(Closed) How much $ is reasonable for a DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Music
  • poll: How much is reasonable for a DJ (6 hrs, ceremony, lights, subs, 4-6 uplights)
    $300-$500 : (4 votes)
    9 %
    $600-800 : (11 votes)
    24 %
    $800-$1000 : (12 votes)
    26 %
    $1000-$1200 : (6 votes)
    13 %
    $1200-$1500 : (3 votes)
    7 %
    $1500+ : (10 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m in Seattle and got a good DJ for just over $900, without the ceremony, but it was for 5 hours, included some lighting, and he was the owner (and great at packing the dance floor!)

    Post # 4
    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It’s most likely regional, but here the typical price for a dj with a lightshow for the evening is $500

    Post # 5
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    With all that, where I got married, you’d be looking at about $1500, but since you are in the midwest, I assume the costs are lower than coastal Florida, so I voted $800-$1000.

    Post # 6
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    It’s regional. It’s also seasonal. prices tend to go up around the holdiays/NYE

    Post # 9
    1357 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We paid $750 flat rate for the night, which is the second lowest quote we got for our 6-hour reception. It would have been another $150 if we added ceremony music. I should note that our DJ also provided LED dancefloor lights, which I thought were essential to getting the dance party started. A lot of the more expensive quotes did not include lighting. Also, make sure your DJ is charismatic and knows what he’s doing; s/he will pretty much control the flow of your entire reception, and a good DJ can be the key to making your reception fun.

    We had uplighting that our reception venue rented and set up for us, and they charged  $35/light (we needed 6 for a small ballroom). Lighting seems to be the easiest way to control atmosphere and mood and I prioritized it over flowers or decorations. If your venue already has dramatic lighting, you may not need it, but if it doesn’t, uplighting really adds a lot to the space. An alternative is just to get tons of candles and have your venue set the overhead lights very dim.

    If you want ceremony music, special lighting, a projection screen, and all of that, I would expect to pay minimum $1000. Your estimate is about what I would expect. Your fiance is probably just getting wedding sticker shock from the thought of having to write such a check, as fiances will do, but I would just go over your budget again and point out that the quote is within the budget you agreed on.

    Post # 11
    986 posts
    Busy bee

    Here in the Midwest, we were looking at between $800 and $1,600 depending on who and what we wanted. I went with someone I’ve worked with previously and our total for both ceremony and reception is $1,200.

    Post # 12
    1598 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The thing is, everybody charges a different price for SOOO many reasons, so it’s hard to say.

    I was getting quotes for a minimum of $1000 for 5-6 hours, which I simply could not afford.

    Luckily, my friend recommended someone who is giving us 6+ hours of music PLUS uplighting for $600. He is fully insured, has all the high tech equipment, etc, etc. But the reason he can charge reasonable prices is because the DJ business is something he does on the side. Meaning he has a full time job (as does his wife), so he can keep his DJ prices low.

    In some cases, you do get what you pay for, and could end up with crap for a bargain. BUT if someone has references, invites you to hear them, is insured, the whole 9 yards, and they are still more affordable, I say go for it.

    This sounds like something you two might just have to compromise on. 

    Post # 14
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re paying $1750 for our DJ including cermony, cocktail hour, reception, and uplighting.  We’re probably going to do a photobooth too, which is an additional $1250 I think.

    Post # 16
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think your rate is definitely reasonable.  It’s a regional thing for sure, everything costs more in NJ/NY I’m convinced..

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