How Much Should a Wedding DJ Cost?

How Much Should You Pay For A Wedding DJ?

When you first hear what a wedding DJ costs you may be surprised. After all, its just music right?! Wrong. A Wedding DJ can make or break your wedding and the cost of the DJ directly represents the type of DJ you can expect. A lower price does not mean a better deal. To help you best understand what your wedding DJ should cost, here are the top 4 things you need to know before seeing the price tag.

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1. Wedding DJ’s that Cost Less, Invest Less.

Did you know that some DJs don’t invest in the original, familiar versions of your favorite wedding songs? Sadly, it’s true. Imagine requesting your favorite song and the DJ plays a knock-off version…

The same goes for equipment. Having a professional wedding DJ means having superior sound systems, technology, speakers and mixers to accommodate a room space and a guest count of any size. Budget DJs often can’t afford to invest in the highest quality gear, so they do not have the proper equipment for various size rooms and parties, compromising sound and experience.

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2. Great Wedding DJs Do More Than Play Music.

Wedding DJs have many responsibilities. Although very important, playing just the right song at just the right time is only one of those. Above all, your DJ is the ultimate customer service specialist.

Your DJ’s highly visible position makes him, by default, the evening’s “go to” guy. Besides keeping the dance floor packed, your DJ needs to be the wedding coordinator and organizer, Master of Ceremonies (MC), sound engineer, maitre’d, counselor and even personal assistant.

Trust me, you do not want to hire a budget DJ, club DJ or family friend that does not have a tremendous amount of wedding experience (and I am talking years and years of experience).

3. Back-up Equipment and Back-up DJs are a MUST.

Alright, another scenario. You are about an hour into the dance party at your wedding reception. Everyone from grandma to cousin Sally to all your girlfriends are out on the dance floor getting into the groove, then all of the sudden…BOOM! The music goes silent.

Budget DJ: “My amp blew! I’m sorry but I don’t have a way to continue to play tonight. How about 50% off your next party?!”

Professional Wedding DJ: “My amp blew but this is no problem guys, I’ll just hook up the backup and we will be dancing again in 3 minutes.”

Holy panic, right?

When you hire a professional wedding DJ company, like Mike Staff Productions, not only is back-up equipment standard, but a back-up DJ (loaded up and ready to go!) is standard practice. The back-up DJs at Mike Staff Productions are actually paid to be prepared and ready to go in the event of an emergency. This means gear loaded up, tuxedo pressed, and cell phone in hand just incase they are needed!

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4. A Good Club DJ is a Bad Wedding DJ.

I get it, you want your friends and family to have as much fun dancing and laughing as you do when you are clubbing on a Saturday night. That DJ you see at the corner bar is always so great at packing the dance floor, he HAS to play at your wedding.

Repeat after me. A club DJ is not a wedding DJ.


Beside what has already been stated, a club DJ’s experience rests in getting 20-30 year olds out on the dance floor. Your wedding will have many ages, requesting a variety of music genres. Your DJ needs to be able to read the crowd and play the right music at the right time, for a wide range of people Plus, club DJs simply don’t have the expertise to successfully coordinate all of the moving parts of your wedding reception, nor do they have the MC skills to navigate through all the important events in a classy, professional, stress-free way.

So now back to the main question at hand, how much should a Wedding DJ Cost?

Professional wedding DJ companies that you can trust and that come highly recommended for their wedding DJ services are priced between $1,000-$1,500.

Mike Staff Productions, offers savings if you bundle other services, such as wedding photography or videography, with the DJ services. In fact, bundling can save you an additional $200-$500!

For even bigger savings and $1500 worth of add ons – check out our exclusive Team Approach package.

So next time you find yourself shopping solely on price, think about the value that goes beyond the price tag to save yourself from unnecessary wedding headaches!


Get uncompromising quality without compromising your budget.

All DJ packages include:

Certified DJ of your choice, who’ll also serve as your professional (not obnoxious, not cheesy) emcee


Certified back-up DJ on call for emergencies


Superb-quality sound system adjusted to the perfect volume


Back-up equipment on site


Six hours of nonstop music and entertainment


Personalized playlists


Dance floor lighting


Decorative room uplighting available for an additional charge

DJ Services

Starting at $1095

Only 3% of DJ applicants pass our rigorous certification process, and our team members have been packing dance floors for an average of 13 years. Plus, they’re wonderful people—the kind you’d invite to your wedding.

Team Approach Package


Get your photographer, videography and DJ (plus $1,500 in extras) for this all-inclusive price.

Plus, you get the peace of mind of our crazy-effective team approach.

Imagine booking three key services with just one contact.

DJ Plus

Save $200

Bundle DJ with either photography or videography services to save loads of time and money.

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