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 Houston 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. 

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1. The Houston Event Venue | 5601 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX 77011 | 281.961.8128

The Houston Event Venue is a warehouse-style venue located minutes from downtown Houston. The venue consists of two spaces--the “Modern Venue,” which offers 4,500 square feet of event space and the “Warehouse Venue,” which consists of 6,500 square feet of event space. 

This event space is perfect for the couple who prefer a modern event design or a non-traditional warehouse setting. Both locations offer antique windows, cement floors, and original brick walls that date back to the 1930s! 

With the ability to bring your own catering and alcoholic beverages, this venue is a must-see for couples looking for an affordable wedding venue that also allows them to offer their wedding guests access to all that downtown Houston has to offer!

Pricing: Available on website.
Capacity: The Modern Venue has a maximum capacity of 50 guests. The Warehouse Venue has a maximum capacity of 250 guests (exclusively indoors).

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2. LIFE HTX | 2515 Morse St., Houston, TX 77019 | 832.538.0372

LIFE HTX is a one-of-a-kind venue centrally located in Houston’s Montrose area. The venue is a contemporary wedding lover’s dream with custom-built, state-of-the-art features, and a sleek, urban sensibility.

Pure white, 14-foot gallery walls and 100-foot-long projector screens are the venue’s showcase feature. This allows clients to transform the space with any backdrop or scene. Additionally, the venue offers top-tier lighting and sound systems creating an immersive experience for your guests.

In addition to the 4,000 square foot event space, the venue also offers a 2,000 square foot pre-event space that can be used for a pre-reception cocktail hour or as a separate lounge during your reception. The possibilities are endless with this venue! Be sure to check out their Instagram page for ideas on how to transform the space.

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 250 maximum capacity (exclusively indoors).

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3. The Meekermark | 21156 Karen-Switch Rd., Magnolia, TX 77354 | 281.565.4285

The Meekermark is an incredibly unique Houston wedding venue with lots of character for a picture-perfect wedding day. In addition to a 4,000 square foot indoor event space housed in a stunning, reclaimed wood barn, you’ll be able to host your ceremony under the trees and beneath the stars in a unique open-air chapel, with floating windows and soaring white vaulted beams.

The venue is ideal for picture taking because the entire property was designed by wedding photographers with decades of experience capturing weddings at hundreds of local venues. "We took what we learned about lighting and elements that make amazing wedding photos, and incorporated it all into one amazing, custom-built venue!"

Pricing: Available on website.
Capacity: 225 maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor spaces available).

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4. 2K Reserve | 26290 Nelson Rd., Hempstead, TX 77445 | 832.373.2563

Designed by wedding professionals, the 2K Reserve is a classic space with a Texas feel. It was designed to suit the vision of any couple and every detail was thought out and implemented to ensure the couple could enjoy the perfect day. 

The venue boasts an indoor chapel and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 guests. And since wedding professionals designed the space, they ensured that guests remained in close proximity to the couple no matter where they were situated in the chapel or ballroom. 

Be sure to check out the venue’s Facebook page to see recent images of the space. As a venue that allows you to bring your own catering and alcohol, 2K Reserve is definitely one of Houston’s bargain wedding venues.

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 300 maximum capacity (exclusively indoors).

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5. 1940 Air Terminal Museum | 8325 Travelair St., Houston, TX 77061 | 713.454.1940

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum was Houston's original municipal airport that now serves as an Art Deco/Art Moderne event venue to host your wedding. The stunning white structure features exhibit rooms filled with artifacts, photographs, uniforms, aircraft, and memorabilia that illustrate the history of Texas air flight.

You can host your wedding ceremony or reception in the venue’s curvilinear, two-story Atrium (the airport's former lobby), the unique Starliner Theater, with its exposed brick walls and oversized industrial windows, or the Hangar, where you can dance the night away amid vintage aircraft.

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum definitely provides a unique space to fascinate your wedding guests. And with the option of providing your own catering and bar beverages, the possibilities of what you can do to entertain your guests are endless.

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 200 maximum capacity (museum); 500 maximum capacity (hanger) (exclusively indoors).

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6. Addison Woods Wedding & Event Venue | 1245 Pruitt Rd., The Woodlands, TX 77380 | 281.910.1574

Perfectly designed for weddings, showers, private parties, business meetings, and more, the Addison Woods Wedding & Event Venue is a real gem nestled in the woods north of Houston.  The venue boasts multiple indoor and outdoor venue spaces to accommodate your big day. 

The five-acre farm estate has every space imaginable to craft your perfect wedding day: an indoor chapel, an outdoor ceremony lawn, an indoor reception barn, a covered veranda, and an outdoor cocktail lawn. These spaces can be used interchangeably to your desire, so you never have to worry about inclement weather ruining your day.

You can select any alcohol vendor of your choosing as long as they meet TABC and insurance requirements and are pre-approved with a minimum of 60 days in advance. Couples should not overlook this venue when searching for a gorgeous, yet affordable wedding venue.

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

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7. THE SPRINGS in Wallisville | 2610 Wallisville-Turtle Bayou Rd., Wallisville, TX 77597 | 409.277.1877

THE SPRINGS in Wallisville is seriously one of the most stunning venues in the greater Houston area! And the fact that the venue is BYOB makes it one of the most economical venues in the greater Houston area. 

Located just an hour east of downtown Houston, THE SPRINGS in Wallisville offers a charming white pavilion for your ceremony, nestled among gracefully swaying trees and lush green landscaping. The three-story Dutch barn is guaranteed to wow your guests with bright, whitewashed wood walls, dramatic cathedral windows, and an impressive grand staircase.

The venue is completely BYO, allowing you to bring in your own catering and alcoholic beverages. If you’re willing to drive a bit outside of the city, the beauty you’ll appreciate and the savings you’ll enjoy on your big day will be well worth it.

Pricing: Contact venue for details.
Capacity: 224 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!


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