Post # 1
I’ve been researching DJ services in our area (Central/Northern NJ) and found that most quote the two man team. When I asked if we could have a quote for just the DJ, they said they never send one person out on a job.
The price difference between one man and two man is (on the low end) $1100 for one and $1300 for two. A difference of $200 sounds like a no-brainer, right?
Then how is it that I’ve been two 2 successful weddings this year (out of state), and neither used the two man team. Am I being made a sucker?
Post # 3
Weird! I’ve personally never seen this done either. At my wedding and every wedding I’ve been to, the DJ/MC was the same person, at that always worked very well. I wonder if anyone else in your region has experienced this?
Post # 4
Well you’re in pretty much what I call the “wedding capital of the US.” (Okay well…at least the wedding capital of the East Coast lol.) Have you seen any bridal TV shows? So many of them focus on the NJ/NY area. I was planning my wedding for Central Jersey at one point, so I understand the situation.
Yea, I would continue to phone around and see if you can find a “one-man” deal. There’s really no reason why you need two people. And if it’s a huge issue, get a friend to MC. There’s only so much that needs to be said anyway. And post for recommendations in the Central Jersey Weddingbee board (and TheKnot.com boards). Good luck!
Post # 5
I’m also in the North Jersey area.. and FH and I are concerned about whether or not a DJ can really do 2 things at once (emceeing)..! We really want our party to stand out and have everyone on the dance floor, and FH is convinced that a separate emcee is needed to get things lively.
We’ve talked with an awesome DJ already who says he does a 1-man gig, but he didn’t seem all that upbeat in personality… And this solo DJ/emcee quoted us $1700 for JUST the reception..! I think most likely we’re gonna go for a duo who has a good reputation.. possibly Elite Sound Entertainment. They charge about the same.
Post # 6
I’ve only been to 1 wedding that had a one-man team in NY. The other ones had at least 2 people if not more. One wedding had an 8-piece band.
Post # 7
I think a good DJ will do it all:)
Post # 8
Thanks for all your input. I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed. Anyone else get that way?
The emcee idea is a total turn off because I worked on cruise ships for 6 years alongside some of the cheesiest cruise directors. It was my job to get passengers on thr floor to do the YMCA. Now I cringe when I see it.
So the DJ company tells me that the emcee can have as much or as little involvement with the guests as I want. Well, then what am I paying the second guy for?
@romantical – Elite has special pricing for off peak days. We’re on a Sunday, and they quoted us 1450 for two person. 1150 for one. Just an fyi.
Post # 9
@liznj2775: I wish we had an off-peak day. Ours is Saturday night.. and our emcee quoted us $1850. That seems to be a common number for Sat nites.. at least for the high-rates DJs I researched!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@liznj2775: It sounds to me like you don’t want a separate emcee then. I’ve been to 5 weddings this year and all of them had just one DJ. If you’re worried about having an overly-talkative emcee with “radio voice,” then hire a one-man gig. Save the $200!
Post # 11
We’re entertaining other options right now. Reaching out for friend recommendations and doing our own research. We’re thinking about one DJ and a live percussionist. The $ we save on the MC could be used towards a live element, and I like the sound of that so much better.
Post # 12
Our DJ acted as the Emcee and it worked out fine. Now, he didn’t just arrive by his lonesome self. He had one person help out with the setup (the A/V equipment + lights) and another person stayed with him through the night, although she mostly acted as an assistant and not a co-DJ/Emcee. It worked out well as she was able to run and get things he needed and cover while he got a quick bite. Plus, she was able to work with my coordinator while he concentrated on the music.
Post # 13
i never ever been to a wedding with two, only with one dj. i think a good dj should be able to do it all. either way, that price seems really steep. our dj is awesome, he has 15 years experience and only charges $800 for the entire night (he is friends with my dad so he’s doing our saturday night wedding for $300!)
Post # 14
@liznj2775: I just pmed you the name of our DJ since you said you were looking for more affordable options. I haven’t met him (I live out of state) but he was really helpful over the phone and knows his stuff. We heard about him from a friend who plans weddings on the side and has used him a couple times before.
Post # 15
We used an iPod playlist and had our friends MC for a $100 speaker/mic rental fee. And it went off without a hitch. More money/people doesn’t always mean more successful.