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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 San Marcos djs
Kelle S.
Amazing DJ!! Our group loved DJ Louis! He had everyone dancing the night away! Can’t wait to have another party so we can have him come back!!
Xclusive Xperience EntertainmentXclusive Xperience Entertainment
Kim S.
If your having a party this is the DJ you want! Everyone loved the music and had a great time! But even crazier is I have neighbors that will call and ask who the DJ was because they enjoyed the music so much. I HIGHLY recommend her for your next party.
Faerioke ProductionsFaerioke Productions
Vanessa W.
DJ Dr. Rico was an amazing addition to our special day! His DJ services at our 25th wedding anniversary vow renewal ceremony was exactly what we wanted to make our day fun and exciting! DJ Dr. Rico’s work quality and professionalism made the day stress free. I really appreciated his quick responsiveness from the minute I reached out to him for services and it continued over several months and throughout the day of the event. I chose DJ Dr. Rico, because of his eagerness to make our day special. His mission was to make us happy and he did not disappoint. The quality of his equipment and setup was of high quality. The event was held outside and he was sure to provide lighting and microphones for our usage. He worked closely with us to add music to the poem that would play during the ceremony. It was done with the great quality and presentation. He arrived on time and stayed until the time he was contracted even though the event was winding up. Awesome time management! I highly recommend DJ Dr. Rico for any DJ services. I will definitely use his services again.
DJ Dr. Rico LLCDJ Dr. Rico LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great mixes and music selection! He knew just what to play to get the crowd up and dancing all night! I highly recommend DJ Vinny!!!
DJ Vinny Music ProductionsDJ Vinny Music Productions
Amoreena B.
Dj Dubb was great!! We had a house party with a rave theme and he showed up on time, super friendly, professional, and got the party going! We will use him again.
Cole l.
Dj screwface did an amazing job! The sound system and skills he brought with him where out of this world, he even let me get on the mixer for a little! Definitely referring him to everyone and hiring him again in the future!
Xclusive Xperience EntertainmentXclusive Xperience Entertainment
Richard M.
This was the best DJ experience I ever had for an event. From when I initially reached out he was professional and delivered in everything he said. Day of event, he was set up early and very professional. He did a fantastic job. I will for sure book again. I highly recommend.
Taylor S.
David was great!!! He really knows how to get a party started. We had him DJ our reception and we had people dancing so much for so long that we had to add on extra hours. He truly is amazing and I would hire him again in a heart beat!
Avalon EntertainmentAvalon Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Peter responded quickly to an event that was happening in a few days and happened to have a cancellation. He was personable, and professional; and went out of his way to understand the nature of the party as well as the styles of music; went out of his way to ask for individual song list up to last minute. His DJ and lights were the glue this party needed at an affordable price...THANKS Peter!!
GE Productions Inc.GE Productions Inc.
Holly C.
Erik was amazing! He was sure to understand what I had in mind and certainly delivered. The had the lighting, the music and even some advice for us as we were trying to make announcement s intermittently.....he became a part of the team.! As soon as we have a date for next year I am hoping he will agree to be the DJ! He delivered on every level and did so with excellence! THANK YOU!
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
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