How Much Will Your Wedding DJ Cost in 2018?

According to the numerous real quotes submitted by professional wedding djs nationwide within the last 12 months, couples in the United States can expect to pay an average of $915 for their wedding deejay, which is an average of 2.9% of their total wedding budget. In terms of cost, this ranks number 11 in terms of cost ahead of renting a limousine and behind hiring a day of wedding planner. These average numbers will appear higher than the median amounts spent by normal couples who spend less than that on their dj service. You can click here to see a complete listing of wedding costs in your own area.

2018 City and State Averages

As with most related expenses, the average cost for DJ services for a 4 hour wedding mainly depends on what city and state you are located, all other things being equal. Shown below are the average budgets for wedding DJ's over the past 9-12 months. How does your area compare? *NOTE: The amounts appearing below are updated throughout the year.

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The Average Cost of Wedding Djs by State

StatesAverage Cost
USA$909
Alabama$811
Alaska$975
Arizona$847
Arkansas$722
California$1,054
Colorado$876
Connecticut$1,148
Delaware$868
District of Columbia$1,086
Florida$910
Georgia$836
Hawaii$949
Idaho$718
Illinois$928
Indiana$798
Iowa$750
Kansas$768
Kentucky$796
Louisiana$819
Maine$901
Maryland$971
Massachusetts$1,137
Michigan$856
Minnesota$814
Mississippi$804
Missouri$787
Montana$688
Nebraska$754
Nevada$851
New Hampshire$1,004
New Jersey$1,203
New Mexico$729
New York$1,087
North Carolina$824
North Dakota$750
Ohio$844
Oklahoma$796
Oregon$835
Pennsylvania$993
Rhode Island$1,038
South Carolina$854
South Dakota$708
Tennessee$787
Texas$858
Utah$813
Vermont$878
Virginia$877
Washington$933
West Virginia$758
Wisconsin$864
Wyoming$857

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What is Included?

A good DJ will not only provide great music that will keep your guests entertained, but will also perform master of ceremonies duties for the reception. As you want your guests to have a good time, this is why it is so important to hire a professional that is experienced, has the proper equipment and permits, is up to date on their knowledge of music, and has a great personality that will match your wedding style.

Similar to your photographer, your wedding deejay will charge you by the hour. Typical wedding packages provided by professional disc jockeys will include time incurred for planning, coordination on what the music list will consist of, agreement on what equipment is mandatory and which are optional, coordination on emcee duties, agreement on how long they will perform (generally 4 hours of playing time), and set-up / tear-down time for the event.

The agreed upon playing time in the contract is especially important, as sometimes extra time is requested by couples that wish to play recorded music at the ceremony, or if the DJ is requested to attend the rehearsal, or if they want the party to keep going because the guests are having a great time, etc. If the DJ is needed to performed more than the agreed upon amount, expect to pay them in cash up to double their normal hourly rate. Also many times you can factor in the cost of their meal provided by your caterer if they will be attending a longer function.

Generally, the cost you will pay for this service depends on the experience level of your selected DJ:

  • Beginner/Hobbyist: These will have a limited amount of experience in the industry and will not have all the equipment or licenses that a full time professional DJ has. They should also have limited experience with emceeing and interacting with guests. They should cost you a couple hundred bucks at the most.

  • Part time: These will have more experience than the beginners and have more equipment as well. In general you may want to limit their responsibilities as their daytime full time job will limit their preparation time. With some research and luck, you may find a retired full time professional that still does some gigs for fun or otherwise find a real enthusiast in this group that has the equipment and personal skills to make your event successful. Due to not being in the business full time, you should be able to find one for $500 or so.

  • Full time: These trained professionals do this as a living. They are experienced, have an extensive playlist, and know how to read a crowd to keep everyone moving. They will likely have previous knowledge of the wedding venue you'll be renting and will know how to place their equipment for maximum effectiveness. They should have backup equipment on hand to ensure you're covered for any mishaps, and will follow your instructions to the letter. They will rehearse the announcements and pronunciation of the names of the bridal party with you beforehand, and even make helpful suggestions based on their past experiences. As this is their full time job and usually live on referrals, it is in their interest to make sure everything will go perfectly. These full time professionals may charge double the average cost of a DJ in your area or more, depending on their level of demand that week/month.

Do NOT go by what a DJ initially quotes you and assume that quote is representative of their quality of work! Remember to do your own legwork both online and in the real world, check references, and properly interview all services you are considering to ensure you are getting a wedding DJ that will deliver the kind of experience you want your guests to have. Also be sure you include everything you want in the contract (down to exactly who the DJ will be showing up and what they will wear) to prevent any misunderstandings when the big day finally comes.

Key Points to remember:

  • In 2018, couples in the United States can expect to pay an average of $915 to hire their wedding DJ, which comes out to an average of 2.9% of their wedding budget.

  • Pricing will be charged per hour needed. Additional hours above what is contracted is generally paid in cash up to double their normal rate.

  • Final costs are correlated with level of experience, the day and time of year of your wedding, the city/area you live, what duties are included in the contract, and general supply and demand factors.

  • What a DJ initially quotes you is not indicative of the quality of service you will receive. Levels of experience and professionalism vary, and it is up to you to do your research to be sure you hire the right one at the rate being charged.

  • Remember to factor in additional costs such as emcee duties, additional equipment that may be needed, costs to feed them if it is a lengthy event, and taxes that will add to the bottom line.

Tips on Saving Money on Your Wedding DJ

  • Ask a friend or family member that has an iPod and some speakers (or rent the equipment separately) if you are severely short on funds for entertainment. Be sure they can be trusted to correctly pronounce the names of the couple and bridal party, play appropriate music, and won't make any inappropriate announcements.

  • Remove the emcee duties from the contract and save. Instead, have the best man or trusted family member or friend make the announcements.

  • Compare what your DJ will charge for any additional rentals needed against what you can rent separately yourself. This can include dance floors, lighting, fog machines, etc.

  • Before you sign your contract (but after you've agreed on a price) ask if you can get a discount for paying your entire fee in advance. Paying up front could save you around 10% off your package price.

  • Pass on having your DJ perform during the cocktail hour.

  • Have your wedding reception on a day other than Saturday. The savings on non-Saturday wedding celebrations can be translated to virtually every service needed. Remember it's all about supply and demand!

  • Top DJs are active online, and will usually post all their latest news and even discounts on their websites social media pages. Listings pages on Decidio show you which local pros have social media accounts and allows you to easily click through to do your research.

  • Book an associate for a lower price. The DJ you want may have an understudy who can set up the equipment and play during the ceremony, cocktail hour and during dinner while the main DJ performs after dinner when it's time for dancing.

  • Hire a one-man dj service instead of paying for a two- or three-member team.

  • DJs will sometimes offer basic lighting accents for free as well as specialty/custom lighting effects for an additional fee. Ask to use non-custom effects such as a snowflake or other pattern projected on your dance floor at no charge instead of commissioning lighting effects with your names, your wedding date, etc.

  • Don't be afraid to negotiate for the best deal! Even if they won't cut on their hourly rate, maybe you can get them to play an extra hour if needed or thrown in some extras like optional equipment for free.

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