Djs have been priced at $100 per hour since the 1980's! Mostly due to Prom Advisers telling their committees that is the going rate a 50 guest sweet 16 DJ gave them! Yes you can get a $100-$400 dollar Disc Jockey even in 2009! After reading his eye opening article you will know why you don't want one of them!
The Age Old Saying you get what you pay for, is unfortunately all too True in New Jersey, Arizona & every other place where part time or Hobby DJ's exist. Not to say all part timers are horrible and all full time entertainers are superb....but you must do your research and due diligence!
The Friend of a Friend who DJ's Part Time is also not a Myth ...Search any Chat Board or Twitter to see ALL the Horror stories of DJ's that are late, didn't show up, canceled last minute, or Showed up in Ripped Jeans. (Sometimes all of the Above!) The last thing you need at your prom is no MC & no Music ... your Prom will be over before it started! What quality of DJ do you think is left on the day of your Prom???, considering most entertainers are booked 6 - 12 months in advance.
Fifteen plus years ago Disc Jockey prices were $495 for a small party of under 100 guests!, if a DJ promises to do your event for 150 - 1000 Guests and gives you a Price under $600 there is definitely something WRONG! ASK MORE QUESTIONS SEE WHATS MISSING...THERE IS A REASON!
(Whats the Difference between a Ferrari & a Scion? Both are cars and will get you from Point A to B... the difference is clear)
Either they are Going to DJ your event with an Ipod, or maybe they are Uninsured (which the night of your event -a catering hall may not let them play - see Insurance post)
Or maybe their equipment is shoddy or their music is not kept up to date or has offensive lyrics. Or worse maybe all of the above! (Which is usually the case.)
Again this is unfortunate and makes the entire Entertainment Community look bad, cheesy, unreliable and unprofessional.
(This is NOT our SYSTEM)
This is an Actual Photo of a "professional" DJ beware of marketing words like professional and best they are taken loosely in this industry and anyone that has done more the one paid event calls themselves a professional DJ- So Beware this could Be your Event!
We get calls for Proms, weddings and other Large events EVERY DAY that tell me their budget is $200- $400 !!! (Most of our experienced Club DJ's get paid more then that in payroll!)
For a small Prom or Dance of 200 Guests that works out to $1.50 per Guest!!
I know most school dances charge between $5 - $25 per student, and Proms are usually $100+....Be wise, in your choices when searching for a DJ... Because after all a Prom is only a School Dance, so if your entertainment is no good - all the rest was a Big waste of time and Money.
Your Event is a Once in A Lifetime Event, Leave it to the Professionals to Host your Next Prom, School Event or Sweet 16.
Most Professional Entertainment Companies Prom Prices START at $895.00
Most Sweet 16 & Smaller Event Prices START at $595.00