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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. 

Reviews for Ashburn djs
Paris S.
Greg has been an amazing DJ and friend. John and I had the pleasure of working with DJ Greg for a Engagement party and months after for our wedding. He was always very helpful in making our music selections and he always went above and beyond to make sure that we were comfortable with our program. He showed up ready to work ready to have a great time and ready to keep the crowd going. He also has a great sense of humor. If you’re looking for an awesome DJ/uncle …look no further because DJ Greg is it you will not be disappointed. For future events we would love to continue working with DJ Greg because he was just that awesome.
DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)
Shameka J.
An excellent DJ and experience. He was on time as agreed. Played the music we wanted including random requests. He even blessed us with some of his dance moves. It was a great experience and he keep the guests jamming. I would highly recommend this DJ.
Prime 1 Productions, LLCPrime 1 Productions, LLC
Nichole O.
DJ Jigga was great. He was punctual and very professional. He played music to fit the crowd. I would definitely hire him again.
DJ Jigga-C EntertainmentDJ Jigga-C Entertainment
Mallory L.
DJ TreySwift did an amazing job at our school dance. He was easy to work with , professional, and courteous. The kids were excited and danced the whole night. Even our parents were having fun!
TRIPLE M PRODUXCIANS pres DJ TREYSWIFT!TRIPLE M PRODUXCIANS pres DJ TREYSWIFT!
LaShawna M.
DJMorriscode was very attentive to the needs of my party. Playing songs previously suggested as well as on demand. He even stayed an hour later when asked! He will be our go to DJ for all family events.
DJ MorriscodeDJ Morriscode
Thumbtack Customer
Mr johnson was an outstanding DJ for our After Prom Party. Not only is he the nicest person,, he is very professional. we will definetly use him agian for one of our Functions and will also be referring him to our friends.
Dj Kutmaster/ By--Kutmaster ProductionDj Kutmaster/ By--Kutmaster Production
Lisa B.
DJ Topedo was great! We hired him for our daughter's sweet 16 birthday party. Prior to the event, he responded quickly to all my questions. The day of the event, he was punctual and professional. Everyone had a great time. We would definitely hire him again.
DJ Topedo & Co.DJ Topedo & Co.
Alanna L.
DJ Wah-Heed did an amazing job at me and my husbands wedding. We met back in March and emailed constantly with updates up until the day before the wedding. I didn’t have to worry about whether or not he would show. Definitely would use his services again!
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Arie B.
We hired DJ Prime for our daughter's quinceanera and he provided wonderful service. We were able to provide him with a song list that was to be incorporated into the program and once the dancing commenced, he made sure to play all the hits that the teens were requesting! My daughter's party went down as one of the best ever! Thanks!
Prime 1 Productions, LLCPrime 1 Productions, LLC
Mary L.
DJ Jigga-C was very professional, and played the right type of music according the the feel of my crowd. He DJ'ed for my 4th of July Party, and a lot of my family members are older. He played music they would love; all the way down to the little ones. He is very good at what he does, and I will now be using him for ALLL of my events! Thanks again!
DJ Jigga-C EntertainmentDJ Jigga-C Entertainment
Gary H.
Rodney and Carol were excellent DJs! I can't tell you how many times our guests came up to us during and after the wedding to compliment them and the music that they played! Our dance floor was packed the entire night! They were open to any and all recommendations from us and were more than happy to help us with any special instructions and requests that we had. We feel so lucky to have had such wonderful people and professionals help make our special day even more special and memorable! THANK YOU!
R & C EntertainmentR & C Entertainment
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