What's Typically Included in Entertainment > DJ/MC
Deejay’s performance for a set number of hours, as determined by the package level you buy. For instance, a package might include ceremony and reception only, and the next package up may include the cocktail party as well as ceremony and reception, and the next package up encompasses all of these plus an after-party.
Setup time and takedown time
Master of ceremonies performance
All equipment needed
Setup and takedown
Additional Cost Items to Look Out For
Time and travel to audition deejays
Second deejays or assistants
Higher costs for celebrity deejays
Table rental and stage rental if not provided by your venue, sometimes needed at several different locations for ceremony, cocktail party and reception
Additional deejay system for other areas, like a setup at the ceremony or cocktail party area
Additional speakers and sound systems for different areas of your venue, like the bar and outside areas
Wireless web access
Additional lighting effects, like the add-on cost of custom gobo lights
Additional hours added to a package
Overtime when the party lasts longer than expected
Photo/video montage display on LED TV or large screen
Props like inflatable guitars, leis and glow sticks for the party-goers to enjoy
Acquisition of songs outside of the ones available in the deejay’s repertoire, upon your special requests, like rare versions of songs and cultural songs
Why Does It Cost This Much?
Not all deejays are wedding deejays. It takes a special set of skills to provide master of ceremonies service at a wedding, organize a playlist while assessing the energy and preferences of the crowd, and – most importantly – creating great quality of sound through top-quality equipment and calibrated speaker systems. A true, quality professional holds the energy, and thus the success, of the party in his or her hands, in the all-so-important category of wedding entertainment.
It takes time, experience, and training to be a great deejay, and entertainment companies invest thousands in finding and training the deejays in their roster. So there is a lot of value in the talent of the deejay you’ll bring on for your day.
Next to the food, the music played, and the way in which it is played, makes or breaks a wedding, and there’s also the important factor of the deejay’s personality and interactions with the crowd. An inexperienced deejay who costs less doesn’t have the hours clocked to learn that too much talking doesn’t thrill a crowd, and cliché statements and attempts at humor will suck the energy out of the room.
This is, in many ways, the leader of your wedding, so it’s best to invest as strongly as you can into this very present, energy-creating professional who can make your celebration unforgettable, and also provide the soundtrack for the heart of your day: your ceremony.