Interesting Wedding Statistics
I found some very interesting wedding statistics. During wedding planning, Brides said their highest priority is 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!
- 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 DJ instead.
- When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
- 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their entertainment.
- Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
The DJ that you select will be taking on the responsibility of over 80% of the success of your party and often gets paid less than 3% of the total budget (based on the average $25,000.00 Wedding, 3% would equal $750.00).
If the DJ is a poor performer or even worse doesn’t show up, your entire investment is wasted, not just that 3%.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $450 to $3,500 with an average rate of $1000 for a 4-hour booking. A wedding DJ will bring an average of $7,000 worth of equipment to your event, not to mention back-ups in case of emergency.
Cost of doing business correctly
An experienced DJ also has business costs; websites, phone, insurance, advertising, office costs, a vehicle with maintenance, gas, and insurance.
Also, the cost of purchase or replacement of equipment, music and karaoke subscriptions, professional attire, and grooming, software, and programming costs, not to mention the cost of living and food.
An experienced disc jockey 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 and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.
**Source: Bride & Groom Magazine