Remember back to the last wedding that you went to. What’s the first thing that you remember about the big day? Was it cake? Maybe. Could it be the flowers? Probably not. Perhaps the table spread? No, chances are it was the entertainment (DJ or Band) and the open bar. Everyone knows that the entertainment is the most important part of any successful event, yet many brides and grooms lose sight of this truth as they are allocating their budget for their own big day.

Here are some interesting facts!

After the vows…

  • 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
  • Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
  • Brides say that during wedding planning, their highest priority was their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
  • When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
  • 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.

How Much Should I Spend on a DJ?

Based on the survey statistics above, assuming a $10,000 food/drink minimum you’ll spend a minimum of $1500 on gratuity at 15%. Which has a bigger impact on the outcome of the event? Quality entertainment, or a 15% gratuity on food/drink?

So, what does a DJ cost for the Brevard or Orlando area? In Brevard and Orlando you’ll see pricing from $600 – $2500. The national average for a wedding DJ is right around $1200 for 4 hours. Qualified and credible companies in the area with experience, a solid reputation and a history of success will most likely be around this price point, give or take a couple of hundred dollars.

That may or may not be more than you expected to pay. Think of it in these terms….

Let’s say your ceremony plus your reception last a total of 6 hours. You hire your DJ for your 5 hour reception. At this point, your dj will determine the success of 85% of your entire day.

The average wedding in America cost $27, 000 in 2012. With this in mind, and based upon the national average cost of a dj, you would only be allocating about 4.5% of your budget for a vendor in charge of 85% of your day.

How Much do you charge?

We currently offer our wedding packages below the national averages and are currently start below $1000 for a complete wedding package.  We are able to do this because we do not subcontract any services and are able to keep our costs low. 

Use this logic with all of your vendors, and you’ll have absolutely no problem prioritizing your wedding budget!

Happy planning!

*These statistics were published in Bride & Groom Magazine.  Sources include Simmons; USA Today; National Bridal Service; The Knot; Brides Magazine.