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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.

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. 

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Mallory R.
Dj was a hit!
DJ StashDJ Stash
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Livewire did a great job and I would recommend him or any event that requires good music and a genuinely kind DJ
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Andoni A.
Amazing DJ! Would highly recommend.
Upbeat Music Service (djUpbeat)Upbeat Music Service (djUpbeat)
Yvette P.
Dj was amazing and helped keep everything moving.
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Mary R.
My company hired this DJ to host our annual Christmas fundraiser event and we had a terrible experience. We booked and paid for the services 3 months in advance. I provided clear instruction that parking would NOT be provided by the venue. Two weeks before the event I checked in and was informed he changed the DJ on us and did not provide any contact information for the new DJ. Needless to say the DJ was changed twice. The 3rd DJ showed up 15 to 20 min AFTER our event started. He was actually carrying in equipment THRU the crowd. He left the DJ booth several times during the event due to parking issues. Worst of all is each time he left during the event the music would stop. They didn't have batteries for the mic so we can to stand very close to the DJ booth to make our announcements. I was very dissatisfied with the experience I had with this DJ. This is unfortunate because he did provide a price break and we were hoping to avoid the annual headache of shopping for a new DJ for our event.
The Party Mixer DJ & KaraokeThe Party Mixer DJ & Karaoke
Thumbtack Customer
JJ was a good DJ did all we ask and more made sure we he played every thang we wanted and kept the mood great cold not ask for a better DJ.
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Shaun C.
We used DJ enCore for my daughter's wedding. DJ enCore was professional, punctual, and very responsive to inquiries in all forms. The price was very competitive, and I would definitely hire him again.
DJ enCore LLCDJ enCore LLC
Dante R.
Michael was the DJ at my birthday party and did an excellent job! His choice of music was great and he was professional and very nice. I Would definitely have him be the DJ of other future events.
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Christy F.
DJ encore was great!!! We will definitely book him again.
DJ enCore LLCDJ enCore LLC
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Menyo spent almost an hour setting up equipment on the upper deck of a cruise ship. He is friendly and dedicated to his craft, I would highly suggest him as a top notch DJ
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Alli D.
SO AMAZING!!! best dj i have ever seen/heard!!!!
DJ PepppDJ Peppp
Anna m.
We found DJ MenYo serendipitously, just days prior to our wedding after our original wedding DJ had canceled on us. Luckily, DJ MenYo had an last minute opening due a covid cancelation! He did an awesome job! Our dance floor was packed and we had multiple guests who said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to. DJ MenYo went above and beyond providing complete set up for a non traditional venue. And was an awesome MC to a great party!
DJ Men-Yo - Celebrity DJDJ Men-Yo - Celebrity DJ
Shawn B.
Amazing dj .. had him back for a second year!! Highly recommend him!!
GGC ProductionsGGC Productions
Sierra L.
So grateful to have found DJ Peppp! I had an in-store celebration for my small business and DJ Peppp was the perfect addition to setting the vibes. During every step of the process, he was very professional, promptly communicated, listened to and applied requests, and sought additional information when needed. Looking forward to working with DJ Peppp again, you should go ahead and send your request to book now;)
DJ PepppDJ Peppp
Barrett T.
Great music and easy to work with! Everyone at the wedding had a blast and the DJ was very easygoing.
GGC ProductionsGGC Productions
David D.
Ivan the DJ was always focused and waiting on my every look to move into the next phase!!
Essen Entertainment  "Named #1 Event Service Pr...Essen Entertainment "Named #1 Event Service Pr...
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Alex was great! He played most if not all of the songs I had recommended and kept all the songs clean as requested. Essen Entertainment made booking a DJ and photo booth incredibly easy. I would definitely hire them again.
Essen Entertainment  "Named #1 Event Service Pr...Essen Entertainment "Named #1 Event Service Pr...
DJ J.
He’s the type of dj that adds value to your event. He’s responsive and takes ownership!
DJ enCore LLCDJ enCore LLC
Garrett S.
DJ Night Crawler was awesome! He did a great job for my daughter’s sweet 16!
DJ NightCrawlerDJ NightCrawler
Thomas O.
DJ PtchBlaq provided DJ services for our wedding. In addition to handling the reception and cocktail music, he also helped mic our officiant for the ceremony. He was extremely easy to work with. Very professional. And, it seemed like his library of music didn't lack one song.
DJ PtchBlaqDJ PtchBlaq
Elaina F.
DJ Jim was amazing! He kept my guests dancing and engaged! Such a great evening! GGC Productions 💯
GGC ProductionsGGC Productions
Emmellia M.
DJ Encore was very professional and provided a customized playlist for our sophisticated and corporate audience. He completely catered to our style and made an appropriate playlist for the setting. He was self sufficient and reliable. I would definitely hire him again and recommend him to anyone looking for an awesome DJ!
DJ enCore LLCDJ enCore LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Essen Entertainment paired us with DJ Brian Ring for our wedding and we could not possibly put into words how satisfied and thankful we are for choosing Essen. Brian was more than accommodating to our requests and ran the entire evening beautifully. If you're looking for a wedding DJ there is not better choice!
Essen Entertainment  "Named #1 Event Service Pr...Essen Entertainment "Named #1 Event Service Pr...
Jenny J.
Can’t go wrong working with DJ enCore! We had a great experience from the first contact to the venue👏👏
DJ enCore LLCDJ enCore LLC
Paula W.
The kids really enjoyed DJ PtchBlaq. He was very professional and was quick to respond with any questions I had.
DJ PtchBlaqDJ PtchBlaq
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