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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 East Palo Alto djs
Nath T.
Great DJ! Had a livestream and they loved her flow.
DJ ShyDJ Shy
Thomas k.
DJ Glenn did an outstanding job. will use him again in the future.
DJ Glenn WDJ Glenn W
Anthony T.
Scott was an amazing DJ, he really helped my wife and I with everything we needed to. He even offered to help us clean up after the wedding. I highly recommend Scott if you plan on throwing an event and you need a DJ.
Scott Trugman DJ ServicesScott Trugman DJ Services
Kevyne R.
Best hire on Thumbtack so far! DJ CJ was our DJ for my sons 16th birthday party. He was very responsive. Asked all the right questions that will be useful so he can make sure that he will cater to the type of guests my son was having that night and that the birthday boy would be pleased. He was excited to work and even through text messages I can already tell I made the right decision hiring him. All the teens who were at the party can’t stop telling me how much they had fun with DJ Cj being there. He kept the kids entertained with his high energy! He made sure he engaged them with the music he played. Even when everyone is busy at the party Cj was just vibin’. He’s very consistent and you can tell that he loves what he do and authentically enjoys entertaining people. We are big on positive energy and This kid has “IT”. If you are still looking for a DJ to play at your party, stop right now and hire him. He’s so worth it! Definitely going to hire him again when we have the need for a DJ.
Music is Love -  Vocal Coach, DJ and SingerMusic is Love - Vocal Coach, DJ and Singer
Ron F.
Tuese was the DJ for our twins B'Nai Mitzvah party and was wonderful to work with. He took care of all of our requests and needs with a smile on his face and a positive attitude that went a long way to making the event so memorable. He was right on time, and needed no supervision to get up and running. The video he made during the event is a great keepsake and memory for the kids and our family. Others may charge quite a bit more, but it's hard to image that they would be any better than Tuese! We highly recommend him for any event needing a great DJ to get the party going!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Thumbtack Customer
We hired DJ Ed for my husband's bday party. He was awesome- he came early to set up, played all the types of music that we requested and was a fun addition to the party. He worked in two different locations, extended his stay since people were still on the dance floor and was great to work with!
DJ Ed Combong / Insynapse EntertainmentDJ Ed Combong / Insynapse Entertainment
Kevyne R.
Seriously very happy we found him to do my bridal shower. He’s so upbeat, very sociable, personable and professional. He responds quickly when I reached out to him which is definitely a plus! He made my party so much fun! I’m definitely hiring him again in the future! It’s DJ Jerrod now for us or nothing! That’s how happy everyone is with his music!
DJ JerrodDJ Jerrod
Missy K.
DJ Glenn was amazing to work with. I WOULD HIRE HIM OVER AND OVER AGAIN! He was super responsive and got back to me right away on Thumbtack! His price was super reasonable and he sent me a music list right away after we talked by phone to go over for my birthday party and career transition event. He had a personal touch and really cared about the party I was throwing and wanted to be sure that I had a great time and that my guests were really enjoying the music. He also asked me for 10% deposit up front and we did that online (fast and efficient) and then asked for one final conference call a day before the party to discuss the party details and a "dance off contest" I wanted to hold. He was fast, efficient, hyper responsive, personal and passionate about his business and what he does. I shopped around and got quotes from alot of DJs and Glenn's price was very practical and he was willing to stay late as the party kept lingering on and he stayed with us! Great service for the value and was very appreciative of his skills. He even did some light MC(ing) and also checked in with me several times to make sure I was on schedule for the toast/affirmation/roast section of the party! Honest and hard worker! HIRE HIM BIG TIME!
DJ Glenn WDJ Glenn W
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