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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.

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 Durham djs
Travis T.
Great experience with DJ Duke!
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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Wendy P.
DJ Stormtrooper did a wonderful job at my wedding. I received several complements on the music! Fun was had by all!
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Cassandra W.
DJ Smoove came through for my daughters celebration! We had constant jams for everyone in attendance and his professionalism was top tier!
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Thumbtack Customer
Mack was an awesome DJ for our 200+ person event. The Duke Engineering Masters program will definitely contact him for our next event. Great work.
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!!
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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.
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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.
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Thumbtack Customer
RiShawn was the DJ for my wife's birthday party and he did a great job. He was on time, professional, and played the type of music that we request. I will definitely use him for future events.
Rich EntertainmentRich Entertainment
Allison K.
We have a party every few months and Semaj was the best DJ we have ever had, hands down. We plan on booking him for every event we have in the future. My only regret is that we didn't find him sooner.
Live Action EventsLive Action Events
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.
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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.
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Daphne A.
Supreme Team, specifically Nigel Frank, was fantastic for our non-traditional, post-wedding reception! Everybody really enjoyed the music selections!! It was a pleasure to meet and work with Nigel -- everything was simple and easy and accommodating. We appreciate his down to earth demeanor, professionalism and the value of DJ services provided and we can't thank him enough for everything!
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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!
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Guoyi w.
Joey is really awesome. We had a good communication before wedding. He has all equipments so I don’t need to worry about it. We DIY our wedding without planner, but Joey did a lot thing to help us during wedding more than just a DJ. We really appreciate the help of Joey.
Joey's DJ ServiceJoey's DJ Service
Thumbtack Customer
Mike did an amazing job DJing our wedding! He made sure we stayed on our timeline and was incredible at his job. He played exactly the music we had in mind and is very organized. He did his homework when it came to specific songs and artists we liked, and did an amazing job when it came to dancing. He made finding and hiring a DJ the easiest part of the wedding planning process!
High Impact EntertainmentHigh Impact Entertainment
Kala N.
I did not have the best experience with DJ Tim. We spoke 2 days prior to my event and he said he would arrive at 11am for my event that started at 12. The day of the event he arrived at 11:50am and was barely set-up before the event began. Prior to the event he asked me about the rest of the payment, as well as, soon as he arrived (late) was asking me about payments instead of just getting set-up and we discuss the payment later. It did not leave the best taste in my mouth and made me feel as though he thought I was not going to pay him. We had great communication leading up to the event and I specifically let him know the type of music selection I wanted played at my event. My request were ignored and numerous times he played music I did not ask for. As well, I asked for clean music, as it was a family event and several times he did not play the clean versions of songs. Needless to say, I was overall not please with his services. He was very personable but I just think he wasn't a good fit for my event.
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