Wedding Prices

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KennyZail

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I just read a blog post from a wedding planner from northeast Ohio and this is what she found to be the average estimate of pricing for ceremony and reception music:

Ceremony & Reception Music
$1,747 (7%)

wondering your thoughts?
 

robertbenda

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That they're lying :)
I guess something like that is easy if bands are actually used in your area - or if live musicians are common during the ceremony.


Or is this supposed to be just DJs? If it is, it seems a little high compared to what I would have guessed, but maybe she's not calling everyone is her area and so the bum who charges $350 for the dance and $100 for the ceremony isn't included?
 

DJ J Mac

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Any numbers such as these are skewed beyond the point of even being able to call it anything short of crap. I would be willing to bet that this particular planner only surveyed maybe at most 20-30% of the folks in her area and the response rate was probably much lower. Therefore regulating that $1700 number to junk and only useful in deceitful sales tactics.
 

Bill_Goode

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I can see that.

Had a discussion with a mutual friend lately, and neither of us are far off of that mark.

The only thing is, for that price, the service has to be there to back it up.
 

bb

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I can see that.

Had a discussion with a mutual friend lately, and neither of us are far off of that mark.

The only thing is, for that price, the service has to be there to back it up.

Maybe the planner's husband is a DJ. Thus, a sneaky way to support is rate.
 

bill_smith

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Kenny, for a 5 hour reception, ceremony and a Friday rehearsal, I find that price right in line with what I charge for them.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I dont think its completely off the mark..

I have been hearing from clients and my fellow DJ's that the 'average' DJ price seems to be around $1000 now.. and thats without Ceremony music or any major extras..

Many wedding planners end up dealing with slightly higher end clientele (its the nature of the beast) so the DJ's she works with are probably on the more expensive side too.. (I would guess, no "facts" to back up the assumption)
 

mediajack

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I just read a blog post from a wedding planner from northeast Ohio and this is what she found to be the average estimate of pricing for ceremony and reception music:

Ceremony & Reception Music
$1,747 (7%)

wondering your thoughts?
I'm actually in NE Ohio and this planner is full of it (I'd love to see the 'research' behind this finding).

Not to mention, NE Ohio covers a very wide area.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
Maybe she's referring a couple of DJs who charge that much.

Possibly referring some really great professionals.

There are soooooooo many different levels of service and options.
 

KennyZail

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There are soooooooo many different levels of service and options.[/QUOTE]

Yes. I remember many years back at one of our local association meetings, a well know DJ in NE Atlanta area stated that there was no way "we" could get $700 for a wedding - when I mentioned it as the norm in many parts of the country.
Later at that meeting, a newer member pulled me aside and said they had been getting that price for over a year - and this DJ was within 10 miles of the other DJ. There is so many factors that come into play.
 

NickyB

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From personal experience, I've found wedding pricing to be geographical. For instance I charge roughly $200/hr to DJ and MC with no extras in my immediate area (south-central MD). I can get $250/hr for the exact same services in Washington DC (about 41 miles S) and $300/hr in Northern VA (another 20 miles or so). I have DJ friends in NY, NJ and CT and surrounding areas that get $1500 and up for the same services. I think the cost of living per area you are in directly affects what that market will bare. There will always be exceptions to the rule but believe me, they are in the minority. Yes I've done weddings upwards to $3500 with a lot of add-ons but in all honesty, I'd prefer to do more gigs at less money to keep my skills sharp rather than waiting a month between $2500 gigs.
 
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DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
In the greater NYC market the average cost of a wedding is circa $65K.
For ceremony, cocktail & 4 hour reception (with modest lighting, no up-lighting & no photo-booth) $2K is on the extremely reasonable side. -Z-
 
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robertbenda

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Just remember, AVERAGE price is NOT the same as typical. When you average something, the outliers tend to skew the results - as in, if 8 weddings spend $20,000; but #s 9 and 10 spent $50,000 each, the average is $26,000 even though $20,000 is typical. When it comes to weddings, the difference tends to be more dramatic. The world of $10,000+ photographers is small, though would impact the average pricing for photogs, even though $2,000 is more typical.

