San Diego DJ News

Tom Hams Lighthouse Wedding DJs!

Event: Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Clients: Ondra & Melanie #Thelittlelovestory

DJ: Earl Henry 

DJ Services: Professional DJ and MC, for reception, Up lights

Venue: Tom Hams Lighthouse

Photographer: True Photography (Photos shown in feature, 3 and 5 )

Coordinator: Denise Johnson

Cake: Jenny Wenny


Ondra & Melanie celebrated their big day at the signature Tom Hams Lighthouse wedding venue!


Rustic blue cake was on display matching the wedding decor and the evenings themed color! My DJs up lights were placed 360 degrees around the room, displaying a blue ambiance!



My DJ owner, Earl Henry, was the MC of the night! He played the bride & grooms favorites and kept the crowd on the dance floor!

The happily married couple took time out of their special day to thank DJ Earl for making their day come to life!

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San Diego Wedding DJ Cost

Costs displayed in graph are based on spend from thousands of couples who recently reported pricing for this service within their WeddingWire review. Pricing varies based on factors including, but not limited to, vendor’s experience, level of expertise, event guest count, date, and geographic region.

How much does a San Diego wedding DJ cost?

Wedding DJ prices can vary greatly depending on many factors including your wedding’s location, the type of package you’re looking for, and your chosen DJ’s experience and level of expertise. If you’re considering hiring a DJ to play music at your wedding, keep in mind that the average wedding DJ cost in the U.S. is around $1,000 with most couples spending between $750 to $1,400. Couples are spending more on their wedding DJ nowadays than in past years as they are devoting more of their wedding budget to their guests’ experience, focusing more on music, food and more.

What services do wedding DJs offer?

wedding DJ plays recorded music throughout your wedding reception (and perhaps your ceremony if you aren’t hiring live ceremony musicians), and may also serve as the emcee for the event. This mean that he or she will make announcements at appropriate times, introduce those who are giving toasts, and basically “run the show.” A great DJ not only has an outgoing and energetic personality, but also can “read a crowd” and play the appropriate music to ensure your dance floor is packed all night long. DJs usually provide their own audio/visual equipment and some DJ companies also provide services such as lighting, photo booths, video screens, and more.

What is included in a wedding DJ’s price?

If you’re feeling some sticker shock at wedding DJ prices, remember there’s a lot more to a wedding DJ’s role in your wedding day than simply showing up to your reception and playing music. Here’s a list of what a wedding DJ’s cost includes:

  • Time: Not only does the cost of a wedding DJ include the hours he or she will be performing at your wedding, it also includes the time it takes for your music pro to prepare for your big day. Before your wedding, your DJ will spend time creating your playlist and a unique script for your wedding. And on your wedding day, your DJ will travel, set up, perform, and break down—note that if he or she has to travel a long distance to your wedding, you may incur an additional charge.
  • Equipment: The last thing you want on your wedding day is for your DJ’s equipment to break—so part of a DJ’s fee goes to purchasing and maintaining the most up-to-date equipment including (but not limited to) speakers, microphones, and more.
  • Music: It’s true—your DJ actually has to buy his or her music, and you certainly want to make sure that he or she has lots of songs from which to choose!
  • Operational costs and insurance: These include things like paying rent on an office, business licenses, and marketing costs. You’ll also want to make sure that your DJ is insured—this protects you, your DJ, and your venue in the unlikely event that equipment is damaged or someone is injured due to your DJ’s equipment.

When should I book my wedding DJ?

Wedding DJs are among the first vendors a couple books. We recommend hiring your music pro at least eight months before your wedding day. You will likely meet with your wedding DJ at least once before your wedding date, probably two to six weeks beforehand, to discuss your playlist, your timeline, and any other important details.

Do wedding DJs also provide lighting?

87 percent of wedding DJs offer lighting services as well as music, with the starting price for uplighting averaging around $250. If you’d like to have your wedding DJ provide lighting, there are a few questions you should ask before adding this service to your package:

  • Have you provided lighting at my venue before?
  • What types of lighting can you provide?
  • Can I see photos of your past work?
  • How much will lighting cost?

What equipment do wedding DJs provide?

Your wedding DJ can provide a variety of equipment, depending on your needs. A typical sound system for a wedding DJ includes a DJ deck or controller, speakers, microphones, and headphones. As mentioned, some DJs can provide lighting as well as video screen and projection equipment in case you want to show a video during your reception (hello baby photo montage!). There are also some fun extras your DJ may offer including photo booths and karaoke machines.

How can you save money on wedding music?

