The Truth About Oklahoma City Wedding DJ Prices

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What can you expect a wedding DJ to cost in the OKC area? If you’re at the early stages of planning your wedding, you may not have a clue. Most DJs don’t list their prices online – they’re afraid of you comparing their services based on price alone, which is a sure way to pick a loser. But it’s also not cool to expect you to call 5 DJ companies and chat about your feelings for an hour just to get a price list. That’s manipulative.

So, if you want the straight scoop on DJ pricing – here it is.

I’ve broken Oklahoma wedding DJ rates into six common price points. In my experience, this is what you can expect at each. Of course, I’ve got an ulterior motive – I’d like you to hire my DJs but please note this is truly what I have encountered.

These rates are for an average six-hour reception: cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Many DJ companies advertise prices for four-hour packages, then tack on your cocktail or dinner times as an “upgrade” once they’ve got you in the door. Don’t let ‘em confuse you.

 

$400: The “buddy rate.”

No DJ can afford to work this cheap, but you might get the offer from a friend or someone who DJs “just for fun.” Equipment is consumer-grade rather than pro-grade(toasts and speeches are difficult to hear; dance music is loud but makes your ears tired after an hour or two). No backup equipment (in case of failure) or backup DJs (in case of illness). Music is either limited to your friend’s personal collection or illegally copied. Planning help will be minimal (your DJ works a day job, so do not expect to call for help or work out requests in advance). MC skills and cooperation with other vendors will be poor (expect some hiccups in the schedule and moments where your guests don’t know what’s going on). Music skills and knowledge may vary

 

$600: The “scary rate.”

Companies at this price point are volume businesses that survive by booking a huge number of jobs and paying their DJs very little. Staff turnover is high (you don’t know which DJ will show up at your wedding) and reliability is low (sometimes, no one shows up). Equipment is consumer-grade and out of date. No backup equipment or backup DJs. Music is illegally copied. No planning help. DJs are poorly trained, so MC skills, music skills and vendor cooperation will all be poor. Expect a stressful evening.

 

$800: The “hobby rate.”

Music and equipment lovers who DJ on the weekends to support the habit. Usually one-man operations that do not work full-time. Moderate equipment. Backup equipment and DJs are rare. Song collection is limited to DJ’s personal collection – but that’s probably large. Legal music files. Some planning help, but minimal DJ availability (he works a day job). DJ is self-trained. Reliability, MC skills, music skills and vendor cooperation could all be terrible – or they could be great! No DJ assistant. No insurance. Ask for references.

 

$1200: The “pro rate.”

Companies that do events full-time and rely on their good reputation to keep food on the table. Reliable. Pro-grade equipment gets regular maintenance checks. Backup equipment for anything that could fail (hard drives, computers and wireless mics are the biggest culprits). Legal music with unlimited song requests. You pick your DJ in advance. DJs are trained. DJ assistant can mind the music while DJ takes requests or coordinates with your other vendors. Insurance. Advance planning help including online planning tools and full-time office staff. Professional MC skills, music skills and vendor cooperation. 405 Productions is in this price range.

 

$2000: The “something extra rate.”

The “hybrid” DJ who offers something unusual or quirky in addition to planning, MC services and dance music. Perhaps he plays live music for part of the reception, or plays music videos or offers video games or other “interactive” services. Services should be comparable to the “hobby” or “pro” rates above.

 

$3500 and up: The “celebrity DJ rate.”

DJs with a lot of experience who have made a name for themselves. Exceptional MC and coordination skills and highly customized introductions. These guys have years of improv classes under their belts and fancy websites. They get more work than they need and only take the weddings they really want. You pay them to charm the socks off of you and everyone you know.

UCO Sigma Kappa – Violet Ball 2014

Once again it was an honor to be apart of Violet Ball 2014 for the lovely ladies of Simga Kappa at the University of Central Oklahoma! This year marks the fourth year we have been DJing for Sigma Kappa, with a total of EIGHT date parties! Thank you girls so much and can’t wait to see all the new faces at the next date party this fall!

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405 Productions's is the perfect local Oklahoma DJ company providing the highest quality DJ services to all events. 405Productions is pleased to offer wedding dj, fraternity dj, sorority dj, birthday dj, event dj, corporate dj, or holiday dj services to the surrounding areas of greater Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Del City, Bethany, Choctaw, Warr Acres, The Village, Harrah, Spencer, Nichols Hills, Jones, Nicoma Park, Norman, El Reno, Yukon, Piedmont, and Mustang.