I will tell you when meeting with couples and they tell me that other vendors, tell them "You gotta have this" at your wedding, it makes me think that these vendors do not have your best interests in mind. We offer Wedding DJ Services, Photo Booths,
UP-Lighting, Monograms, etc., and I will sell you what you want, not something outside of your budget that I talked you into.
Sit down and figure out what is important to you then set your budget accordingly. I have heard several times that 2 of the most important things to book first are the location for your ceremony and the location for your reception. Also that the 2 most memorable items are your food and entertainment. If a Wedding DJ is not important to you, spend your money on something that is.
We paid for our own wedding and it can be quite expensive. I personally have no regrets. But I will tell you this... STICK TO YOUR BUDGET! It is okay to go abit outside of your budget, but not to the point that your spending money that you don't have and will make your life difficult after your day has passed. Possibly the biggest day/party of your life, when you wake up the next day, what will make you say "WOW" that was awesome!?