You’ll definitely save money by hiring me to DJ your wedding reception. Don’t take my word for it: TheKnot.com surveyed 18,000 couples who got married during 2011 in the United States. On average, couples paid $929 for their DJ. My rates start at just $700 for four hours of service. Even if you add a fifth hour, you’ll still save money compared to the national average.
Yahoo! Finance has all of the details from the survey, including the average cost for other common expenses like photographers, videographers, catering, flowers, cake, dress, limousine and more. If you don’t have time to read the entire thing, here’s my commentary on some of the major “takeaways” from the survey, in terms of booking your DJ and other vendors:
Brides Planning Earlier
Nearly one in three brides say they started planning their wedding more than 12 months in advance. If your heart is set on a specific venue or you spot an attractive price from another vendor, try to book them (or at least let them know you’re interested) as soon as possible. If you wait too long, someone else might book your date first. I’ve already had to turn away about ten or twelve brides for 2012, because I was already booked on the date they wanted.
When’s “Wedding Season?” Maybe Not What You Thought…
The summer months have always been considered the peak “wedding season,” but TheKnot.com’s survey found 2011 broke away from the trend. Last year, autumn was the most popular season for weddings, with September in particular being the most popular month. That could be a one-year fluke, with memorable dates like 9/10/11 and 11/11/11 both falling on weekends. This year, 10/11/12 and 12/12/12 are midweek dates… so they might not be as popular for weddings.
One More Reason to Book Early
Even if your wedding is a year away, many vendors (myself included) will “lock in” their current pricing on the date you sign your contract and put down your deposit. That’s important because there are two main factors which could cause vendors, across the board, to raise prices:
- Gas Prices — As gas prices approach and pass $4.00/gallon, vendors will be incurring higher expenses. Those higher costs will often be passed right along to customers.
- Minimum Wage — New York State’s minimum wage has held firm at $7.25/hour since 2009. The news media has been giving more attention to efforts to bring it up to $8.50/hour. It may not happen immediately, but it’ll happen eventually… and when it does, some of your vendors (most likely florists and caterers, who tend to have larger staffs) will have to raise prices to keep up.
Contact me now to see if I’m available for your date, and I’ll provide a personalized quote based on my current rates. I’ll hold that rate for you for 30 days, even if my prices change in the meantime.
Once you sign your contract and put down a deposit, the quoted rates are locked in permanently, so you won’t have to worry about any price increases.