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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 Ashburn djs
Shannon F.
DJ Romes did an amaxing job at our daughters graduation party!! He was ontime and easy to work with both before the party and during!!! Can't wait to have another party with DJ Romes!
DJ RomesDJ Romes
Michelle S.
Awesome DJ! The party goers had a blast as he kept the great tunes pumping!
Chi Dr. ProductionsChi Dr. Productions
Jane R.
DJ-G-RU was amazing - great music for young invites , his detail to the service was extraordinary!!!
Kellie T.
DJ 'Zo was awesome! So great to work with! I really appreciate all she did for our event!
DJ 'ZoDJ 'Zo
Kat M.
I could not be happier with DJ Tabasko Spectacular!!! 👍👍👍 He's so likeable too and extremely accommodating. I requested a wide range/mix of music including the most current dance hits, along with a few classic favorites and Latin Dance 💃 hits - he provides it all. Honestly the party is a Hit because of DJ T!!! I will definitely book him for more events.
Tabasko EntertainmentTabasko Entertainment
Millie A.
Great working with DJ wah-heed. He is a professional who takes his work seriously. He is very engaging and everyone had a great time. Highly recommend!
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Thumbtack Customer
Slable provided DJ, MC, and uplighting services for our May 2015 wedding. Just as a reference point we are a mid-twenties couple and they did a fantastic job of sticking to our playlists and taking on guest requests. They were professional and easy to work with; they went the extra mile to ensure that all names were prounounced correctly and they made a valiant attempt at keeping the reception timeline on track. We would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for for DJ services!
Pulse EntertainmentPulse Entertainment
Far R.
DJ TREYSWIFT is just d best. I'll give him 10 stars :)) Again, thanks for making my party grand. My wife and I really appreciate you. Thanks a million.
Andrea M.
DJ Wah-Heed was phenomenal! He was prompt and ready to party. His interactions with the comedians exemplified his years of experience. He also captured the mood if the crowd with his selection of music. Great experience.
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Kristin S.
Our party was a great success in large part to the DJ! Thank you so much Bucky for a great experience! Bucky was helpful with our games, and he played great music for quite a range of ages! Would definitely hire again!
Good VibrationsGood Vibrations
Csa A.
DJ 'Zo was great to work with for our luncheon. She responded & communicated quickly and thoroughly before the event, arrived on time and followed through with our event vision. I would hire her again! Thanks for making our event amazing!
DJ 'ZoDJ 'Zo
Thumbtack Customer
We recently hired Good Vibrations as the DJ for our New Years Eve party. I must say that the experience was all positive. Vinny was quick in responding to any queries and was very professional to deal with. Marquez was a great DJ. He was on time to set up the equipment, kept our group engaged and played great music. We provided him a list of Indian songs that he was easily able to integrate into his song list. We had a great time and highly recommend Good Vibrations. Thanks for making our New Years Eve party a memorable one. We will certainly hire them again!
Good VibrationsGood Vibrations
Irene M.
If you want a DJ who will get your party dancing Maurice is your guy!! We hired him for our wedding, from the beginning I knew we were in the right hands with his quick responses and willingness to answer all questions. Maurice was great to work with, all his suggestions were helpful. We had all types of genres within our wedding playlist and nothing was missed. Maurice had us all dancing all of the night. He was in charge of the music for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception and he created the perfect atmosphere. I cannot recommend Maurice enough! Look no further you’ve found a amazing DJ!
Covenant Child ProductionsCovenant Child Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Donnell was amazing! He is very easy to work with! When we met him for the first time he listened to all of our concerns and was able to answer all of our questions. A DJ needed to be booked for my sister's wedding reception ASAP and he was so accommodating and understanding. Not to mention his prices are great! Everyone at the reception loved him! He took requests and was able to get a vibe of the kind of music our guest enjoyed. Certain things had to be changed around in the reception schedule but he went with the flow and everything went smoothly. The guests raved about him and kept coming up to me saying how great of a DJ he was! If you need a DJ for your event with really affordable prices, look no further because he's your guy. I will most definitely be recommending him to all my friends and family and will be hiring him in the future for any events that will need music entertainment! I know I've already said this a million times but thank you Donnell! We truly appreciate you!!!
Chi Dr. ProductionsChi Dr. Productions
Jannet R.
DJ G-Ru played at my Son’s Grad party, G was very polite,detailed and extremely professional, he played great music for all my Guest, he was AWESOME...I can’t thank him enough & I want him in all my parties !!!
Thumbtack Customer
I would recommend Donnell to everyone looking for a professional, well priced and talented dj in the dc metro area. He was on time, kept our party moving, and we didn't have to worry about anything. He was also very patient and listened to requests. 5 stars!!
Chi Dr. ProductionsChi Dr. Productions
Carol B.
DJ Child was awesome! I’ve hired many DJ’s in the past and he was by far the best. He responded to me rather quickly and was available to DJ for a high school grad party held outdoors that was scheduled in less than 10 days. The teenagers and adults enjoyed his music, he was engaging, fun, and played a great mix of music to accommodate the crowd. I wasn’t able to provide him a playlist or selection, I just gave him an idea of the crowd and he took it from there which was fantastic! Both the teenagers and adults have been sharing how good he was! He was punctual, answers texts and emails promptly, reliable, and the cost for his services are very very reasonable. DJ Child who’s name is Phillip is very personable and truly a great guy, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with Phillip, who we now consider our new friend! I will definitely be hiring him again for future events and will also be highly recommending him to others. Thank you so much Phillip for helping us to celebrate our Class of 2020 High School Seniors!
DJC AudioDJC Audio
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Romes is the "BOMB"! He was very professional and did an excellent job for our High School Graduation party. He was a true delight and our guests couldn't say enough positive things about him. He was prompt, responsive, and accommodating. He was so much fun that I can't imagine hiring anyone else for any of our future parties :)
DJ RomesDJ Romes
Thumbtack Customer
We used Larry for our school auction, which was a formal event and took place at a local country club. I spoke to Larry several times before the event, most of the contacts were initiated by him. He wanted to make sure all of our needs were met and questions were answered. He was the DJ for our event and did a great job with this, choosing music that fit the mood for our Mardi Gras theme during dinner hour and great dance options when it was time for us to dance. I gave him very little direction at the event because I was busy running the auction portion of the evening and he was fabulous at taking the initiative and knowing what to play when. Larry also took on the role of live auctioneer, which he had never done before but was eager to try, at no additional cost. He inquired about our list of auction items ahead of time so that he could be prepared and do a good job for us, which he did. He allowed us to utilize his karaoke screen and projector for our slide shows during the evening, again at no additional charge. He was totally flexible setting everything up and moving it and was so generous and professional during the entire evening. He even kept the music playing over our set time since people were still dancing during auction checkout. He could have shut everything down right away, but he was more concerned about us having a good time and being happy. I would highly recommend him to DJ any event! He went above and beyond what most DJs would do for a customer and we were so pleased with his work and help at our event. Thanks, Larry!
Larryoke Karaoke & DJ Services LLCLarryoke Karaoke & DJ Services LLC
Rachel C.
Amy was a superstar DJ for our 5th grade graduation party!! She was a professional every step of the way, even when we had to reschedule our party due to thunderstorms! She arrived 2 hours early to set up and make sure everything was ready to go when the kids started to arrive. All the kids (over 100), teachers, and parents had the best time. The music was great, she followed our timeline and kept the party going, and took requests. She was so easy to work with and understanding with last minute changes. The school PTO, other parents who were there, and myself all look forward to using her in the future! Thanks so much Amy!!
DJ 'ZoDJ 'Zo
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