(Closed) How much are you paying for your DJ/live band?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have any advice about band pricing, but I am paying $695 for the dj and some lighting for 5.5 hours.  I’m in Ohio, by the way; pricing sometimes differs by location (ie: a DJ in NYC is going to be more expensive than a DJ in a small midwest town).  Hope This Helps.


Post # 4
14658 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My DJ is 1400.  I didnt look into bands, but a coworker is paying 5k for her 6 or 8 piece band, and she said that was a good price.

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

i paid $600 for my  DJ for 4 hours and he was freaking awesome – seriously i will recommend him to every bride in my city. i paid an extra $200 for uplights (not included in the 600)

IMO DJ’s are more fun than live bands, you get a mix of different music – usually good dancing music as opposed to the one type of music from a band, even if they do covers i doubt your gonna get a good beat going with a live band. Even though i think i would get up and dance no matter what a DJ is more exciting, guests can make requests, they usually have all the songs or can donwload right there from itunes. a band can be limited in the songs they know and play.

but like i said, this is my bias opinion.

Post # 6
1761 posts
Buzzing bee

We are getting a DJ and  uplighting for about $1500 for 6 hours in DC.

Post # 7
24 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am in PA.  We are paying $2600 for a band to play for 5 hours.  The DJ I had previously looked into was $800 for the same amount of time.  I wouldn’t necessarily assume it’s a good deal just because they are cheap.  What if they suck?  Have you heard them dj before?  Or know anyone who has used them?  I definitely wouldn’t just go by price.  Good luck!

Post # 8
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our DJ is $1250.  Definitely read reviews and try to go to an event that your DJ is DJing.  Same goes for the band.  Hearing them first is key.

Post # 9
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We booked a five piece band for $1500. I’m hoping it will work out! We really wanted a band but most were pretty far out of our price range. I agree that you can’t just go by price, we did a lot of research to make our decision, checked many references, etc. I’m still nervous about picking a cheaper band, but they are managed by a DJ company…we’re going to see them next week, and I figure if we’re disappointed maybe we can switch our deposit to a DJ!

Post # 10
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

3000 for our dj

Post # 11
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I personally prefer DJ’s over bands but thats just my opinion. 

We’re paying $975 for 5 hours. To be honest, I feel like we’re paying far too much for our DJ but it is what it is. 

Post # 12
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our DJ is about $2,000 for 5 hours including uplighting

Post # 13
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow…ok sit down everyone.  New Jersey here.  The land where everything is more expensive.  We’re paying $8,600 for our 10 piece band for our wedding.  This includes two pieces during cocktails and two pieces for ceremony, one being a harp.  


Post # 14
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We paid $1800 for our DJ who came up to IN from Atlanta for our wedding.  He is a friend of Darling Husband and I who runs his own DJ business and we’d seen him DJ more times than we could count and knew he was great!

Post # 15
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are paying 895 for 5 hours. I dont live in a big city tho.. so That could affect the price.

Post # 16
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m about an hour from Los Angeles and our DJs (It’s 2 guys working together) will be $1100 for 5.5 hrs plus 2 hours of giving our mariachi band 15 min breaks. The mariachi will play for a total of 3 hrs for $1275, which I would categorize with a live band, just different style music.

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