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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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 Pacific Grove djs
Thumbtack Customer
We hired DJ Dan Utica Services for our school winter formal dance, which had about 200 people in attendance. DJ Von, who was sent to us, was great!! He seemed very experienced and did a great job of keeping everyone dancing. I gave him a 4 star rating out of 5 for just a few reasons: 1. Our group didn't realize that DJ Dan was an agency, and assumed that he was an independent DJ. When a DJ came to meet us that wasn't the one pictured on the website we were a little confused 2. The closed photo booth had an outside as well as inside screen, so everyone waiting in line could see the actions of those inside the photo booth, which was kind of awkward. The printer also took a long time to print out the photos, so people would leave and have to remember to come back and get their photos later 3. In our original meeting before the event with the DJ, he was pretty vague about what music programs he used, what sort of audiences he had catered to, what types of lights he would bring, and other questions we asked him. However, it was kind of him to offer to meet with us beforehand, and I can be a bit of a control freak at times, so I can see where this would only be an issue from my point of view. Overall, the DJ services were great, as well as the fact that he arrived two hours early for set up and didn't inconvenience us at all with clean up. The photo booth was well operated, high quality, and definitely added to the event. The lights I would highly recommend these services as long as you ironed out the wrinkles mentioned above.
DJ Dan Utica ServicesDJ Dan Utica Services
Elaine C.
He was great! Would definitely hire DJ Stallion again. He went above and beyond...worked with the venue in making sure the music at the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were perfect. He quickly responded to special song requests from our guests. and he took some excellent photos after our photographer departed.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
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