• Ajay Manaktala

Indian Wedding DJ Cost in USD (2021-2022)

Updated: Aug 6

Ajay Manaktala is an Indian Wedding and Bollywood DJ with over 20 years of experience producing, DJ'ing, planning and marketing Big Fat Indian weddings all over the world.

He is also a most viewed writer on Quora under Indian, Gujarati and Punjabi weddings and founder of Special Occasions DJ & Lighting Los Angeles.

In this post he'll explain how much Indian DJs cost in America as well as tips to save on things you don't need.

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Congratulations on your big day!

Indian weddings are an exciting time, and I've been there with new bride and grooms 100s of times. And since they constantly ask about costs before even telling us the requirements of their event, I thought I'd do my best to lay out pricing for shaadi DJ and Lighting so you know what to expect.

In this post my goal is to explain how much DJ's in the Bollywood/Indian/South Asian space charge so you have some ballpark estimates as you reach out to DJs in your city. The costs should similar for places like:

  • Los Angeles

  • San Francisco

  • San Diego

  • Orange County

  • Seattle

  • Las Vegas

  • Houston

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Chicago

The average costs for Indian wedding DJs are below which include a detailed sound and lighting specification that is most commonly required at any large south Asian wedding of over 100 people.

Hint: That's pretty much all of them.

DJ Prices for Indian Wedding
I'm so glad we researched DJ prices so we knew where to spend! Balle Balle!

Factors that affect Price of a Indian DJ in America

  • 95% of Big Fat Indian weddings in the USA will require lighting, which is factored into the pricing you see.

  • These are multiple day events, that often require another full day for setup and another full teardown.

  • You will usually save on your DJ vendor if you include dance floor rentals, LED walls, etc..

  • Some DJ's may be more expensive than this range because they are heavily sought after and booked years ahead of time.

  • Wedding Size: A 400 person event may not be exactly double the cost of a 200 person event, but larger weddings will cost more due to extra speakers, power requirements, cabling, decoration (lighting and decor go hand in hand), etc..

Quick disclaimer. Every wedding is different and quotes can vary, and it's hard to trust anybody in the process. As with anything your experience may vary, but this is just to give you a ballpark estimate so you get a sense that you're getting a fair price.

Yes you will find Ramesh Uncle's son now DJs and is offering to do it for $500. If that works for you, by all means go for it. But if he shows up with two speakers and is only playing Honey Singh, well...all I'll say is make sure you watch your DJ or talk to references before hiring.