How much should I pay for a DJ in Adelaide ....You Don't Know, What You Don't Know

Adelaide Wedding and Corporate DJ Prices

Middleton Events Adelaide - wedding and corperate djs, mc's and entertainment_-78.jpg

 

Over many years there has been a lot of questions asked as to why prices vary so much between DJ companies.

When our clients are asked post event “How much would you attribute the success of your event to the DJ”, our average score is 90%. This tells us that clients value the service of a professional and can be the difference between guests looking at their watches finding an excuse to leave, or staying the distance, enjoying the celebration and dancing the night away.

 

The other question asked is “Please rate the price you paid for the service” and that is always “Excellent! Service far exceed the price we paid”. These can all be viewed on our website www.middletonevents.com

 

The are so many factors to take into account and let me say that after 10,000 in our group over many years, we've seen it all and know what it takes to have the best event ever!

 

It’s important to understand;

 

1. What is my low, mid and high budget?

2. Who is the best DJ that provides the best service given my budget?

3. What experience do I want, not only for me but for my guests?

 

When selecting the right DJ your thought process should be around;

 

1. Who has the most EXPERIENCE

2. Who is the most TRUSTED

3. Who can provide the most FUN

 

If you’re in the early stages of planning your event, it’s difficult to understand the price difference and the difference in level of service and performance standards. When you haven’t seen before how great your event can be, then an average service is ok?

 

There’s and old saying that if you can’t see the difference in the value of the product of service, then the decision to purchase will be purely based on price and price alone!

 

Middleton Events Adelaide - wedding and corperate djs, mc's and entertainment_-76.jpg

The question we ask a lot of our clients is…“What importance do you place on the entertainment for your event”. In the case of a wedding, most brides unless they’ve been to a wedding and have experienced an exceptional performance, simply don’t know how good their wedding can be and quite often find themselves going for the cheapest quote. That’s all they know. Don’t be fooled by comparing a product to a service. A Hyundai Getz can’t be compared to a BMW…..but they are both cars and will get you from A to B, however provide a completely different driving experience along with reliability, customer care and service.

 

There are very good reasons why some businesses and operators charge a higher fee and from our experience, the 3 most important elements of your reception are;

 

1. the food,

2. the service,

3. and the entertainment.

 

No doubt you’ve done your homework and all your due diligence on the venue, done menu tastings and experienced first hand what quality your venue will deliver at your wedding.

 

The next most important decision to make is;

 

1. who do I engage to look after my wedding?

2. who can provide an experience that will keep guests entertained and not be looking at their watches at early wanting to leave?

3. Do I feel comfortable knowing they can present and speak in front of my guests and or family and friends?

 

Middleton Events Adelaide - wedding and corperate djs, mc's and entertainment_-80.jpg

Here’s an overview on pricing in our industry and bear in mind it’s not a nightclub scene, it’s a gathering of family and friends you have invited to share the best day of your life. There’s are a lot of nightclub DJ’s coming out of clubs for a number of reasons thinking the money is better with limited knowledge or experience in the wedding industry. Its not about lights, smoke machines, lasers and bells and whistles…..its about the quality of the experience and guests talking about your wedding for years to come.

 

SO WHY DO PRICES VARY SO MUCH?

 

The pricing overview is based on our personal views, knowledge and experience having managed and directed over 20,000 events across Australia and that of feedback from Brides and Grooms.

 

$400 The “Beginner/Bedroom DJ Rate”

 

This is where most newcomers to the wedding market start and at some stage we’ve all charged this when learning. No professional Wedding DJ can afford to work at this rate and it barely covers the equipment hire fee. It’s fair to say that you might find a friend, a family member or someone who’s looking for experience, however beware! This is more than likely a live juke box.

 

What can I expect?

 

· They have no formal training or qualifications in most cases

· Equipment is consumer quality rather than commercial quality.

