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    How Much Should Your Wedding DJ Cost

    Food for thought from my archives,

    By Stacie Tamaki of The Flirty Blog.com



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    Honestly? Probably more than you were planning to pay.


    Because this isn’t easy to say, I don’t say it lightly: When it comes to Wedding DJs, Brides and Grooms can and should expect more professionalism than the status quo that has been perpetuated as “acceptable” for far too long.

     And that’s not just my opinion. Over the years, I’ve talked to brides, grooms, friends, other wedding professionals, and even wedding DJs. Everyone seems to agree that the bar for Wedding DJ professionalism is set (but even more oddly, accepted) at an often shockingly low level of expectation. In many cases, the quality of the service provided falls well beneath mediocrity. IMO that’s not ok because the reputation of the entire DJ industry is damaged every time a DJ falls short. Furthermore, it’s created an atmosphere of apathy where people in need of a DJ often hope to pay very little for One simply because they expect so little in return.

    This post isn’t about bashing what I consider average or stereotypical Wedding DJ. For the most part, I don’t think there’s anything particularly deceptive about how most of them run or market their companies. It’s not a bait and switch scenario. Clients hire them with their eyes wide open, understanding the level of service they will receive. Some are willing to contract an average DJ because they think what they’re seeing is “as good as it gets.”

    In some cases, their expectations are low; they don’t even try to find a qualified DJ or MC because they don’t realize good DJs exist.

    Recently I stumbled upon this blog post on Vegan Bride titled “Phil Birdsell Saved the Day!” written by her real-life groom. It’s a perfect example of what this article is all about. He and his bride weren’t going to hire a Professional DJ… Until they met Phil Birdsell, who completely transformed their perception of what a wedding DJ can be and exceeded their expectations.

    A common misconception is that all DJs are “cheesy,” or as MCs, they are “obnoxious” on the microphone. So why pay a lot for someone who will most likely annoy or disappoint you? For some companies, those may be accurate descriptions of the types of services. But I want to share with you today that not all DJ companies are like that…

    Some are good.

    Some are good.

    A select few are great.

    IMO the major factors that matter when it comes to price are:

    If a particular DJ doesn’t fit your budget, keep looking for the most qualified one who does. You want to choose the right DJ to entrust your reception to who will try their most complex and do their best for you, not the first one you talk to or the most convenient one.

    What is a DJ Worth?

    The answer to this question varies based on your needs, expectations, and priorities and the level of talent, skills, and customer service a DJ can provide to you.

    The funny thing (as in ironic not, haha) is that I have worked in the wedding Dj industry for 13 years and know more vendors who do not charge enough for their services than those who overcharge. So many people who work in the wedding Dj industry do so because they love to make people happy; they’re not in it for the money. Some bare charge enough to break even on the cost of their labor, supplies, and equipment. (When I was a custom bridal accessory designer, I spent a lot of energy talking brides out of things they didn’t need because of IMO when it comes to wedding accessories, less is more. Less will always look classic and elegant, while too much can look costumed or silly.)

    Are DJs Who Charge More Worth More?
    They can be, but it may take research on your part to verify if a company is charging what they’re worth or if they are merely opportunistic. The sad truth is that any business can “look” legitimate. They have to build a friendly-looking website, print up some business cards and brochures, and start advertising. They may even have some impressive credentials. But those things alone aren’t a guarantee of anyone’s current level of professionalism or your satisfaction as their client.

     On the flip side of buyer beware is knowing that paying a premium price for something doesn’t always mean it’s overpriced. Whether or not something costs “too much” can be determined by the answer: Is it worth what it costs? You can spend $5,000 on something worth $10,000 and get a great deal. Or you can pay the same $5000 on something only worth $50 and be completely taken advantage of.

    My pov is: “Value is not about price, but the quality of the product or service you receive in return for your investment.”

