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How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $75-$400average costTypical: $100-$300 per hour
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Disc Jockeys are the typical choice for less expensive wedding reception entertainment. Oftentimes, a DJ not only provides the music, but also acts as a master of ceremonies. For this reason, it's important to choose someone who has a personality that suits your wedding style. The American Disc Jockey Association says DJ rates vary based on experience, emcee ability, equipment, music knowledge and personality.

Typical costs:

  • Professional DJ services range from roughly $100 to $300 per hour, depending on the location and amount of time requested and type of equipment requested. In general, the more time you book, the cheaper the price. Most expect a 50% deposit upon reservation.
  • Many couples on a tight budget opt to rent a sound system and have a friend act as both DJ and MC. Equipment rental varies by type and location, but average roughly $75 - $270 for a dual or 4-tray CD player, audio mixer and two speakers. Corded microphones run about $15 - $20 each; wireless or "lapel" microphones are about $40 each.
  • Some companies offer "jukebox" systems, with pre-loaded music lists to choose from. Rental costs range from $325 - $400 per day.
  • One of the newest trends is the "iPlay" type of sound system, which allows you to amplify pre-loaded music from an iPod. These systems, which can be rented for about $175 per day, are best for smaller, more intimate weddings, since the speakers are only between 10 and 12-inches and may not provide enough volume for a large reception.
Related articles: Wedding Music Band, Live Ceremony Music, Dance Floor, Wedding Reception Venue, Wedding Dress, Public Address System

What should be included:
  • Typical wedding DJ packages should include planning consultation, music list customization, multiple tray CD players, a minimum of one audio mixer and one microphone, at least 4 hours of music, plus set-up and tear-down time.
Additional costs:
  • Some DJs impose a higher per-hour charge (either 1-1/2 times or double their normal rate) for any performances that run overtime, and may require cash-only payments in those situations.
  • For DJs that are hired to play recorded music during the wedding ceremony, additional per-hour costs may apply if they are asked to attend the rehearsal.
  • Meals at longer events, meaning 4 hours or more, are often requested but not required. Be sure to check with your DJ ahead of time and include him/her in your caterer's head count if necessary. Some caterers will provide box meals for vendors like DJs.
Discounts:
  • Since most DJs are hired for weddings, proms, family celebrations and other events that typically take place on weekends, many offer discounts for weekday events.
  • A few DJs also offer discounts for referrals and repeat customers, usually between 5-10%.
Shopping for a wedding dj:
  • The American Disc Jockey Association[1] and Brides Magazine[2] provide searchable databases of DJs by location.
  • The American Disc Jockey Association suggests asking about insurance and proof of liability, the specific type of equipment to be used at your wedding, details on backup equipment, required set-up and tear-down time.
  • Party Pop[3] has a state-by-state list of companies that rent audio equipment.
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Great Wedding DJ at a great value!
Amount: $995.00 total
Posted by: KellyS2013 in Cleveland, OH.Posted: May 8th, 2013 10:05AM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: Just Dreaming Entertainment
A friend of ours referred us to Just Dreaming Entertainment when we were looking for a Cleveland Wedding DJ. From the begining Jeff from Just Dreaming Entertainment was very professional, freindly and knowledgeable. Not only that, he even gave us a discount since our friend had referred us, and let us know about how we could save even more by referring others! (If you tell him that I referred you, then you can save too!) At our meetings he guided us through the timeline, music selections, and all of the details of the day, so we knew we were in good hands! Just Dreaming even did the lighting and made the entire reception hall look AMAZING! We had a blast dancing the entire night, they played the songs we wanted mixed with requests from our guests that fit perfectly. We even decided to go longer than expected since the party was so great due to the great job Jeff and Just Dreaming Entertainment did! By far one of the best choices (and at a great value!) we made for our wedding was going with Just Dreaming Entertainment! I would highly reccomend them to anyone looking for a Wedding DJ in the Cleveland area! (don't forget to tell him I referred you to get your discount!)
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Wow!
