How much does a DJ cost in 2024?

by | Feb 20, 2024 | Wedding Inspiration

Hampshire Wedding DJ Alan Marshall

How much does a DJ cost in 2024?

Weddings are expensive… and you need some kind of figure or else the expenses will quickly get out of hand. I understand that.

But, how do you come up with a figure for the DJ? Is it what’s left after the venue, the dress the photographer, the flowers etc…? Is it how much your friend paid for her DJ when she got married? Is it a figure in a bride’s magazine article? Or maybe you rang around some DJs and are going on the average?

DJ prices vary hugely and so they should. They are all unique individuals. If you wanted “just music” then you’d plan to use your iPod and hook it up to the venue’s sound system. What you need to know is their value.

If you go down the scenario of getting a few quotes and establishing an average price, you’ll get just that, an “average” disco. But, is that what you really want? Average! On your special day! The day that’s going to be the biggest, most expensive party you’ll probably ever have… Average! Really?

My advice…

Set an appointment and meet prospective DJs. You almost certainly met the venue people, the photographer and the florist. The DJ is most likely going to account for at least a 1/3rd of your special day. It’s really important you pick the right one. He (or she) needs to be a good match for you. A £150 “bargain” DJ isn’t so much of a “bargain” when he turns up and plays what he likes and is rude to your guests so they leave is he? Talk to him, explain what you expect, what you’d like, what you don’t like… give him the chance to offer up ideas. Work together to make your day even more special… He can do that if he’s the right DJ for you.

That’s what I do, I always meet the couple before they even book. To me, it’s really important that we are a “good fit”. I want your wedding to be absolutely fabulous and I’ll do everything I can to make that happen – but, I need to know and understand your vision of your wedding day before I can do that.

Oh, and just in case you were thinking “It’s OK, we’re getting a cheap DJ and giving him a playlist of our music and he has to play that, so it’ll be OK”. Really? What about your family’s taste in music, your guests, do you know enough about what they like? Isn’t it a celebration party for everyone? Just think for a moment… if you went to a friend’s wedding and went up to the DJ to ask “Can you play my song” only to be told, no, the bride has a strict playlist, wouldn’t you feel a bit offended? Might you leave early if the music wasn’t to your taste?

A quick comparison… If you have chair covers* for your wedding and 150 guests. Let’s say those chair covers are £3 each. That’s £450 on chair covers for people to sit on… isn’t the DJ worth at least this? After all, his job is to get your guests up, off of those chair covers and dancing…

As I said at the beginning – Weddings are expensive – but, wouldn’t you want to have a day that you and your guests will remember forever and not one where you wish you’d better allocated where you spent your budget?

I’d love to set up a meeting to meet you and hear all about your wedding plans. If you’d like to get in touch you can do that here…

I’ve added a recent testimonial, below, from one of my happy couples to give you their view on working with me. 


Me and Gemma Mansfield Recently had Celebrations with Alan Marshall providing our evening music and entertainment at our Wedding and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. From the beginning of the process, Alan has been extremely easy to work with and provided amazing advice and guidance that have clearly been developed over many years within the industry. When it came down to the day, Alan was almost immediately set up, without any impact on our wedding breakfast, and before we knew it our evening was rocking away. With a mixed age group and music tastes, Alan navigated this ensuring that everyone had a great time and also a memorable evening. Thank you for providing such a reassuring presence and a great evening for us!
Kenny Mansfield

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