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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.

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 San Francisco djs
Henry O.
Great DJ
Wendell ' DJ Dub T' ThomasWendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Alfonzo was extremely responsive and prompt. I needed a last minute DJ for a school event I was in charge of and he worked out great!
Heather B.
We just hired DJ Dave so haven't had the opportunity to work with him, but we're excited to have him DJ our upcoming wedding.
DJ Dave GillisDJ Dave Gillis
Stephanie R.
DJ Snickatnight was a fantastic pick for my company's holiday party. People of all ages work at my company, so we were worried about choosing a DJ who would only play newer songs, but DJ Snickatnight played a mixture of both new and old classics that everyone could dance to! Even our CEO enjoyed the music! DJ Snick arrived on time, set up her equipment quickly and easily, and played appropriate background music during the other activities we had planned besides dancing. I highly recommend this DJ!
DJ Snick At Night Ent.DJ Snick At Night Ent.
Don S.
DJ Dan was great! The photo booth he provided along with the up lights and sound we're perfect for our wedding. I would highly recommend DJ Dan and his services.
DJ Dan UticaDJ Dan Utica
Alex H.
Everyone at the event loved the music from DJ Luke!
DJ LukeDJ Luke
Maxwell I.
Amazing amazing amazing!!! What more can I say!! DJ Spice was an amazing DJ and MC. He was actually the best part of the event. He kept the party alive and definitely put a lot of spice to our event. Our guests and event venue spoke very highly of DJ Spice and they all wanted to get his contact. If you are considering hiring a DJ for an event or better yet your wedding, look no further than DJ Spice. From the numerous video calls and professionalism to fine tune our timeline, just amazing!!!! Who doesn't love a family owned business.
A "Nuthin But Flava" FlightA "Nuthin But Flava" Flight
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ with all kinds of equipment and the ability to entertain a crowd.
SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!
Andrew L.
DJ Tuese was a terrific DJ for our dance benefit event. He got to the location at exactly the right time, quickly set up, and was ready to confer with the multiple entertainers for our event. For a complex event like ours with 2 emcees, two dance instructors, auctions and raffles, and video slideshows, communication was critical. All our event folk worked seamlessly with DJ Tuese because he was easy going and ready to improvise when needed. We feel blessed to have had him DJ our event!!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Thumbtack Customer
DJ and MC services with a free photo booth. Who can beat that?
DJ Dan UticaDJ Dan Utica
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Dan was a great DJ with an amazing setup. He had a great selection of music that was perfect for our event. He was really good about requests from our attendees and we just had an absolute blast
DJ Dan UticaDJ Dan Utica
Krystina T.
DJ Roxwell was beyond amazing! Literally the life of the party. I got so many compliments on his playlist and just how "cool" and engaging he was. I couldn't have asked for a better DJ. I'm already looking for an excuse to have another party just to hire him again! Thanks, DJ Roxwell you are absolutely everything I could have hoped for.
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic DJ, He made my clients very happy, so muchso, they booked him for multiple events following! DJ Twin worked with our budget, very professional and was always dressed well and prepared to go on time!
Twin Spin EntertainmentTwin Spin Entertainment
Jessica H.
Excellent event DJ! Professional and entertaining. Highly recommend and we will book again.
DJ Snick At Night Ent.DJ Snick At Night Ent.
Alex R.
If you are looking for a dj? Avoid him! Is not! A total disaster from the beginning to the end!
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel was the DJ at an Earth Day event at my office building in San Francisco. He was great. This is the second time I hired him. He's on time, dressed professionally, very helpful and did a great job! He's my DJ for all my events.
DJ Dan UticaDJ Dan Utica
Chris W.
DJ Waza did a great job at our event. I would hire him again.
Block Party EntertainmentBlock Party Entertainment
Kevin L.
DJ Dave was absolutely terrific! He was extremely professional, punctual, and he put us at ease regarding our wedding ceremony. He has a thorough checklist that covers all the bases related to all facets of a wedding. We had a long list of things to worry about and DJ Dave was at the bottom. He's also a super interesting guy to talk to about San Francisco and hip hop. I would highly recommend DJ Dave for your wedding.
DJ Dave GillisDJ Dave Gillis
Zebib T.
Thanks for the great night! I am so glad we picked DJ Wendell for our recent wedding!
Wendell ' DJ Dub T' ThomasWendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas
Thumbtack Customer
DJ service for a small business open house. The music was perfect and kept the party lively all night long.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Tory W.
DJ Stallion and his team were wonderful to work with. Great communication throughout the process. He also helped me find DJ's from his team for 2 other events in the Bay Area. I would highly recommend Anthony and look forward to having him on future events for my company.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
DJ memo is the one you want hire for your special event. He's one of a kind in his dedication to customer service. He showed up to the venue early and got everything setup on time. He went above and beyond his call of duty to make sure our wedding went smooth. Thanks DJ Memo!
DJ Memo EntertainmentDJ Memo Entertainment
Yasmine K.
DJ TJ was wonderful! He DJ’d our wedding and was communicative, focused, flexible to changes, and played all the fun 80’s music we requested. He made sure to not play anything that was on our “do not play” list and gave us ideas to make our wedding all the more memorable! Thank you DJ TJ!
Professional DJ ServicesProfessional DJ Services
Julie M.
Great DJ service service for my daughter's 8th grade class graduation party! Played music that appealed to multiple generations and everyone was dancing. What I appreciated most about Anthony was his responsiveness when setting up the contract and answering questions prior to the event....compared to other DJs, he hustled to get the job!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Nicholas C.
DJ stallion did an amazing job keeping our wedding on track and the vibes right for the moment. Transitions were seemless and we got great reviews all around from our guests. We had about 3 hours of dancing at the end of our wedding and we partied the entire time. One guest tried to change up the vibe of the music we requested for cocktail hour and dinner and DJ Stallion did a great job keeping with our intent even though this one guest persisted. Will definitely recommend DJ Stallion to all my friend and family.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
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