How much does a Sydney wedding DJ cost?
If you’re planning your dream wedding in Sydney, then the chances are you’re looking for a Sydney wedding DJ (or a band) who can help you create the party of your life.
But with so many things to squeeze into your wedding budget, how do you leave enough in the bank to book a DJ who will tick all your boxes?
What are your wedding budget priorities?
Whether you’re planning your wedding on a shoestring, or you have the budget for a luxury Sydney wedding, you need to figure out your priorities. If you know which elements will make your day the most fun and memorable, you can more easily figure out the best way to divvy up your dollars.
For example, if you’re frothing over your flowers and cute matching bridesmaid robes, you’ll need to give make sure these elements have a high priority in your budget.
If the dance floor at your reception and the quality of the music are how you want to remember your wedding, then put your DJ towards the top of your wedding reception budget.
With so many things to potentially spend your wedding dollars on, don’t leave the important things to last (when you’ve already spent your money on other things).
(Obviously we’re biased and believe that an awesome dance floor at your wedding is up there alongside the photographer and the food in terms or how much you and your guests will enjoy and remember your party!)
Understanding wedding DJ pricing
In Sydney, wedding DJ prices vary widely. Knowing what you’re looking for in your DJ will help you put aside the right amount of your budget to cover their rates.
A budget wedding DJ will cost between $600 and $1000.
When we started DJing weddings back in 2012, we priced ourselves accordingly until we gained more experience. Some weddings we smashed, but others could have been better. We didn’t have enough experience DJing weddings at the time to know what we didn’t know.
It’s up to you if you’re happy being a guinea pig for someone just cutting their wedding DJ teeth. You may get lucky and get an awesome experience and an awesome bargain (but you may not).
It’s also worth acknowledging that a DJ who’s not charging much for their service will not have as much money to put back into their business. This means they’re less likely to have high-quality sound equipment or invest in industry training, insurance and legal music files.
A cheap Sydney DJ may DJ weddings as their weekend job to earn a bit of extra money, rather than it being a full-time passion with the skill set to match.
A mid-range wedding DJ will charge from $1000 to $2000 and should have more experience and professionalism to offer than a budget DJ.
A mid-range wedding DJ should dress professionally for your wedding and have a decent quality sound system. They should also tick the boxes in terms of insurance, legal music and have a couple of years’ experience under their belt.
However, be aware that they may not offer a full DJ performance that includes on-beat and creative mixing. We’re seeing a growing trend of celebrants and live musicians offering DJ services as an add-on but, with limited DJing experience, these services may be just playing one song after another, rather than delivering a skilled DJ performance.
But, if you don’t have enough in your budget for a high-end and experienced DJ (or music isn’t a super high priority for you), then a mid-range DJ is a great choice.
High-end Sydney Wedding DJs
If you’ve booked a luxury Sydney wedding venue, and an amazing photographer and videographer to record your day, you’ll want a wedding DJ who can bring it!
For a high-end wedding DJ, expect to pay between $2000 and $3000 for your wedding reception (sometimes even more).
At this level, you can expect your DJ to entertain and perform, to know how to mix creatively (rather than just play one song after the other), be familiar with a wide range of music genres and to have several years’ professional experience DJing weddings and other types of events (including clubs, bars and festivals).
The best Sydney wedding DJs will be able to advise you on your timeline of events to give your dance floor the highest chance of success. They may also offer professional MC services and will proactively work with your other wedding suppliers to make sure everything runs smoothly.
A top-notch DJ will not only complement your wedding but will value add by crafting the soundtrack to your big day.
Expect real entertainment, not just playing music.
As well as the cost to hire a wedding DJ for your reception, there may be additional fees to take into account.
These may include travel (if your perfect wedding DJ is based further away from your venue) and additional equipment hire (if you need something outside the ‘normal’ set up).
You may also have the option of adding on additional services such as ceremony music, MC service and fun stuff like CO2 cannons and confetti!
We truly believe that your music and wedding entertainment play a massive role in the success of your wedding reception. With this in mind, we recommend booking the best wedding DJ you can afford. If money is tight, see what other areas you can shave money from that have less of an impact on the success of your day.
Need some more convincing? Check out this article where we compare wedding DJs to cheesy sandwiches and drop some more advice on how to choose the best wedding DJ you can afford.