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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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 Chicago djs
Thumbtack Customer
Couldn't of found a better DJ. The whole group had a blast. Any one looking for a DJ this group is the BEST!!!!!
Special Occasion Events INCSpecial Occasion Events INC
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Drea Jay was awesome. She provided the sounds for my son's Trunk Party. DJ Drea Jay did an outstanding job. Her music selection was on point and she kept the beats going. DJ Drea was prompt and extremely professional. I highly recommend DJ Drea Jay for your event!
Drea JayDrea Jay
Tasha S.
My original DJ cancelled at the last minute but DJ Telly really can to the rescue and saved the night. I look forward to working with him again. He is very professional and punctual! Heyyyyy Mr. DJ keep spinning the hits. 🥰
DJ Telz entertainment specialistDJ Telz entertainment specialist
Thumbtack Customer
Chris is a great DJ. He played all of the songs we requested. I would hire him again if I'm in need of a DJ.
DJ AD EntertainmentDJ AD Entertainment
Kristin m.
I was in need of a Dj for my sisters baby shower and Dj Kontrol was amazing. I can’t say enough about his professionalism and personality. I’m already planning to use him for our next event. I highly recommend Dj Kontrol.
Dj Kontrol - TechItOut LLCDj Kontrol - TechItOut LLC
Megan B.
DJ John Herrera was an amazing vendor to work with! As a wedding planner, I definitely recommend him for any DJ needs and will be referring him to future clients.
Profound EntertainmentProfound Entertainment
Tony W.
He was excellent !!! He was the DJ to my All White Birthday celebration and did a fantastic job .He will be my go 2 DJ for all my events
Reginald TurnerReginald Turner
Nate H.
Legacy did a great job helping us book a DJ late notice. The DJ was very easy to work with and honored all of our special requests with no issue.
Legacy EntertainmentLegacy Entertainment
Patty H.
Amazing DJ! DJ Lori was absolutely fabulous in handling our company's event and we could not have found a better DJ. Our first DJ cancelled two days before our event and I found DJ Lori through Thumbtack. She was super diligent in organizing a schedule and music list with us and followed that plan to a T! Her music style was fun and had everyone up dancing. Her professionalism is excellent and she came 2 hours ahead of time to setup (most DJs we've worked with come last minute, which always stressed us out and they never started on time). Her setup is clean, professional and worked perfectly with our event. I highly recommend DJ Lori, as she really is the best! Thank you so much! We will hire her again!
Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)
Thumbtack Customer
Loved this DJ. Would work with them again!
Ultrasound DJ, Photography & Videography ServicesUltrasound DJ, Photography & Videography Services
Luis M.
Amazing dj! Dj Lori handled the party perfect! I monitor alot of corporate events with pro athletes, she's the best! Diligent in preplanning, punctual & amazing selection was done with great mixing skills, smooth transistions & super fun! Other djs talk too much & are boring. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)
Tatianna b.
I was able to book DJ Telz a day before a memorial for my loved one . We had no DJ amd he came through and did a wonderful job last minute.
DJ Telz entertainment specialistDJ Telz entertainment specialist
Thumbtack Customer
Well working with dj rod was an awesome experience! ! My mom's retirement party went great with his excellent skills!! Thanks again dj rod and I will be needing you so talk to you soon! !!!!
First Rate - DJ. V- RodFirst Rate - DJ. V- Rod
Thumbtack Customer
I was working with DJ LORi for an event on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, I had to cancel the event five days before and DJ LORi was truly understanding and helpful! She is a cordial, mature and workable DJ that you can trust in hiring :) Even though I didn't get to see her perform, she handled the event preplanning in a manner that made me feel assured and confident. I felt supported and like a true priority to her. Thank you DJ LORi and hopefully we can work together in the future!
Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)
Thumbtack Customer
Great and very professional. Played music that fit the crowd and that to me is a GREAT DJ.
DJ AD EntertainmentDJ AD Entertainment
Safiya j.
Thanks for being super responsive and having the best value of all the DJs I searched for!
Straight Vibes Entertainment LLCStraight Vibes Entertainment LLC
Carlton G.
Was a great DJ, professional, polite, courteous. I would highly recommend for any occasion.
Dj Stud MusicDj Stud Music
Martha M.
Saul responded great, he sent another DJ not himself but overall was ok experience
Bassmnt Entertainment Inc.Bassmnt Entertainment Inc.
Crystal F.
Lori was amazing to work with and so professional. She is the real deal as far as DJ's go. She really took our event to another level and was prepared for all we asked of her. Looking forward to booking DJ Lori for our next corporate event!
Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)
Christopher J.
John could not have been any better. He dj-ed my wife's 40th birthday party. I gave him basic things that she likes and he did the rest. Was a fantastic event and everyone said we picked a great dj.
Profound EntertainmentProfound Entertainment
Tristin R.
DJ was ok, played music I asked for but couldn’t get guests out of there seats to dance.
Bassmnt Entertainment Inc.Bassmnt Entertainment Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Wanda came in for a wild Halloween party and delivered exactly as discussed. We pulled off a fun nostalgic mix to start (80s, 90s, then 00s), and then DJ Wanda finished up the night with some great mixes and excellent light work. Would highly recommend!
NY to The C DJ ServicesNY to The C DJ Services
Thumbtack Customer
I would like to think dj dollar bill for his and his staffs, for making my daughter Sweet Sixteen Special. They provide an excellent service. The DJ played all the music that teenagers listen to from rap to hip hop to juking he played it all. My daughter had a wonderful time this is one night tha she will never forget. Thank You DJ Dollar bill I would recommend his services to everyone one. If you want to have a party with a club atmosphere, the best DJ's, music and party lights than you may want to call DJ Dollar Bill. I can't wait to have my Husbands Birthday party here, also if you need food catered they offer that too while my daughter and her friends were partying his wife had made food for all the adults and it was excellent. I highly recommend them. Thank you again dj dollar bill I am now best mom as if I didn't know. LOL
Motown Revue feat.  Motown ReflectionsMotown Revue feat. Motown Reflections
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Lori was incredible! She was so professional and she was attentive to our every need. She was the DJ for our wedding. The guests were on the dance floor from start to finish. The guests were devastated when the music had to end. I never had one moment of doubt with DJ Lori. I would use her from now on for any and every event. She is comfortable with all genres of music. She has truly amazing skills!
Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)Lori's DJ Service (also known as DJ LORi)
Thumbtack Customer
From what I can gather, and against popular demand, this DJ was nonetheless spectacular in terms of music depth and selection, as well as matching the crowds energy levels. Few people can point out whether or not a DJ is exactly what they claim to be, and I am one of those people.
Motown Revue feat.  Motown ReflectionsMotown Revue feat. Motown Reflections
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