“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”
— Karl Lagerfeld
Weddings can be draining on the bank balance and we are mindful of that when pricing our services. We’re constantly evaluating what’s fair and reasonable for clients, as well as weighing up how much our services, time, skills, experience and quality equipment is worth.
Our standard 5-6 hour DJ/MC package is more than just a few hours mixing tracks on the decks.
Our time in administration can sometimes take more than 2 hours; emailing and liaising with you and/or the venue, arranging bump in times, invoicing, coordinating music and creating playlists in Rekordbox.
Then there is the time (also up to 2 hours) I spend with you face to face or on the phone getting to know you and your fave music and coordinating the music for the day (one of my fave parts of the job). Then there is the time it takes to pack and unpack the equipment in the van, make sure all batteries are charged and the equipment is clean and serviced (1 hour). Travel can be 2 hours (or more) for each wedding and let’s not forget the hour or so it takes to do my hair and makeup. I also spend time regularly fine tuning my DJ skills and listening to music to keep up to date.
We usually arrive 2 hours before the ceremony, as it takes about an hour to bump in and setup and be ready before guests arrive. This means we usually leave home around 12noon and don’t arrive home until midnight or even 1am. It’s easily a 12 hour day!
So each wedding can be up to 20 hours of our time.
There are also basic costs of running a small business involved too.
Here is a break down of what else can cost money in a DJ Business;
- Bookkeeping & accountancy
- Online marketing profiles (so you can find us)
- Website and email hosting
- Website design
- Social media management
- Purchasing of music
- Servicing and cleaning of equipment
- Tagging and testing equipment
- Training and upskilling
- Software licensing
More importantly, there’s no price that can be given to…..
- Nearly 20 years of experience in the industry
- Vibrant and uplifting energy
- Looking stylish and professional
- Intuitiveness – someone who can read a crowd
- Attentive listening skills
- Microphone mastery
- Passion, loyalty & commitment
- Exceptional communication skills
- Extensive knowledge of music (from nearly 10 years in the radio industry)
- Team player on the day – someone who is there to assist other suppliers
- Loving & joyful soul
- Someone who cares more about the success of your day than you do (well almost)
On a final note, here is a clever way you can think about how much you’d like to spend on entertainment at your wedding. Divide the price of the entertainment by the number of guests attending and you’ll quickly work out work out what you think is reasonable. For example, perhaps you spend around $1,500 on entertainment and you have 100 guests – that’s a cost of only $15 per head. In comparison to the amount you spend on each guest for food and drink – that’s a bargain.
Music is a crucial the success of your wedding day – it will leave a memorable and lasting imprint on the hearts of your guests. So make sure you invest in the best of the best so your day is unforgettable to all.