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Join us, Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, for the Austin Oyster Festival! We'll be joining many great bands, playing music, and we'll be the official MCs for the entire day! Proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Here are the awesome event details:
Executive Chef Chris Bauer of Eddie V's presents a variety of Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable - on the half shell, grilled, roasted, fried, in gumbo and more! With other offerings including Creole BBQ shrimp, Shrimp Po'Boys, and Crispy Spiced Pommes Frites the beautiful bivalves will be enjoyed with perfect accompaniments. Also, Bloody Mary Bars featuring BLOODY REVOLUTION , mineral water by TOPO CHICO, specialty cocktails by DEEP EDDY VODKA, premium wine selections from FAVORITE BRANDS, and craft beers including selections from BELL'S BREWERY will round out the extensive beverage menu.
Our mouths are watering just reading this! :) They'll have tons of raffles, prizes and giveaways from Eddie V's, Monger's, Little Darling, Night Cap, and more! Visit Austin Oyster Festival for more information, to buy tickets, etc. We're looking forward to the fun!
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Wedding at Addison Grove
Friday, February 15th, we had a great time providing a wedding DJ and lighting for a fun wedding at the Addison Grove, in Austin, Texas. Matthew and Allison were joined by their family and friends for their awesome wedding day. If central Texas, you never know what the February weather will be like. Luckily, the weather turned out amazing! It was in the upper 80's, but the breeze helped keep the guests cool during the outdoor ceremony.
Thanks to all the great vendors for working together to make this wedding a success. Thanks to:
Coordinator: Cerise Gillett
Catering: PEJ Events
Cake: Serendipity Cakes
Wedding DJ & uplighting: ABDJs
Floral: Barbie Foerester
Hair: Crystal Cruz
Event Rentals: Marquee Events
It was a fun wedding with great food, thanks to PEJ events and Serendipity Cakes, and of course great music! :) The guests danced every song from the first song to the last song of the night, just as each wedding should be! We loved all the decor and some of the decor ideas like the "date night" Popsicle sticks were great!
Thanks, again, to all the awesome vendors for making this wedding memorable and fun for Matthew & Allison!
Sweet 16 Photobooth Fun
We had a great time providing a photo booth rental for this fun Sweet 16, in Spicewood, TX. Our photo booth tech, Richard, kept the guests entertained, taking selfies all evening! We're glad we were able to help make this Sweet 16 a fun, memorable time for the birthday girl!
Cypress Hills Elementary Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, we provided a DJ for a fun Daddy Daughter Dance at Cypress Hills Elementary, in Spicewood, TX. Our DJ, Phil, kept the students and most of the dads, dancing all night! We played a mix of fun Top 40 music, along with some classic 60's, Country, and of course all the kids' dances that the elementary students love to dance to!
Valentine's Dance at WMS
Friday, we provided a DJ for a fun Valentine's Day school dance at Westview Middle School, in the Austin/Pflugerville area. We've been doing Westview's school dances for over 5 years now! We enjoy going out there and helping the kids have a fun, memorable time. Our DJ, Ian, did just that. He kept the kids entertained and dancing, all evening! We look forward to the next WMS event, soon!
Apartment Event DJs
We also provided event DJs for two Muze Student Living events near the University of Texas campus. We helped them have two fun signing days, getting new students to sign up for a new place to live! We're always happy to be a part of their fun events!
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If you're planning your wedding or event, take a look at The Hummingbird House, in Austin, TX. We recently partnered with the Hummingbird House and we're offering special packages, for Hummingbird House events, only! :) So if you're already booked there, contact us, today, and let's discuss our special packages for your wedding, quinceanera, or event!
We'll be happy to work with you and provide our wedding DJ services, a photo booth rental, uplighting, lawn and giant game rentals (which are perfect for their outdoor area), or any of our other options to make your wedding the wedding you've always dreamed of! We have common packages to start with, but no two weddings are the same, since no two couples are the same. We will create the perfect package for your perfect day!
If you're still searching for a venue, be sure to consider this great wedding/event venue! Hummingbird House has a very unique outdoor area, with its picture perfect 5 1/2 acre lush tropical setting! They can accommodate up to 200 guests and have great amenities, too! Be sure to contact Courtney and the great team at Hummingbird, today! We look forward to working with you and ensuring your wedding is unique, memorable, and fun!
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Prom season is approaching quickly! It's time to book your central Texas/Austin prom DJ, photo booth rental, and anything else you may need. If you haven't booked your prom entertainment, it's definitely a good idea to get it done by Valentine's Day, or the end of February at the latest. Great DJs get booked quickly. Most schools will book their prom DJs and photo booth rentals in the fall semester, sometimes the first week of school! Our first 2 proms were booked the first day of school!
We already have 3 proms that booked us last semester. We are booking our 4th prom, by the end of the week! We'd LOVE to be a part of your prom, too! We offer many optional upgrades to make your prom unique and different from all the other proms out there. You can add uplighting, a custom monogram, a video monogram, lawn/giant games, giant lighted marquee letters and much more. Check out our custom monogram article to see the awesome variety of monograms that we offer. We can add a school logo, or text to the monogram, as well as the photo booth pictures.
