Post # 1
my DJ is a friend of mine. he’s not a professional DJ, but he’s had tons of gigs (including many weddings), and he’s extremely good at it.
the only trouble is, what to pay him? he’s a friend. he won’t tell us an amount, and it seems he wants us to pay him whatever we want to pay him.
we are wandering into some dangerous territory with friends here!
my question is: what is your DJ going to cost, and if you are free to say it, what region of the US are you from? I’m in the Pacific Northwest. I figured I could just pay him whatever is considered normal around here.
Post # 3
I’m in the midatlantic, and I got quotes ranging from 700-2000.
Right. 2000 dollars. I laughed for about 15 minutes over that (no offense to anyone who budgeted that, I’m sure the guy who gave me the quote was awesome and worth it).
I’m hoping to get by in the 600-700 range, but our prospective DJ will be mic’ing our ceremony space and doing ceremony music too… so… it might be a bit more than my goal. :
Post # 6
I’m from the Northeast and we’re paying $900 for reception (unlimited time) and uplighting if we’d like. Not cheap but cheaper from what I’ve heard. DJ’s SO is a friend of Fiance so that helps a little and he has great reviews. I didn’t look alot but the higher the reputation, the more the prices skyrocket it seemed. I met with one DJ, nice guy, but he charged $1600 for a select number of hours. I was like whhhhaaaattt…so needless to say I’m glad we picked ours. But you’re right location has some part to do with it for sure!
Post # 7
We paid $900 for our DJ but we’re in West Coast FL. Would have been $800 but he had to set up extra speakers at our ceremony location so it was extra.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
I think we are paying 825ish…we’re in the Dallas area. If it was a friend, I’d probably offer somewhere in the 500 range.
Post # 9
A friend of ours ran our iPod wedding for us and we gave him $200 + a gift. I know that sounds cheap, but he offered to do it for free and we didn’t ask him to do anything but hit “play,” introduce the wedding party, and tell people booze was free. haha.
I would ask him to give you a ballpark estimate as to what he normally makes, and then you can decide what you think is fair. Tell him that you’re not trying to make it awkward, but you literally have NO IDEA what to pay him. I’m sure he’ll cave and give you a general estimate.
Post # 10
1200 for our in Baltimore. I know we are over paying a little, but we decided we would rather over pay on a DJ since they can make or break a reception. Plus we have a very large space and he is going to bring enough equiptment to make sure the music will be heard in the space.
Post # 11
We paid $650 that was for the DJ for 6 hrs, a violinist for the ceremony (45min), and 12 colored uplights. Tampa FL
Post # 12
Mine is costing $1100 for 3 hours. I have to order him through the hotel my wedding is at, so I
m sure its inflated a bit.
Post # 13
$1100 in Southern California for both our DJ and Emcee for 6 hours. He has a projector and screen too. And some lighting.
Post # 14
just a little background for you too:
my planner suggested $500-$700 for a “novice”. (I guess professional DJs are expensive here!) I made the mistake of forwarding that email to him, and the word novice grated on him. I smoothed things over with a conversation one evening – I pointed out to him that she misunderstood his experience level, what she probably meant was that he was not a professional DJ that does it for a living.
anyway, I was thinking $800. That way, if he remembers that email from way back, it will be like me saying I think he is worth more than the highest paid “novice”.
also note that he has an easy setup – no lighting to run and the speakers are already wired into the venue. so all he has to do is bring his music collection and plug in his turn tables.
Post # 15
1500 for my dj in MA. that included ceremony and cocktail hour also.
Post # 16
$200 with a promise to hand out her business cards to my clients lol