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New Year's Eve is always a big deal! We all love celebrating anything, but New Year's Eve is different! It's a great way to get out with your significant other, best friends, and family, and celebrate the new year! A new year means a chance to start over, to realign your goals and make this next year, your best year!
That being said, we all want to celebrate New Year's in a fun, special way! Though New Year's Eve parties in Austin, Texas aren't quite the same as New Year's Eve in NYC, Austin still has plenty of fun 2019 New Year's Eve events! Whether you want to go out on the town, and celebrate, or simply go to a gathering with only the people you know, chances are, you're celebrating NYE 2019, somewhere! If you still don't quite know what to do, we're here to help.
If you're that early planner, or that last minute, "let's just see what happens" person, this list is for you! There is no particular order to the list, so I did not number them. The top 10 list is for the Austin area, but someone asked us why we did not include other areas, so we decided to change it and include a few other events, near Austin (so there are now more than 10). Each event has their own, unique appeal. So read through them and see what works best for you and your squad! :)
New Year's Eve at The Belmont
The Belmont - 305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
The Belmont is a long time establishment in Austin, with a great downtown location. You can be in the heart of downtown Austin, in the middle of it all, right here at the Belmont. You can join 500+ people, with a variety of ages, from their 20's - 40's, all celebrating, together.
The celebration starts at 8 pm. They'll have their house DJ playing at 8 pm. At 10 pm, they'll have a Silent Disco Party (everyone wears headphones to hear the music they prefer - 3 different DJs are playing different genres). By the way, one of our DJs usually does all the Silent Disco parties in Austin. :) No, we're not being paid to promote this or any event on this list. We're just trying to help you figure out what to do!
Here are the important details:
Prices: $50 - $300
Valet parking and coat check available
*Special dance vignettes throughout the evening
*Silent Disco from 10pm to 2am featuring three live DJs
*Photo booth to capture all of your best NYE moments
*NYE Countdown with party favors, 2 balloon drops and complimentary champagne toast at midnight
General Admission ticket includes: Silent Disco, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors, photo booth and balloon drop. No Refunds.
VIP ticket includes:
Includes light hors-d'oeuvres for noshing, complimentary sponsored beverages featuring beer, wine, bubbly, and select liquors from 8pm to 2am and exclusive access to a heated/tented VIP Rooftop deck.
Vices Vs. Virtues - W Hotel Austin
W Hotel - 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
The W hotel is one of Austin's finest hotels. You can ring in the new year, here, and enjoy two different parties, on two different floors! The "vices" party is downstairs and has a cash bar. The "virtues" party is upstairs and has included drinks and a few more activities for your ticket price. Both parties start at 9 pm, and tickets range from $75 - $375. The tickets are actually refundable, until 12/29/18 at 6 pm, which is different (most events are nonrefundable).
Here are details from their event site:
VICES PARTY is 9 PM - 2 AM
Welcome to Vice City - a modern underground of debauchery and excess, virtue flipped upside down. Whatever you're resolving to give up in 2019, your last hurrah is here in the Living Room Bars, each themed with a different vice for you to live it up one last time. Beats by SolFire. Cash bar and champagne toast at midnight.
Hotel guests complimentary.
BOTTLE SERVICE RESERVATIONS
VIRTUES Party 9 PM - 2 AM
Gold, glitter and extravagance meet Arete, the Goddess of Virtue. A glamorous ascent into a year of living your best life yet. Whatever you're resolving to do in 2019, your experience takes flight on the 2nd floor. Music by CAPYAC and beats by Kid Slyce. Includes entry, drink vouchers, champagne toast and a midnight snack.
General Admission Tickets: $150** early bird or $175
VIP TICKETS: $300
VIP includes an upgraded bar, reserved seating, exclusive experiences, & opportunities to win incredible prizes. *Drink vouchers are provided with each ticket.
VICES & VIRTUES ELITE
Full access to both parties including cocktails* plus access to the Devour in Trace.
Limited tickets are available
DEVOUR in TRACE: 6 pm - 2 am
An open smorgasborg of the most gluttonous and sinful eats you can desire. A queso fountain, brisket, fried chicken, pizza rolls, a truffle Bourbon milkshake.....and that's just the start. All served reception style and includes champagne. Beats by DJ Mova. Diet starts tomorrow.
Alternative New Year's Eve Celebration
Kadampa Meditation Center Austin South (Chittamani) 106 East 8th Street Austin, TX
The Alternative New Year’s Eve Celebration is well, an alternative to the normal NYE activities. :) It is short, and runs from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. They'll have hors d’oeuvres & non-alcoholic refreshments from 7:30 - 8:15 pm. Afterwards, there will be chanted prayers and guided meditations of Avalokiteshvara – the Buddha of Compassion.
Join a group of like-minded individuals for their annual New Year‘s Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year in a meaningful and positive way, with compassion and beneficial intentions! It's family friendly and tickets are: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (1/2 price for members). By the way, there is no experience necessary, and everyone is welcome!
A Country New Year's Eve - San Jac Saloon
Celebrate NYE at San Jac Saloon 300 East 6th Street Austin, TX 78701.
The party starts at 5 pm, with live music, all night! Tickets range from $10 - $800. General admission tickets will get you in the center of all of the NYE action and if you're looking for something more, they are offering a VIP experience upstairs that will have complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a more intimate setting. They also offer bottle service options. Two venues, with two vibes, and of course some TWO stepping is welcome! :)
Willie Nelson & Family New Year
ACL Live at the Moody Theater - 310 Willie Nelson Blvd Austin, TX 78701
The Country music icon is back, for another NYE event! Willie Nelson is playing 3 back-to-back shows at the ACL Live venue! Tickets range from $99 - $157 each and tickets are limited to no more than 6 tickets per person. The NYE show doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 9 pm! Austin loves Willie Nelson, so this event is sure to sell out!
