Post # 1
My wedding is May 16th, 2014 (my birthday!! weeee!) and so I am started to do some serious planning. We do not have a lot of money and this is not going to be a high budget wedding by any means. We will have about 75 people attending, only family and a few friends. Our location is in the teeny tiny town we are moving to in the next few months and it happens to be right in the middle of our two families (about an hour’s commute each way). Because of this commute AND the rules of our reception hall, there will be no alcohol (also a little to do with budget). Because it will be dry, FI and I made the decision that most of our budget should be allocated to the things guests will remember most: good food and a solid, entertaining DJ.
We have the food down for the most part. I have just began investigating DJs in our area. None give prices online so I have filled out inquires and am looking to get calls back. Our first one just called this evening – approx 6 hours after inquiring. He sounded very nice. He’s been doing this 20 years blah blah blah. If we choose him, he wants to meet with us and sit down to discuss the playlist and layout of events – very professional sounding. He said he can include lighting for the night, as well. He has a website with testimonials and video clips of other weddings he has done so we can see him work – he seems good from what I can see.
Okay now for the price: He will be there 12 hours total for setup and cleanup and his price is based on a four hour reception. Usually he is $1,000 but said because my wedding is on a Friday, he would do it for $900 with a $300 STD fee that would be deducted from the overall price. My question is: is this a good deal or can I find better? It sounds pricey, but I don’t want to nix it and figure out later on that I can’t do better. Keep in mind the small size of my wedding AND that he lives an hour away from the location and didn’t charge for distance or anything like that. Thoughts? Sorry if this whole explanation was stupid and lengthy. I really have never done this or had anyone to ask or compare, too.
Post # 3
@PonytailKim: That is a GREAT PRICE with lighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 4
Thanks for the reply! I feel like it must be the area I live in or something because people I know are saying that is very high and others saying it’s about average. I don’t know. We will obviously keep looking, but I thought this would be the place to go for a wide opinion on the price. 🙂
Post # 5
Sounds good to me, especially if that price does include lighting. If not, it still sounds like a good price if you like & trust him. You can go in for the meeting to see how you feel either way.
Post # 6
I guess it depends on where you live. We’re in the south in a decent sized city and our DJ is $300. A friend of mine was married in a larger city and hers was $600.
Post # 7
WOW- all I have to say is my fiancee is a DJ and four 4 years in a row we have Djd the first national bank christmas party. We usually set up about 3 come back at 6 and stay until 1 AM. This is a party for 250+ people. Usually they dont even bother to feed us. All this fun and excitement earns us 350.00……………….
Did I mention we also have to drive over an hour round trip and book a hotel to do this..
Boy are we getting UNDERPAID- I keep trying to explain this to my fiancee but he LOVES being a DJ and he does it dirt cheap with lights. LOL He has been doing this for over 20 years as well
We are doing another wedding in March for 150 for the night because it for a coworkers niece.
The bank was MAD when they realized this past December that we are getting married this year on the day of their party and they have to find another DJ.
A final note- my fiancees best friend who was supposed to be our DJ died unexpectedly this month and now we have to find a DJ because I REFUSE to let him (my guy)DJ our wedding
Post # 8
@rukaspooka: Wow, I wish you were in the area! haha
Post # 9
To give you a reference point, my DJ and lighting is running me $2,545. I think you’re getting an AWESOME deal if this guy is good with music and professional lighting.
Post # 10
Sounds like a good deal to me. Good DJs here run around $900-1200 without any extras. They also generally charge for travel time.
Post # 11
We got married in Philly and our Dj, who was beyond awesome, with a ton of uplighting and dance lighting, who provided music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception (3 seperate sound system set-ups)was $1300. So if the $900 includes the uplighting and dancefloor lighting, that’s a pretty good deal. Otherwise, not so much.
Post # 12
@PonytailKim: For where we are that is low! I got a GREAT deal on my DJ because we are booking him through the venue and are being charged 1500 and can add lighting for an additional 100-300.