Post # 1
We are getting married on August 14, 2016.
My father is paying for the wedding and Long Island is an expensive place! He hasnt put any budget restrictions on us but he’s a pretty frugal guy and I don’t want to take advantage of his sweet offer. I’m trying to stretch the dollar as far as it will go. I’ve always thought super opulent weddings were too much anyway! We are having a Sunday brunch (around $85 per plate) to avoid Saturday night prices, my gown cost $1,600, and my florist is charging a fair price of $1,800. We are keeping the guest list under 100..
That said, we visited a weddings exclusive DJ company today that blew us away. I am half Ecuadorian and I lived in Spain for a while, Fiance is from Ecuador. It is important for us to incorporate our culture through the wedding menu and music. The company offered us a package that looks like this:
Flamenco guitarist for ceremony and cocktail hour (my dream and a must) -$800
Bilingual DJ, bilingual MC (we saw a video of him, he’s incredible!), sound technician, light technician, dance floor lighting for 4.5 hours – $2200
Percussionist to accompany DJ and MC – $600
Our family loves to dance and this package would create an unforgettable weddings experience. That said…is this absolutely CRAZY or par for the course?! Would you be willing to pay for this? How much did your music cost? Where can I cut costs elsewhere at this point to compensate?
Thanks for the input!
Post # 2
You make me so glad my wedding will cost under $100. haha This price is reasonable. I work as a entertainer at events in the NYC area, and my base rates start at $1000 per hour booking. A DJ and all that goes with it is much more intense setup, including all setup and lighting. Thats reasonable to get quality. Otherwise you might end up with a horrible sound and lighting system. Stay away from obnoxious MC’s though they are the worst thing at receptions.
Post # 3
I work with a wedding band and know plently of people who pay 5k just for cocktail hour + 3ish hours of live music in the DC metro area.
I’m sure you could find someone cheaper(companies usually inflate the costs a bit because they get a commision off of each booking typically), but the quality and professionalism might take a hit. Just my opinion though!
Post # 4
I would cut the percussionist
Post # 5
I paid $2500 in NY for just a DJ and no live music of any kind. Most bands I looked at quoted 7K+. I think the price is reasonable. Not sure what the percussionist is really going to add…I’d cut that if you want to trim the budget.
Post # 6
Ok you guys are making me feel much better…. I wasn’t sure what to expect!
At first we were confused about the percussionist, too haha….So basically the drummer will play bongo along with a drumset to add to the authenticity of the latin music. the drums are a really prominent instrument in salsa especially and we saw video clips of their guys playing…it adds a really nice flavor and it is an unexpected surprise! If 3,600 sounds reasonable to you guys then I think we’ll keep everything they included.
I cant believe some people pay $7,000+….wow!
Post # 7
like pp said it’s a reasonable price for Long Island unfortunate esp with the live musicians. I would also cut the drummer if you want to save. I went to a wedding with one and it was just awkward, didn’t add much to the music for me just like watching a guy drum along to a song in his basement or something lol. And it didn’t get more people dancing at this wedding at least though that could have just been a crowd or songs the dj played kind of issue. Oh also you can always ask for discounts! Never hurts to try. Tell them it’s your dream to have xyz but it’s a little out of budget, could they help with some sort of percentage off? ESP if you are having a Sunday day wedding ask if they can knock some off the price!
Post # 8
haha oh no! lmao I definitely don’t want it to be an awkward after thought! Maybe we should ask around and see what other people think about the drums lol
Youre right, it never hurts to ask about discounts…maybe I can get them down a little closer to 3k. Thanks!
Post # 9
Live bands around here charge much, much more.
I saw a videotape, from the talent company where we hired the bands for my daughters’ wedings, and they had a drummer with a DJ. I’m not one for loud music, and I thought my head would implode, with the way he was furiously pounding the drums. I love acoustic guitar, though, but I don’t know if they offered that option.
Post # 10
We’re in NJ, and we paid $2800 for DJ/MC and dance floor lighting, plus a live instrumentalist for our cocktail hour. If you want a quality product, I don’t think you’re going to find something too far off that price point! That said – you should always negotiate, especially if you’re booking that many services from one company!