At this stage of your wedding plans, you may want to know the cost of a Perth Wedding DJ.
As you will find during your search, there is a wide variation in the price of a Wedding Entertainer to engage with your guests and create a truly memorable event.
To give you a ‘ballpark estimate’, expect to receive quotes anywhere between $500, for a ‘cheap gumtree DJ’ and at least $1000 for a professional; such as a Western Sounds DJ.
But why such a difference in price?
Well, to begin with, the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is as relevant to the world of reception entertainment as to any important item you’re likely to buy.
To help with providing an objective answer to the question, we’ll examine a typical 4 – 6hr wedding and what goes into making your special day, well… special!
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For one thing, there's no such a thing as a 'one price fits all' solution. This is because each couple is unique and will want to customise their entertainment to make the moment truly special. Therefore, due to such unique wedding entertainment needs, there will be variations in pricing!
Also, it bears asking, would you prefer an amateur or a seasoned professional for your wedding entertainment?
That is an important question, because an outstanding performer has spent years practicing their craft and will charge accordingly. However, as a novice will not have the range of experience and skills, nor a track record of reliability, it is likely that His or Her fee will be vastly cheaper.
There is no doubt that it is an expensive thing to be one of Perth's most popular Wedding DJs, or any kind or professional DJ for that matter! Here’s a pretty standard breakdown of what a pro entertainer will shell out to look, sound and perform at his or her best.
While not an exhaustive list, the above ‘fixed’ costs of around $9,000 to $11,000 will certainly have an impact on the cost of a wedding DJ.
Please note: Any reliable solo DJ or reputable DJ company will also have backup equipment not listed here. As such, a true professional will likely have double the overall equipment outlay indicated above.
Only a small proportion of your wedding entertainment will be spent on the actual performance. The lion’s share will be attributed to the consultation and preparation with you, the client.
In the process of entertaining you and your guests at your wedding, a typical Perth Wedding DJ will spend plenty of time doing the following:
When all is said and done, this more ‘tangible’ side of the entertainment will take around 12 hours. This is in addition to the 10 to 12 hours of consultation & preparation we spoke of earlier.
Are you starting to understand the reasoning behind the cost of a Wedding DJ now?
In this article, we have not discussed the other costs associated with running a DJ business. Such costs will include insurance, marketing & advertising, administration, clothing, vehicle registrations and general maintenance. These fixed overheads will also impact the cost of a Wedding DJ.
While some DJ company's like to charge more or add on an inflated markup because it is a wedding, Western Sounds does not. Our pricing is reflective of the real ‘costs’, with only a small margin applied, to keep the business profitable.
Depending on who you speak with, the average Australian Bride & Groom will spend around $1,400 on flower arrangements, $8,000 on catering and $12,000 for the actual venue. And this is just the tip of the iceberg as we haven't even spoken about clothes, transport, rings or honeymoons!
Given that your wedding entertainer will be fundamental to the success of your wedding reception, what do you think is a fair cost for a Wedding DJ?