How to Handle Wedding Music on a Budget

March 1, 2017


If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, then you know that wedding costs add up fast. And once you’ve booked a venue, a caterer, and a photographer, the last thing you want to worry about is having to pay a ton of money to have music at your wedding. If you’re a couple on a budget (and many couples are), here is a look at how you can save money on the music for your wedding ceremony and reception.


Rent equipment.


Renting equipment is a great, budget friendly option if all you need is some background music. For a wedding, it’s often best to work with a professional wedding DJ for your equipment rental needs.


Some DJs offer convenient DIY packages that allow you to rent professional level DJ equipment for your wedding. You'll get all of the audio and lighting equipment you need, delivered right to your venue. The modest cost involved becomes well worth it when you consider the fact that you're eliminating the pain of having to gather the right equipment yourself. Plus, since you're working with a professional DJ to rent your equipment, the DJ you work with can teach you exactly how to handle all of the necessary hookups.


For those who don’t feel confident in their audio equipment setup skills, you can always ask the DJ you rent equipment from to handle setup—usually they’ll just charge a modest fee along with equipment rental.


Hire a DJ.


If you want to go the professional route, then hiring a wedding DJ is definitely your best bet. Hiring a DJ completely eliminates the stress of having to handle equipment setup and music playback. Plus, you’ll have someone on hand to emcee your wedding reception, introducing you and your spouse as a couple for the first time, gathering guests for your first dance, announcing the cutting of the cake, handling toasts, etc.


In terms of budget, hiring a DJ is almost always more affordable than hiring a band. You can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $20,000 for a live band for your wedding. For a DJ on the other hand, you’ll pay only a fraction of the cost. Packages with Utah-based DJ How You Want It, for example, start at $400 plus $25 per hour. That’s one less thing to worry about!

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