We wrote this article, last Spring, and decided to do an update, since some of the songs have changed and we like to keep the content and ideas up to date! Some of the popular songs from last year, have fallen off, and made way for new songs, as always. Every month, all year long, we have the honor of providing our Austin wedding DJ & Austin photo booth rentals for lots of happy couples from Austin, central Texas, and all over the United States. We are very grateful to be a part of so many special memories!
We have played numerous, great bride/groom processional and couple recessional songs for many happy couples! More and more, we're seeing less of the traditional wedding march songs and couple recessional songs. We always tell our clients, "it's your special day, make it your own! There's no need to do what everyone else does. Choose the music and the songs that fit you!"
One trend we're also seeing for late 2018 and 2019 weddings is live music for the ceremony, and key moment dances. I know you're thinking, I can't afford to add live musicians! Well, what we're seeing is family and friends of the couples, performing for their newlywed friends, so I'm sure it's cheap, or perhaps free, and better yet, they'll want to do an amazing job for your special day! :)
If you don't know any musicians, you can certainly still have the DJ play your special songs, too. Here are some of the popular non-traditional wedding processional and recessional songs we've played over the last year, as well as songs that people are requesting for their 2019 weddings. If you want to see our country wedding songs, check out our Top 15 Texas Country Wedding Songs article, as well as our 20 Great, Texas Country Wedding Songs, article, too! If you're looking for more reception song ideas, check out our Top 200 Must Play Wedding, Party, & Event Songs article.
If you want to hear any of the songs, just click on the video to play the song!
1. "Perfect" Ed Sheeran - There are a lot of different versions of this song, so be sure to listen to all of them. The acoustic version is a favorite, as well as the version with Andrea Bocelli!
2. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
3. "Sea of Love" by Cat Power
4. "If I Ain't Got You" Alicia Keys
5. "All You Need is Love" The Beatles (This is not the original version, since the original version is unavailable on YouTube).
6. "I Choose You" Sara Bareilles
7. "Come Away With Me" Norah Jones
8. "Best Day of my Life" by American Authors
9. "This Must Be the Place" Iron & Wine
10. "All My Life" KC & JoJo
11. "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
12. "First Day of my Life" by Bright Eyes
13. "From the Ground Up" Dan + Shay
14. "God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton
15. "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" - Landon Pigg
16. "This Will Be an Everlasting Love" Natalie Cole
17. "You & Me" - Dave Matthews Band
18. "Make You Feel My Love" Adele
19."In Case You Didn't Know" - Brett Young
20. "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" - Haley Reinhart
These are 20 of the more popular songs that we've seen for many of the weddings we do in our area. We didn't want to make the list too long, so we kept it at 20. However, as overachievers, we're going to include a few more popular songs, just in case you didn't like the ones above. :) Here are a few other great songs to consider for your wedding ceremony procession or recession. "La Vie En Rose" by Cristin Milioti, "You're the One That I Want" by Angus & Julia Stone (from Grease), "Forever" by Ben Harper, and "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds.
Many couples choose the songs, listed above, and many other couples chose the more traditional songs, such as Pachelbel's "Canon in D." We estimate about 70% of couples choose the non-traditional songs. There is no "best song" for the processional or recessional song. Again, we encourage you to pick the song that fits you!
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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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Wedding planning is no easy feat and some brides even try to take on the task themselves. From the biggest aspects to the smallest details, there are many things that can fall through the cracks. Here are the top 5 details overlooked when wedding planning so you’re sure not to forget.
When it comes to wedding and event planning, there are numerous things to consider when planning your special event. One of the main expenses for your wedding or event is the catering. The more guests you have, the more it costs to feed them, of course. The average cost for catering for an Austin wedding with 101 - 200 guests, is around $7,400 - $12,000, according to costsofweddings.com
If you're planning on a budget, there are a few ways to help save on the wedding catering costs. Here are five great ways to save.
These are just a few great ways to save on your catering expenses. Be sure to check out our 20 Smart, Money-Saving Tips article, for even more great ways to save!
