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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 Lake Forest djs
Kathy L.
DJ T-Roc made my daughter’s Sweet 16 the party of the summer! The kids loved the music and lights and I loved his professionalism. Excellent job!
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LiAnne L.
We hired DJ SG for our Annual Halloween Party. They party was a blast and everyone danced all night thanks to DJ SG skills to feel the crowd and get the party started. He actually mixed for 6 hours straight! Thank you for your hard work. Everyone’s still talking about how much fun they had! We’ve actually hired him for our company Christmas this year as well. I appreciate how responsive DJ SG was when initially booking our party. I have to say his contract is well written and fair ( it’s not one sided like most). He makes it easy to send the deposit. He’s professional and comes to your party an hour early to setup. Asks for what types of music you want before had. I was so busy with the party details and had no time to request or put a song list together. It was such a relief that he read the crowd and took care of the music, got everyone dancing and kept them dancing. He was polite to all our guest. Even the ones requesting songs that would bring down the party. I can’t thank you enough, your very talented!!!!
Angela J.
Amazing... amazing... AMAZING!!!! I can't say enough about the great job Fernando (DJ Chris partner) did at our wedding. He was very attentive, making sure that everything went smoothly and keeping us abridged of the events on our timeline. He played ALL of the music we requested be played and his own song selections complimented ours. Everyone LOVED the music!!! The photo booth was also great! Lots of nice props, great lighting, and a cool background. Definitely a hit with all of our guests!!! Very thankful for the job Fernando did and for finding DJ Chris. From the first time we spoke I had a great feeling about Chris Christopher Entertainment and they did not disappoint. Thank you for helping to make my wedding amazing... amazing... AMAZING!!!
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