Your guide to wedding DJs

We've helped 216 customers hire a wedding DJ in the past year.

Planning checklist

Prepare for success by getting started now.
6 months before: Prepare lists and budget
  • Make a list of the songs that absolutely have to be played during your wedding.
  • Get an idea of the budget that you have to spend on music. Remember that food, beverages and venue rental tend to be more expensive.
5–6 months before: Check samples
  • Interview a variety of DJs. Ask about their musical style.
  • Check to see if they include setup and breakdown fees in their pricing. Get a few quotes and see who is available for your wedding date.
  • Ask each DJ to provide you with a sample of their work. You may be able to peek in at a wedding service, or check out a party where the DJ is working.
  • Ensure that the DJ can act as the emcee if you need one. Check to see if the DJ is familiar with ethnic or specialty songs.
  • Ask what type of music is played during breaks. Find out if band members and instruments are included in the fees.
  • Check to make sure all speakers, microphones, and lighting additions are included in the fee for your wedding date.
  • Check to see if the DJ has worked at your wedding venue and understands the acoustics. Walk through the venue if possible.
3–4 months before: Make selection
  • Choose a wedding DJ and place a deposit for the wedding date.
  • In general, a deposit is anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of the entire service fee.
1–3 months before: Confirm playlist
  • Ask for help choosing songs that blend well with your venue, wedding style and taste.
  • Remember that the DJ is a professional and is working to make your day spectacular.

Cost calculator

Find out the average cost for projects similar to yours.

{[{ pricing.estimation }]}

{[{ pricing.estimationDescription }]}

Something went wrong. Give it another try.

Try again

Related guides

We help customers complete projects across 1,000 different categories. Explore these guides related to wedding djs.