Post # 1
Ok, I am needing a DJ for 6 hours and I want all of the proper equipment (so backup computer, subs, some lighting for the dance floor, and possible a projection screen), someone who will be great also doing announcing and will be able to read the crowd and keep the floor packed for the dance portion. I want a party!
I will also be needing ceremony music (same location, but different room).
And I am somewhat interested in uplighting. Do all venues need this? I know it does make a difference in a lot of rooms. My venue is a distillery. So one wall could be done with uplighting but the other side is a glass wall (where you can see the equipment) so obviously I don’t think lighting should be placed there.
I’ve been looking at some packages with DJs (great reviews) and for all of these inclusions I am looking at around $1200 price wise.
My Fiance things this is OUTRAGEOUS. Him, his friend/business partner, and his other friend that knows how to do some DJing all said this was too much. Fiance and his business partner (who does catering) says they could get people to DJ for $300 as he used to find people to do this in another city (Dallas) for that price.
We got into an argument about this because I think that is incredibly low for what I am looking for and I honestly believe that most of the time, you get what you pay for. I would feel great price wise at $700 or so, but I am not sure sure I can get a true professional and great DJ at that price (or lower!) with these services. If these people are out there….I am certainly not seeing them (I’ve emailed about 7-8 DJS).
Anyone else have any opinions on this? I told him he can go try to find one but they have to provide everything on my list.
Post # 3
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
It’s most likely regional, but here the typical price for a dj with a lightshow for the evening is $500
Post # 5
- 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
It’s regional. It’s also seasonal. prices tend to go up around the holdiays/NYE
Post # 7
I’ve found some good DJs and dance floor lighting for around $700-900 for those hours and ceremony. But then by the time I add in some extras (like subs) or some uplights I just end up right back at around $1100-1200
This whole conversation started because the DJ I met with last night is $1150 for all of these services (but this does include tax). I guess if he can work out some trades between a DJ I’d be all for it, but I will have to wait until I see it.
Post # 8
I just think $300 is crazy low for a DJ with services I am asking!
Post # 9
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 # 10
@anemonie: I sort of figured it was sticker shock too! Well it is the amount I budgeted for, but he thinks we can save money here. He just tells me him, his chef, and their catering manager laughed at that price!
The manager is supposed to bring him some cards for this DJ and also a florist who “did a whole wedding, made trees, whatever they wanted” for $1000. So I guess once I find out who these people are I can actually look at their work and reviews, but it’s hard to just talk about these people without a name. It’s so abstract we just go around in circles arguing about it lol.
I guess if he can work out some deal that would be great, but at the end I still want these services!
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
@Stace126: Yeah…if they met my requirements and had great reviews and were cheaper I would definitely go with them!
I just haven’t been able to find any on my own!
So far all he has said was that was a ridiculous price but he has yet to bring me a NAME and $ amount (granted this was last night, so I told him I wanted a name by the end of next week). It’s one thing to tell me that $ amount is ridiculous, but just saying you can find someone for $500 doesn’t mean anything until you bring that person to me.
My problem is he tends to drag his feet on things. So if he were to do that…I’m stuck waiting and other vendors I’ve met with could not be open any more a month from now.
$600 is great…I’d love to find someone to do DJ and a few lights for that price! I’ve emailed 14 (14!) now and the best I’ve found is $675 for DJing for the time slot. I haven’t yet found out if they have uplighting available or a projector and for what price. Might be my best option so far.
Post # 14
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 # 15
@jrzvol: Yeah…some of the people I’ve been in contact with would have been upwards of $1300-$1500 as well, but since I have found one for cheaper ($1150) I hadn’t been considering them.
I want a photobooth too! I have coupon for 4 hours for $695 which i believe includes the scrapbook and unlimited pictures. It is good through the end of the month, otherwise I think their rates are $895 for that package.
I’ve seen some DJs include it but they were above the $695. He is also convinced he can find this for cheaper as well.
I told him I created this poll, so I will be showing him this weekend!
Post # 16
I think your rate is definitely reasonable. It’s a regional thing for sure, everything costs more in NJ/NY I’m convinced..