AFTER YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION... 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. During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, 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 (Band / DJ). 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding reception, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey!
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine . Sources include: Simmons; USA Today, National Bridal Service, The Knot, Brides Magazine.
Wedding Disc Jockey rates are vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability & personality. Not all Wedding DJ's are Created Equally, as many of you know - we have all seen the "Bad" Cheesy Wedding DJ! Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to $3,500.00 with an US average of $1,200.00 for a 4-5 hour reception.
The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As the surveys above conclude that 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment & made it their #1 priority in hindsight! A Professional Wedding Entertainment company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up & tear-down, education, phone calls, travel & other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special once in a lifetime day.
Modern Bride Magazine: Entertainment is 5% of your Wedding Budget, but TWICE as many guests will remember your entertainment, more than anything else!
The numbers don't lie...
The cost of
entertainment at your reception is only a small portion of your overall
budget. As Modern Bride Magazine states above, only 5% of your overall
budget will be spent on entertainment. However, over 50% of your guests
will remember the performance of your disc jockey more than anything else at
your reception. Think back to the
last affair you attended, what did you eat? What Color was the Napkin? What was
the guest of honor wearing? The Chart Below shows you what was spent
compared to how well it will be remembered....
Percentage of Money Spent On A Wedding Reception
Percentage of What Guests Will Remember Most About Your Reception
When you're spending thousands of dollars on a once-in-a-lifetime event, doesn't it make sense to reserve the finest entertainment, especially since it is only 5% of your over all budget??
Yes, your Gown & your Food are very important. Still, the selection of Music & Entertainment can determine the success of your event! A qualified Wedding MC can guarantee your guests will stay after dinner to party; the Photographer & Videographer will have something to shoot & your guests will stay long enough to really remember your gown! Here is a Chart that shows you Popular Wedding Seasons, what does this mean to you? Either avoid booking those times to save money or make sure you book all your vendors early. Because all the great vendors will be booked sometimes up to a year or more in advance! You don't want to be "stuck" with who is left! There is usually a good reason why a vendor is not booked 2 weeks before your wedding! Good Luck with all your Planning but remember that sometimes the smallest overlooked detail may have the largest impact on the SUCCESS of your Wedding Reception!