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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a cheap DJ?

To find a cheap or affordable DJ for your party or wedding, search for local DJs near you and ask for free cost estimates from several of them. While some DJ profiles may provide an automatically generated starting cost, it’s important to contact the DJ to get an idea of how much your particular request will cost. This also gives you the opportunity to ask them other important questions and make sure you are a good fit.

How much is a DJ?

When you hire a local DJ, expect to pay roughly between $300 and $800. But be aware that the actual price will vary based on several factors, including the length of the DJ’s set and how much of a presence they need to be. Larger venues can drive up the cost, as this requires more equipment, soundchecking and setup. Adding extras like confetti, fog, light shows and black lights also adds to the cost. 

Get cost estimates from the best DJs near you to find out how much you should expect to spend for your event.

Read our cost guide, “How much does a DJ cost?

How do you book a DJ for a party?

To book a party DJ, start by comparing local pros in your area. Check out their ratings and reviews to find out: 

  • Are they professional?
  • Do they show up on time to set up for the party?
  • Do they know how to feel the energy in the room and adjust the music accordingly?
  • Are they friendly to guests and take song requests?
  • Do they specialize in the genres you want (pop, Top 40, hip-hop, etc.)?
  • Do they have experience playing at your type of event (weddings, birthday parties, etc.)?

Whenever possible, watch videos of their performances. 

Your last step is to contact three to five different DJs near you to ask them questions and get price quotes.

How much are wedding DJs?

Hiring a DJ typically costs anywhere from $300 to $1,200. It all depends on how long they’ll be working at your wedding and other various factors. The cost to hire a wedding DJ is usually higher than the cost to hire a DJ to play at a birthday party or similar event. 

To find out exactly how much your wedding DJ will cost, ask for a cost estimate from several professionals in your area.

How do you find wedding DJs?

Use Thumbtack to find wedding DJs in your area. Here, you can quickly see which local DJs have the highest ratings and best reviews. You can also see how many times each DJ has been hired, whether they’re responsive and if they’re in high demand.

How much do DJs charge per hour?

Hourly rates for DJs can vary depending on where you live, the event type (weddings, prom, birthdays, etc.) and many other factors. For an accurate hourly rate, request cost estimates from top-rated DJs near you.

What questions should you ask wedding DJs?

To ensure you hire the best DJ for your wedding, ask these questions:

  • Are you available on my wedding date?
  • How much do you charge, and how do you set your prices?
  • What’s included in your rate (e.g., set up, clean up, etc.)?
  • How many weddings have you played at?
  • Do you have any references I can contact?
  • What kind of music do you specialize in?
  • Do you provide your own equipment, sound system, speakers, etc.?
  • Do you provide any other services (e.g., photo booth, lighting, etc.)?
  • Can guests request songs?
  • Will you accept a “Do Not Play” list?
  • How early would you arrive at the venue to set up?
  • Do you take breaks throughout the event? If so, how many and for how long?

Why do DJs ask how many guests are at the wedding?

It’s helpful to let your DJ know how many guests will be attending the wedding so they can ensure they have the right sound system and equipment. They may also ask more questions about your guests so they can ensure they have music that caters to the crowd. 

Reviews for Alameda djs
Kate O.
DJ Shy was really, really easy to work with: she listened to everything I was interested in, made helpful suggestions, showed up on time, and was prepared and enthusiastic. We hired DJ Shy to host our elementary school Dance-A-Thon, and DJ Shy was AMAZING. Our dance party was on Halloween, DJ Shy wore a costume, cheered our kids on, led dances, created a fun playlist, AND helped keep the event structured. I am so glad DJ Shy was our DJ, and I am glad to recommend her.
DJ ShyDJ Shy
I would HIGHLY recommend 1st Choice Mobile DJ DJ George was great at communicating in the days leading up to and making suggestions before finalizing what genre to play at our school event. He is very professional, and an amazing DJ! He provided music and sound for the evening. Everything ran so smoothly and everyone had a blast! Everyone was enjoying the evening so much, he even stayed beyond our agreed time which we are ever so grateful for. On Behalf of ASTI...Thank You DJ George...YOU ROCK!!!
1st Choice Mobile Dj Service1st Choice Mobile Dj Service
Rachel G.
DJ Shawdy was incredible. Easy to work with, so skillful and helped make our wedding the best party ever. Highly recommend!
DJ ShawdyDJ Shawdy
Amanda P.
Working with DJ Shy has been great. Her dedication and enthusiasm to making my sisters 30th birthday party a success was amazing. She went above and beyond and I am so excited to see the highlight video she will be putting together for my event. I would definitely hire her again for future events.
DJ ShyDJ Shy
Hebe T.
We hired DJ Sonny for our wedding reception on 3/23/19. He is excellent!! He got to the venue early to do the set up. Very professional, flexible and willing to accommodate us. The lighting is beautiful and the setup is awesome. We all had a good time. If you want to have a blast party, consider hiring Sonny! I promise you won't regret!!
EventAbility Lightzz en SoundzzEventAbility Lightzz en Soundzz
Jane C.
We hired DJ Ricky for a private dinner cruise on the bay. He was quite prompt in all of our communication and considered all my requests. He was on time and ready to go. He brought the after dinner party to life and took all our requests and kept all of us from ages 1 to 76 dancing "our buns off." He is an altogether charming person to work with and would definitely hire him again.
Dj RickyDj Ricky
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Alfonzo showed up late and did not have all of his cords. He and his partner then left and did not tell us. They told a child to tell us they were going home to get cables. When he returned, he shared that his neighbor called to tell him his front door was open. What is the truth? Where did he go? Why didn't one of them stay to start our dance on time? Music started over an hour late!
Thumbtack Customer
His efforts of professionalism and respectfulness to his clientele has exceeded over and above our expectation. Our family and guest has commended him for his music arrangement - all our special music request was 100% done in a timely manner, Always willing to coordinate with the host and the crew on board the yacht to make sure all is done in an ideal setting. He even took part in some arrangement inside the yacht out of his own kindness. Very well dressed for the occasion,vibrant, respectful, very knowledgeable Professional DJ and MC from the beginning to the very end of the event. 5 Star ***** 100% well recommended for any future events.
DJ Ed Combong / Insynapse EntertainmentDJ Ed Combong / Insynapse Entertainment
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