At Ogle Entertainment, we get to work with some of the most amazing couples! We spend months observing them and trying our best to understand the situations they are faced with, while trying to also anticipate their needs. As DJs/MC, our duties are wide ranging and we are attached to a wedding day on a minute by minute basis. We have to be in tune with the ebb and flow of the day and the energy of the celebration. This blog is here to discuss this broadly with a mathematical exercise to help couples get into perspective what happens to them on wedding day!
The National average for wedding spending according to a google search is around $27,000. That is a lot of money! I am going to round this up to $30,000 so we can deal with round numbers. A normal wedding day, in the eyes of your invited guests, includes a ceremony of an hour (Prelude+Ceremony) and a four hour reception. This means that a couple is spending roughly $6,000 an hour to be with their friends and family. Divide that by 60 minutes in an hour and you are spending $100 a minute during this five hour stretch with everyone who is important to you gathered in your honor. That means that if you take ten minutes to use the restroom, you just spent $1000. If it takes you a minute to wash your hands, it costs you $100 to wash and dry. I am not saying not to listen to nature calling, I am just trying to instill a sense of urgency for everyone reading this including newlyweds and professionals who are dealing with these couples on the BIG day.
One real life example that comes to mind was one wedding and reception here in Knoxville, TN. Getting the bride’s dress bustled took 45 minutes. A beautiful bride, her mother, three bridesmaids, a wedding coordinator, a catering crew with dinner ready to go, a DJ with bridal party lined up and ready to be introduced, all anxiously standing in a room sequestered from the rest of the guests, trying to figure out a bustle…for 45 minutes. With the equation above that’s $4500. You could fly a seamstress in from New York for the weekend.
We are blessed with amazing photographers in this town who specialize in weddings who are so efficient I could rave about their talents all day. PLEASE HIRE ONE OF THESE PEOPLE!! PICTURES ARE IMPORTANT!!! On occasion, we are faced with the semi-pro or amateur photographers who aren’t as organized or are just slow. They will slip a couple away for “sunset pictures” and it will take 45 minutes. The sunset doesn’t last 45 minutes. For $4500, you could pay for your honeymoon, return and have a day of beauty and a photoshoot with a professional photographer with just bride and groom. You also will not be losing your guests on your wedding day when everything has been planned to the minute, song, and glass of champagne. Momentum and guest energy are the two factors that will extend a wedding reception.
This article could go on for days. I firmly believe a couple does whatever they want on their wedding day and we are here to make that happen! I do feel obligated to educate people on trends we see and help slow a wedding day down a little for couples who are intoxicated with happiness. The Day goes by in a blur and there are so many amazing memories to be made. Those memories are not being made when the couple is away from their family and friends, not to mention the couple has made quite the monetary investment for the stage to be set.