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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 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 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 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.

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 Berkeley djs
Stephie S.
She was great from start to end. DJ Resolution spent time getting to know what we wanted, and didn't want - going the extra mile to even also introducing us to other songs similar to the ones we liked as additional options. She was right on time, had all the equipment needed, and then worked her DJ skills to get people of all ages on to the dance floor and stay there through a variety of songs. I absolutely recommend DJ Resolution for your next event!
DJ ResolutionDJ Resolution
Ping F.
DJ 2E was fabulous! He got lights, he got games, he emceed and got great music. We had a blast!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Laura H.
Dj shawdy was very professional and quick to respond to my messages. Even though I ended up hiring someone else I would work again with him.
DJ ShawdyDJ Shawdy
Kaia J.
DJ Stallions was professional, on time, friendly, and, most importantly, had amazing music and lighting. He was in tune with the crowd, had the option for clean edits, played exactly what people wanted to hear, and had everyone dancing hard! A great night!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Sara H.
Hiring a DJ for a destination wedding seemed tricky, but after watching a few videos and speaking directly with Tuese, I felt confident in his ability to bring the fun to our party! Tuese sent me a blank template and helped me to easily create a program for our wedding reception. This gave me the chance to get creative and to add our own personality to the playlist. He even met with all of the vendors and the hotel on the Tuesday before our wedding to make sure everything ran smoothly. Not only was Tuese a great DJ, but he also did excellent uplighting. Our reception was beautiful, vibrant, and seamless! All thanks to Tuese! DJ 2e really read the crowd, worked really hard and didn’t play any lame songs. He also videoed some of the dances on his phone and made a montage of our reception! One that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. I’ve never seen my dad dance so much! Tuese, you truly are a gift!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Or to be the DJ for our wedding. Going with Or was a great decision. He was able to provide all the music we requested and so much more. Or was able to keep the reception on track and easily adjusted when changes needed to be made on the fly. If you decide to use Or for your wedding or event you will not be disappointed! Cheers
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Thumbtack Customer
I am incredible picky and thorough when searching for vendors. DJ Or had great reviews and was very personable so we decided to go with him. He FAR exceeded our expectations. He went above and beyond and was incredibly accommodating. Or had a great attitude and adjusted the music as needed to make sure people were on the dance floor. We were truly grateful to have had him.
ANDR musicANDR music
Thumbtack Customer
We hired DJ Or Tregger for our wedding on 10/14/16 and he was nothing short of professional! He made sure we had everything we needed for both the ceremony and reception. He and his assistant Miji are great! They responded quickly to emails and we appreciated the phone consultations with Or to ensure everything went smoothly. He played something for everyone, took requests, and all our guests had a great time out on the dance floor! He also surprised us by recording the speeches during the reception and emailed us a link to the audio! THANK YOU Or for a great time!! :)
ANDR musicANDR music
Thumbtack Customer
NoelTheDJ was awesome! Noel was the DJ for our kids' 6th grade promotion/dance party and he was fantastic. He transformed our empty space into an energetic light show and totally fun dance party. Noel was on top of the music our age kids would love and he took suggestions from them as well. With his masterful DJing expertise, Noel created a memorable, super fun dance night from start to finish for 3 hours. The kids had a blast! Noel is a professional: he was on time, read the audience for what songs to play, infused energy into the room, and loves his work. We highly recommend him! Awesome fun!
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