    DJ as MC

    And what about their Master of Ceremonies skills? Especially if you haven’t ever seen them perform before, I urge you not just to send out an email or chat on the phone before hiring a DJ because they will almost always be acting as your MC. You need to meet them in person. During your face-to-face consultation, you can see their personality and even ask them to stand and do an introduction for you. When they do, watch for the following elements to see if they have mastered the MC skills needed to do a great job at your wedding:

    • Facial expression and demeanor: Do they smile and look happy?
    • Body language: Do they recline, rock, or shift about nervously once they begin speaking? Or do they stand straight and tall with confidence?
    • What are their speaking skills like? Do they talk so fast you can barely understand them? Or are they so timid you can’t imagine them getting everyone out on the dance floor?
    • Do they sound engaged, interested, and excited to be there, or is their voice flat as if they are reading a nutrition label on a breakfast cereal box?
    • What does their voice sound like? Do they speak with sincerity in their voice or turn on a differently affected performance voice once they’re speaking into a microphone? (Or spoon or ballpoint pen, whatever is handy during your consultation.)

    After taking Mark Ferrell’s MC workshop, it is now more apparent how undervalued and overlooked MC skills have been in both the past and present. It’s shocking because everything the MC does is an integral part of your wedding reception and should be considered when choosing your Wedding DJ.

    The first and most important question would be: Were you referred to a particular DJ by someone you know and trust, who hired them for an event and was thrilled by their service? Or were you impressed when you saw them successfully performing at another event? If your answer to either question is yes, that may be all you need to know when selecting who to hire.

    If you’re starting from scratch, here are some tips that may help you decide if a company will delight or disappoint you. If you can answer “yes” to all or most of the questions below, you’re definitely on the right track to finding a DJ of quality.

    Does the DJ you are considering hiring:

    • Use a Written Contract? Do they guarantee the date, arrival and departure time, and the rate they are charging you?
    • Have Quality Equipment?
    • Own a Vehicle Large Enough to Transport all of the Needed Equipment? Or will they forego the correct equipment because they don’t have the space to transport it?
    • Come Prepared with Back-Up Equipment?
    • Have an Appropriate Selection of Music to Play at Your Wedding?
    • Know-How to Properly Mix Music? If mixed music is what you’re looking for, be sure the DJ you’re hiring knows how to mix in the style you’re seeking.
    • Dress Appropriately?
    • Not Use Inappropriate Language?
    • Not Drink Alcohol on the Job?
    • Bring an Assistant When Necessary? i.e., not enough time allowed for setting up before guests arrive or lots of stairs that their equipment must be carried up and down.
    • Are they members of an organization with fundamental business practices and ethics standards? A group where not just anyone can pay to be a member.
    But here are the intangibles:
    These are the things that you can’t always discern from a website. These are the things a trusted testimonial from someone you know or an eyewitness account can confirm. So does the DJ you are considering hiring:
    • Rely on Expertise, not Ego?
    • Deserve your trust?
    • Have Solid MC Skills?
    • Know how to Use Their Equipment Properly?
    • Understand the Pacing and Timing of the Reception?
    • Have a personality that reflects your own and the type of event you would like to host for your guests?
    • Care About Your Wedding? Are they honored to be a part of your special day, or is it just a job to earn money?
    There is a Big Difference Between how “Professional” and “Stereotypical” DJs View Weddings
    There are no exceptions; every DJ is one or the other. It comes down to integrity and their choice regarding how they approach your wedding Dj day? You will find both types of DJs within owner-operated and multi-op companies. Professionalism is defined as competence and skill. The Professional understands and cares that your wedding Dj is unique and will use their expertise and skills to help make it enjoyable and memorable. For the Stereotypical DJs, the common perception is that they treat weddings as just another “gig” on their calendar.

    Do you remember in the movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” when Julia Robert’s self-centered, no-frills character makes the analogy that she is “Jell-O” and, in the same breath, labeled Cameron Diaz’s real character? as being “Crème Brule?”

    Professional DJ’s are the Crème Brule

    They are honest, have integrity, and treat being a DJ as an occupation, not a hobby. Professionals know that their business requires commitment, effort, and integrity to succeed. They treat their clients with appreciation and respect because they care that weddings are special events.