Gatsby's House Austin NYE - Omni Hotel
Gatsby's House - Omni Austin Hotel Downtown 700 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX 78701
This event will offer a 5 hour prepaid bar, 4 areas to mingle and have fun, 3 top rated Texas DJs, 2 floors of fun, and of course 1 amazing countdown, in the heart of downtown Austin! Here are some of the highlights from their site:
Speakeasy's Legendary New Year's Eve Bash
Speakeasy - 412 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
Doors open at 8 pm for this legendary party! Speakeasy is offering numerous tickets and options. Tickets range from $49 - $175 (plus service fees per ticket purchase). Each ticket price offers different options. They offer VIP areas, all-inclusive bar, all access, bed seating, terrace seating, and more!
New Year's Eve Masquerade - Parlor & Yard
Parlor & Yard 601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701.
Parlor & Yard is throwing their annual NYE party, presented by Found Media Group. This event is Carnival themed and starts at 9 pm. They will offer a complimentary appetizer buffet catered by Hot Mess. Live Music starts at 10 pm by Boss Street Brass Band and the private, all-inclusive bar continues until midnight, capped off with a champagne toast at midnight. Late night buffet also provided by Hot Mess keeps the party going and DJ sets start the party at 11 and continue for the rest of the night!
Jason & Deb's Don't Go Downtown NYE Party
High 5 2700 W Anderson Ln Suite 101, Austin, TX 78757
This New Year's Eve event is sure to be a lot of fun! It's a plus for those that hate the downtown parking and massive crowds of people. This NYE party is for 21+ only, and includes a ton of different activities for the $95 ticket price! For the ticket price, you'll get select bar drinks, all night, hors d’oeuvres and a loaded player card for games and virtual reality, plus karaoke, bowling, a DJ, spinning great music, and NYE masquerade favors with a champagne toast at midnight!
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball - Vulcan Gas Company
Vulcan Gas Company - 418 E 6th Austin, TX 78701.
The Masquerade Ball is a long running event in Austin. Tickets are reasonable and range from $35 - $85. VIP tickets will get 8 complimentary drinks. 8 is plenty of drinks, especially for the lightweight drinkers, like us! :) The party starts at 9 pm.
New Year's Eve Events in Kyle, TX
New Year's Eve at Evo Entertainment - Evo Entertainment 3200 Kyle Crossing Kyle, TX 78640
Evo Entertainment has a few great options to choose from, for your NYE. They have a package for two, which includes a bottle of house wine or champagne, an appetizer of your choice, two entrees, and any dessert! The drinks and food can be redeemed anytime, from 6 pm - 1 am, on December 31st.
For families, they have a great option, as well. They offer the "Games, Lanes, & Champagne package." Each ticket includes an appetizer buffet, champagne toast, video game card, and exclusive access to a variety of arcade games, bowling lanes, and champagne. Half-price bowling is available that night only. Tickets are reasonably priced between $19.99 - $50.00
Railhouse 2019 New Year's Eve Bash - Railhouse 107 E Center St, Kyle, TX 78640
The Railhouse is a great entertainment spot for everyone! It's one of Kyle's premiere night spots and is ALWAYS busy! For New Year's, the Railhouse is featuring live music from One Ton Country and George Mercado Jr. Band! They'll also offer free photos at the NYE Photo Booth, inside. They'll have champagne bottle specials, a champagne toast at midnight, and you get all this for only $5 cover at the door!
They also have two great packages. The first package is priced at $50, and includes: cover charge for two, dinner for two, a bottle of champagne, and a reserved table! Unfortunately, it looks like they sold out of the $50 packages, last week! :(
The second package is priced at $175, and includes: cover fee for two, a one night stay at the Hampton Inn for two, a cab ride to-and-from The Railhouse, appetizer, dinner, and dessert for two, a bottle of champagne, and a reserved table. This is great option for those who may be coming to celebrate from out of town! We love the cab ride and room idea! The packages are very limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
New Year's Eve - Buda, TX
Buck's Backyard New Year's Eve Bash - Buck's 1750 s fm 1626 Buda, TX, 78610
Buck's Backyard is hosting a NYE bash featuring live music from Broken Arrow! They also offer a breakfast buffet and a champagne toast at midnight! The cover is only $8.
Overall, there are TONS more NYE events happening in and around the Austin, Texas area. If you're looking for family-friendly NYE events in Austin, you can check out "Austin's New Year" at Auditorium Shores. They'll have 3 stages of live music, art, food, and more. The day starts at 3 pm and ends at 10 pm.
As a side note: we were not paid to endorse any particular event. We're simply trying to help our readers. We chose not to book any NYE events, this year, even though we received several inquiries to book with us. We've worked every New Year's, every year, and decided to give our team and ourselves a break to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. We hope this article helps you to choose a fun, NYE event! Happy holidays and we want to wish you a happy new year!
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Outdoor weddings and events in Austin and central Texas are always fun! The weather is usually warm and we rarely have extreme temperatures in the central Texas area. This is great, since all your DJ, photo booth, photographer, caterer and other vendors will need to set up outside, too! However, we're here to let you know a few tips for "plan b."
Let's face it, no one wants to create a plan b, since we all envision the perfect wedding/event with perfect weather! Just saying the "r word" (rain) upsets some brides and grooms. We've even had a client from another state not hire us, since the planner said, "it's always warm in Austin, especially in February, right?" We replied, "honestly, it can be warm, but it can also be cold, too. We've done many outdoor events in February, and it was usually cold." The bride and planner didn't appreciate our honesty. This was 6 months ago and we had no idea that most of February was actually going to be warm, this year, who knew?
