So let me state the obvious: Weddings and events are expensive! If you're reading this, you probably already know this! There are many vendors you'll need for your wedding, party, or event, such as catering, decorations, cake, flowers, a DJ or band, photography, etc. Also, if you're having your wedding or event in the Austin or Central Texas area, you may already know that venues are very limited, which means not only will you have to book your event early (especially if it's a Saturday), but you'll also pay a few thousand, up to in the $20,000 range, depending on the venue you choose. Feel free to stop reading and take a deep breath/sigh. :)
With so many vendors to hire, comes more choices and decisions. Most vendors offer different packages and upgrades, to accommodate your needs. You will rarely, if ever, find a vendor who will not try to offer you an upgrade. Although we are the exception. :) We're completely transparent with our clients and we're always happy to only offer you what you need. We'll often tell you how you can save money, as well. An example is when clients contact us and ask to book us for 8 hours. We let them know that we don't charge for setup/break-down, and that most weddings are only 5-6 hours, so they will not need 8 hours (other DJs/DJ companies will happily book the 8 hours). We know, since we also have planned our own wedding in the Austin area! We know the struggles of planning, well! So now to the good stuff. Here is a great article discussing 9 upgrades that are worth the investment. We certainly agree with their choices and are happy to offer some of the upgrades that they recommend! Here's the link, from The Knot article, below. Enjoy!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
This past weekend, we provided DJ services for Mr. and Mrs. David, at The Oasis, off Lake Travis, in Austin, TX. We met with the couple a few weeks before their wedding and discussed their wedding details, in person, as we do with all our clients. They informed us that they would have many traditional Indian customs at their wedding, such as a gift giving ceremony and a tea ceremony. The bride and groom, as well as the wedding party, were all dressed in traditional Indian wedding clothing, which was great to see!
The bride and groom's families were from North and South India, so there was a large mix of cultures, including many of their friends and family from the United States. We played a variety of music, ranging from Top 40, to Country and Pop, as well as popular Indian music, which was a lot of fun for us! Everything looked amazing; we're glad to have been a part of Mr. and Mrs. David's special day!
Weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and any event where you may need a DJ or entertainment require a lot of planning and preparation. We often tell our clients that wedding and event planning can be like having a part time job! We certainly recommend that you start planning as soon as possible, to ensure you get to have the wedding or event that you want to have!
Planning 12 months or at the least 9 months, in advance, is ideal for booking your DJ, photo booth and other vendors. However, in the Austin area, you may want to plan 12-18 months in advance (if possible), to pick your wedding venue. There are only so many venues in Austin, and there are nearly 1 million people living in Austin; as we all know, more and more people moving to Austin (about 125 per day), every day! A recent study showed that Travis County netted more people moving here in 2015, than the other top 10 counties, combined! So as you can imagine, planning your wedding or event and having an available venue requires planning well in advance, especially if it's a Saturday event! Most venue owners/managers have told us that there is an 18 month wait-list for a Saturday event!
We're seeing more and more people planning 18-24 months in advance, for their event. The struggle with this, for us, is having the staff who are willing to commit to being available for an event, more than 12 months in advance. Our general rule is that we only book out up to 12 months in advance. Due to the increasing demand, however, we may change it to 18 months, since we're seeing the trend of early wedding and event planning!
So overall, the earlier you plan, the better! Don't forget, we offer wedding (ceremony and reception) and event (parties, quinceaneras, etcetera) planning assistance, FREE! Don't take on this task, alone! We're here to help you plan and we also offer FREE day-of-event-coordination, too! We want our couples and clients to simply show up, the day of their event, and have fun! Leave the stress to us! :)
- Austin's Best DJs Team
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!