How Much is Entertainment at an Indian Wedding in 2019?
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Ajay Manaktala is a DJ, event planner and consultant for Big Fat Indian weddings all over the world. He knows the ins and outs of your special day. In today's post he breaks down the average cost of a DJ, MC, Dancers, Bollywood Singers and more for a Big Fat Indian wedding in America or other western country.
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Are you curious how much to pay a DJ, a live band, a stand up comedian, an emcee a Bollywood act, a Punjabi rapper...or even John Legend for your Indian wedding?
Well here is a start.
All prices are in USD.
Obviously in India/Thailand/elsewhere prices can vary about 20-40%.
How much is Indian Wedding Band or Entertainment?
1. Live Band - $8000 to $25,000 (Just the Fee to perform, not the sound/lighting/stage/travel/hotel/breakfast/expenses.)
Folks like Vidya Vox or Bryden and Parth are all popular on youTube for their mashups of Bollywood meats Hollywood which is perfect for a Sangeet or Indian wedding reception.
Additionally you can get amazing flute players and other folks who have been on Indian reality shows and more.
Expect to pay around $10000 for the 5 member band and two singers for a 2 hour set.
Travel depending on their location and yours can run another 40 percent as they'll likely travel with a manager and sound technician.
2. Bollywood Act - $40,000 to $500,000
Whether you want Honey Singh or Badshah or Neha Kakkar or even Shaukh Khan/Salman Khan to come and give a toast, expect to shell out the range above plus another 20-30 percent on expenses.
3. DJ and Lighting - $5000 to $30,000
Depending on your sound and lighting requirements, the number of events, the specific DJ, number of people...you can hire a DJ to simply show up with his mixer and play the two to three events or you can hire a package for your entire 2-3 day affair.
A normal DJ will charge $1500 to $5000 just for his/her fee and then adjust accordingly for all the extra sound/stage/lighting you need.