How to Save on Wedding Entertainment Expenses

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From first dance to last call — budget-friendly ways to entertain your guests in high style.

By: Sharon Naylor (Bridal Guide) (And a few added comments from our team!)

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Budget Basics

Professional entertainment will cost less during the off-peak months of October through March, and at non-peak times such as a Sunday wedding, a Saturday afternoon wedding or on a Friday, with prices dipping 20 to 40 percent or more for these less in-demand times. (PSDJ’s offer top discounts for Sunday – Thursday Events)

Avoid booking for too few hours. Andy Kushner of Andy Kushner Entertainment in Rockville, Maryland says, “Four hours is the standard length, and anything else will go too quickly.” Overtime fees can be very expensive, often hundreds of dollars. (We can always review your timing needs with entertainers at any point before the wedding date)

Booking a DJ and band to split the time can add up to less. Michael Swerdloff, AKA DJ Mystical Michael of the New York tri-state area says, “I have performed in between the band’s sets and then did the last hours of the reception, which can save 25 to 75 percent over hiring a band for the whole event.”  (We are happy to work with your band for providing incredibly fun reception entertainment during breaks and more…)

Ask your entertainer if you can get a discount for paying your entire fee in advance. Some experts will give you 5 to 10 percent off a package price if you pay everything up front.  (Top discounts are offered for couples who pay up-front.)

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Choose a one-man dj operation, rather than paying for a two- or three-member team. This can save you 15 to 25 percent depending on the agency, says Swerdloff.  (All of our Wedding DJ arrangements are scheduled as a one-man operation. Two DJ’s are involved if you’re hosting a really large wedding with 300+ guests)

Don’t be afraid to go big: “It’s always best to negotiate with an established entertainment company rather than go to a lesser-known agency,” Kushner says. Larger agencies often have a greater ability to meet your budget needs. (Try to work with high-quality entertainment companies. Average, lack-luster DJ’s are to be avoided at all costs. If you’re looking for high-style and sophistication with music provided by savvy, highly experienced talent, contact Natalie Daniels and our team at 215-825-5300 or send email.)

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