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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 Vista djs
Thumbtack Customer
Dj T-Rock was awesome! Very professional. Everyone loved the music and we got so many compliments on our dj. We will definitely keep him in mind for future events. Thanks for bringing life to our party! :)
DJ T-RocDJ T-Roc
Shelby P.
DJ Wreck was amazing. He was able to read the audience and change songs accordingly, which kept everyone on the dance floor.
Dj Wreck-itDj Wreck-it
Morgan P.
DJ Latina is incredible! Played all of our songs from the playlist. Showed up on time and was just such a nice person. We highly recommend her.
DJ LatinaDJ Latina
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Erik Redmond to DJ and MC our wedding October 5, 2013 in Vista, CA. Erik was our man from day one. He seemed to understand our vision, and was most helpful to see it through. His enthusiasm was consistent from planning through the reception. He was willing to meet with us more than once to review the schedule and discuss music options. He communicated like a true professional throughout the process, contacting us via phone or e-mail when necessary, and his prices were more than fair. On time and a true pro. We would highly recommend Erik to DJ your event.
Erik Redmond a.k.a. DJ RichterscaleErik Redmond a.k.a. DJ Richterscale
Teresa H.
DJ needs to be on time and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the eve t to set up and be ready to go when the event starts. All equipment should be set up , sound checked , and approved by the event coordinator at least 30 minutes prior to the start time of the event.
Thalia Isen, DJ, MFAThalia Isen, DJ, MFA
Thumbtack Customer
Jimmy is an excellent DJ with a wide array of music geners. He was very professional as was his sound system, lighting effects and set up. He made the night! Our birthday bash was a success thanks to Jimmy. I'm very glad we able to find him here on thumbtack. We will use him again and always recomend his talent.
That Jam EntertainmentThat Jam Entertainment
Ivory H.
DJ Turbie was amazing! He did a wonderful Job making the party fun from start to finish. Each and every guest that was at the party and nothing but wonderful things to say about the selection of music. If I have another party I will definitely use Turbie. Really great to talk to and he listens for your requests. Definitely makes your party one to remember!!!
Party Life EntertainmentParty Life Entertainment
Sarah W.
Travis was the DJ at our wedding on July 21st, 2018. I have to say he was the most amazing DJ EVER! My husband and I got so many comments at the wedding for how awesome and on point he was. Not to mention, he played a double role as coordinator and MC in so many ways without me or my husband even having to ask. We had such a hard time with figuring out timing and needed advice on certain parts of the wedding and how to handle the situation and he stepped in without problem and would have an hour conversation with me and my husband back to back each time making sure we felt completely comfortable before hanging up. If you want to do yourself a favor book Travis and don't look back. He is a one stop shop and you wont be sorry. My 2 sisters are planning on getting married in the next couple years and they wanted his information to keep so they can hire him when its their turn as well. We wish you the best Travis in your business, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you for EVERYTHING! You made our wedding a dream. thank you, thank you!
Traviste Group AZTraviste Group AZ
April A.
Cris was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Our wedding was originally scheduled to take place in March, but due to COVID, had to be rescheduled and completely reformatted. Throughout it all, Cris was professional, flexible, and up to the task. He made the music selection process super easy and checked in with me regularly to answer any questions I might have. He made suggestions and took initiative when the format of our wedding changed, which really made me feel supported and put me at ease about everything. I highly recommend Red Velvet Event DJs and would hire Cris again in a heartbeat. Thank you!!!
Red Velvet DJRed Velvet DJ
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