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Steps to Planning a Wedding in Austin TX

Planning your own wedding can be fun and exciting, but it’s not always easy. So, to help you get started, we’ve looked beyond the cake and confetti to compile this list of important steps that set the stage for your big day.

You Said Yes, Now What?

So, first things first. You should look at the big picture before you start planning anything, which really boils down to 2 main factors:

  1. Theme: Think of the style and vibe you want to set and choose a theme. Choosing a theme for a wedding isn’t like a theme for a party where you’re deciding between Hawaiian or 80s. Wedding themes are more subtle like color or floral themes. Vintage or Modern? Rustic or Urban? Beach or Ballroom?
  2. Budget: Knowing your budget from the start will help vendors provide you with realistic proposals and make your planning process easier overall by eliminating any options that just won’t work with your financial situation.

Next, keep in mind that a wedding is not just one event, but actually a series of events!

Bridal/Wedding Shower

The first event leading up to the wedding is usually some type of shower which is typically thrown by a family member. Traditionally showers were just for brides, but more and more couples are having showers larger together with friends and family which might require hosting outside the home. JW Marriott Austin has intimate spaces for showers of any size and our meeting planners will help bring your vision to life.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

Forget Vegas, Austin has been growing over the years as a hot spot for bachelor & bachelorette parties thanks to the hot night life and live music scene on nearby historic 6th St. Things heat up at the JW Marriott Austin rooftop pool bar which has views of Congress Ave and the Texas State Capital. The bar is open daily from 11am until sunset. Coming soon: cabana rentals! Don’t forget to pamper yourself before or after a big night out with a trip to the new Spa by JW.

Rehearsal Dinner/Post Wedding Brunch

Two other events that go into an overall wedding are the rehearsal dinner and/or post wedding brunch. These events are usually attended by intimate family and the wedding party, but depending on the size of your family and/or wedding, these events can be quite large themselves! JW Marriott Austin’s OP Italian is a popular spot for rehearsal dinners offering private and semi-private event spaces with floor to ceiling windows, fine wines, and fare from one of Austin’s top chefs.

Wedding Day

Now we’ve made it to the big one. This day is the most daunting, so we’ve broken it down into steps:

The Venue:

Deciding on a venue(s) for your ceremony and reception is a big step. Many couples start with a date, but planning can actually be made easier if you decided on a season and work with your desired venue on a date. JW Marriott Austin’s wedding venues can accommodate every aspect of your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Whether big or small, classic or casual, our variety of gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces provide the ideal backdrop for all your wedding celebrations:

    • An evening wedding in our glamorous ballroom
    • Vintage, seasonal and non-traditional weddings
    • Our outdoor event deck features 6,000 Sq. Ft. flexible space overlooking gorgeous views of the city
    • Our rooftop pool and bar is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to 75


The Date:

If possible, be flexible. Event space costs can often vary depending on demand in your city. If you are willing to consider a Friday night or Sunday or certain off-season times, you could score some major discounts.

      • First, decide on the time of year you prefer
      • Choose 2-3 possible dates that work with your schedule

The Guest List:

Decide on your estimated maximum guest count and keep in mind that this number will likely go down as the big day gets closer and guests RSVP. Room blocks at a discounted rate are available for out-of-town guests staying overnight.

**JW Marriott Austin offers our Honeymoon Suite complimentary to the bride and groom on their wedding night**

The Food and Festivities:

Next decide on your menu and bar offerings. Whether you desire an intimate ceremony of 50 guests or a reception for 500, the event managers at JW Marriott Austin can help you plan the perfect banquet fare or wedding dinner. Feel free to suggest menu items you wish to include and any dietary restrictions there may be. Keep in mind – Alcohol can consume a significant portion of your budget. We offer a variety of alcohol package options, including an open bar, a limited cocktail bar, wine with dinner and more.

Book your wedding with JW Marriott Austin and you’ll receive:

      • Complimentary floating candle centerpiece for each table
      • Votive candles for dinner and cocktail tables
      • Complimentary tables, linens and chairs
      • White glove service


Start a wedding binder or curate your ideas on Pinterest. You’ll need to decide on florals, décor, music, etc. JW Marriott Austin works with the best in the industry, so bring us your vision board, and our partners will turn it into a reality.

Be Pampered:

After making all these decision, you deserve it! Discover our brand-new Spa by JW — the perfect retreat where you and your friends can enjoy blissful relaxation and beautification for the big day. Choose from a variety of treatments and packages and to leave you feeling and looking fabulous.

Honey Moon

After the wedding, there’s just one more event to plan, but it’s much easier and more relaxing – the honeymoon! Whether you prefer an urban oasis or remote tropical resort, make sure to budget for this much needed escape after the wedding. When you plan your wedding JW Marriott Austin, you’ll earn Marriott Rewards Points towards future Marriott stays which can be used towards your Honeymoon.

**Here’s to love, laughter and happily ever after**

Newly engaged? Let our event planning professionals at JW Marriott Austin work with you to make any or all of these events unforgettable!

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Submit an RFP and one of our Austin wedding planners will contact you with all their creative ideas.