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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.

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 Rutherford djs
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I absolutely recommend DJ Vybe and had to write a review because reading through his reviews is what made me make the choice to hire him for my wedding. He was the consummate professional and honestly made planning my wedding so much easier. He was the least stressful part of the whole event! From my first contact with him, he was incredibly professional and easy to talk to. He contacted me when he said he would, and returned my calls immediately. He was very flexible and able to work with me when there were little unforeseen changes here and there. A couple weeks before the wedding when I was beginning to feel overwhelmed, he e-mailed me a detailed outline of the entire wedding from the ceremony to the end of the reception, with specific timeframes and his speaking parts. I was floored. Without being asked, he finished the most daunting task I felt I had left ahead of me. When I commented on this he noted that I was not hiring just a DJ but a "master of ceremonies." What can I say, this guy is top notch. The day of, at the very last minute, I noticed an error in my plan. We had a simple backyard wedding so no table numbers were needed. However, I realized that upon announcing dinner there would be a mad rush for food and I panicked and talked to DJ Vybe. He took it upon himself to not only make the dinner announcement, but to let everyone know that he would be calling tables to eat, and he personally coordinated the whole thing - walking to each table when it was their turn and inviting them to make their way to the food. I was so impressed, and so relieved. He had told me a couple days before, "I've got your back," and he most certainly did. He played every song we had requested beforehand and was able to play songs my guests requested on the spot. At the end of the night, he closed with a beautiful Irish song my family adored, because we are a big Irish group. It made our night! Thank you DJ Vybe for helping me with everything and making my wedding everything I had hoped it would be. I sincerely appreciate everything that you did for us. I highly recommend DJ Vybe to anyone looking to hire an absolute professional for their event. He is worth every penny.
Ranked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪comRanked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪com
Cynthia s.
From the day I called to inquire about services to the very end of the party, I was blown away with the professionalism, experience, and quality of work that was rendered. We had a very diverse invite list for the wedding, hence very eclectic requests on our music playlist, but all was so seamlessly incorporated to make everyone dance and have a beautiful time. That was our goal! I would recommend Dace Entertainment to any one looking for a DJ!
Dace EntertainmentDace Entertainment
Angelina T.
I decided on DJ AL based on over 150 reviews and 4.9 star rating. We messaged on thumbtack, text message and one phone call to go over party details and get a contract signed well over two months before my daughter’s Sweet 16. The day of the party I sent him a text about the entrance song and that’s when he informed me via text that he sending one of his DJs that begged him for the party. I was unaware that I was working with more than one person and that was never mentioned. He then called me and assured me that he would be as good as him. Well from the experience, he did not play any song requests, the music was loud and he was asked to lower it numerous times and he did not. He also played in appropriate music for a Sweet 16 such as “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. Cmon!!! I contemplated on leaving a review for a week now and I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else. This is not how business should be done and you should be fully transparent with clients from the start!!
Sonya A.
I would recommend the DJ to learn how to smooth his music tracks. During my entrance I choose a song that I felt was described on how I felt and he stated in front of the crowd the it was " street music". This is a doctorate party and I am not street, I am a descent person. And I did not ask for your opinion about the song I requested. I clearly gave you songs that I wanted and you did not provide it. Plus you was late to my party and that was a huge dissapointment. I had to write this review because I would not want anyone to experience the tragedy I experienced with you. When people asked to provide other music you stated that you did not have them, therefore you need to attend a couples of concerts and maybe clubs and listen to what is popular. I wish you all the best.
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