Average Wedding Cost Austin, TX
We wrote this article, two years ago, in July of 2016, and many people sent us feedback about it being very helpful. We write our blog and tips to help everyone planning a wedding. No, we're not trying to simply sell our business or services, like many other companies. We want to help as many brides and grooms as possible by providing great information! :) So let's get to the breakdown of the costs for a wedding in Austin and central Texas.
So there's good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad news, since I like to end on a good note! :) It's not bad news, but basically it's still pretty expensive to get married in the Austin/central Texas area. However, the GREAT news is, the average cost for a wedding has gone down by about $7000, since 2016!! In 2016, the average cost for a wedding in Austin was over $37,000. As you can see from the infographic above, it's now just under $30,000 ($29,780). So this is great news for you!
Factors That Affect Your Wedding Cost
If you're currently planning to have a wedding in the Austin or central Texas area, then you have already realized that the expenses can add up, fast! Chances are, you're using the internet to do your research, and you should certainly start by doing just that. We included the above infographic to show you the average cost of a wedding in Austin, Texas. The cost of your wedding can really vary, depending on your needs, wedding venue location, catering, and most importantly, your total guest count. The more guests you have, the more you'll spend. Now let's break down the costs even further.
Average Cost for Wedding Venue Austin, TX
The largest cost of your wedding is going to be the venue. After deciding on a date, the next thing you should consider is your location. As you can see in the infographic, the average wedding venue cost in the downtown Austin, Texas area is about $3600. Keep in mind, this information is what couples reported and not what wedding vendors reported. From our experience and knowledge, the downtown wedding venues are priced higher than this, especially during peak wedding season, which is early spring and fall in Austin. These rates may be for the off-peak season.
Wedding Venue Location Impacts Total Cost
Another consideration about your wedding venue is the scenery. If you want your wedding overlooking Lake Travis or Ladybird Lake, in Austin, it's going to be more expensive (but you already knew that). :) The above picture shows you the cost difference, compared to a wedding venue in downtown Austin, TX.
Wedding Cost Dripping Springs, TX
If you didn't already know, Dripping Springs, Texas, is a very popular destination wedding spot! It's often called the "wedding capital of Texas." As you can see, above, having a wedding in Dripping Springs is as expensive as having a wedding on the lake, in Austin. Depending on the venue you choose, having your wedding here can be more expensive than having it in Austin. The appeal of a Texas hill country wedding is very understandable and though Dripping Springs is much smaller than Austin, it's not too far away (about a 30 minute drive) from Austin, and more and more businesses are popping up to cater to the wedding market, there!
Since your wedding venue is a major factor in the overall cost of your wedding, we included quite a bit of info about it. Now, let's move onto our area of expertise, which is wedding entertainment.
Average Wedding Entertainment Cost Austin, TX
Now let's discuss our area of expertise. As you may have already noticed, the price for wedding entertainment can really vary, depending upon your wedding location. In general, bands are more expensive than DJs. However, some DJs/DJ companies can charge just as much as bands. Our advice is simple: do your research. Check out reputable sites, such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, Google and even Facebook, for reviews and to see what actual customers are saying about the DJ or band, and their quality of work. The good thing about the wedding sites is that you can easily compare companies, side-by-side; however, that can also be a problem. This is because if you compare these companies, many of them sound exactly the same. So how do you know who is best for your event? Here's our advice.
1. Determine a Budget - How much are you comfortable spending for entertainment? Will you spend it all on a DJ, or are you wanting a DJ and photo booth? Choose what's best for you and your guests. Consider that not everyone likes to dance or is even able to dance.
2. What's Included - Start comparing what is actually offered with the price you're paying. This is where the true differences are. Some DJs start with a great price, but it only includes a limited amount of hours, like 3 hours. They do this, knowing you'll certainly have to purchase more time. Don't fall for it! Do they include everything you'll need? Some companies will not include a microphone, or even "MC" services. Surprisingly, you'll have to pay more for those things with some companies.
3. Ceremony Music - If you need the DJ for the ceremony, find out if they will provide ceremony services, and how much it will cost. Many companies will charge several hundreds more dollars for this, so find out what's included with the ceremony addition.
4. Custom Playlist - Find out if you're able to choose songs for your wedding. Are you limited to what they offer you, or can you choose other songs? We've seen some companies limit their clients to their library and even seen others charge $1.00 for each song that the couple specifically wants played. That can add up, so definitely ask about a playlist. Some DJ companies even only play specific genres, so be sure to find out.