· They generally don’t talk and rarely use a microphone therefore the quality is not great. Toasts and speeches are difficult to hear, dance music is loud

· They generally don't have a booking agreement and offer no service gauarntees.

· They generally have no backup equipment (in case of failure), nor backup DJs (in case of illness).

· Music is either limited to their personal collection or illegally copied, which infringes copyright laws.

· Planning help will be minimal, your DJ generally works a day job, so access to them is limited, as you are not a priority.

· MC skills and coordination with your banquet sales team at your venue and other vendors will be limited

· Music selections and knowledge will be limited

· No public liability insurance and No PPCA license to legally play music for a fee.

 

$695 The “Booking Agency Rate”

 

This is generally the booking agent who books DJ’s as a side venture as well as bands and generally lists DJ’s who are struggling to get work. They take around 40-50% of the booking fee and the DJ gets the rest. Agencies business model is book large numbers of jobs at a low rate and keep the DJ’s busy with a low fee. Staff turnover is generally high and it’s a guessing game as to who will actually be performing at your wedding and how they will be attired. There are no uniformed performance and service standards and it's the luck of the draw. Reliability is also a factor…..will they turn up and with what equipment, as the agency generally sub contracts operators with their own equipment.

 

What can I expect?

 

· They have no formal training or qualifications in most cases

· Equipment is consumer quality rather than commercial quality.

· They generally don’t talk and rarely use a microphone therefore the quality is not great.

· Toasts and speeches are difficult to hear, dance music is loud

· They generally have no backup equipment (in case of failure), nor backup DJs (in case of illness) but the agency might have someone and then they won’t have all your timelines selections and planning at hand.

· Music is either limited to their personal collection or illegally copied, which infringes copyright laws.

· Planning help will be minimal, your DJ generally works a day job, so access to them is limited, as you are not a priority.

· MC skills and coordination with your banquet sales team at your venue and other vendors will be limited, although this may be done by the secretary at the agency.

· Music skills and knowledge will be limited.

· No public liability insurance and No PPCA license to legally play music for a fee.

Middleton Events Adelaide - wedding and corperate djs, mc's and entertainment_-52.jpg

$950 The “Standard DJ Rate”

 

These DJ’s love their music and have a passion for music and getting paid to party. This is where most DJ's price points are at, and you'll get a good DJ who is generally experienced performing at weddings.

 

This DJ you need to ask a lot of questions and site references from recent clients who had a similar style event to you, as it's easy to be mislead. We see it all the time operators over charging and under deliverying.

 

This is Middleton Events standard price and what is expected by our clients as a minimum.

 

What can I expect?

 

· A professionally trained and highly skilled MC and are regarded as Australia's most awarded and respected Entertainment Directors, with a wealth of experience at hundreds of events

· Most have been professionally trained through Radio School and are currently, or have been working in commercial radio and will provide an entertaining experience for your guests

· MC to coordinate all formalities and proceedings so your family members can relax and enjoy your wedding

· They will be suitably dressed in suit and tie, liaise with your banquets manager to ensure a smooth-running event

· They only use the latest state of the art digital sound systems ensuring a pleasurable listening experience for guests

· They cover their equipment with a white silk up light facade to cover all PA equipment that will add to the look and appearance of your wedding with a wash of lights to match the colour of your wedding

· They have a planning portal allows you to login to your event and watch the countdown to your event. You can also view all of your event details, make changes if needed, update music requests, timelines, plan your formalities, speeches and procedures, contact us, make payments, digitally sign documents and much more

· They'll provide a unique URL link will be generated for you in your planning portal, to allow your guests to login and request or dedicate songs! You can include this link on your invitations or email, tweet, or privately message this link on Facebook to family and friends. Once they submit the request, you'll be notified within 15 seconds via email to accept, or eject the request

· They use the latest radio microphone technologies to allow crystal clear sound for your speeches and formalities. This will allow us to bring the microphone to the bridal table and is completely cordless