If you’re on a tight budget, you’re probably looking for some ways to save money on your wedding music. Here are a few budget tips:

  • Hire a DJ: DJs tend to cost less than wedding bands (on average, a band can cost $3,000 more than a DJ).
  • Pick the right date: Some DJs offer discounts for weddings that take place during the off-season (November through February in most parts of the country) or on a day that isn’t Saturday.
  • Shop around: There are different wedding DJs that will work with different wedding budgets. Read reviews of wedding DJs near you, and don’t be afraid to reach out to a few to find out more about their services.
  • Limit the hours: The more time your DJ performs, the more you’ll pay. If there are ways to shorten the performance time, you can save some money on your wedding DJ cost.

Do you have to tip your wedding DJ?

Don’t forget to factor tips into your wedding DJ budget. We recommend tipping your DJ between 10 to 15 percent of the total bill.

What questions should I ask a wedding DJ before hiring?

A big part of finding the right DJ for your wedding is personality—you want to find a professional who you actually like and trust (and of course, is available on your wedding date and within budget). However, there are several important questions you’ll need to ask a wedding DJ before booking, including:

  • How would you describe your style?
  • Can we see your song list?
  • What is included in your fee?
  • Are there specific genres of music that you specialize in?
  • How will you work with us to create a wedding playlist?
  • What are your favorite first dance songs?
  • Have you worked at my venue before?
  • What type of equipment do you use?
  • How many breaks do you require?
  • Do you offer additional services like lighting, photo booth, etc.?
  • Are you insured?

Source: Wedding Wire

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What Makes Us Good Wedding DJs

Three Things That Make a Wedding DJ Good

  1. Caring. “Caring” feeds passion. “Caring” motivates and creates action.Very little can happen without it.

  2. Talent. Defined many ways, but is easily recognized when experienced.

  3. Love. Love fuels all great performers. Unconditional Love with no expectations. That’s why they “give” a performance – it’s an act of giving. When a wedding DJ loves her/his clients, everything stems from that – every action; every decision; everything.

True talent is indicated by a performance that removes the need for sales/marketing/advertising.


    1. Caring.  Her/his website and online presence reflects caring.  Most content and posts will reveal ideas that benefit clients first. It will not be about self-interests.  The actions of a “caring” wedding DJ are noticeable.  She/he will actuallyput the clients needs above her/his own. “Putting the client first” is not an advertising slogan or “sales” trick. They ask themselves, “Does it benefit the client? Or does it benefit me?”  If the answer is, “me,” it’s abandoned immediately.  This applies to the “sales” process, consultations, performance, and follow-up.  Stay away from DJs that scream, “Me! Me! Me.”

    2. Talent. There will be proof of talent development and background.  If not an employment history in the entertainment industry,  there will be a history in entertainment and talent training and education, i.e. college courses, community theater, talent agency workshops, private workshops/coaching, etc.  True talent is indicated by a performance that removes the need for sales/marketing/advertising.  The performance itself becomes the strongest and most effective sales/marketing/advertising – it sells itself.  DJs who do not “care” do not develop their talent.

DJs who do not “care” do not develop their talent.

  1. Love. High demand, regardless of price, is one indication of Love.  Clients feel Love and respond to it.  They can feel when a DJ has their best interest in her/his heart. And they see it when the choices made obviously put the client first. Responsiveness before, during, and after the engagement. Staging. Choice of words. Working to be the best s/he can be for the benefit of the client. These are a few indicators.

  2. Price.  Price is another indicator. You might think that a “high” price is an example of “self-interest.” It’s not. You will find that Wedding DJs with a great deal of passion, caring, talent, and love for you – the client – and for what they do as artists and service providers, also feel the same way about their families. This love, caring, and passion for life is reflected in all that they do. Naturally, they would work very hard to provide well for their families while doing something that they love doing for people – clients – they love too. That means that they’ll do all that they can to make sure that their clients are well-cared for – as mentioned before. They also want to make sure that their families are well-cared for. And if I can be candid with you… A “high-priced” wedding DJ isn’t really very high-priced at all. It may only seem high when compared to wedding DJs that don’t exhibit the qualities I’ve described here.

A “high-priced” wedding DJ isn’t really very high-priced at all. Talented, Loving, and Caring wedding DJs cost more, which is to your benefit.


Talented, Loving, and Caring wedding DJs cost more. And that is to your benefit too.They have to live up to your higher expectations or they go out of business. Find a “high-priced” wedding DJ that’s in demand, and you’ll find someone who has what it takes to make your event spectacular – TLC.


Source:  Mark K. Ferrell

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