(Closed) How much does a good DJ cost?

posted 11 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The one we booked is $850, but the other one we interviewed was $950.  These were both very popular DJs in our area, so this seems to be about the going rate.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Mine was amazing.. he was so good I couldn’t have found someone better and he was like 800 inculding cocktail hour.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

holy maccaronnniii you gals got some great prices compared to the guy i just saw yesterday.. my DJ wanted 1,600 for 4 hours and 300 more for the ceremony.. Lawrrdyy lawwwrdddy .. me and my Fiance sat there for an hour and he was great personable and all had a sample to show us.. but then he pulled out the book with the prices.. BOoooooooooooooooooooo my budget is at most 700 and that is alot we were thinking the Ipod deal but then i was wondering how and what will i walk out to ? ehh good luck gals

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got mine for 600 BUT I was recommended to him by his sister AND I knew him.  But I think his going rate is between 700-1000.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I kind of feel we got ripped off with our DJ. We tried calling one DJ and he never returned our call so my DH’s brother suggested one of his friend’s (who is well-known in our area). We were happy to here he was available so we booked him without question; he was $850. Considering this is the same price that DJs are costing in the NY and LA areas I feel that is a bit steep for eastern WI, but oh well, said and done. He was an average DJ, but $850 for his services when he said he was “throwing in the dinner hour music” seems to be pushing it now that I know what the going rate is elsewhere.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s regional, but usually safe to say $700-1200ish.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are in Upstate NY and paying $650/five hour reception. He does know my sister but it is not a special rate.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

The first one I called wanted $1400!  I thought he was nuts!  There is no way that I would spend that much money for a DJ!  The other 2 places I contacted told me 700 and 800.  I emailed the $700 one and told him I didnt want to spend that much and he’s bargining with me.  So far, its at $600!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

Ours is $600 + a meal for 4 hours. We booked after a bridal show so we got $200 off their usual rate.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours is $2,200.  He also is providing music during the cocktail hour, which is in a different location than the reception. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We only paid $500 for ours for 4 hours and I feel like I got more than my money’s worth. I would just find out how much you can afford and do lots of reviews. We had the same guy that another friend of ours used at his wedding so I knew he would be good. When I was looking initially I got quotes from the low $400’s all the way past $2000 all for the same amount of time, same day.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out your local craigslist!!! The DJs at the wedding expo we went to all wanted $1000+ for 4-5 hours of play, but when I checked out craigslist, I found a DJ for as low as $300 for 5 hours! I actually think we’re going the “ipod with someone watching it for us” route to save money (a friend of a friend is a DJ and has offered to watch the ipod and make announcements for $50, so that’s probably what we’re going to do), but also because our reception venue has a built in sound system which kicks butt and my Future In-Laws are DJs in their own right, so they have all the equipment.

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