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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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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Wedding and event trends are always a hot topic! One new trend is giant lighted marquee letters for weddings, quinceaneras, parties & events! What are these? Well, the picture above explains it all. :) We recently began offering these letters and they're a huge hit! Everyone wants their event to be unique and personal. This is one way to do it. You can add your name, initials, company name, numbers for birthdays or quinceaneras, sweet 15/16s, etc. The possibilities are endless!
We also have the ability to change the light bulb colors, as well. These giant marquee letters are a great way to add a personal, finishing touch for your event! Though these letters may be a new trend, they also offer a classic, timeless look and feel, for your event. They look great in the background of your pictures, and your guests will love them, too! Trust us, your guests will be taking selfies with these letters, all night! :)
Add a Custom Monogram For Your Wedding/Event
If you don't quite have the space for our giant lighted marquee letters, you can easily go digital! We can add a custom monogram for your event, and shine it on the floor, the wall, near the main table, and anywhere else! The monograms are a great way to add a unique look to your event!
If you want your monogram to "pop" and really draw attention, we can even create a custom video/animated monogram for your wedding, quinceanera or event! These monograms always look great! The video will have a variety of effects and it is a sure way to add flair to your event, to make it different and memorable! All the monograms, below, are video files that look great. If you want to see them in action, just ask us and we can send you the links!
Whether you choose to rent our giant lighted letters, or a add a custom monogram, these options will look great at your event! No one wants their event to be exactly like any other event. These letters and monograms are a great way to ensure that your event is different and unique! Contact us, today, and let's discuss your event options.
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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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So you're having a wedding or special event, soon. How do I know this? Because you wouldn't be reading this, if you weren't. :) Everyone wants to have a great wedding, birthday party, quinceanera, or special event, and if you can save some money in the process, why not do so? Here are some easy tips on how to have a fabulous wedding or event, and save money, too!
We actually were interviewed on "Good Day Austin," on Fox 7 News, discussing this very blog! If you didn't catch it, here are the tips. :)
1. Take your time - Not only is "Take Your Time" a great Country song by Sam Hunt, but it's great advice! The average length of engagement is 14 months, but it can certainly be longer. Why? The longer your engagement, the longer you have to save money and plan your big day! This goes for planning any event, such as a quinceanera, anniversary, birthday party or special event. You already know the date, so the sooner you get started planning, the better chance you'll have to save!
2. Don't Get Saturday Night Fever - Though "Saturday Night Fever" was an iconic 70's movie, don't catch it! Saturday weddings are the norm and venue owners and vendors know this. You'll always pay the "normal," premium price for a Saturday wedding or event. Book your event on a Friday, Sunday, or even a weekday, and save some serious money!
3. Consider the Off-Season - Have a wedding or event in the "off-season" and save lots of money! Wedding season is typically March - late July, in central Texas. Fall weddings are becoming increasingly popular, too! Now, fall weddings and events, September - mid-November, are just as expensive as Spring events. If you can have a wedding or event in the "off-season," December - February, you'll save a lot of money on your venue and possibly, your vendors! Be sure to find out when the off-season is for your area.
4. Use Non-Required Vendors - Many venue owners have a written or verbal contract with vendors, and many times, they will receive a referral fee, for each booking the vendor gets from this venue. Though this is great for them, but it's not for you! Why? Simply because the vendors are not going to lose that referral fee. Chances are, they'll raise their prices to cover that fee and you'll end up paying a premium price for the "preferred vendor." Some venues will even charge you a fee, if you don't use their vendors. Feel free to dispute this fee. They want your business, so it doesn't hurt to try.
5. Shop Around - Always, shop around. With the internet, it's so easy to get quotes from various vendors. Don't book the first vendor with the lowest price. Remember to look at the value of what you're paying for, not simply the lowest price. You may get more value from a vendor who is not the cheapest! Always ask what comes with the service. If you need to hire a great DJ or photo booth in the Austin, Texas area, we know of one! :)
6. Use One Venue - Have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same place, if possible. This way, you won't have to pay the rental fee for two different venues. Many venues offer an outdoor ceremony area and indoor reception area, for one, flat fee. Just ask your wedding officiant to perform the service at your venue. This also saves time and saves your guests from having to travel to different venues.
7. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for More – Weddings and events are great moments, for you, your families and friends, but don’t forget, for venue owners and vendors, though it’s always nice to be a part of someone’s special day, it’s still business. Ask the venue owner/manager, what’s included with the price? Do they offer table linen and chairs with the price, or are they extra? With vendors, ask the same question, what’s included with the price? Then follow it up with “If I decide to book, today, will you throw in anything free or extras?” It doesn’t hurt to ask.
8. Consider a Restaurant - We're seeing more and more weddings and parties held at local restaurants, versus wedding or event venues. Most restaurants have a minimum person fee, many start at 50 guests. Restaurant managers will simply charge you for the food and drinks, for your guests, and not a venue rental fee. They'll set up the room, tables, linen, decor, etc., AND they'll clean up, afterwards, too. Saving you the time and hassle of doing this! You can also ask about hiring your DJ or band to come in and play, for the reception.
9. Take it to the House - The courthouse, that is. Consider getting married at the courthouse, to save a ton of money. You'll simply pay the filing fee, about $85, in Travis county. This saves you the time and stress of planning your ceremony, hiring ceremony musicians or a DJ, planning the ceremony, etc. This will leave you time to focus on planning a great reception. This will also mean you'll save money on your venue, since the number of hours will be less (you won't need time for the ceremony and cocktail hour). Yes, this is not the same thing as getting married in front of all your family and friends, but if you're on a tight budget, this is an option.
10. Consider Other Dinner Options - Many restaurants offer on-site catering for phenomenally less than the typical wedding/event catering companies. Call around and get quotes. Be sure to know the number of guests you'll have. Many weddings we've done served BBQ, for dinner. You can save lots of money doing this, and it's Texas, so nearly everyone loves BBQ! Be sure to have healthy and vegetarian options, too.
Additionally, always serve buffet style, not plated. Plated dinners always cost a lot more. If you really want to save, you can serve heavy appetizers throughout the event, as well.
11. Reconsider the Cake - Though cakes are traditional for weddings, quinceaneras, and other events, they're not required. The wedding police won't show up at your event if you opt to serve something else. Many couples have a small wedding cake for them to cut, and then serve sheet cake from Sam's Club or Costco, or cupcakes, to their guests. Other weddings we've done have served cookies, donuts, and even apples! One wedding had decorated apples for the bride and groom, and each table was served a bucket with a variety of chocolate-covered or candied apples. Great idea!
12. Consider Your Drink Options - When it comes to drinks and cocktails, find out if the venue will let you bring your own alcohol. You can simply buy as much as you'd like, and when you're out, you're out. You can simply buy a keg of your favorite beer, and serve 1-2 types of wine, and perhaps 1-2 signature cocktails. This will save a lot of money! Be sure to hire a TABC certified bartender, so your guests don't get over-served and make it home safely.
13. Flower Power – The power of flowers is real, except you don’t get to throw fireballs at things, unless you’re Mario or Luigi, from Mario Bros. Real or fake flowers? Depending upon which kind of flower you choose, real or fake flowers can cost nearly the same. If you’re dead set on real flowers, always choose in-season flowers. If you choose fake flowers, scent can also be added! Keep in mind, roses will always cost more, so consider other types of flowers. We’ve done many weddings without flowers, except the bouquet, and to be honest, no one came up to us and asked “Where are the flowers?” No one will really miss them, honestly.
Don’t forget, your local grocery store sells flowers at a fraction of the cost! Give them plenty of notice, and you can get a great deal on flowers, versus the local florist. You can also get great cakes, much cheaper, too!
