When you're planning a wedding, party, quinceanera or event, and you need a DJ, you will most likely start your search online. You're a wise consumer, so you'll get a few quotes and begin to compare. Once you do, you'll notice that the costs to hire a DJ for your event can really vary, depending upon where you are. In the Austin and Central Texas area, prices can vary depending on your needs, where you look to hire your DJ, and many other factors. We've seen prices range from $200 all the way up to $2500! So you may be asking yourself, what's the difference between all the DJs/DJ companies? Why does the price vary so much? Does higher cost always mean better service? Let's take a moment to answer these common questions.
So we've all heard the saying "you get what you pay for." This is common and for the wedding and event services business, this is usually true. When you see a DJ or DJ company charging unbelievably low prices, chances are, there's a catch. Either the DJ is new to the field, which means you're taking a chance that they may not do exactly what you want for your special day or that they just may not have the experience to ensure that everyone has a great time, all night! The other possibility with low price DJs is that they're doing the old "bait and switch" tactic. They "bait" you with a great price, but then you'll need to pay for everything that you'll actually need for your event. The entry price may be $200, but you'll need to add a microphone, setup time, breakdown time, an MC, lighting, etc. It's very "shady," but it does happen, unfortunately.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are the DJs/DJ companies that charge thousands of dollars to DJ your wedding or event. I've personally seen companies that charge $2500 for 4-5 hour events. This is surprising that somehow, they're still in business. They rarely get bookings, but some clients may truly believe that better service and quality means paying a higher price. While this may be somewhat true, it does not mean in order to have a great DJ for your event, you need to pay the highest price possible. A lot of factors go into what a DJ company decides to charge for their services, but what you're willing to pay obviously takes precedence.
We always recommend that our clients get several quotes. Shop around and see what is included for the price you pay. Let them know exactly what you'll need for your wedding or event, and see what they'll charge you to provide it. Do you research and see which company is right for you. Check out credible websites to see their reviews, as well. Overall, it's completely up to you to decide which DJ/Company best suits your needs. Price is certainly important, but value (what you get for the price) is really what's most important!
-Austin's Best DJs Team
Austin's Best DJs
We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!