Wedding DJ Cost USA | 2020
Updated: Feb 10, 2020
Every day people across America and Canada get engaged, and a few months after that they start to think about their wedding DJ as part of the planning process. So I decided to breakdown the costs and prices for a professional wedding DJ in North America.
How much does a wedding DJ cost in America? The average cost for a licensed, professionally experienced wedding DJ is between $2500 and $4000 per reception. Larger luxury weddings can go up to $15,000 with sound and lighting.
Many DJ's will say they can do your wedding for $500, and I personally have been there myself when starting out. There is a lot to think about when choosing a DJ and sound/lighting professional for your nuptials, and I'll explain what you get in each price bracket so you can decide what works for you.
Keep in mind most DJs have different rates for weddings compared to a nightclub or corporate events, so plan accordingly.
Wedding DJ Price Brackets
Beginner DJ:$500 - $1,000
Usually between the ages of 18 and 25. Starting out in DJ'ing and looking for clients. Likely younger than the couple which means music tastes will be younger than the crowd. May not have the highest end gear but could be very talented.
Good for small college-sweetheart weddings of less than 50 people.
Bad for high end receptions or above 30+ age group weddings.
Usually between 22 and 35 years old. DJ'd enough weddings, high school functions and corporate events to be doing this full time. Might not have an office but a knows how to read the crowd.
Good for couples between to 25 and 35 when the wedding is between 60 and 140 people.
Bad for high end weddings (Pelican Hill, Ritz Carlton) or larger events which require a big video/lighting/sound package.
Usually runs a full service sound and lighting company that does weddings, small concerts, corporate events and professional launches. Done over 100 weddings and knows how to make everyone happy, from Frank Sinatra for the baby boomers to Drake for the teens. Expert at reading the crowd.
Good for large scale events over 200 people, audio/visual requirements, diverse crowds across age groups and ethnicities.
Bad for small weddings.