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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 Encinitas djs
Ross E.
Fantastic music selection. DJ was on time, profietional and easy to work with. Easy and fun,
DJ MarkDJ Mark
Jacob D.
Travis was very perceptive and professional and we could not have asked for a better DJ! He could feel the pulse of every situation and made each moment the best it could be! From knowing the best timing to wrap up the first dance song, to the great choice of music during dinner, Travis was the best DJ that could have been a part of our wedding! Thank you so much for your hard work Travis, you lit up the party!
Traviste GroupTraviste Group
Thumbtack Customer
I'm almost inclined to hand out my number so you can call me so I could explain how incredibly awesome James was at our wedding. We had everything from oldies to beat-dropping club jams and he blended it all masterfully. He was the perfect MC throughout the night and absolutely nailed our wedding. I honestly can't imagine a better DJ. Wedding planning can be horrible when there's so much to do, I'll make one part easy for you - hire James as your DJ. Good DJs are key to a successful wedding and James made ours special. His affable nature and overall great, warming presence made you feel like you've known the guy for years. James, you were awesome and we cannot thank you enough! Conner & Joni
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
Susan B.
Faerioke Jeneen is a total doll. She's super nice. Her DJ station looks beautiful. She's super pretty, easy going and amenable to all requests. She works super hard and has a charming personality. I will hire her again.
Faerioke ProductionsFaerioke Productions
Cassandra B.
This was the first time I have used Thumbtack and I was not sure what to expect. What I got was a professional, prompt, responsive and talented DJ. What a welcome surprise. Travis adjusted his schedule for ours and made sure everyone at our event had a great time. His set up was clean and classy and was the perfect addition to our event. Thank you, Travis!
Traviste GroupTraviste Group
Olivia T.
James was amazing to work with for our wedding at the SD Botanic Garden! During planning he responded almost immediately to any questions we had and his online system was easy to use. We requested a LOT of custom and slightly obscure songs and he found them all for us. He had a really great energy and kept everyone on the dance floor through the whole reception. Some of our more typical do-not-play requests were played, but I understand why he did that because everyone was loving it! He read the crowd well and even joined us all for a group dance. His DJ services are an amazing value for what you will get and we highly recommend him. Thanks again for helping us put together a super fun and beautiful wedding!
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
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