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How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Event Entertainment Company?

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You have a lot of choices when it comes to hiring a professional for your wedding, corporate event, or other special event.  You need to evaluate your needs and work with the budget you are comfortable spending.  We get it!  When we first started out, we were charging $300 for a 4 hour gig.  But as we grew and our expertise became more refined, our clients talked about us, we quickly realized we needed MORE!  MORE equipment, MORE insurance, MORE services, MORE employees.  The hard part was, I don’t like to skimp (cost without value is not value)!  So we had to buy the best equipment and bring on the most charismatic and professional talent.  As you can imagine, as my experience, personal investment, demand, and the cost of running my business has changed, so has my own pricing. Today, a 4 hour event with Boone’s Professional Events starts at $695 and can exceed $4000 based on the comprehensive nature of our business as you’ll see below. So, as with any service, when booking a DJ for your next event, first consider your budget, and then research to find your best-fit vendors at that price point.

When booking an event entertainment company, I often tell my customers to approach it the Tiger Woods Way.  The first question he asks his caddy is “where is the pin?”  Effective planning requires both forward thinking and backward thinking.  Tiger identifies where the pin is, then formulates a plan to get there with the least amount of strokes and obstacles with the end result of dropping the ball in the hole.  Hiring a professional Event Entertainment Company can act…to continue golf euphemisms…as the wind at your back and the applause from the gallery!

Pricing for Event Entertainment can vary widely based on the specifics of the event, the company’s experience, and additional services provided. It’s important for me to consider the event’s duration, location, and whether there will be extra expenses, such as lighting and sound equipment resources.  Factors that will influence pricing include:

Location of Event – Does your venue have sufficient resources there (sound, lighting)?  Is it indoors or outdoors?  Is it local or will travel time & possible overnight accommodations apply?  Additional equipment for sound coverage and lighting and the labor to set it up will affect pricing.

Day of event – Saturdays are high demand days.  Higher demand days and times (Friday / Saturday) will always have a higher ticket price than lower demand days (Sunday – Thursday)

Complexity of Event – The length of the event dictates part of the cost, with longer events naturally costing more. Additionally, events that require more complex DJ services—like a full lighting setup, special effects, or additional staff—will lead to a higher rate. Complex services extend beyond the basic play of music and involve a comprehensive, tailored audio-visual experience for the event.

Type of event – Weddings are the most time demanding job you can hire me for, followed closely by corporate events.  Planning out the intricacies of your wedding day or identifying the typical age group and make-up of a large, corporate all-employee meeting take a lot of resources and hence, command a higher price tag.

Additional Services – Obviously, if you hire us just to be your DJ/Emcee for your special event, our pricing would be lower than hiring us for one of our DJ/Photobooth/Lighting packages.  Over the years, we’ve been asked to provide services that people have seen at other events, such as custom monogram lighting, dancing on a cloud effect, cold sparklers and more, which we’ve added to our services lineup.  When you bundle these services into your package, we offer additional discounts and work with you to stay within your budget AND receive the best service possible for your special event.

Number of Guests – A small corporate event with 30 people vs a wedding with 250 guests is going to have different price points.  The more people in attendance, the more people to be entertained.  Factors like sound coverage, lighting, staff on-hand come into play which would affect pricing.

In conclusion, as with many things, higher price doesn’t always mean better.  For over 15 years, we have provided impeccable service to every event we are invited to perform at.  From pre-planning & song selection to early arrival & set-up to having back-up equipment and staff on-hand, our mission is to provide the best experience and an unforgettable event for you and your guests.  We work closely with our clients to make planning a breeze and remove any stress.  You will have an online music selection platform which not only allows you to choose the best songs for your event, but also gives you recommendations for the most popular songs for your event such as father daughter dance, bride/groom first dance and more.  In addition, we have worked with almost EVERY venue of all sizes around the Tampa/St. Pete Area.  We know the venues, have established strong relations with these businesses and staff and they know when they recommend us, you will not be disappointed.

Hopefully, this article provides you with some valuable insight which will help you in your search for an Event Entertainment company.  You have a lot of good companies out there to choose from.  Just make sure you know what you’re paying for…Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Our contract provides everything that is included in our service to you including performance length, set up and break down times, as well as our insurance coverage. I make sure that the contract specifies the total cost, cancellation policy, overtime charges and what’s included, such as emcee services, photobooth, lighting or additional equipment.  Lastly, check reviews!  Online reviews have almost as much power as word-of-mouth-referrals.  Check out what other people say about your prospects.  Almost EVERY business has online reviews, whether on Google, Yelp or Social Media.  If they don’t have reviews, beware!  That usually means they are very new to the scene, are fly-by-night ‘gypsies’, or are just plain BAD and are suppressing their online reviews.

