(Closed) Is this quote high for DJ/MC?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
8473 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Damn!  That seems like a lot to me.  I have no clue as to who they are, but I see you are talking New York so that price is probably reasonable for the NY area. 

Post # 4
11343 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Jujubean:  May I ask why you would need 11 hours of DJ services?  Is there some type of elaborate set up/tear down required? 

Post # 6
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Jujubean:  Have you done some comparison shopping with other companies? I think the cost would probably depend on what kinds of services they are providing, packages they offer, and the area that you live in New York. And have they gotten good reviews on their services and have happy customers? I think 11k is a lot but then you are getting them for 11 hours and uplighting amongst other add-ons. I would do some research of equivalent companies and see that their prices are like if you aren’t sure. 

Post # 8
4496 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That sounds like a lot but if you break it down I think its probably about right. Our DJ is $900 for 6 hours (this is also discounted bc we arent getting married on a Saturday). We are having a professional lighting company do our uplighting – 27 uplights for $1300. Thats $2200 right there and your event is almost double the length of ours, plus you have the translator. For me the lighting is a big deal – I’ve seen before & after pics of our venue with lighting and it makes a world of difference! My friend who is a wedding designer has told me so many times not to skimp on lighting – cut something else out first, she says. Music is obviously important too and you need the translator for your circumstances. Have you gotten a separate quote from a lighting company to see if you can get that part of the service for less money? Then you can still go with the DJ & translator from 2Dogs…

Post # 9
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Very high!!!

Post # 10
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

holy CRAP that is a crap ton of money.  I got married in the DC area (not as expensive as NYC, but close) and our DJ was $600 for 6 hours.

Post # 11
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sounds good for 11 hours and uplighting! DJs where I’m from are around $1500 for just a 5 hour reception.

Post # 12
16216 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We paid $1200 for a high quality DJ-MC for four hours. That was with no uplighting or extra effects. You’re requiring their services for almost three times that amount of time, plus some add-ons. So…through that comparison alone, it doesn’t seem all that crazy.

Post # 13
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

that seems like a ton of money! (our DJ is only $400)

Post # 14
5007 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well 11 hours is a lot, so for that in NYC with the uplighting and translator, I don’t think it seems that high. BUT I would definitely try to negotiate it down a little anyway!

Post # 15
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Honestly, that sounds about right. You’re getting a whole lot for a very long time. Our DJ provided uplighting and some ceiling lights for $1500 for 5 hours– and that was in Florida.

Have you gotten quotes from any other DJs in the area? That comparison might help, too.

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