WEDDINGS by the numbers (these figures are from 2003. Your numbers will be affected by inflation)!
How does your wedding reception stack up?
$35,000 average total investment on a wedding in the year 2003
$500-1000 average cost of hiring a professional reception coordinator
$400 cost for just the RENTAL of professional DJ equipment (no DJ or music library included)
$500-1000 average cost of hiring an experienced professional Master of Ceremonies by himself/herself (no music experience)
$175 average cost to hire professional sound & lighting contractors to set up the equipment and make sure it works
80% the average amount of responsibility that the entertainer has in making your reception successful
24 average number of hours a full-time DJ/entertainer will work to research, prepare and perform at your event
18% typical gratuity you will invest in on top of the price for the meal
$7.50 average investment per person for just the veggie platter (broccoli sticks, carrots, cauliflower, Ranch dressing). At $7.50 per guest x 200 guests = $1500 you will invest on just the veggie platter, or 8% of the budget!
5 hours in a typical wedding reception, the number of hours you will have to create wonderful memories that last forever
2 people celebrating their special union of love in front of their family and friends
#1 fear in America is public speaking (I am not afraid!)
1 year or more usually taken to put together and plan your special day
"A cheap DJ isn't good and a good DJ isn't cheap!"
-- L & M, newlyweds
After The Vows...
72% of all brides surveyed said they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
Almost 100% said they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
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.
Yet, within one week after their reception, 78% said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority.
When asked, 81% of guests said what they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding said, if they had it to do over again, would have chosen a disc jockey.
Entertainment is 5% of your Wedding Budget, but TWICE as many guests will remember the entertainment more than anything else.
Amount Budgeted Percentage Remembered
Reception Hall & Catering 37% Entertainment 38%
Wedding Ring 23% Gown 18%
Bridal Attire 10% Flowers 16%
Photo & Video 9% Reception Hall & Catering 8%
"The entertainment you choose for your wedding is responsible for 80% of the event's success and the memories you will have for the rest of your life," writes Martha Stewart
"Don't just hire the cheapest companies! Insist on references and take the time to call other brides to learn from their experiences. Every year we get complaints from consumers angry over poor services after they hired the "cheapest" company," writes Ken Vander Meeden, reporter, Holland (MI) Sentinel
Sources- NAME, St. Louis Bride & Groom, Simmons, USA Today, National Bridal Service, The Knot, Brides Magazine, Ninja Entertainment Productions.