Amount: $1,200.00 total
Posted by: Sole Fish in Owensboro, KY.Posted: February 17th, 2013 08:02AM
Number of Hours: 4DJ: DJ Wedding
I couldn't have expected more from a DJ! Perfect song selection, amazing lights, great personality. On time, friendly. Had it all. Love what this guy did for all of us! Best DJ in Owensboro!
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The Best Dj i have ever heard in my life..
Amount: $2,000.00 total
Posted by: party rockin groom in Columbus, GA.Posted: August 28th, 2012 02:08AM
Number of Hours: 10-12DJ: DJ HENNESSEY
we were connected with dj hennessey out of Columbus Georgia.. never heard of him but heard he was amazing... told him what i wanted and he delivered.. superior sound syster, crazy lighting, and video.. price i thought was too low for everything he did and gave him a check for an extra 500... he made sure everything was perfect, neat and professional setup... huge speakers.. lighting and boy was he the best dj i have ever heard... he plays everything... top 40, old school hip hop, and he is an all around funny guy
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OG Music Entertainment, DJ OG Smoove
Amount: $1,200.00 total
Posted by: Lill, Linda in Merriville, IN.Posted: July 9th, 2012 07:07PM
Number of Hours: 6DJ: OG Smoove
DJ "OG" Smoove met with me, my mother-in-law and fiancé 9 months before our wedding day and from the moment we met him I knew we had found the real deal. He listened to us, our ideas and how we wanted to have a classy reception AND a big dance party, and he made it all happen. From before we got to the reception until after our grand exit (which I'll never forget) he took care of us like we were royalty. We spent $12,000 on our big day, but the best decision we made by FAR was having DJ "OG" Smoove as our wedding DJ. Incredible!
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The best DJ in the southeast
Amount: $1,200.00 total
Posted by: Lisa Ward in Atlanta, GA.Posted: June 3rd, 2012 02:06AM
Number of Hours: DJ: DJ HENNESSEY/ www.djhennessey.net
Our wedding was in June 2011 in Atlanta GA. A friend of ours connected us with DJ Hennessey as we had no DJ. He told us that the DJ was a good friend of his and probably the best DJ in the southeast... Boy was he right. He is from Columbus GA but he drove up to Atlanta to have a face to face meeting with us and didnt ask for a penny. Earned hime a lot of brownie points from me and my husband. He Handled everything. The sound was second to none, the light show put a lot of nightclubs to shame and the music was amazing, he even mixed music videos as he had a huge projector screen set up behind his DJ setup. He had everyone from black to white to hispanic dancing all night. we had to book him for 2 extra hours. For anyone that needs a dj i highly suggest you contact him. He is a great dj and a amazing man.
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My other DJ backed out and BOY AM I GLAD HE DID. Found the BEST DJ!!
Amount: $500.00 total
Posted by: nichole6714 in Louisville, FL.Posted: April 16th, 2012 06:04PM
Number of Hours: 4DJ: DJ Ev\\\\\\\'olution
My other DJ backed out at the last minute and boy am I glad he did. I ended up with the best, DJ Ev'olution. (502)435-9908 www.30somethingentertainment.comrnHe First to arrive, last to leave and SIMPLY THE BEST!!! Meticulous in set-up, had all the equipment and brilliant in song selection. His prices were the most competitive. We met before the party and he was able to meet all my accommodations. Super pleased. Very professional and affordable. He does weddings, parties of all types and corporate events.
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"OG" Music Entertainment, DJ "OG" Smoove
Amount: $1,450.00 total
Posted by: Phyllis Williams in Merrillville, IN.Posted: March 23rd, 2012 04:03PM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: "OG" Smoove
DJ "OG" Smoove was awesome! We were going to just run an ipod/computer songlist that our guest's could add to for our wedding, but out of curiosity, I googled DJ's in the area. The first thing I came across was an earlier Yelp review of DJ "OG" Smoove that explained our situation exactly... I looked up his website and was hooked. There was an article he wrote on why not to use an ipod and he showed us why during the wedding. After writing him for a quote and getting a quick and friendly response, we met once, emailed a bunch and he rocked it! There were even some songs he pulled out during the wedding that I mentioned in passing and I thought 'how did he know/remember?" We barely stopped dancing the whole night and our guests loved him too! Once I saw his site I said 'we don't have to look any further' and we did out of curiosity, but nothing out there compared. I don't know what we would have done without him! Thanks DJ "OG" Smoove !
