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Need a DJ and an officiant

I am getting married at the Palms in Miami Beach and the DJ they recommend is $695. Is this a good price? We are only having a three hour brunch reception so I feel like I could find something cheaper. Also the recommended officiants are charging $300-$400 dollars.  Is this normal?  Thanks for all the help ladies!!  I have had serious thoughts about eloping to Vegas lately! Everything is so expensive and its very stressful planning by yourself!  Thanks for all the help ladies!!  This website has been a wedding planning lifesaver!
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Re: Need a DJ and an officiant

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    FutureMrsFezzFutureMrsFezz member
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    edited December 2011
    I definitely recommend Shannon from Liquid DJs.  I don't know the rates now since I'm sure they've changed since I planned.  But he's awesome.

    As for the officiant, I have no recs as the guy I used I wouldn't recommend.  But the price, unfortunately, is what is the norm.  I haven't heard of anyone less than $300.

    Good luck and don't stress.  The girls on this board will help you through it.  It's supposed to be fun and about marrying your FI.  Everything else is just extra.
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    edited December 2011
    Depending on what the DJ comes with, yes it can be a very good price.  I've aske this question a million times before and it ranges from like $600-$1100, depending on what you are looking for, how many hours if you want up-lighting, etc.  The 2 most popular vendors on here are Visions and Liquid.
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    edited December 2011
    The Dj is a good price. Most start at 800 and up for about 4-5 hours.. So for 3 I'm sure thats reasonable. Keep looking around though. And I think the officiant is also good but I have no looked into them yet.
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    edited December 2011
    The DJ price is about right, slightly more than what I have heard but not by much.   Many officiants are more than that price.  Who did you contact?  I am looking for an officiant and most quotes I received were about $550.
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    alisonann15alisonann15 member
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    edited December 2011

    The two that I contacted were Rev. Eddie Rodriquez and Michael Caldwell. I got their names from The Palms Hotel.

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    edited December 2011
    Eddie Rodriguez quoted me about $550 or $600.  I am getting married 2 weeks before you, but at night so that could be the difference.  If he is quoting you only $300-$400, that is good.
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