It’s important to know the most expensive dates and days to get married. If you’re on a tight budget for a wedding opt for a day like a Friday or Sunday. Saturdays tend to be the most expensive days to get married on. The month you get married will also determine how much you pay. Pick a month that isn’t as popular for weddings such as; January, February or March. GOOD LUCK HUNTING!!


Here are just a few of affordable wedding venues

Wedding venues:

1. Seekatz opera house-this place is all indoors and so vintage and beautiful. This place is the perfect place to have your reception at!


2. Wildflower barn: this place is absolutely adorable! A rustic barn and dreamy bluebonnets in March and April, this place is your Spring go to for an event or wedding!

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3. Lotus Ranch, want it all in one area? This place is a great option for those wanting a beautiful and secluded wedding in the Texas Hill Country. Plus! You’ll have a lodge on sight to sleep your family and friends



4. Texas women’s federation: this place is classic and victorian! You would need very little decor!


5. Last but not least! This FREE wedding chapel is a great option for fall and spring weddings! Love the architecture!



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Lotus Ranch Weddings

Lotus Ranch is a beautiful wedding venue with lots of character, a lodge for guests and serene beautiful views! This is the place to book your next event and wedding

Here’s the link for more information: http://lotusranch.org

Here are some pictures of the grounds:

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by: Raquel Yarovinsky

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Wedding by Jessica Pledger Photography

Jessic Pledger Photography

The Wedding took place between Nora and Eric at the George Ranch Historical Park, South of Houston, TX on St. Patrick’s Day.  They had a green theme, but they kept to a really chic country style.  Nora, the Bride, had the vision and the hard work to put so many projects together herself, and Eric helped her along the way make her visions come to life.  They kept the Wedding small and only had their closest friends and family in attendance.

The ceremony took place inside the old Chapel on the Ranch, and the Reception took place in the old historical Post Office Building.  The day was perfect for a Wedding, and all the guests were all so happy to be involved in the celebration.  Nora had photobooth props, hats and masks, and also sticks with ribbons attached to the end.  The guests took these to a whole new level wearing them on the dance floor.

My favorite part of the whole night is when the Bride’s two sons, who told Nora they were never going to dance at the Wedding, had their first dance with their Mom and the other son cut in on the dance to surprise her Mom by dancing with her too.  Both sons ended up dancing the night away for the rest of the party!

The Bride wore beautiful antique jewelry given to her by Eric’s mother.  Eric’s mother received the jewelry from her husband.  Both the Bride and Groom’s father had passed away, so they were represented at the ceremony through pictures placed on the altar during the ceremony.  The two or such wonderful people and totally in love.  They had a fabulous Wedding.

The Vendors are:


Ceremony and Reception: George Ranch

Photography: Jessica Pledger Photography

DJ: Guy Branche at DJU Productions

Catering: George Ranch BBQ

Flowers: DIY

Favors: DIY

Cake: Cakes by Gina

You can see more photos at- http://www.jessicapledger.com/blog/uncategorized/nora-erics-wedding-houston-wedding-photographer/

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Importance of a Videographer- Wes Shephard

