In late June, Jason, co-owner of Austin's Best DJs, joined the Mobile Beat team, as a featured expert writer! Mobile Beat is a prominent DJ magazine that has been around for 25 years, and is full of great articles, DJ equipment reviews, and advice, which is read by DJs worldwide! Jason actually started DJing as a kid, and read Mobile Beat magazine from the time he started, 25 years ago!
Jason uses his years of experience in the DJ business and shares his knowledge with fellow DJs, KJs (Karaoke DJs), and VJs (Video DJs), writing helpful tips and advice to help DJs in the industry, around the world! We're proud to say that out of the hundreds of solo DJs, wedding DJs, club DJs, party/event DJs, and even DJ companies in the Austin, Texas area, we are the only DJ company who has a featured expert writer from the Austin and Central Texas area! This is certainly a big deal in the DJ world! :) Check out Jason's latest article, here:
Thanks to Jaime, our DJ, our clients Cara & Patrick and their friends and families, had a great time at their wedding, at Vintage Villas, in Austin, TX. Great job, Tank Goodness, on the videography and photography.
We are always happy to provide DJ and photo booth services for weddings and events in the Austin and central Texas area; we recently DJed a great wedding for Carolina and Zane, at Nature's Point, a beautiful venue off the lake, in Lago Vista. This was one of the last weddings for this particular venue, as it will close by the end of June, since the owner is selling the venue. The staff of Nature's Point are always great to work with, and the photographer, Jordan Bunch, of Jordan Bunch Productions, took some amazing photos and videos! The last two minutes of the video is where the dancing kicks off and you can see one of our DJ's in action, doing what we do best! Specializing in music and memories. Here's a quick video recap of this awesome wedding, thanks to Jordan! Check it out!
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Austin and Central Texas weddings keep all of our DJs busy, all year! However, we also stay very busy doing Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s, parties, and events, too! We've found that Quinceaneras and Sweet 16s are very similar to weddings. Planning these events requires just as much time and attention to detail as weddings. As you may have found out, Austin and Central Texas is a very popular place to have a wedding, quinceanera, party or event. Many of our clients are from other cities and states, and plan to have their wedding, or event in Austin. We know Austin is fabulous, so we can't blame them! :) So our advice is to start planning, early! This often means up to 1 year before your event. So let's get to the details.
1. Determine Your Date
First and foremost, determine the date of your event. If you're having a quinceanera or sweet 16, this will most-likely be on a date, very close to the actual birthday; however, we've seen many people plan to have their event on a different date that works best for their family and friends. The picture above, was from a Quinceanera we did on June 11. The family chose to have the event in June, so that people could travel and attend the party, kids were off from school, etc. So remember, having a flexible date can be an option!
2. Book a Venue
Right after you have your date planned, you should book your venue as soon as possible. Most people want to have a Saturday event, and therefore, many venues get booked up to a year or more, in advance, for Saturday events. If having your event on a different night is an option, consider this to have more venue options and even save a little money, since many venues will offer a better rate for a non-Saturday event!
3. Find a Caterer/Food
I'm sure you're surprised that we haven't said to book your DJ, yet, but we give our honest advice, and don't simply try to pitch our business. :) So now that you have your place, the next thing is to find a catering company or restaurant that will serve your food. We recommend this, early on, simply because the same rule that applies with venues, applies with catering and food. You'll need to find time to actually sample the food, so schedule a future date where you can take a weekend to try the different options. Even attending a Quinceanera or Sweet 16 expo is a good idea, since there are many caterers there, and you can sample their food on site.
4. Find Your Dress
Quinceanera and Sweet 16 dresses are not everyday clothing, so these dresses are limited to very exclusive clothing retailers. With so many people in Austin and Central Texas, your options are limited, so it's best to find these retailers and check out their options. A good time-saver is to go online, to see if they have their clothing online. This will save you some time!
5. Book Your DJ
Okay, so here we are, finally on the list! Booking a DJ for your event is very crucial to the success of your event. Quinceaneras often require a DJ who is versatile and can play a variety of genres of music. The DJ should also be familiar with all the ceremonial traditions of the Quinceanera, such as the changing of the shoes, jewelry/crown presentation, the last doll, court waltz, surprise dance, etc. All of these traditions are a very important part of this special day, so be sure to hire a DJ that has lots of experience with Quinceaneras. Ask your DJ company what options they have, as well. You may want uplighting, a custom monogram, a photo booth, a projector to show a slideshow, etc. Any professional DJ will have these options. If they do not, find a DJ/company who does.
6. Book Mariachis
Many people book Mariachis for the dinner portion of their Quinceanera or Sweet 16. This is optional, but always nice. Having live entertainment is a nice touch. We recommend booking your Mariachis early, since there are not a whole lot of options, so they get booked up pretty early!
