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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
Julie C.
Always a good time with this DJ!
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Lyda L.
Josh is a great DJ and is able to entertain any party!
Joshwayy ProductionsJoshwayy Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with DJ Milk was wonderful. Great state of the art equipment. We wanted a Black Light Theme - we got that and some! Very professional and customer service driven! Everyone danced and celebrated all night long! Thank you Gearhart! Everyone will remember this event thanks to your Professional DJ services! We will definitely use your services again and again! DJ Milk Rocks the Party!
DJMilkMusicDJMilkMusic
Jessalynn P.
Used this Dj for two years now at our Children’s Christmas Party ! He does a great job !
Wendell ' DJ Dub T' ThomasWendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Purd Man was excellent! He was able to go above and beyond to make my wedding a success. All of my guests enjoyed the reception and are still talking about my wedding today. He is also very affordable and accommodating. He is truly an outstanding DJ and provides exceptional service.
Purd Man EntertainmentPurd Man Entertainment
Kelly G.
We hired DJ Dub T based on reviews on Thumbtack. If I could give a 6-star review for his service, I would! Our staff had a great time, the music was wonderful, DJ played requests, incorporated our frequent raffles and games into his set, and was super fun! He is highly recommended.
Wendell ' DJ Dub T' ThomasWendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas
Thumbtack Customer
He's the best dj ever and I would recommend him to everyone I know. Thanks again djmilk. Your the greatest 😘
DJMilkMusicDJMilkMusic
Laura D.
Amazing!!! He saved the day for our wedding. We had some major issues with our original DJ and he was thankfully available. He was on time, did exactly what we wanted, kept people dancing. We got compliments all night about how great our DJ was. I would 100% recommend using him!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Wiley R.
My wife and I booked DJ Rank1 for our wedding on November 8, 2019. Before making our decision as to who to hire as our DJ, we met with DJ Rank1 and his wife Tess. Let me tell you that this married couple are dynamic and so professional. Tess was on her game with the structure of how the reception would go (keep in mind we only needed their services for the reception; however, they are willing and able to do the music for a ceremony if need be). After my fiancé (now my wife) met with them our decision was easy! We hired them and couldn’t be more happy with the choice. DJ Rank1 knows his music! His mixes and runs into the next song are amazing! Tess was our MC and kept the crowd dancing until it was time to clean up and leave the venue we were at. We didn’t just meet a great DJ/MC tandem. We met a wonderful couple who we will remain friends with long after our wedding. We thank God for them!! Tess and Mark, you guys will be doing our next party whatever that may be in the future. To all the readers that are deciding on who to hire for your next function! Hire DJ Rank1, I’ll put my name and reputation on the line.
DJRank1 ProductionsDJRank1 Productions
Charina C.
I had a great time with DJ Stallion. My party was a blast, his music is the best. He made my birthday a memorable one.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Francisco was an amazing DJ. He was very accomodating to our needs. I would book him again for future events. Great job Francisco!
DJ FMDJ FM
Cell A.
I booked a DJ for a music showcase who canceled out a week before my event. I got in contacted DJ Lyon Head, Wow not only was he easy to work with, but also a great MC. When he wore his lion mask, it kept the "wall flowers" giggling and loose enough to join in the event. I am glad I found em.
DJ Lyon HeadDJ Lyon Head
Yolanda A.
Yolanda Arellano Retirement Party - June 24, 2021 I hired DJ Alex for my retirement party, he was so punctual came so early to get ready in preparation for my party, he is more than excited ,very professional,he played all my requested songs/music ,keep the dance floor busy making each one joyfully dancing ,keeping the flow alive throughout the party.He is an awesome MCC, I highly recommend him .I will hire him again on my next event.Thank you DJ Alex for making my party an amazing one .Great Job DJ Alex.
MCC-Master Of Ceremonies & CelebrationsMCC-Master Of Ceremonies & Celebrations
Shannon M.
Wendell is a great DJ. He had all the right music and knew what to play to get people to the dance floor. We will certainly use him again in the future.
Wendell ' DJ Dub T' ThomasWendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas
Sarah M.
Such a good find! DJ FM really kept everyone on the dance floor the whole night at our wedding! Everything turned out great and he was so accommodating on such short notice.
DJ FMDJ FM
Janelle R.
DJ FM did a fantastic job with getting everybody out on the dance floor for our wedding. All of our guests really seemed to enjoy the music and effects such as the lighting and smoke machine!
DJ FMDJ FM
Thumbtack Customer
The DJ was very good. We were pleased with the turnout and participation and song list. He was prompt with setup and takedown and brought all the fun extras: light etc. Thanks Muzz Productions!!!
Muzz ProductionsMuzz Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Marvelous! Brian was our DJ for a 50th High School Reunion. He was without question the ultimate DJ in that he was ready before the event started, he played music that fit perfectly for our era and spiced it up with some relatively current toe-tapping tunes. He was pleasantly flexible as well as comfortable and fun to work with. He was very good with and smoothly worked well with relatively difficult individuals. I would not hesitate to call on him first and exclusively for any event. Larre Borel
Photobooth by Morel EventsPhotobooth by Morel Events
Jean L.
Hands down the best Dj u will ever find. Profesional, punctual, and so much fun to work with. Thank you so much for all your hard work. People, look no further. Hire him! U won't regret it.
MCC-Master Of Ceremonies & CelebrationsMCC-Master Of Ceremonies & Celebrations
Thumbtack Customer
Brian did a wonderrful job. He added lots of extras and had the best customer service we could ask for. Many of our guests specifically told me how fun our DJ was. I highly recommend Brian!
Photobooth by Morel EventsPhotobooth by Morel Events
Thumbtack Customer
Well organized, came early, and played great music. I coordinate events and plan dances , but my DJ had to cancel, so Matt came for my 50th. I was nervous, but I did not have to be because he was prepared. Set up was perfect! He brought lights and a fog machine which my guests lived...made us feel young. Matt is reserved in a great way since I wanted it to be about the music. He played my song choices and took requests from my guests. I am very pleased. Matt is a great DJ!! Thanks Matt.
Infinity Sound & LightingInfinity Sound & Lighting
Maria M.
A big thank you to DJ FM for keeping our wedding guests on the dance floor all night! I especially appreciated how down to earth and responsive he was throughout the whole process. He was a great MC, had an awesome set up and was great to work with. I would definitely recommend!
DJ FMDJ FM
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Memo was spectacular. Guillermo really understood our goals and vision for the event. He kept the pace we needed and provided the extra energy to draw everyone to the dance floor. Very well organized and a great communicator. I would definitely recommend them as well as use them for our other events.
DJ Memo EntertainmentDJ Memo Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
"I hired George to DJ at my wedding and he was excellent! He was on time and very professional and I would definitely recommend him. I also liked using Thumbtack. It was quick and easy and I didn't have to do a lot of searching because the estimates came right to me. They have a good system!"
Junglemann Entertainment DJ ServicesJunglemann Entertainment DJ Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ; his music choices were right on for our High School Reunion theme. He is a fantastic performer, sang many songs for us, not just playing CD's. His personality is very pleasant & respectful, our committee was pleased & we had guests ask for contact information! We recommend him & his services as A+!!
Bill Pence MusicBill Pence Music
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