Hosting a wedding is certainly not an inexpensive undertaking. From the venue selection to the attire costs, it can all add up to an ungodly amount. If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you know we are always sharing ways to shave down your wedding costs without sacrificing your vision. We make it our mission to help our readers realize their wedding dreams without going bankrupt!

In addition to the number one budget hack to save on your wedding budget, we’ve identified an additional wedding budget tip that could save you thousands of dollars on your catering costs. Most couples want to provide their wedding guests with amazing food and drink to celebrate their big day. And we’ve discovered that alcohol costs, not food costs, are the real culprit behind rising catering costs. One way to greatly reduce your alcohol costs is to choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own booze (BYOB).

Venues licensed to serve liquor at their facilities typically mark-up the liquor they serve by 70-80%. Yes, you read that right---70-80%! Thus, finding a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol, could reduce your alcohol costs by 50-80%. Purchasing the liquor you want to serve at your wedding at a liquor store and then hiring a licensed bartender to serve the liquor to your guests could be a game-changer in your overall wedding budget.

We’ve identified 7 venues in the greater Austin area that allow couples to bring in their own alcohol to serve to their wedding guests. The fact that these venues are BYOB makes them affordable wedding venues. The fact that we’ve identified them makes them stunning venue options for couples looking to save on their wedding costs.

7 Best BYOB Wedding Venues in Austin

Related ContentHow to Save Money on Your Wedding Without Sacrificing Your Vision

7 Best BYOB Venues in Austin

1. Barr Mansion and Artisan Ballroom | 10463 Sprinkle Road, Austin, TX 78754 | 512.926.6907

Barr Mansion and Artisan Ballroom (the “Barr Mansion”) is a wedding and events venue located in the heart of Austin, just northeast of downtown and fifteen minutes from the capital. The venue sits on seven acres of organic gardens and boasts beautiful landscapes and thoughtfully designed buildings.

Barr Mansion maintains four versatile spaces and couples can use all of them for their wedding celebration. The historic Eastlake Victorian Mansion is perfect for getting ready and snapping a few photos with your wedding party. Couples can serve their guests cocktails or dinner in the open-air Farmstead or the glass-walled Ballroom. Outdoor ceremonies can take place in the courtyard, under the pecan tree, or on the porch of the Mansion. The possibilities are endless!

Best of all, Barr Mansion provides exquisite organic, locally grown food for all of its clients. So your guests will experience the best culinary delights central Texas has to offer.

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 300 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

Related Content: How to Slash Your Wedding Budget in Half with One Simple Trick

7 Best BYOB Venues in Austin

2. Blanton Museum of Art | 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Austin, TX 78712 | 512.471.8698

The Blanton Museum of Art is an eclectic, modern venue for holding your wedding affair. The venue maintains several locations that are perfect for wedding celebrations. The Rapoport Atrium is truly striking with its soaring, 50-foot ceiling accented by Moorish-inspired arches and flanked by a dramatic, ultra-sleek lit staircase.

Cocktail hours can be held in the Mezzanine, where unique art installations adorn the walls, and an overhead skylight runs the length of the space, illuminating the atrium below. Additionally, there are several other smaller rooms available for more intimate gatherings or for use as bridal or groom suites. 

Rental of the space includes access to the museum’s first-floor galleries, so guests can enjoy the world-class exhibits as they mix and mingle. For the modern wedding lover, this art museum is a dream!

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 150 maximum capacity (exclusively indoors).

Related ContentTop 5 Places to Buy a Discounted Wedding Dress in San Antonio and Austin

7 Best BYOB Wedding Venus in Austin

3. Brodie Homestead | 5211 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley, TX 78745 | 512.439.2981

Brodie Homestead is the perfect balance of rustic charm and modern elegance! The “barn in the city” feel provides the perfect backdrop for both grand and intimate wedding celebrations.

The signature feature of the venue is definitely the wooden gambrel roof, adorned with stunning crystal chandeliers. It will make for the most impressive statement in your wedding photographs. 

With Brodie Homestead being located just ten minutes from downtown Austin, it’s the perfect location to host guests who are visiting the city for the first time.

And now for the best part--the venue is totally BYOB! By bringing in your own alcohol you’ll be able to have a breathtaking wedding celebration with significant cost savings. You can’t get much better than that!

