By Robert Reno
You pretty much have most of the vendors chosen for your wedding, but now onto the wedding DJ pricing. So how much does a wedding DJ cost? You will see many different wedding DJ prices, keep these points in mind and you will find the right one.
Cheap Wedding DJ Prices
These prices will usually be in the ranges of 100.00 an hour or less. Many of these wedding DJs are part time hobbyists. They might have no idea how to coordinate and deliver what you want at your wedding. Just call these companies and you will notice a huge difference with their customer service skills. This might be a risky deal because they might show up with low grade equipment (if they even show up at all). There is a possibility that you can spend $200-$600 on your wedding DJ and be happy, but you have to understand what cheap wedding DJ prices really mean.
My Recommendation: Never hire a wedding DJ that costs less than your veggie tray
Average Wedding DJ Pricing
So you biggest criteria was your budget, and you went way overboard. So instead, you and your finace decided to hire someone to “Just Play Music”. Do you want the good news or bad news first? Okay straight to the good news, you just save 100 bucks! Unfortunately your decision might cost you thousands down the road. This category of wedding DJs is priced all over the place. Usually many are larger wedding DJ companies that subcontract 15-25 wedding DJs every weekend. They improve their profit margin this way (more DJs=smaller profit margin) to support advertisements and overhead. There are many good DJs that are subcontracted by these companies. However, they might be so big that you might not know who will your wedding DJ until the week of.
I said earlier that there is a difference between a full-time company and part-time hobbyist. A full-time company depends on your referrals to generate future leads and business. This means that they are 110% dedicated to your wedding reception. The wedding DJ cost needs be looked at with their references. Ask for recent clients’ names, phone numbers, and e-mails. When I say recent I mean 6 months or less when available. Any reputable company will be able to give you this information.
My Recommendation: Let the buyer Beware
Expensive Wedding DJ Prices
These people may charge anywhere from $1500-$4500. There may be added value, such as an additional DJ/wedding coordinator, lighting, staging, dancers, or props. Other times, this price is determined by an owner with an overinflated ego. If their wedding DJ cost is expensive, then this does not mean that they have instant credibility. This price might be marked up since they do not have enough word of mouth referrals yet. You should not have to take out a second mortgage to pay for your wedding DJ cost. If this sounds like fun to you, then by all means go for it. You will have a BLAST.
My Recommendation: Get everything in writing, and question anything that might be overkill
How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost
So, how much does a wedding DJ cost? This depends on how comfortable you are with the lighting, experience, equipment, music, and fun options. You should try unique things because your wedding is far from ordinary. This does not mean you need to break the bank with wedding DJ prices, but see what options are really worth the cost. The typical wedding DJ cost will vary between $800-$1200. In the short term the wedding DJ price will be a factor in your budget, and long term 80% of the success of your wedding is based on the entertainment. If you want to have a great time, you will interview multiple companies.
My Recommendation: Stay away from the cheapest, don’t go with the most expensive and do not hire anyone that is average