Back to plan b. Here are some tips:
1. Budget for a tent rental.
Always have a budget set aside for a possible tent rental. I know this is very difficult to do, but trust me, you'll be glad you did, if you need to actually rent one!
2. Get quotes.
Search for event rental companies in the area and get quotes, early! Find out what their rates are, deposit, available sizes for your number of guests, etc. Also, be sure to ask your venue manager if they have a tent rental. Many venues offer this at a much lower rate than rental companies. Find out the costs for the company to set up and tear-down the tents. Theses are often extra charges, unless you want to DIY, but we'd recommend letting the pros do it. You'll be too busy that day, anyway, and it's not as easy as it looks.
3. Make the call to rent a tent, early, 3-5 days before the wedding/event.
It's wise to watch your weather app (we use Wunderground, which is very accurate) and a few days before the wedding/event, make the call to rent a tent. We advise a few days before, so you won't be stuck calling around at the last minute and no one has any tents available! Find out if the event rental company has a cancellation policy. If you decide to cancel your rental (ideally because you don't need it after all) find out about the charges.
4. Don't use make-shift tents/tarps!
We actually just completed an all outdoor wedding, last weekend, and it rained 90% of the time! Their family and friends scrambled to buy tarps and canopies, the day of the wedding, to cover their guests. They managed to get them all up in time, but it wasn't the best idea. Right after the ceremony, the tarp lines broke and everyone got wet! It was tough to see and we weathered the storm right along with them. They decided to just have the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and the first dance, only. They ended their wedding 2 hours early, due to the non-stop rain. So don't make your own rain coverings.
5. Read your vendor contracts.
Last, but not least, read all your vendor contracts to find out about their inclement weather plans. Most vendors will not refund any portion of your fees, even if you end your event early or cancel that day. (We actually gave our couple above the additional 2 hour fees back, even though our contract says we don't). We require a cover in extreme temperatures and in rain. We will also turn off the equipment, if lightning is within 1 mile from the location (using the cloud to ground measuring technique). Also, if there are extreme or imminent weather warnings, most vendors will end their services, since it may be life-threatening.
Overall, do your research and plan early, for all possibilities! You'll be glad you did!
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When it comes to weddings, quinceaneras, or any event, really, one thing is for sure: everyone wants their event to look and be AMAZING! Everyone also wants their event to be different from all of the other weddings and/or events that they have been to in the past. This is certainly understandable, and believe it or not, easy to do with your decor, lighting, and uplighting! Let's discuss what uplighting is, how it works, and why it's perfect for your wedding, quinceanera, or event.
What is Uplighting?
Uplighting is lights that are placed on the floor, around your venue space, that shine upwards. Uplighting can be halogen lights, which are the older style, "can lights." Halogen lights look great, but can consume a lot of power, sometimes causing power issues at venues, since too many of the halogen lights can "flip" the breaker. Additionally, these lights can get hot to the touch. :( The halogen lights can change colors, easily, by placing a gel filter on the light, in whatever color you choose. The upside to these lights is that they are very bright!
Now, most companies, including us, use LED uplighting. These consume less power and they can be wired (plugged in) or wireless (battery powered). The colors can easily be changed by using the menu on the light, itself, or with a remote. For more color options, companies can use a light controller (DMX) and mix/blend colors, easily.
The best part about uplights is that they can really bring the space and theme colors together. If candles and string lights aren't enough, you should certainly consider uplighting. It's a quick, easy way to make your space look amazing! For the above pictured event, they actually did not even add uplighting. We brought our own, just in case, and the red uplighting made the stage area pop, and look much better!
Where Do You Place Uplighting?
Uplighting placement is totally up to you and your uplighting provider, but as a general rule of thumb, you should place the uplights around the main areas that are the focal points of the room. We usually place them in places such as: behind the cake table, behind the sign-in table, behind or near the head table, along the walls (evenly spaced), along columns, and generally in areas that simply need more lighting. The above pictured wedding was at the W Hotel, in Austin, and they wanted all blue uplights.
We like to place the lights in pairs and evenly space them throughout the venue, just for continuity and perhaps we're a little OCD. :) Most of our clients add uplighting in sets of 4. They'll get 4, 8, 12, 16, or even 20 lights. There is no limit to how many you can get, but 20 can pretty much cover any large venue.
Most companies offer "wired" (lighting that needs to be plugged in) and wireless (battery powered) uplights. Both lights usually have the same watts (or brightness) and look great. The key difference would be power needs. Some venues have plenty of power outlets, while others may not. Battery powered uplights also are perfect for outdoor areas, such as trees and other outdoor places that you'd like to accent. Just be sure to ask your uplighting company if the lights are waterproof, just in case.
Bring the Theme Together, With Uplighting
One great thing about uplighting is that it can really change the entire vibe of your venue space. Uplighting can be set to match nearly any theme or decor colors. At this sweet 16, above, the colors were pink, so pink uplighting was place all over the area. It looked great!
You can also choose more than one color, too. Two - three colors would be the most we would recommend for uplighting. Any more than that, and it may look odd to have so many colors, everywhere.
Is Uplighting Necessary?
The last question is one that we hear a lot from brides and clients, "is uplighting necessary for my wedding?" Well, in a short answer, no, it's not. Though it looks great with your theme and decor, it's not necessary. If it's in your budget, it certainly can transform your wedding venue space. However, if your vision is simply to have string lighting in your venue space, we've done many weddings with only string lighting, which can also look great!
