Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.
A full-service disc jockey company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for “4 hours”. Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
What you need to know BEFORE you choose an ipod for your event.
As is often the case in society, some things or ideas become trendy with little thought to practical implementation.
One example was the “Sponsored Wedding”. This idea was based upon all the event service professionals donating their services to your wedding in the hopes of getting business from the other guests. The problem was vendors quickly realized that the only thing sponsored weddings got you was more requests for sponsored weddings. These events typically turned out very badly for brides and grooms as their once in a life time event was considerably less memorable than they would have liked. The trend dies quickly. So people that overspent on some items counting on the reception being paid for by others soon were in trouble as their budget was gone and they were still missing major parts of their event program.
Today, the trendy topic is DIY receptions which uses an ipod and a rented sound system instead of a professional wedding DJ. This idea is fraught with peril, because a great event is more than simply gear and music. It is the talent that a qualified professional brings to the event which matters most. A professional DJ allows for a smooth flow to the event, with no embarrassing surprises. A Professional DJ can provide you with confidence that your event will flow smoothly and will be an event that you, your family and guests will never forget, instead of one they would like to.
Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
Yes. We will meet with you a couple of times prior to your wedding. We will have you fill out a wedding planner guide, and we will go over the specific songs that you have asked for. There are many different versions to a lot of the songs out there, so this is an important step. In that planner there will be lists for “must play”, and “do not play”. Also, there is a section to fill out if you would like requests to be taken at your wedding if you would like guests to be able to make suggestions.
Do you use professional equipment?
Yes. Our primary system consists of two Mackie SRM-1850 powered subwoofers with two SRM-650 satellite speakers. This system can handle any medium to large venue, or crowded venue. We use a B-52 Matrix sound system for the outdoor weddings/events. This system includes a powered subwoofer and two satellite speakers, and is much smaller than the Mackie. This system is also used for the karaoke. The music aspect is controlled through a Toshiba Satellite laptop with professional DJ software. The lighting is all LED, and consists of a American DJ and Chauvet products.
Do you require a contract?
Yes. The only events we do without contracts are our repeat school dances.