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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 Ithaca djs
Thumbtack Customer
My new wife and I absolutely have no regrets about working with Chris to DJ for our wedding reception! Even if he was just a decent DJ, pricing was reasonable. But he wasn't just decent, he was one of the best DJs (amateur or professional) that I've ever seen/heard. My crowd of > 100 agrees he knew exactly how to feel the crowd and how throw a well-thought-out party! A great reception requires great communication between DJ and the bridal party -- that's exactly what Chris was able to do. On top of that, Chris is a very approachable, respectable person and it was absolutely enjoyable to work with him. All-in-all, I HIGHLY recommend him.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob was awesome. He played great music for the whole night and listened to requests when they were good. Many of our guests complemented how good of a DJ we had. Wouldn't have done anything differently. Thanks Bob!!
Elephant Sound, Inc.Elephant Sound, Inc.
Daisy S.
We had Matt DJ for our sorority formal, and every single person said it was the best formal experience they’ve had. Everyone was dancing, as the song choices were excellent. I gave him a playlist of songs to choose from, and he categorized them into different genres and spun them into an amazing night!!
Sound Entertainment DJsSound Entertainment DJs
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was by far the best Dj we have ever met. He was so friendly and helpful. We met several times and he was always prepared. He walked us through every step. The day of the wedding he worked well with us to keep the crowd going. After months of setting a schedule he was willing to change at the last minute to accommodate the mothers. We would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Thumbtack Customer
Chris did a truly outstanding job at our July 2015 wedding in Ithaca. He was exceptionally professional and organized throughout the whole wedding planning period and wedding reception, even Skyping with us as we planned the event from California. He's also a talented DJ and MC who kept our reception events on schedule and got everybody dancing. We're really grateful to have found him and would highly recommend!
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Chris without ever meeting him and I'm so glad I did. Planning an out-of-town wedding was tricky, but Chris made sure everything at the reception went smoothly. He paid attention to every detail and followed through on every request we made. All of our guests still rave about how great he did at our reception. He kept everything flowing and kept the guests on the dance floor all night. I don't think you can find a better DJ!
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