Lucas the DJ
Asheville NC Wedding DJ facts

So what's going to have the biggest impact on your wedding? Is it the flowers? The invitations? How about the chairs? There are so many details surrounding a wedding that it can be easy to get lost in them all. I personally do believe that all of these details are important and do have an impact on a wedding. 

On the other hand, once everything is in place, what's going to be happening all night? The music!

Here are some interesting wedding industry insights that have been gathered from past brides and grooms. 

Before the wedding and during the planning stages, Brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is one of their lowest priorities! 
After the wedding 78% of all brides say they should have spent more time selecting their entertainment. 
Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment. That's crazy. 
When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remembered the most about a wedding was the entertainment. I hear this a lot from brides and grooms as they tell me after the wedding how many people complimented them on the music.  

65% of couples that decided to hire a band for their entertainment said that if they had to do it again they would choose a DJ.  Hey DJ's! 


Just like wedding photographers, wedding DJ rates vary based on skill level, equipment, experience, knowledge and personality. 
Rates for the DJ industry can go as high as $25,000 (No, that's not a typo) with an US average of $1,400.00 for a 4-5 hour reception. 
When I DJ a wedding I normally invest at least 12 hours of my time on the day of the event and that's definitely not including all the time we'll spend planning your wedding details together.

    TOP 2016 TRENDS

    GUEST EXPERIENCE IS TOP OF MIND AS GUEST SPEND RISES WHILE GUEST COUNT DROPS. Showing just how much couples are focused on creating the ultimate guest experience, the average number of wedding guests in 2016 is down to 141, compared to 149 in 2009, while the cost per wedding guest is up to $245, compared to $194 in 2009. To create a completely memorable experience for guests, couples are amping up the entertainment and personalization. Seventy-five percent of all couples have at least one signature wedding element (up from 66% in 2008), such as a signature cocktail (24%). Custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, from 11% to 41% since 2009, with photo booths (78%), games (18%), musical performances (12%) and fireworks (8%) at the top of the list. Also on the rise are cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor tastings and dance performers. Don’t be surprised to see aerialists, acrobats, live painters or gospel choirs this year as 2017 wedding trends reach new heights in guest entertainment.

    WED TECH HELPS CAPTURE EACH AND EVERY MOMENT. As technology has become a part of our everyday lives, 22% of couples incorporated some type of technology into their wedding day including: GoPros in bridal bouquets to capture the walk down the aisle, drones to take aerial wedding footage and live streaming video to share the wedding day with loved ones who couldn’t attend. Sixty-four percent of couples created a wedding hashtag and shared with guests on their personalized wedding website (48%), table tent cards (32%), ceremony program (20%) and wedding invitation (19%).

    COUPLES ARE SPENDING OVER PLANNED BUDGETS WHILE PARENTS TAKE ON MOST OF THE WEDDING COSTS. Tradition rings true with parents paying for a majority of today’s weddings. On average, the bride’s parents contribute 44% of the overall wedding budget, the bride and groom contribute 42%, and the groom’s parents contribute 13% (others account for the remaining 2%). In 2016, 10% of couples paid for the wedding entirely by themselves, and 8% of couples didn’t contribute any finances to the wedding budget. Most couples (89%) say the economy did not affect wedding plans and 47% (up from 42% in 2011) report spending more than they planned for.

    MOBILE WEDDING PLANNING DOUBLES AS MORE COUPLES ARE PLANNING ON THE GO. In 2016, couples using smartphones for wedding planning activities more than doubled from 42% in 2014 to 90% in 2016. The most popular mobile wedding planning activity: browsing wedding gowns (62%). Researching wedding vendors (51%, up from 31% in 2014), using online planning tools (43%, up from 21% in 2014), creating a personal wedding website (25%, up from 14% in 2014) and using an online RSVP service (20%, up from 7% in 2014) are also top of mind wedding activities on mobile.

    HOOK UPS AND GETTING DRUNK, OH MY. Looking for a love match? You may just find one at the next wedding you attend. Nineteen percent of couples say some of their guests hooked up during or after their wedding, with 4% reporting that guests who met at their wedding are now in a committed relationship. Guests aren’t the only ones indulging in reception libations. Fifteen percent of brides admit they got drunk at their wedding and 18% say their groom got drunk as well.Nine percent of brides reported that she, or both her and her significant other, had an ex-lover at their wedding. Four percent of survey respondents admitted that their best man insulted someone during his toast.

    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Ceremony and reception locations are becoming even more important as couples plan a personalized wedding that’s a true reflection of their personalities and relationship together. Forty-eight percent said that having a reception venue with a scenic backdrop or locale was the top priority, while having both an indoor and outdoor space was most important for 30% of couples. As unexpected places to wed are on the rise, only 26% had a ceremony in a religious institution (down from 41% in 2009). Hosting weddings at farms, barns and ranches increased from 2% in 2009 to 12% in 2016, and historic buildings and homes rose in popularity from 9% in 2009 to 13% in 2016. Other popular non-traditional ceremony sites include beach houses, public gardens, wineries and museums.

    COUPLES CONTINUE TO WED FAR FROM HOME. Only 20% of couples considered their wedding a destination wedding, down from 24% in 2011. Of those who had a US destination wedding, 49% got married 200 miles or more from where they lived at the time of their wedding. Nearly 13% of destination wedding couples host a second party when they return home for friends and family who weren’t able to attend. There are more than 340,000 destination weddings each year with 89% (up from 77% in 2015) taking place in the continental US and 11% (down from 23% in 2015) at international destinations. Top locales include Hawaii (35%), California (14%), Florida (12%), Caribbean (27%) and Mexico (10%).

