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  • How Much Is A DJ? | Cost Of A Wedding DJ

    Often asked among brides and grooms is "How Much Is A DJ?" The cost of a Wedding DJ, or Disc Jockey will vary not only by region, but by their experience, popularity and services offered or included in their wedding packages.

    A broad range will put you into the $300.00 to $1,500.00 area. To refine this answer we need to find out what exactly you are looking for, what type of event and what area of the country.

    Wikipedia defines "Disc Jockey" as "...a person who plays music for an audience." If this is all you are seeking then you will find a DJ somewhere in the lower end of the price range. No big skills are required here and they may or may not own their own equipment or music.

    If you are seeking someone with more skills and expertise then obviously the cost of a DJ will increase. Mobile DJs (DJs who travel) to entertain guests at a venue for a basic party such as an anniversary, birthday or graduation etc. will cost you a bit more depending upon distance to travel, plus your specific needs. The size of the venue room and number of guests may also require additional expense.

    Larger events like proms and mitzvah's will vary in price but a rough estimate could be in the $400.00 to $600.00 range however some mitzvah's we have performed at were elaborate and thus were more costly. Again the more you want or need for an event will most likely increase the price.

    Wedding DJs can be divided into two areas. Those who handle the basics of a reception such as announcements plus playing music, and those who additionally will coordinate the evenings formalities running the reception for you.

    If you have an individual (wedding planner) who will be in charge of directing the bridal party, getting them in order for introductions, instruct the Disc Jockey when and what to do then you could find yourself looking in the $600.00-$800.00 price range.

    This, I believe is what most people think of a DJ as when they attended a wedding. He or she played music, made all the announcements and kept the guests dancing throughout the evening. Guests rarely see what goes on behind the scenes. If this is your specific scenario then you could expect to find a wedding DJ in Pittsburgh in this ball park price point.

    However over the years wedding receptions have become much more elaborate and have evolved into a grander style celebration. No longer are most receptions held in the church social hall but in larger venues which can accommodate more people. The bridal gowns and dresses are more ornate, wedding cakes are meticulously decorated, limousines, numerous food options etc. all have upped the overall price of a wedding.

    Considering everything involved, what is at stake plus the expense, someone is needed to bring everything together to ensure all runs smoothly and everyone has the time of their lives, so to speak. With this comes the second type of entertainer.

    A Pittsburgh wedding DJ who will handle a good portion, if not all of the formalities and guide you thru the evening will run you in the $800.00-$1,500.00 area. There is a lot more responsibility and work needed to pull this off so naturally it will raise your wedding budget over just a person who will play music.

    This professional will most likely sit down with you ahead of time, assisting you in the customizing of your wedding reception, and often the ceremony too. They will offer suggestion, ideas and tips so that you can maximize your entire day and be different from other weddings.

    You will also learn that this experienced performer will have plenty of quality sound equipment in addition to back-up just in case of something unexpected occurs. They will have a vast amount of their own music, wireless microphones, formal dress attire and liability insurance.

    A professional disc jockey will know how to keep everything running smoothly, keep your wedding guests entertained with a variety of appropriate music allowing you to completely enjoy all that you have worked so hard for. This type of person these days is in demand and typically books up a year in advance, depending upon your wedding date.

    Some Pittsburgh DJ's offer additional services such as wedding uplighting, photo booths or video montages. This may require the assistance of another person. Incorporating any one of these will additionally raise the amount of their DJ services..

    Running a professional business costs money to offer you what most brides and grooms are seeking. Quality, professionalism, reliability, adequate equipment, formal attire, trust and good work ethics all come with a price. This is going to be one of the biggest days of your life and I would caution about skimping on something that accounts for about 80% of the success of the evening.

    I encourage you to do your homework by asking friends, work associates if they could recommend a quality DJ. Look over their websites, learn what they offer for what you will be paying for. Read their DJ reviews from past brides and grooms. Please keep in mind, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a Disc Jockey on Craigslist, then you will most likely have a Craigslist wedding.

    Talk to numerous entertainers and Do Not be afraid to ask questions. Take notes to review later and discuss with your fiancÚ. If you do not feel comfortable or if they ask you to sign a contract now or the deal is off the table, WALK AWAY!

    I hope that this article has helped you understand the cost of a wedding DJ. How much is a DJ will vary with personal needs and wants, however this will get you headed in the right direction. Good luck in your search for your wedding DJ.

    DJ Rockin Steve Credo
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