(Closed) why the DJ company is nuts

posted 5 years ago in Music
  • poll: Who's the crazy one?
    You are crazy. A good DJ makes all the difference and $1500 is reasonable : (14 votes)
    25 %
    DJ company is crazy for thinking anything less than $1500 on music will ruin the wedding : (20 votes)
    36 %
    eh, depends on your taste, budget, and priorities : (19 votes)
    35 %
    hey bridezilla, why do you hate dancing and fun? : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    214 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    You are not crazy! We live in LA but getting married in Ohio so just for fun I priced out things here compared to Ohio and while there was a big difference the DJ’s I priced out where not nearly as much as they were quoting you. They are nuts! Keep looking you will find someone. Sounds crazy but we have found some of the best DJ’s ( for after parties and what not) by going to bars that book freelance DJ’s on a weekly basis to check them out. Its worth a shot.

    Post # 4
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I voted

    eh, depends on your taste, budget, and priorities

    We are hiring a dj whom we use at my place of business often, for gatherings and parties. She costs about $400, and is very friendly. She is however, very rough around the edges, but she’ll get along great in our crowd [our families are extremely laid back].

    Our wedding is formal, but not extremely formal, so she will do well, + we already know she’s great.

    She doesn’t do lighting or anything fancy, just music.

    Post # 5
    8610 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    How many hours are we talking here? I think it’s high but not like…omg crazy. I got one quote that was that high and I don’t even live in an expensive area.

    If you really want to party after the dinner, I’d say yes, a good DJ or band is crucial. I’ve been to a  couple weddings with crappy DJs and yes, it did kill the mood.

    Post # 6
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    for me, if i go to a wedding and the DJ is terrible, i’m bored out of my mind. particularly if the crowd isn’t composed of all people i know very well and like. we’re getting married in the midwest, where everything is really cheap, and paying $1000 for our DJ. he brings lighting and wireless mics with him too, which were a must for toasts.

    obviously, you’re right in that the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding for guests. but, they will definitely get bored during the reception if the music is terrible. but that’s just my opinion, it’s your day! 🙂

    Post # 7
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    While $1500 seems a little high, a good DJ is very important.  I paid around $1400 for 4 hours, with no lights or anything extra.  Just music.  It’s expensive, but a DJ can read a crowd and change music accordingly… an iPod can’t.

    Post # 8
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m sorry but I disagree. Concerning a reception, a DJ is make it or break it.

    Post # 10
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    OMG that changes everything.  You should pay half that.  This DJ could still book a gig for that night.  Way too much $$ for daytime.

    Post # 11
    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i’m in the SF bay area and i was quoted $900 for 4 hours but i had never heard of the DJ so was hesitant to book him. i used to be huge into clubbing and i have friends who are in the club/radio industry so for me, the DJ was super important. we ended up having an aqcuaintance DJ for us. he has many years experience DJ’ing in clubs here and on the radio so he’s worth at least $1500. he only charged us $800. i think it definitely depends on what’s important to you. if the dancing isn’t as important to you, i would say definitely find someone cheaper or hire the guy you know for $500. just make sure to get some video clips of them DJ’ing at weddings so you can see if you really like them or not. you don’t want to pay for someone who does a shitty job.

    just saw your update- yeah $1500 for a lunchtime reception is pretty ridiculous. ours was an evening thing so it made sense for it to be $$$.



    Post # 13
    1735 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Yeah, if you’re having a daytime wedding there’s no reason to charge that much. That’s crazy.

    My ceremony is at 10 in the morning. We’re just having an iPod reception. I don’t see a need to pay for an expensive DJ when people are probably going to be at the reception for 2 hours tops anyway.

    Post # 14
    776 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @SarahCF:  I picked bridezilla because it made me laugh but you’re not actually a bridezilla.

    I had a full on conniption when I got quoted for a DJ at a much higher rate than that, however I will say a terrible DJ will ruin a wedding if your reception is focused on dinner and dancing. After much hyperventilating (and some negotiation) I did pony up (they are including lighting and some other stuff which is why it’s so much higher than yours).

    I once went to a wedding where they had a live band who was great before dinner, then got drunk, and then was TERRIBLE. We’re still talking about it, it was so funny/awful. Probably not for the couple, but for the guests it was just horrendous (and too loud) and definitely cut into the dancing time. My parents still complain they never got to have a dance at that wedding because the band was on so long and then when they pulled them they launched right into club music. That couple spent six figures on that wedding, and my parents really only remember the terrible music. 

    Post # 15
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @SarahCF:  good grief $1500?  Heck, I should become a DJ. If you have that money to spend you should just hire a live band. At least they’re putting some effort into the music, not just popping in a recording (we can do that ourselves at home or in the car). Definitely get someone else to do it. My mom’s dance instructor is doing ours for $200. We’re not having flashy lighting because it gives me migraines. 

    Post # 16
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @SarahCF:  I’m in the midwest and 1500 is pretty standard for a DJ for such an event.

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