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Very Fun, Professional DJ & MC!
Amount: $750.00 total
Posted by: Colin and Renae in New Brunswick, NJ in New Brunswick, NJ.Posted: March 21st, 2012 07:03AM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: DJ Mystical Michael
DJ Mystical Michael was awesome! We were going to just run an ipod/computer songlist that our guest's could add to for our wedding, but out of curiosity, I googled DJ's in the area. The first thing I came across was an earlier Yelp review of Michael that explained our situation exactly... I looked up his website and was hooked. There was an article he wrote on why not to use an ipod and he showed us why during the wedding. After writing him for a quote and getting a quick and friendly response, we met once, emailed a bunch and he rocked it! There were even some songs he pulled out during the wedding that I mentioned in passing and I thought 'how did he know/remember?" We barely stopped dancing the whole night and our guests loved him too! Once I saw his site I said 'we don't have to look any further' and we did out of curiosity, but nothing out there compared. I don't know what we would have done without him! Thanks DJ Mystical Michael!
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The Best DJ we ever booked
Amount: $700.00 total
Posted by: Theodore Robinson in Chicago, IL.Posted: January 24th, 2012 11:01AM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: Bo of Infinity Entertainment
Dj Bo of Infinity Entertainment was very accommodating and professional, worked with us on our budget to ensure a comfortable experience for our special day. He played a variety of hit from the old school to the new school. We highly recommend him for your Wedding too....Enjoy
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Great Wedding Dj
Amount: $595.00 total
Posted by: Cindy Konop in Cleveland, OH.Posted: November 17th, 2011 01:11PM
Number of Hours: 6DJ: Gary Perl
What a great DJ. took requests and had the dance floor full all night.
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Wedding DJ Brandon Manitoba
Amount: $1,145.00 total
Posted by: Richard & Julie P. in Brandon, Other.Posted: August 17th, 2011 09:08PM
Number of Hours: 7DJ: Dale
A huge promotional thank you to DJ Dale Kerik from TUNES! Music Services in Brandon Manitoba. Your are a natural on the mic and your ability to create the perfect wedding night well talked about by our guests. Julie & Richard
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Great New Jersey Djs!
Amount: $1,475.00 total
Posted by: Steve Mackenzie in Bridgewater, NJ.Posted: June 18th, 2011 03:06PM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: Revolutions Entertainment LLC
My wife Janice and I were orginaly considering using an IPOD at our wedding, but a friend of ours recommended us to a local DJ Company named Revolutions Entertainment LLC. Were are so glad she did!! These guys were by far the best djs we have ever heard! They truly created a magical moment for us and for our guests! We had such a great time and we danced all night long. We highly recommend them. If you can, ask for DJ Greg. He is the owner of the company and he was really great.
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Fantastic Reception!!!
Amount: $450.00 total
Posted by: Jessica and Craig in Coos Bay, OR.Posted: September 20th, 2010 01:09PM
Number of Hours: 4, but did 5.5 hours!DJ: www.affordabledjoregon.com
I thought we were going to do an iPOD reception, but my husband-to-be Craig talked me into hiring a DJ -- boy, I'm glad I did! Carl at Affordable DJ Services worked with me and my parents to create the perfect announcements and the perfect play list of exactly what I wanted. He brought all of his own equipment and cords, and even included a great light tower with tons of neat LED lights (important since we weren't sure about how much power we had available!). Anyway, everything went off perfect, and he even stayed and played music and hour and a half longer than we contract for...the party just kept going. He was professional in appearance and ettiquette. I really appreciated meeting with him ahead of time to get this event organized, and I even got to hear the system and see the lighting before the event. Highly recommended, thank you!!
