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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.

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. 

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?
Reviews for Carlsbad djs
Joanne F.
"DJ Brando" showed up on time, with all necessary cables, equipment and extension cords. He had an awesome playlist for our event 60% Country 40% Kids-Rock. Our event was a Father-Daughter dance, age group 8yr-13yrs. old. The music clean (no obscenities) was age appropriate, great combination. "DJ Brando" was very interactive with the audience. Would definitely recommend "DJ Brando" for your adult and pre-teen/teen events! His specialty are "kid-teen" events, but he's also very experienced in "adult environments" as well. He's been in the business for 10+ years. No stress from beginning to end!
Elite Music EntertainmentElite Music Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
It was a perfect night! We will definitely be keeping DJ Clean Kut in mind for our next party. Thank you so much for helping us have such a memorable and fun evening.
DJ Clean KutDJ Clean Kut
Regina H.
DJ Turbie was excellent to work with for my husband's 50th birthday celebration. He was very professional and responsive. He did a wonderful job of helping us to stay on track with the program. He had the guests moving in their seats at dinner and dancing the rest of the night. Prior to our event, I recommended him to a friend for her event. She texted me from her event to let me know how pleased she was with his services. He will DJ my next event!
Party Life EntertainmentParty Life Entertainment
Jeannette S.
The last hour and 15 minutes of my wedding was the most enjoyable for me throughout the whole day! DJ Steven Feinberg really lightened up the dance floor! Thank you so much!!!!
DJ Steven FeinbergDJ Steven Feinberg
Gail M.
Ian did karaoke and was the DJ for our daughters 30th and 21st birthday party. Ian is the best. Everyone loved him. The party was a great success because of him. Thank you Ian! We will hire you again!
Debbie N.
James did an amazing job at my 50th Bday Fiesta last night!! Everyone danced until the very end! Many comments on what a great DJ James is!! Loved the lighting effects too!! SO FUN
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
Dave O.
Travis was a true professional!!! He had great advise, and was on top of every detail of our wedding! I highly recommend hiringTravis! I received numerous praises from our guest on what a great host/ DJ Travis was!!!
Traviste GroupTraviste Group
Ryan H.
Isaac has a very professional setup and really knows his stuff! He was a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again and will definitely be recommending him to anyone who needs a DJ! Thanks Isaac for making my party special!
DJ Isaac V Entertainment LLCDJ Isaac V Entertainment LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Father Daughter dance at Carrillo Elementary was off the charts due solely to our amazing DJ. James has the latest sound equipment, cool lighting and played awesome music all night long. He kept the dance floor jamming all night long!
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
Rosy R.
I got married on June 27 of this year. I didn't have much time to plan my wedding, and a month before my wedding, I was still missing my DJ. Luckily I found Christina, and thankfully she was available for my special day. She worked with me and made the process very simple. She did a great job as a DJ and as an MC, taking into consideration that most of my guests are not fluent in English; Christina tried her best to say certain things in Spanish, and honestly, she did great. I recommend her a lot she's very professional and her prices are very affordable.
DJ L Rock the Party | Modern Highway EntertainmentDJ L Rock the Party | Modern Highway Entertainment
Jessica B.
Dj James is a true professional. If you are looking for someone with an incredible understanding of music, mixing and the ability to read a crowd....Look no further! James is very good about taking time to understand and communicate with you about your event's needs. He has an extensive and easy to use music library which is fun and easy to utilize. He was prompt, professional, and amazing with our group. Thanks to James, there wasn't a dull moment at our party! I can't say enough good things about his talent. He has been in the music business for a long time and it shows in his work. I will always recommend him and I can't wait until we can have him DJ the next event! SIMPLY THE BEST.
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
Deborah B.
If you are looking for a professional DJ, Sherard is absolutely amazing! We came to California from AZ with no time to interview or meet anyone. Sherard is as good as it gets! He knew how and when to announce every little thing! His equipment was top notch and song choices for the evening were perfect for our family:) Awesome to work with! Thank you Sherard!
True Brothers 2000True Brothers 2000
Phenella A.
DJ Steven, was exceptional, we started dancing from the moment the music begin to the very last song, you are amazing Steven, your professionalism, spirit of excellence & talent of knowing the exact moment of presentation, is a true gift, we are so thankful, our wedding was complete by you sharing your gift & talent with us & our family! Your are a gift!
DJ Steven FeinbergDJ Steven Feinberg
Hunter T.
Travis was the best DJ I've ever experienced and did such an amazing job at our wedding. He was prompt with his responses leading up to the big event, was always professional and gave excellent advice on the flow and itinerary for the wedding. Our venue was challenging because it was split into two sides, one for the ceremony and the other for the dancing and toasts. Travis expertly set up both sides, had a mic and speaker for the ceremony that went flawlessly and played music at the perfect moments as requested. For the toasts and dinner he set up beautiful lighting and even set up a third speaker for the toasts when we had loud ambient noise. The music was perfect for our guests and everyone had the best time. I cannot recommend Travis high enough for your event and especially for a wedding. Cheers DJ Traviste it was truly a pleasure sharing our big day with you! Thanks for making everything turn out perfectly.
Traviste GroupTraviste Group
Steven J.
My wife and I hired Josh after COVID derailed plans with our original DJ contracted with a different venue. Josh was very accommodating and flexible with our financial and wedding/reception needs and requests. He made our lives much easier by taking so much stress off our plate. He was full of energy with a funny personality. We could tell that Josh is in this line of work because he genuinely loves what he does and we couldn’t have been happier with his work! Our wedding guests *still* talk about how great and fun he was on our big day!
Joshwayy ProductionsJoshwayy Productions
Vanessa K.
James was awesome! We hired him for my daughter’s 16th birthday party... and it was the first time I had to work with a DJ since I got married (um.. over 22 yrs ago!). James was very patient with all my questions and really helped me figure out a plan. I was concerned about the space he would need for his equipment since we had the party in our house (minus all dining & living room furniture to make room for a dance floor so James shared several pictures from his other events to show How flexible he can be. Another example was with the music selection - James had my daughter complete his online database with her song choices, but also took requests at the party. Everyone loved the lights he brought - they really added to the party scene! Although it took a while for the teens to feel comfortable enough to dance, James was patient & offered suggestions to get them dancing... and from then on the dance floor was packed! I highly recommend James for your next event!
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
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