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How many of us have ever dealt with the stress of a major work project, or the anxiety of meeting a deadline while trying to remain in control of everything? (Everyone raises hands). Right, same here. Let’s face it, stress sucks, but anxiety is hell. Now, when you factor in planning the most important day of your life, that day you’ve always dreamed of as a little girl, and all of those tiny little mental notes of “I have to have that at my wedding, I need this at my wedding, or at my wedding,” you tell yourself when you see a cute decoration, or wedding idea, it truly magnifies the stress and anxiety!
But wait, it gets worse! There are so many details that go along with planning the most important day of your life. You need to choose a venue, book your wedding DJ or band, find a good catering company, create/edit your guest list, get decor, book your photo booth rental, and oh yeah, the cake, or will I serve cupcakes? If I choose a DJ, will they show up, are they even good, should I have an indoor or outdoor wedding, how much will all this cost me?? See what I mean! As a Clinical Therapist, I can tell you that anxiety stems from trying to maintain control of situations that often cannot be controlled, like the WEATHER!
So, if this sounds like you, or if you find yourself hyper-focused on all the infinite details of the wedding and it's causing you stress and anxiety, you may want to try some of these simple strategies to alleviate the stress related to planning your wedding.
Hopefully, you’ll find refuge in some of these simple techniques on stress and anxiety reductions, while planning your big day. Good luck to you, and happy planning!
- Diana LMSW (Austin's Best DJs Co-owner/Founder) :)
It's time to be honest with everyone!
It’s useless to pretend that brides and grooms-to-be are calm and relaxed in the weeks leading up to their weddings, when it’s just not true. No matter what you’re hearing from your bridesmaids, or groomsmen, what you're claiming, if you’re in the wedding planning group or the bride/groom, it’s time to face the facts. Being blasé about the wedding just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Even though this is an event to remember for the rest of your life, the days of leading up to the wedding are full of angst, stress and general nervousness - basically, not a good place to be!
So, what can you do to ease the pressure and help release the pent up tension and stress before one of the most important days of your life? We’re glad you asked because one of the very best things we can do for our brides and grooms is to gently, (but resolutely) nudge them in the direction of a good, old, hearty massage - a great wedding party option, too!
Not only will a relaxing massage help to calm and soothe even the most stressed out bride or groom, but this ancient practice has a multitude of health benefits as well. Want to know more? Let’s knead these knots out …
Massage has a wealth of health benefits (and health is wealth)
Massages are one of those difficult to find, gorgeous anomalies of life. Most of us would find it hard to source something that feels as magical as a massage, while being great for us physically, as well as mentally, too. It’s like having a guilty pleasure you don’t have to hide from anyone and when was the last time you had one of those, right? It’s a keeper in our opinion - like ice cold homemade lemonade on a boiling summer day minus all the sinful associated culpabilities.
Massage has a wide assortment of properties that improve health, such as better blood circulation, improved flexibility and mobility, quicker rehabilitation of muscular injuries, reduced stress and much more. Here’s a more detailed list of massage benefits in case you still need some convincing on why this would be the ultimate bachelorette (or bachelor) party idea! A massage won’t only assist with taking care of a stressed out bride, but will also be a unique memorable experience - basically, it’s a win-win!
Massage is an Ancient Solution, Worth its Weight in Gold
Massage has been practiced by our ancestors for centuries now. Used in regions such as India, China, Greece and Egypt (to mention a few) massage was once a wonderful necessity rather than the luxury it is in the modern world, and was widely recognized as a vital precautionary measure to keeping sickness away. Unfortunately, the concept of massage has slowly been eroded as a potential healing solution to one that many of us assign as extra spending money. However, there is now significant evidence that proclaims massage as a therapeutic solution to many of the common day ailments we all encounter - one that not only saves us money in the future as a precautionary measure instead of a cure (with diseases such as stress, etc. going untreated for prolonged periods), but best of all, as a completely natural option! It’s the perfect answer for brides or grooms that require some much needed unwinding before their big days!
Massage Doesn’t Just Make You Feel Good, It Makes You Look Good, Too
When you’re feeling good on the inside, it shows on the outside, too! This is probably the single most important feeling any bride or groom should be experiencing on his/her big day! Remember the saying, beauty is only skin deep? Though this may be true for our souls (another blog post topic), when it relates to our health, it is an entirely different matter. When we feel healthy on the inside, it’s going to show on the outside.
