How much should we invest in a DJ?

posted 2 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I live in Canada, so maybe not exactly the same pricing, but my venue has a preferred DJ. You must use the DJ they provide and they have different package options. The basic package starts at just under $2000 (CAD). Hope this helps!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I hired a popular dj in my area and it cost me 1500. I’m from the Bay Area/Silicon Valley 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018- Stan Hywet Gardens

I am getting married in Akron, Ohio. Our DJ is $3200 including lights. Our reception is 5-11pm

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’m in PA and our DJ is $1100 for 4 hours with nothing else included. That price was discounted I believe 25% because we booked at bridal show. Most DJ’s in our area seem to be around $1,000-$1,500 for their base packages.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I live in Canada and our venue recommended a DJ and we paid $3000 he did an amazing job

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m in OR and the DJ I booked, who was recommended by my venue, is $1000 for the most inclusive package.  This seems to be the going rate in my area, and I was a little surprised because I expected to pay more.  In my opinion, the DJ is an part of the wedding that I wouldn’t want to try to cut costs on, as they seem to have a big influence on the flow of the reception and I want someone who knows what they’re doing.

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Helper bee

Our DJ is $1850 for the whole day

Post # 9
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Newbee

some tips when deciding on a DJ:

1. Meet the DJ or have a phone call with that DJ (NOT the company owner) – find out how many times a month they DJ , how long they have been djing for, do they just do it on the side, do they have experience djing other kinds of events. This will let you know if they are worth it. 

2. Don’t be afraid to bargain with them. If they give you a price, email them back and tell them  you will book today if they give you a discount. You have NOTHING to lose by asking for a discount. 

3. Don’t assume a higher price means a better DJ. Some dj companies charge the same rate for their experienced DJs as they do for their amateur djs who are just starting. 

4. LISTEN to an mp3 sample mix BY THE DJ your interested in. This is a huge thing that people fail to do. If they don’t have one posted on their website that is a red flag. This is how you can tell if they are a real DJ who can mix music or just an ipod playlist.

5. Bundle up and save. Most companies will offer discounts if you add lighting or photo booth and charge ALOT less than if you hired another company for photo booth or lighting.

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