Tera
Savvy November 2010

Average DJ cost?

Tera, on September 23, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Posted in Planning 55

I am looking into DJ's right now. I think that this is one of the hardest vendors to pick because if you weren't refered to someone, how do you really know if they are any good at what they do? I want to know what the average price is for a DJ for 6 hours in the Philadelphia area....

I am looking into DJ's right now. I think that this is one of the hardest vendors to pick because if you weren't refered to someone, how do you really know if they are any good at what they do? I want to know what the average price is for a DJ for 6 hours in the Philadelphia area.

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**ADDED BY WW**

Couples tend to spend about 8% of their total wedding budget on music (ceremony and reception), and the average amount that engaged couples spent on their DJ in 2016 was $1,200.

For current cost estimates, check out WW's 2017 Newlywed Report.

All About DJ Costs

55 Comments

  • K
    Just Said Yes March 2013
    Karessa ·

    I am in Fort Smith Arkansas and am in need of a DJ but am on a serious budget, any suggestions

  • K
    Just Said Yes March 2013
    Karessa ·

    I am in Fort Smith Arkansas and am in need of a DJ but am on a serious budget, any suggestions

  • Hannah
    Just Said Yes June 2013
    Hannah ·

    Does anyone know of a good DJ in the Vail/Glenwood Springs area? Our budget is small, but we love to dance ....Colorado that is.

  • Shelly Shelton
    September 2019
    Shelly Shelton ·

    It all depends on the DJ. Some DJs charge more, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better or worse. My recommendation is to determine your budget and then find several DJs that have good reviews and meet with them in person. If they won't meet with you, then scratch them off of your list. After meeting a few, you will get a feel for who knows what they are doing and who doesn't, which ones have the personality that fits you and which ones just are not a good fit.

    Tyrone is correct about equipment, however, if your venue's reception hall is designed from 500 people or less, then the subwoofers and massive speakers are overkill, and you will be paying for more than you need.

  • J
    Just Said Yes October 2011
    Jay ·

    When I got married I used a very professional Av Company called VNV Sounds.Their group of wedding DJs were professional, polite and flexible. They pulled out all the stops to make sure that my guests are on the dance floor when it’s time to party. You can check them out below:

    http://www.vnvsounds.co.uk/dj-weddings/


  • Kenneth
    Just Said Yes January 2020
    Kenneth ·

    My company is very affordable with this tough economy. Look us up on FaceBook.

    Double "KK" Entertainment

  • J
    Just Said Yes February 2012
    Justin ·

    Read this to know how much to budget for your wedding DJ....

    (blog is specific to the Portland, OR market)

    http://www.dreamdayplans.com/2014/02/how-much-should-i-expect-to-pay-for-my.html

  • M
    Just Said Yes May 2010
    Mr. Holly ·

    I DJ and have never charged over $300 to DJ a wedding. Most of the DJs that charge $1000 or anything outrageous is charging you fro the setup time for lights and other things that you really don't need. Because he purchased 2000 lbs of stereo equipment does not mean you have to pay for the time it takes him to load and unload it. I should know because I have been DJing since I was 16 and been a professional DJ for over 10 years. It is cheaper for you to hire a REAL DJ and find someone else for uplighting. You will save yourself a good $300 - $400. As a DJ my focus is on the music, people, and dance floor. If the music is good you don't need a guy talking in the mic on every song. Whack DJs do this to cover up the junk they mix. Plus those guys play from a playlist they found on the internet. Anyone you hire over $500 is robbing you.


  • G
    Just Said Yes September 2005
    glenn ·

    I do them for $300 and that's total but f i have to travel or get a motel for the night price goes up.

  • Bob Kerr
    September 2019
    Bob Kerr ·

    $100-$200 per hour is about right here in New England, if they have any type of experience. Personality and MC skills are important, not just equipment or whether or not they provide a photo booth or "uplighting" These are add on's not deal breakers.

    You might check out reviews, watch videos and email the dj first. Then have a conversation to see how comfortable you feel before making your decision.

  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·

    Couples tend to spend about 8% of their total wedding budget on music (ceremony and reception), and the average amount that engaged couples spent on their DJ in 2016 was $1,200.

    Costs will always vary regionally, and by the amount of service you are looking for (number of hours, adds on like lighting and special effects, etc.). The best way to get an idea of costs in your area is to look through the WW vendor search for local DJs and checking out their pricing information!

    WeddingWire 2017 Newlywed Report

    All About DJ Costs

    Best Questions To Ask Your DJ

  • S
    Just Said Yes March 2019
    sean ·

    I found this trusty guide for wedding DJ pricing if anyone wants to look at it. It was helpful for me to find out what to expect when we started planning ours

    http://limelightentertainmentnj.com/wedding-dj/ultimate-guide-wedding-dj-pricing-new-jersey/

  • Brooke
    Savvy September 2018
    Brooke ·

    Our DJ is $950 for six hours.

  • Marlene
    Beginner August 2019
    Marlene ·
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    You are in CT? Who was the DJ?

  • Soon2Bmrsp
    VIP May 2019
    Soon2Bmrsp ·

    I'm spending $1300 on mine-Central NJ,he is giving us a discount for prior referrals and usage

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