Average Wedding Cost for DJ/MC

  • $737 is the average wedding cost for Entertainment DJ/MC in United States
  • Roughly 60% - 70% of couples purchase this

Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices. This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend. Spending and prices can vary widely.

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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
  • LED uplights
  • 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
  • Tipping

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 clich' 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.