When you call any dj service for rates make sure you are comparing similar services for the rates quoted.
My quotes include the following:
On location at least one (1) hour prior to event, set-up and sound check. Four (4) hours of continuous music (without breaks) Full, professional sound system and basic light system, corded and cordless mic available. 1 hour break-down included. This basic rate includes drive time within the Portland Metro area. Overtime is always an option if your needs require more time.
Help with the coordination of the timing of events, working with your photographer and making any announcements is always part of what I do as a professional dj.
Also, with an eye to the aesthetics of YOUR day, I do my very best to hide cords and equipment, place speakers out of the way and keep a low profile myself.
Deposits are required to hold your date. Final payment is due on the date of your event.