Many venues have their own wall lighting that makes the venue look great, when dimmed, too. If you decide not to get any lighting, that's totally okay. However, we do recommend that if you don't have any lighting, at least ask your DJ for dance floor lighting. This makes the dance floor more inviting and it feels more like a party, with dance floor lighting.
Overall, the choice is completely yours to make. Only you know what your wedding day vision is. Your wedding vendors are simply there to help you achieve that vision. If you're booking with us, be sure to check out our wedding DJ & photo booth packages page, to see all of our optional upgrades that you can add on, to make your wedding day unique!
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Events go from good to great when you start to personalize the details. From choosing a wedding processional song that speaks to your love rather than keeping it traditional to adding a photo booth to your event where you can make memories that you will keep forever, these little decisions will make all the difference.
If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party this season, or a wedding, quinceanera, party or event, here are a few great ways you can personalize your event!
Choose the Right Music
Begin by choosing music that you and your guests will enjoy. For holiday parties, try to incorporate a mix of classic holiday tunes with a variety of more modern hits. For weddings, parties and events, definitely add all of your favorite genres, and be sure to consider music that your guests may want to hear, too. If you're not sure, simply ask your guests to requests music.
Many couples will set up a wedding website, and guests can often visit the website and give song suggestions for the wedding. Simply ask your guest, what 2 songs will make you get up and dance? Collect the responses and be sure to filter through them, since you'll have the ultimate say in what your DJ plays at your wedding or event. Be sure to give your DJ a list of all the suggested songs ahead of time so that they know what to play, as well as the kind of vibe you’re trying to set. If you need some song ideas, check out our Top 200 Wedding & Party Songs article.
Create Unique Decor
Wow your guests as soon as they step in the door by transforming the venue with new, unique decor. A fun way to do this is by creating statement floral balloon garlands. FTD has 3 floral balloon garland tutorials to help you personalize your decor. Just pick the one that fits your theme and give it a try! The tutorials make it simple to easily create your decor by breaking it down in a few, easy steps.
The top picture shows the classic balloon garland. This will look great at any wedding, party or event. You can also add your choice of colored balloons to match your theme colors. For a holiday party or event, or even a wedding/event that occurs in December, you can add the Christmas Floral Balloon Garland, pictured on the right. New Year’s floral balloon garlands also look great for New Year's Eve parties and events!
Take the Memories With You
Be sure to document your entire wedding or event. by hiring a photographer, videographer, or set up a themed photo booth to capture all the special moments. Photo booth photos also double as the perfect favor to take home at the end of the night! You can also add props to go with your theme, to tie in the photo booth to your decor.
Overall, these are just a few great ways to add unique, personalized decor for your holiday party, wedding, or event. Be sure to check out our other articles to learn about the latest 2019 wedding trends!
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Alexandria Heinz of FTD
Sample Wedding Budget
If you're planning your 2019 wedding, then you know that the first step in the wedding planning process is to create a budget for your wedding. You can't plan anything else until you know what your budget is. Many people aren't too savvy with spreadsheets, so we've done the hard work for you, because well, we're here to help everyone, even if you're not our client (though we couldn't understand why you would not be). :)
We've created an easy wedding budget spreadsheet to help you plan and track all your wedding day expenses. You can add your guest list, add food expenses, entertainment, your venue, and everything else you need to add, to track exactly what you're spending. It also has the correct formulas built in, so it adds everything up for you. So this template also doubles as a wedding budget calculator, too!
We've even added a sample timeline on it, too! All you have to do is change the info to fit for your wedding details. If you're looking for a more thorough wedding timeline, check out our wedding day timeline template article, for your free wedding day timeline template! Here is our free wedding budget spreadsheet. We hope you're able to use it and it helps you plan your big day! Simply click the button, below, to download it! It is in XL format, as well.
As always, feel free to contact us if we can help answer any other questions!
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2019 Quinceanera Trends
If you're planning a Quinceanera, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16 in the Austin, San Antonio, or central Texas area, or anywhere, then you have probably noticed that there is far less information available for Quince planning, than say, wedding planning. Fortunately, we're here to help!
As 2019 is just beginning, more and more, we're getting asked "what are some new, 2019 quinceanera trends that you're seeing?" Every year, we see different trends, and often, similar trends from the prior, but slight variations of the previous quince trends. As the leading provider of Austin and central Texas Quinceanera DJs and Austin photo booth rentals, (including sweet 15/16s, school dances, fundraisers and proms), we get to be a part of numerous Quinces & sweets, and we get to work with a lot of great teens! We also help many families plan their events. We already have several events booked for 2019 and we've seen some trends. Here are the top 3 trends we're seeing for 2019 (we also included some of the 2018 trends for reference).
1. New Quinceanera Dress Colors!
For most quinces and sweets, we usually see the more traditional pastel colors and lighter colors, like Pink, Tiffany Blue, Emerald Green and often Red. For 2018 events, we noticed changes to these traditional colors. More people broke the traditions and went with new, different colors! We saw more Burgundy theme colors really taking over! Darker colors definitely made their way into many quinces, in 2018. New dress colors are were trending, especially Rose Gold and Mariachi style Quince dresses! Here are some pictures below of those dresses. They'll still look great for your 2019 quince!
2019 Trend: Green Quinceanera Dresses
For 2019 quinces, these colors are changing, again! What we're seeing now, is newer, fresh colors. Green quinceanera dresses are making their way into 2019 quinces and sweets. There are different variations of the green dresses, such as a Mint Green dress, Turquoise, and even Lime Green dresses!
