Balance – Wedding Budget Blues
Let’s think about what goes into your wedding budget. Your caterer/banquet facility will get the lion’s share of it. If you are having 150 guests and the banquet facility charges $100 per person, that works out to $15,000 right off the top. If you have it and want to spend it, great. If you are trying to stretch your wedding dollars, then you really need to step back and watch what you are doing. Many couples get so caught up in the facility that they spend all their budget on it and don’t have enough left over for quality entertainment or wedding photos.
If you took that same 150 guests and found a facility that only cost $75 per person, you now have an additional $4,000 that you can spend on photography, videography and disc jockey. Why is this essential? At your reception, if the music is a disaster, the entire event was a disaster. If you don’t have quality wedding photography and video to cherish for years to come, memories will just fade over time. However, if the view is not so great at the facility and the food is only average, reality is, people will not care as long as they have a great time. Think about that before you spend your entire wedding budget on the facility and run short of funds for everything else. There needs to be a balance in your wedding budget.
In the New England Area average pricing for a quality disc jockey ranges between $1,000 and $1,800. For a quality professional photographer and videographer you should expect to spend at least $2500 to $5000. Both photography and videography are vital in capturing your most important memories.
Rob Alberti, event director, lighting designer, author
Rob Alberti’s Event Services, DJ & Lighting
1310 Russell Road; Westfield, MA 01085
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