(Closed) Did we overpay for our DJ?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I actually don’t think that’s too bad.  Most places I’ve seen are a lot more than that.  We found a DJ here that doesn’t charge by the hour but some were charging like $200 an hour.  It probably also depends on your location though.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Not at all! Our is $850 for an hour ceremony and 4 hour reception. He’s awesome!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

That seems like a great price $80/hour – – I am not sure where you’re located but I know DJ rates here in Seattle are much higher, especially for 10 hours of service.  Air 5, I wish our music provider was offering us that rate Wink

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That sounds like a pretty good deal for my area. 800 is what a lot of djs start out around, and that’s without ceremony setup or LCD projectors or any extras.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That sounds like a really good deal to me. We haven’t hired a DJ yet but are only getting one for the dance so about 4 hours (we are getting a pianist to play during cocktail hour and dinner). The quotes we’ve been looking at are $600-$900 for just the 4 hours, so you’re getting a lot for what you’re paying.

I’m not sure about tiping, how much and if you should give one but am interested to see other answers.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t think you need to tip him and I also think that youo got a very fair price.  What you paid is right around average for my area.  We ended up paying $1800 for our DJ because we knew him personally, had seen him do multiple weddings and knew he was awesome, and prefered to go with the known over the unknown.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our DJ was only $650 and he’s not going to be playing music at the wedding for as long as yours will be. No worries 🙂 You got a good deal!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I just started looking at DJ’s and have found $150-$250 as the average per hour cost in Southern California. Your price puts your DJ at $80/hour so I say that you did a pretty good job scoring him. =)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That is a really great price and I would say that you definitely should tip

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a DJ for our ceremony and reception.  He arrived at 2pm for our 230 ceremony, and then again from 5-1230.  We paid $840 including tax.  He’s offered to waive the taxes if we paid cash, but Darling Husband forgot all the envelopes with payments in them at his hotel, so I had to rewrite all our vendor cheques at dinner. 

As for tipping, I would say it depends whether the DJ that attends your event is the owner/operator.  If it’s the owner of the company there’s no need to tip. 

Also, I’m curious if it was written into your contract that you provide him with the same meal the guests get and open bar.  Sometimes venues will have a cheaper vendor meal, especially if you’re doing a multiple course sit down meal that’s not practical for someone who’s working to eat.  That said, I definitely wouldn’t be paying for him to have open bar. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that’s a great price! We have our DJ from 4-10pm and the lowest quote I have is for $800 (and ranges up to $2,000) so I think that you are good!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is a great price.  We are paying $1100 and we thought that was an amazing deal.  Most of the other quotes were around 2k.

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