Wedding FAQs

What are your rates?

Our rates are transparent:

-Planning the event, DJing and a professional sound system with 1 wireless microphone $1,500.
-Ceremony audio (two additional wireless mics, mixer, speaker): $200.
-Additional rooms of audio (for example cocktails): $100.
-Additional wireless microphones: $50.
-Up Lights: $25 each.
-Dance Floor Lights: $100 per fixture.
-Photo Booth: $150 per hour.

– Ask us about our 10% discounts!

These are not bait and switch prices based on a small number of hours. These are the real rates for what you actually need and want. If you do your research you will see that we are very much in the middle of the pack when it comes to actual rates vs misleading “teaser” rates others promote.

Why choose Marquee Artists?

Personality and experience set us apart from the rest. There aren’t a lot of people out there with the necessary combination of creativity and responsibility to be great private event DJs. A lot of “real DJs” are just plain rude, while most “wedding DJs” can’t mix and won’t push the envelope beyond the lowest common denominator. We occupy that rare middle ground where we can take the lead or take requests, play for young and old, pop or niche audiences and keep everybody dancing. We also find ourselves grooving along in the DJ booth and having as much fun as the guests, which tends to be infectious.  We work with couples starting months ahead of time to get a sense of who they are and what they want the event to be, not just the music. That way on the big day you can enjoy time with friends and family, not have to think about the DJ or the music.

What do you do to motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?

Switch it up! We like to keep things moving and keep people guessing. Give people what they want but don’t be predictable is the idea. You have to watch your audience so you don’t lose them in the first place. Eventually you get good at reading a crowd and sensing what they need to get them going.

Do you make announcements and MC?

Yes! But we keep the use of the microphone to any introductions and timeline related announcements.  You’re the focus of the night, not us. 

What are your rates based on?

We understand that a DJ doesn’t just stand there obliviously playing music while the event unfolds around them. The DJ is responsible for the flow of the entire event and the only way they can be effective in that roll is to have a full and detailed timeline of the day, beyond the music. For that reason we provide the same level of pre-event preparation as most day of coordinators.

Rates are based on three factors: 1) Experience 2) Equipment 3) Time.

1) Experience is our most valuable service. There is a famous expression “you can do it right the first time, or you can do it right the second time”. Your wedding is not the place to find out who has experience to get it right the first time and who doesn’t. DJing is our passion but knowing the do’s and don’t of special events is a skill few others have mastered. We help design fun, stress free events and then effortlessly read the crowd, mix songs and create magic on the dance floor. Hundreds of couples have trusted us over the years and rave about their celebrations in their reviews.

2) Our experience has thought us that quality doesn’t come cheap, that’s why we use the best equipment. The junk equipment we see in our competitor’s promotional photos tells us why we standout. We use top of the line everything because a DJ’s sound system is only as good as it’s weakest link.

3) Our base rate includes planning and a single area of professional audio for as long as you need. The time we put into planning is the key to ensuring events are amazing, that’s why we don’t limit our services to 4, 5 or 6 hours like most others. On average we spend 20 hours on each wedding. A reception might only last 6 to 8 hours for the guests but fully customizing the timeline, floor plan and music ahead of time averages 5 hours. Organizing and preparing music files across multiple computers and iPads is another 2 hours. Equipment delivery and setup is another 3 hours. Setting up before guests arrive and braking down after they leave averages 8 hours. Breaking down and returning the equipment to storage is another 2 hours. The 10 years of experience we have, well that took 10 years.

Compared to the average cost of venues ($3.5k – $25k), caterers ($9k – $25k), photographers ($3.5k – $10k), planners ($1.5k – $12k), bands ($4k – $10k), decor & flowers ($2k -$5k), DJs are actually one of the least expensive parts of a wedding. Considering they are responsible for the flow of the entire day this makes them an incredible value.

Can we come see you at a wedding?

Unfortunately not. Weddings and other special events are almost always private affairs for family and friends.

Can you play exactly what we want even if it’s unusual?

Yes! As long as it has been recorded we can play it. We work together ahead of time to build a list of songs you love to ensure we know your tastes as we read the crowd and mix throughout the night. We can work with minimal direction or strict must play lists but always enjoy the freedom to take the music in different directions if the moment calls for it. 

Why can’t I hire a DJ for just a few hours?

Most people think they are paying for the time they see us DJing. In reality the value in hiring Marquee Artists is the hours we spend preparing for each event.  Because so much goes into every event it’s the same rate for two hours or the entire event. 

What is the process for booking Marquee Artists?

An industry-standard, 50% retainer is due with your signed contract to secure the date. At that point you and your DJ will spend the months leading up to your event planning the music and other details together online. The remaining balance for your event is due 30 days prior to the big day.

Do You need anything from us?

We require a 6-foot table with a linen (of your choice) wherever we are setting up. The venue must be available for setup starting two hours before our services begin. The venue must provide a good condition, working, 120-volt, 15-amp circuit on a grounded outlet within 30 feet of where the DJ is set up. 

How far do you travel?

We travel anywhere! We love working with clients in different states and different countries. We do local weddings as well as destination weddings. Our base rate covers events within 120 round trip miles of the 20036 Zip Code. 

What happens in an emergency?

We have multiple DJs able to stand in for each other in the event one has an emergency. 

Are you insured?

Each DJ carries a $2,000,000 liability policy.

Chau Nguyen was absolutely the BEST! He DJed for 4 hours non-stop during our wedding and our guests couldn’t get enough! In fact, one of my friends who attended specifically asked for his playlist so she could recreate all the fun at her wedding in Florida a few months later. He was super responsive leading up to the wedding and was amazing at reading the room and livening up the dance party. Chau, thank you for making our wedding so special and so fun. We had a blast!

Chau Nguyen was absolutely the BEST! He DJed for 4 hours non-stop during our wedding and our guests couldn’t get enough! In fact, one of my friends who attended specifically asked for his playlist so she could recreate all the fun at her wedding in Florida a few months later. He was super responsive leading up to the wedding and was amazing at reading the room and livening up the dance party. Chau, thank you for making our wedding so special and so fun. We had a blast!