We had a very busy weekend for the Halloween weekend! We provided DJ and photo booth services for a Sweet 16, a community Halloween party, and a few weddings!
Saturday, we had a fun Sweet 16 at Cypress Falls Event Center, in Wimberley, TX. Everyone had a great time, dancing and taking pictures at the photo booth, with our staff, Eliza! Our DJ, Jaime, did a great job and they wanted him to stay an extra hour, but they weren't able to, due to the venue restrictions. We're always happy to stay longer, to keep the party going! :)
We also provided a DJ for a Halloween community block party in the Lakeway area! Everyone dressed up in great Halloween costumes and danced every single song, all night! Our DJ, James, did a great job!
We also did a fun wedding, Saturday night, at Chapel Dulcinea and Tuscan Hall! The bride & groom came up with a great idea and avoided official titles for their bridal party (maid of honor, best man, etc). Instead, they had the DJ announce a little about each person, such as: "my roommate and my rock, Jessica, the funniest person I know, who always cheers me up, Brandy, etc." It was quite different and a great idea! Feel free to steal the idea! :)
Additionally, we had a fun "Hallowedding!" Wow, this was great to see! We provided DJ and photo booth services for this event. Everyone dressed up in Halloween costumes, including the bride and groom! The decorations were all Halloween-related. It was very different and a lot of fun! Our very first Hallowedding was a blast! Thanks to Diana, for providing the great music, and to Andre, for working the photo booth! Below is a picture of the bride and groom, and a quick video of their first dance!
Hallowedding First Dance!
When you're planning a wedding, party, quinceanera or event, and you need a DJ, you will most likely start your search online. You're a wise consumer, so you'll get a few quotes and begin to compare. Once you do, you'll notice that the costs to hire a DJ for your event can really vary, depending upon where you are. In the Austin and Central Texas area, prices can vary depending on your needs, where you look to hire your DJ, and many other factors. We've seen prices range from $200 all the way up to $2500! So you may be asking yourself, what's the difference between all the DJs/DJ companies? Why does the price vary so much? Does higher cost always mean better service? Let's take a moment to answer these common questions.
So we've all heard the saying "you get what you pay for." This is common and for the wedding and event services business, this is usually true. When you see a DJ or DJ company charging unbelievably low prices, chances are, there's a catch. Either the DJ is new to the field, which means you're taking a chance that they may not do exactly what you want for your special day or that they just may not have the experience to ensure that everyone has a great time, all night! The other possibility with low price DJs is that they're doing the old "bait and switch" tactic. They "bait" you with a great price, but then you'll need to pay for everything that you'll actually need for your event. The entry price may be $200, but you'll need to add a microphone, setup time, breakdown time, an MC, lighting, etc. It's very "shady," but it does happen, unfortunately.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are the DJs/DJ companies that charge thousands of dollars to DJ your wedding or event. I've personally seen companies that charge $2500 for 4-5 hour events. This is surprising that somehow, they're still in business. They rarely get bookings, but some clients may truly believe that better service and quality means paying a higher price. While this may be somewhat true, it does not mean in order to have a great DJ for your event, you need to pay the highest price possible. A lot of factors go into what a DJ company decides to charge for their services, but what you're willing to pay obviously takes precedence.
We always recommend that our clients get several quotes. Shop around and see what is included for the price you pay. Let them know exactly what you'll need for your wedding or event, and see what they'll charge you to provide it. Do you research and see which company is right for you. Check out credible websites to see their reviews, as well. Overall, it's completely up to you to decide which DJ/Company best suits your needs. Price is certainly important, but value (what you get for the price) is really what's most important!
-Austin's Best DJs Team
This past weekend, we had numerous events around Austin and Central Texas! We provided our DJ and photo booth services for 4 weddings, a corporate event, and a UT fundraiser for the Texas Exes! Here are a few pictures for these events, below!
This is a picture (above) of our bride and groom from Friday, at Antebellum Oaks, here in Austin, TX. The wedding was great and everyone had a great time dancing the night away! Photos by: TheLeesPhotography.com
Here are a few pictures, above, from this past weekend at the Greenhouse, in Driftwood, TX. This was our first time at this venue and will not be the last. Wow, the venue was very different from other venues we've seen. The landscaping and greenhouse was quite different and amazing to see! Our couple and their guests had a great time dancing and taking pictures at the photo booth, all night! Diana played a great variety of music and Eliza worked the photo booth. Wow, it was a great time!
