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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When it comes to photo booth rentals for weddings, the question we get asked the most, is "how much are your photo booth rentals for a wedding?" This is much easier to answer than the "how much do wedding djs cost?" Why? Simply because DJ and photo booth events are far different and have very different equipment and needs.
We can't speak for every company, but we will tell you about how our company does things and give you an idea of what other companies do, as well. Simply put, yes, some companies may charge more for weddings, than other events. The bottom line for us: NO, we don't charge more for weddings versus other events! So let's answer the photo booth question, now.
These are just some of the many factors that go into the pricing of photo booth services. Other factors that may influence photo booth pricing are: your market area (a wedding in Manhattan will be far more expensive than a wedding in Lubbock, Texas), the company's reputation and length of time in business (new companies, just starting out will always charge less, just to get the business), and many other factors. Be ready to discuss all of the above details with every photo booth company you contact.
One last word of advice: ALWAYS get a contract and read their reviews! If they don't provide you with a contract, don't do business with them! If they don't have any recent reviews or any reviews, be careful! Many companies will get bad reviews, and simply take down their business info from all sites, create a new business name, and start all over. They know the importance of reviews, and the impact of bad, recent reviews. so if they have no recent reputation, ask them why?
As shady as this sounds, it happens A LOT in our industry. :( We've gotten many calls from people who's DJ or photo booth provider took their deposit (often 50% of the fees) and vanished! This is TERRIBLE! We hate these calls and are glad to book with them because we know, without a doubt, we'll NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, do this! We will always be there at any event we book, ready to help everyone have an amazing time! Whether you book a DJ, photo booth, lighting, games, or any service, this is what we will do. We run our business with integrity because that's just who we are. We treat our clients the way we wanted to be treated when we were getting married, looking for our own wedding vendors.
As always, if you have any questions or need more info, feel free to contact us. If you're having a wedding or event in our area, be sure to visit our photo booth rental page! We're always happy to help, even if you're not booking with us!
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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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Wedding & Party Photo Booth Rentals - Austin & Central TX
If you're planning a wedding, quinceanera, party, or event, you know entertainment is a huge factor in determining the success of your event. Music plays a large role, and of course a great DJ know what music to play, to keep your guests dancing, throughout the event. However, more and more, people want to step up their entertainment. We all know that great music is essential for a great party, but not everyone dances. By the way, if you're looking for an Austin wedding or event DJ, we know several. :)
So what do you do for your guests who dance care much for dancing? Luckily, there are numerous other entertainment options! Many entertainment companies offer numerous popular entertainment options; we offer: karaoke, photo booth, lawn games, giant games, trivia, game hosting, giant movie screenings, etc. Check out our wedding DJ and photo booth packages page, or our quinceanera/Sweet 15/16 DJs page, to view all our optional upgrades. Even if you're not our client, this will give you a good idea of the numerous entertainment options that companies may offer.
The most popular entertainment option for weddings and events, besides a DJ, is a photo booth rental (also sometimes spelled as photobooth). Well over 60% of our bookings are for both a DJ and photo booth. Some call it a "picture booth," and others may call it a "selfie booth." Whatever you call it, a photo booth is a great, fun entertainment option! Your guests are sure to have hours of fun, taking selfies with a photo booth!
Photo Booth Rental Cost
If you decide to add a photo booth to your event, you definitely need to know the cost. Every photo booth company offers different options, for different prices. You'll find some really expensive photo booth rates, and some really cheap photo booth deals on sites like Craigslist or Groupon, but be cautious! We've booked plenty of DJ and photo booth gigs at the last minute, because that client booked someone else, who simply took their money.
It's very hard to believe that people do this, but it happens more often than you think. We're not knocking either of these sites, as they are simply platforms for vendors to advertise and acquire business. We are knocking the unprofessional vendors who do this to clients, month after month! :(
So let's get back to the cost.The photo booth rental cost in the Austin and central Texas area (and most other markets in the US) ranges from as low as $250, to as much as $1,000, for a 3 - 4 hour booking. The best way to compare is to find out what's included with each company. We are very experienced and offer the exact same photo booths as the companies who only provide photo booths. Our rates are actually less than what you should expect to pay for a well experienced professional, which is $794. Wow, what a great deal! We really need to reconsider our DJ and photo booth pricing. haha :)
The biggest difference between the $250 photo booth and the $1,000 photo booth is usually what's included, as well as how well known the company is. The newer companies often start off with lower prices, simply to "get their name out there" and get as many bookings as possible. Some companies will use the old "bait and switch" routine, using the lower price to get your attention, but include next to nothing for the $300. You'll likely have to pay extra for props, a non-white (plain) backdrop, printouts, etc. Be sure to ask questions about what's included, and read all the fine print in the contract, if there is one. If there's not a contract, and it's a low price, RUN! :)
The more established companies (the companies you'll find on page 1 of Google), have been in business longer or are often part of a national franchise (which means they have the advantage of multiple locations, nationwide and much more website traffic, due to this). I won't get into how this all works, because that's an entirely different blog, but it's basically due to SEO and website traffic. :) These companies are going to be the ones that likely charge you closer to the $1000 price. Not to say that they don't offer a great product, because they certainly do, but definitely do your homework and compare photo booth companies and narrow down your list to your top 3.
Once you have your top 3 list, now it's time to ask the right questions. If you don't know what questions to ask, before renting your photo booth, no problem, we're here to help! Here is our list of the best questions to ask before renting your photo booth.
Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Renting a Photo Booth
The following questions are great questions to ask your photo booth provider:
All of the above questions are great questions to ask, before booking your photo booth. If you'd like to know more about booking a photo booth for your wedding, quinceanera, party or event, in the Austin or central Texas area, with us, please visit our photo booth rentals page. As always, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to message us, even if you're not our client! :)
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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!