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How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

If you are considering hiring a DJ for your wedding, you may wonder how much it will cost you. Although DJ’s are an extra cost, it will be well worth it for the fun and excitement it will bring to your guests! Continue reading to find out how much a wedding DJ will cost.

Statistics show that hiring a wedding DJ will cost between $335 and $1000. Hiring a wedding DJ will all depend on the DJ you want to hire. A DJ will base their pricing off of how big the venue it is, length of your reception, and what equipment is or isn’t available.

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When to book wedding DJ?

If there is a specific DJ you want to hire you will want to try and book your wedding 6-12 months beforehand depending on if you know their schedule or not.

What does a wedding DJ do?

A DJ brings entertainment, fun, and music into your wedding that could make the guests feel bored without it. DJ’s often must work several days beforehand to find the perfect songs and prepare with the information you have given them.

When do wedding DJ’s get paid?

If they are a single DJ that is self-employed or does it as a hobby they may ask to be paid a percentage beforehand or the full price afterward. Most everyone has a different way they prefer.

Is a wedding DJ worth it?

A DJ can bring another level of fun to your wedding as it is often very entertaining and will make your guests remember your wedding for years to come. A great DJ can really lighten the mood and bring everyone together.

Continue reading to find out more information on hiring a DJ for your wedding entertainment.

When to Book Wedding DJ?

This all depends on who you want to hire. If there is a specific DJ you want to hire you will want to try and book your wedding 6-12 months beforehand depending on if you know their schedule or not. If you want to hire a band versus a single DJ then you should still make sure you book as soon as possible after your engagement to make sure they have an opening.

If you don't have anyone specific and you want a DJ company then you could wait as long as 6-9 months before your wedding before booking your reception.

What Does a Wedding DJ Do?

A wedding DJ is often thrown aside as extra expense that is only optional and has no effect on the success of a wedding. Although it is true that hiring a wedding DJ is optional, they have a much larger role in a wedding reception than may be thought.

A DJ brings entertainment, fun, and music into your wedding that could make the guests feel bored without it. DJ’s often must work several days beforehand to find the perfect songs and prepare with the information you have given them.

When booking with a DJ you will normally have to give them what music you would like played and not played. A DJ sometimes will also give personalized introductions of your wedding party at the reception. If this is what you would like at your wedding you will need to give info on your wedding party as well.

You will also need to give them info on what equipment is already at the venue so they know what they will need to bring. They will also need a schedule of what songs will be played at what time and of dances such as the father/daughter dance.

When Do Wedding DJ’s Get Paid?

This all depends on the DJ you want to play. If they are a single DJ that is self-employed or does it as a hobby they may ask to be paid a percentage beforehand or the full price afterward. Most everyone has a different way they prefer.

If they work for a DJ company then they will most likely ask to get paid some before and the rest of the price afterward. Pricing will all depend on how long they will be asked to play and the size of the venue. Although it is common to pay the DJ before the event even happens, a week to a few days beforehand.

Is a Wedding DJ Worth It?

If you have a small amount of money for your budget than hiring a DJ may not be the best option for you. You could simply have a playlist of music playing on large speakers for music. But if you don't care about the expense then hiring a DJ is a great idea!

A DJ can bring another level of fun to your wedding as it is often very entertaining and will make your guests remember your wedding for years to come. A great DJ can really lighten the mood and bring everyone together.

DJs also can make announcements when each event begins, and add humor and fun that a simple music playlist cannot. A good DJ will also have the experience that when something would go wrong they could easily improvise to distract from the mishap.

Share your best wedding DJ tips and experiences in the comments!

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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