14. Second Beats First, Sometimes – Though second place is rarely seen as better than first, it can be with décor. Go on Craigslist, and look for wedding décor. You’ll see lots of recent newlyweds selling décor and other items from their wedding. You can save a lot of money buying items second-hand, and no one will notice!
15. Be Your Own DJ – You can certainly “be your own DJ” for a fraction of the cost. Simply create a playlist of your favorite music, hook up your laptop or iPod to the venue’s sound system, and you’ll hear your favorite tunes, all night! Don’t forget that your guests have a variety of musical taste, so include various genres. If your venue doesn’t have a sound system, rent one from a local musical instrument rental store.
Keep in mind, your playlist will not change, take requests, mix the music, or “read the crowd.” Your playlist won’t know when to change genres, like a good DJ will. You will need to have someone “MC” key moments, so you may have to hire someone or have a friend/family member do this. You’ll need dance floor lights, to create the fun atmosphere, too.
16. Know When You Need a DJ – Plan out your timeline and find out when you actually need your DJ to start playing. Keep in mind, DJs charge for their time, hourly, so be sure to ask if set up and break-down is included with the price, or charged separately. If the wedding or event is small, consider only using the DJ for the reception. Often times, we’ll be booked for the ceremony and reception, but the officiant didn’t really need the microphone, since the venue was so small. Think about dinner, too. You can create your own playlist, as mentioned above, and bring a good stereo system to play it during dinner, saving you the cost of having the DJ play music during that time.
17. DIY Your Wedding/Event Photo booth – You’ll need to buy all the props from Amazon or your local party store, buy your backdrop, a few stands to set up your backdrop, and you’ll have an open-air photo booth! Guests can take pictures with their phones. Set up an Instagram wedding account with whatever hashtag you choose, ask your guests to tag your wedding account and voila, your guests' pictures will all be there! Your guests won’t be able to have their own photo strips to take home, though. You’ll also have to set up and break-down the photo booth area. Check out our Simple, Affordable DIY Photo Booth Options blog, for more great photo booth ideas!
18. Deposits & Payments – Ask about the amount of the deposits, when they’re due, cancellation policies, etc. Many vendors charge 50% of the total cost, for the deposit. Though this is okay, be sure to ask if this is flexible. Can you pay 25%? Why not? Can you pay the total amount in payments? Is there a charge to do this? Get receipts for everything you pay, and always correspond via email, so you have it in writing, too. Vendors sometimes require full payment, before the event happens. Be careful when doing this. Sometimes, the vendors can be late, not fulfill their end of the contract, etc., and you’ve already paid them. Ask if payment can be made the day of the event.
19. Get it in Writing – Though this doesn’t seem like a tip to save money, it actually is. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve received calls that their DJ or photo booth service won’t return their calls, and they’ve already paid the deposit! These customers lost their deposit, and then had to hire us, anyway. Be smart, get it in writing!
20. Do Your Research – Do your research on vendors, the venue, planning tips, etc. Look for reviews. Remember, no business can have 100% positive reviews. You can’t please people 100% of the time, it’s just not possible. Look at the date of the reviews. Look for different sources: Google, Wedding Wire, Yelp, Facebook, The Knot, etc. If you’re reading this, then you’re obviously doing your research! Way to go! Certainly feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need any advice, and we’ll be happy to help!
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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!
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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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This past weekend, we had a blast hosting the Leander Bluegrass Festival! Jason and Diana personally worked this event. Jason was the MC for the entire event, while Diana kept the guests entertained at the photo booth, both evenings!
The festival featured several arts & crafts vendors, lots of great food vendors, and of course great Bluegrass bands! Friday night, we had: Helium Taxi, Hot Pickin 57s, and The Piney Grove Ramblers all did an amazing job playing some great music, all evening! Saturday night, Buffalo Grass Band, Eddie and the Edibles, and Posey Hill, all played amazing music, throughout the night, too! Hundreds of Leander residents came out to support the event and all enjoyed the festival, food, and fun!
Thanks to Heather, from Leander Parks & Rec, for having us at the festival. We look forward to the next event!
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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!