How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost in 2021/2022
How much does a wedding DJ cost,“ and “how much does the average wedding DJ cost?“ These are two of the top Google searches done by thousands of couples who are planning a wedding and looking to hire a professional DJ company.
The cost of a wedding in 2021/2022 is expensive. Pricing for every vendor is important, yet surprisingly, very few vendors list their prices on their sites. We get it, service businesses are different, but it sure would be helpful to at least have a price range, or the average cost, when you’re planning a wedding, and want to hire a professional wedding DJ services, in our opinion.
Average Wedding DJ Cost/Prices are Hard to Find!
So let’s discuss the wedding DJ’s cost/prices a little further. There are a lot of “industry experts” out there who tell DJs to NEVER list their prices are on their website! They state that the company manager/sales rep 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.
Price Does Matter
Clearly, wedding DJ prices do matter. We at least list our price range and cannot list prices for everything, since it really varies. Our wedding DJ prices depend on the customer’s needs, location, venue size, number of guests, 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 lighting, a photo booth, etc.).
We cannot speak for all DJ companies, but we can certainly give you a range of pricing, based on our most current wedding reception research.
Cost of a Wedding DJ (in Austin, TX & Beyond)
Cheap/Budget DJs (Usually New DJs)
Cheap DJs offer cheap rates. Expect to pay from $200 – $300 for a 4 hour wedding. Yes, you can save money, but the main issue is that they are usually inexperienced and bring cheap sound and lighting equipment, 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 DJs, too. If you want to have a great wedding day, skip the cheap DJs.
Part-time wedding DJs can be a great choice if you’re on a budget and want to save money. Their rates are usually around $400 – $700 for a 4 hour wedding. These DJs usually have more experience and offer more options than the cheap guys!
Full-Time Professional DJs
In general, the national average cost is around $1000 – $5000 for a true, professional wedding DJ. Full time DJs are truly masters of their craft. You should be able to hire these DJs and they’ll 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!
As a full time DJ company, we know we only get one shot to make your day perfect, and therefore, we do NOT hire new DJs with zero experience. Many “professional” companies do, though. They’ll simply pay their DJs less, provide terrible sound & lighting, and make more of a profit.
We care more about our clients having a great wedding day (and having a fun memorable experience), 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. Again, I can’t emphasize the importance of professional, experienced wedding DJs, enough!
The Bottom Line on DJ Prices
So here’s the bottom line: The wedding DJ costs can really vary. 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.
Find out what the value is for your money. What does the $5000 entertainment company do differently than the $200 company? Do your research and pick the DJ services that best suits your needs!
Ask about their options, like lighting/uplighting for the venue, monogram lighting, lawn games, lighted marquee letters, custom first dance mix, cocktail hour music, or whatever else you may need. Remember, you will decide how much to pay!
Exclusions & Exceptions
The national average price does not give details about how many hours, or what’s included with the service. Not all DJ companies will charge based on the number of guests you have, but it does make a difference. Things that may affect the average cost to hire a DJ and cost for a wedding in general are:
- The number of guests you’re expecting
- The size of the venue
- Reception sound system equipment and lighting equipment needs
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 DJ prices that are much more, and others that charge much less.
Contact Your Favorite Disc Jockeys
Once you’ve finally 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 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 Disc Jockey Company
- What is included in your wedding DJ’s pricing/professional DJ services?
- How long has the company been in business? (Make sure their reviews match what they’re saying. If they say 20 years, yet their reviews started 2 years ago, that’s a red flag).
- Who will be the DJ at your event? Can you contact him/her directly?
- How much experience does the DJ who will be at your wedding ceremony/wedding reception have?
- What is the deposit rate?
- When is the total balance due?
- What is your cancellation policy (be sure to specifically ask about COVID, too)?
- What type of equipment do they use?
- Do they have contracts to guarantee they’ll be there? (If not, DON’T hire them!)
- Will they help you with planning the ceremony or wedding reception?
- What is their backup plan if the original DJ cannot make it?
- What makes your company unique? (more info, below)
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 DJs cost the rate that they do? Hint: Their answer should not be based on all their great equipment, lighting, etc. Most people don’t know the difference between DJ equipment or lighting brands, so this is irrelevant.
The other common answer is their music library. Having a 500,000 song library to play music from 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.
Frequently Asked Wedding DJ Questions
We also created a frequently asked wedding DJ questions page on our website. These are the most frequently asked questions by couples who are getting married, and our answers. Feel free to use these questions to ask any DJ you may consider hiring for your wedding reception.
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 wedding DJs cost from your company?”
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: Frequently Asked Questions
Overall, remember, you are in control of how much you spend to hire a great wedding DJ for your wedding, not the DJ/photo booth company. 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 services for your big day, you deserve it!
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