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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 Bowie djs
Thumbtack Customer
I had a surprise for my 50th Wedding Anniversary!! The DJ was GREAT!! The DJ played a wide range of songs that fit all ages that came. The DJ did a wonderful time in getting people on the dance floor. I would totally recommend the photo booth!! I was a hit. He assistant was nice in helping the people take their pictures!! The DJ was just OUTSTANDING in every way!!
Entertainment with Class DJ's and  CR Photo BoothsEntertainment with Class DJ's and CR Photo Booths
Kendra S.
DJ is very professional and responsive. Gre
DJ Stacc3DJ Stacc3
Folashade D.
DJ Disko was awesome! From planning to execution, DJ Disko made my birthday party a huge success. He asked about my favorite music but also "did his thing" and gave my party the rock star treatment! I highly recommend DJ Disko and plan to include his services again and again!
DJ DiskoDJ Disko
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure working with DJ-Jigga-C Would definitely call him for future events!
DJ Jigga-C EntertainmentDJ Jigga-C Entertainment
Nicholas N.
I hired DJ Greg G to DJ my sister’s backyard “COVID” wedding. He showed up an hour before the wedding started, set up and was ready to go before guests arrived. DJ Greg G’s skill and experience were on display the entire wedding. He did every single thing extremely well, including some MC work. He felt the vibe of the guests and played music accordingly. Everybody absolutely loved him. The wedding would not have been as fun and memorable if we had not hired DJ Greg G. I’m so thankful he was part of my sister’s big day!
DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)
Thumbtack Customer
A true professional!! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed DJ TreySwift's skills at my husband's surprise birthday party. His music selection was on point! I gave him a few artists my husband liked and he nailed it!!! We absolutely enjoyed the party. Thanks DJ TreySwift...we had a ball!
TRIPLE M PRODUXCIANS pres DJ TREYSWIFT!TRIPLE M PRODUXCIANS pres DJ TREYSWIFT!
Quenesha M.
He was perfect for my wedding I’m glad I worked with him and his team. I would recommend him over any DJ.
Ultimate OccasionsUltimate Occasions
Thumbtack Customer
Good not have selected a better DJ for my party. Mr. Dennis was here earlier and stayed late. He made the party a true 80's house party. I had 20 plus text message this morning from friends and family who attended, and all indicated they had a blast, and the DJ was off the hook.....thanks dude...I will definitely use you again.
Servant of Sound DJsServant of Sound DJs
Thumbtack Customer
You know the DJ is bumping when folks at the party asking where you find the DJ...that kid is nice. It was a pleasure working with Warren, he was prompt, very professional, and stayed as long as we needed him to be there. He started taking request from the guest and had every song requested. I will certainly use him again and high recommend his top notch service.
Beyond A Dream ProductionsBeyond A Dream Productions
Joseph F.
DJ Cam was a blessing to our wedding! He helped manage the ebb and flow of the night and kept the party rockin until it was time to leave! Highly recommended for your event and a pretty chill dude to boot!
A to Z DJ’s, Mirror Photo Booth and Real DJsA to Z DJ’s, Mirror Photo Booth and Real DJs
Nikki P.
Nice range of music, wonderful mix ins start to finish of song, with new and old music. Nicely done, Excellent job, Danced so much, is what a lot of my guess said about the DJ.
Servant of Sound DJsServant of Sound DJs
Thumbtack Customer
Maurice was perfect for my granddaughter 13th birthday party, in Denton, Md. He always was easy to contact and would get back to me ASAP . Our theme was a swanky night club, Maurice had asked for a list of songs, due to their age Maurice kept it clean. Her and several friends wish a do over, they had so much fun. I recommend Maurice DJ services. Thank you for making my granddaughters 13th birthday perfect and her guests had lots of fun.
Covenant Child ProductionsCovenant Child Productions
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