2019 Trends: Royal Blue Quinceanera Dress
Royal Blue quince dresses are also the new trend! Also, if you haven't noticed, quince dresses are also making their way to more than one night the quinceanera's life: Prom! As Austin's favorite school dance DJs, we provide prom DJs and photo booth rentals for many Austin and central Texas proms. We see many young ladies with similar dresses that look like they could be a quince dress, and well, why not? Who says you can't wear these dresses to prom? We love it! :)
Also, if your guests aren't sure about the quince attire, be sure to have them check out our article, what to wear to a quinceanera. Here are some of the Royal Blue dresses and of course, last year's trend, tied with this year's color, in the picture on the right.
2. Beauty and the Beast & Other Disney Themes
We also noticed that many Quinceaneras opted to have themes, paired with music from the theme. We did many Quinces with a Beauty and the Beast theme. Sometimes, the Chambelan de Honor (the Quinceanera's escort) even dressed up exactly like the beast, with a Beast mask/headpiece! It was awesome! We played most of the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, as well, for the different ceremonies.
Other Quinces are also discussing other Disney movie themes, like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid (the court is even dressing up as characters from the movie), and Frozen!
3. More Entertainment Options & Decor
We're noticing that more and more Quinces and sweets are choosing to go "all-out" and add as many options as they can. As we previously stated, Quinces and sweets are like weddings, but for 15 year olds, now. Most Quinces are planned 12-18 months in advance, and have many of the same options. From us, they'll now add a photo booth, uplighting, a personalized monogram, giant lighted marquee letter rentals, giant games, glow sticks and balloons, projector and screen (for slideshows and/or videos) and even now, Karaoke!
Additionally, many quinces will have limo service or a party bus, sparkler entrances/send-offs, and even choreographed father/daughter and now, mother/daughter dances, too! Things are changing for 2019 and we're excited!
Still have more questions? Be sure to contact us, today, and let's celebrate, together!
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Win a FREE wedding DJ package, from Austin's best wedding and event DJ & photo booth services! We are very grateful to be one of the top wedding DJ companies in the Austin and central Texas. We have so many amazing clients, choosing us to be a part of the their special day. This holiday season, we want to give back to our community.
We know that there are many couples out there who want to have a great wedding, but may not have the budget to have the wedding of their dreams. We're here to help make your dream wedding a possibility! We also know that there are many great people out there who do great things in their community, too, who also deserve a gift back, for all that they give! Tell us your story, we want to hear it!
In the spirit of the holidays, and because we believe in giving back, we want to give a gift to one deserving couple. We will gift our wedding DJ package, FREE, which includes:
Here are the contest requirements:
The Fine Print - but it's not really fine print, because it's the same size :)
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Thank you to our amazing clients! We won another "Best of Weddings" awards from The Knot! Being a wedding DJ is not as easy as most people think it is. It's all about organization, time management, professionalism, customer service, and then, about being awesome, talented DJs!
We also won the 2019 Couple's Choice awards, again. We've won awards every year since we joined the Knot and Wedding Wire. We've also won "Best of Gigmasters," "Best of Decidio," and others. Thank you so much to our amazing Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas clients. :)
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The Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team!
If you're planning a wedding, Quinceanera, party, or event, in 2019, in the Austin, Texas area, or anywhere, chances are you've hired a DJ, added a photo booth, and maybe even some awesome uplighting, games, etc. If you haven't done all that, yet, what are you waiting for? :) Regardless of which entertainment options you choose, one thing is for sure, the music is definitely one of the most important factors in keeping your event or party fun and entertaining! By the way, we know some great DJs, if you're looking for a DJ! :)
Regardless of which DJ/DJ company you hire, be sure that they know the hit songs to play, to keep you and your guests dancing, all night! Here's a great list that you can use, which includes fun songs from a variety of genres! These are the most common hit songs we play for the Austin and central Texas region. Every region may have slightly different lists, but most lists should include many of the songs, below.
These are the top 200 songs of all time! It's really hard to keep it to just 200 songs, but we'll try our best. Keep in mind, this is based on what we play and the majority of the events we do, are weddings. For parties, you can still use the list, but perhaps not play some of the slower songs.
For a breakdown of different genres, visit our online music library. You'll find a better breakdown of genres, as well as key moment songs, in our "popular list" section. Also, since we're in Texas, we have to include a great list of Texas Country and Country songs for your event! Check out our 20 Great Texas Country Wedding Songs article, for great song ideas! If you're looking for great non-traditional wedding processional or recessional songs, check out our 20 Great Non-Traditional Wedding Processional/Recessional Songs article.
