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.
-Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
UT School of Social Work Tailgate!
Saturday, we had a blast providing a DJ for the University of Texas School of Social Work, tailgate! Everyone was ready for a great game against TCU! There was plenty of great food, and plenty of Tito's Vodka cocktails, all day! The guests had fun playing cornhole, enjoying great food and drinks, and of course enjoying great music, provided by us!
Diana was personally requested to DJ this event, since she is a graduate of the UT School of Social Work! Diana did a great job DJing at this event. She kept the guests dancing and entertained, playing a great mix of Top 40, Country, Texas Country, Hip Hop, Pop, Latin, and even a few Cumbia hits from Selena! :)
We always have so much fun at the tailgates and look forward to the next tailgate, soon!
Homecoming Dance at Liberty Hill High School
Saturday evening, we had a blast, providing a DJ, uplighting, and giant games for Liberty Hill High School's Homecoming Celebration! The dance was held at Liberty Hill High School's gym area.
Our DJ, Ian, played all the students' favorite Hip Hop, Top 40 and a few Country hits, to keep them dancing, all night! Jason & Diana set up the purple uplighting and giant Jenga & Connect 4 games, which are always fun! The students had a blast and we look forward to Liberty Hill's next event!
50th Birthday Party Celebration
Saturday night, we had a great time providing a DJ and uplighting for a fun 50th birthday party celebration! The party was held at Lucas Event Center, in Pflugerville, TX. This was a special event for us, because a little over 2 years ago, we provided our DJ services for Johnny and Tiffany's wedding! This was Johnny's 50th birthday and we were so glad to be a part of another milestone moment for them! Happy 50th birthday, Johnny!
We look forward to another fun weekend of providing DJs, photo booths, games, uplighting, and more, this weekend!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
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!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
Tomorrow, stop by 7 11, on 6422 S Lockhart Hwy Austin, Texas 78744, and get your FREE slurpee, for 7/11 day and listen to your favorite music, provided by us, of course! :) Stop by any time, between 11 AM - 7 PM, for your free slurpee. We'll be providing music from 11 AM - 3 PM. Expect to wait in a line, as this is always a BUSY day for all 7 11s! Stop by and say hello! :)
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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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We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!