· When the party starts, they'll provide pastel colour rays of lights that will move in sync to the beat of the music, washing the guests on the dancing with soft colours providing an atmosphere for dancing when the house lights are dimmed

· As a business owner they need a requisite license to play copyright protected music in their business. Simply buying a CD or music file, for example, doesn't give anybody the right to play it in a commercial environment without this license. As a client, you're covered in the event of an onsite audit and the business will have a current requisite license to play copyright protected music or music videos at your event

· Pre-wedding consultation to plan the entertainment aspect of your day. They've managed thousands of events and have a wealth of knowledge and experience at your disposal. It's this experience that they love to pass on to their clients to ensure your event, is your way, on time, on budget and has the WOW factor

· Their production team will liaise with venue management and provide a notification that you’ve engaged them to look after the entertainment for your event. The week of your event, your venue will also receive a bump in notification email, advising the venue of the agreed bump in times and production requirements.

· They’ll provide $20 million public liability is included with event and all equipment is fully compliant with Australian Safety and Engineering Standards and all cables have been test and tagged to meet legislation

· Their technical team will delivery, setup and pack-down in consultation with your venue coordinator regarding your arrangements. They will call them the week of your event to discuss bump in detail to ensure a smooth transition

 

$1695 The “Professional DJ Rate”

 

This is the average rate to pay if you want the best experience and an event to be talked about. Companies that do events full-time and rely on their good reputation to sustain a thriving business. These DJ’s have been generally working for a 10-year period and are on their way to fine tuning their craft. Very reliable and a great performance that most clients enjoy.

 

This is Middleton Events average price and what is expected by our clients as a minimum.

 

What can I expect?

 

· A professionally trained and highly skilled MC and are regarded as Australia's most awarded and respected Entertainment Directors, with a wealth of experience at hundreds of events

· Most have been professionally trained through Radio School and are currently, or have been working in commercial radio and will provide an entertaining experience for your guests

· MC to coordinate all formalities and proceedings so your family members can relax and enjoy your wedding

· They will be suitably dressed in suit and tie, liaise with your banquets manager to ensure a smooth-running event

· They only use the latest state of the art digital sound systems ensuring a pleasurable listening experience for guests

· They cover their equipment with a white silk up light facade to cover all PA equipment that will add to the look and appearance of your wedding with a wash of lights to match the colour of your wedding

· They have a planning portal allows you to login to your event and watch the countdown to your event. You can also view all of your event details, make changes if needed, update music requests, timelines, plan your formalities, speeches and procedures, contact us, make payments, digitally sign documents and much more

· They'll provide a unique URL link will be generated for you in your planning portal, to allow your guests to login and request or dedicate songs! You can include this link on your invitations or email, tweet, or privately message this link on Facebook to family and friends. Once they submit the request, you'll be notified within 15 seconds via email to accept, or eject the request

· They use the latest radio microphone technologies to allow crystal clear sound for your speeches and formalities. This will allow us to bring the microphone to the bridal table and is completely cordless

· When the party starts, they'll provide pastel colour rays of lights that will move in sync to the beat of the music, washing the guests on the dancing with soft colours providing an atmosphere for dancing when the house lights are dimmed

· As a business owner they need a requisite license to play copyright protected music in their business. Simply buying a CD or music file, for example, doesn't give anybody the right to play it in a commercial environment without this license. As a client, you're covered in the event of an onsite audit and the business will have a current requisite license to play copyright protected music or music videos at your event

· Pre-wedding consultation to plan the entertainment aspect of your day. They've managed thousands of events and have a wealth of knowledge and experience at your disposal. It's this experience that they love to pass on to their clients to ensure your event, is your way, on time, on budget and has the WOW factor

· Their production team will liaise with venue management and provide a notification that you’ve engaged them to look after the entertainment for your event. The week of your event, your venue will also receive a bump in notification email, advising the venue of the agreed bump in times and production requirements.

