Ahh yes...the age old question. Right after the "meaning of life". What is the "going rate" for a Wedding DJ? And that is the trap people fall into...the "going rate"- What does that mean? The "going rate" means...the average price.
Okay, now we know the average rate a wedding DJ will charge. By the way; who came up with the average rate? Your cousin's friend who got married 4 years ago? Your barber, or real estate agent who seems to recall their relatives wedding?
Lots of variables at play here. What is the correct answer?
You decide to get help from wedding magazines. After all; they should have the answers because they are experts. Right?
Why are they experts? Well, because they write articles in the magazine, therefore they know. I will tell you what they know...they know how to write articles. How many of these "experts" have actually worked a wedding? And when was the last time they attended a wedding? These article writers are known as "arm-chair warriors". Most have never been on the front lines of battle. Most have not been in the trenches working with brides and wedding professionals. Most might only know about one facet of a wedding: Photography, decor etc.
And now they are going to tell you how to plan and how much to spend and how to prioritize.
How much should a Wedding DJ cost? How much should a Wedding Photographer cost? When trying to figure this out, be careful. Maybe the person writing the article is married to a photographer or had a bad experience with a certain wedding professional.
Your first job as a bride or groom is to prioritize. What is important to you? Venue? Catering? Photography? Entertainment? Honeymoon?
What did dad always say? "You get what you pay for" Right?
If you have decided that you want your reception held at a fancy hotel, then, expect to pay for it.
Great...go for it. But do it completely.
Don't go for an "A" venue and surround yourself with "B" and "C" vendors. That's like buying a Lexus with Ford engine.
Too many brides blow their budget on the venue/catering and try to cut corners on the rest of their vendors.
Prioritize and stick with! What the perfect wedding? Then expect to pay for it? Can't afford it? Then don't get married right now...DUH!
Okay, you want to get married now and you want to know how much a good wedding DJ will charge?
Let's break it down by price points:
$300 Wedding DJThis DJ is probably a friend or friend of a friend who has done a few weddings. Bottom line- Probably should have used an ipod. This guy is drinking more than your guests and is most likely hitting on your bridesmaids.
$300-$500 Wedding DJThis DJ does weddings as a hobby and mostly does them for friends and family. He thinks he's good. Bottom line- Not very polished, tacky outfit, spends more time at the bar and gabbing with friends than worrying about you.
$600-$800 Wedding DJThis DJ is "green". Learning the ropes. Wants to do a good job, just doesn't have the experience yet. Probably works for a DJ company. Bottom line-The DJ company sent him to you because your wedding was one of the cheaper ones that weekend and was not high on their priority list.
$800-$1200 Wedding DJThis DJ may or may not own his own company but he probably owns his own equipment. He is still unsure about his own abilities and is afraid to charge what he is worth. He is about 5 years away from realizing his potential. Bottom line- This DJ is hot and cold. Sometimes he's "on" and sometimes not. He most likely has a "day job" and it hinders his ability to focus on weekend weddings. He is not aware that he's got the potential to DJ weddings full-time.
$1200-$2000 Wedding DJThis DJ owns his company and does this full-time. He attends meetings and networks with other wedding professionals. He has a commanding presence on the microphone and is sharp, focused and detail oriented. He is a true Wedding Entertainer, Master of Ceremonies and Music Programmer. Bottom line- A truly unique and memorable wedding.
$2500 and up Wedding DJThis DJ will be opening his own venue because he knows the tips and tricks of the trade and what it takes to produce the perfect wedding.