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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 Temecula djs
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ for our outside event! Very professional! Would use again and highly recommend to anyone needing a DJ!
ITM EntertainmentITM Entertainment
Sierra V.
Oscar was a great DJ! We had so much fun and everyone was on the dance floor. He did everything I wanted from a DJ!
RED-DRUM EntertainmentRED-DRUM Entertainment
Phillip G.
Great DJ, on time, reliable and professional
JJ Entertainmentt DJ ServicesJJ Entertainmentt DJ Services
Steve L.
Awesome DJ… I would highly recommend him to anyone.
DJ XKLUSIVE the best Video DJ in SoCal w/Karaoke!DJ XKLUSIVE the best Video DJ in SoCal w/Karaoke!
Alyssa R.
Dj Steven Feinberg was great! He was our dj for our welcome party and did a great job! His dj set up was very clean and professional. He had me fill out a form before my event and did a great job playing the type of music we like. I would 10000% recommend him for your next event!!!
DJ Steven FeinbergDJ Steven Feinberg
Nihal M.
Fantastic job!! The party was a hit! Primal DJ is the team to call for your event!
Primal DjPrimal Dj
Brittney W.
Was not able to use this Dj due to my wedding cancelation, but I'm sure whoever hires him next will have a great experience.
DJ OldheadDJ Oldhead
Alfredo F.
Erik is great to work with. He really trys to understand and meet your needs. A definite thumbs up for your DJ needs!
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Rolando A.
DJ RPD adapted to our needs and made the event that much more special! We had a fusion baby shower and it was fantastic. I’d recommend him again
DJ RPDDJ RPD
Marisa M.
DJ Xklusive was great for our wedding!! Arrived on time and played all the requests we had for music! Would definitely recommend him and book again for any future events!!
DJ XKLUSIVE the best Video DJ in SoCal w/Karaoke!DJ XKLUSIVE the best Video DJ in SoCal w/Karaoke!
Daryl S.
Luis was awesome! He was so easy to work with, did an amazing job! Totally would re hire him & of course recommend him to any one in search of a great DJ!
Xclusive Xperience EntertainmentXclusive Xperience Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Charlie did an amazing job for my brother's wedding! He was professional, punctual, and very easy to work with. He made it very easy to plan the music timeline for the wedding by offering examples and suggestions as well. It was nice to know that anytime I needed to make a change or had a question, a quick phone call or email and Carlos would be there with the answer. The lighting at the wedding was beautiful and the music kept everyone dancing. My brother and his wife were thrilled with their wedding and we were very happy with DJ Charlie's performance.
Charlie Wedding Dj/Photo Booth/Bilingual MCCharlie Wedding Dj/Photo Booth/Bilingual MC
Cheyenne S.
I'm so glad we found DJ Steven Feinberg! He did a great job of incorporating our requested songs, annoucing each event that occured during our wedding and was a genuinely a fantastic human to work with!
DJ Steven FeinbergDJ Steven Feinberg
Thumbtack Customer
Del was hired to DJ for my daughter's wedding and I can not say enough about him. I would recommend him to anyone. He was professional, personable, listened to what you want. If you are looking for a DJ for any event you absolutely could not go wrong! He put together a slide show as well from pictures we provided and the way he put that together was another reason we felt so blessed to have found him. I do not feel you could find anyone in the industry to top Del.
Del Dee-Jay: DJ & MC, Sound & LightingDel Dee-Jay: DJ & MC, Sound & Lighting
Thumbtack Customer
First and foremost I would like to say DJ Del is the best DJ I have ever hired. He was able to accommodate our wedding budget and delivered all items as promised. He provided lighting and music for my wedding reception, music for my cocktail hour, and emceed the entire reception. He kept the evening moving right along, there wasn't any down time and most importantly he stayed on time. Included in his pricing was also music for the ceremony, but we did not need his services for that part. DJ Del was also kind enough to provide a mashup song, composed of 4 different songs for our first dance (at no additional charge). Del was always accessible via phone and email, with rapid responses. His communication was bar none. He arrived 2.5 hours before the ceremony and was all set up. He was always very punctual. Last but not least, he kept the party going by playing all music as requested and even throwing in his own mixes, which all of our guests really enjoyed. I will not hesitate to hired DJ Del for any future gatherings.
