, Rockwall, (972) 722-1616

wedding gown $432. "The dress felt right, looked right, and lucky for me, the price was right too!" David's Bridal, Dallas, (214) 360-0270

alterations $110 to bring up the hemline and take up the halter. Becky Fowler, Irving, (972) 986-8067

shoes $32. East 5th, JCPenney, Town East Mall, Mesquite, (972) 279-4100

makeup $75. "I told Tonya what my budget was and she worked within it." Tonya Canal, Mod Facade, Rockwall, (214) 771-3033

hair $128 including a trial updo. JCPenney, Town East Mall, Mesquite, (972) 279-4100, x277

veil $5. Hobby Lobby, Rockwall, (972) 772-5021

hair accessories $11 for a silver headpiece that matched the beading on the dress. Hobby Lobby, Rockwall, (972) 772-5021

groom's formalwear $216 for a suit coat. Men's Wearhouse, Mesquite, (972) 270-6393

wedding cake $250. A friend made the red velvet, lemon, and chocolate cakes.

bridal party gifts $442 for monogrammed duffel bags filled with lotions, nail files, room spray, and compacts for the girls, and military style duffel bags filled with tools and bottle openers for the guys. & Body Works, Rockwall, (972) 722-8774/JCPenney, Town East Mall, Mesquite, (972) 279-4100/Beall's, Rockwall, (972) 722-3198/ Target, Rockwall, (972) 722-0894

favors $185 for small candy jars with heart seals on the lids, thank-you tags tied around the necks chocolate-covered almonds and gourmet jellybeans. Michael's, Rockwall, (972) 772-7930/ Party City, Mesquite, (972) 270-0200/Hobby Lobby, Rockwall, (972) 772-5021

stationery $57 for DIY invites and programs. Hobby Lobby, Rockwall, (972) 772-5021

flowers $88 for one bridal bouquet, four bridesmaid bouquets and flowers for the flower girl. Marisela Alcaraz, Sam's Club, Garland, (214) 221-3524

ceremony and Reception Music $1,000 for a DJ. Michael Mohan, Dallas, (972) 317-2336

transportation $149 for a Lincoln Town Car for the couple. Premier Transportation, Dallas, (214) 351-7000

hotel Room $196 for a standard room, a bottle of wine and breakfast. Hilton Hotel, Rockwall, (214) 771-3700

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