Feel free to contact us with any questions!  You can also fill out our contact form and we’ll get in touch with a detailed pricing quote for your special event!

Best! 

Jeff Boone

pINELLAS Park DJ, Photo Booth Rental & Event Lighting
Read Our Reviews

Boone's Professional Events is rated 4.83 out of 5.0 stars based on 46 review(s).

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DJ Brad was Great! Played the music I requested during our pre party conversations and then took all our additional requests during the actual Party!

- Susan Norton

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Planning a destination wedding for St. Pete Beach, FL from Colorado for our daughter could have been very stressful, but it wasn't when I found Jeff Boone's Professional Events. Jeff communicated with me during the planning process and verified everything we wanted for the beach ceremony and reception. We collaborated on every step of the ceremony and reception. Jeff is extremely organized and when he says he will do it, he does! In addition to Jeff being one of the best wedding and reception DJs, he got everyone on the dance floor, we highly recommend having the photo booth. Our guests had such a great time with the music, photo booth, and props. Don't search any further, Jeff Boone is outstanding and helped make our daughter's destination wedding truly fabulous and memorable!

- Wendy James

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Fantastic service and props brought for a fun filled afternoon. It was a super hot day and Janelle was extremely kind and such a trooper. Everyone had fun. Wonderful time and keepsakes for us all 🎉🎓

- Virginia

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From start to finish your team has been amazing! You where supportive and helpful. During the event the DJ make it fun and easy to dance and did a great job of keeping the party flowing.

- Sarah Trimble

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I want to thank Jeff Boone for making my Daughters wedding such a memorable event. He was very professional and a lot of fun He really kept the party going. Would highly recommend for any party.

- Cindy Trimble

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Impeccable lighting service! Hired Boone's Professional Events to enhance the ambiance of our event and surpassed my expectations - results were amazing. Jeff was very easy and fun to work with while also exhibiting utmost professionalism and expertise. Highly recommend!

- Madison

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Great music and vibes!!!!

- Jen

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Thanks to Jeff Boone for being the most professional, knowledgeable, and respectful DJ I’ve ever encountered!!! His personable character was so helpful throughout the planning of our wedding! And, it couldn't have gone any better!!!

- Hiya Blu Nawrocki

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We selected Jeff Boone's company for the DJ for our wedding and also the Photo Booth. We're an older bride and groom (in our 50's) and we really didn't think our friends would dance at our wedding but boy were we wrong! They did a fabulous job and everyone had so much fun!!! I appreciated that Jeff was always willing to get on a call with me and also sent monthly reminders to keep me on track. I would highly recommend them for any event!!!

- Lori LeGrow

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Rad Weber made sure we had everything we wanted. He found several pieces of foreign music from the 90s etc that the ladies wanted to hear. He made sure there was a wide selection for the general audience and had a great attitude. Brad was timely and professional.

- Thomas Evans

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Amazing! Got there on time and added so much fun to our wedding night. Highly recommend everyone enjoyed the Photo Booth

- Kristen Phillips

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Spot on the best in the business! From being able to book online to the talented DJ Brad and Morgan the Photobooth extraordinaire, the 50th Anniversary surprise was on to remember. Professionalism from stat to finish with eveyrone we encountered at Boone. If you want fun done right, call Boone Professional Events!

- Andrea Rankin-Magee

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Jeff was the DJ for our wedding at Isla del Sol, and we are so thankful to have worked with him! He made the wedding planning process so easy and made sure everything was perfect and personalized to us. He was there early to assist with sound for our ceremony, and kept the party going all night during our reception. We highly recommend Boone’s Professional Events!

- Molly and Jake Ferencak

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We had such a great time and working with Boone made our whole day so much easier. DJ justin was so great! Thanks for everything

- Kirby Thomas

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Awesome DJ company to work with. Responsive and professional. Brad was our DJ and I would definitely hire him again. Don’t hesitate to book with him!

- Michele Gordon

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I absolutely love working with Boones Professional Events and recommend them to everyone! Justin did an amazing job at DJ'ing our holiday party and will definitely use him again in the future!

- Megan

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100% would recommend and would use you guys again! Justin was a Rockstar and made the night feel seamless. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

- Anna Burwell

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Gillian made our Christmas party so much fun!! She was so helpful with props and posing. I highly recommend Boone's photo booth!!

- Michelle Lewis

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Jeff and Team were fantastic! They have always done a great job at all of our Events! Thanks Jeff!

- Ian

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Great videos!

