What Does a Wedding DJ Cost?
Most of couples have never planned a wedding before, so they wonder, what does a wedding dj cost? The prices are going to vary, mostly based on experience. We’ll give you a dj pricing guideline as well as some things to think about. Keep in mind that these prices are based on having a Saturday wedding. There are companies like us that have incentives for having your wedding on non-peak days.
$200-300 – Typically a beginning DJ, most likely a part-time hobbyist without a business license and insurance.
$400-700 – More experienced than beginners, but may still be new in their career.
$800-$2,500 – Most experienced, professionally trained, full-time DJ. These DJs are making this kind of money for a reason. Being a DJ isn’t just about blending and mixing the music – it’s the ability to read a crowd and the experience to know what songs work and what songs don’t. It’s also the timing of the songs. So understanding the temperature at any given moment and knowing what’s going to keep the dance floor energy going and what may kill the vibe.
Now keep in mind that a wedding DJ can also take care of your cocktail hour music as well as music and amplified sound for your ceremony, which you can package in or add on.
They also are going to carry the type of insurance that you’re venues are going to require.They typically spend 10-30 hours of time making sure your 4-6 hour wedding reception is perfect. This kind of preparation shows through in their accessibility to help you with questions, coordination and suggestions.
You should base your budget on what kind of experience you want at your wedding reception. Here are some things that to consider:
Before the Wedding Day
What kind of preparation do they do prior to the wedding? What kind of experience do they have to bring to the table to help you plan? Leading up to the wedding day, as your choosing your special songs, you’ll use the Our DJ Rocks online planning system. This online planning tool helps keep us organized and provides me details for your wedding from the special songs you want played, the announcements you would like made, to little things like who is toasting and will there be a blessing. This ensured that come wedding day, we have absolutely everything we need orchestrate things from start to finish. Our goal is for you and your fiancé have an amazing time at your reception, letting us create the memories.
Equipment & Investment & Reliability
What kind of equipment do they use? What associations are the part of? What accolades to they hold? These are the types of things that will make you feel more at ease once you find out. You will be amazed at the amount of information you will find out if you look up each of these companies on reputable sites like WeddingWire, TheKnot and google to find out what other clients are saying about them. I would also suggest to ask the other vendors you hire who they recommend or what they think about the companies you are looking at hiring.
Performance Time vs Preparation Time
Most DJs will only charge you for their performance time. Keep in mind that most experienced professional DJs will spend 10-30 hours preparing for your wedding day. For example, we believe in being 100% present on the day of your wedding. So for us, we don’t take sales appointments on the day of your wedding and we don’t take more than one event a day. This allows up to go over your timeline the morning of, double check your music and special request again and back it up. Take our time getting there extra early to ensure plenty of time for setup, sound check and to fix any mistakes without stress.
Price vs Value
It’s not just showing up and pushing play. Or maybe it is for you. Your DJ is in control of the entire flow of the evening. Understanding what you want and knowing what to look for is key. Remember, choose value over price and experience over the bottom line.