How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost in 2024? | Here's the Average Cost of a DJ for Weddings

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Here's How Much a Wedding DJ Costs in 2024!

How much does a wedding DJ cost in 2024 or 2025? The cost of the average wedding DJ in 2024 can be expensive. Wedding DJs can be as cheap as $300 for entire weddings, quinceañeras, parties, or events, and up to $3500 or more! It is generally recommended to spend about 8-10% of your overall wedding budget on booking your wedding DJ. Let’s break down the wide range of price levels to understand the wedding DJ cost factors and what you’ll get for your budget.

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What is a Good Budget for Wedding Entertainment?

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Cheap/Budget DJ’s (saves money, but not recommended)

Cheap DJs $300 – $400 for 4-hour weddings (or about $600 with “upgrades”). Yes, you can save money on fees, but the main issue is that they are usually inexperienced and bring cheap speakers, microphones, and sound & lighting equipment (and no backup equipment or liability insurance), too. We have never heard anyone say, “we’re so happy we found the cheapest, least experienced DJ!” Want an empty dance floor, poor sound & lighting, and a DJ who doesn’t care about fulfilling your wedding day vision? Hire these cheap DJs with no experience for your big day! The old saying “you get what you pay for, is often the case with DJ’s, too. If you want to have a great, memorable time, skip the lowest price DJs.

Part-Time/Hobbyist Wedding DJs (may work for a wedding – costs range)

Part-time wedding DJs can be a great choice if you’re on a budget and want to save money. Their budget-friendly rates are usually around $400 – $800 (or around $1200 with upgrades) for a 4 or 5-hour wedding or event. These DJs offer more options and usually have more experience than the cheap guys! Be sure to check their recent reviews and photos, and always ask for a contract.

Full-Time Professional DJs (perfect for a wedding – pricing rates vary)

In general, the national average DJ and emcee cost is around $1500 – $3500+ for a true, professional wedding DJ and MC. Full time DJs are truly masters of their craft. You should be able to hire these DJs for their expertise. These pros know exactly what to do to make sure you have an amazing time at your wedding! They’ll work seamlessly with all of your wedding vendors to make sure everything from the first dance to the last song of the night goes exactly the way you want it to! What you will pay for wedding DJ packages will depend on your needs. Hiring a DJ for just the wedding ceremony is going to be less than hiring a DJ for the ceremony and reception, since you’ll likely need 2 sound systems. If you also want additional options, like lighting/uplighting for the venue, monogram lighting, lawn games, lighted marquee letters, custom first dance mix, cocktail hour music, special effects, etc., adding these items will increase the cost for your wedding entertainment. Our price quote depends on the customer’s needs, location, date, wedding venue size, number of guests (or crowd size), type of sound system we need to bring (for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception), wedding reception lighting needs, etc. (Overall, our DJ price ranges from $795 – $3995, depending on your needs, and additional services like a lighting package, a photo booth, additional equipment, travel expenses, etc. Most clients spend about $2300).

Can You Haggle With Wedding DJ’s for Your Wedding?

Yes, you can certainly ask about discounts. You never know, you just may get a better deal. Depending on your event details, your vendors may be flexible with pricing and additional charges, so yes, you can certainly try!

Many couples who begin planning their wedding get overwhelmed with the wedding planning process and are often surprised at the costs. A couple may consider cutting unnecessary expenses, and may wonder if it is worth having a DJ at their wedding. Our unbiased answer is, it depends. Let’s discuss this further.

Is it Okay to Not Have a DJ at a Wedding?

If you want to take on the task of making sure things go according to plan (if you don’t have a wedding planner or coordinator), making announcements for guests to keep them informed about things, and just having background basic wedding music, then sure, it is completely okay. If dancing isn’t your focus, and you just want a backyard BBQ vibe, you really don’t need a DJ.

If you want a fun dance party, a DJ/MC who will make announcements about what’s happening throughout the wedding, a variety of music that all of your friends and family will love and enjoy, sound for your ceremony and reception, lighting services, etc., then it’s hard to have this without having a wedding DJ.

When couples consider cutting costs, they may look for disadvantages of hiring a wedding DJ. Some disadvantages could be that the cost is expensive, the DJ may not be the right fit for your musical taste, the DJ may not have experience with weddings, or that he/she/they may be new and may not be able to handle the pressure of making sure everything goes exactly as you want it to. Weddings are a lot of work, so you definitely want a DJ who is very experienced to ensure everything goes just the way you want it to!

Is it Cheaper to Have a Band or a DJ?

Lastly, you may be wondering if it is cheaper to have a wedding band or a DJ. The simple answer is usually, it’s cheaper to hire a DJ. Bands are often more expensive because they have higher operational costs – there are multiple members involved that will be getting paid, which increases the band cost.

The main issue with bands is that you often may not be able to create your own wedding playlist, or make song requests on the spot, since you have to choose songs and music from their catalog. You may also need a separate MC to do announcements such as introducing the wedding party and announcing other key moments.

There are some DJs who charge just as much as a live band, but they usually include a lot more upgrades, such as photo booth rentals, dancefloor lighting, etc., and cover the entire wedding day, which means you’ll get more for your money versus a band. Read our article on a Band vs DJ for more info!

 Contact Your Favorite DJ Entertainment Company

Once you’ve finally checked all the wedding websites and narrowed down your top wedding DJ choices, it’s time to contact them to find out exactly how much they will charge. Beware, you’ll be bombarded with emails, calls, and text messages, all wanting your business. So be prepared for that. We’ve gotten feedback from many of our clients about this.

Our suggestion is to create a brand new email for your wedding, such as “[email protected]” this way all those emails will go directly to that email, and not to your usual one. Just be sure to check it, often.

The questions, below, will help you get a better idea of just how much wedding DJ’s will cost versus the actual value. These are perfect to ask your top DJ (and photo booth) companies.

Frequently Asked DJ Questions

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Remember, you’re interviewing them, too, so feel free to ask: 

  • “Why should we hire your DJ company, versus the others?”
  • You can also ask, why do their professional wedding DJ’s charge the rate that they do? Hint: Their answer should not be based on all their great equipment, lighting, their 500,000 song music library, etc. Your DJ will actually only play about 20 songs per hour, and those songs need to be your favorite songs, not the DJs’ favorites! Remember the goal is for you and your guests to have a good time.

We also created a FAQ page to answer the most FAQs by couples who are getting married. Feel free to use these to ask any DJ you may consider hiring for your wedding reception.

This will help you get a sense of the DJ’s professionalism and policies. You can even start with asking about exact wedding DJ costs, if you’d like to get straight to the point. 🙂 Just copy and paste them (and erase our answers, of course) or print them out and take them to your Dj’s meeting. Here is the link: Frequently Asked Questions

Overall, remember, you are in control of your wedding DJs cost, not the DJ/photo booth company. Don’t make a decision simply based on wedding DJ prices, alone. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so hire the best wedding DJ services for your big day, you deserve it!

Also, if you’re a couple looking to hire a wedding DJ or a wedding photo booth rental, we’ve got you covered, too! We serve all over TX, the United States, and the world! 

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