We provided a great variety of music for this wedding reception at Villa St Clair, here in Austin, TX. Wow, this couple and their guests came ready to have a great time! They danced the night away, with our DJ, Jimmy, playing their favorite songs!
We have had the pleasure of being a part of the Texas Exes "Fiesta" for the last 4 years. This is a great, annual fundraiser, put on by the Texas Exes Hispanic Alumni Association. Each year, the UT Mariachi band performs, the UT band performs, the UT Mascot joins the fun for pictures, and a silent auction is held, to raise funds for scholarships. Our DJ, James, provided music for this event, which was a great time!
We also had a corporate party for IBM, here in Austin, TX. Diana provided the music for this great event. Nearly 1000 IBM employees attended this event! Everyone had a great time and it was great to see the new technology being developed by IBM!
Overall, it was a great weekend with numerous events. We love being a part of so many events, every weekend, all year long! Thank you Austin and central Texas, for allowing us to be your DJ and photo booth service!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
If you're reading this, you're most likely planning your wedding, quinceanera, party or event, and most likely in the Austin, San Antonio or central Texas area. As you already know, having a wedding or event is expensive! So, here's a few tips to save you some time and money!
Make a Playlist
Playlists are easy to make on iTunes, Windows Media Player, Spotify, or whichever player you use. Create a list of the songs you want to hear during your event and label it for whichever moment you'll play it, such as: Cocktail Hour, Prelude, Dinner, etc. Be sure to create the list for a little longer than your planned time, to allow for wiggle room. For example, if you plan for an hour cocktail hour, make this list for an hour and 15 minutes, just in case it takes a little longer than you anticipated, to take pictures. Do this for any time of the night, since most often, your evening will not go exactly as planned. Always allow a 15 minute window. Sometimes people may eat slower, speeches may last longer, more people may arrive than you planned for, which causes dinner to last longer, etc.
How to Use it
Making a playlist is the easy part. Now, you'll need a way for it to be heard. If you want to save money, find someone to bring a small PA setup, or rent one. We often refer our clients to Rock N Roll Rentals, located in Austin, TX. Here's a link to their wedding PA systems: http://rocknrollrentals.com/t-WeddingEventPackages.aspx
We've been a customer with Rock n Roll Rentals for over a decade. They have great products and the staff will show you how to hook up everything, if you ask!
Once you have a portable speaker or PA, you'll need to get the correct wires to hook up your laptop, or even phone, to your powered speaker.You can ask the Rock n Roll team for the correct wires, or you can easily order a 3.5 mm to RCA cable, 3.5 mm to 1/4" cable, or 3.5 mm to XLR cable. Here's a link to some of the wires we use, on Amazon:
3.5 mm to RCA
3.5 mm to XLR
The smaller, 3.5 mm headphone plug will connect to your phone or laptop, and the other end (RCA, 1/4 " or XLR) will connect to the speaker input. Once it's hooked up, simply power on the speaker, adjust the volume, and you're good to go! Keep in mind, prelude, cocktail hour, or dinner music doesn't need to be super loud, so you won't need to rent a huge, super loud speaker. Any 200 watt (or more) speaker should work, depending on the size of the area where you'll need music.
How You Save
When you use your own playlist for prelude, cocktail hour, or dinner (or all 3), you eliminate the need for a DJ/band to play the music for you! Ironically, I'm telling you how to spend less on hiring a DJ. :) We're very open and honest with our clients and we want to give you great advice that is useful, too. Even if it means we may make less at your event. If you use your own playlist for these moments, you'll only need to hire the DJ for the dance portion of your event. So if your event is 5 ours, and 2.5 hours is for ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner, then you'll only need the DJ for 2.5 hours, versus 5 hours!
We hope you find this useful. Feel free to email us and we're always happy to help, even if you're not our customer! :)
- Austin's Best DJs Team
Last Friday, 9/30/16, we had the pleasure of working with Connally High School, providing our DJ and photo booth services for their homecoming! The students came after the homecoming game and had a blast! Everyone danced the night away and took numerous pictures at the photo booth! We always love to do school events because the students are always so much fun! We'll play lots of fun, Top 40 music, as well as Country and Latin music and everyone dances to everything, all night!
It's always fun to see how excited students get when we play their favorite songs. No matter which school we're at in Austin, Travis County, or outside of Travis County, (we are booked by every school district in and around Travis County) it's always fun to see and hear so many students scream, loudly, when we play their favorite song, almost as if the artists is actually there, about to perform the song for them! :)
Below, is a quick video of the students doing a Conga Line, that evening!
So much fun, even the staff joined in and took some pictures at our photo booth! :)
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