(Closed) How much is a DJ actually?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours was $1400 for 5 hours. No uplighting, no nothing. The cheapest I could find them around here (NJ) was 900. I was amazed at how expensive they are, and would plan to spend at least $600. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsTVLover:  Ours is $525 for 4 hours. Im assuming they are much cheaper in our area though.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Im in St louis, and we got a deal thru are reception site, $550 for 4 hours.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m in CA ans for 5 hours got it for $995 without uplighting. Uplighting is another $100 which I may still do lol

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine was $1100 for 4 hours.  He was also a great emcee though and kept the whole reception moving along.  I thought it was worth it.  He had some lighting included.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ours is $700 for 6 hours with no uplighting. We added unlimited uplighting for another $200.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Yeah it definitely all depends on what area you live in. Even if you don’t have a date yet or venue I would still call around and see what the prices may be. They should be able to give you a general idea. I’m in NJ and I’m paying $1800 for 5 hours. Most DJs are willing to work with whatever budget you do have. I did my budget on wedding wire and the amount that the budget tool left me with for DJ that’s what I told them my budget was and they were willing to work with me.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

We’re paying £150 for four hours. Includes speakers and lighting. Funny… I thought that was the norm….

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Mine is $795 plus an additional $1200 for uplighting. We’re getting full room uplighting for a 9000sq ft ballroom, pinpoint uplighting, and dance floor lighting. Our DJ plays music for 5 hours, but we have him for 8 hours. 3 hours for setting up and tearing down and 5 hours for playing.

Total is $1995.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Ours is like $1250, for the ceremony through the end of the reception.  Includes lighting and awesomeness.  And I feel like we got a really good deal!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Ours is $1300 for 5.5 hours, and $100 for uplighting.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are paying 1800, but we are getting a deal as he usually charges 2200-2500.  He will arrive real early to set up and wants to talk with the wedding coordinator and caterer to help make the evening flow with ease. He seems to be really experienced and was highly recommended.  I think in MA they are usually pretty expensive 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Portland, Oregon

$1250 

  • 5 hours “on” (reception & ceremony)
  • M.C. duties at reception
  • appropriate mic for toasts, solos, etc…
  • 2 systems (reception & ceremony)
  • An extra half hour
  • A $200 tip
  • Uplighting for our cake tent
  • Disco Ball/Lights

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow I wish we had prices like the ones listed above!

 

We live in New York and a basic DJ & MC starts at $1500 for 4 hours.  We added two trusses with mac lights and up lighting throughout the ballroom … total came to $2250.  The other DJ company we were interested in was offering the exact same set up but would not come lower than 3k.  We decided to go with the more budget friendly company.  

 

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