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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 Ashburn djs
Catherine B.
DJ B Folks was a pleasure to work with for my wedding celebration. He was on time and professional. Requesting music was as simple as a Google Doc. When I had a question, DJ B Folks responded within an hour. My guests and I had a blast dancing. DJ B Folks was a great announcer of the night's activities and we stayed on schedule! I would use his services for any event in the future that requires a DJ. I can't say enough about how smoothly everything went.
DJ B. FolksDJ B. Folks
Thumbtack Customer
DJ 4 hour party. Everything was perfect. Highly recommend .
Audio Sound Design  DJ and LightingAudio Sound Design DJ and Lighting
Ladavia J.
Charles was a fantastic DJ for our event. I really enjoyed working with him.
Lion Attitude EntertainmentLion Attitude Entertainment
Devan B.
Hired Lane to DJ our wedding and he was better than imagined. Lane was on time, went above and beyond, professional, and understood our vision for the day. Not only did we get a great DJ but the best MC possible. There is nothing this guy can accomplish
Lane DossLane Doss
Pam G.
If you are looking for a great DJ for your event, Shane did a great job foe us!!
Shane Griffin EntertainmentShane Griffin Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Michael was wonderful from the start and was very helpful with the wedding planning and great music selection. A great DJ and very nice Gentleman. Highly recommend
Wedding Music CharlestonWedding Music Charleston
Grace G.
I hired Ice Box DJ for my school semi formal, and he did an amazing job! I presented him with a challenge to integrate top hit music with shagging songs, and not only did he do this but he also had all the students dancing together and having fun. I strongly recommend his service if you are in need of an amazingly awesome terrific DJ :)
Ice Box Productions DJ ServiceIce Box Productions DJ Service
Michelle A.
Great DJ. Highly responsive, punctual, took all our random requests and stayed a little longer because everyone was having too much fun.
U N I Media ServicesU N I Media Services
Molly P.
Breez is a bundle of enthusiasm, which is obviously what makes him an awesome DJ! Can’t wait to meet you in person and watch you do your stuff! UPDATE!!! Breez took my song list, used it as a guide and came up with the most perfect stream of songs for our party!! Song after song was a hit and kept us dancing the entire time! You will get the best from Breez if you just let him do his thing! He is the only DJ I will ever use and recommend! Thank you for an amazing night Beeez! My body is sore from dancing and I’m hoarse from singing which means the DJ rocked it!!!!
DJ breezDJ breez
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Rique did a fantastic job DJing our sorority formal in Charleston! He's professional, prompt with communication, and picked music perfect for our event. Would definitely recommend!
DJ RIQUE: Music & KaraokeDJ RIQUE: Music & Karaoke
Robyn H.
DJ breez takes his business very seriously and was professional in all communications I had with him. He was quick in responses and willing to answer any questions I had. He is at the top of the list for future considerations!
DJ breezDJ breez
Clara B.
I cannot imagine my wedding being the same without Charlie as our DJ. His music selections were perfect and he knew how to get us moving. Thanks for helping make my wedding perfect!
Lion Attitude EntertainmentLion Attitude Entertainment
Kristin B.
This DJ was EXCELLENT to work with. He was very accommodating with last minute requests and professional through out the entire process. He stayed in constant communication every step of the way. I would 100% hire him and his staff again.
Yahaida s.
Where do I start Dj lion It’s amazing he showed up and showed out. My crazy long winded family which is no easy task. He felt with my drunk self n didn’t care I think he is one of the best Dj’s I’ve ever hired
Lion Attitude EntertainmentLion Attitude Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Art did an amazing job. We only gave him a week's notice due to the fact the other dj we had backed out, and he still gave the bride everything she asked for and more. I will use him again for ALL of our parties. Thank you so much Art!
Audio Sound Design  DJ and LightingAudio Sound Design DJ and Lighting
Thumbtack Customer
Would highly recommend. I booked for a large corporate Christmas party. Wasn't able to give Art much info prior to the event. He was able to "go with the flow", helped me get the evening flowing with little to no info about the party. We had several things going on at the same time. Casino, photo booth, drawings. Art was a HUGE help in getting the Staff to mingle. I didn't have a playlist for him, no info on what type of music. He easily picked up on the vibe of our Firm and kept the dance floor busier than any other MC/DJ we've used over the last 6 years. I've used well known, expensive DJ's & they didn't come near to the service level we received from Art. Audio Sound is extremely reasonable in cost, as well. I couldn't be happier with how the evening turned out. We'll be booking them for our next event & I'll be calling on them for my upcoming personal event. I'd be happy to give an email or phone call reference if anyone is in doubt on who to use for their occasion. Audio Sound can give my contact info. Ive been so disappointed in previous years, I took a chance. I picked them randomly on Thumbtack based on reviews. So happy I did! Thanks again, Art!
Audio Sound Design  DJ and LightingAudio Sound Design DJ and Lighting
Joy J.
This was my very first time using the thumbtack service. I was in search of a DJ and other services and decided to use this platform. Charlie of Lion Attitude Entertainment was the first to respond. When I spoke with him, he was very personable and made me feel comfortable. His pricing fit within my budge. Although we had to cancel our event in Charleston due to the corona virus, I did not know what to expect, but he was understanding and still very accommodating! That is why I am giving him 5 stars even though I did not have the opportunity to utilize his services!
Lion Attitude EntertainmentLion Attitude Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
We would like to give special thanks to DJ Art and his wife Lisa Dantzler for making our wedding day on October 18, 2014 a special and memorable day. They were fantastic for our wedding. Our wedding and reception were held at the same venue. He showed up three hours in advance, and had everything setup hours before our ceremony and reception started. Art used state of the art equipment; the sound and lighting were impeccable. The speakers that Art used were not overpowering, and the acoustics were excellent. Art made sure everything ran smoothly by making announcements throughout our reception. He played a variety of music that pleased all our guest of different ages and backgrounds. He really knew what he was doing. Art created a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for our wedding. We are so grateful that Art went above and beyond for our wedding! He and his wife are great people and fun to work with. Art was very affordable especially considering everything that he was willing to provide for our wedding. Art also sung and dedicated us a song that was soooooooo special and meaningful. We strongly recommend DJ Art for a wedding or special occasion. Thank you again Art and Lisa for creating special memories on our GREAT wedding day! Just like your slogan states “We make all your events unforgettable”. S & R Parker
Audio Sound Design  DJ and LightingAudio Sound Design DJ and Lighting
Thumbtack Customer
Lee did an excellent job as a DJ for our college's pregame tailgate party in Charleston. With over 350 in attendance tailgating, Lee played music that appealed to everyone - children, college students, faculty, staff, alumni, and elderly fans. At one point there was a large group that got up and danced several line dances - and they, too, were across the board in ages! He was pleasant, professional, could read our crowd well, played appropriate music, brought his own equipment and even provided a generator because we had no power in our lot. He was also able to stay within our budget. Lee Edwards Entertainment helped provide an exciting, game day atmosphere for a tailgate - thank you!!!
Lee Edwards EntertainmentLee Edwards Entertainment
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