First and foremost, YES, you will regret it forever if you don’t have a videographer at your wedding, even if its Uncle Joe shakily holding his camcorder in one hand and a beer in the other, you will want a video of your wedding day.  I have brides contact me all the time with the same story, it goes something like this “We were not sure if we had the budget for a videographer, but then we really think we will regret it if we don’t have one, are you available this coming Saturday???”  Fortunately for me and unfortunately for those brides, on most cases I am already booked because more and more brides are realizing the importance and one of a kind feeling a well shot and produced wedding video can bring you for years down the road.  I frequently have brides tell me that their wedding video is more precious to them than their photos, and why shouldn’t it be?  Pictures are classic and beautiful and “tell a thousand words” and you should NEVER forgo pictures for a videographer, but with video you get to see your mannerisms, your swagger, hear the voices of your loved ones, even hear your actual vows and see that first kiss as it actually happened; its priceless!!!
With all that said its important to know what to look for when you are hiring a videographer, so here are some things to consider when choosing a great one.
  1. Are they a TRUE professional and can they prove it?  Nowadays anyone can go out and buy all the necessary equipment to film a wedding, but that doesn’t mean they are qualified to use that equipment or use it well!!  Make sure you see their previous work, resume, and ask them about their video production experience and training.  If they only have one or two videos on their website it’s a RED FLAG, chances are it’s the BEST video they have ever shot in their lives; anyone can get lucky so make sure they have a CONSISTENT body of good work to show you!!
  2. Do they have reviews?  I’m not talking about reviews posted on their website, those can be written by anyone, including the videographer themselves.  I will even admit when I first started out and didn’t have any real reviews I posted a fake one on my website.  Check credible sources like The Knot.com, websites like that make sure the reviews are written by the brides themselves.  You should also ask your wedding coordinator, if you are using one, if they can recommend a videographer for you!!
  3. Has your photographer worked with them before?  Yes, there are TONS of photographers and it’s a good chance your photographer has not worked with your videographer of choice, but if they have they can give you priceless insight into how that videographer performs on the day of.  Its critical the photographer and videographer are on the same page for the wedding, otherwise most of your priceless photos will have your videographer in them, and vice versa your video will have the backside of your photographer.  Its imperative they work together and get along on your wedding day!!
  4. Will you get ALL your footage on DVD?  This is something that you assume all videographers will provide you, only to learn that service costs extra when you open your video package and see a bunch of tapes that you have no idea what to do with.  A good videographer will not only provide you with a great edited video, but will also give you what we call the “RAW” unedited footage on DVDs, that way you can watch EVERYTHING that was captured on your DVD player.
  5. Are they insured?  For obvious reasons….
  6. Do they have a backup?  If the unthinkable should happen and your prized videographer breaks their leg the night before your wedding, you need to know they have a TRAINED associate who can take their place.  Its not good enough to have a buddy in the “biz”, a wedding is a completely different setting than a TV show or concert, and while I shot for TV for many years before I got into weddings, my first wedding was probably the most overwhelming and stressful live event I have ever shot.  Unlike TV, if you don’t get it right the first time you can’t yell “cut”.
  7. Is their camera equipped for low light situations?  Many times your reception will be held in a lighting environment that is not the best for video cameras.  It’s imperative that your videographer has a camera that is designed for low light and that they have an on camera light for their camera.  YES, this light can be annoying, but it’s ESSENTIAL to making your dance footage look great.  If your videographer does not have one or has a camera that is not great in low light they will have to turn up what is called the “gain”  This can add that grainy “noise” to your video and take away from the quality you are paying for.
  8. How do they capture audio?  Most cameras have an on camera microphone that will pick up most things within a decent distance, but if you want your vows captured you will need to have a wireless microphone attached to the groom.  If your videographer does not offer this feature you can kiss any hopes of reliving your vows goodbye; unless of course they film your ceremony from 5 feet away.
  9. Do they offer Blu-Ray and do they shoot in HD?  If your videographer does not shoot in HD they CANT offer you a Blu-Ray or HD DVD, simple as that, make sure they shoot in HD and can offer you what you are looking for.
  10. A Note To The Bride:  No matter what videographer you choose it’s important that you actually WANT them there!!  I cannot tell you how many brides hire me, only to cower away from the camera, stare at me out of the corner of their eye like I’m an intruder from outer space, or turn their backs while dancing.  Remember, YOU hired your videographer and should take advantage of that.  Play to the camera, dance in its face and always remember, your wedding video is a direct reflection of your day, its hard to make you look like you are happy and having fun if you don’t act like it, so SMILE AND HAVE FUN!!!!!
Wes Shephard
Owner/Lead Videographer & Photographer
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Vendor Spotlight: WOW Factor Design