    FALL WEDDINGS DOMINATE. Summer weddings still remain a popular season to say “I do,” but fall has taken the top spot with 40% (up from 30% in 2009) of couples hosting their nuptials in the fall months. September and October are tied for the most popular month, each accounting for 16% of weddings, followed by June with 13%. Saturday nuptials are still strong at 70% followed by Fridays (14%) and Sundays (12%).


    Top 2016 Wedding Statistics

    • Average Wedding Cost: $35,329 (excludes honeymoon) (up from $32,641 in 2015)
    • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,564
    • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31
    • Average Number of Guests: 141
    • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
    • Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
    • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
    • Average Length of Engagement: 15 months
    • Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)
    • Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
    • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20%


    2016 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown
    Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

    Category 2016 National Average Spend 2015 National Average Spend

    Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon)$35,329 ↑$32,641

    Venue (reception hall)$16,107 ↑$14,788

    Photographer$2,783 ↑$2,618

    Wedding/Event Planner$2,037 ↑$1,996

    Reception Band$4,156 ↑$3,833

    Reception DJ$1,545 ↑$1,271

    Florist/Décor$2,534 ↑$2,300

    Videographer$1,995 ↑$1,824

    Wedding Dress$1,564 ↑$1,469

    Groom’s Attire and Accessories$280 ↑$269

    Wedding Cake$582 ↑$575

    Ceremony Site$2,197 ↑$2,089

    Ceremony Musicians$755 ↑$703

    Invitations$462 ↑$445

    Transportation$859 ↑$792

    Favors$268 ↑$267

    Rehearsal Dinner$1,378 ↑$1,296

    Engagement Ring$6,163 ↑$5,871

    Catering (price per person)$71 ↑$68

    Officiant$278 ↑$273

    The average American engagement is 16 months.
    June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September October and May
    Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
    Average age for first-time brides is 25 years, for grooms it's 27.5
    175 guests are invited to an average wedding
    One third of engaged couples retain a Wedding Consultant
    An average honeymoon vacation is one week
    The average household income of a newly married couple is $60,000/year
    Tuxedoes are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown
    Bridesmaids' gowns are general purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event
    Average size of wedding party: 12
    Most brides (30%) plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months
    Most (about 75%) first-time brides will receive a diamond engagement ring (67% of repeat brides).
    About 15% of weddings include ethnic customs
    35% of weddings occur in the summer; 29% in the spring; 23% in the fall; 13% in the winter.
    11% of winter weddings are Christmas weddings

    $22,000 is the average amount spent on a traditional American wedding
    A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the U.S.
    $19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries
    The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800
    The average ring costs $2,000

    80% of traditional weddings are performed in churches or synagogue.
    Four out of five brides are employed.
    35% of Brides and Grooms have a valid passport.
    Percentage of couples living together before marriage: 64%
    Percentage of engaged couples who’ve known each other longer than 3 years: 69%
    Percentage of brides who say they’ll be changing their surnames: 60%
    53% of weddings occur in the afternoon; 31% in the evening; 16% in the morning.
    30% of receptions are held in churches; 20% in hotels; 20% in country clubs;
    and 10% each in fraternal halls, private homes, and other locations.
    38% of weddings have a buffet; 34% have a sit-down dinner; 28% serve only cake and punch.
    62% of weddings have a flower girl.
    56% have a ring bearer.
    More than 4.2 million unmarried couples live together.
    67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.

    January 4.7%
    February 7.0%
    March 6.1%
    April 7.4%
    May 9.8%
    June 10.8%
    July 9.7%
    August 10.2%
    September 9.6%
    October 9.4%
    November 7.4%
    December 7.8%

    Reception 28.3%
    Consultant 15.0% (if hired)
    Wedding Rings 11.5%
    Photography/Video 6.6%
    Bridal Gown 6.1%
    Music 5.2%
    Flowers 4.6%
    Bridal attendants' apparel 4.5%
    Rehearsal dinner 4.2%
    Men's formal wear 3.2%
    Invitations 2.8%
    Attendants' gifts 2.1%
    Mother of the bride apparel 1.7%
    Bride's veil 1.6%
    Clergy and ceremony fees 1.2%
    Limousine 0.9%
    Groom's attire 0.8%

    Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
    Couples spend an average of $4,000 on their honeymoon. That's three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation.
    The length of an average honeymoon is seven days.
    45 percent of honeymoon trips are to domestic locations; 55 percent are foreign.
    The Honeymoon Industry is a 12 billion dollar a year industry.

    Visiting a new place for sightseeing, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife- 75%
    Beaches and lakes - 45%
    Casinos - 20%
    Cruises - 15%
    Golf/sports vacations - 10%
    Skiing trips - 5%

    76.2% Airplane
    60% Rent Car
    16.4% Their Own Car
    27% Boat/Ship
    2.7% Railroad

    46.1% Hotel/Motel
    35.2% Resort
    20.1% Boat/Ship
    8.2% Bed and Breakfast/Inn
    8.9% Other

    Association of Bridal Consultants
    Condé Nast Bridal Group National Bridal Service
    National Association of Wedding Ministers
    National Bridal Service
    The Knot
    Brides Magazine