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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 Ashburn djs
Sherry K.
We were impressed by DJ BossLady in our inquiry regarding DJ services.
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Kathleen S.
Awesome DJ!!
Dj StormTrooper 421Dj StormTrooper 421
Dann R.
Awesome DJ - highly recommend!
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Tony T.
My experience with this DJ was great! The DJ was punctual, responsive and a true professional. His level of attentiveness and genuine passion for his craft are evident in his work detail. I highly recommend DJ JAMxlive for all your events. Regards, Tony Taylor
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Will G.
Will was excellent. Everything we'd hope for in a professional DJ.
Simple SoundSimple Sound
Thumbtack Customer
Dj James can relate with all age groups! He was DJ at my son's high school graduation party and managed to get all greatly entertained. He is great!
Dj SmooveDj Smoove
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you dj complex for being so amazing! You are a fantastic dj and person! Thank you for making our wedding so wonderful! Hope to see you again soon!
DJ Complex Music ServicesDJ Complex Music Services
Thumbtack Customer
Used for high school homecoming tailgate. Great DJ!
Dj SmooveDj Smoove
Catherine L.
Excellent! From the moment of introduction, through the first meeting, and event planning until the day of event - Complex the DJ was professional, knowledgeable, attentive and went above and beyond. We hired him for a wedding which was planned with many moving parts and when we needed to add elements, the can-do attitude, talent, expertise and knowledge of capturing the tone and vibe of our celebration by Complex the DJ, helped to make the day a tremendous success. I highly recommend Complex the DJ and he will be my go to DJ anytime I need a rockin' DJ to keep the party going with just the right blend of music for all to enjoy.
DJ Complex Music ServicesDJ Complex Music Services
Margeaux A.
This DJ was fantastic and we will be using him for future events!
Moladic EntertainmentMoladic Entertainment
Sherry K.
Very responsive, accommodating and professional in my inquiry for DJ services.
Dj StormTrooper 421Dj StormTrooper 421
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ! Had an awesome time and would highly recommend!
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Chris a.
DJ Breez was very professional and courteous. He was quick to respond and was easy to work with.
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Clarence M.
DJ GUVENOR was amazing and working with Daniel was extremely easy and fun. HIGHLY recommended.
Perfect Event EntertainmentPerfect Event Entertainment
Ntshoko J.
DJ Big Ruff was a wonderful DJ to work with! He provided so provided us with a great package deal. He played what was requested and had an assistant who served as the MC for the evening, which was a plus. Thanks Orlando! Andre & Sho
Big Ruff Entertainment LLCBig Ruff Entertainment LLC
Meredith A.
DJ Bill was great! He was prompt and brought everything he needed for his DJ setup. He was flexible with our space and very pleasant to work with. There were a couple of technical difficulties during the event, but Bill fixed them promptly and professionally.
Dee Jay Bill Goolsby dba as DaddyDoRag DJ Produ...Dee Jay Bill Goolsby dba as DaddyDoRag DJ Produ...
Meg F.
DJ Storm Trooper helped us with our office Christmas party, they were great!
Dj StormTrooper 421Dj StormTrooper 421
Judy S.
DJ T-Nyce made our party so fun! I highly recommend him. He went above and beyond even helping us after the event was over. Everyone said they had a great time! We are grateful to DJ T-Nyce!
DJ T-NyceDJ T-Nyce
Ben C.
We have hired DJ BossLady for our wedding in February. So far, DJ BossLady has made planning a breeze, including specialized request links for our wedding website! We can’t wait to hear her skills in action on our Big Day.
DJ BossLadyDJ BossLady
Nicole G.
Definitely recommend DJ Nyce! He kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.
Dj Nyce Danger The EntertainerDj Nyce Danger The Entertainer
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Shannon was INCREDIBLE! We threw a going away party for my son who is leaving for college this week. I gave DJ Shannon very late notice about the party, yet he was flexible and eager to help me make this happen. His prices are more than fair. We have 30-40 teenagers between 15-19 years old and they all danced the night away. Several said he was the best DJ ever (pretty good considering all the school dances & parties they've attended with DJ's). Not only was he excellent at his job, he could not have been kinder! He interacted in such a positive way with both the adults and the teenagers. I am looking forward to my next big event so that I can hire him again. I truly won't ever consider any other DJ, I can't imagine anyone better. Thanks DJ Shannon for making my son's party and send off such a memorable one!
ShanSound Entertainment, LLCShanSound Entertainment, LLC
Chandler W.
DJ Sands played music for our office holiday party and did an excellent job! He was on time (early even), professional, and when something out of his control went wrong with his music, he was calm and had a quick solution that did not affect the part at all. He even played music during dinner without us asking him to! I would definitely recommend DJ Sands to anyone out there looking for a professional and friendly DJ.
Sands Mobile EntertainmentSands Mobile Entertainment
Allison B.
DJ Complex was very professional and did excellent job with music selection. He kept our guests on the floor and saw to it that people really enjoyed themselves. We had some confusion with initial setup but it was corrected in a professional manner. I look forward to working with DJ Complex in the future.
DJ Complex Music ServicesDJ Complex Music Services
Kasey O.
DJ Stormtrooper was amazing! We had the best time at our party. They managed all of our requests and made sure we didn’t worry so we could focus on having fun! Would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a DJ. Thank you so much for a memorable evening!
Dj StormTrooper 421Dj StormTrooper 421
Reeo E.
After dealing with four other DJ's, we decided to use Glory Productions. They started and ended very professional.
Glory Productions d/b/a Music UnlimitedGlory Productions d/b/a Music Unlimited
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