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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
Brittany T.
I hired DJ B. Folks for my wedding in Rock Hill, SC. DJ B. Folks was a great DJ and MC. He took the time to learn my wedding parties name and his song choices really kept the crowd on the dance floor. He was so kind and professional but at the same time felt like family. He made us laugh and directed the crowd for dinner, and MC’d all aspects of the reception. He is definitely the BEST choice to DJ you weddings/parties.
DJ B. FolksDJ B. Folks
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Sammy Sammz was great! He definitely knows what he's doing.
DJ Sammy SammzDJ Sammy Sammz
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Sammy Sammz did an amazing job! He played great music and even engaged the crowd! We cannot wait for our next event so we can ask DJ Sammy Sammz to come back, if he is not already booked!
DJ Sammy SammzDJ Sammy Sammz
Thumbtack Customer
DJ A Rock was a true professional, and made sure he was dressed for our intimate occasion (some DJ's miss that). The music was live, and all of our guests said he was great! At the end of the day, if your DJ can create memorable moments at your wedding, they have become a necessity to your special day. He was worth every penny, and when you're paying for your own wedding, that aspect is VITAL! Thank you, sir!
Keep It A Secret Entertainment LLCKeep It A Secret Entertainment LLC
Penelope R.
Dj prime was amazing, he downloaded all the songs I asked for and kept me dancing all night. We had so much fun and we plan on hiring him again. He’s very chill and makes sure that everything you want, he can make happen. I’ll recommend him to anyone who needs a dj.
Dj Prime (SC)Dj Prime (SC)
Thumbtack Customer
We had two Christmas events and DJ Chucky B did a wonderful job for both events. I would definitely recommend him and will be reaching back out to him when we have more events. Thank you so much DJ chucky B for your wonderful service everyone had a great time and enjoyed the music!!
Whirl-A-Way Sounds Dj & Event EntertainmentWhirl-A-Way Sounds Dj & Event Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Grant was the best DJ we could have asked for. Not only was he punctual, he has a great personality! He interactedwith the kids and got them involved so there was no one left out even the adults.!! If I ever need another DJ he would be the first person I call and the only person I would recomend. He was worth every penny!
SMS Productions Professional Disc Jockey ServiceSMS Productions Professional Disc Jockey Service
Kelsi C.
DJ Rod did an excellent job of providing the songs we requested, got the timing just right, and kept the guests happy and dancing, young and old!
DJ RodDJ Rod
Thumbtack Customer
My husband had me a surprise birthday...and this DJ was awesome ..the setting from the lights to all the different of music Iove to hear from 90s to present he had everything now that's my type of DJ to set off any party thank you so much everyone even stated that the music was great... We will see you again thanks...in the up coming New Year 2015...
Keep It A Secret Entertainment LLCKeep It A Secret Entertainment LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jimi is by far one of the best DJ's around! He took our short song list and expanded it into an evening of fun, laughter, and lots of dancing. He and his wife are extremely professional and do everything to make your day as special as possible. They get the crowd involved during group dances and he is an excellent emcee. I would highly recommend Jimi for anyone looking for an honest, hard-working DJ that works endlessly to make sure everything is right!
DJ BonesDJ Bones
Donna W.
The students at our home school spring formal had a blast. The DJ was interactive and completely flexible. The music choices kept the kids dancing all night. They've already asked if we can have Generation Sound back next year!
Generation SoundGeneration Sound
Maggie T.
I manage a fitness facility and chose Music in Moetion to DJ for our two evening classes and for our one year party. He was on time, played the entire time, and played very good mixes that kept our members engaged throughout the night!
Music in MoetionMusic in Moetion
Thumbtack Customer
Michael was our DJ forour wedding and did an excellent job! He was very professional and everyone had a GREAT time during the reception. We were married outside in the same venue as our reception and he provided our ceremony music as well. We gave him a list of songs for our ceremony which was timed perfectly. We also gave him a list of songs we liked and a list that we preferred not to play during the reception and he followed that diligently. I can't imagine having another DJ for our wedding and would highly recommend him for a wedding or any event!!
High Impact EntertainmentHigh Impact Entertainment
Samantha M.
My sorority used this company for our Semi Formal event at the end of the semester. Working with them was super easy and everyone enjoyed the event! There was never a time when people weren't on the dance floor, and people were talking about the DJ for days afterwards! I highly recommend!!
Reach ProductionsReach Productions
Caitlin C.
Jeff was the DJ for our wedding and he was awesome! He was able to make some last minute changes for me and showed up and set everything up way ahead of time. He was very professional and played what we wanted but also catered to how the audience was responding. I would definitely recommend him!
Karaoke CommanderKaraoke Commander
Thumbtack Customer
Two words: Hire Mike. I'm big on reviews. That is how I selected Mike to DJ our wedding. He really is/does everything that everyone had listed before me. He goes above and beyond for you as a bride, for you as a couple, and for your guests. Mike helped me put together a recording of me singing the first song that my husband and I danced to. It was a surprise for him as most the guests knew what was about to happen. Mike was excellent in orchestrating this. To my complete surprise, my Matron of honor had also recorded something that she played during her toast. A rap to the tune of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song specially made about how Giles and I met. While we were dancing later that evening, (which Mike kept the party going through his DJing skills) he remixed her version into the original theme song!!! How awesome. I highly, highly recommend Mike to DJ your event. You will not be sorry!!!
High Impact EntertainmentHigh Impact Entertainment
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