How Much Wedding DJs Cost for 2020/2021
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How much do wedding DJs cost,” and “what does the average wedding DJ cost?” These are two of the top Google searches done, every month, all year long, by thousands of brides and grooms looking to hire a wedding DJ, or DJ company, to pack their dance floor! We certainly understand why. Imagine going to the grocery store and NONE of the prices were listed, anywhere. Would you still shop there?
What if that store manager said: “let’s sit down and discuss our products before we give you any pricing information.” You’d likely never shop there again. Ironically, that’s EXACTLY what most wedding & event vendors do.
We get it, service businesses are different, but it sure would be helpful to at least have a range, of DJ prices, when you’re looking to hire a wedding DJ, in our opinion.
If you’re looking to hire a wedding DJ, in Austin, San Antonio, Central Texas, or anywhere, you definitely want to know the average cost for a DJ for your wedding, quinceanera, party, or event. We will note that the average cost for wedding DJs in Los Angeles, or San Francisco, will be very different from the average wedding DJs cost in New York (Manhattan), or even wedding DJs in Chicago, or New Jersey.
Wherever you are, let’s be honest, price does matter! The surprising thing is, hardly any DJ and photo booth companies are still not upfront about their prices. We initially wrote this very popular article, 3 years ago, and it still remains true. (This article has received over 50,000 views).
This year, we updated this article to reflect new prices for 2020 & 2021 events in our Austin and central Texas area. Here are the new information and changes in discussing how much wedding DJs cost. We also included information to help you with a photo booth rental!
Do Your Own Research
For whatever reason, many companies would rather not tell you how much their wedding DJs cost, or even list a price range, surprisingly. Don’t believe me? Stop reading, here, and do a quick search.
Search in Google, Bing, or whichever search engine you prefer, and search “Wedding DJs Austin, DJ for weddings, photo booth, or ‘photography’ booth, wedding DJ near me,” or whatever search terms you prefer, and look for pricing information. You will be looking for a while, so come back when you’re ready, we’ll be here. 🙂
Why Don't Wedding DJ & Photo Booth Companies List Prices?
So let’s discuss the wedding DJ cost a little further. First of all, why are DJ and photo booth companies so afraid to be upfront about their pricing? Why can’t they be upfront with their customers? It’s not like they can avoid telling you the price. You’re most certainly going to ask, and they’re eventually going to have to tell you.
Well, to be honest, there are a lot of publications, websites, and “industry experts” out there who tell DJ and photo booth companies to NEVER list how much their wedding disc jockeys (DJs) cost on their website! They state that the DJ company must “meet with those customers, in person, or over the phone, and sell their customers on their value, first, so that the price doesn’t scare them away.”
Here’s a shocker: Price may scare customers away, anyway, even after hearing the long sales pitch. We don’t believe in forcing a meeting. We didn’t want to be forced to have a meeting when we were looking for wedding vendors, so we don’t make you do that with us!
Price Does Matter
Clearly, price does matter to nearly every customer, except for the wealthy customers and the top 1% of course. So let’s answer this how much do wedding DJs cost question.
For us, we at least list our price range and cannot list prices for everything, since it really varies, depending on the customer’s needs, location of the event, size of the venue, number of people attending, how many sound systems we need to bring, lighting needs, etc.
We cannot speak for all companies, but I can certainly give you a range of pricing, based on our most current research.
Average Price/Cost for Wedding DJs in Austin, TX
First, you can start at the lower end. You can go on Craigslist or Thumbtack, and find hundreds (literally) of DJs advertising their services on there. You’ll find a lot of brand new DJs, offering low prices, simply because they want to gain experience.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I did not want a new DJ to learn on the job, at my wedding and I’m sure you don’t want the same, at your wedding! Learning means, possibly making mistakes, so no thanks.
Ironically, one of our competitors got a recent review about this very thing happening to them! The bride complained about every mistake their DJ made and then said that the DJ said: “sorry, this is my first wedding.” Though everyone has to start somewhere, they should not start at your wedding, at your expense.
Even though the DJ company gave their bride a refund, it doesn’t change the fact that that couple will NEVER get to have their perfect wedding that they spent countless hours planning for.
Should You Hire a DJ on Craigslist?
