Cost Guide to Wedding DJs: Everything You Need to Know Before Booking
Congratulations! You’ve just got engaged to the love of your life and you both are thrilled to start this journey together. The first step for many couples after the engagement is planning the important details of their wedding. This varies from deciding on a date, venue, guest count, themes and so much more! When you start to shop for all the fun and exciting details to make your dream wedding come to life, one of the most important aspects of your big day is the vendors that will make it go as smoothly as possible. One of the most crucial things at your wedding 一 A DJ!
Often times, hiring a South Florida Wedding DJ is a much more cost-effective option when compared to wedding bands or musicians. According to WeddingWire, a band can cost (on average) $3,500 more than a Wedding DJ. The prices for Wedding DJs can vary depending on their expertise level, the package you’re interested in, and the length of your wedding. The average cost for a DJ in the South Florida area ranges from $895-$2,000+. When looking into hiring a DJ, don’t forget to account for tips! Most couples tip between 10-15% of the total cost.
What do Wedding DJs do?
Your Wedding DJ is one of the most essential elements on your wedding day! They are responsible for running the show from your Ceremony, (if hired to provide the Microphones and Music for your wedding) to the Reception and keeping your guests dancing all night long. Our DJs are award-winning, MC mix masters who will curate a playlist according to your music style and mix your must-have songs throughout the night. We have a variety of DJs that are pros at reading your crowd and catering to each couple’s personal style.
What Services Come With Wedding DJs?
When shopping around for a Wedding DJ, make sure you take a look at pre-made packages that companies are offering to get the best bang for your buck. Many times, companies will bundle additional services along with DJ/MC services to make sure you’re covered in every and all aspects. If you feel as though the DJ prices are through the roof, keep in mind that there is so much more to a DJ’s role than just playing some music. Our DJ services include:
- The time they will be performing at your wedding. This accounts for the time it takes to prepare for your wedding as well as the time it takes to travel, set-up, perform, and then break-down their equipment. (Note: If you’re having a wedding that will be located a bit further, you may have to account for travel charges.)
- The music they’ll be playing at your wedding. Believe it or not一DJs have to purchase rights to their music to be able to play it at your wedding. You do not want to have a Spotify or Apple Music DJ! You want a DJ that will be able to cater to all music styles, yours and your guests!
- Their equipment. Wedding DJs spend lots of money to ensure their equipment up-to-date and functioning smoothly. Their equipment will include professional-grade speakers, a laptop, a DJ controller, headphones, microphones, a facade, and additional backup equipment if anything were to happen. All of this equipment adds up and our DJs can ultimately spend thousands of dollars for their equipment alone.
- Business costs and insurance policies. This is something not many people recognize factor into their final price. When looking at DJ prices, keep in mind that companies need to account for things like paying rent on an office, staying up-to-date on business licenses, marketing costs, and insurance policies. You want to make sure that your DJ is insured—because this will protect you, your DJ, and your venue in the unlikely event that any equipment is damaged or someone is injured.
How Early is too Early?
When you begin planning for your South Florida wedding, the first vendors you should look into contacting are venues, wedding planners, photographers and DJs. Many couples make sure their DJ services are booked soon after confirming with their venue, to ensure that their spot is secured for their date. We recommend to our clients that booking a year in advance is usually the best way to go. This allows you and your fiance more than enough time to complete all the forms, decide on what music styles and songs you’d like to have played at your wedding and to consult with us whenever you have any questions. Additionally, booking a year in advance will give you lee-way with rescheduling if anything were to happen to your date or venue.
Ultimately, your wedding should be the best day of your life, and Vision DJs is here to make sure of that. From Hora Loca, photo booths and some amazing lighting, we have the best experiences to create an unforgettable wedding for you and your guests!
We pride ourselves on our customer service and keeping in constant contact with our clients along the way to make sure we have everything we need to make it the “Best Wedding Ever!”
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Post written by Luana Manzano (Sales & Event Planner)