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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 Monterey djs
Huma M.
DJ
Dj HellaGoodDj HellaGood
Jacob H.
DJ Anthony played the kind of music our group is accustomed to. The entire night was electric!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Branden P.
Great DJ, definitely helped ease any stress and had great communication. Very pleasant guy and we had an awesome night!
DJ Malcolm EntertainmentDJ Malcolm Entertainment
Joel C.
Dj Dan is pretty awesome! If you want quality with a good time,he's your man! Not to mention his photobooth, which was a complete hit! I will use him again in the future & recommend him highly! Joel & Kendra Carranza
DJ Dan Utica ServicesDJ Dan Utica Services
Huma M.
Joy is responsive and professional. She drove to the venue to check out the setup and layout of the room before we booked with her, and was very helpful. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to work with her, because the venue was restricting and only allowed in-network DJs to play for our wedding, but it was a pleasure to have learned about Joy!
Joy Bonner EntertainmentJoy Bonner Entertainment
Ashley W.
Anthony was above and beyond just a great DJ. He was helpful with the bridal party, and gave my husband and me great advice on how to make the night smoother on top of playing a fire set! He catered to everyone's musical needs.. even the grandparents loved him and that's saying something!! 12/10 would recommend him!!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Tim M.
Jacob Gile was our DJ for our wedding at the InterContinental, The Clement Hotel in Monterey on June 4, 2022. My Fiance, (now Husband) found him on the Thumbtack website after having much frustration elsewhere. We had an amazing experience throughout our wedding planning process with him. He was always on-time when he "met us" on Zoom/Google video calls. He was patient, kind, and funny. He was knowledgeable about various music genres, and what music to play at the different parts of the ceremony and reception. His wedding timeline of events went smoothy and helped us stay on point. There were many requests placed on him from our guests but he made sure that we were good with those requests first. He also was observant and noticed that we were not eating and made sure that we were taking care of so that we could have energy to "dance the night away!" His lighting was phenomenal and our guests complimented how nicely the music flowed. He played exactly the songs we had discussed in our meetings with him. And his fee was very affordable for all the services we were given. Jacob was the main reason our wedding was such a success. He was more than our DJ, he also became our Master of Ceremonies. We highly recommend him and we will always remember the fun and pure joy we had with him being our DJ and MC at our wedding of a lifetime. Thank you so much, Jacob! We just think the world of you!
DJ TeachDJ Teach
Kaity h.
Nuthin But Flava did an absolutely amazing job!!! He and his wife were absolutely a pleasure to have and kept the party going!! They were very thorough when making sure we were on the same page with plans and selections and the music and lighting was wonderful too!!! They were also very kind and cared about giving us exactly what we wanted!! You wont find many djs like him!! You wont regret choosing him! Go for it!! :)
A "Nuthin But Flava" FlightA "Nuthin But Flava" Flight
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