· They’ll provide $20 million public liability is included with event and all equipment is fully compliant with Australian Safety and Engineering Standards and all cables have been test and tagged to meet legislation

· Their technical team will delivery, setup and pack-down in consultation with your venue coordinator regarding your arrangements. They will call them the week of your event to discuss bump in detail to ensure a smooth transition

Middleton Events Adelaide - wedding and corperate djs, mc's and entertainment_-88.jpg

$2995 The “High Demand DJ rate.”

 

This is the standout DJ that knows how to work the room and dance floor and generates bookings from their events. They provide an experience that is unparalleled and are in high demand. They have been perfecting their craft over many years and are the BMW of the fleet and you receive personalised attention with every detail to your wish. You will see special moments and highlights through your event that will surprise you and keep guests captivated and entertained. They will know what music guests want before the event starts and know how to build the right momentum and atmosphere.

 

What can I expect?

· A professionally trained and highly skilled MC and are regarded as Australia's most awarded and respected Entertainment Directors, with a wealth of experience at hundreds of events who are at the top of their game!

· Most have been professionally trained through Radio School and are currently, or have been working in commercial radio and will provide an entertaining experience for your guests

· MC to coordinate all formalities and proceedings so your family members can relax and enjoy your wedding

· They will be suitably dressed in suit and tie, liaise with your banquets manager to ensure a smooth-running event

· They only use the latest state of the art digital sound systems ensuring a pleasurable listening experience for guests

· They cover their equipment with a white silk up light facade to cover all PA equipment that will add to the look and appearance of your wedding with a wash of lights to match the colour of your wedding

· What an amazing way to start a great celebration and have the bridal party, bride/s and or groom/s as your MC reads your scripted introductions professionally musically produced, the newlyweds and bridal party can capture the moment with anticipation as the guests get ready for the entry into the room!

· All the bells and whistles including dry ice – dancing on a cloud, up lighting and monogram

· They have a planning portal allows you to login to your event and watch the countdown to your event. You can also view all of your event details, make changes if needed, update music requests, timelines, plan your formalities, speeches and procedures, contact us, make payments, digitally sign documents and much more

· They'll provide a unique URL link will be generated for you in your planning portal, to allow your guests to login and request or dedicate songs! You can include this link on your invitations or email, tweet, or privately message this link on Facebook to family and friends. Once they submit the request, you'll be notified within 15 seconds via email to accept, or eject the request

· They use the latest radio microphone technologies to allow crystal clear sound for your speeches and formalities. This will allow us to bring the microphone to the bridal table and is completely cordless

· When the party starts, they'll provide pastel colour rays of lights that will move in sync to the beat of the music, washing the guests on the dancing with soft colours providing an atmosphere for dancing when the house lights are dimmed

· As a business owner they need a requisite license to play copyright protected music in their business. Simply buying a CD or music file, for example, doesn't give anybody the right to play it in a commercial environment without this license. As a client, you're covered in the event of an onsite audit and the business will have a current requisite license to play copyright protected music or music videos at your event

· Pre-wedding consultation to plan the entertainment aspect of your day. They've managed thousands of events and have a wealth of knowledge and experience at your disposal. It's this experience that they love to pass on to their clients to ensure your event, is your way, on time, on budget and has the WOW factor

· Their production team will liaise with venue management and provide a notification that you’ve engaged them to look after the entertainment for your event. The week of your event, your venue will also receive a bump in notification email, advising the venue of the agreed bump in times and production requirements.

· They’ll provide $20 million public liability is included with event and all equipment is fully compliant with Australian Safety and Engineering Standards and all cables have been test and tagged to meet legislation

· Their technical team will delivery, setup and pack-down in consultation with your venue coordinator regarding your arrangements. They will call them the week of your event to discuss bump in detail to ensure a smooth transition

Middleton Events Adelaide - wedding and corperate djs, mc's and entertainment_-85.jpg

$4500 The “Ultimate Experience DJ Rate.”