This is why we’re constantly being assaulted with messages of how we need to pay more attention to what we put into our bodies. For decades, medical research has strongly suggested a pivotal correlation between stress and ailments such as the cold and flu, alongside more serious life threatening diseases such as cancer, as well. Plus, sickness and feeling under the weather is the last thing any bride or groom wants to have to deal with on their wedding day, so massage is a lifesaver, literally! A relaxing massage helps to destroy anxiety, which in turn makes us feel and look better!
The peaceful calmness that lasts long after a massage is completed should be reason enough to gift this wonderful art our ancestors have been using for centuries to our favorite bride or groom-to-be. Massage is an amazing gift for anyone and frankly, who deserves some tender loving care more than a new bride or groom? No one, that’s who! :)
Now, if I've managed to inspire you to go down the natural path, be sure to check out our Completely Free Natural Hair Checklist that is easy and simple to adopt today! It won’t hurt. :)
Do you have any inspiring massage stories to share that could help brides/grooms-to-be and/or those organizing the most memorable party there ever was? Let us know in the comments section!
Mituri is the Marketing/PR Lead for Nim-Véda Australia, a company dedicated to the provision of an Organic based Ayurvedic Personal Care Range & Certified Organic/Organic High Quality Gourmet Raw Ingredients from India & Australia. Mituri writes for a variety of Print Magazines, Online Health Publications and Natural Product Science Journals in the general well-being, Health & Organic Space.
Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and happiest days of your life. Without the right planning and preparation it also has the potential to be one of the most stressful times of your life. The key is to do everything you can in advance to be prepared for your big day, but also keep in mind that nothing is perfect. Here are some tips you should consider doing in advance of your wedding day so it can be low stress and you can fully enjoy yourself.
Seek Professional Help
One of the easiest ways to take wedding stress off of you is to let someone else do the research and work while you make the decisions. If you’ve already started planning but find it to be too overwhelming as your big day approaches, there are also services that will take over the coordination of your day. With both wedding day-of coordination and full service wedding planning you can choose what works best for you so you can enjoy yourself while someone else runs the show.
Accidents happen all of the time. On a day as important as your wedding the best thing you can do is be prepared for any small thing, especially while wearing the gown you’ll remember for the rest of your life. If a bridesmaid accidentally steps on your train or the flower girl tugs a little too hard on your skirt, having an emergency sewing kit on hand will fix the situation and help you to not panic. For extra preparedness while in your white gown, stash a detergent or bleach pen with your sewing kit for any accidental spills.
Look Good, Feel Good
When preparing the beauty aspects of your wedding, regardless of whether you’re the bride or groom, it’s best to do everything in advance instead of right before. If getting a spray tan, go a week before your wedding so if it’s too dark or orange it’ll have some time to fade. Then there’s hair. If you want it cut do so with enough time for it to grow in just in case it doesn’t meet expectations. Brides, consider taking Olly Undeniable Beauty gummies to strengthen hair, skin and nails. Grooms, consider checking out hims hair products to promote hair growth and stop any hair loss.
You want to make sure your wedding is enjoyable for everyone, but you also need to make sure you don’t forget anything and keep on track. Schedule out the day with some wiggle room just in case. At your rehearsal, do a walk through of the day so you know what to expect and if the timing is reasonable. That way you're not stressing about if you’ll have enough time or if you’re forgetting to do something.
Comfort Above All Else
There’s no denying that your wedding day, while being one of the happiest days of your life, is one of the longest and most tiring. You’ll be on your feet for a majority of the day, so by the end of it they will likely be extremely sore. The last thing a bride will want is to be in her heels for that long, but you also may not be keen on going barefoot either. Consider purchasing some flip flops for your reception. David’s Bridal offers wedding flip flops for the bride, groom and even bridesmaids. Depending on the time of year you get married, you can even wear these as you depart on your honeymoon.
These are just a few tips to make one of the happiest days of your life less stressful. Everyone should be able to look back on their day with fondness and remember the love, not the headache.
Guest Contributor: Cassie K.
Cassie is a health advocate who is passionate about educating others on wellness and safety. She loves party planning, dancing, and walking her mini golden doodle.
