Post # 1
I spoke to a DJ who will do the following for $900. My only concern is that we don’t have total control over the music. We can provide a short list of songs we want to hear. I know the DJ wants to have control because he knows better than I do what will get people dancing, but I don’t want to hear cheesy stuff.
-Ceremony (music and microphone)
-Separate sound system for cocktail hour/reception so there’s no lag in breaking down one set of equipment for the ceremony and setting it up for the cocktail hour
-60 “must play” songs, unlimited “please play” songs, plus a list of “do not play” songs
-Lighting (not uplighting)
Post # 3
How many hours is it for?
Also, I really wanted a DJ who would take requests. I know that they know best what will be people dancing, but at the same time if someone makes a request they are likely to go out and dance to that request.
I’m paying my DJ $900 for 6 hours of music and uplighting. He said we can make requests, have a must play list, and have a no play list.
Post # 4
that sounds reasonble, and it does look like you mention a “no play” list. My DJ has me give a list of 10 MUST play and 10 DO NOT play songs.
Post # 5
@MrsBeck: 6 hours, plus and hour for set-up.
Post # 6
@newcitylights: In my region that’s a pretty good price. Can you just put the songs that you find the cheesiest on the “no play” list and then let him pick from there?
Post # 7
In my area thats a very good price. We have a DJ and an MC for 5 hours and only get to choose 25 songs to fit into a must play/please play/do not play list. I would prefer to have more choices, but we’ve used him before and he did a great job so I have to trust him. Our package is $1,300.
Post # 8
That sounds more than pretty darn good from where I come from! I wish mine had cost that!!
Post # 9
We are paying $1195 for 5 hours (plus $100 for ceremony and $100 for cocktail hour music for a total of 7 hours) for our DJ. He gives us complete control though ~ we could literally choose every single song to be played if we wanted to. We can also give him a list of artists that we like and he will choose songs that are in the same genre that he knows we will like.
Post # 10
@newcitylights: Sounds reasonable. We’re right around $800 in Philly, but only 5 hours + 1 hr set up.
Post # 11
That’s a good price! We’ve got our DJ for $650 + $75 for any additional hours. He won’t be covering the ceremony though, which I’m sort of freaking out about!
Post # 12
That sounds really reasonable, but if they seem at all like they won’t accommodate your choices or preferences, it’s not worth the cheaper price!
Post # 13
That sounds good to me. My DJ is 1450 (for five hours)! I guess it’s because he’s well-known in the area, but still, that’s a hefty price to pay. But he’s also acting as a coordinator too, along with the day-of coordinator, so that relieves some of the stress I have.
Post # 14
Dude, I’m SHOCKED at these prices! Ours is $200, for the whole event, and takes complete requests and whatever we ask, and will be the MC (announce certain dances, cake cutting, couple coming in, etc)