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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.

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 Hayward djs
Lisa W.
SKA Entertainment was contacted last minute due to our previous DJ cancelling. DJ Shannon quickly reached out to assist with services for the wedding reception. We had 72 hours for him to get prepared and ready for the event. DJ Shannon arrived early to the event, even before someone could open the door. By the time the wedding party and guests arrived, the music was cranking. Great music all night and even took requests. DJ Shannon and SKA Entertainment saved the day! I would highly recommend him. Thank you again and again!
SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!
Anahi R.
Words cannot describe how happy and lucky my husband and I are to have chosen to hire Dj Stallion for our wedding. Dj Stallion went above and way beyond to ensure that all the important event were being completed on time. Dj helped us with getting all of our guests where they needed to be at the specific times and also organized our grand entrance as well as bouquet and Gardner toss, father and daughter dance, mother and son all and more without hiccups. He went out of his way to work with our officiant, photo and video vendors. They all also expressed how much they enjoyed collaborating with him. Thank you Dj I don’t think we could’ve had a better experience without you.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Natasha m.
Great work! We had multiple positive comments about the DJ. Ww will definitely hire again for our next party.
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Raylin M.
We celebrated my daughters graduation I needed an experienced DJ to be the entertainment. Thomas responded very quickly with a great price and was available to book my party right on the spot . He came with great sound system played a variety of music at are request . He even stayed longer because quests were still enjoying themselves. I highly recommend hiring him if you need a great Dj and affordable price !!!! Thanks again
Professional DJ ServicesProfessional DJ Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was in charge of hiring the DJ for our college's Staff/Faculty Holiday Party and Anthony made me look really good. I heard many people say, "Good music," and "I really like the DJ." And we had a lot of people dancing by the end of the night. With only an idea of the age demographics, and no request list, Anthony kept us musically happy throughout cocktails, dinner and when it was time to get down! He has a very professional website, demeanor and is really flexible. A definite must-hire! Thanks for your help in making our party so great.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
My daughter did not want a DJ for Her 16th Bday party, and I didn't know until I did the Thumtack request, After much back and forth, Im SO HAPPY that Grashan reached out to me AGAIN a wk b4 the party, to see if he could offer his Services. He asked all the right questions and he assured me that he was the RIGHT person for the job. With no Thumbtack Reviews, I was skeptical. But now, I'm soooooo Thankful to this young man and his Assistant (Michael)! They were the dream team! They played Old Skul and current clean R&B. They took request and the party was a Huge Success!! By far one of the best DJ's I've experienced in a LONG Time! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! I wil definitely hire them again!! Yvonne
DJ GA (Grashan)DJ GA (Grashan)
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