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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 Santa Cruz djs
Rob N.
DJ David arrived early and stayed late. He overcame the challenges of having to provide music and mic’s in three separate locations quickly and efficiently. Had fun preparing playlists and after a couple of quick adjustments was more than happy with the sound quality. Dance floor was packed all night! High energy and very professional, fun and easy to work with. Great value! Thanks DJ David
Jessica S.
DJ Peter was AMAZING! He helped from start to finish. We had 2 calls with him to go over the plan for the day, what music we wanted and for the photo booth. If your debating getting a photo booth, get it! It was a hot spot and also so was the music. Dance floor was packed the whole time!! I’m so glad we chose DJ Peter to be apart of our special day.
PC EntertainmentPC Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience, don't know anything that could have been better. I will definitely use DJ Stallion for any future events and would highly recommend him to anyone.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Karin G.
DJ Domingo went above and beyond to create a happy, fun, and engaging experience! (Not an easy feat with half of my family not really up for dancing.) He got everyone out on the dance floor and everyone had such a wonderful time! And working with Shannon (who was unable to DJ on the day, and which he informed us of well before the big day) was so fluid and easy. He really helped guide the way for planning the progression of the music and fun little activities.
SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!
Kathy T.
DJ Shawdy was amazing and easy to work with, and I would recommend him to anyone! He was very responsive, accommodating, and friendly. It made my wedding a thousand times better. Thank you so much!!
DJ ShawdyDJ Shawdy
Soula Y.
DJ Stallion is literally the best event DJ I have ever met. His reviews were excellent and our initial phone conversation went well, so my husband & I were excited to hire him. Little did I know how amazing he would actually be. It has been almost 2 months now and our guests are still raving. He played our top requested songs and did an incredible job of reading the room and adjusting the music as needed. It was a non stop dance party and so much fun - no dull moments or lapses in the party vibe. I still can't believe how much fun the reception was thanks to him. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding DJ, so save yourself the headache of interviewing others and just hire him!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Adria A.
DJ Mikie was great to work with! He got all of the special songs we wanted played in advance, plus he was able to play requests. It was an excellent dance party that I have gotten tons of complements on. Thank you!
DJ Mikie RDJ Mikie R
Mylene E.
DJ ROXWELL is very professional and and good of what he does. The only draw back was that I wished he would have gotten more involved and be part of the party and initiate the ‘program’ as listed. Otherwise, the guests truly enjoyed the dance floor. Mylene
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Brett P.
Peter was a great dj for our wedding. He was highly professional and our dance party was a hit. His communication and organization pre-wedding and the day of made it easy on us. I would recommend his business to other wedding couples. Thanks Peter!
PC EntertainmentPC Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel was professional, easy to talk to, on time, and a total joy to work with. He was prepared and took special care to make sure our wedding was exactly what we wanted it to be. He even went above and beyond at the end of the night and helped reset the space. I highly recommend DJ Dan Utica Services!
DJ Dan Utica ServicesDJ Dan Utica Services
Shela D.
DJ Lyon Head was so easy to work with. I reached out to him 2 weeks before my last minute party and he responded immediately. He was easy to communicate with and was very responsive. Reasonable price even though he had to travel a couple of hours too. Guests were very pleased with him bc he played songs they requested without issues. Everyone had a lot of fun. He even was flexible to convert to karaoke at the end of the night at closing time when it was just a few of us left. Lol. The venue owner even took his info as she said he was really good at his job and wanted to book him herself.
DJ Lyon HeadDJ Lyon Head
Jennifer B.
We can not say enough about Shannon and his wife Jenny. He was truly committed to providing the best experience possible. Right before the event we had several huge glitches with venue changes. It switched several times due to things totally out of our control. He went out of his way to assure us that no matter what it was going to be a great time. Connected with the people at the different venues to make sure everything would work based on our desires for the evening. Once the wedding was here and the reception was on his orchestration of the event was just awesome. He played fantastic music and engaged the crowd. I can not recommend him enough for your event. Both my husband and I were so appreciative of his professionalism and way of being. Made our evening even that much better. I would absolutely hire him again without question! Thank you DJ Sofa King! <3
SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon was the DJ at our Wedding. Overall I was satisfied with our experience! I got to meet Shannon and his lovely wife for a free consultation and we loved the plan we had worked out with Shannon. Since then Shannon has been very quick to respond to emails and had sent out a template where I could list the music I wanted for special points or in general. I was confused when he asked for MP3 files of the music I wanted, when I asked about it, it was more for if I had any special music or special versions of a song, it was ok that I did not send any MP3 files. WHAT DID NOT GO SO WELL: Shannon played the chicken dance at our wedding! I HAD NO IDEA HE WAS GOING TO. The only "choreographed" songs that he ran by me was the Cupid Shuffle, which I was fine with. At first I thought the chicken dance was funny, but then he continued to play the entire 5 something minuets of it. At some point I literally stopped dancing and stared at him as if to cue him I was not into it, and he did not stop. Then made an announcement "I don't care what you say I love the chicken dance" I had filled out a template with music I wanted for the ceremony. All of the specific songs I requested were played with no difficulty. After listing what kind of music we like I had said he could play songs of his choosing for the rest of the event. I had thought that based off of my template he would play similar music to what I listed as that is what we like, and he played some kind of remix of top 40s. I wish the music was catered a little more to our taste and not his. Shannon played a lot of his top 40 music and I felt like our special points like garter toss, and bouquet toss were much more like after thoughts to his agenda. The cake cutting was completely left out. We had 2 rooms at our wedding and Shannon had made an announcement that we would be moving the group to the next room (as planned) and then said something about breaking down the dinner room and left it at that, a lot of my guests thought that the reception was over and left! I wish he had said something like "the party continues, please join the bride and groom for their dance" or something like that. I wish he would have paid more attention to the vibe of the event and less about his ideas. WHAT WENT WELL: Shannon was very easy to communicate with. He is approachable and quick to respond to emails/questions. Overall he has a fun personality. He came to the wedding early. I had a pretty ridiculous time schedule with minimal setup-start time and he was able to accommodate my needs. I felt like he misread our vibe but we still had fun. Other than the chicken dance thing, he was attentive to us during the event, meaning he paid attention to where we were and what came next (ie, its time to dance, its time for toasts, etc) If I were to hire him again I would DEFINITELY make sure my wants are emphasized. I felt like he had his own agenda. I would minimize improvisation. He came to do a job. And he did it.
SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!SKA Entertainment 2015-2022 Platinum Top Pro!
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