(Closed) DJ Price – Is this a rip-off??

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I definitely think that’s high. We had initial quote that was around that price as well, but we didn’t like the attitude/vibe of the company, plus the price seemed crazy. We found another DJ who was $1200 (plus I paid another $400 for 8 uplights), and she was AMAZING. I think too, our set up was a bit complicated because we had to move halfway through the night, so essentially she had to bring two set ups for us. She only provided the music for our reception (not the ceremony or cocktail hour), but she did an awesome job. I’m totally dying to have another big party so we can hire her again! 😉

Shop around a bit more and see what you find. Remember it’s important to find a DJ who really gels with your personalities, that was key for us. We wanted someone who was really low key, and the first company was all about “what shots games you can do” which is just not us. The DJ we picked I really hit it off with primarily because she became a DJ because she couldn’t find someone low key for her own wedding! It was the perfect match for us!

Post # 4
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I didn’t get any DJ quotes with the uplighting and dance club lighting, but even still, that price seems pretty high considering what a DJ alone costs.

Post # 5
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

the highest price i was quoted was 1195 and that included 2 dj’s (one for music and one for emcee)  for 4 hours and uplighting.

I think that price is MORE than a bit high.

Post # 6
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I paid $1800 for our DJ and he was worth every penny.  He was actually a friend (fraternity brother of DH) who owns his own DJ company and he drove all of his equipment from Atlanta to Indiana for our wedding.  We knew beforehand that he was great because he’d already done the weddings of two friends (plus a ton of parties in college).

$2400 definitely seems high to me though as the $1800 we paid was on the upper end of other DJs we saw.  I don’t think I’d have been willing to spend that (the $1800) if I hadn’t seen him work many times before to where I was 100% confident that’s he’d do an awesome job.

Post # 7
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For perspective, I’m in MD and am getting this custom package for $1000:

– speakers and microphones for the ceremony officiant and guitar players

– music for my cocktail hour

– 4 hours of music for dinner and reception

– 20 uplight canisters

– ceiling display of moving stars

– a custom light board to camouflage the DJ booth


I think yours is too expensive.


Post # 8
3068 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sounds about right. Ours is $2000 and includes lighting as well and he will play piano during the ceremony. His deposit was $800

Post # 9
2742 posts
Sugar bee

I live in NYC. That’s HIGH!! Enough said. I do agree with pp, shop more.

Post # 10
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours was $4,000 in Los Angeles.  He was amazing though.  He was amazing during the planning, always checking in to see how things were going and if there was anything he could help with, always driving to us rather than us to him and he was wonderful the day of. 

Post # 11
37 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catalina Country Club, Catalina Island, California

That seems high. But it depends on the lighting. Can u minimize that? I know it adds up. I paid $1300 for a DJ in and that included 6 hrs with no lights. This is for a Los Angeles company #1 recommended by venue. I could have gotten it a lot cheaper but their perk was about transportation since I was getting married on an island. So it ended up being close to $1500. The average of all the companies I contacted was $1000ish.

Post # 12
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Honestly, for northeast PA I think it’s high. I’m getting married in a tiny little town in MD and we’re paying $700 for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception music from our DJ. There is no lighting or anything else though, just music. I thought that was a deal.

I would think you should be able to find something under $2000 even with all the lighting. But that’s just me and I’m no expert.

Post # 13
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re paying 1100 for our DJ in RI, $2400 to me seems high. 

Post # 14
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am paying $500.00 for a DJ in WI, including dinner music and reception music until Midnight with light show. He comes highly recommended, plus I checked out reveiws on line and they are exceptional. I know I am getting a good deal, but wow I didn’t know I was getting this good of a deal.

Post # 15
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s a decent price.  Depending on how many uplighting you get.  I got married in New HAmpshire and 10 to 12 uplighting cost about $1000 and our DJ was 1,050 for both our ceremony and reception.  You quoted that you also have other lights as well so it’s reasonable as long as you think the DJ is good.

Post # 16
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It sounds pretty high to me. Our DJ charges $1500 for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception and he’s awesome! We ended up getting him for $800 because he did my SIL’s wedding and gave us a “family discount”. I can’t see $2400 for the DJ not even to do th ceremony or cocktail hour.

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