Hiring a wedding Dj – How much should one pay for a Dj? Part of my job as a Dj is to speak publicly, being able to MC master of ceremonies like you would see on a TV game; award or music show on TV, most times the bride and groom will have their own MC.
Just like in life there are flows of ups and downs, a job of a disc jockey is to recognize those ups and downs, during the whole event you’re going to have peaks and valleys and a Disc Jockey and a MC need to take advantage of those ups and downs. A Professional Dj provides the positive catalyst for your party. Skillfully selected and played music will add the important "feel good" element that helps everyone interact, rekindle relationships faded by time away and form new friendships.
Music is relaxing, exciting, romantic, and inspirational. Dancing keeps everyone at your event longer and contributes greatly to the enjoyment of your guests. Your choice of entertainer is an insurance policy against bad memories of a disappointing occasion. Unfortunately, the Dj is often the last service chosen, after much of the budget is spent on a venue, food and clothing. This “backward planning” often forces Brides and Party Planners to shop for the cheapest possible price. Many people will pay far more for a cake, flowers, or a veggie platter than they will for the most crucial ingredient of a party – the entertainment.
The Dj you select will be taking on the responsibility of over 80% of the success of your party and often gets paid less than 3% of the total budget ( Based on the average cost of a wedding in Canada is $20,000 to $35,000. It can be higher if planned in a major city such as Toronto, 3% would equal $1,050.00), yet if the Dj is a poor performer or worse, doesn't show up, your entire investment is wasted, not just that 3%.
From a recent research that Cool Entertainment conducted, the average mobile disc jockey in NL receives between $500- $700 for a wedding event which is only around 1.5% of the total budget. A lot of people just see the Dj coming to the party for 4-6 hours and that’s all they do, but that’s not the case. An outstanding Dj company such as Cool Ent. will spent more than 24 hrs. in customizing the music to make it unique, making sure all the equipment is working properly, setting up lights & stereo equipment, answering questions that the bride and groom might have leading up the event.
$35,000 – Average total investment on a wedding in all of Canada
$500-1000 – Average cost of hiring a professional reception coordinator Up to
$400 – Cost for just the RENTAL of professional Dj equipment (no Dj or music library included)
$500-1000 – Average cost of hiring an experienced professional Master of Ceremonies by himself/herself (no music experience)
$175 – Average cost to hire professional sound & lighting contractors to set up the equipment and make sure it works & troubleshoot
80% – The average amount of responsibility that the entertainer has in making your reception successful
24 – Average number of hours a full-time Dj/entertainer will work to research, prepare and perform at your event
18% – Typical gratuity you will invest in on top of the price for the meal
$7.50 – Average investment per person for just the veggie platter (Broccoli sticks, Carrots, Cauliflower, Ranch dressing), at $7.50 per guest x 200 guests = $1500 you will invest on just the veggie platter, or 8% of the budget!
5 Hours in a typical wedding reception, the number of hours you will have to create wonderful memories that last forever two people celebrating their special union of love in front of their family and friends
1 Year or more usually taken to put together and plan your special day