How do you find an affordable DJ?

posted 2 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I use wedding wire to find vendors. The knot also lets you narrow it down by price. I would ask if your venue has a recommended vendor list as well, or talk to other brides who have gotten married in the area!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  littleanchor.
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I echo all of what Krises said, although I wouldn’t try to overly skimp on the DJ.  The DJ will be highly visible to your guests and will have a big impact on the style and tone of your event as well as the fun factor.  A bad DJ can really ruin things.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I used thumbtack to find alot of my vendor quotes, although I didn’t actually book anyone from it, I found alot of useful information from them.

Just go to thumbtack.com, type in what you’re searching for and it’ll ask you what you’re looking to pay – vendors will contact you over the next few days [through thumbtack] that are in your area/price range.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I was going to suggest checking with your venue’s recommendations or wedding wire. Maybe let them know what your budget is right off the bat – they’ll probably let you know pretty quick if they can or cannot work within that. 

We are paying $1000 for our DJ – including ceremony music, cocktail hour and reception (6:00-11:00). I live in North Dallas, TX

Post # 7
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Newbee

The DJ was one of the important things to us, as a good (or bad) DJ can make or break the party.  We splurged and are spending about $1500 on our DJ.  That includes five hours (ceremony and reception) and uplighting.  Our DJ also does live music and singing during the cocktail hour/dinner portion of the evening.  I’ve seen him in person and he interacts with the guests really well and gets everyone on the dance floor (which was important to us).  I’m located in Texas and this was on the higher end of things here for a DJ, which I was okay with as he does live entertainment as well.  

The skirting around the price question would drive me nuts! I know they are trying to sell you on them and get you to like them first before they give you a price, but if you straight out ask, they should tell you instead of running around in circles.  I would be very frustrated as well.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’m in the same camp as kaseylynn. We wanted a really good, professional dj who would be able to read the crowd and adapt where necessary. We’re in Chicago and paying $1400 for 5 hours (ceremony and reception). One of the things I loved about the dj company we picked is that they have a flat rate per hour, and its right on the website, along with a copy of their contract. Also, they have a page of all their djs/musicians, with links to their web sites/soundclouds to hear samples, etc.  It’s pretty awesome and we’re excited. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Have you thought about using pandora or rhapsody or something to play pre-selected songs on a sound system? It would be way cheaper, and you’d have total control over the music selection. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

scarlettbegonias87:  We’re going to have the songs on an old smartphone or tablet, which we’ll hook up to a stereo or something. FI has a stereo, but we might rent or borrow from someone. You can pause the music as you like and probably also set up a microphone. Our wedding will be small, though, so we’ll probably just speak loudly for announcements and such.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

scarlettbegonias87:  I’m going through the same thing! I’m searching in LA and I’ve been quoted 1200 – 2K for only 4 hours of DJing and a few uplights (we have a quartet for teh ceremony). I don’t want an MC to play “host” for the night. I just want someone to play music and make the necessary announcements. I’m determined to find one for 1K max! Good luck!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My FSIL is a wedding planner she got me a great price for my dj. It’s $500 for 4 hours. We can only have our venue for 4 hours otherwise it would cost more. 

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