72% of all couples said that they should have spent more time choosing their Reception entertainment and made it a higher priority.
Almost 100% said it would have been worth it to spend more of their budget on the Reception entertainment. During Wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is attire, followed by the Reception site and Caterer.
Within 1 week after their Wedding, 78% of couples admit they should have made choosing entertainment a much higher priority.
When asked, 81% of guests say one of the things that stand out most at a Wedding is the Entertainment!
65% of all couples that chose a Band said if they could do it over, they would have Chosen aDisk Jockey, or at least integrated the two together.
**These statistics were published in Bride & Groom Magazine. Sources include: Simmons; USA Today, National Bridal Service, The Knot, Brides Magazine,”
Most asked questions by engaged couples:
How much does a wedding DJ cost?
What are the average wedding DJ prices?
Why is the cost of a wedding DJ in Los Angeles higher?
How much should I spend on my DJ?
These are fair questions, but usually posed because the couple has never hired a DJ before and doesn’t know what else to ask as a qualifying question.
Better questions would be:
What are my top 3 priorities with my reception?
How do I want my guests to feel when leaving the party?
What do I hope my guests are talking about the next day in regards to my wedding?
How much am I willing to invest to ensure my wedding is flawless?
If I am spending more money on flowers and décor than on my DJ, how much do I really care about my guest’s experience when it comes to having a party?
Most important: WHAT AM I PAYING FOR?
Commitment of time- Most clients think the further out they book, the more money they should save on vendors but the opposite is true. If you are asking a DJ to hold a date 10-14 months in advance and pass on any other opportunities that present themselves on that day…there is a premium for that commitment!
To many times we get last minute calls from clients that had their DJ cancel last minute.
Once we find out what they budgeted, it’s clear that the DJ booked a better paying gig and bailed on them. This is highly unprofessional but does happen often, especially with newer/cheaper DJs that are just trying to fill up their calendar.
Other Items to Note
Keep In Mind that even though it appears you are only paying for a 4-6 hour package, in reality it’s closer to a 10-12 hour day for the DJ:
- Testing equipment
- Loading the truck
- Travel to the venue
- Loading in & setup
- Sound check
Rates for an experienced Wedding DJ vary greatly, ranging from $900 to $3,000.00 with an average of $1,500.00 for a 4-hour booking.
- Brand New DJs– $400 – $900 (Just starting out)
- Average DJs– $900 – $1400 (Working but not full time)
- Wedding Specialist DJs– $1400 – $2000 (Pro-level, full time DJs)
- Experts and Masters of Their Craft– $2000 – $3000+ (Owners and leaders in the industry)
Think of it like flying…you can take Soutwest, Jet Blue, United or Virgin.
They will all (hopefully) get you there, but your experience will be radically different with each .
Consider This When Shopping for a DJ/MC
Often times people book the DJ based purely on price because they don’t know what to ask/look for or realize just how much impact the DJ has on the total success of their wedding reception.
Investing in an experienced DJ/MC is an insurance policy against bad memories of a disappointing occasion. Unfortunately, the DJ is often the last service chosen, after much of the budget is spent on a venue, flowers, food and decor.
This “backwards planning” often forces wedding couples and wedding planners to shop for the cheapest possible option.
- Master of Ceremonies
- Sound & Light troubleshooting ability
- Ability to read the crowd and program the perfect vibe
- Ability to follow a timeline and work with event planner
- Ability to work well with other vendors at your event
- Seamless mix of music at all times (no dead air or choppy mixes)
- Professional-grade equipment (with backup gear)
- Fully insured with written contract etc….