When you go to the store to buy sugar, does it really matter which brand you buy? In most case, the answer would be no. Sugar is sugar and one brand is about the same as others. This is the conventional wisdom.The average cost of a wedding in the United States right now (2013) is in between $24,000 and $30,000 according to the project wedding website. This represents a major expense for the bride and groom who typically will be the ones picking up the cost of a wedding in modern times.Before we talk about the true cost of a wedding DJ, let me tell you about some insider secrets. I have been in the wedding industry for over 30 years, and I have seen other DJs market themselves using interesting methods.One of the most unethical methods out there is the”let’s size you up approach.” This is extremely common in our industry so let me explain this to you here:
These guys will not give you a firm price over the phone. They will do whatever they can to get you in their office to strong arm you into spending more.
They will play on your fears.
They will act like they are the only ones who offer such great service!
The DJ will look at you to try and figure out how much money you have
They will look at your car, your ring, your clothes, your purse, etc. to determine how much they can charge you.
These guys have no price integrity and the prices they charge are all over the place. One client gets a great price while another pays exorbitant fees. All because of their perception of you!
The truth is there are many DJs who lack experience, and you don’t want them at your wedding. There are many mid level DJs who do a pretty good job, but if you want great DJs and emcees you want the guys with real experience.I have been in the business for over 30 years, and I post my prices online. A really great DJ will cost you in between $800 and $3,000.The price variance occurs because besides the music you can get lights, uplighting (this is the rage right now), video montages, projectors, my own favorite (specialized love stories produced by the DJ especially for you), etc.It is your day and it should be an amazingly wonderful day for you!You should spend in between 5-10 percent of you total wedding budget on your wedding DJ. After all, people will remember if they had a great time at your wedding. The DJ has a large role in making this happen. So, on the lower end we are talking around $1,000 and on the upper end around $3,000 dollars based on the average cost of a wedding.I hope your search for a DJ ends wonderfully. To learn more about hiring wedding djs visit my profile and take a look at my website!