How Much Does A Wedding DJ Cost?

Weddings are expensive. While no one wants to skimp on what should be one of the most memorable days of your life, at the same time, the cost can quickly get out of hand if you don’t budget correctly. With that in mind, one of the likely expenses you are contemplating for your wedding is a DJ. Let’s take a look at what you should expect to spend on a professional wedding DJ here in Oregon.

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.

It’s good to prepared before you approach a DJ

You may be tempted to start reaching out to DJs as soon as you have a date. But if you haven’t thought out all the details above, a professional DJ will have a hard time committing, or they will quote a price that’s much higher than you were expecting. The more information about the logistics of your wedding you can provide, the more accurate pricing information you’ll get in return.

Of course, it’s all right if you don’t know all the answers. Working with a professional wedding DJ like at DJ Cutt Entertainment, we’ll be able to walk you through the entire process of hiring a DJ, and may even offer you some suggestions you hadn’t thought of before.

Experience Matters

Finally, when it comes to how much a DJ charges, a good rule of thumb is the more experience they have, the higher the price. This really is a matter of you get what you pay for. Before you sign any contracts, check out the DJ’s reviews and testimonials. Knowing that other couples have been satisfied with their services will go a long way to ensuring you have peace of mind about hiring them.

At DJ Cutt Entertainment, we treat every wedding as a great honor. It gives us great satisfaction to help make sure your big day runs smoothly and that every guest has an unforgettable time, including you. Contact us today to get a quote and we’ll be happy to walk you through our pricing and package guidelines.

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