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How Much Does A Wedding DJ Cost - Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Jimmy Purifoy • Feb 18, 2020
Choosing a wedding DJ based on price is only one element to making the best entertainment decision of your wedding day. The greatest factor I cannot stress enough is Value. Everyone wants to get the best for their money spent and why should choosing a DJ be any different? DJS have different personalities, levels of expertise, and experience. This is why I encourage you to set aside some time to talk with your potential DJ face-to-face, over the phone, on Skype, or even email to build trust and understand the value your DJ will provide from beginning to end. Here are some questions and answers to help aid in your search.

How much does a wedding DJ cost?

Wedding DJ prices can vary greatly. Honestly, when it comes down to this, the price should be almost secondary. There are 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. The reality is that if the DJ has explained themselves well, they will present to you the value that they add to your special day. Market research suggest that the average wedding DJ cost in Central Arkansas, Southern Missouri, and Tulsa Oklahoma is around $900 with most couples spending between $700 to $1,500. Couples are devoting more of their wedding budget to their guests’ experience, focusing more on music, food and the overall experience.

What services do wedding DJS offer?

A wedding DJ plays recorded music (chosen by you) throughout your wedding reception (and perhaps your ceremony if you aren’t hiring live ceremony musicians), and may also serve as the emcee and day of coordinator. This means that he or she will make announcements at appropriate times, introduce those who are giving toasts, and basically “keep the flow going.” 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 in either packages or add on's.

What is included in a wedding DJS price?

If you’re feeling a little over whelmed at wedding DJ prices, remember there’s a lot more to a wedding DJ’s role on 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: Most wedding DJS spend on average 20 hours in preparation creating your playlist and a unique script for your wedding, which doesn't include travel, setup, performance time, and take down. Note; that if your DJ has to travel a long distance to your wedding, you may incur an additional charge.
  • Equipment: Great DJS only use professional equipment and have back up systems in place for your wedding day. Purchasing and maintaining the most up-to-date equipment including (but not limited to) speakers, microphones, and more cost on average of $463 per event based on 40 events a year.
  • Music: Youtube is never a good source for acquiring music. Low bit rates and often poor often lead to disaster. It’s true, a great DJ actually will buy his or her music, and acquire your music if they don't already have it at no extra charge to you.
  • Operational costs and insurance: Every DJ has operational cost include things like paying rent on an office (home,) Utilities, business licenses, and marketing costs. The best DJS are 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 should book. It's recommend that you hire your music pro at least eight months before your wedding day. You should meet your wedding DJ before signing a agreement and putting up a retainer fee and at least once more before your wedding date, probably two to six weeks beforehand, to discuss your playlist, your timeline, and any other important details. Never hire a DJ without an agreement to protect you and the DJ equally. Always get a receipt for all money paid.

Do wedding DJS also provide lighting?

Yes, most wedding DJS offer lighting services to accompany your music for the desired affect you want. The starting price for up-lighting averages around $350 for up to 10 lights. 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?

Wedding DJS often 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 Cold Sparks.

How can you save money on wedding music?

Your budget is always important, so you’re probably looking for some ways to save money on your wedding music. Here are a few budget tips:
  • Hire a DJ: DJs cost less than wedding bands (on average, a band can cost $3,500 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.

Should you tip your wedding DJ?

Tips are common with wedding DJs, although not required. If you do decide to tip, don’t forget to factor tips into your wedding DJ budget. Your DJ should keep the wedding on schedule and play a great selection of music, 15-20% of their fee is a suitable tip. For more on How Much To Tip your Wedding Vendors...

What questions should I ask a wedding DJ before hiring?

Your wedding DJS personality and experience should be a determining factor in your decision to hire a wedding DJ — you'll 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?

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