Post # 1
We are thinking of hiring a DJ, but it’s going to be about a thousand dollars all told. I am just not sure whether it will be worth it.
Did you have a DJ or not? Did you regret your choice? Did people dance?
I really want a wedding that people dance at, but I was at a wedding recently where there was a DJ, but people started leaving right after dinner (could have partly been due to how hot it was.) If I paid $1000 for a DJ for 20 people, I’d be pretty irate!
On the other hand, if no one dances, I will also be pretty irate.
My family isn’t really dance-y, unless you count the two-step and the middle-school sway. Some of my friends are the same, but some will dance to a kid whistling down the street.
ETA: Sorry if this has been posted a million times before. I tried doing a search, but WB’s search keeps giving me this weird 503 error.
Post # 3
We had a DJ, spent $1000 and it was most definitely worth it. Everyone danced the whole night, it was great.
Post # 4
My DJ was excellent and my guests absolutely loved him. The dance floor was packed all night. He cost I think like $2500 and was worth every penny.
Post # 5
We had a DJ and he was AWESOME! There were about 30 people on the dance floor all night and we got lots of compliments on his music.
We had a bigger wedding and lots of people our age (20’s) so that helped.
I know about $1000 is “standard” for a DJ, but that was outside of our budget, so we went with a friend of a friend who has his own business “on the side.” He has insurance, recomendations, back up equipment, etc, but he has a “regular” 9-5 job during the week and does his DJ gig on the weekends so his prices are affordable.
We paid $600 for unlimited hours of music (plus uplighting).
Maybe look for someone who is just starting out? They will probably be more affordable. (and if you do your research and ask for recomendations, you can’t go wrong).
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
I spent $900 on a DJ and that was the best $900 I have ever spent! He took requests and definitely knew what music to play just be seeing how everyone reacted to it. Everyone danced the night away and had so much fun
Post # 7
@EffieTrinket: Didn’t have a DJ & regretted it.
The person I put in charge of the iPod got trashed & people kept trying to request songs, so she had to look them up on youtube. That resulted in a TON of dead air time, & half the shit that got requested was not good.
If I had it to do over I would just do the DJ, because they really do pump people up, they keep the music flowing, & they also do announcements for you (which I totally didn’t even think of, & caused me to either have to make the announcements myself, or have my maids of honor do).
Post # 8
We had a DJ. Paid $750 for four hours, which included lighting and MC’ing. I thought it was great!! EVERYONE danced, and we all had a blast. The pictures came out nicely, too.
Post # 9
We hired a DJ we found on Craigslist, so he was way cheaper than the normal rates at only $350 for 4 hours. For that price and what we wanted, he was totally worth the investment. We didn’t have a dancing reception and were originally just going to use an MP3 player or laptop. However, when we sat down and added up the costs of buying a ton of songs we wanted but didn’t own, renting speakers and/or figuring out how to use the venue’s system that was controlled in the basement, and all of the time involved, it ended up being more trouble than we were willing to take.
During our interview with him, it was clear that he had the experience to carry off the traditional dancing party reception, and even though we didn’t need that, it made me feel confident to hire him. Once we moved from interview to planning, he took control in a good way. It was such a relief to move such a big job from our list onto someone else. On the day of, he took care of music from the pre-ceremony waiting, ceremony, and reception as well as handle the MC duties.
In a nutshell – I would recommend a DJ if you can afford it if only for the peace of mind and day-of ease. It’s also possible to get a better rate if you are willing to look into folks who advertise on Craigslist.
Post # 10
Ours were $1000 and they were amazing. They handled some MC duties for us, did 2 site visits to make sure the equipment would be perfect and picked a great song for me to dance with my dad with.
Post # 11
I think you have to decide what the most important elements of the wedding are! For us, they were the entertainment, drinks and food, and photography. These were the things we were willing to spend more money on. Thankfully we got an awesome deal for the food and drink so we splurged more on the other two things. Everything else we spent the minimal amount possible on!
If you think your guests can go either way (dance all night or not at all) and the entertainment isn’t all that important to you, what about setting an iPod instead of a DJ? I saw a PP had a bad expierence with this, and I’m sure that happens, but I’ve also heard great tales of it working perfectly!
Side note – I’ve been getting that error for the last two days too! So annoying. I found if I google what I’m looking for + wedding bee, it works! 🙂
Post # 12
Ours was beyond worth it. He got everyone on the dance floor the whole night…worth every penny!!
Post # 13
Our DJ was worth every penny! He was able to gauge the mood of the crowd and quickly figured out what kind of music got them dancing.
Post # 14
We had a live band and the dance floor was going all night. Worth every penny!
Post # 15
@midwestgirl80: I’m a little worried about how the ipod will interface with what’s already in the building. (Which may be nothing.) That option isn’t out of the question, though.
Post # 16
We had a DJ and he did a great job. Just under $1k including tip. There were about 25 people (myself included) on the dance floor all night, and then others who were in and out. Of course I would have loved for 100% of our guests to be rocking the dance floor all night, but there were times when it was a solid 50-60%, so I’ll take it!