What is the most important aspect of your wedding day? Your Wedding Dress? Your Flowers? Your Photos? Your Hall or Venue? Did your Wedding Entertainment come to mind? If not, why?
After you say “I DO” what are most of your wedding guest going to remember? Your Flowers? Unless they were the bridesmaids holding them, probably not! Your Dress? Once again, unless they were one of your brides maids, don’t count on it. (Not that you don’t look stunning, it’s just..well they are going to remember what they wore, not you.) How about your hall? They may remember that, but mostly they’ll remember how the food was. What about your photos? Those are something you can share online or pull out to share those memories with each other again and again.The posed family photos can be beautiful, but do you know what really captures the magic of your night? Those wonderful candid shots caught during your reception celebration! Who makes those amazing, fun candid shots possible? (Besides you, of course.) That’s right….your wedding entertainment….your DJ!
A good, high quality wedding DJ is there to make sure everything goes as planned. They act as your Official Event Host for the evening…taking the stress off of you while making sure your photographer and videographer know the plan too….so they won’t miss a smiling, laughing, spinning, dancing with our hands in the air moment. A great DJ knows how to interact with you and your guests to create moments you’ll remember forever, every satisfied smile.
How Much Should You Spend On Your Wedding Entertainment?
“How much is it going to cost?” Words I dread hearing from any prospective couple, but a question that is ultimately necessary. If you are like the average bride & groom you probably don’t know what else to ask, after all there’s a price tag on everything. A new car, a gallon of milk, your house….that’s the way it is. Most couples don’t have a clue how much they should expect to pay either. Let’s help you out here:
Average Cost for a 4-hour Wedding DJ in Erie, PA
The average cost for a 4 hour wedding can vary depending on what kind of quality you want. I am sure you have heard the horror stories about the tacky DJ or the DJs that only play certain types of music. Generally, here is a breakdown of what you should expect to pay for certain kinds of DJs in Erie Pennsylvania:
Wedding DJ in Erie, PA Cost: $200 – $600
Typically a beginning DJ, most likely a part-time hobbyist
You should base your budget on what kind of experience you want at your wedding reception. Honestly, if you’re budget falls into the $200-$600 range you may consider re-adjusting your budget (Who needs $5 favors anyway?) or just relying on a friend to play music on their I-Pod for your reception. Rather than depend on an inexperienced person who probably doesn’t know what they are doing. You ever see the video on youtube of the worse DJ’s ever? The kind that show up in dirty jeans and a t-shirt or worse….ah….just google worse DJ ever..it will be worth the 2 minutes.
Often times something becomes trendy in society that doesn’t make much sense:
Suddenly it’s a great idea to use an I Pod with a set of rented equipment. This is not really a good idea. DJing is far more than pushing play on an I Pod…..when you hire a professional DJ, you are hiring talent, experience, and creativity. Hiring a DJ who is a member of the ADJA will provide an amazing night without those ugly little hidden surprises. A great DJ will provide more than entertainment, they will provide confidence that your wedding will be an event that you and your guests will never forget. (Instead of one they would like to.)
Wedding DJ in Erie, PA Cost: $650 – $1,000
More experience than the beginners, but most likely a part-time DJ.
The $650 -$1,000 range DJs are usually your part-timers. They have some experience, but most are busy with other ventures as well…a full time job during the week perhaps. They may not have the time to dedicate to training that a full time professional DJ will. That’s not always the rule with this group, however, there are many a promising young star with a go-get-’em-boy attitude in this middle group; ones that is working hard to make it to the top. When you’re pricing and comparing DJ’s in this group it’s best to ask around. Get references, check reviews, and most importantly ask sources the DJ didn’t provide you with….halls around town, photographers, any other vendor. They’ll be able to give you a fair, honest opinion of the kind of service you’re in for.
Wedding DJ in Erie, PA Cost: $1,050 – $5,000
Most experienced, professionally trained, full-time DJ
The $1,050 – $1,800 DJs set their prices higher for a reason. This is the reason they live…..they are full time DJ’s who more than likely specialize only in wedding receptions. These are the guys who have either been around longer than the dinosaurs…by that I mean they have TONS of experience or they have a HUGE amount of cool toys that other DJ’s can’t offer. They are the ones most likely able to dedicate the time to out of town training seminars and the what-not. Making your night a smashing success is what they do. But, as with the previous 2 groups, nothing speaks louder than reputation. A higher price tag does not always mean you’re getting the highest quality. Always, always, always (Did I stress that enough?) look for candid impressions from other people…past clients and other wedding professionals… before shelling out the big bucks for any DJ.
All this being said there are exceptions to all the rules. (As I’ve been mentioning the whole time.) There’s a good chance you’ll find a higher priced DJ that provides less than satisfactory service, but you won’t find many great DJ’s willing to charge less. It makes sense, doesn’t it? If they know they are higher quality, shouldn’t they earn a little more? It’s up to you to explore your options. And maybe, just perhaps, buy a cheaper dress? Do you want to look like a Million Bucks or have a Million Bucks worth of an AMAZING CELEBRATION that will never be forgotten!!!!!!
Planning an Erie PA wedding and want a great wedding DJ? If you have any questions us at 814-520-5141 or send us an email by clicking here. We look forward to serving you and “Creating a Wedding as Unique as You Are”.