    I’ve noticed that because they get to know their clients so well, many owners operate “Professional” vendors in all categories, often creating friendships with their clients that may last for years or decades. That’s a great thing!

    A Professional DJ will incur many overhead expenses to maintain their company and the high service to their clients. These costs have to be factored into the price they charge for their services to create a profit margin. The expenses may include but are not limited to;

    • Computer and needed software
    • Collateral/Printshop: Brochures, business cards, letterhead, etc.
    • A website that includes: Design, development, monthly hosting fees, annual renewal for their domain name, periodic updates to their webmaster, etc.
    • Continuing Education: Attending educational industry events, workshops, seminars, and conferences
    • Graphic Designer: Logo design & collateral development
    • Equipment: Initial purchase, maintenance, and repair
    • Company Vehicle: A DJ has to own a vehicle large enough to transport their equipment to and from your event. Some hold a dedicated car, and others purchase a larger personal vehicle than they need daily to transport their equipment on the weekends.
    • Gas and mileage: Some events and consultations may entail a 4+ hour round trip to reach the wedding Dj venue
    • Vehicle maintenance and repair
    • Paying assistants when required to do their job properly
    • Advertising: Bridal shows, magazines, etc.
    • Hiring a bookkeeper or accountant

    Stereotypical DJs are like Jell-O

    Sometimes Jell-O does hit the spot; it can have its moment. But as Julia said in the movie: “Jell-O can NEVER be crème Brule!” The Stereotypical DJs have made being average an accepted standard. Many often treat being a DJ as a hobby. Their most common offenses, many of which you may have witnessed in person or have seen portrayed in movies or on tv that have helped to perpetuate the stereotype, are: Being late, incorrectly pronouncing the bride or groom’s name during the introductions, not knowing how to properly use their equipment, not following the timeline for announcements, dressing or acting up; hitting on guests, drinking on the job, using inappropriate language or using inappropriate humor.
    I know. I get and empathize that these are the reasons that some of you are considering making your eclectic music cd or playlist and may forego hiring a DJ. You don’t want to risk “that guy” showing up and ruining your wedding Dj reception. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
    If you didn’t before, I hope you now realize highly skilled, experienced, talented, caring professional DJs. They do exist!
    Your Wedding DJ CostSo, How Much Should Your Wedding DJ Cost?
    Because different country areas have different price ranges and couples have different needs and budgets, I can’t give you a definitive amount.
    The best guidance I can offer is directly related to the following factors:
    • Do you want your guests to be able to hear the ceremony and vows by using an additional sound system not provided by your venue?
    • How critical is the success of your reception to you and your fiancé? Do you want classy intros, someone who entertains (as opposed to interrupts) your guests, unobtrusive sound systems that won’t look tacky in photos, and great music & dancing for your reception? How things sound and how successful the dancing goes are essential if you’ve hired a wedding videographer.
    • Suppose you haven’t hired a professional wedding Dj coordinator. Do you need the DJ to help you create and execute your wedding day timeline to make sure all introductions and announcements are made appropriately? Are you going to count on them to ensure that the photographer and videographer are in place for elements like the toasts, cake cutting, and first dance?
    • Do you want a DJ you can trust? Knowing they are there will give you peace of mind that everything will go smoothly and that their presence will positively impact the success of your wedding Dj and reception?
    • Have you ever hired the wrong person to do a remarkable job? You didn’t realize how important it was to you until things went wrong. Or maybe you were just too busy to be overly concerned and thought you could get by. Whatever the reason, regret sucks when you know you could have had a better outcome if you had done things differently.

    If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes, you will want to hire the best, most Professional DJ you can afford. What do the real DJs charge? While there is always the possibility you can find a better-than-average DJ at any price point, if you want a right or great one, they will probably charge at least twice as much as the average estimates you’ll receive.

    I hope this post has Helped you to ask more of your vendors to RAISE THE BAR.

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