Post # 1
I am in the process of trying to find a DJ and this is the toughest part of my wedding planning experience so far. I don’t live in the area so I don’t have any inside info on who is good and I am not able to meet them in person. I am just doing all my searching online.
The ones I have looked at range in price from $400.00 to $1300.00. However the $400.00 ones offer the same services as the $1300.00 ones. What can the expensive ones be doing that is so much better than the cheaper ones? I think the entertainment is important so I do want to get someone that is good but is it worth paying the top end price for?
Thanks for any input or advice you can give me!
Post # 3
I would recommend posting this on the local board for your wedding location as well. Girls who have been married (or are getting married in the area) may have some good advice for you. Maybe the higher priced DJs are better established in the industry or more popular? Or maybe they are more professional in their performance? These might be some reasons why DJ’s would offer the same services at different price ranges.
Personally, I am getting married in Lake Tahoe, CA, and I am paying $600 for a DJ who’ll work both the ceremony and reception. She is also a "Mistress of Ceremonies" of sorts. I got a really good deal because I am a local (usually she charges more for tourists).
Post # 4
I agree with Mrs Spring to ask this same question of your local board (click here to find yours) … prices like this totally range based on where you are.
But with that said — Pricing is something you have to figure out based on your budget and your preferences. For us the two more important things about the day were photography and DJ, therefore we were willing to go a little higher priced on those two things … but I’m not a huge flower person, so we don’t plan to spend a great deal of money on the florist. It’s kind of a give and take. Once you establish what your budge is you can take money from one area that you aren’t as invested in and move it to something else – possibly the DJ – that you really want an awesome vendor.
Post # 5
Mine was awsome (and had done 2 other family weddings before mine) at we paid $1400 for a 4 hour reception.
Post # 6
The more expensive DJs are going to be licensed, full time, have more overhead & expenses covered by their fees, for example all of the expensive advertising, etc. Not to mention they are also attending seminars and involved in professional DJ associations, another plus is they are tied in with a network of other pro DJs that can fill in should an emergency arise. Also take into consideration if you have to meet with them, etc. Their fees cover all of this. The lower priced entertainers are not as involved in the industry and may be lacking experience.
Post # 7
Thanks for all the good advice. Sounds like it is probably worth it to go with someone on the higher end of the price scale. Hopefully I will get some good DJ recomendations on my local board (Western NC). Thanks again for the help!