- Jennifer Carden

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I have had the pleasure of working with Jeff and Megan the past two years for a company holiday party with about 2k people. They are so accommodating and patient. Their staff is absolutely amazing and each year, the photo booths are always a hit with everyone. I can't say enough good things about them and would recommend them to anyone.

- Linda Xayasongkham

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Your team was professional, fun and great to work with!

- Teresa O’Hara

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Jake and Gillian were the best at our annual corporate event!

- Blair Tetenbaum

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Jeff was absolutely amazing! He kept the audience alive and engaged during our entire wedding! And the Photo Booth was an absolute hit!! Jeff and his team made our wedding dreams come to life!!

- Jess Strong

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Jeff was absolutely amazing! He kept the audience alive and engaged during our entire wedding! And the Photo Booth was an absolute hit!! Jeff and his team made our wedding dreams come to life!!

- Jessica Strong

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Jeff Boone and his team really went above and beyond to make sure our perfect day came to life!! Justin was our DJ and MC, and he was absolutely incredible! From beginning to end, he kept the dance floor moving and grooving! He made sure to play music that was appealing to all ages at our wedding as well as playing any special requests from us and our guests. We had so many guests come up to us and rave about our DJ, and we couldn’t be happier!!

- Mariah Nelson

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Brad did an amazing job at DJing our company holiday party!!

- Hala Hafner

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Great communication!

- Sabrina Hafner

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Excellent , as always!! Thank you

- Tammy de Leon

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Highly recommend! Our staff loved the 360 booth, and the lighting made our event look perfect! Thank you so much for everything!

- Avianna Johnson

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Absolutely loved this team! Between the amazing quality of the photos, all the props, and incredible array of strip themes to choose from, you will not be disappointed. We elected to have the scrapbook as well and I am so glad we did this. It honestly saved the day in becoming our guest book with an unexpected issue there (not related to Jeff Boone and team) if it weren’t for the scrap book I would have felt something was missing and it absolutely is worth the extra $$$. Would absolutely use this Photo Booth team again!!

- Kate Cunningham

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They did such an amazing job on the design and the set up of the booth. Everyone had such a fun time with the Photo Booth. Highly recommend hiring them. They are great to work with.

- Rebecca Tiongson

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Justin did an amazing job with our wedding! It was definitely one to remember

- Kelsi Sheldon

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Always do a terrific job at the Tampa Tower Climb. Thank you!

- Dustin

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It was nice having you guys. Our guests enjoyed the photo booth and I saw that it was packed. Thank you again for being one of our vendors. Very Professional

- Louie Tiongson

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Boone was amazing!! The music, the lights, and the photo booth were all awesome! The photo booth was definitely an huge hit!! People loved it!! Everyone had such a wonderful time!! Great job to all of his team!!!! Thank you for making our day so special!!!!

- Danielle

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We love Justin! He was amazing 👏 he was on point all night and so nsync with us the whole time. Thank you Justin for making g our night amazing again xoxo Annmarie and frank Taravella

- Annmarie DiGiamo Taravella

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Very nice work, will recommend to my friends, thanks for your Photo Booth service!

- Michelle

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Boone Professionals provided a first class experience for us planning the event, and for our employees on the day of the event. If you want professionals who will think of everything, and help you every step of the way - look no further! Jeff and Megan were a joy to work with, and getting our DJ and photo booth services in one location made it even easier. They were quick, friendly, and really adapted to our needs and made the event fun. I could not say enough good things about this group, from beginning to end.

- Kristina

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Jeff was extremely helpful and supportive every step of the way throughout the wedding planning process. He put us at so much ease and was always thorough and available to help us with any questions we had. Justin, the DJ who worked our event, did a great job! Everyone had a blast and would highly recommend Boone Professional Events to anyone!

- Sami Solberg

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We are so thankful for Boones Event team! Brandon rocked the DJ booth and kept our guests dancing all night long! We also loved having the photo booth, it is just a great way to capture memories and funny moments with our friends and family! All our guests loved taking home our personalized photo strip, makes for a great souvenir! :)) Highly recommend their entire team for all your upcoming event needs! PS: The online planning form is so easy to use and was super helpful when trying to map out the timeline and what songs to play/request!

- Ellen Pautler

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Our photo both was an amazing success! We had people lined up all night and everyone was excited to take home a photo, Morgan was helpful and enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. Thank you for helping to make our event so memorable!

- Michelle Vaughan

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Justin was fantastic and kept our crowd dancing the entire night. He was so great we extended our event an extra half an hour!

- Valerie

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Very Happy with Boone's Professional Events. Jeff and his team provided super-clear communication, attention to detail and, in a nutshell, made our business event hassle-free and very fun! Highly Recommend Boone's Professional Events for any business or social event.

- Jim Banks