The Price of Your Wedding DJ

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in BLOG, Redford News | 0 comments

I just got an email from a good friend from High School. Her wedding is coming up this Fall and she wanted to see if I am available. While I am already contracted to another couple on her date, I still wanted to make sure she knew how to price her DJ.

Regarding Price. We get this question all the time: “Hi my wedding is next summer. How much do you charge?”

Wedding date 10-8-16 Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

Wedding date 10-8-16
Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography
DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs
Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

I understand why! There are so many things to pay for for your wedding day and sometimes you just want a number. As service providers, higher end service providers to be more specific, we sometimes don’t know how best to respond to this question. I’ve always said, ‘if it comes down to price as the only determining factor then I will likely not be the DJ.’ It’s not that I am the most expensive DJ in my area, but because I am not the cheapest.

The average DJ in Pittsburgh, according to the numbers I’ve studied, is $900/wedding.  So when I say a price, like $1600, I am obviously higher and not the right choice for the price shopping bride. However, the brides who see price as important, but also put a ton of thought into the DJ’s style, personality, professionalism, experience, and talent, the difference is really $700. (the average of $900 plus what you spend to get above average service)

Considering all of the money spent on cake, dress, limo, linens, food, alcohol, flowers, venue, photography, etc…is the additional $700 to guarantee my guests have an incredible time and spend the next two years talking about how much fun they had really worth it?     That is entirely up to you! There is no ONE answer.

Wedding date 10-8-16 Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

Wedding date 10-8-16
Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography
DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs
Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

I do not, and never will, argue price with a bride. If I am not worth the price to her,  I am not at all offended. Your DJ is a preference, some prefer pepsi over coke, it doesn’t bother me at all.  I would never want a bride to feel ‘talked’ into my services. The DJ is far too important to not feel 100% comfortable with the decision the whole way through.

If you ever feel pressured into choosing a DJ, hit the pause button, its YOUR wedding!

 

 

So, here is my response to my friend advising her on DJ Pricing.

New Dj’s – Maybe they just purchased some equipment. They have been to a few weddings, maybe even dj’d 3 or 4, They are not great on the microphone (not used to it) and inconsistent in music selection,
They run anywhere from $200-$600.
Good DJs – Have 1-4 years experience. They are pretty good with announcements and fairly good with music selection. They should have an understanding of good requests vs bad requests.
They  run anywhere from $800-$1000
Wedding date 10-8-16 Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

Wedding date 10-8-16
Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography
DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs
Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

Great DJ’s – 5+ years experience. Should have at performed at at least 50-100 weddings. They have seen it all.

Should be Great with planning and have really good ‘bed side manner’ on the wedding day. They know the day is all about making the bride happy. Song selection is spot on and satisfies a variety of ages BUT makes sure the bride is the happiest.  They are normally $1400-$2000
When you encounter DJs who charge higher than $2000 they are probably offering additional services like photobooth, video screens, uplighting, significantly higher lighting packages, and other upgrades.
Or they are a celebrity DJ. Or they are near the end of their wedding DJ career and would only prefer to do a few weddings.

Hope this helps.

Wedding date 10-8-16 Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

Wedding date 10-8-16
Photos Brad Riggio/Redford Photography
DJ Andy Miller / Redford DJs
Bella Sera Canonsburg,Pa

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