7. Book a Photographer
Quinces and Sweet 16s are a milestone moment in a young woman's life, so capturing these memories is very important! Be sure to meet with a few photographers and view their portfolios, to be sure their work is great! Memories are priceless, so be sure to get great pictures and video, if you prefer, of the entire event!
Last, but not least, is the decor. This is the fun part! Think of the theme you'd like, first. Finding a theme helps you identify what decor to look for. A new trend with quinces that we've been doing, lately, is a Paris theme. Who doesn't love Paris? :) We traveled their in late 2015, and it was absolutely amazing! Capturing the greatness of Paris is tough, but there are many decorations that you can find, that will do just this! Start on Pinterest for ideas!
We hope that these 8 tips have helped you start planning your event. This is not an all-inclusive list by any means, but a great place to start. We offer a very detailed Quinceanera planning document that helps you plan out the entire reception, from dinner, to the ceremonial moments, to the last dance! Be sure your DJ has a timeline of events, to help guide the night, if a day-of-coordinator is not available. As always, feel free to email us, if you have any questions, and we'll be happy to help!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
We're proud to announce that we're now accredited by the BBB! We recently became accredited and wanted to share the good news! If you do an actual search for DJ companies that are actually accredited by the BBB, for the Austin area, you'll be surprised. Though there are literally hundreds of DJs and DJ companies that provide their services for Austin and Central Texas weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and events, if you go to the BBB site and see who is actually accredited by the BBB, you'll see only two DJ companies for the Austin Texas area! Yes, two, out of hundreds!
Take that a step further, and do a search for photo booth services for the Austin or central Texas area... Go ahead, we'll wait right here. :) If you didn't search, let me tell you the number you'll see: Are you ready for this? Zero! We're actually listed under the DJ category, even though we provide DJ and photo booth services. So out of all the DJ and photo booth companies, and even photo booth only companies in Austin, we're are the only BBB accredited company! Please take a moment to contain your excitement! :) Okay, we know it may not be a big deal to you, but this is just another thing that separates us from the other Austin and Central Texas area wedding and event DJ and photo booth companies! Here's the link, if you want to check it out:
- Austin's Best DJs Team
Saturday, June 4th, we had a great time DJing a wedding for Steve and Kelly, at Lucky Lounge, in Austin, Texas. This was actually our first time doing a private event at the Lucky Lounge, and it was such a great venue! They had an amazing sound system that worked perfectly for this event! The guests had so much fun, thanks to our DJ, Jimmy! From start to finish, everyone had a great time! It was certainly a memorable night for the guests, and for Austin's Best DJs! Congratulations, again, Steve and Kelly!
If you're looking to hire a wedding DJ, in Austin, Central Texas, or anywhere, you 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 upfront about their prices. Don't believe me? Stop reading, here, and do a quick search in Google, Bing, or whichever search engine you prefer, and search: "Wedding DJ Austin, DJ for weddings, photobooth, or photography booth," or whatever terms you prefer, and look for pricing. You will be looking for a while, so come back in about an hour, we'll be here. :)
So let's get in the "Mystery Machine," and solve this mystery! First of all, why are DJ and photo booth companies so afraid to be upfront about their pricing? (All of our pricing is on our website, just in case you're wondering). 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.I cannot speak for all companies, but I can certainly give you a range of pricing, based on our research.
First, you can start at the lower end. You can go on Craigslist 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 think you want a new DJ to learn on the job, at your wedding or event. Learning means, possibly making mistakes, so no thanks. There are numerous DJs on there, 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 you voted #1? "Super cheap" ummm... I don't know about you, but I always question the value of anything cheap. 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 dealer, so be prepared.
Lastly, you can also go on wedding professionals sites, such as The Knot, or Wedding Wire, and you'll be able to email several 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 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 $3000 or more, for your event! The key is to find out what's included with your service.
Ask all of these questions for DJs:
Why are they charging the price that they charge? How much experience do they have? How long have they been in business? How much experience does the DJ who will be at your wedding or event have? What type of equipment do they use? Do they have contracts to guarantee they'll be there? Will they help you with planning the ceremony or reception (DJs)? Do they offer day-of coordination, if you don't have a day-of-coordinator? If so, is it free?
Ask all of these questions for photo booths:
What type of equipment do you use? What's included in the price? Are printouts free? Am I limited to a certain amount of printouts? Do you have a contract? Are props free? Will there be a photo booth attendant? Can we get an actually booth or open-air? Will we get all of our pictures from that night? How many pictures will guests get?
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 $3000 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! :)
-Austin's Best DJs Team
p.s. We've written a new, updated version of this, with 2017 pricing and info, read it, here: www.austinbestdjs.com/wedding-tips-dj-blog/category/dj-for-hire
Austin's Best DJs
We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!