$ 500 DJ vs. the $ 1500 DJ
The price of your DJ service is affected by many variables.
First, the most experienced "performers" are generally higher priced because they provide better service. That's because they've been doing it long enough to know what, where, when, how... you get the idea. If they're still around after a few years... there's a reason for it.
Location isn't as important as you'd think. Most professionals are now networking with each other (Wedding Wire is a good example of that) and prices are grouped based on the following factors:
1) Amount of equipment required by the customer. Bigger systems require higher fees. I'll explain in a minute what you should look for.
2) Experience or skill is very important. Sure, you can get a $500 DJ, but "generally", they are new to the profession or amateurs, and are doing it as a hobby. The cheaper DJ's have cheaper gear and as a result, don't provide the level of service and quality that a real pro provides. You might say, "well, who cares as long as they play music"? There's a lot more to it than playing music.
3) The higher priced DJ's have high tech lighting and know how to use it to it's maximum performance. DMX intelligent lighting for example. That's the same stuff you see on "American Idol" and "America has Talent". It's moving color changing gear that is used as national concerts.
So, your question about how much...
Very basic DJ's with minimal experience and adequate gear will charge in the neighborhood of $500, which should include at least two speakers and a few basic lights or a mirror ball and a few "blinky" lights. The music library will probably be illegal and not very extensive, and may play a few requests. He may not be able to "read" the crowd and the party may end earlier than you'dke, and it should be an "OK" experience for the money for typically 5 hours.
4) A good DJ will have a superior sound system, several years of experience, several good quality lights and the ability to read the crowd, and play the right music at the right time. He will have good MC skills and not over use the microphone. This should cost on average between $600 and $900.
4a) A great DJ will have at least a four speaker sound system with enough power to fill up your reception hall, a mixer to blend the music and the skill so there is not any "dead air". There should be several nice "nite club" quality lights and colors and patterns so that the crowd isn't bored with the lights after ten minutes. The music should have everyone out dancing and keep everyone excited. The tempo should rise and fall at the right pace to keep it interesting. His ability to read the crowd should be "right on" and every request should be considered carefully to see if it will "fit".This should cost between $800 and $1200.
5) A superior DJ will have many years of experience, a high quality sound system with at least four speakers and sub-woofers for hard hitting bass. His MC skills should be perfect and not over the top. He shouldn't hit on the bridesmaids, drink or smoke while on duty. He should have a concert quality lighting rig with industry standard stand, laser, moving light, spot lighting, and dmx controller as well as facade for his equipment table. The lighting should be computer-dmx controlled and give you the nite club feel. He should be able to read the crowd so that the dance floor is full most of the night. He takes requests and puts them in the mix so they fit the mood. This should cost you $1200 to $1900.
Based on what I've done over the last 6 years, the average cost is typically $1000. I've worked for as low as $750 and as high as $2500. The level of service is factored in to that. The more I provide, the more I charge. Quality is never sacrificed. Bottom line... if you're happy with the service, and your guests had a good time on a $500 DJ, then you got a BARGAIN!
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