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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
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Cito was good. He's got the feel on the audience's music preference. Communication with DJ Cito was easy. He follows through either with text or email right away. He makes sure that the songs and music of our choice are available.
DJ Cito-CDJ Cito-C
Thumbtack Customer
DJ BurnHeart was on time and prepared. He played a wide range of music. DJ BurnHeart also was $100 less than our nearest thumbtack quote and was responsive to all of our questions. Would highly recommend him. Get high quality service at an affordable rate.
Scott Bernhardt EventsScott Bernhardt Events
Thumbtack Customer
Dj Charlie was great at our wedding. He was able to read the crowd and had the dance floor busy all night. He was also able to quickly improvise when things did not go according to plan. Dj Charlie offers a great value for his services, is friendly and bilingual.
Charlie Wedding Dj/Photo Booth/Bilingual MCCharlie Wedding Dj/Photo Booth/Bilingual MC
Thumbtack Customer
Dj. Vallas had my house jamming at my costume party. I would recommend him to everyone AWZOME experience.
DJ VallasDJ Vallas
Shane R.
Amanda was awesome, 100% would have her DJ an event again. Very professional, flexible and receptive to our needs. Thanks Amanda!
DJ Amanda B.DJ Amanda B.
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Mevan Fernando (DJ N'Sane) was an outstanding DJ for our holiday party this weekend! He was thoroughly professional and organized during the quote and retention process. He arrived earlier than anyone else and was all set up and ready to go well beforehand. His energy seemed very high. His appearance was very sharp and well dressed and he blended perfectly into our group event. His song repertoire was perfect, as well as his excellent music mixing abilities. The volume and light holiday music which played throughout the 5-hour evening was perfect. He even provided wireless microphones and accommodated our three employee skit shows which all gave him specific music to play--and everything came off perfectly!! We will use him again anytime we can and I highly recommend him for anyone who needs a DJ for any event, corporate or otherwise. He is extremely polite and was a great pleasure to work with!! If anyone has any further questions I would be happy to answer them. Thank you DJ Mevan Fernando!!
Thumbtack Customer
absolutely Top notch, created own mid 1990s list of songs and hit it out of the park w/ every tune and transition - was completely easy to work with... Rock on, DJ Lon!
DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)
Veronica Y.
DJ Chris was hired for my daughters Sweet 16. After reading the reviews on here I felt good about brining him on. After speaking with him and going over details I was beyond excited to book him right away. I will say he DELIVERED beyond my expectations. From working with last minute changes, not one, not two but a lot. He was Patient with me and quick to act and rearrange things. He was definitely a crowd pleaser. My guest could not stop raving about the DJ and how everything turned out great from start to finish. We were extremely pleased on how well DJ Chris communicated with the crowed. His presentation was beautiful and his mix of music was smooth from song to song. He Took request with no problems and read the crowd like no other. Music was on point and there was not one duel moment. The dance floor stood packed from start to finish and that’s exactly what we wanted. We will definitely book him for our next event. You can not go wrong with hiring him. Trust me. :)
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Vallas was excellent! He took time to hear our needs for our Teen Extravaganza event, assuring us that only the most hip, youth-friendly, yet appropriate music would be played (trendy but without the cursing, derogatory language, etc.). He did well to go-with-the-flow, taking cues from the Event Coordinator, and surpassed our expectations with professionalism and quality service. Thank you! We plan on using him in the future.
DJ VallasDJ Vallas
Adriana R.
DJ LON was fantastic. Our neighborhood block party was so fun and his music definitely added the mood to the festivities. After a short time playing, he caught the right music mood of our age 40-50's audience. Later when teens came out, he adjusted to them too and got them dancing. I loved his laid back personality and I will hire him again and again not just for our neighborhood block parties but for my daughter's school events too.
DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)DJ Lon Lee (My contact is in the profile picture.)
Thumbtack Customer
Michael at Get DJ Services is one of the best DJ’s I’ve ever hired. My Husband and I hired him for our wedding ceremony and reception. Let me just say that from begging to end and even the morning after our wedding, Michael was there to assist and guide us every step of the way. He weighed in on equipment rentals, where we could save money and offered input on other areas of my wedding planning that proved to be invaluable. I explained to him that our guests were a very diverse group and he nailed the play lists, getting everyone, young and old out on the dance floor for a wonderful and fun filled evening. His expertise with suggested ceremony music, lighting and timeline were right on point. This guy comes with the whole package, bringing everything that was necessary to make a great day. No hidden fees, great pricing, and super easy to work with. He even was at the venue early the next morning overseeing the equipment rental pick-up…going above and beyond his scope of duties. I would happily refer him to anyone needing a D.J. with superior client skills and expert knowledge. I will definitely be calling him in the future for other events where I need great music and true professionalism. Thanks so much for making our day so special Michael! Ingrid and Joe Dale
Temecula DJTemecula DJ
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