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 200 - 250 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

Related Content: How to Buy a Stunning Wedding Dress Without Breaking the Bank

7 Best BYOB Wedding Venues in Austin

4. HighPointe Estate | 5555 County Road 258, Liberty Hill, TX 78642 | 512.636.9200

The HighPoint Estate is one of the Austin area’s newest wedding venues. Situated on forty-two beautiful acres with sweeping views of the San Gabriel River valley, the venue offers dramatic and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for your wedding.

Designed with the couple in mind, this venue boasts stunning outdoor spaces and well as equally beautiful “Plan B” indoor spaces. Couples can plan their dream outdoor wedding, but if the weather doesn’t permit it, they can still have a breathtaking exclusively indoor wedding celebration. I absolutely love these kinds of venues!

And just like every other venue on our list, couples can bring in their own alcoholic beverages to serve their guests. Be sure to check out all of their attractive venues on their website.

Pricing: Available on website.
Capacity: 300 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

Related Content: How to Score a Custom Wedding Invitation at a Stock Price

7 Best BYOB Wedding Venues in Austin

5. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739 | 512.232.0164

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center boasts uniquely Texan architecture and native landscapes and will give your guests an authentic Austin experience. Named after the former first lady who had a love for botanical gardens, this gorgeous venue is conveniently located in southwest Austin. 

Your guests will marvel at the stunning grounds with its beautiful landscaping and captivating florals. The glass-enclosed Great Hall, with its high ceiling and magnificent views over the rolling meadows, will transport your guests into their own private garden experience. 

The venue has several locations that are perfect for holding an indoor/outdoor wedding celebration and with the ability to bring in your own alcohol, the cost-savings cannot be beaten!

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 200 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

Related Content: 7 Most Dangerous Planning Mistakes Couples on a Budget Make

7 Best BYOB Wedding Venues in Austin

6. Laguna Gloria | 3809 W 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703 | 512.458.8191 x255

Laguna Gloria is one of the most stunning and desired venues in central Texas. The venue boasts several awards for its breathtaking wedding ceremony and reception locations. It has been featured in several national wedding publications and deemed one of the best wedding venues in the country.

Located just five miles west of downtown Austin on the beautiful shores of Lake Austin, Laguna Gloria maintains attractive waterfront views. Your guests will be mesmerized by the beautiful landscaping and the majestic Mediterranean-style architecture. It is seriously one of the most gorgeous venues you will ever lay your eyes on!

And if the venue’s beauty wasn’t enough, Laguna Gloria is actually a very economical choice for couples. Clients are allowed to bring in their own alcohol as long as it is served by a licensed and insured bartender--a significant saving for couples!

Pricing: Available on website.
Capacity: 150 - 200 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

Related Content: 7 Cost-Cutting Tips for the Bride with High-end Style and a DIY-end Budget

7 Best BYOB Wedding Venues in Austin

7. Two Wishes Ranch | 454 Hobby Horse Road, Lockhart, TX 78644 | 512.488.4432

Two Wishes Ranch is a beautiful indoor/outdoor venue that sits on a 400-acre canvas to craft your ultimate wedding celebration. The rustic, yet elegant venue overlooks 21 acres of manicured polo fields and rolling wildflower meadows. The grounds surrounding the venue provide the perfect natural backdrop for hosting your celebratory nuptials. 

The venue maintains a Groom’s Cabin and a Bridal Cottage so both bridal parties can get ready at the venue. The Ceremony Garden is the ideal space for an outdoor wedding ceremony. And finally, the Big Wish Barn is a wedding reception dream boasting weathered gray siding, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds, and an attached covered porch.

And of course, the venue is completely BYOB--clients can bring in their own alcohol and serve it to their guests by a fully licensed and insured bartender. Booking this venue for your wedding is a no-brainer!

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 250 - 300 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

If you do decide to go with a BYOB venue, make sure you understand all of the rules for serving alcoholic beverages at the venue (e.g., if you’ll need a licensed bartender to serve the alcoholic beverages) and factor in any additional costs these regulations may require. Happy planning!


If you like the information in this article, be sure to sign up for our email list where you'll get access to our newsletters that are choc-full of helpful wedding advice and tips. And be sure to follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest for cool giveaways and special vendor discounts. Finally, we're always looking for new and inventive ways to help our readers, so share your best wedding tips/planning advice in the comments. We may just turn your comment into an informative article!