We first wrote this article, in December of 2017. We've updated it, now, since it's almost 2019, already! Wow, 2018 flew by! :) Some songs have moved way up, others have moved down, and even some have dropped off the list, entirely! Either way, this is a great list of songs and you can still tell your DJ to play these songs and feel free to tell them Austin's Best DJs helped you create this great list! :)
Top 200 Songs for 2018/2019 Weddings Parties & Events
1. Cupid Shuffle Cupid 2007
2. Don't Stop Believin 'Journey 1981 Rock
3. Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)Neil Diamond 1969 Oldies
4. Cha-Cha Slide Mr. C The Slide Man 2000 Popular
5. Uptown Funk! Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno M ars 2014 Popular
6. Wobble V.I.C. 2008 Popular
7. I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas 2009 Popular
8. Happy Pharrell Williams 2014 Popular
9. Shout Otis Day And The Knights/Isley Brothers 1967 Oldies
10. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) Whitney Houston 1987 Popular
11. Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1967 Oldies
12. All Of Me John Legend 2013 Popular
13. You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 1980 Rock
14. Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon 2014 Popular
15. Friends In Low Places Garth Brooks 1990 Country
16. Love Shack B-52's 1989 Popular
17. Party Rock Anthem LMFAO 2010 Popular
18. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyonce 2008 Popular
19. Shake It Off Taylor Swift 2014 Popular
20. Yeah Usher 2004 Popular
21. Electric Slide Marcia Griffiths 1990 Popular
22. Blurred Lines Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell 2013 Popular
23. Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran 2014 Popular Mainstream
24. Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot 1992 Popular
25. Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard 1987 Rock
26. Marry You Bruno Mars 2011 Popular
27. Livin' On A Prayer Bon Jovi 1986 Rock
28. Footloose Kenny Loggins 1984 Popular
29. Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton 1978 Ballad
30. The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra 1964 Ballad
31. Billie Jean Michael Jackson 1982 Popular
32. Turn Down For What DJ Snake & Lil Jon 2013 Popular
33. Timber Pitbull feat Ke$ha 2014 Popular
34. Twist And Shout Beatles 1963 Oldies
35. Hey Ya! Outkast 2003 Popular
36. At Last Etta James 1961 Oldies
37. YMCA Village People 1975 Disco
38. Sugar Maroon 5 2015 Popular
39. Sexy Back Justin Timberlake 2006 Popular
40. Marry Me Train 2010 Popular
41. Low Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain 2007 Popular
42. We Are Family Sister Sledge 1979 Popular
43. My Girl Temptations 1965 Oldies
44. Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 1994 Country
45. Celebration Kool & The Gang 1980 Disco
46. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 Rock
47. Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1978 Rock
48. Just Dance Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis 2008 Popular
49. What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1967 Ballad
50. Cruise Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly 2012 Country
51. Thriller Michael Jackson 1982 Popular Mainstream
52. Country Girl (Shake It For Me)Luke Bryan 2011 Country
53. Wagon Wheel Darius Rucker 2013 Country
54. Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice 1990 Popular
55. Can't Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires 1961 Ballad
56. A Thousand Years Christina Perri 2011 Popular Mainstream
57. Get Low Lil' Jon & East Side Boyz Feat. Ying Yang Twins 2003 Popular
58. Dancing Queen ABBA 1976 Popular Mainstream
59. Party In The U.S.A. Miley Cyrus 2009 Popular Mainstream
60. Shots LMFAO Feat. Lil Jon 2009 Popular
61. Get Lucky Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams 2013 Popular
62. Macarena Los Del Rio 1995 Popular
63. Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera 2011 Popular
64. Sexy And I Know It LMFAO 2011 Popular
65. Build Me Up Buttercup Foundations 1968 Oldies
66. Wannabe Spice Girls 1996 Popular
67. This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan 1995 Popular
68. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson 1979 Popular
69. God Gave Me You Blake Shelton 2011 Country
70. Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry 1976 Funk
71. Can't Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake 2016 Popular Mainstream
72. Gangnam Style Psy 2012 Popular
73. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith 1998 Ballad
74. Jump AroundHouse Of Pain 1992 Popular
75. Teach Me How To Dougie Cali Swag District 2010 Popular
76. I'm Yours Jason Mraz 2008 Popular Mainstream
77. All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 2014 Popular
78. Dynamite Taio Cruz 2010 Popular
79. Brick House Commodores 1977 Disco
80. Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 1984 Popular
81. Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield 1981 Popular
82 Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars 2010 Popular
83. We Found Love Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris 2011 Popular
84. Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2011 Popular
85. Thrift Shop Macklemore 2012 Popular
86. Pretty Young Thing (P.Y.T) Michael Jackson 1982 Popular
87. The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson 1987 Popular
88. Push It Salt-N-Pepa 1987 Popular
89. Everything Michael Buble 2007 Ballad
90. Suit & Tie Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z 2013 Popular
91. The Twist Chubby Checker 1960 Oldies
92. Crazy In Love Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z 2003 Popular
93. Amazed Lonestar 1999 Country
94. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Backstreet Boys 1998 Popular
95. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love Usher Featuring Pitbull 2010 Popular
96. Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) Big & Rich 2004 Country
97. Fancy Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX 2014 Popular
98. Forever Chris Brown 2008 Popular
99. (I've Had) The Time Of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes 1987 Ballad
100. Die A Happy Man Thomas Rhett 2015 Country
101. Summer Of 69 Bryan Adams 1984 Rock
102. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) James Taylor 1975 Popular
103. Hot In Herre Nelly 2002 Popular
104. Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers 1965 Oldies
105. SeptemberEarth, Wind & Fire 1978 Disco
106. Yeah! Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris 2004 Popular
107. Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 1967 Oldies
108. Stand By Me Ben E. King 1961 Oldies
109. Can't Hold Us Macklemore 2013 Popular
110. Talk Dirty Jason Derulo Featuring 2 Chainz 2013 Popular
111. Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band 2008 Country
112. It's Your LoveTim McGraw with Faith Hill 1997 Country
113. Give Me Everything Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer 2011 Funk
114. Bless The Broken Road Rascal Flatts 2004 Country
115. Ho Hey Lumineers 2012 Popular
116. Better Together Jack Johnson 2005 Easy Listening
117. Boot Scootin' Boogie Brooks & Dunn 1991 Country
118. Faithfully Journey 1983 Ballad
119. Treasure Bruno Mars 2012 Popular
120. Bye Bye Bye NSYNC 2000 Dance
121. Signed Sealed Delivered Stevie Wonder 1970 Oldies
122. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)Lou Bega 1999 Popular
123. Piano Man Billy Joel 1974 Ballad
124. Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1980 Rock
125. 24K MagicBruno Mars 2016 Popular Mainstream
126. My Best Friend Tim McGraw 1999 Country
127. Best Day Of My Life American Authors 2013 Popular
128. I Won't Give Up Jason Mraz 2012 Ballad
129. Lucky Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat 2008 Ballad
130. Tik Tok Ke$ha 2009 Popular
131. My House Flo Rida 2015 Popular
132. Please Don't Stop The Music Rihanna 2007 Popular
133. Come on Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners 1982 Popular
134. Cake By The Ocean DNCE 2015 Popular
135. Stayin' Alive Bee Gees 1978 Disco
136. Bust A Move Young M.C. 1989 Popular
137. All My LifeK-Ci & JoJo 1997 Ballad
138. Tootsee Roll 69 Boyz 1994 Popular
139. Let's Get It Started Black Eyed Peas 2003 Popular
140. Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra 1964 Big Band
141. Beat It Michael Jackson 1983 Popular
142. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops 1965 Oldies
143. Let's Stay Together Al Green 1972 R&B
144. Then Brad Paisley 2009 Country
145. Danza Kuduro Don Omar & Lucenzo 2011 Latin
146. My Wish Rascal Flatts 2006 Country
147. Watch Me Silento 2015 Popular
148. Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money 1986 Oldies
149. Firework Katy Perry 2010 Popular
150. I Don't Dance Lee Brice 2014 Popular
151. OMGUsher Featuring will.i.am 2010 Popular
152. Gold Digger Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx 2005 Popular
153. Poker Face Lady Gaga 2009 Popular
154. Cheerleader OMI 2015 Popular
155. IgnitionR. Kelly 2003 R&B
156. Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake 2003 Popular
157. Crazy Girl Eli Young Band 2011 Country
158. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It Will Smith 1997 Popular
159. Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 1975 Rock
160. In Da Club50 Cent 2003 Popular
161. Come Away With Me Norah Jones 2003 Ballad
162. On The Floor Jennifer Lopez Featuring Pitbull 2011 Popular
163. Wanted Hunter Hayes 2012 Country
164. Fireball Pitbull Featuring John Ryan 2014 Popular
165. Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show 2004 Country
166. Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band 1975 Disco
167. It's TrickyRun-D.M.C. 1986 Popular
168. This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line 2013 Country
169. I Cross My Heart George Strait 1992 Country
170. No Diggity Blackstreet Featuring Dr. Dre 1996 R&B
171. Raise Your Glass Pink 2010 Popular
172. Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 1987 Rock
173. U Can't Touch This M.C. Hammer 1990 Popular
174. I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys 1999 Popular Mainstream
175. Right Round Flo Rida 2009 Popular
176. Bennie And The Jets Elton John 1974 Oldies
177. Make You Feel My Love Adele 2011 Ballad
178. Copperhead Road Steve Earle 1988 Popular
179. One More Time Daft Punk 2001 Alternative
180. You Are The Best Thing Ray Lamontagne 2008 Easy Listening
181. Shape Of YouEd Sheeran 2017 Popular Mainstream
182. Can't Feel My Face The Weeknd 2015 Popular
183. Boom Boom Pow Black Eyed Peas 2009 Popular
184. Isn't She Lovely Stevie Wonder 1976 Country
185. Trap Queen Fetty Wap 2015 Popular
186. Hips Don't Lie Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean 2006 Popular
187. Dark Horse Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J 2013 Popular
188. I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick 1979 Rock
189. I Like It Enrique Iglesias Feat. Pitbull 2010 Popular
190. What I Like About You Romantics 1980 Rock
191. When You Say Nothing At All Alison Krauss 1995 Country
192. ABC Jackson 5 1970 Oldies
193. Starships Nicki Minaj 2012 Popular
194. Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett 1977 Popular
195. All Summer Long Kid Rock 2008 Rock
196. That's What I Like Bruno Mars 2016 Popular Mainstream
197. Good Feeling Flo Rida 2011 Popular
198. Club Can't Handle Me Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta 2010 Popular
199. You And Me Lifehouse 2005 Ballad
200. Let Me Clear My Throat DJ Kool 1997 Hip Hop
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If you're looking to hire a wedding DJ, in Austin, Central Texas, or anywhere, you definitely want to know the average cost to hire a DJ for your wedding, quinceanera, party of event. Let's be honest, price does matter! The surprising thing is, hardly any DJ and photo booth companies are still not upfront about their prices. We wrote this very popular article, 2.5 years ago, and it still remains true. (This article has received over 15,000 views).
Don't believe me? Stop reading, here, and do a quick search in Google, Bing, or whichever search engine you prefer, and search: "Wedding DJs Austin, DJ for weddings, photo booth, or photography booth, DJ near me," or whatever search terms you prefer, and look for pricing. You will be looking for a while, so come back when you're ready, we'll be here. :)
Why Don't Wedding DJ & Photo Booth Companies List Prices?
So let's discuss this a little further. First of all, why are DJ and photo booth companies so afraid to be upfront about their pricing? Why can't they be upfront with their customers? It's not like they can avoid telling you the price. You're most certainly going to ask, and they're eventually going to have to tell you.
Well, to be honest, there's a lot of literature out there that tells DJ and photo booth companies that they must "sell their customers on their value, first, so that the price doesn't scare them away." Here's a shocker: Price may scare customers away, anyway, even after hearing the long sales pitch.
The bottom line is, price does matter to nearly every customer, except for the wealthy customers and the top 1% of course. So let's answer this price question. For us, we at least list our starting prices and cannot list prices for everything, since it really varies, depending on the customer's needs, location of the event, size of the venue, number of people attending, how many sound systems we need to bring, lighting needs, etc. We cannot speak for all companies, but I can certainly give you a range of pricing, based on our most current research.
