30 years ago, you could hire a wedding DJ for about $400. This was your run-of-the-mill, average DJ.
I can think of nothing that hasn’t increased in value over the last 30 years, except DJs. Mostly because most DJs don’t rely on being a DJ to earn their livelihood – it’s a hobby to them. YOU’RE their hobby. Or they’re beginners – YOU’RE their “lab rat.”
But consider this:
Talented professionals charge accordingly and deliver accordingly. Talented professionals are worth more that a 30-year-old price tag. Talented professionals are worth more than what you’ll spend on “chair covers,” “veggie platters,” and “favors,” because they provide so much more than those items.
If you were to go to the Hilton in your area and rented a sound system for 200 people with no music or sophisticated DJ equipment, you would pay nearly $900 – JUST FOR SOME GEAR, set up, tear down, and an “operator” to switch it on.
No “talented professional” included – Just a sound system and a pimply-faced kid with baggy pants for $900.
If your multi-thousand dollar, much-planned-for, monumentally important event is worth having, it’s worth making sure that you’ve retained the best possible choice you can get to
– keep the soiree moving smoothly,
– create and highlight special moments,
– keep you and your guests entertained,
– and represent you as you’d like to be represented in good taste.
To have someone who can skillfully do these things for $1800 is CHEAP. It was “reasonable” 10 years ago. Now add $900 to that for some sound equipment, and you get $2700.00, which is a very reasonable price for a talented professional who holds so much of the responsibility for the success of your event.
No other aspect of your event will have more impact on it or for as long as the entertainment professional you choose to represent you.
Don’t hire a DJ that’s stuck in 1984. Get the best professional that you can afford.
And… You can quote me on that.
©2014 Mark K. Ferrell