Your wedding day certainly accounts for one of the most memorable days of your life. And even if you’re not the bride, you’d definitely want everything to be perfect. Now, once you’ve got all the major aspects covered, there’s a chance that you’re forgetting about something that’s equally important – the music.
Unless you’re planning on hiring a live band, you’ll definitely need a wedding DJ for your big day. And now, you can’t hire some regular club DJ – it’s best you narrow it down to an actual professional who will save you from the wrath of unhappy guests. Let’s be honest nothing sucks more than bad music and bad food. So, how do you get the best DJs? Well, for starters, you’ll have to set out a budget first.
How Much Does A Wedding DJ Cost?
Before we get started, calculate the number of hours you’ll be needing the DJ for. An average wedding lasts about 4-5 hours hence use this time-frame to calculate your costs. I’m also pointing out an old cliché here: you get what you pay for. So all the horror stories you’ve heard about tacky wedding DJs, chances are, the bride and groom spent a majority of their budget elsewhere.
To break it down for you, there are generally three types of price categories you’ll find in the market:
- $200 to $300: This is the lowest budget category there is out there and I thoroughly advise you not to go any lower than this. DJs who fall under this category are mostly part-time hobbyists or people who are just stepping into the industry. While they offer a cheaper budget, it’s unlikely that they’ll really have the experience to make your dance floor memorable. Plus, you may also have to rule out backup equipment, because chances are that these folks aren’t trained to handle setbacks.
- $400 to $600: Say hello to your part-time DJ enthusiasts, these guys are obviously better trained than your beginner level music enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they offer better value for money. Truth be told, their performance will largely depend on their reputation online. Hence, don’t be afraid to do some extra research.
- $1000 to $2500: If you’re looking for an absolute expert then this is the best you’ll get. Most professional DJs who have at least a few years of experience can be found in this category. These are all full-time, professionally trained DJs that will give you a wedding to remember. Hiring a trained DJ is a good call since they will have the gear and experience to pull through any kind of setbacks. And let’s face it, everybody likes to be a little extra prepared for their wedding.
If you’re worried about still not having the right budget, it’s probably best to ask a friend to take over. At least, this will save you from any potentially embarrassing situations that you’d have to experience with a newbie. You might also take over for a short period as well but understand if it’s your wedding, you’ll probably have more important activities to tend to.
Tips For Hiring the Best DJ For Your Wedding
Now that you’re sure how much it’ll cost you to hire a DJ, it’s time you get down to the real deal and start looking. Here are a few tips that’ll help you hire the best in town.
Ask for Referrals
Did you happen to really like the DJ who performed at your co-worker’s wedding? That’s great! Reach out to them. It’s always a good idea to ask for recommendations or hire someone who you have already seen perform before. This will eliminate the chances of any unpleasant surprises on your wedding day. Here is a list of some of the best party speakers you can use at your wedding.
Search the Internet
Hiring entertainment may have been incredibly difficult a few decades ago but not anymore. There are a number of websites and resources that you can use to hire the best online. For instance, Wedding Wire happens to be a great place to hire vendors. A word of advice, I highly recommend you use the filter to distinguish DJs with the highest reviews and ratings.
Many professionals pay a hefty fee to have their profiles displayed at the top here hence use the filter to narrow down your choices.
It’s Not JUST About the Music
A lot of people assume that DJing is just about music, it’s not! It’s also about the whole experience. Here are a few factors you should consider:
- Lighting Packages: A stunning mirror ball or a few colored spotlights can make a huge difference. Ask your potential DJ if they’re willing to start an LED show or will be using any lighting effects. Of course, a fancier lighting show will pack up a higher bill.
- Audio/Video Extras: Aside from the lighting, there are many other things that you’ll need to take into account. Check in if your DJ is willing to provide a wireless mic which you can use for your toasts and speeches. Some DJs may also include a video screen in their package. This is likely to be a more convenient option than renting the equipment instead.
- Add-Ons: How do you plan on entertaining the small kids at your wedding? You certainly don’t want them to get bored and play an elaborate game of hide-and-seek. Consider hiring a DJ that can host a brief mini event for the kids. This will ensure they remained settled when everybody else is dancing and having a good time. Of course, you probably won’t have to go through this trouble if you haven’t invited a lot of children at the wedding.
You wouldn’t start looking for caterers at the last minute so why pay less importance to the DJ? We hope this guide had provided you much-needed insight on how much wedding DJs cost and tips on how to hire the best one.
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