Average Price for Wedding DJs in Austin, TX
First, you can start at the lower end. You can go on Craigslist or Thumbtack, and find hundreds (literally) of DJs advertising their services on there. You'll find a lot of brand new DJs, offering low prices, simply because they want to gain experience. Well, I don't know about you, but I did not want a new DJ to learn on the job, at my wedding and I'm sure you don't want the same, at your wedding! Learning means, possibly making mistakes, so no thanks.
Ironically, one of our competitors got a recent review about this very thing happening to them! The bride complained about every mistake their DJ made, and then said that the DJ said "sorry, this is my first wedding." Though everyone has to start somewhere, they should not start at your wedding, at your expense. Even though the DJ company gave their bride a refund, it doesn't change the fact that that couple will NEVER get to have their perfect wedding that they spent countless hours planning for. As a DJ company, we know we only get one shot to make your day perfect and therefore, we do NOT hire new DJs or inexperienced DJs. It's not worth it. Many companies do, simply to pay their DJs less, and make more of a profit. We care more about our client's experiences, and NOT the profit we make. We know that doing an exceptional job is a must, and as long as we do, the profits will come. Sorry for the digression, but I can't emphasize the importance of professional, experienced DJs, enough! Back to the topic! :)
There are numerous DJs on Craigslist, Thumbtack, and even on Google Ads, using various marketing techniques, such as "Voted #1 in Austin, or Texas," or "super cheap DJ services" but you have to ask, based on which poll were they voted #1? "Super cheap" ummm... I don't know about you, but I always question the value of anything cheap. Sure, saving money is great, but if something is really cheap, you have to wonder why. The truth is, you have to do your own research on the companies or individuals you want to hire.
Next, you can simply take the time to draft an email, and email each company, individually, by filling out their contact forms, but, beware, you'll be bombarded with emails, calls, and text messages, all wanting your business. So be prepared for that. We've gotten feedback from many of our clients about this. It's surprising how high-pressure many of these sales staff can be. I presume they either get a commission, or will be the actual DJ at your event, so they really want your business. So when you send your emails, remember, it's like going to a car dealership, so be prepared. (Almost nobody likes to go to a car dealership). Our suggestion is to create a brand new email for your wedding, such as "JohnJaneDoeWedding@gmail.com" this way all those emails will go directly to that email, and not to your usual one. Just be sure to check it, often. :)
Lastly, you can also go on wedding professionals sites, such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, or Wedding.com, and you'll be able to email several DJ companies at once. This also gives you a chance to see pricing info, or at least a range, though still, many companies refuse to list their price on these sites, too, surprisingly. (Why are they hiding?)
The good thing about these sites is that they allow customers to leave reviews, so this will help you learn more about the DJ or photo booth company you're researching. This is probably your best bet. Companies that advertise on these sites, are companies that are the busiest, which means they usually have lots of experience. These sites are not cheap to advertise on (yes, we advertise on them, so we know how much it costs), so chances are, these companies will do their best to do a great job, since their reputation matters. It's a very competitive business, everywhere! There are hundreds, if not thousands of DJs in the Austin area, and more throughout the central Texas area.
So here's the bottom line: The prices can really vary in the Austin and Central Texas area. They can be as cheap as $200 for your entire wedding, quinceanera, or event, and higher, up to $4000 or more, for your event! The key is to find out what's included with your service.
The picture, above, is from the most recent research for wedding costs in downtown Austin, Texas. It lists the average price that most couples pay as between $568 - $946. It also lists the price you'll pay for well experienced professionals, as $1514 or more. We actually are well experienced professionals and charge a less than this, for our average wedding! Wow, what a great deal! :)
However, this does not give details about how many hours, or what's included with the service. If you are not having a wedding in the Austin area, you can easily find out how much the average cost is in your area, by simply visiting the cost of wedding website. Just put in your zip code and you'll see all the information for your area!
Wedding DJ Cost - Based on Number of Guests
The second picture, is a little more accurate, as it takes into account the number of guests at your wedding; however, again, it does not state the number of hours or what is included for this price. Not all DJ companies will charge based on the number of guests you have, but it does make a difference. DJ companies need to know the number of people and the size of the venue, in order to know what equipment is right for the best sound at your venue. There's a big difference between a wedding for 50 people, versus 300 people, in terms of what DJs will need to bring. Again, keep in mind, the above numbers are the "average" and you'll find some companies that charge more, and others that charge less.
Questions to Ask Your Wedding/Event DJ
Lastly, remember, you're interviewing them, so feel free to ask "Why should we hire you, versus the others?" Hint: Their answer should not be based on all their great equipment. Most people don't know the difference between DJ equipment brands, so this is irrelevant.
Questions to Ask Your Photo Booth Company
Overall, remember, you are in control of how much you spend for your event, not the DJ or photo booth company. Find out what the value is, for your money. What does the $4000 company do differently, than the $200 company, or the $1000 company? Do your research and pick the company that best suits your needs! Good luck, and as always, email us for questions. We're always happy to help everyone, whether they're a customer or not! :)
Be sure to check out our previous article on how much wedding DJs cost 2017/2018.
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Planning a wedding, party, or event is stressful. There are numerous details to think about, and the first, of course, is your budget. Everyone wants to have an amazing wedding or event, and though some people can have an event and not worry about the cost (A-List celebrities), not everyone can enjoy this luxury.
Check out the article "Planning an A-Lister Wedding Party on a Budget" from our friends at Wow Event Hire, in the UK! They wrote a great article on this topic and we were also quoted, too! :) Enjoy the article and the great tips!
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