5. Lighting - Find out if the DJ company will include dance floor lighting. Surprisingly, many companies don't include dance floor lighting. They'll charge you more to add it. Many venues can be very dark at night, so lighting is usually a must! Uplighting is a great addition for any venue, as it provides lighting and can usually be set to match your theme and decor.
6. Other Options - Always ask about other options. Do they offer uplighting? A monogram? Photo booth? Projector? Games? You can often save money by getting all of your options from one vendor, as opposed to hiring several vendors. We recently did an event that hired an outside company for the sound system. For some reason, they were unclear that we already included this with our services, despite us telling them. That company charged thousands more, and honestly, their sound system was terrible in comparison to ours.
Overall, there are numerous things to consider when hiring a DJ or band for your wedding in Austin, Central Texas, or anywhere! This is a great starting point, but certainly do your research and ask as many questions as you need to, to be sure you're hiring the best company for your needs. Here's a link to a great website that will allow you to find out the average cost of a wedding in your area by simply typing in your zip code! Here's the link to the average cost of wedding in Austin, Texas.
Check out the average prices and compare to determine your budget. If you're having a wedding in a different city/zip code, simply change the zip code. We hope this article has been helpful. As always, feel free to email us with any questions and we'll be happy to help!
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It's summer and that means a few things for us in the Austin and central Texas area. First, it means really hot weather, although this July has been rather rainy, which we'll happily take! :) Second, it means vacations and lots of time on the water. Finally, it also means one thing that you may not be thinking about: it's 4 months away from Thanksgiving, and 5 months away from the holiday festivities, parties, and fun!
Yes, five months seems long, but it goes by quickly! Get ahead and start planning for your company holiday party! As you may already know, there are simply not enough venues in the Austin area to keep up with the demand for parties and events! There is literally an 18 month waiting list for a Saturday event nearly anywhere in the Austin and central Texas area! Additionally, along with the perfect venue, you need great food, and of course, great entertainment! it's time to book your DJ/band, and/or photo booth for your company holiday party. So if you're on the planning committee, start getting your quotes, now!
We already have a few bookings for December weddings and holiday parties, but we have a few open DJs and photo booths left! Don't wait, or you won't be able to book a great DJ for your event! We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully, working with you to ensure your holiday party is a blast!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
If you're planning a wedding, or event, in a large, outdoor space, chances are, adequate power may be an issue. Many times people rent party boats for bachelor or bacehlorette parties, 4th of July events, birthdays, weddings, engagement parties, etc. Many of the boats do not have available power, as well. For a party to be a great party, you have to have music, drinks, food, and possibly other entertainment.
If you're hiring musicians, or if you want to hire a DJ, rent a photo booth, hire a caterer, or other vendors, they'll all need a power source, especially for appropriate lighting, at night. You have a few options to provide adequate power. If you're simply going to DIY your music and lighting, you can use a Honda 3000 Watt Generator. This will provide the adequate power you need for powering fans, lights, a computer and small PA system, etc. This should easily provide the adequate power you need, for several hours. If you will power more than a small PA system, a computer, and some LED lighting, you may need to select a generator with more power. Visit the Honda site to see applications for what each generator can power.
The generator does require gas. The gas tank for this generator holds up to 3.4 gallons. You can always bring an extra gallon container of gasoline, just in case. This one tank will provide you with enough power to run the generator at full capacity (about 2800 watts, constantly), for around 7 hours. If you're running it at 1/4 capacity, or not using it to power a lot of things, the 3.4 gallons will power the generator for up to 20 hours! Be sure to bring energy saving devices, such as energy star rated devices.
How Loud is a 3000 Watt Generator?
Many people think of generators as very loud, and annoying. We've all seen the generators at festivals or carnivals, and they're super loud, like lawnmowers. This is not the case with this Honda generator, which is why we recommend it! It's not very loud, at all, as you can see in the picture above. We're actually using this exact generator for our 4th of July event, The Leander Liberty Festival, next week. Check out our article to learn about the Leander Liberty Festival, and all the details. If you're in the area, stop by this free event! You can see Texas Country artists, Casey Donahew, and Stoney Larue, and an awesome fireworks show, after, all for free! By the way, no, Honda is not paying us to write this, at all. We just love to help our clients and we love great products! :)
Rent a Generator for Your Wedding, Party, or Outdoor Event
By the way, these generators are not very cheap to buy, at all! They're about $2000, from most stores. However, you can easily rent one, from your local rental place, or even from Home Depot, for about $60! Check out the Home Depot generator rentals page, on their website. You'll simply need a credit card for the deposit, and pay the fee for your preferred generator (they have a few different sizes). Just type in your zip code for your nearest store and we suggest calling them to discuss your event needs.
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