There are a lot of forums on this subject, and most often you will find that the wedding entertainment varies from around 5% to 15% of your overall budget. This means, for a $25k wedding, you could budget around $1,250 to $3,750.
If you have a larger wedding, you may even consider having band for live music, which can run well over $6,000. Having these ranges in mind will allow you to choose from basic DJ services to more personalized higher end services on the upper range.
If you are used to buying things for your reception on a ‘per person’ scale, this would be around $6.25 to $18 per guest (based on approx. 200 guests).
It is often this is less than the appetizers or the chair wraps for the most important item for your reception- THE ENTERTAINMENT!
I encourage you to consider your DJ entertainment as the highest priority, as it is the factor that determines over 80% of the success of your wedding reception.
Columbus area DJs prices vary from around $500 to $4,000 with an average rate being $800 to $1500.
Beware of ‘suspiciously cheap’ DJs, as they wouldn’t be so cheap if they actually took pride in their work, and put in the many hours of planning and detail work that is involved in proper planning for your wedding day.
If you would like to meet the most experienced, fun, and versatile DJ professionals in the Columbus area, call my office at 614.806.6987 and we can arrange a no-obligation consultation.