Planning a wedding is extremely hard work. There’s a huge to-do list as it is, and the last thing anyone would want to do is skip over and important element, like a unique theme. However, having a theme for any event brings it to life and makes a huge difference. It makes the day more fun and interesting, playful, immersive, and engages guests in conversation and delight. So, if you’re a bride or groom-to-be and don’t want a traditional white wedding, here are some completely unique and fun wedding themes to consider when planning your big day. Let’s dive in!
derby wedding theme
The first theme on our list is a Kentucky Derby themed wedding. Elegant hats are a staple at the derby, and a fun element that can be added to your wedding party. Have your bridesmaids wear the floppy-est and most feathered elegant hats they own, and have the groomsmen strut a fancy fedora and suspenders. For the centerpiece, pick out graceful horse sculptures for each table, or to simplify it, a bouquet of roses with a gold medal to label the table number. For this theme, the fancier the better!
Superhero wedding theme
If you and your partner in life are also partners in crime, you might want to choose a superhero/villain theme for you big day. Feel free to dress your wedding party in capes, or even full-out superhero costumes, depending on how big of a Marvel Comics fan you are. There are definitely enough superheroes to go around! You can include colorful invitations and a superhero-themed cake of course, along with comic book style decorations throughout. Plus, if you get a photo booth, there’s a huge opportunity to include awesome photo props!
Game of Thrones wedding theme
For a more medieval feel, Game of Thrones just might be your cup of tea. This theme might sound slightly barbaric at first, but it can actually be quite romantic. Send out your invitations with a Lannister red wax seal, display the seating arrangements by noble houses, and say your vows in a candle-lit room. Some decorations can include beautiful flower arrangements in Victorian vases, rustic wooden centerpieces and a feast fit for a king. This is as royal as it gets - at least in the 21st century. Don’t forget a throne for the bride and groom!
Halloween wedding theme
Does the sound of a traditional, white wedding make you cringe? Change it up and surprise your friends and family with a spookier theme: Halloween. Quite possibly the most decorated holiday, besides Christmas, it can be utilized to make your wedding hauntingly divine. You can find cute halloween dresses for the bride tribe and dress the grooms as skeletons, vampires, or ghouls. There’s nothing more dramatic than a black wedding gown.
Decorate your venue by hanging bats from the ceiling, using tombstones for the centerpieces, and cover the entire place with synthetic spider webs. You can even customize your napkins to say “until death do us part” and have red, drippy frosting on your cake that resembles blood. Feel free to get really creative with this one!
Circus wedding theme
If you want to get creative beyond the decorations, however, you might consider planning around a really unique venue instead. If that’s the case, a circus theme would certainly wow your guests. Place the dancefloor in the center of a large, white tent, as any circus main attraction, and treat your guests with gourmet popcorn and cotton candy. If you want to kick things up a notch, you can hire live circus entertainment like trapeze artists and fire-breathers.
Color & Texture wedding theme
For a fancy yet creative wedding, incorporate a color and texture theme. It might sound a little plain jane at first, but with a little imagination, it can be unique and classy. Start by having different textured decor like faux fur vases with different flower arrangements, clay plates with wooden utensils, and silk chair covers with a pearl accent. Bump up the creativity with a subtle color scheme, and you’ll be in for a pleasant outcome.
Las Vegas wedding theme
Destination weddings can get expensive quickly, and not everyone is willing to make the trip. So, why not bring the trip to you? For those who want to escape to Las Vegas for their wedding but are on a tight budget, you can create a show-stopping event right in your hometown! You can set up blackjack tables with a fully stocked bar, and have a cabaret singer serenade the crowd for the night. Throw in an elvis impersonator and your guests will easily forget they aren’t dining in Sin City.
ferry wedding theme
The last, but certainly not least, theme on our list is a Ferry wedding. That’s right, you can say your “I Do’s” while floating along on a romantic ferry boat. This makes for a fun night of celebrating once the ceremony is over. Imagine feeling the summer breeze and being able to gaze up at the stars at any given moment in the night. This theme also makes decor easy and fun. The boat itself supplies natural decor but you can spice it up by creating ocean-themed centerpieces.
Our list of unique wedding ideas doesn’t have to be the limit to your theme. There are many more paths you can take when planning to have a one-of-a-kind wedding. Don’t forget, the most important thing at the end of the day is becoming one with your spouse and being surrounded by those you love most. Congratulations and good luck!
Guest Contributor: Abigail Golder
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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!