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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 Oceanside djs
Lisa Z.
DJ is great very accommodating, professional, and fun!
Primal DjPrimal Dj
Roxanne D.
Thank you DJ Steven for making our Christmas party fun. You should hire DJ Steven because: He responds to texts & follows thru. Shows up over an hour early to set up and be ready to go on time! Has a great set up.. speakers & lights. Great selection of music. Made the party more lively!!! We will hire DJ Steven again
DJ Steven FeinbergDJ Steven Feinberg
Karla D.
Such a great DJ! He did a phenomenal job. If you want it done right, hire Josh!
Joshwayy ProductionsJoshwayy Productions
Thumbtack Customer
He was awesome. DJ Clean Kut was punctual and very helpful. We will definitely use his services again.
DJ Clean KutDJ Clean Kut
Betsy R.
Terry was absolutely AMAZING!!! I will definitely be using Soundbytes Mobile DJ Service again and would highly recommend scheduling them for your next event!!
Soundbytes Mobile DJ ServiceSoundbytes Mobile DJ Service
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Vinny was very accommodating and did a great job at our 20th anniversary party. He was able to get a lot of people on the dance floor with the variety of music played. He went above and beyond to customize our evening and checked with us throughout to ensure it was satisfactory, which was great! I would recommend him for any musical DJ event and look forward to hiring him again.
DJ Vinny Music ProductionsDJ Vinny Music Productions
Oscar A.
DJ. Xklusive is Amazing. He worked with us on every step of the way. He really made the Party an incredible experience. I recommend him a million percent.
DJ XKLUSIVE the best Video DJ in SoCal w/Karaoke!DJ XKLUSIVE the best Video DJ in SoCal w/Karaoke!
Regina A.
Klymaxx Entertainment was awesome to accommodate us by driving a far distance for our event. The DJ was professional and quite punctual. We enjoyed having Klymaxx Ent be apart of our event.
Klymaxx Entertainment LLC Mobile DJ ServiceKlymaxx Entertainment LLC Mobile DJ Service
Jennifer H.
DJ Louis was so awesome. He made my daughters sweet 16 extra special. He was here extra early to set up and had a very professional set up. He played everything she wanted plus more. For any future parties DJ Louis will definatley be who i hire. He even gave my daughter a birthday gift. I will always recommend him and never hire anybody else.
Xclusive Xperience EntertainmentXclusive Xperience Entertainment
Katie C.
I love working with Isaac. He’s very professional and my clients love him. He’s very responsive and easy to work with. Would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a great DJ!
DJ Isaac V Entertainment LLCDJ Isaac V Entertainment LLC
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Erik was amazing! My daughter's party was a huge hit and he had everyone dancing. I highly recommend him for any event. He is professional, honest, upfront and reliable. He walked me through all the steps and delivered!! Simply the BEST!!!!
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Nicole W.
Erik did an incredible job providing DJ services for our wedding ceremony & reception. He was thorough, well prepared, and kept the dance floor full from the start to the end of open dancing. He also took my (bride) requests with pleasure and wanted to do whatever he could to make the night as special as possible. We received complements from wedding guests from all over the country who stated that they have never experienced such a fun and inviting atmosphere and enjoyed EVERY song that was played. Erik is an amazing DJ and you will not be disappointed! Thank you, Erik, you made our reception the celebration of our dreams! Love, Tyler & Nicole
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Raymond G.
Having a wedding is stressful. I am so thankful that Aluma was there to make my wedding day special. First and foremost, he answers texts and emails within 8 hours. I would send him messages late at night and in the early morning, a reply was received with an answer. Second, he was on-time and early. 3rd, my wedding was on base and required that everyone had a background check. Aluma was cleared with flying colors. 4th, his DJ work ethic, style and talent was amazing. I was busy working on other things and he was able to get the ball rolling while I was handling the other major things. I loved Aluma and his DJ services and will hire him again. Thank you Aluma for a great wedding!!!!
Shelby S.
DJ Erik was seriously the best! Before going into our first phone call with him my fiancé and I thought we needed to have questions to ask him but right when we started the conversation Erik smoothly transitioned through our wedding timeline and had so many great questions and suggestions for us. During the wedding his professionalism showed and everyone loved his dancing music! I would highly recommend him! :)
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Thumbtack Customer
our DjErik Redmond ROCKED our wedding. He is our go to DJ. Erik had every single person on the dance floor, a sandy beach, we are all still talking about the afternoon and night! My sister is going to be getting engagedthe end of this month and we will be calling Erik to do this wedding too! I got emails all day from guests telling me how great the wedding was. the music, the people, ERIK. He has a great time. We were all dancing and could look over and erik was rockin and singing with all of us. Erik really made this wedding an event. I cannot say enough about this man. he loves his job and is fantastic at doing his job. Very professional, and yet very very down to earth and fun! We were a big loud group and he was our man!! And he looks great in his hat! BOOK THIS DJ. Erik came early and stayed till we finished the evening! We had him for 5 hours, 5 great hours. My daughter wanted a special song to walk down the isle, we had a special song for the flower girl, Erik worked with me to customize the entire day, allowing Erik to use his DJ skills to add songs in that would keep the crowd dancing. He brought the speakers outside our tents to play during the wedding ceremony and then reorganized and was playing music as the guests were entering the tents to eat. All in all...a perfect day, thanks to Eric Redmond. Diane
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Ashley L.
Alex was rad and we will totally use him again! We had a really unique event and he was exactly what we needed! We loved his light up dj booth it was great for photo shoots! He was flexible when things didn't go quite as planned. He was on time, professional, and did exactly what we needed. Plus his quote was way way better than anyone elses! I just can't say enough great things!
Party Life EntertainmentParty Life Entertainment
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