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When you think of weddings the first thing that pops into my head is the dress and the FLOWERS!!! Flowers are amazing, they can tie in color schemes they can add a softness to a wedding or they can even just make everything a bit more cheerful. I want to tell you about one of my FAVORITE places to get flowers and where I recommend all of my brides to go, WOW Factor Design Co. in Wimberley, TX. The flowers, done by Kristy Clanton and Kari Shelton, are some of the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements I have ever seen. I have worked with them many times and every time the flowers have not only been exceptionally arranged but they have also been quality flowers. Having quality goods and artistic savvy  are very important but the big thing that has me continue to send brides their way is their amazing customer service and their ability to help a bride make their dreams a reality. I love looking at their facebook page (WOW Factor Design Co.) and seeing the new designs that they add and I saw this tag line on their and it fits them brilliantly “from the most intimate gathering to the extravagant gala – we provide exceptional service and our passion for what we do shows!”  If you want exceptional flowers in The Hill Country, Austin or San Antonio (or anywhere in between) these are your girls!!!!

For more services and information please contact them at:

WOW Factor Design
A Division of Wimberley Flower Shop

14201 Ranch Road 12
Wimberley, TX 78676

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Kristy Clanton
Kari Shelton

Kayleigh Ziegenbein

Certified Wedding Planner

Lotus Ranch

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Wed Vendor Feature – Vintage Airstream Photobooth

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Having lived all around the world for many years, I finally found my home in the Hill Country of Texas, yet love the energy,  music and quirkiness of Austin. For you our Hill Country couples, you can also enjoy the combination of the country & the city with the eclectic, adorable and fabulous silver airstream photobooth – Daisy.

Yes, Daisy! Who is owned and operated by husband & wife wedding photographer team, Chris & Yvonne Johnson. This is a mini studio in an airstream, with a professional digital camera, studio lighting, high resolution printer for the photos and of course the props!

Wimberley, has many ranch weddings and a good thing to note for your budget, is that there is no travel fee incurred from Austin to the Wimberley area. Another budget friendly note for renting Daisy is that the rental fee includes set-up and break down. The fee for this unique photobooth is $1150 for 3 hours and $1450 for 4 hours.  I know right away you are thinking does the set-up and break down eat into my photobooth time and no it does not. See Daisy for yourself at www.airstreamphotobooth.com

If you love airstreams and want to pair Daisy up with some other adorable vintage silver girls – take a look at one of my favorite venues to work at -Three Points Ranch in Round Mountain!  That’s a story or two for another day . . . !

Photo by Jim Semlor Photography

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Vendor Spotlight: Wedding Warriors


Being in the Hill Country most people are very aware of the need in our world to be as eco friendly as possible and do our best not to leave a footprint behind us in our daily lives. So when I think about weddings I think about how often times we forget that it is important on that day also to remember our environment. Wedding Warriors is owned and operated by the wonderful Christina Lewis. Her company is an eco-chic wedding planning company located in Wimberley, Texas. Wedding Warriors is driven to supply style with sustainability! Christina was born and raised in the Caribbean and Bermuda and has been a world traveler. She loves to bring her knowledge of different cultures and areas of the world into her design themes that she comes up with for her weddings. Christina does amazing things such as revitalized rentals, these rentals allow her to reuse things from the past and use them into your wedding in a fun environmentally friendly way. Wedding Warriors has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Unveiled Weddings, and Rock and Roll Bride all within the last year and a half and was also given the “Bride’s Choice Award ’11” by Wedding Wire. From the moment you meet Christina you can not help but love the person she is and feel completely confident in the fact that she will give you the wedding of your dreams, most importantly at the same time you know she will do her best to be as eco friendly as possible. If you are looking for a beautiful, fun, eco-chic wedding contact Christina at Wedding Warriors and I am more then confident she will give you the wedding of your dreams. Visit her website at theweddingwarriors.com

Kayleigh Ziegenbein

Certified Wedding Planner

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Vendor Spotlights!!!


We have an exciting new feature on The Hill Country Wedding Blog. Every Wednesday we will be featuring a new local vendor in the wedding industry in the area! I think this is a fun way to see new people that are around as well as vendors that have been here for awhile! Look for our first vendor spotlight coming tomorrow! I will give you a hint it is an amazing wedding planner in the area :) Happy Planning!!!!

Kayleigh Ziegenbein

Certified Wedding Planner

Lotus Ranch

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