 

DJs who are highly sought after, in high demand with a lot of experience who are well established in the industry. Exceptional DJ and MC and communication skills and will provide the ultimate experience including personalised custom introductions.

They'll guide you through the process of creating an amazing wedding day from ceremony to reception including special moments planned to perfection. With an incredible celebration experience of music, lights, magical effects of your choice and world class entertainment and music direction, they have the award winning expertise and experience to create life long memories that will be talked about for years to come.

 

They are simply the BEST!

 

What can I expect?

· A professionally trained and highly skilled MC and are regarded as Australia's most awarded and respected Entertainment Directors, with a wealth of experience at hundreds of events who are the very BEST!

· Most have been professionally trained through Radio School and are currently, or have been working in commercial radio and will provide an entertaining experience for your guests

· MC to coordinate all formalities and proceedings so your family members can relax and enjoy your wedding

· They will be suitably dressed in suit and tie, liaise with your banquets manager to ensure a smooth-running event

· They only use the latest state of the art digital sound systems ensuring a pleasurable listening experience for guests

· They cover their equipment with a white silk up light facade to cover all PA equipment that will add to the look and appearance of your wedding with a wash of lights to match the colour of your wedding

· They’ll provide an amazing way to start a great celebration and have the bridal party, bride/s and or groom/s as your MC reads your scripted introductions professionally musically produced, the newlyweds and bridal party can capture the moment with anticipation as the guests get ready for the entry into the room!

· All the bells and whistles including dry ice – dancing on a cloud, up lighting and monogram, Photo Booth

· They have a planning portal allows you to login to your event and watch the countdown to your event. You can also view all of your event details, make changes if needed, update music requests, timelines, plan your formalities, speeches and procedures, contact us, make payments, digitally sign documents and much more

· They'll provide a unique URL link will be generated for you in your planning portal, to allow your guests to login and request or dedicate songs! You can include this link on your invitations or email, tweet, or privately message this link on Facebook to family and friends. Once they submit the request, you'll be notified within 15 seconds via email to accept, or eject the request

· They use the latest radio microphone technologies to allow crystal clear sound for your speeches and formalities. This will allow us to bring the microphone to the bridal table and is completely cordless

· When the party starts, they'll provide pastel colour rays of lights that will move in sync to the beat of the music, washing the guests on the dancing with soft colours providing an atmosphere for dancing when the house lights are dimmed

· As a business owner they need a requisite license to play copyright protected music in their business. Simply buying a CD or music file, for example, doesn't give anybody the right to play it in a commercial environment without this license. As a client, you're covered in the event of an onsite audit and the business will have a current requisite license to play copyright protected music or music videos at your event

· Pre-wedding consultation to plan the entertainment aspect of your day. They've managed thousands of events and have a wealth of knowledge and experience at your disposal. It's this experience that they love to pass on to their clients to ensure your event, is your way, on time, on budget and has the WOW factor

· Their production team will liaise with venue management and provide a notification that you’ve engaged them to look after the entertainment for your event. The week of your event, your venue will also receive a bump in notification email, advising the venue of the agreed bump in times and production requirements.

· They’ll provide $20 million public liability is included with event and all equipment is fully compliant with Australian Safety and Engineering Standards and all cables have been test and tagged to meet legislation

· Their technical team will delivery, setup and pack-down in consultation with your venue coordinator regarding your arrangements. They will call them the week of your event to discuss bump in detail to ensure a smooth transition

 

In summary, you pay for what you get, nothings for free and the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweet price is forgotten. You get one shot and one opportunity, and the DJ is the critical element at your event.

 

Do your due diligence, check recent references, talk to venues and go with a reliable trusted reputable supplier.

 

Happy planning and hoping to

Meet You On The Dance Floor!