It’s party time! Whether you’re throwing a birthday get together, hosting a wedding shower, or planning a big event, kick it up a notch with a great caterer, bartender or DJ to make your soiree truly memorable. Adding these extra touches to your event doesn’t cost a lot either – for just a few extra dollars you can turn a regular event into a party to remember.
Every month thousands of people come to Thumbtack for help planning and throwing a great party or event and we crunched to the numbers to see what the average costs might be for would-be party planners. Here’s what you can expect to pay for some of the most popular events services in 2016:
Whether it’s a wedding reception, a Sweet 16, or a birthday party, there’s one thing you’re definitely going to need and that’s good music. A DJ can set the tone for your party and get everyone onto their feet. The average cost for an event DJ is just $500, thought expect to pay extra for things like MCing duties, special lighting or extras like a fog machine. Bar mitzvah and weddings DJs generally charge a bit more as well because of the master of ceremonies duties and contests.
Photo Booth Rental
Formerly the domain of celebrity get-togethers or massive sponsored events—the fast rise in popularity has made photo booths accessible for any special occasion. The average cost is $300-$500, depending on length of time and features you decide on. A bonus of Photo Booths is that every guest leaves with a party favor to remember the fun. Not sure? Here are 10 more reasons to have a photo booth at your next event.
Food! A highlight or flop at any event you’ve attended. So, of course yours has to be perfect. Round up the best options for your palate and budget from the culinary stars on Thumbtack. If you’re uncertain how to start, learn the 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caterer. Most caterers charge $250 to create food for a small party and will drop it off before the event – expect to pay more for more formal food requirements or for a big group.
Not just for weddings and family photos, a professional photographer ramps up the radness of your soiree. Having a fabulous, catered affair? People bust out fancy duds when they know a pro will be snapping pics. Capture the magic of the little one’s birthday with candid shots taken by a true artist. Have a photographer on hand to snap the shenanigans of your bachelorette party. There’s no need for bad selfies.
There are three things every good party needs: Lively guests, awesome music, and a stocked bar. But the thing about a stocked bar is: it’s not much use unless there’s a person behind it who knows how to whip up everyone’s favorite drinks and keep the party going (while also ensuring no one’s over-served). And while you could be the person running around trying to keep everyone’s glasses full, why when you can hire a bartender who will save you time, money, and make sure you actually have fun at your own event? The average cost of $150 covers the awesome bartender and all the glassware you need (plus, they take it all away when it’s over so you don’t have to worry about dishes). Save money by telling the bartender what you’d like to serve and then supplying the alcoholic and non-acoholic beverage supplies yourself.