Wedding by the numbers

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

Amount Budgeted
Percentage Remembered

  • Reception Hall & Catering 37%
  • Wedding Ring 23%
  • Bridal Attire 10%
  • Photo & Video 9%
  • Gown 6%
  • Entertainment 3% - 1.5% in NL
  • Entertainment 38%
  • Gown 18%
  • Flowers 16%
  • Reception Hall & Catering 8%
  • Just to prove our point The Entertainment is only 1-3% of the budget. Remember that People will remember the entertainment part of your wedding the most, just because a Dj is cheap doesn’t making him good, and a good Dj is not cheap. Remember just because others claim to have a better vision doesnt make them good! we are the absolute deal and the best choice!

    No! Disc Jockeys don't need a license to DJ!

    If someone has the gear and has the tunes, he can call himself a DJ. There is no such thing as a license for this line of work. We are not governed like a trade program that requires a staged schooling (apprenticeship, journeyman and master) like mechanics, plumbers or heating specialists, etcetera do. We are not controlled by the government or required to join an Association where these official bodies can impose standards for professionalism or sanctions for "improprieties." Any average "Joe" can (one day) just say to himself, "Hey, maybe I can make some 'MAD MONEY' and do a little DJ'ing on the side!"

    The only license that a DJ needs in Canada is an AVLA license to copy originally owned music onto blank media formats. Too many misinformed DJs believe that they have an unalienable right to copy music with unlimited abandon and distain for the Record Labels and artists. It is a huge relief to have this secured to us. We have these license agreements with the Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. so we can reproduce the best and high quality music formats.

    Cool entertainment takes pride on being part of both the Canadian Disc Jockey Association and the Mobile Disc Jockey Association of Newfoundland Labrador. The CDJA has been setting the "standards" for Canadian DJs since 1976.

    We are not a company that likes to brag about how shiny the equipment is, or that we have a ton of new lights, these are the things that we maintain and invest on a regular basis.

    We have also invested on these memberships to provide you with the utmost professionalism, reliability and trust.

    IMPORTANT POINT: Cool Entertainment is fully insured by The CDJA for up to 2-million dollars in liability insurance, this is part of our mandatory standards. It is this significant marker (and numerous other benefits) that differentiates us from other companies. We EMULATE SOLID BUSINESS PRACTICES that protects our business and provides a sence of relief for "you", our most valuable customer.

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