Check out the video, above, to see why we're clearly the BEST choice for your prom or school dance! We work with EVERY school district in Travis County and many surrounding districts, too! Don't forget, we offer discounted rates to schools, too!
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If you're looking to add a great DJ or photo booth rental for your Valentine's Day event, contact us, today! We can provide a great DJ, a Valentine's theme photo booth, including Valentine's props, a red backdrop, etc. We can also add your Valentine's Day event text, such as: "Valentine's Day Bash 2019" or a company logo, etc. Our photo booth will also let your guests take home great pictures, printed in seconds, after they take pics. They can also upload the pics to their favorite social media!
The DJ can also provide a custom monogram, red or pink uplighting, or any other colors to bring your theme together! We have giant letters that can be added, giant games, lawn games, etc. The DJ/MC will be happy to do raffles, giveaways, facilitate fun games, etc. Adding a DJ or photo booth is always a great way to keep your guests entertained! So if you're considering adding a DJ or photo booth rental, contact us, today, and let's celebrate together!
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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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New Year's Eve is a big deal, every year, everywhere! If you're planning to book a DJ, rent a photo booth, or book a band, then it's time to book as soon as possible! Why? Because there are a limited number of DJ and photo booth companies and for certain holidays, such as Halloween and New Year's Eve, many more people and businesses will choose to have a special event to celebrate.
When we say many more, we mean far more than the usual number of events happening around the Austin/central Texas area. Numerous DJs, bands, musicians, photo booths, and entertainers get booked for bars, clubs, and restaurants all over Austin, central Texas, and of course all over the entire country! This creates a limited supply, but a much higher than usual demand. Not to give you an economics lesson, but you likely already know that supply and demand drive the prices for services.
So to answer the title question, "how much do DJs and photo booths cost for NYE," is not an easy question to answer. The answer is, it depends on who you ask. Some companies will truly take advantage of this and charge far higher rates than usual. Some companies will literally charge double their normal rates, simply because they know they can. :(
We choose not to do this. We run our business with integrity and choose to not take advantage of these situations. Be aware, though, we are one of very few companies who don't do this. :( Don't believe me? inquire with any DJ, band, or photo booth company, and ask about booking any other Monday, (NYE is on a Monday, this year) or even a Friday or Saturday night. Find out their rates, and then inquire about booking that SAME company, after you have their first quote,of course, for a New Year's Eve event. You'll see the obvious price difference.
We charge our regular rates and may add a little more, but only because we pay higher than normal pay rates to our DJ and photo booth staff to work holidays. We get it, it's a holiday and most people don't like to work holidays. So we offer a holiday rate and bonus for our staff. We want to be fair and keep our staff happy. Happy staff = happy clients, and happy staff + happy clients = happy business owners, so everyone wins! This is similar to what many companies offer their employees for working a holiday. No one likes working for companies who don't offer holidays off or at least holiday pay. At least we don't, anyway.
The hard part for us is that because so many people love to celebrate NYE, we often have a really hard time finding staff to work these events. This creates an even more limited supply and demand. :( We'll usually book 1-2 events and that's all we can book. Not because we want to limit the supply, but because we just don't have the staff who are available to work.
We know everyone loves to celebrate NYE! There's something magical about ringing in the new year with all of your close friends and family. Some people will go out and celebrate it at their favorite place, others may have a party with their close friends and family, and others may simply sleep through it all. haha :)
Regardless of what you choose to do to celebrate the new year, if you choose to have an event or party, you need to book your DJ, book a band, or rent a photo booth for your event as soon as possible! We literally mean, BEFORE Thanksgiving, to ensure you get the best DJs, bands, or photo booth rentals for your event. Don't get stuck paying high rates for terrible service! :(
We hope this has been helpful in providing an inside look at the cost to book entertainment for your New Year's Eve event. Now, you know a little more about why the rates are what they are. As always, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help!
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If you're looking to book a DJ or photo booth for your prom, school dance, school event, or fundraiser, then chances are, you're probably confused about DJ prices, and why they vary so much. It's a great question that is surprisingly not easy to answer. Below are some major things that affect DJ pricing for school events, and really, any wedding/event.
What do we actually charge? Our prices vary, depending on the event location, date, time, number of hours, size of the venue, number of guests attending, and your overall needs. The best part, however, is that we do offer a discounted rate on our DJ and photo botoh services for all schools and non-profit events! Why? Because ABDJs' owners are in the education and social work field! Jason is a Master Teacher (M.Ed, MPAff) and Diana has a Masters of Social Work (LMSW). Therefore, their hearts are in these fields and they do their best to help the local Austin and central Texas community! They work, really hard, maintaining a work schedule and running ABDJs! The'yre over-achievers! :) Feel free to contact Jason or Diana, today, to discuss your event details!
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