Win a FREE wedding DJ package, from Austin's best wedding and event DJ & photo booth services! We are very grateful to be one of the top wedding DJ companies in the Austin and central Texas. We have so many amazing clients, choosing us to be a part of the their special day. This holiday season, we want to give back to our community.
We know that there are many couples out there who want to have a great wedding, but may not have the budget to have the wedding of their dreams. We're here to help make your dream wedding a possibility! We also know that there are many great people out there who do great things in their community, too, who also deserve a gift back, for all that they give! Tell us your story, we want to hear it!
In the spirit of the holidays, and because we believe in giving back, we want to give a gift to one deserving couple. We will gift our wedding DJ package, FREE, which includes:
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- Jason & Diana
Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
Thank you to our amazing clients! We won another "Best of Weddings" awards from The Knot! Being a wedding DJ is not as easy as most people think it is. It's all about organization, time management, professionalism, customer service, and then, about being awesome, talented DJs!
We also won the 2019 Couple's Choice awards, again. We've won awards every year since we joined the Knot and Wedding Wire. We've also won "Best of Gigmasters," "Best of Decidio," and others. Thank you so much to our amazing Austin and central Texas clients. :)
- Jason & Diana
The Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team!
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.
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Wedding at Cypress Falls - Wimberley, TX
Saturday, we had a blast providing a DJ, photo booth rental, and lawn & giant games for this fun wedding, at Cypress Falls Event Center, in Wimberley, Texas! We were truly honored to be a part of Lacy & Jerry's wedding day celebration. Our DJ Jimmy, did a great job keeping the guests moving and shaking to their favorite Country, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, Top 40 & more, on this beautiful night under the Wimberley, Texas sky!
The lawn and giant games were a huge hit and kept the guests entertained throughout the night! This was a great choice for Lacy & Jerry, since not everyone is a dancer.
Photo Booth Fun at This Wimberley Wedding!
Amy kept the wedding guests entertained at the photo booth, throughout the evening. There is never a shortage of people who want to take selfies at any wedding or event we do! :) We're so happy that everyone had a great time at this wedding. Thanks to Lacy & Jerry for allowing us to be a part of your big day!
An Awesome Wedding at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens - Austin, TX
Saturday, we provided a DJ, photo booth rental, and uplighting, for a fun wedding ceremony and reception, at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, in Austin, TX. The ceremony took place near sunset time and it was perfect! Michael and Caroline read their sincere, heartfelt vows to each other, with their friend Patrick, who also served as the officiant! Caroline and Michael had lots of their close friends and family attend their special day!
We loved the wedding cakes at this fun wedding! The groom, Michael, loves Bucee's so much that his groom's cake was with the Bucee's logo! If only Bucee's knew this, perhaps they could have sponsored some of the wedding costs! :) Speaking of wedding cake costs, this couple had a brilliant idea of how to save. It's an idea we've discussed on this very blog a few times. We're glad they took our advice! The wedding cake to the left has only the top 2 tiers that are REAL! The other tiers are not real, but look EXACTLY the same and no one would ever know! The cut the cake and sheet cake was served to the guests at a fraction of the cost! Brilliant idea! :)
We also provided a photo booth for the wedding. The newlyweds and all of their friends and family had a blast with Diana, taking selfies at the photo booth! Caroline and Michael were very creative and found a way to include their pets, without having to ask someone to pet sit, on site! They made cardboard cutout prints of their dog and cat! They were hilarious and people LOVED them. Everyone wanted to take pictures with them, more than our other props, surprisingly! :)
Caroline and Michael also got a custom-made photo album. We are always happy to facilitate the process of adding photos, writing custom messages, etc. This is a great way to also remember your wedding! The guests will take one picture, and the other goes into the album. Additionally, we always give our brides/grooms a flash drive, with all the digital files from the photo booth, that night.
James Bond Party at League of Rebels - Austin, TX
Saturday, we provided a photo booth rental for the League of Rebels' "Bond Bash!" This was a James Bond themed event. Everyone came, dressed in their Bond attire and had a great time. They had a live Jazz band, and used our photo booth, as well! We had black and white "vintage" photos, as well as color photos. The guests had fun and so did we! This is a great holiday party or corporate event party theme! We'll likely see many more James Bond Bashes, in the future!
Overall, we had a great time, this weekend with our weddings and events. We look forward to doing it all over, again, this weekend!
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Awesome Wedding at Addison Grove - Austin, TX
Friday, we had a great time providing a wedding DJ for a fun couple, from Victoria, Texas, at the Addison Grove, in Austin, TX. We provided a DJ and uplighting, at this wedding. We were joined by several great vendors:
Hair & Makeup - Ashley Cooper
Catering: PEJ Events
Video: John Martin
Photography: Feather & Twine
Photo Booth: Oh Happy Day
DJ & Lighting: Austin's Best DJs
Mr. & Mrs. Lerma were joined by several members from their church, who all came to help make this wedding amazing! They had live music performed by their friends from the church, for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and their first dance! Everything turned out just the way our couple envisioned it, which is always our goal! :) Jason & Diana personally DJed this wedding and kept guests dancing, all night long! We were honored to be a part of their special day! Congrats, again, to Mr. & Mrs. Lerma!
