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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 Poughkeepsie djs
Rick L.
DJ did a great job of working with us with music selection.
Ranked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪comRanked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪com
Thumbtack Customer
Dj Vybe is untouchable! Dude kills it from start to finish. Mc's and keeps everyone moving and having fun. He took our info and scripted the whole thing and everyone loved it. Going back to 93 ...DJ Vybe is the illest!
Ranked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪comRanked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪com
Thumbtack Customer
Carl Dayton was the DJ/MC for our wedding. We were very specific about what type of music we wanted played and he followed that. He helped everything flow smoothly, from introductions, to the dances, to the cake cutting. I was just able to enjoy the reception, not having to worry about those details. So glad he was our DJ!
Carl Dayton EntertainmentCarl Dayton Entertainment
Crystal L.
I love working with DJ Vybe! He offers his advice when needed and always works with you to make sure the day is the best!
Ranked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪comRanked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪com
Linda H.
DJ Vybe was excellent. It took us three years to hold our reunion as we had to reschedule twice due to Covid. DJ Vybe stayed with us the whole time and kept in touch. Our ‘70s decade reunion finally happened October 8th, 2022. DJ Vybe was a complete professional; he showed up on time, was quick to set up, played all the songs we requested, and helped keep us on schedule. He was superb at putting a playlist together, kept the volume at a comfortable level so people could communicate with ease and he is a super nice guy. The feedback was that our classmates felt like they were magically transported back in time. We even had party crashers from other events in the building who wanted to dance to our music. Thank you DJ Vybe 💕 We plan to do this again in five years and can’t think of doing it without you.
Ranked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪comRanked 1 of America's Top DJs / RealDJVybe▪com
Andrea H.
DJ Allan did an outstanding job at my son's wedding. Prior to the event, he was very accessible. He responded promptly to my inquiry and all follow up requests. He worked closely with my son and his fiance to customize their playlist, which included a wide variety of music. DJ Allan read the energy of the crowd and kept the party going all afternoon and evening. Our guests really enjoyed the event, and the music really complimented every aspect of the day. The volume was perfect, and the colorful lights added a fun touch to the dance floor. DJ Allan was professional, courteous, and I highly recommend his services! Thank you !!
Jen and Alex L.
We hired Thomas from Your Way Entertainment to serve as a DJ and a MC for our wedding on May 27, 2018. Overall, we were very pleased with how Thomas did his job. He is a professional and approaches event planning with thought and care. Thomas helped us with wedding song selection and played most of the songs we had requested. He worked well with all wedding vendors, including the officiant and the photographer/videographer. His services were reasonably priced and he was a pleasure to work with both before and throughout the wedding. We highly recommend him as a DJ/MC for any type of event.
Your Way Entertainment and ProductionsYour Way Entertainment and Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Mike and the rest of A-1 Entertainment were a pleasure to work with, straightforward and down-to-earth. Johnny was our wedding DJ, and he was a welcome presence at our reception (40-50 people). He was responsive to the tone of the room, and a nice guy to boot! Would definitely recommend.
A-1 Entertainment ConsultantsA-1 Entertainment Consultants
Ana M.
Thank you so much for being professional and communicating with us every step of the way. The party was amazing, everyone was commenting on how awesome our DJ was. This was my daughter’s 17th birthday, every single person got up and danced. My daughter only sat down once to eat. Very highly recommended.
ESE Event EntertainmentESE Event Entertainment
Geraldine B.
DJ Mikey was awesome! He professional and his music was fantastic. He took request from my guest and he followed the timeline and helped with making everything flow that day! Perfect and we will hire him again. My guest including my husband LOVED your music choices 😊. Everyone was dancing 💃 Fantastic! Thank you for a great time!
5Star DJ Alliance5Star DJ Alliance
Paula i.
The dj was so amazing...from our first conversation...until the last dance he was detail oriented, stayed in touch, and provided the best entertainment for our event. My Mom was so impressed by the music, the quality, and the entire event that was made possible due to this company. I highly recommend this company. I will hire you for alll my events. You made me and my family feel like your family. Thank you so much for your priceless service. I give u two thumbs up and I am recommending you to everyone around. Wow. What a night. Thank you.
Elite Gold DJ ServicesElite Gold DJ Services
Kara Z.
Thomas DJ'd my wedding last month and I am extremely happy I hired him!! His punctuality was impressive and his love for DJing is apparent in his work. He did much than just DJ and MC everything, he listened to me (even if I decided to change something last minute), he listened to feedback from the wedding guests, he would constantly monitor the crowd to make sure everyone was enjoying the songs that were being played - and if they weren't he would adjust everything accordingly. That's a true MC!! He works quickly and efficiently, he has a great personality and everyone loved him for it.
Your Way Entertainment and ProductionsYour Way Entertainment and Productions
Anesha N.
Tony was very professional and helpful. We had a party for our 13 year old twins and he was able to entertain them with games and song request. What was most professional was his communication and thoughtfulness in finding ways to help me find ways to keep the children busy. His voice was perfect and he kept the party going non-stop for about 50 hyper-active teens. I will be using this DJ for my events over the summer... he comes to your home with the very best equipment and lighting. You will no be disappointed. I was a little nervous just because we are inviting strangers into our homes. However, seeing that this business had a lot of reviews I felt comfortable. I am so happy!!!
Tony D's EnterprisesTony D's Enterprises
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