There are numerous wedding DJs on Craigslist, Thumbtack, and even on Google Ads, using various marketing techniques, such as “Voted #1 in Austin, or Texas,” or “super cheap DJ services” but you have to ask, based on which poll were they voted #1?
“Super cheap” ummm… I don’t know about you, but I always question the value of anything cheap. Sure, saving money is great, but if something is really cheap, you have to wonder why. We have never heard anyone say, “our wedding DJs cost far less than anyone else we could find. We’re so happy we found the cheapest DJ possible!”
The truth is, you have to do your own research on the companies or individuals you want to hire. The old saying “you get what you pay for, is often the case, too. Want an empty dance floor and a DJ (or DJ company) who doesn’t care about fulfilling your wedding day vision? Hire these DJs.
If you want to save on your wedding/event DJ cost, check out our affordable wedding DJs article for more info.
Experience Matters (a lot)
As a DJ company, we know we only get one shot to make your day perfect, and therefore, we do NOT hire new DJs or inexperienced DJs. It’s not worth it. Many companies do, simply to pay their DJs less, and make more of a profit. We care more about our client’s experiences, far more than the profit we make.
We know that doing an exceptional job and having your dance floor packed and ensuring you have a good time is a must. As long as we continue to do just that, the profits will come. Sorry for the digression, but I can’t emphasize the importance of professional, experienced DJs, enough! Back to the wedding disc jockey cost topic! 🙂
Wedding Vendor Websites to Hire a Wedding DJ or Photo Booth
Lastly, you can also go on wedding professionals sites, such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, or other wedding sites, and you’ll be able to email several DJ companies at once. This also gives you a chance to see the average wedding DJ prices, or at least a price range. Although many companies refuse to list how much their wedding DJs cost on these sites, too, surprisingly. (Why are they hiding?)
The good thing about these sites is that they allow customers to leave reviews, so this will help you learn more about the DJ or photo booth company you’re researching. This is probably your best bet. Companies that advertise on these sites are companies that are the busiest, which means they usually have lots of experience.
These sites are not cheap to advertise on (yes, we advertise on them, so we know how much it costs), so chances are, these companies will do their best to do a great job, since their reputation matters. It’s a very competitive business, everywhere! There are hundreds, if not thousands of DJs in the Austin area, and more throughout the central Texas area.
The Bottom Line
So here’s the bottom line: The prices can really vary in the Austin and central Texas area, and for any city and state in the US. They can be as cheap as $200 for your entire wedding, quinceanera, or event, and higher, up to $5000 or more, for your event! The key is to find out what’s included with your service.
Yes, there are local DJ companies who charge $5000+ for 4-5 hours of DJ services. We can’t understand why their wedding DJs cost this much! It’s not like they have celebrity DJs on their team. Let’s be honest, once you do hire a wedding disc jockey, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” is going to be exactly the same, regardless of who plays it! 🙂
We’re sort of joking, of course. We know not all DJs are created equal, when it comes to setup, talent, customer service, additional options, etc.
The picture, above, is from the most recent research for how much wedding DJs costs in downtown Austin, Texas. It lists the average price that most couples pay as between $568 – $946. It also lists the price you’ll pay for well-experienced professionals, at $1514 or more. We actually are well-experienced professionals and charge slightly less than this, for our average wedding! Wow, what a great deal! 🙂
Exclusions & Exceptions
The average price does not give details about how many hours, or what’s included with the service. If you are not having a wedding in the Austin area, you can easily find out how much the average cost is in your area, by simply visiting the cost of wedding website. Just put in your zip code and you’ll see all the information for your area!
Average Wedding DJ Cost – Based on Number of Guests
Wedding DJs Cost Based on Guest Count
The second picture, is a little more accurate, as it takes into account the number of guests at your wedding; however, again, it does not state the number of hours or what is included for this price. Just listing several wedding DJs cost can be misleading, so be careful. Some companies may lure you with a low price but include next to nothing for that price. 🙁
Not all DJ companies will charge based on the number of guests you have, but it does make a difference. DJ companies need to know the number of people and the size of the venue, in order to know what equipment is right for the best sound at your venue.
