Well, I think we should jump right in and tackle the elephant in the room. The one conversations ever DJ struggles to explain because it feels like they are defending their life’s work. Her goes…
Why do DJ’s charge more for weddings compared to other events?
On the surface, an event may seem like another 4-hour event where a DJ hauls in their equipment, plays some songs and goes home. Well, in reality, weddings are very involved with lots of moving pieces and opportunities for errors that a typical event doesn’t have. For example, some parties I DJ clients don’t really care what I wear, and in other cases, I may not even need to speak I just come in and play music for 4 hours straight and go home; Someone calls me for a party, I get some necessary information, secure a deposit and the next time my client hears from me is when I let them know I am in route for the event. Conversely, weddings take at least three meets and sometimes as many as 5. For my style, this works perfectly fine for me and I already baked meetings into my total wedding package cost. Do you see where this is going yet? I’ll cover more about meetings in part 3 of this series.
Here is a list of cost a DJ typically factors in to their estimate (in no specific order):
- A base hourly rate (Do I have to
setupin two locations, bring lights and other hardware?)
- Gas, tolls, and valet (yes, valet. Parking is one less thing I want to worry about)
- Batteries for wireless microphones
- Music purchases to make the playlist current or a portion to cover record pool dues
- Dry cleaning for a tuxedo
- Tape – (gaffer tape is VERY expensive, by the way)
- Paying a helper for larger weddings
- A portion to cover equipment depreciation
- Lodging for events that are hours away
I think what many people fail to realize because they only see a DJ for 4 hours, a wedding reception is every bit of an 8 to 10-hour day. DJ’s are often the first to arrive and last to leave. Usually coming 2 to 3 hours before the start of the event to get set up, tape all the wires down, move
Make no mistake. There are DJs, and then there are wedding DJs. Trust me on this one. Your favorite night club DJ probably won’t translate well into a wedding DJ if that is not the space they usually work in. Make sure you hire someone who is actively DJing weddings.
I can’t have this conversation without talking about the DJ who
I am sure I am missing something. But. I will close with this. I want my wedding performance to be perfect. I spend way more time than I quote. I think it is even safe to say that if I truly charger for the energy I put