Post # 1
So a little background– the DJ we’re hiring did my close friend’s wedding and he was AMAZING. He had SO much energy and was even on the floor doing gangnam style dancing with this one little kid with their FINGERS on the floor as legs. He also did a lot of coordination for them the day of (he was also their photographer– he has a team of people). We didn’t book him for photography because I have a mind blowing photographer and I don’t really think you should use people for more than one purpose at a wedding or you’re giong to miss out– whether they have a team or not. When we spoke with him last night, he really showed me how organized he is about the process, how enthusiastic he is, and how focused he is. He knows his shit and he’s not afraid to have you revisit your plans. For example, I said I thought 3PM was a good ceremony time (based literally on just weddings I’ve been to and not knowing what to do). He immediately looked up the sunset time for my wedding day and told me it was 8:20PM. He told me that almost NOBODY dances when the sun is still up and high. Um…hi…you’re 100% correct and I never would have thought of that! He worked backwards with me to calculate roughly how much time things take and tehn we came up with a start time. He had to diffuse a situation at that friend’s wedding and was just so amazing at conflict resolution and quick thinking. In short– he’s amazing. He also has done several weddings with our officiant and this allows her to use his system and a lapel mic for her. As it is an outdoor ceremony, the second PA system is necessary. I just like that they’ve worked together and have a good professional relationship and can coordinate.
He quoted us:
$1,350 for DJ (breaks down to $150 an hour)
$175 for travel
$250 for second PA system (if we need more systems after this, they’re all fre)
total: $1,872.63 with tax included to have him on site from 3PM (with an hour set up) until 12AM (10:30PM-11PM end time with an hour of break down/clean up)
Does this sound reasonable?
As I said, he’s also functioning as a day of coordinator and will be dealing with all of that stuff. He said if I wanted him for the entire day we could work something out and he would be comfortable with around $400 but if that didn’t work we could work something out. Basically, we’re giving him a ton of money so it’s kind of like he knows he’s making profit with us so there’s not really a need to milk us (his words haha). Do you think it’s worth it to pay another $400? We have multiple vendors because we have to rent everything (tables, chairs, linens, etc) as it is an empty barn that is a blank canvas. I have to ask him exactly what his duties would be if we had him for the whole day but it might be worth it…
Post # 3
Yes that is very reasonable…I’m spending $1700 for 5 hours and up lighting and I got the deal because my sister knew the DJ
Post # 4
@CharleighT: What area are you from?
Post # 5
@CharleighT: I got married in Colorado and my DJ cost $2,200 for 5 hours and for lighting. We gave him $250 for tip cause he was absolutely amazing!
Post # 6
= Our venue had a sound system that we rented for $120, including a wireless mic. One of the groomsmen was MC and we used iTunes. It was awesome! Everyone danced and sang along all night!
I feel like that’s a lot, in our area they’re ~$900. But it depends on where you are, I guess.
Post # 7
I hired a very reputable DJ with rave reviews. We have him for the ceremony which starts and 4pm and the entire night. We are having a barn wedding, no special effects no up lighting. I will be using chandeliers. We are paying a little under $900 in the Twin Cities area.
Post # 8
@CharleighT: Our DJ is associated with the venue. He is 700. It was a no brainer for us because that price is unbeatable and their sound system is built in to the venue.
Post # 9
Meeting with one tomorrow that is $600 for 4 hours. Met with someone else that was $1400 for 4 hours. Called a third that was $2500 for 4 hours. There seems to be a wide range out there.
One guy that we met with was very much an MC, but I don’t think we needed quite that much interaction. We have an older crowd. Also he tried to talk me out of a string quartet for the ceremony, which just made me mad.
The guy tomorrow is recommended by my planner, so he should be good.
Post # 10
we’re spending I think about $800 for 5 hours, in NE Ohio for reference.
Post # 11
We’re spending $600 for our DJ which includes 5 hours of service and uplighting. This also includes setup and breakdown.
Post # 12
We’re spending 1000 for 4 hours of DJ time, but I know it takes them a while for set up/tear down
Post # 13
@CharleighT: That’s a very reasonable price! We had a live musician/singer for our ceremony and dinner reception. I recall him being $900 for 1 hr of ceremony playing and 2 hrs of reception playing (including sound system). Maui is so $$!
Post # 14
I think it depends on where you are getting married at. We are getting married in NC and paying $795 for 7 hours of music with the basic dance floor lighting. One DJ quoted us $2k to have him for 4 hours which I thought was insane. He claimed it was because he was a “boutique” DJ. Yet he lacked half the accolodes and credentials of our first choice (who was already booked for our date) and who was half his price. So it depends on the area I guess for the most part.
Post # 15
We are only spending $450 on our dj. That is the norm for my area… I cannot imagive paying $2000 for a dj.
Post # 16
$1600 but we got her down to $1000 since she has a Jan/Feb deal. $1600 is pretty high for Michigan.