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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 Rochester djs
Jessica M.
Awesome dj ! Went above and beyond for our wedding ! Highly recommend !
Sound Entertainment DJsSound Entertainment DJs
Barbara K.
Matt at Sound Entertainment DJ's is awesome! We couldn't have chosen a better DJ for my birthday party. He played everything off of our play list plus anything that a guest requested. We will definitely recommend Matt and Sound Entertainment DJ's to our family and friends for their parties in the future. Matt made my birthday a fun and memorable occasion for me and all my guests!
Sound Entertainment DJsSound Entertainment DJs
Kurt V.
Working with Kevin was very easy. He is very flexible, professional and clearly experienced as a DJ to make a party move along well.
Truelife SoundsTruelife Sounds
Ashley A.
DJ Matt was a great addition to our library program! He got our patrons dancing and went above and beyond our expectations!
Sound Entertainment DJsSound Entertainment DJs
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience from start to finish, Jess was in contact immediately and was very accommodating to all requests. Great set list, couldn't ask for a better DJ for your event.
Jessica M.
Allen was great!! He is very professional and his prices are responsible!! He DJ my wedding for 6 hrs and everyone danced the whole time!! Would definitely recommend
Baby Boomer BoxBaby Boomer Box
Haliegh H.
Absolutely amazing ! Will be calling him for any of our DJ needs! So happy with the way he coordinated and handled our entire wedding from start to finish. Thank you!
Gemini SoundGemini Sound
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Sam directly from Thumbtack. I had spoken with a few other DJ's and did not get the same feeling I had when speaking to Sam. Our wedding was also being planned from another state and needless to say everything went flawless. DJ Gemini had a thorough spreadsheet and he followed what we asked for to a T and then some! He had everything down to a science and ensured he had all of the information 10 times over. There were some songs (like during cake cutting) we couldn't think of and he was quick on his feet to give us some GREAT suggestions. His suggestions were so good that we went with it and it was a success! Not only did Sam provide music, he also provided up-lighting and it absolutely made the place look stunning (he has a bunch of colors and we went with purple). We got married in a very gray looking place and the purple lighting made the world of a difference! On the day of our wedding the music was INCREDIBLE. Our family and friends couldn't stop raving about how great the music was. Sam read the crowd and blended his music like a REAL DJ. We had a few songs that cleared the dance floor and he immediately blended to another song to fill it back up. There are a lot of "hoaky" and "corny" DJ's out there for weddings and Sam is not one of them. He was professional at all times, even when we had him announce the best man in the most hysterical way (I can't even write it here)! I even had glow sticks, he handed them out like a champ and played along to our humor! I would recommend DJ Gemini Sound to absolutely anyone! If you are looking for a professional, REAL DJ, infinite music list, VERY good with reading a crowd, thorough in advanced (for the bride that is a planner), and simply an overall amazing DJ.... you can't go wrong with hiring them!!!!!!!!
Gemini SoundGemini Sound
Maria A.
Absolutely amazing! Dj Sam, was so professional he helped on so many levels from start to finish, he even coordinate with the venue and made every moment perfect. The music couldn't have been any more perfect he knew when to play the perfect salsa, merengue, or bachata for the older crowd and the modern music for my younger crowd..he knew when to do everything so I could enjoy every minute of my wedding, thank you so much Mr Garcia and I will never forget this day and promise you'll always be my first pick for a DJ !!!
Gemini SoundGemini Sound
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ! We had a wonderful time he had a great sense of what to play and when! The dance floor was always full! Our party had people Ranging in age from their 20's to 80's and everyone had a great time! Great sound and light system!
Gemini SoundGemini Sound
Taylor S.
We Had Kevin DJ for our wedding and he did an amazing job! He was so flexible, and incredibly easy to work with. He kept the party going all night, and the dance floor was never empty! The music and lighting were so great, and everything was so amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to trust with the job!
Truelife SoundsTruelife Sounds
Phillande P.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Kevin. We can't express how thankful we were for everything he put into making our day the most memorable. He went above and beyond in ensuring everything was as we wanted it. He even took up last minute role of being our Master of Ceremony as our initial choice was unable to. Thank you so much! You were awesome. Not to mention how beautiful he incorporated a very nice mix of Jamaican songs with hip hop, soca and the works. The crowd was pumped the music was awesome and we choose the best DJ ever! Everything was perfect! Thank you so much for everything. We definitely will be recommending Truelife Sounds to everyone who needs a DJ. Hands down the best choice. Sign: Mr & Mrs Gray
Truelife SoundsTruelife Sounds
Laurie W.
Kevin was an amazing DJ for our party. He played the music that we wanted and kept the party going strong until the very last song. He added to the party , was extremely professional. Just the right amount of talk ! Honestly, all night long I had people asking me where we had found Truelife Sounds , because everyone agreed he was the best! I would strongly recommend him to anyone who wants their event to be a success.
Truelife SoundsTruelife Sounds
Brianna G.
I wish I could give 5 final stars! Sam from Gemini was the absolute perfect choice for a dj for my wedding! He accommodated every single thing I asked of him! Even though many of them were difficult! He played a central role in realizing my vision for my wedding! Thank you Sam, a better job could not have been done by anyone! Thank you for being so easy to work with and all your knowledge and experience because without you, my ceremony and reception would have been a scrambled mess! :) You were a lifesaver! Gemini sound is hands down the way to go! You cannot go wrong!
Gemini SoundGemini Sound
Thumbtack Customer
Sam did such an incredible job for our event! He listened to what our theme was and NAILED IT! Our company hosted a Great Gatsby themed party. Sam emailed me a week before the event to confirm details, showed up two hours early to set up the lighting & make sure that everything was perfect, and had the music going before our start time to encourage guests to come into the space. It looked gorgeous! After a couple of hours he switched the music up to something our group could dance and let loose to. He was flexible with requests, announcements, and overall did such a spectacular job. We couldn’t have had a more perfect DJ for our event. We look forward to working with Sam again in the future!
Gemini SoundGemini Sound
Dan V.
No matter what I say it won’t give Matt enough credit for the outstanding job he did, he really made our wedding day a success, we had no idea what we were doing, he did an amazing job of guiding us through what we needed to do and pulling it off flawlessly. He was entertaining all night and really made our wedding day amazing if your looking for a DJ for any kind of event I wouldn’t look any further! Especially a wedding! His fee was extremely reasonable. I would expect to pay twice as much for the level of service I received. This guy is the real deal. I will definitely be hiring him again in the future when the need arises. Thank you so much for everything you did Matt
Sound Entertainment DJsSound Entertainment DJs
Thumbtack Customer
Jessica was hired to DJ our company Holiday party. Jessica was awesome! She was on time and her setup was perfect, no ugly cords showing and very pretty lights. Jessica is a beautiful young lady and she very professional. Her song lists were on point and she had everyone dancing all night long. We have a very diverse cultural team and she was very good at incorporating the music from their countries and fitting it in seamlessly. She is very friendly and everyone was very comfortable with her. We had to ask her to stay a couple extra hours, which she graciously agreed to do, as our guest were having such a good time we couldn't get them off the dance floor. I would definitely hire her again, again, and again for any event and truly hope to work with her in the future. Thank you Jessica, you rocked us! Rose C. Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing
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