There’s a big difference between a wedding for 50 people, versus 300 people, in terms of what DJs will need to bring. Again, keep in mind, the above numbers are the “average” and you’ll find some wedding disc jockey prices that are much more, and others that charge much less.
Create a Wedding Email, For All Your Wedding Details & Needs
Once you’ve finally narrowed down your top DJ, it’s time to contact them to find out exactly how much these wedding DJs cost. You can simply take the time to draft an email, and email each company, individually, by filling out their contact forms. 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.
It’s surprising how high-pressure many of these sales staff can be. I presume they either get a commission or will be the actual DJ at your event, so they really want your business. So when you send your emails, remember, it’s like going to a car dealership, so be prepared. (Almost nobody likes to go to a car dealership).
Our suggestion is to create a brand new email for your wedding, such as “JohnJaneDoeWedding@gmail.com” 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 how much wedding DJs cost versus the actual value, in your area. These are perfect questions to ask your top DJ (and photo booth) companies.
Questions to Ask Your DJ Company
- What is included in your wedding DJ price?
- Are their wedding DJ prices flexible? (it never hurts to ask) 🙂
- How much experience do your DJs have?
- Who will be the DJ at your event? Can you contact him/her directly?
- How long has the company been in business?
- What is the deposit to book a DJ?
- When is the total balance due?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- How much experience does the DJ who will be at your wedding or event have?
- What type of equipment do they use?
- Do they have contracts to guarantee they’ll be there? (If not, run!)
- Will they (the DJ company or DJ) help you with planning the ceremony or reception?
- Do they offer day-of coordination assistance, if you don’t have a day-of-coordinator? If so, how much is it?
- What is their backup plan if the original DJ cannot make it?
Frequently Asked Wedding DJ Questions
We took the time to create our frequently asked questions section, on our website. These are the most frequently asked questions and our answers. Feel free to use these questions to ask any DJ you may consider hiring. These questions and answers will help you get a sense of the DJ’s professionalism and policies. You can even start with your first question as: “how much do your wedding DJs cost?”
Just copy and paste the questions (and erase our answers, of course) or print them out and take them to your meeting. Here is the link:
What Makes Your Wedding DJ Company Unique?
Lastly, remember, you’re interviewing them, so feel free to ask “Why should we hire a wedding DJ from your DJ company, versus the others?”
You can also ask, why do their wedding DJs cost the rate that they do? Hint: Their answer should not be based on all their great equipment. Most people don’t know the difference between DJ equipment brands, so this is irrelevant.
The other common answer is that the DJ will bring up his/her music library. Yes, this matters, but more isn’t necessarily better. Having 500,000 songs is good, but 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.
Questions to Ask Your Photo Booth Rental Company
- What type of equipment do you use?
- What’s included in the photo booth rental price?
- Are printouts free?
- Am I limited to a certain amount of printouts?
- Do you have a contract?
- Are props free?
- Will there be a photo booth attendant?
- Can we get an actual, enclosed photo booth or an open-air photo booth?
- Will we get all of our pictures from that night on a flash drive or via email?
- How many pictures will guests get?
- What type of printer do they use? (It should always be a dye-sub printer).
- Is a backdrop included? If so, what color(s)?
- What colors and styles of backdrops do they offer?
- How much are the “non-standard” color backdrops?
- What time will you arrive for set up? Is set up free?
You Control of How Much Your Wedding DJs Cost
How much wedding DJs cost
Overall, remember, you are in control of how much wedding DJs costs for your wedding, and how much you spend to hire a wedding DJ for your wedding or event, not the DJ or photo booth company. Find out what the value is, for your money.
What does the $5000 company do differently, then the $200 company, or the $1200 company? Do your research and pick the company that best suits your needs! Your wedding DJ cost or wedding DJ price will be however much you decide to pay!
We hoped we answered the popular questions, “how much do wedding DJs cost” and “what is the average price for wedding DJs” thoroughly enough to help you make a great decision! Don’t make a decision simply based on wedding DJ prices, alone. This is one of the most important days of your life, so hire the best wedding DJ for your big day, you deserve it!
Good luck, and as always, email us for questions. We’ve even had people email us about how much wedding DJs cost in a different state, just to find out if the price is fair. haha We’re always happy to help everyone, whether they’re a customer or not! 🙂
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