When you begin planning your wedding, an important question a wedding vendor will ask is, “What is your budget?” It is an important question that you will need to answer before you start the planning process. But, if you have never planned a wedding before, this may be a bit of problem. You most likely do not know the cost of a wedding which makes it difficult to figure out a budget.
Regional Wedding Cost Series: Chicago, IL
We are exploring wedding costs of different types of wedding entertainment in different areas of the country in this Regional Wedding Cost Series. Before you take a look at the numbers though, keep in mind that these are the averages and the range can be wide between the highest and lowest priced weddings in your area.
Average Cost of a U.S. Wedding in 2012: $25,656
Average Cost of a Chicago Wedding: $25,674
Average Number of Guests: 161
Source: The Wedding Report for 2012.
Top Entertainers in the Chicago Area
GigMasters has booked over 65,000 weddings all over the country. In Chicago, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 entertainment categories booked for Chicago weddings and included the average cost for each:
- Soloist (Pianist): $254
- Live Band: $2,281
- String Ensemble: $596
- DJ: $655
- Variety Act (i.e. Caricaturist): $264
Below are GigMasters’ top booked entertainers in the Chicago’s area in the above categories. Each of these 5 star performers have a great amount of experience with over 50 bookings. To find more great entertainers in your area, browse the GigMasters site – I’m sure you will find the right entertainment for your vision and budget.
SOLOIST - Pianist
104 Verified Bookings
Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music, Chris Martin has been a keyboard player in top forty bands, a pianist in jazz ensembles, and piano player and singing solo artist for the last 20 years.
121 Verified Bookings
This band’s repertoire is simple: Thy play the best hits from all time periods and have a catalog consisting of more than 2000 songs and melodies.
53 Verified Bookings
Parkwest Strings are one of the most respected and sought-after providers of classical music for elite events.
137 Verified Bookings
This professional DJ company is extremely experienced, reliable and friendly. They specialize in weddings, corporate functions, anniversaries, and more.
VARIETY ACT – CARICATURIST
53 Verified Bookings
GigMasters Best of 2012 Performer. Roger is available for any event and will draw humorous caricatures that will provide your guests with a memorable gift.
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