Average DJ Cost?
Was hoping I could get some feedback on what everyone is spending on DJ- All of the quotes I am getting back are over $900- $1200 that's more then $200/hr for most. I'm thinking that's a bit high for 5 hrs.

Married: 08/17/2012
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Edited On: Feb 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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krisalicious
Married: 04/28/2012
Feb 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
FH booked the DJ but I want to say ours is $1400 or so. He did give us a discount b/c he's a family friend who's DJ'd other family weddings. That's for 11 hours of work.

I feel like your prices are actually pretty spot-on. You don't want el cheapo DJ if they're responsible for the MC'ing and the flow of the night.

Married: 05/05/2012
Reviews: 8
Feb 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Ours is costing us $895. He actually reduced his prices in late 2010 due to the economy which I thought was pretty cool of him.

Married: 08/04/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Mine is for 5 hours and he is charging $1050, plus $75 for the ceremony music. He is a really good DJ so he is worth the money.

Married: 05/11/2012
Reviews: 5
Feb 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If I didn't know my dj he would be $1500 for 5 hours. He's the best in my area and owns his company though. For one of his employees it would be $1000. I think the dj is extremely important. I have seen some for $400 for 4 hours, but then read horrible reviews.

Married: 03/17/2012
Feb 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Mine is 700.00 on sale ( since I was getting married "off season" ) normally charge 850.00.

Marie S. (aka Princess Leia)
Married: 10/12/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Teresa, I'm in your area and those are just a tad lower than what I was quoted for 4 hours...

We went with this guy: We upgraded with up lights and bumped him from 4 to 5 hours $1200 total w/o the upligths I think it was $795
http://www.vipdjentertainment.com

Married: 03/17/2012
Reviews: 1
Feb 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I got really lucky with the DJ, one of our REALLY good friends is a DJ and he usually does $100 an hour, but for us he is doing $50.00 an hour and we have him for 7 hours...so only $350.010 and he is really good.

Married: 10/15/2011
Reviews: 7
Feb 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
That sounds average.

Don't think about it as a cost per hour. DJs also need to buy equipment. And backup equipment. And buy music. They also need hours to set up and tear down. They typically carry insurance. So it's not only those 5 hours of your event.

Mrs.
Married: 03/16/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are paying $700 for 4 hours. It all depends on where you live. Where do you live?

Married: 06/16/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are paying $1100 for five hours. I thought it was a good deal.

Married: 11/03/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We're paying $475 and that includes 4 hours, travel, set-up, lights and a CD with 20 of our very songs from the reception.

Married: 10/06/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are spending $950 for 5hrs but we have a highly sought after DJ and entertainment was EXTREMELY important to us! :)

Married: 03/16/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
well if its a company or has been djing for a while he should have his own they don't need to buy or rent equipment or anything else they should already have that ...ours is $500 for 5 hours. and hes great

Married: 09/28/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
$500 for the ceremony and reception, but we got a discount because he's a friend of a friend.

Married: 10/15/2011
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Feb 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Sure, but *having* equipment even if they have been doing it for a while doesn't just happen. They still had to buy, it, they have to update it, and replace it when it breaks. The point is, it costs money.

Married: 08/17/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thanks everyone, I live outside of philadelphia. And we are having a friday night wedding, to save money. We just thought that it was a lot to pay someone for 5 hours, its good to have this perspective and an idea of what to pay.

Married: 08/17/2012
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Feb 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thanks everyone, I live outside of philadelphia. And we are having a friday night wedding, to save money. We just thought that it was a lot to pay someone for 5 hours, its good to have this perspective and an idea of what to pay.

Married: 07/21/2012
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Feb 23, 2012 at 9:31 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I got quotes from $900-$1300. Very happy to say I paid $500 for my DJ. He was a preferred DJ from my planner and gave me a great price.

Married: 10/03/2014
Oct 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I have been a DJ for 22 years. I have a bachelors degree and have also taken 8 years of classes at the International DJ Expo in Atlantic City and also Mobile Beat show in Las Vegas. I also have instructed/sat on panels for 5 additional years. To date, I have performed in 19 States and still going strong. I base my business North of Green Bay, WI and 15 years ago charged $1075 for wedding receptions. Currently I am $1200-$1400. Yes, there are "dj's" for $250 and up here. But based upon bride/groom comments, there is a night and day difference in someone who has command of the microphone, music knowledge and real diversity in experience. A reception is a melting pot of people most of the time. Knowing how to "work" a crowd and keep them entertained is where I believe the difference resides. Actually, all facets are worked, but when needed. Too many muliti system DJ companies book as many shows as they can and hire dj's to cover the event. Stick with reputation, experience and education!

Married: 10/03/2014
Oct 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I have been a DJ for 22 years. I have a bachelors degree and have also taken 8 years of classes at the International DJ Expo in Atlantic City and also Mobile Beat show in Las Vegas. I also have instructed/sat on panels for 5 additional years. To date, I have performed in 19 States and still going strong. I base my business North of Green Bay, WI and 15 years ago charged $1075 for wedding receptions. Currently I am $1200-$1400. Yes, there are "dj's" for $250 and up here. But based upon bride/groom comments, there is a night and day difference in someone who has command of the microphone, music knowledge and real diversity in experience. A reception is a melting pot of people most of the time. Knowing how to "work" a crowd and keep them entertained is where I believe the difference resides. Actually, all facets are worked, but when needed. Too many muliti system DJ companies book as many shows as they can and hire dj's to cover the event. Stick with reputation, experience and education!
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