If you're looking to hire a wedding DJ, in Austin, Central Texas, or anywhere, you 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 upfront about their prices. Don't believe me? Stop reading, here, and do a quick search in Google, Bing, or whichever search engine you prefer, and search: "Wedding DJ Austin, DJ for weddings, photobooth, or photography booth," or whatever terms you prefer, and look for pricing. You will be looking for a while, so come back in about an hour, we'll be here. :)
So let's get in the "Mystery Machine," and solve this mystery! First of all, why are DJ and photo booth companies so afraid to be upfront about their pricing? (All of our pricing is on our website, just in case you're wondering). 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.I cannot speak for all companies, but I can certainly give you a range of pricing, based on our research.
First, you can start at the lower end. You can go on Craigslist 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 think you want a new DJ to learn on the job, at your wedding or event. Learning means, possibly making mistakes, so no thanks. There are numerous DJs on there, 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 you voted #1? "Super cheap" ummm... I don't know about you, but I always question the value of anything cheap. 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 dealer, so be prepared.
Lastly, you can also go on wedding professionals sites, such as The Knot, or Wedding Wire, and you'll be able to email several 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 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 $3000 or more, for your event! The key is to find out what's included with your service.
Ask all of these questions for DJs:
Why are they charging the price that they charge? How much experience do they have? How long have they been in business? How much experience does the DJ who will be at your wedding or event have? What type of equipment do they use? Do they have contracts to guarantee they'll be there? Will they help you with planning the ceremony or reception (DJs)? Do they offer day-of coordination, if you don't have a day-of-coordinator? If so, is it free?
Ask all of these questions for photo booths:
What type of equipment do you use? What's included in the price? Are printouts free? Am I limited to a certain amount of printouts? Do you have a contract? Are props free? Will there be a photo booth attendant? Can we get an actually booth or open-air? Will we get all of our pictures from that night? How many pictures will guests get?
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 $3000 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! :)
-Austin's Best DJs Team
p.s. We've written a new, updated version of this, with 2017 pricing and info, read it, here: www.austinbestdjs.com/wedding-tips-dj-blog/category/dj-for-hire
Austin's Best DJs
We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!