Do You Tip DJs At Weddings?

Do you tip DJs at weddings? If so, how much and why? Let's find out!

According to the American DJ Association, the answer is yes. They recommend tipping $50-$100 for most services, including cocktail hour and reception music. That said, not all people are aware of this etiquette rule!

If you're looking to become better acquainted with what's expected of guests at your next wedding or event, then check out this blog post that goes into detail about how much money to give DJs at weddings and why tipping them is so important.

Likewise, if you are a DJ yourself and would like to learn more about how much you should be charging and what to expect, hopefully this blog post informs you well!

Do You Tip DJs At Weddings?

How Much Should You Tip Your Dj?

The ADJA suggests tipping, however, tipping is a personal decision and not mandatory. As such, tipping is always appreciated by the DJ. How much you tip your DJ will depend on the cost of the service provided, but the range is typically 10-20% of the total cost.

Some companies or service providers may even include a tip in their fee. If you are unsure, ask your DJ how they receive gratuities and whether or not it is expected of you to provide one if the service was satisfactory.

Why Is Tipping Important?

Do You Tip DJs At Weddings?

Tipping is important because it is one way to show your appreciation for a job well done. It also helps to ensure that quality service will be provided in the future by that DJ or company. It is important to remember that a tip is not payment for the job, but rather a token of gratitude and appreciation for providing great service!

Tipping also sets a standard in the industry. While most DJs are paid well enough from their fee alone, they will still be appreciative if you choose to leave an additional gratuity, especially if you feel they have gone above and beyond to make your event special.

When Do You Tip DJs At Weddings?

When do you tip DJs at weddings

Before or after they have provided the service, this is entirely up to you. If you are planning to tip after, it is a good idea to have cash on hand so that you can give it to your DJ directly.

In other cases, you might want to tip ahead of time or during equipment setup just in case you will be too busy, tipsy, or forgetful at the end!

Do you have any questions about tipping DJs at weddings? Leave them in a comment below and we'll be happy to help!

What Should I Do if I Can't Afford to Tip My Dj?

Weddings are not cheap! If you find that you are unable to tip your DJ, there are a few things you can do. You can speak with the DJ before or after the event and explain your situation. Maybe you have a birthday even or a friend that you could recommend their service to – they will appreciate the recommendation.

Similarly, you can always leave a review on the DJ's social media or website page thanking them for their services and letting others know that they did an excellent job.

Tipping is not mandatory, so do not let affordability ruin your event!

Wedding DJ Tips Built into Contracts

Do You Tip DJs At Weddings?

Some vendors in the wedding industry have tipping built into their contracts. This includes some venue staff, bartenders, and decoration providers. Tipping can help incentivize the staff to work harder for your benefit and provide you with a better service for your event.

Review your contracts to double-check if gratuity is already included or ask if there are any additional steps you need to take before tipping at the end of an event.


In conclusion, tipping your DJ is a great way to show your appreciation for their hard work. It is not mandatory, but most DJs will be very grateful if you do choose to tip them. The amount you tip will depend on the cost of the service provided, but it is typically recommended to tip between 10 and 20% of their overall fee (or honestly, whatever you can afford!) just have cash on hand.

If you are unable to tip, there are many ways to show your appreciation for a job well done!

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