What variables affect the price of a DJ?
If you’ve been doing a search for wedding DJ prices, you likely already know there’s no simple answer to this question. A lot of factors go into a quote. One of the most important questions will be how much gear will the DJ need to supply. Most DJs will bring their own sound system and speakers, but that may not be enough for your needs. Other gear options include wireless microphones for toasts and speeches, LED lighting for the reception area and dance floor, and more.
You’ll need to work with your DJ to figure out a complete gear list. The good news is that it’s often cheaper to have your DJ meet all of your audiovisual needs rather than contracting with several different vendors for music, microphones, lighting, etc.
Another important consideration is the date of your wedding. During the summer wedding season you can expect prices to be higher because DJ’s will be more in demand. The same will go for holiday weekends.
Location also matters. Many people are looking to have destination weddings, whether it’s a lodge at Mt. Hood, on a beach along the Oregon Coast, or on an estate somewhere in the Willamette Valley. The further away from a major city like Portland, the more the DJ will have to charge. Hauling all that gear isn’t cheap!
Finally, if you are expecting your DJ to act as MC throughout the reception, making announcements, introducing toasts, and making sure your event stays on schedule, you will pay more than for a DJ who’s just there to play the song list you provided.