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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.

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.

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. 

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?
Reviews for Durham djs
Travis T.
Great experience with DJ Duke!
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Gales was an outstanding asset to the reception vibe. All of our guests loved him and his music selection and many people who I had never thought I would see dance, danced the whole night. We would highly recommend DJ Gales to anyone! If you want a DJ who is professional, fun, and has great taste in music, We recommend DJ Gales without hesitation!
DJ TravGalesDJ TravGales
Amanda B.
DJ Breeze is very professional and was extremely responsive. His team not only provides DJ services but also video production. He was polite, checked in about the event and was so positive
DJ breezDJ breez
Lynn H.
Excellent dj. Made all feel relaxed and welcome. Our party was small but he could have handled one for hundreds. Will definitely call him again if I need a dj!
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Robert S.
Great DJs--really got the kids into the event. Music selection was great and lights were cool too. I've been to a lot of college events with DJs and these guys were definitely the best. We will definitely be hiring them again in the future.
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Jacob K.
DJ Stormtrooper is amazing! They kept our wedding timeline on schedule and provided a great mix that kept our guests on the dance floor. I simply cannot say enough good things about DJ Stormtrooper. I recommend them to everyone.
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Miriam M.
DJ Jam was AMAZING!!! From the initial interaction was professional, punctual and personable! Extremely talented and easy to work with. Great selection of music!!! Was so good we extended our original time slot!!! Party was a huge success because of him! Thank you DJ Jam!!!
DJ JamxliVeDJ JamxliVe
Jamica W.
DJ Smoove was awesome to work with! He was responsive to text messages and phone calls. The day of our event, he set up early and was playing music as our guests entered. He was very professional and I will definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ, especially for a corporate event.
Dj SmooveDj Smoove
Wendy P.
DJ Stormtrooper did a wonderful job at my wedding. I received several complements on the music! Fun was had by all!
Dj StormTrooper 421Dj StormTrooper 421
Cassandra W.
DJ Smoove came through for my daughters celebration! We had constant jams for everyone in attendance and his professionalism was top tier!
Dj SmooveDj Smoove
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Travis Gales was the DJ for my wedding recently. He was very professional and responsive with communication. He made sure that he knew what music we did and didn't want played and that he had all the details right for MCing the reception. He got people out on the dance floor and made sure everyone was dancing. We were very happy with him!
DJ TravGalesDJ TravGales
Yazmyne B.
We love having him as our DJ !!! Brought so much positive energy and was such a great time. Would definitely recommend over and over again!!
Tru Masters Digital EntertainmentTru Masters Digital Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Smoove Vibez to DJ my son's 16th birthday party. Jerrett offered a competitive quote and even included some upgraded lighting at a discount. He was extremely professional staying in touch by phone and text right up to the event. On the day of the event the DJ arrived early for set up. Had a great selection of music and had the kids dancing all night long! Excellent and professional service.
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Lea R.
DJ breez, has literally been a breeze to work with! The process of chatting about our needs and getting the dates finalized and scheduled was seamless! He also has a selfie station that I know our club members are going to be thrilled with! I can already tell he really cares about his work and making sure everything will go smoothly! Looking forward to years of working with DJ breez!
DJ breezDJ breez
Crystal P.
DJ Big Ruff played at my family reunion All White Afterparty in July 2017. He was able to accommodate all of my advance requests, as well as any requests from onsite guests (he was extremely flexible). Music selection was great and he really played to the crowd, which is hard to do when your guests range from teenagers to elders. He even had my 83 year old uncle on the dance floor! DJ Big Ruff is very professional... he checked in with me weekly leading up to the event and he had brand new equipment. I would highly recommend this DJ if you are in the Triangle area!!
Big Ruff Entertainment LLCBig Ruff Entertainment LLC
Meghan B.
Dj Jaypee did an amazing job at our wedding. He was very responsive and answered all my questions in a promptly matter. He is professional and went with the flow. He played good music and had the crowd engaged. He even went on the dance floor to show some moves. I highly recommend using Dj Jaypee for your event. We will definitely use him again if the need arises. Thank you again.
DJ JaypeeDJ Jaypee
Brian L.
Anthony was great. Set the perfect tone for my wife’s surprise 40th birthday party, was responsive to my suggested playlist, and had a great speaker/DJ setup. Will definitely hire again!
Partyrobics Production PromotionsPartyrobics Production Promotions
Jennifer H.
I love DJ breeze. So professional and such a sweetheart. I highly recommend him for your next party and event. He was easy to work with and definitely will work with him again in the future.
DJ breezDJ breez
Mary M.
DJ Smoove was great for our school dance! he played appropriate songs that appealed to. wide range of our school’s demographics. He was so easy to work with and I hope to use him again!
Dj SmooveDj Smoove
Melissa O.
Dj Complex was exactly what my wedding needed. I gave him free reign to make my wedding the Carribean American mash-up that it was and he did not disappoint. My family is still raving about the time they had. I will be recommending him.
DJ Complex Music ServicesDJ Complex Music Services
Otis E.
Tim did an absolutely amazing job at our wedding! Not only was he professional but he also went above and beyond creating a mix for our Mother of the Groom & Groom dance. If we EVER need a DJ in the future, we will definitely choose Tru Masters!!!
Tru Masters Digital EntertainmentTru Masters Digital Entertainment
Towanna T.
DJ Smoove showed up early and stayed later when the party ran over it’s original time! He was amazing from start to finish with playing to the crowd and keeping everybody moving on the dance floor. Will definitely be using him again at our future functions.
Dj SmooveDj Smoove
Valerie E.
Everyone loved the music and DJ Big Ruff did an amazing job. He was punctual, very responsive and followed up with me before the event to make sure he played the right songs. It was a stress-free experience with amazing results. I would work with him again and again.
Big Ruff Entertainment LLCBig Ruff Entertainment LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mike went above and beyond to make sure my reception was special! He knew every song we thought of and knew how to make things flow perfectly during the reception! He was very professional and friendly while helping make the planning easy and carefree! He is easily the best DJ I have ever worked with.
High Impact EntertainmentHigh Impact Entertainment
Danila D.
As Corporate Events Supervisor at RTP, I absolutely recommend DJ JamxliVe. He was absolutely great and did a fantastic job entertaining our Tenants. He was very responsive, reliable, professional and kind. We will definitely use his services in the near future. JamxliVe - thank you again on behalf of my whole team at the Research Triangle Park!
DJ JamxliVeDJ JamxliVe
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