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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 Escondido djs
Cynthia G.
Erik did a outstanding job as the DJ for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. He was professional, helpful and knows his music. I would highly recommend him and if I need another DJ i would hire him again!
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Tanya S.
DJ Mark did an awesome job, And I would definitely hire him again.
DJ MarkDJ Mark
Teresita G.
Did an awesome job ! Would highly recommend to anyone that needs a dj ! Thank you so much for entertaining my guest!
True Brothers 2000True Brothers 2000
Kimberly S.
Del was top notch from start to finish, communicative, professional and everything was amazing. Def the right DJ for our wedding! Thanks Del.
Del Dee-Jay: DJ & MC, Sound & LightingDel Dee-Jay: DJ & MC, Sound & Lighting
Janine D.
Amazing DJ. Had a great mix all ages enjoyed. He was nice, professional, and punctual. Recommend him and will use him again myself!
Jenny R.
Don is an awesome DJ. Kept the party hopping and was willing to stay extra time. We were really happy with his gear; lots of lights and a fog machine. Very cool.
DJ Jon Don MyersDJ Jon Don Myers
Thumbtack Customer
I am a Senior in High School, and out of all of the DJs that we have had in the past, James is by far the best! We will definitely be contracting him in the future because he is exceptional.
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
5 star.....I felt like I was at a night club. .. thats my type off party. ...a mixure off reggton, hip hop ,rap&the newest hits. I RECOMENED DJ-T ROC FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY EVENT.
DJ T-RocDJ T-Roc
Victoria S.
They were incredible affordable DJs! They listen to our request and made sure everything went perfectly at our wedding! They always responded even when I needed something last minute they were quick! I highly recommend them for any event!
Gold Sky  Production’sGold Sky Production’s
Elena P.
Jordan was an amazing DJ for our wedding a couple of weeks ago. We had a wide range of age groups and music tastes and he made sure everyone had something they could dance to. He helped it be a great night. I highly recommend booking him!
Kimberly S.
This review has long been overdue. Nathan Shane was our DJ for our October 2021 wedding at Orfila Vineyards & Winery. He was professional, punctual, communicative, and made our entire night the best experience of our lives and for our guests. It was sad to hear that our wedding would be among his lasts before retiring from DJing, but he definitely went out with a bang. Our wedding vibes — from the colors of the up lights & dance door lighting to the music — we’re spectacular and everything we had hoped for. We definitely would recommend GE Productions to anyone who is looking to find quality DJs for an affordable budget.
GE Productions Inc.GE Productions Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Marvelous recently DJ'd My husband and I's backyard wedding 9/14/2013. I can truely say that he made the celebration better than we even expected! He was very easy from the start to work with. I was able to book, pay, and submit all my requests easily using his website. DJ Marvelous was on time and very organized and has an awesome setup even with the small space we had available. His MC skills are great and he was able to incorporate the whole crowd into the celebration. We received many favorable comments from our guests about what a great job he did! The music requests we made were all honored and the selections he made for the rest of the party had the dance floor filled the entire 6 hours he was there! I can't wait to have another party to have him back!! Thank you DJ marvelous for being a part of the best night ever!! Love, John and Mia Farrell
DJ Marvelous EventsDJ Marvelous Events
Kenn P.
DJ T-Roc ROCKS!!! First of all, my party had to relocate a few hours before the scheduled time and he had no problem accommodating that. My Guest loved his mix and I clearly did too cause I dancing my bum off all night. Definitely book him, so worth it! :-)
DJ T-RocDJ T-Roc
Katie E.
We hired Josh to DJ my niece’s wedding reception, and every guest agreed he was THE BEST PART OF THE NIGHT! He is incredibly good at what he does - Professional, a great communicator, accommodating of all our requests, state of the art equipment, etc. We were very impressed with the way he handled the traditional details of the night - Introducing the bride and groom, cake cutting, honeymoon exit, etc. By the end of the night, everyone wanted to be his best friend :) He’s the best of the best. Any event would be lucky to have him!
Joshwayy ProductionsJoshwayy Productions
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