A Fun Wedding at TerrAdorna - Manor, TX
Friday, we provided a DJ and lighting for a great wedding at TerrAdorna, in Manor, Texas. This fun couple booked with us and planning was a bit hard, since the groom was a firefighter, working in Afghanistan! The time difference made it hard to communicate, but we made it work! We're so glad everything turned out well for Mr. & Mrs. Wheeler! Jimmy, our DJ, did a great job keeping the guests dancing, all night! Thanks to the groom for your awesome service! Congrats, again, Mr. & Mrs. Wheeler!
A Great Fundraiser at The Barn at Bell Springs - Austin, TX
Saturday, we provided a DJ and uplighting for a fundraiser for The Polo Club. The event took place at The Barn at Bell Springs, in Austin, TX. There was a silent auction, as well as several great raffles that took place, to help raise funds for this great organzation! Jason and Diana played a mix of fun 70's, 80's, 90's, Country & Top 40, to keep the guests entertained, all evening. Casino Knights provided the casino games, as well. We're glad the event was a success!
We look forward to numerous weddings and events, this weekend!
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Kickball Tournament at Cypress Hills Elementary - Spicewood, TX
This past weekend, we provided our DJ, photo booth, uplighting and monogram services for a few fun weddings and events! Friday, we kicked off the weekend with a fun Kickball Tournament at Cypress Hills Elementary, in Spicewood, TX. Our DJ, Phil, did a great job playing their favorite music and hosting this fun event! Phil also hosts weekly Trivia, so he was the perfect fit for this event! The tournament was a blast and we're glad we were able to help them have such a fun event! We look forward to their next event!
Lawn & Giant Game Rentals at Mercury Hall - Austin, TX
Friday, we also provided a few fun games for a wedding at Mercury Hall, in Austin, TX. The newlyweds and all of their friends & family had fun playing the games after the ceremony, during cocktail hour and dinner!
Wedding at Inspiring Oaks Ranch - Wimberley, TX
Saturday, we had fun providing our DJ, photo booth, uplighting, and a monogram for a fun wedding at Inspiring Oaks Ranch, in Wimberley, Texas . Though it was raining, early that day, it turned out to be great weather during the wedding! The blue uplighting looked great, along with the custom monogram, and we also added personalized bubbles for the send-off!
Our DJ, Jaime, did a great job, playing a mix of music, including: Country, Texas Country, Top 40, 90's, Tejano, Cumbia and more! Jaime kept the guests dancing, all night! Amy did a great job keeping the guests entertained at the photo booth!
Mr. & Mrs. Robertson had a great team of vendors who all worked hard to make their day special! Thanks to all of the following vendors, for doing a great job:
Wedding Planner: Lisa - Blue Moon Events
Catering: Louis BBQ
Florist & Event Rentals: Whim
Staffing: Main Event Staffing
Photographers: Classic Photographers
Videographer: Love Story Texas
Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori
Officiant: The Knot Tyer - Robert Burton
Hair & Makeup - Molly Makeup & Hair
Congrats, again, to Mr. & Mrs. Robertson!
Wedding at Villa St. Clair - Austin, TX
Saturday, we also had a fun wedding at Villa St. Clair, in Austin, TX. We provided a DJ and photo booth for Mr. & Mrs. Robinson. The newlyweds and all of their family and friends had a great time dancing, with our DJ, Ben, playing all of their favorite Country, Texas Country, Hip Hop, Tejano, R&B, 90's, Latin, and more!
Valerie kept the guests entertained, taking selfies, at our photo booth. Thanks to Marie and Kim, from Villa St. Clair, for all of their help with planning and coordination, for this wedding. Congrats, again, Mr. & Mrs. Robinson!
We look forward to doing it all over again, this weekend!
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Retirement Party @ Third Base - Austin, TX
Friday, we had a blast providing our DJ services for a fun retirement party, at Third Base in Austin, TX. Denise retired from Travis County after 30 years of service! Wow, we were so jealous that we aren't retiring, but we're working on it. :) Denise and many of her friends and family came to celebrate! The entire bar was full of Denise's family and friends! Jason & Diana, personally DJed this event, and kept everyone dancing to every song, all night! We were happy to help Denise celebrate. Congrats, again, Denise!
Wedding at Hacienda del Lago - Austin
Saturday, we provided a DJ and photo booth rental, for a fun wedding at Hacienda del Lago, on Lake Travis, in Austin, TX. We helped our fun couple, Jessica and Erick, celebrate their special day! Jessica and Erick both came from Odessa, TX. Jessica had family here in Austin, and planned her big day for Austin. Both Jessica and Erick had lots of friends and family from all over Texas and beyond!
Jason, personally DJed this event, and kept the guests dancing all night! Diana kept the guests entertained at the photo booth. Jessica & Erick took lots of great pictures at the photo booth. They were definitely some of the best pics we've taken! Congrats, again, to Jessica & Erick!
Wedding at Hotel Ella - Austin
Sunday, we had a blast providing a DJ and photo booth rental, for a fun wedding at Hotel Ella, in Austin, TX. Our couple, Andrew and Katie, picked out many great songs for the entire night! They had a wide variety of genres and great songs. Some of the songs they chose were new to us, but we definitely will not include them in our regular playlist! For the first song to open the dance floor, they chose "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire! What a great song, and perfect for an early September wedding! :)
At the end of the night, our couple had everyone leave to the send-off area to be alone, for one last dance. It was a beautiful moment! Congrats, again, to Andrew & Katie!
We had a great time this past weekend, and look forward to doing it all over again, this weekend!
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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!