That's why I do like that site with wedding pricing breakdowns by region- it mentions typical ranges. As in, my area, $800-$900 is typical for a DJ, though, it qualifies, $1,000-$1200 for a high end.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Just remember, AVERAGE price is NOT the same as typical. When you average something, the outliers tend to skew the results - as in, if 8 weddings spend $20,000; but #s 9 and 10 spent $50,000 each, the average is $26,000 even though $20,000 is typical. When it comes to weddings, the difference tends to be more dramatic. The world of $10,000+ photographers is small, though would impact the average pricing for photogs, even though $2,000 is more typical.

That's why I do like that site with wedding pricing breakdowns by region- it mentions typical ranges. As in, my area, $800-$900 is typical for a DJ, though, it qualifies, $1,000-$1200 for a high end.

You are in deed correct about AVERAGE. That being said, whether or not an "Average" tells an accurate story is dependent on the sample size used in the study. I looked over some of the more recent stats and couldn't find full disclosure on their methodology. I Googled "Median" price for a New York / Long island Wedding and found similar stats. That could mean the sample size was adequate or better or that the reporters think one can use terms like "Average" & "Median" interchangeably, which of course, you cannot.

Manhattan nups cost an average of $76,000

By David K. Li
August 9, 2013 | 4:00am

There’s no more expensive stroll in America than a walk down the aisle in Manhattan.

A Manhattan wedding in 2012 cost the average couple a dowry-busting $76,687, by far the most expensive of any geographic area in the United States, according to nuptials-planning Web sites TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com.

In contrast, an average wedding in the No. 2 city, Chicago, cost $49,810.

The Manhattan figure represents a 16.5 percent increase from 2011, also the biggest year-to-year spike found by TheKnot.
Lovebirds can score a moderate deal in central or northern New Jersey, saying “I do” for $49,496, or on Long Island for $49,002.
Nuptials in the Hudson Valley go for about $46,300.

The best near-to-Manhattan wedding deals appear to be in the outer boroughs, where nuptials might only cost $39,602, and southern New Jersey at $35,375.
 

robertbenda

Active Member
Yeah but an overall average price doesn't tell us much, regardless of sample size. For instance, in my market:
Average wedding price: $20,396
brides spend less than $10,000 (49%)
28% spend $20,000+

So that $20,000 average is misleading. Half spend less than $10,000. It gets skewed because one $20,000 bride matches the amount spend by two $10,000 brides. So, in my area, with a $20,000 AVERAGE, most brides, BY FAR, spend less than $20,000. 72% of them spend less than average.

For DJs, average is $986, but most hire a Dj in the range of $486-$810. HIgher end for DJs is $972-$1296.

So, I don't care that average is $986. That's not my target market. I'm part of the upper end ($1195 last year, without add-ons). It's helpful to see that the upper market reach is in keeping with my pricing - I sometimes worried I'm too far out in front. What I don't know, unfortunately, is if the other $1300 DJs do it with add-ons, or if their high price really is comparable to mine.
 

TMSOriginal

New Member
It's nice to read through a thread that acknowledges the fact of regional rates, as opposed to reading fights about how everyone everywhere should be charging $X,XXX.00. ;-)
 
This is a great post! Pricing of services is always a touchy subject. I live in Central New York (although many people refer to it as Upstate NY...) where the "average" cost of a wedding is a little higher than the national average. I'm priced at $1299 for up to 5-hours of music and dance floor lighting. I would consider myself middle to high, but I don't have trouble booking events at that price point. I've only been DJ'ing for 4 years (although I've been a music performer for 10). If someone wants your services, they'll pay whatever. I've even thrown out ridiculous numbers to a client I didn't really want to work with due to time of year, and they still booked! Price yourself around your competitors, your worth, and experience. I would also price yourself around what your ideal client would spend. I found that $1000 and up gets you a client that appreciates good service...
 
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