Post # 1
I’m just beginning the planning process, and am starting to look at DJs. This has been by far the most frustrating vendor to find (although I still need to find plenty more vendors..ugh).
Most DJs are, of course, suggesting I contact them for a quote. I do, and they totally ignore that I’m asking for a price quote. Instead I’m getting “why don’t you pick some songs and I can help plan your perfect wedding!” or “My band is really taking off, have you considered hiring a band?” The ones I am finding prices for, are more than I’m willing to pay (e.g 1500-2000k). I only need a DJ for 5 1/2 hours..I feel like their prices are excessive.
Are there any resources out there to help me find affordable DJs? Or maybe some website that allows me to find affordable vendors of all sorts? I’m finding this whole process to be totally overwhelming, time consuming, and not very productive. Or is this just the way it is? Cause it’s kind of lame…
Maybe I should have posted this in the “emotional” board hahaha
Post # 2
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!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Thanks for the advice everyone! I don’t know if this is typical of DJs, or just DJs in my area, but they are driving me nuts! They refuse to just tell me how much they cost. I had to talk on the phone with one for over 15 minutes–every time I brought up price he just skirted around it. Finally told me the price–way out of my budget. Way to waste both of our time.
I don’t understand why they just wont tell me their prices. It’s getting super frustrating. Granted, I have only booked venue, caterer, and photographer so far but none of them were like this. It seems like it should not be such a grand secret what they cost, they all seem to be hiding it for as long as they can. I find it super annoying.
I am in touch with the 2 DJs my venue recommended, and I haven’t had anyone I know get married in this area. So far everyone I have looked at is way more than I’m willing to pay. I get how important a DJ is, I just don’t know how comfortable I feel paying someone over 200/hr to play some music and make a few brief announcements on a microphone.
If this is not too personal to ask–how much did/are you paying for a DJ? If you feel comfortable sharing, if you could also share what state/province you live in that would help me gain some perspective too!
Thanks for all the advice so far!
Post # 6
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
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
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
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 # 10
craigslistgirl: I did think about that, but I’m not sure how the logistics of that would work. Who would make announcements about what was going on? Also I would need to buy the sound system. I have no idea how to set it up, also, if something went wrong I would have no idea how to fix it. Have you done this? How did it go?
Post # 11
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
- 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
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.
Post # 14
esaints2: If only you were several hours north of LA we could take on this endeavor together (I’m in the Sacramento area)! Seems like we both want the same exact thing! Best of luck, I haven’t given up hope yet but it is hard and I can’t help but wonder if a DJ in my price range even exists.
…Through all of this wedding planning I’m slowly coming to one conclusion: Leave my current job and find a new career in the wedding industry. I’d be rich.
Post # 15
craigslistgirl: We’ll need a microphone, our wedding isn’t large but it’s big enough to require one. Plus, it all being outside doesn’t help the cause. I just don’t know how I feel about that, the bride or groom taking a microphone saying, “OK we’re gonna do our first dance now!” Then hitting play and running out to the dance floor before the song starts. Plus, knowing the time would be important and I definitely wont have my phone on me. I wouldn’t feel comfortable (as in being polite) asking a guest to be in charge..hmm I don’t know though, I definitely need to put more thought into if it would be practical or not to nix the DJ. Definitely something to consider!