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Awesome Wedding DJ/ Unbeleivable Price
Amount: $300.00 total
Posted by: Samantha Antonetti in Orlando, FL.Posted: September 7th, 2010 06:09AM
Number of Hours: 4DJ: Casey Aston/Sports Time Entertainment
My husband and I had barely any budget for a DJ, because we were haing financial struggles at the time. I had attended a friends wedding a couple of months before and her DJ was pretty good, but he charged $850 for 4 hours. I found Sports Time Entertainment on Craigslist, and when I saw 4 hour wedding reception DJ I thought there must be some kind of trick. So I met with DJ Casey Aston, and he was extremely professional, and there were no hidden cost so I decided to hire him. My friend said her DJ said that he would be a hack, and we would be sorry, but we decided to stay with him anyway. Boy am I glad we did. He blew my friends wedding DJ away. He kept my crowd dancing and entertained all night long, and provided way better equipment than the DJ my friend had hired. My friend said she had wanted a projector, and screen at her wedding, but she would have had to pay an extra $250, it was included in my wedding DJ package. Needless to say, when it was all said and done my everybody wanted his card, because he provided a level of entertainment for $300 that other DJ's charge charge $1200-$1550 for. Thank you Casey you were the best choice we made in our wedding planning decisions.
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My Fabulous Wedding
Amount: $1,450.00 total
Posted by: Rebecca Bently Morrison in Stuart, FL.Posted: July 28th, 2010 06:07PM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: Traxx Entertainment
Our wedding was this past May (2010) and we hired Traxx Entertainment to provide our ceremony and reception music & entertainment. Our guests are still talking about how much fun they had at our wedding! The entertainment professionals we worked with were Lynette and Wes B. They were extremely professional in appearance and ettiquette ... and they kept our crowd roaring on the dance floor all night. We had a really cool uplighting throughout our ballroom and our personalized monogram made me feel like a princess! If you're getting married in South Florida ... request only the best!
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Wdding
Amount: $1,250.00 total
Posted by: cuch in las vegas, NV.Posted: July 28th, 2010 01:07PM
Number of Hours: 4DJ: patrick labatti
He was incredible!
Very professional and very helpful.
We felt like he was part of our family.
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Worth every penny!!!
Amount: $1,000.00 total
Posted by: Kaydee in Buena Park, CA.Posted: June 28th, 2010 07:06PM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: KNR Entertainment
We were referred to this company and we were so impressed with all the services they provided. First of all, they met with me and my husband a few times to make sure they played the music we wanted for the ceremony, dinner, and reception. They provided a list of songs for the first dance, cake, bouquet toss, garter toss, etc. because my husband and I needed some help in that area. They also put together a photo slide show of my husband and I that was shown during dinner (they provided the projector and the screen)and did such a beautiful job. Their light added to the party atmosphere during the reception. During the reception it looked like you were at a light show or a concert. It was so amazing!!! I highly recommend this company. Very professional, easy to work with, and state of the art equipment. My friends and family still say that our wedding was the best they have ever been to and that our DJ was phenomenal. In fact, my maid of honor got married earlier this year (2010) and she used our DJ.
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A Great DJ!
Amount: $1,800.00 total
Posted by: Stacy E. in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: June 22nd, 2010 07:06AM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: Jeff Richards
Jeff Richards of Party Time Productions was so wonderful for me and my mother with not only DJing the event, but also helping us plan the day. He played great music, had a fun "Love Story" and the introductions were perfect. He was available to us when we needed him, because he does this full time so he is always in his office. Hire Jeff and you will be very happy with your wedding day.
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Most Professional DJ In the Biz!!!
Amount: $1,000.00 total
Posted by: Cathy in Atlanta, GA.Posted: May 18th, 2010 01:05PM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: DJ Brandon Jackson/ DJ BrickZ
Came in dressed to impress the day of the wedding!! Had a charismatic attitude and was very punctual!!! He rocked the party, start to finish!! We ended up booking him for overtime!! The money was well spent!! Using His services for next party!!! Would recommend to anybody!!!
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RAW Entertainment(Facebook)
Amount: $500.00 total
Posted by: a user in Shaker HTS, OH.Posted: April 30th, 2010 09:04PM
Number of Hours: 5DJ: Rick&Eddie
They were awesome BIG LIGHTS must be for big shows i think Rick said he had over 80,000 songs from 50s to 2010 smoke, you name it they have it what was the coolest part it was all one unit there wasnt any speakers or wires it was all in one box on wheels and loud
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