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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.

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.

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 Evanston djs
Hope Y.
I was very happy with DJ Damians quality of work.
Chicago DJsChicago DJs
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Trip did an outstanding job at our wedding. He was courteous and thorough throughout the process. He's extremely easy to work with and very easy going. Unlike other weddings I've been to where the DJ is the center of attention, he made sure we were always in the spotlight. I highly recommend him!
Touch Of Love Wedding And Party PlanningTouch Of Love Wedding And Party Planning
Elizabeth A.
I talked to the Dj several times prior to the event explaining to him my selection ,also telling about him about my opening entrance when to switch lights and the fog.. None of these things were executed he arrived late yes that day it was inclimated weather, but when you have an event you should be there promptly .Since he was late tonthe event we didn't get to speak prior to the event starting, because the event started at 7pm and he waiting until.630pm in which he arrived at 635pm. He didn't start playing music until after 730pm he was told that I would make my entrance at 730pm I didn't make my entrance until 8:15 pm or so. He quoted me a price of 350.00 dollars in which I gave him a 50 dollar deposit as the night wraps up he says you owe 400.00 dollars now. He didn't play my songs I.requested in face he told my wife she had to tip him to play a song a song that requested prior to communicating several times prior to the event. We gave him food and drink the dj proceeds to complain that he didn't get enough food to eat. Instead of him giving me a discount because he late tried to overchargee then he was walking around the party looking for me, because people in the past have ran out and not paid him that really unfair to judge me.
DJ Wicked/Wickedspinners entertainmentDJ Wicked/Wickedspinners entertainment
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