Over the years there has been lots of bad advice about Wedding DJs. This gem from G.M.A. is a doozy.
DJs are great, but for a cheaper music option, use your iPod. That way, you can customize your own playlist and save yourself about $5,000 on a DJ or band – and you’ll be guaranteed to get the music you want. – Good Morning America
Now while there are DJs out there that cost $5000 (or even more), there are many DJs that less expensive and offer tremendous quality and valye. So the premise that you are saving $5000 on a DJ for many people sends a false message that DJs are out of the range of affordability. It’s almost a strange discussion to have because in a lot of cases DJs are fighting the stigma that “all DJs should cost $500 or less” when in fact most DJs in that price range offers a super-basic and unreliable service that is usually detrimental to the bride and groom.
And for the statement that “you’ll be guaranteed to get the music you want” is just a falsehood. If you hire a professional DJ for your wedding, then that DJ will consult with you to not only ensure that you get the music you want, but will also make sure that it’s appropriate with radio-friendly versions of the songs, will know what songs you don’t want, and will have the expertise to read the crowd and craft the music to ensure that everyone feels included.
So what is the best advice? I recommend the following:
- Draw up realistic budget expectations for your DJ. Here in the Hudson Valley a quality wedding DJ cost averages between $1,299 – $1,732+. And note that this range is just averages.
- Interview a number of DJs to get a feel for their personality and professionalism and secure your date early.
- Take these articles like “bringing your own music” with great skepticism. Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life and the wedding music is often the most remembered aspect of a wedding.
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