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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 Monica djs
Mary K.
While we did not choose DJ Forgi for our event, we really appreciated chatting with him as we were attempting to pick the DJ for our wedding. He was responsive and had GREAT vibes.
DJ Forgi Your Vibe GO TO Guy!!!DJ Forgi Your Vibe GO TO Guy!!!
Marcus H.
Amazing! Highly recommend, you cannot go wrong with DJ Lela B!!
DJ Lela BDJ Lela B
Matt H.
DJ SG played great music the entire night. He made sure to work in all of our requests and he really got a good feel for what the crowd would like. He has a great personality, he was professional and he was having a great time himself. I highly recommend DJ SG!!
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Maasha made my daughter's eight-year-old birthday party a huge success. She kept the party going with the perfect music, great games, and an energy that was just right. She made by daughter feel like the belle of the ball, while also keeping every other party-goer entertained. I highly recommend DJ Maasha for any event. Her professionalism and personality were both great.
DJ MaashaDJ Maasha
Nancy G.
DJ Gerry did a wonderful job! He was punctual, organized and accommodated all of our requests. I highly recommend California Music Group for any event or party!!!
California Music GroupCalifornia Music Group
Christa S.
Steve was fantastic. Highly recommend him for your party. Besides being the DJ, he also put up lights for me in my back yard that looked fantastic.
moondance eventsmoondance events
Thumbtack Customer
He was a great dj, but he was unable to take a few requests due to the fact that he didn't have the songs we were requesting on his iTunes playlist. Overall, great job though!
DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)
Thumbtack Customer
Shai'La was absolutely professional with her formal contract to hire but also listened to all of my requests and played something for everyone. It was the first time our event had a dj and definitely will not be our last. She was amazing and everyone took her card for future bookings.
DjShai | Los Angeles Female DJDjShai | Los Angeles Female DJ
Thumbtack Customer
Steve is the best find of our entire wedding!! Saved us so much $ acting as our wedding planner as well. Provided uplighting for our night-time ceremony, provided an affordable & awesome photo booth that made great wedding favors for guests. Truly made everything run so smoothly. Very flexible in playing music that you request & also suggesting party music if you want as well. Really respected our don't play list as well, cleared taking requests with us before he started doing it. Bought songs for us from iTunes. Just such an awesome DJ and such a lovely individual to work with. Can't recommend DJ Celebrations enough!!
DJ CelebrationsDJ Celebrations
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos is highly recommended as a DJ for your next event. He was reliable, honest, on time and exceeded my expectations. His selection of music for our Corporate Conference was fantastic. His lighting and sound equipment turned our conference into a rockstar event. I am looking forward to working with Carlos again for our next event.
Charlie Wedding Dj/Photo Booth/Bilingual MCCharlie Wedding Dj/Photo Booth/Bilingual MC
Thumbtack Customer
He did a great job for us especially based on the circumstances. We had a DJ pull out on us 2 days before an event. I reached out and was extremely pleased with Andrew! We had a fitness event and he did a great job of syncing with our vibe and taking care of any thing we needed. I highly recommend to anyone!
DJ Clean KutDJ Clean Kut
Thumbtack Customer
Our company, MINDBODY, just recently hired DJ Lon Lee to perform at a business conference in Santa Monica and he was spectacular! The whole process went smoothly from beginning to end. Lon Lee was very professional, punctual, and went above and beyond to accommodate our song requests and performing to the crowds liking. We would definitely recommend his services and hire him in the future!
DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)
Thumbtack Customer
Jaime was hired for an office party of 70 people. He was fantastic! State of the art equipment, punctual, friendly, accommodating, great mix of music, and set-up/cleared out like a ninja. We asked so many times to adjust the music and he did it every time with a smile and awesome attitude. His rate is very fair and worth it. I would hire him for any occasion! Jaime--you are my DJ for life!
That Jam EntertainmentThat Jam Entertainment
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