Del Dee-Jay: DJ & MC, Sound & LightingDel Dee-Jay: DJ & MC, Sound & Lighting
Thumbtack Customer
Erik was hands down the perfect DJ. He was full of life, up to date with all the music I needed to keep the party alive and going! Would rate him an A++++ in all aspects. Very professional. You won't go wrong this this guy!!!
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Thumbtack Customer
Dj David did an amazing job. He arrived early and provided us a great mix for our Young Marine Birthday Ball. He did an amazing job for a great price. I highly recommend using him for your event.
DJ Zuess. Aka Dj DavidDJ Zuess. Aka Dj David
Thumbtack Customer
Erik was a wonderful DJ! We hired him for our corporate holiday party event for 300+ people and he kept the atmosphere alive and going. He kept taking requests and was always in high spirits whenever we saw him. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thanks so much for a wonderful time!
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Jake N.
DJ SG did an amazing job at our wedding and kept the dance floor popping. He catered to our needs and made sure to play music that was fun but clean since we had kids at the wedding. He’s very accommodating and humble. He’ll work with you to make yoinks event perfect! Highly recommend!
DJ SGDJ SG
Leslie S.
He did an awesome job! I like the way he played the music, mixing it up! I'm very happy who I chose to Dj at my Party! I 100% recommend him! I have him saved in my contacts, for future parties! Great personality, very humble, and a trooper for dealing with the heat! Not easy!
Primal DjPrimal Dj
Heather S.
I hired DJ Zuni for my daughters sweet 16 party. He was amazing. The kids dance from the moment he started the music until the party ended. He played the perfect music and even took a few request which the kids loved. I’d hire him again. And I’ve already recommended him to friends.
DJ ZuniDJ Zuni
Melissa W.
I can't say enough great things about DJ Track Star Staci. She exceeded all of my expectations for our 20 year high school reunion! I highly recommend her for your next event, no matter the genre of music or crowd, she really knows how to customize and cater to the crowd. Thank you again!!!
DJ Track Star Staci (Corporate Events)DJ Track Star Staci (Corporate Events)
Williams L.
I hired this DJ for my wedding May 2022 and I was very disappointed with the service I received. I would advice anyone to pay $100 more and get a more experience DJ. I had given him a link to Pandora to the list of songs I wanted played, and when I asked about it at the event I was told that the system they use could not download music from certain sources and they would need the internet for that. That makes no sense to me, they could have downloaded the song after I have given him the list weeks in advance, they still came unprepared. I saw him getting drinks at the bar instead of doing his job properly. They had no idea of what to say next when presenting us and it was written down for them. It was extremely embarrassing. Guests at our wedding were saying that they should not have been paid what they asked because they did a terrible job. My servers and bartender were amazing and my DJ was just awful. The music was even freezing up at the ceremony when people were walking down the aisle. He came only with the idea of depending on the internet service. I gave these list to you weeks in advance, you couldn't download anything? That makes no sense to me. I very much regret spending my money here. Get someone who is experience and who is prepared to do their job.
Salinas dj servicesSalinas dj services
Thumbtack Customer
ERIK WAS OUTSTANDING!!! You can hire him & have every confidence he WILL make your party successful! Erik arrived ahead of time, set up perfectly and definitely made our school Halloween Festival a huge success. He continually interacted with his audience and we had more kids dancing than any other DJ we've ever had. Erik reads his audience well and plays the appropriate music based on either that evaluation or whatever you prefer. He asks for requests & actually plays them! He was very nice and a pleasure to work with. He was also very timely providing all paperwork needed to satisfy Calif. PTA requirements for insurance, etc. He is a wonderful communicator! We will have DJ Richterscale back-- without hesitation! I am thrilled to provide Erik with a raving recommendation! Sincerely, Kris Rowan ~ PTA President at Jackson Elementary, Temecula, CA
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Demi T.
My husband and I had the pleasure of having Louis as our DJ for our wedding on June 29th. WE CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS ABOUT HIM! Louis was great at communicating with us from the start and made sure that he was able to get an accurate depiction of what we wanted our night to look like. When our special day finally came he arrived not only on time, but earlier than was expected of him to ensure that everything was set up perfectly for a smooth ceremony and reception. Louis was the best DJ and MC and when it was time to get the party started, he knew exactly how to get everyone on the dance floor. My friends and family are still raving about him three weeks later! He played a huge role in making our wedding day THE BEST DAY EVER! We will definitely be giving him a call for future events! Thank you Louis!
Xclusive Xperience EntertainmentXclusive Xperience Entertainment
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