How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?
A wedding DJ is a person who is hired to entertain the guests and play music during the wedding reception. Some of these songs may be asked for by the bride and groom while others can be requested by guests.
How much does a DJ cost for a wedding?
- The price of a DJ is going to vary depending on the geographical location, the experience of the DJ, how long the DJ has to stay and if any customized setups will be required. Most DJ services will charge per hour, but there will be some that can charge based on a set window. On average, a wedding DJ will charge anywhere from $50 to as much as $250 per hour. The average wedding party pays anywhere from $650 to $1,400 for DJ services alone.
- According to the website CostofWedding.com, most couples in the United States will pay anywhere between $524 and $1,400.
- WeddingWire.com has a forum thread talking about the cost of a wedding DJ. Many brides claimed that they paid anywhere from $150 to as much as $250 per hour. The average rate for the night was around $800 to $1,000 for four to five hours.
What are the extra costs?
- Outside of the playing fees, a DJ may charge a setup and take down charge. This can range anywhere from $50 to $150.
- DJs may also be able to add dancers, props or fancy lighting for an additional fee.
- Music that they currently do not have or music that you are requesting may be considered an additional expense.
- If the wedding runs longer than planned, the DJ could charge additional hour fees.
What is going to be included?
- Before the wedding even starts, a DJ will be willing to consult with you for free. He can offer tips, explain what the will be able to do, and even set up a contract if you so choose.
- Higher-end DJ services that cost more than $150 per hour will offer staging, lighting, and even dancers with props. The more that you spend on a DJ, the more that you are going to get in terms of value.
- Most DJs will arrive at the venue a few hours before the party starts. Upon arrival, they will wire up the speakers and set up near a dance floor. Once the party arrives, he will be able to control the event.
Tips to know:
- Try to watch a show or see the DJ in person before making a decision about hiring.
- Be sure that you are not dealing with a corporation that subcontracts the DJs. Always make sure that you meet the person who will actually be playing the music at your wedding.
- Know what kind of system through which they are going to be playing the music. Is this sound going to be loud enough for the room? If the DJ is willing, meet him at the reception hall so he can see the layout of the reception room.
- Always be sure to get everything written down on a contract. That way, you will not be surprised with any hidden prices in the end.
- Don’t buy into most articles written by “professional” DJs. Many claim that they deserve more than $3,000 for the night. Don’t let this number scare you! If the proper research is done, a quality DJ can easily be found for less than $1,500 for the night.
How can I save money?
- If you are paying less than $100 per hour, there is a rather good chance that you are going to be hiring an amateur that does it part-time. While there is nothing wrong with this, make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into before hiring a service.
- If you do not really care about the setup, consider asking a friend to help with the sound setup. You can rent DJ equipment for less than $200. While your friend may not be the greatest DJ, it could save you upwards of $1,000.
- Weekdays can be cheaper than a Saturday or Sunday. Ask the DJ about any discounts that they can offer. Remember, don’t forget to haggle because all prices aren’t set in stone.
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