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Why a Wedding DJ Charges what they Charge

Updated on November 16, 2011

Money, Money, Money

Weddings are magical celebrations that allow two people to spend a fortune sharing the love they have for each other with all of their friends and family. Thousands of dollars going to the location, the dress, the flowers, the food, and a million other things. On top of that you still need to pay some DJ another grand to push play on his glorified iPod so you can dance with your new husband/wife. Why should they get so much money for doing something your eight year old nephew can do?

I'll try to shed some light on why that is.

Where it all began

You can find wedding DJs that range in price from $25 an hour up to $1000 an hour, and this is a profession that really follows the "you get what you pay for" expression. If a DJ says he'll come and DJ for next to nothing then little alarms should be going off in your head. Real DJ's spend years learning how to be great wedding DJs. We work countless hours as an assistant to DJs that know what their doing, we practice at home we spend hour after hour building our knowledge of music, we invest thousands into quality equipment and put it out so your drunk cousin can try to knock it over, and most importantly, a professional DJ doesn't book a wedding so they can practice. They book a wedding because they have been practicing.

There are plenty of videos you can watch on YouTube where an amateur DJ ruined a wedding. A professional works hard so that won't happen.

From the first meeting

The DJ's work for your wedding starts from the very first time you chat. They spend time understanding what you're looking for and letting you know just how well they can be what you want. If they've done there job well then you sign the contract and put down the deposit. You may think that the DJ doesn't give you a second thought until the wedding day but that is not the case. We are working side by side with you putting together your ceremony and reception. We go over music selections, help plan the reception itinerary, contact other vendors you've selected, check and recheck equipment, put together play lists, etc... On average we spent near 20 hours on each wedding we do.

The day of the wedding

After all of the details have been worked out and the big day finally arrives, we really come alive. We load up the car and drive to the venue. getting there an hour or two ahead of the contract time to start setting up. Once finished we start our pre-game checklist which includes bringing your other vendors up to speed on the order of events. The DJ is the point man/woman for everything that happens at a reception and we have to make sure that the other vendors are where they need to be when it's go time. If the kitchen is running slow then we adapt. If the bride is unhappy then we jump in and fix the problem. We are the front line on keep the atmosphere fun. It's like juggling 8 balls at once and it's what we live for.

The result

If we do our job well then what you see is the DJ on the mic when they need to be and perfect music is playing throughout the night. So simple from the outside and worth every penny.

In closing: When a DJ states a price that is more then you expected there is usually a very good reason for it.

If you are in need of a Wedding DJ in the Phoenix area, please consider Black Tie DJ PHX.

Thanks for reading.


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    • B. A. Williams profile image

      B. A. Williams 6 years ago from USA

      Great article, don't you love it when someone thinks they can stand on your bass bin and dance?

      I really think set-up and take down time should be included too, especially if you provide a light show.

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      DJBudd 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      Thanks Johnny. I've heard to many horror stories from brides that chose their DJ on price alone. Hopefully this can shed some light on why that's not always a good idea.

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      johnnymackdj 6 years ago from Plainfield, IL

      Great Post! Right on the money! So many people think that all a Wedding DJ does is play music and talk on the mic. I've had weddings where I spent 40 hours putting together plans for the event. I've had weddings where it was outside and i had to have a contingency plan in place in case there was rain! It's never the same from one wedding to the next.