The “hourly” rate for a professional DJ is a bit misleading. The perception is that we are paid only for the hours that we are at the event. Totally false. For a typical wedding, we work between four and eight hours — prior to the actual performance
Depending on the situation, we may meet with customers in person and speak via phone several times, speak to the other vendors (photographers, caterers, coordinators, etc.) prior to the event date, and on occasion we will even visit the venue if we are unfamiliar with it. We research and purchase music when we don’t have something that was requested, occasionally purchase theme clothing and virtually anything else that is required to make certain that the performance goes exactly how our customers want it to go.
The price also includes gas, drive time (sometimes up to 2 hours each way) and set-up and breakdown time (easily 2 hours for both).
The bottom line is that you will always be able to find a cheaper DJ, but it’s like having a beautiful Japanese garden at your home that is very important to you — you can hire the neighbor kid to take care of it and take your chances or you can hire a professional who knows how to make it thrive. That’s the difference: Professionalism, quality, reliability, experience and expertise.
Even if you don’t hire us, please don’t hire a DJ for your special day based on price alone. Just search for “Craigslist wedding dj” on YouTube and see for yourself.