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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 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 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 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.

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 Merced djs
Wendy H.
Loved the work that Dave Reyes provided at our wedding. He is seriously the calmest, easiest, open minded, and friendliest DJ to work with. He is very compassionate, professional, and definitely knows what he's doing. It was such a blessing to have Dave Reyes to be our DJ. Thank you so much again Dave!! *thumbs up*
Keep It Movin' EntertainmentKeep It Movin' Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Memo was very professional leading up to my 40th bday party. I was asked to create a list of songs that I wanted to hear and did. He set up the event just perfect, including a movie I asked for. All things seemed to be on point leading up to the event. Then the party started. I didn't hear the majority of the songs I wanted, plus the two special instructions of dancing with my wife and a special request for my father never happened. It seemed like all the thoughts of what I asked for fell on def ears. It seemed the party was for him and not me. If you hire DJ Memo, be aware you might be dancing to what he likes not what you do.
DJ Memo EntertainmentDJ Memo Entertainment
Tae H.
DJ Alex was cool however I wasn’t to happy that he called me a week before my wedding asking for gas money he worked with my schedule and was very pleasant but I give 4 stars due to the unprofessional call and request for gas money after he was already paid a $200 deposit he waited until a week before my wedding to say that my location is to far when we had a conversation about that at the time of booking and he didn’t have a problem with it
MCC-Master Of Ceremonies & CelebrationsMCC-Master Of Ceremonies & Celebrations
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Mcelroy certainly is the life of the party. His performance in our wedding was amazing. Since the first interaction, when we met to discuss the event until the last minute, Jay was professional and patient. He gave us suggestions without imposing, his attention to the details made our special day a perfect one. With great enthusiasm he entertained the guest and interacted with them. All of our guests enjoyed the music selection and followed his lead on the dance floor. Thanks Jay, you are the best and you know your job. Happy, happy ,happy we picked you.
Life of the Party DJsLife of the Party DJs
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