San Diego Wedding DJ Prices
The top 10 questions and answers in a recent sit down with a couple about San Diego DJ prices
What is a reasonable price for a wedding DJ?
My services can start anywhere as low as $1000 – $1500. That is what you should expect to pay for a decent DJ. Anything below that would be a gamble which means you would be taking a chance with one of the most important vendors on one of the most important days of your life. Music sets the tone for the entire event
Do you match other San Diego DJs prices?
No. I believe that my product and skill set that I offer is paralleled to no other DJ so I don’t try and match other DJs prices. There is a purpose why I charge what I charge and I pretty much stay true to that. Perspective clients can always get a specifically tailored quote from me.
What is the difference between the price points for DJs
Typically, a beginning DJ will start at $200 – $300 for the entire event. Crazy huh? That is not a DJ company that you will want to invest in to handle music at your event. You will be sorry in the end. Then most likely a part-time hobbyist would charge $400 – $600. Then you have the more experienced than the beginners, but most likely a part-time DJ would charge between $700 and $900. DJ companies that charge $1,000 up to $2,500 would be the Most experienced, professionally trained, full-time DJ. That price point is pretty much the range that you want to stay in for a “more than likely” successful, musical experience. You should also base your budget on what kind of experience level of DJ you want at your wedding reception.
What is the average price that a couple will purchase your services for?
Average San Diego DJ prices varies. One thing I want to say before I tell you my average price is that no matter how much or how little my client pays me I still offer the highest level of professionalism AND quality for their event. With that said, my average price is $1700.
What makes you different where you can charge more than what others charge?
I don’t really pay much attention to what others charge. I, for the most part charge what I feel that I’m worth based on pricing in the area. Also, I believe there isn’t the “BEST DJ” but there is the “best DJ for you”. In my eyes that would be the most congenial DJ. The DJ that is musically knowledgeable with all types of genres. A DJ that can conform to guests musical tastes. I possess those basic qualities which makes me a valuable asset to any event. There are other factors which determine my pricing and worth. Another point is that I have a line dance song and dance called “The Skaters Shuffle” that is being done by party goers and rollerskaters all over the world. That is something that no other DJ can say. I also believe I offer something else that very few DJs in the world offer. You can find out about me by reading my bio on my about me page which indicates my history and experience, but First off, I coined the term “Neural Impulse DJ’ing” which is the ability to subtly control people’s emotions and their behaviors based on the sounds that are played. The specific sounds that I look for are located in songs. That is why I am so successful at reading the crowd and assessing the perfect song to play next. You can find more about that art of DJing by going to Neural Impulse DJ’ing. I am so confident in my ability where I can guarantee a successful, awesome event every time. I believe that is extremely valuable to a client and most are willing to pay for that skill set that offers piece of mind.
Is that the only reason your San Diego DJ prices are what they are?
No. Neural Impulse DJ’ing is the main factor because that is something that other DJ’s haven’t mastered except for the those that I have taught this valuable technique to. Some of the other factors that determine my pricing are overhead like;
- Business License/Permit Fees
- Business Liability Insurance
- Equipment Replacement Insurance
- Local, State and Federal Taxes
- Business Property Tax
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Company Cargo Trailer or Van + maintenance and annual costs
- Domain and email hosting fees
- Website hosting fees
- Web design and management
- Marketing Costs (e.i. business cards, Online and print ads, trade shows, social media marketing)
- Equipment maintenance and replacement
- Laptops and backups
- Work Clothing (tux, suits etc)
- Music Pool Subscriptions or services
- Music Purchases not available in Music Pools
- Internet, Work Phone, and Office Supplies
- The hours of time put in to each event which by far exceeds the amount of time that I would be hired for.
All of those factors require money and are necessary to stay in business. That is another reason why you shouldn’t take a chance on a cheap DJ. Strictly because of their price point some of those items that I have listed above, they can’t afford or don’t have. The DJ companies in my price point are more likely to have all of those.
Does your San Diego Wedding DJ cost include set up and breakdown?
Yes. You only pay for the time that we are actually playing music.
Do you have any hidden charges or fees?
No. All my pricing is itemized on our agreement. I do not have any surprise fees that my clients didn’t expect. I take pride in my company being forthright, transparent and exercising ethical standards with regards to pricing.
How much do you charge for overtime?
I charge the same hourly rate not unless it’s established otherwise per written agreement.
How far in advance do I need to book you for my wedding?
The best time is as soon as possible! My services book fast and sometimes without warning. My clients have the ability to go to becksententertainment.com and secure my services without even meeting with me or speaking with me on the phone. Once they check my availability and find that I’m free on that particular day to be the entertainer at their wedding then they then get a quote then just book. This happens roughly 10% of the time.