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DIY Your A$$ Off with this TX Wedding


pastel wedding bouquet

This is one committed and creative couple! Not only did they make their very own photobooth from scratch, but they also created just about all of the signage, paper products, and backdrops you see. And guess what?! We have links to their How-to blog too!
Keeps scrolling to see more of this fabulous day captured by the talented folks at The Bird & The Bear. Don't forget to check out and their full budget breakdown too, there is just so much to to see we hope you are as excited as we are!

pink bridesmaid dresses

purple groomsmen and first wedding look

The Bird and The Bear Photography

DIY Project

If you are feeling extra ambitious you can follow in the footsteps of this adorable couple and make your own photobooth from scratch! Check out these step by step directions that Katelyn and Evan put together for DIY-ers just like you!

pink and peach wedding bouquet

And this adorable ceremony backdrop was also a well-thought out DIY by the bride and groom as well. They walk you through the steps of creating the base here, and then also walk you through dip dying the strips of fabric here! We know... you totally scored with this couple!

wedding shoes

DIY photo booth

From the Bride

I’m a graphic designer and my husband Evan (yay I can call him my husband now!) is a design engineer, so we went into this whole wedding thing knowing we would DIY as much as possible. It was a ton of work, but it was awesome.

The ceremony was one of my favorite parts of the whole day. Our processional was a string quartet version of “Don’t Stop Believing,” we wrote our own vows, and I’m told there was not a dry eye in sight (I was so absorbed in the moment I didn’t even realize anyone was crying!).

outdoor wedding ceremony

cute flower girl here comes the bride sign

saying their vows

gorgeous ruffled Watters wedding dress

I had a blast designing everything from program fans with illustrations of our bridal party to a thumbprint guestbook featuring our kitty to our infographic-style wedding website. Evan built a wooden photo booth, a giant paper lantern chandelier, and large wooden string and nail letters we hung at the entrance. I hand dyed yards upon yards of fabric for our backdrop, spray painted a hundred bottles for centerpieces, created chalkboard dessert labels, and made cute heart straws. Our favorite DIY project though was the huge LOVE marquee letters. They were a labor of love, but turned out so perfect!

thumb print wedding guestbook

welcome table with card basket

cocktail hour food truck

Words from the Vendors

From The Bird & The Bear:

Evan and Katelyn are such adorable, vibrant, creative people! Instead of a traditional large cake, they went with a big array of sweet treats made by family members. Of course, they had one small cake topped with Toki Doki figurines - truly showing off their unique and quirky aesthetic.

tent wedding reception

chevron table runners and paper lantern chandeliere

silver wedding centerpiece

modern silver table decor

homemade rice krispie treats

homemade dessert table

Toki Doki figurine cake toppers

From the Bride

Our reception was a blast, the photo booth was a HUGE success, the music was awesome, and our food was ah-may-zing. It was so great to squeeze so much love and laughter into one day. Our family and friends are the best and we had such a good time with everybody. Our vendors were all awesome and pulled everything together. Our photographers, Caryn and Bryan, captured everything so beautifully. My only complaint is that it all went by too fast! I might be biased, but our wedding was definitely my favorite wedding ever.

sweetheart table with silver initials

wedding dance

wedding dancing


diy marquee lights

A quick update on this post- Evan and Katelyn  are now YouTube Super Stars and show exactly how to create your DIY marquee letters for your wedding. Which by the way can be used later in your home!

You can still visit their blog for a step by step image based version of this project.

DIY love marquee sign

But first! Stay tuned for a closer look at this DIY Texas wedding by watching the wedding video from The Bird & The Bear below.

Read on to see how much this Texas DIY wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

The total cost was $25,000 for our 150 person wedding.
Photographer/Videographer (our highest priority!) - $5400
Venue - $5200
Caterer - $4300
My dress (+ alterations) - $3200
Florist - $1900
DJ - $1000
Bartender - $700
Supplies for homemade decor, alcohol, gifts, tips, hair/makeup, props, etc - $3300

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