How much should you pay for a DJ?
Let’s be honest, the prices out there vary considerably.
You can go from paying just a few hundred dollars, up to the thousands. Bottom line is, however, you get what you pay for.
The reputation and experience of the DJ comes into play when it comes to price, as well as what is included in the service.
For example, if you book through a DJ company that employs many DJs on its books, you could probably get away with saving a few dollars by booking through them for a ‘standard, 5 hour service’. However, the experience of the DJs can vary widely in these companies (be it from ‘hobby’ DJs, to uni students who DJ part-time on the weekends, to the more experienced DJs who have been on the scene for years). You often will not get to meet the DJ beforehand either, which again poses another risk factor in that how do you know you will you be getting the ‘right’ DJ for you?
Compare this with booking through an independent DJ, the kind who owns his (or her) own business and takes the time to sit down and meet with all of his clients. Yes, you may pay more for this kind of service, but at least you know exactly what you’re getting yourself in for – read up on their DJ’ing experience, read their testimonials, meet with them and ask all the questions that you need/want to, look at the equipment that will be provided in their service etc.
Though booking an independent DJ seems to be a great, ‘safe’ and be it perhaps that little bit more expensive option, do not be put off by booking through a DJ company – just do your research!
Ask about the experience of their DJs, compare what it is included in their packages (look at the quality of the equipment!), enquire about who you will be dealing with throughout the whole process (will it be one person so then at least you know who you’re talking to, or will there be different people?) and look at their testimonials/feedback…take your time to make a decision so you can feel confident that every dollar you spend will be well worth it.