(Closed) how much does your DJ cost (in the US)?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in the midatlantic, and I got quotes ranging from 700-2000.

Right. 2000 dollars. I laughed for about 15 minutes over that (no offense to anyone who budgeted that, I’m sure the guy who gave me the quote was awesome and worth it).

I’m hoping to get by in the 600-700 range, but our prospective DJ will be mic’ing our ceremony space and doing ceremony music too… so… it might be a bit more than my goal. :

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

$650 in vegas

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We paid 1200 for ours

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m from the Northeast and we’re paying $900 for reception (unlimited time) and uplighting if we’d like. Not cheap but cheaper from what I’ve heard. DJ’s SO is a friend of Fiance so that helps a little and he has great reviews. I didn’t look alot but the higher the reputation, the more the prices skyrocket it seemed. I met with one DJ, nice guy, but he charged $1600 for a select number of hours. I was like whhhhaaaattt…so needless to say I’m glad we picked ours. But you’re right location has some part to do with it for sure!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We paid $900 for our DJ but we’re in West Coast FL. Would have been $800 but he had to set up extra speakers at our ceremony location so it was extra. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

I think we are paying 825ish…we’re in the Dallas area. If it was a friend, I’d probably offer somewhere in the 500 range.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A friend of ours ran our iPod wedding for us and we gave him $200 + a gift. I know that sounds cheap, but he offered to do it for free and we didn’t ask him to do anything but hit “play,” introduce the wedding party, and tell people booze was free. haha.

I would ask him to give you a ballpark estimate as to what he normally makes, and then you can decide what you think is fair. Tell him that you’re not trying to make it awkward, but you literally have NO IDEA what to pay him. I’m sure he’ll cave and give you a general estimate.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

1200 for our in Baltimore. I know we are over paying a little, but we decided we would rather over pay on a DJ since they can make or break a reception. Plus we have a very large space and he is going to bring enough equiptment to make sure the music will be heard in the space.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We paid $650 that was for the DJ for 6 hrs, a violinist for the ceremony (45min), and 12 colored uplights. Tampa FL

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine is costing $1100 for 3 hours.  I have to order him through the hotel my wedding is at, so Im sure its inflated a bit.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

$1100 in Southern California for both our DJ and Emcee for 6 hours. He has a projector and screen too. And some lighting.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

1500 for my dj in MA.  that included ceremony and cocktail hour also.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

$200 with a promise to hand out her business cards to my clients lol

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