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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 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 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 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.

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?

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. 

Reviews for Elgin djs
Alain D.
DJ AD was wonderful!! Eileen was very responsive and attended to any questions I have. DJ AD came in with Eileen and another host that liven up the party!! They lead dances and encouraged the shy and the oldies to the dance floor. They truly made the event memorable for my mom and everybody who attended. Good value for your money! I will once again hire them if needed. Thank you DJ AD and the gang!!!
DJ AD EntertainmentDJ AD Entertainment
Monica M.
I'm glad we chose DJ Herrera for my daughter's party. He was amazing! Very professional. I will definitely recommend.
Profound EntertainmentProfound Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Wow!! What a great experience. DJ Christopher Courtney and Eileen exceeded our expectations. They helped us put on a very successful Valentine's dance at our elementary school. The music and lights were perfect for our crowd and Eileen ' s energy kept the kids dancing. They were on time and professional. And the price was right. I would highly recommend DJ Christopher Courtney and would use him again!!!
DJ AD EntertainmentDJ AD Entertainment
Corrine R.
Scot was great to work with. Anything we wanted done he did it! Great sound quality! I would definitely recommend him to DJ your party!
Absolute Elegance EntertainmentAbsolute Elegance Entertainment
Mary K.
Standing Ovation DJ's were very good for our event. They kept the music playing. Some of our guests made requests that they did not think were honored and some guests thought the music too loud - but others were fine with it.
Standing Ovation DJ'sStanding Ovation DJ's
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic experience! I'll definitely hire this DJ again. Progression of music was perfect, & they were able to get in and out without getting in the way. I love that I did not need to babysit them, they were very professional and helped make the party a success!!
DJ AD EntertainmentDJ AD Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Larry is an excellent DJ. He did a great job at my birthday party. Larry has excellent communication skills replies in a timely manor. He arrived on time. He was set up and ready to go before the arrival of my guests and played all night to the very end of the party. Many compliments on the music played. I highly recommend Larry and I would hire him again for future events.
Spin1DJ ServiceSpin1DJ Service
Chris J.
I wish there were a 6 or more star rating. Eddie is simply amazing! When a wedding reception goes the entire evening with only two song requests, you know your DJ is on top of the guests. Eddie kept our guests out dancing all night. we received so many compliments on the dinner music and the flow of the evening I couldn't list them all. From the first our first contact to the last dance, Eddie handled it all perfectly. We also used Eddygee for our photo booth. Our guests had so much fun and the attendants were both patient and helpful capturing all the fun and craziness. I can't thank Eddie and his team enough. Thank you Eddie!
Eddygee  Events and ProductionsEddygee Events and Productions
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