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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
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel played the jams for us during our wedding reception. He kept the entire crowd entertained, and provided us a mic to have some fun with. DJ Kidd Green is the guy you want to DJ your next event.
DJ Kidd Green Music ServicesDJ Kidd Green Music Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ, very professional and provided great entertainment for our charity event!
Beats Per HourBeats Per Hour
Tammi G.
The crowd lived him for my NYE party. He will be my go to DJ!
DJKBDJKB
Thumbtack Customer
Very easy to work with. Great communication. I highly recommend DJ Don Raymond.
DJ Don RaymondDJ Don Raymond
Jessica H.
Excellent DJ! Very professional and responsive. Would highly recommend and will book again for future events.
DJKBDJKB
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Don is the Man!!! We will refer him in the future to our friends and will use him again at our parties.
DJ Don RaymondDJ Don Raymond
Kyle M.
Has to be one of the best DJs in the Nashville area. Great guy, easy to work with, friendly and had a great playlist. Would definitely recommend him!
DJKBDJKB
Alisha B.
Exquizit Mobile DJ service was more like a luxury experience from a one man show. He was extremely professional, responsive to every email, the value is unbelievable, and he was early to the event. He even helped set up the event when we need help..lol. His music was more than we imagined. We gave him a playlist and he hit on the spot and added even more based on her taste and the crowd. He had every up to date piece of equipment, microphone, lights, etc. WE will never hire another DJ as long as he is available. OUTSTANDING DJ! WE LOVED HIM!
Exquizit Mobile Dj ServiceExquizit Mobile Dj Service
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Don Raymond and the other DJ that was helping him did an excellent job at my wedding; by far exceeded all the expectations I had. They played anything and everything, the music selection is no joke! When he promised that he would have a packed dance floor I was unsure, but he definitely delivered. Very professional and his rates are undoubtedly the most reasonable and budget-friendly that I could find.
DJ Don RaymondDJ Don Raymond
Leon T.
I can think of many “Great “ things to say about DJ Maq! He really know his music and crowd! They didn’t want his to stop! The Dj saved my party through the tough elements we were up against...lol! Call on him for your small to large events! I thoroughly recommend! We can’t wait to request his service again and again! P. Mike!!!
DJ MAQ ENTERTAINMENTDJ MAQ ENTERTAINMENT
Steve C.
DJ MAQ Stayed in contact the whole time prior to my upcoming event. He was on time and the crowd loved my 50th Birthday 70's Funk Party.
DJ MAQ ENTERTAINMENTDJ MAQ ENTERTAINMENT
Thumbtack Customer
Fabulous DJ. He came early. Set up perfectly. Played what we asked and improvised some based on the crowd. Everyone danced the night away and we had a ball. I unconditionally and very very highly recommend him. I have worked with a lot of DJs but none of this caliber. Some as talented as Ken usually have a chip on their shoulder. He was so down to earth and receptive and skilled, it made for a wonderful evening!!
DJKBDJKB
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Don And Ms. Ping were excellent!! Great interaction with my guest, I loved their show. I would use them again and tell friends about hem also. Kristen Bradley
DJ Don RaymondDJ Don Raymond
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Swagrito was a great addition to our new years house party. He made the experience for our guest entertaining and fun. People were dancing all night. We will hire Derrell again in the future.
Derrell Swagrito Vaughn DJDerrell Swagrito Vaughn DJ
Jordan M.
DJ Kidd Green did amazing at my wedding! He played exactly what we wanted; took requests & provided all the announcements! Super impressed! Will definitely use him again for upcoming events!
DJ Kidd Green Music ServicesDJ Kidd Green Music Services
Thumbtack Customer
We couldn't have been happier with the services DJKB provided us. He was on time, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, and far exceeded other dj's I've hired for other events that we have hosted as a non-profit. He played a lot of Prince, which was a great tribute to him after his death. Our crowd had nothing but wonderful things to say, and I don't think it could have gone any better than it did. He will now be our official Nashville VisionWalk DJ. Thanks Kenny!
DJKBDJKB
Shell K.
DJ Don and his wife were amazing for our corporate event! Really brought the party to us :) Very professional and kind. The photos at the end was the cherry on the cake! Thank you and we will keep them in mind for next time!
DJ Don RaymondDJ Don Raymond
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Raymond did both my wedding ceremony and reception. He did a fantastic job! I gave him a playlist and he also worked other songs in. Very pleased! I would definitely recommend him.
DJ Don RaymondDJ Don Raymond
Thumbtack Customer
Hired for a birthday party. Called and said they would be an hour late, not a good start. They did show up and provided all services requested. DJ and Photobooth. It took several days to get the photos. For the price it all worked out.
Go DJs EntertainmentGo DJs Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
My god if I had to describe my experience with Derrell AKA Swagrito I'd say EPIC, not only was he an outstanding DJ he was energetic, danced with the crowd, got my wedding party off their seats and moving!!!!! An Awesome Awesome Awesome guy!!!
Derrell Swagrito Vaughn DJDerrell Swagrito Vaughn DJ
Jerrica V.
DJ K was amazing to work with, he was incredibly responsive and also very engaged with what this group was looking for. Above that, he was VERY excited about his equipment and gear and incredibly flexible around how to play our walk up music for award winners.
DJKBDJKB
Kii F.
Josh was great! So easy to work with. Our DJ cancelled just a few weeks before our event and luckily, Josh came thru for us! Our staff had nothing but great things to say and he was extremely flexible with our program. Hope to work with him again!!!
Josh EdwardsJosh Edwards
Cory I.
Todd helped me out last minute after my DJ backed out a couple days before my event. He was friendly, on time, and easy to work with. I will definitely be using him again for all of my future events. His music choices were great!
Stretch EntertainmentStretch Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Martell Curd is as advertised and more , Martell was a real professional and worked with us and our request, This was a Community Block Party and Martell was awesome.. We have a couple up coming events and will be making Martell a prat of those and will be sharing our experience with everyone who wants a DJ who can make it happen. Thanks Martell!
Go DJs EntertainmentGo DJs Entertainment
Maureen R.
My daughter's wedding is coming up in June 2019, and Josh seemed like the perfect fit for our DJ... We can't really speak for the work quality yet, but he's been responsive and very professional with a pleasant attitude over the phone. We're confidant that he will make this one super fun event!! We'll comment more after the wedding!
Josh EdwardsJosh Edwards
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