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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 Portland djs
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Avalanche, or as we at my school know him, DJ Denmark is the DJ who we get requests for the most from my students. He has done over a dozen dances for our school and always puts out a great show. Hire him and you will not regret it!
DJ Avelanche/Bridgecity MusicDJ Avelanche/Bridgecity Music
Cheryl c.
We had a blast! Brandon is an awesome DJ! I like when DJ interacts with the guests in a fun way. He played all our requests!❤️
Julius The PRofit (DJ Services)Julius The PRofit (DJ Services)
Polly Z.
As an event professional I've worked with a LOT of DJ's over 20 + years in the business. DJ Myrie stands out for his INCREDIBLE music and live DJ skills. He knew how to read the room and play to the audience while retaining his own vibes and style to professional DJ perfection that is not easy to find. His friendly positive attitude at the party, and his professionalism shows through every aspect of booking DJ Myrie. He showed up early for set-up, and had everyone at my party dancing ALL NIGHT and raving about the music. Highly recommend DJ Myrie for any party that needs good music and good vibes. Will def be working with him again for future events.
Trevaun Myrie aka DJ MyrieTrevaun Myrie aka DJ Myrie
Barry N.
Great DJ, very professional and fun. Easy to work with and coordinate logistics
Dj Shingi - Dj and Photobooth ServicesDj Shingi - Dj and Photobooth Services
Mick D.
DJ Suave was terrific. Showed up on time and did a nice job.
DJ Suave Wedding DJ, Karaoke, Corporate EventDJ Suave Wedding DJ, Karaoke, Corporate Event
Thumbtack Customer
AMAZING!!!!! DJ Avelanche was with us for four days during our stores grand opening weekend and grand opening party. We could not have asked for a better DJ or nicer guy to be apart of our events. Thanks Denmark!!!
DJ Avelanche/Bridgecity MusicDJ Avelanche/Bridgecity Music
Alexandra S.
David was an amazing DJ! He not only did wonderfully at my wedding he helped me organize my music choices and made sure everything was fun and flowed perfectly!! i highly recommend him as a DJ to any event.
A Family Friendly DJ, LLC.A Family Friendly DJ, LLC.
Gracie G.
I could not be more thrilled with DJ McCale as our wedding DJ and emcee. I had about a million questions, specifications, and ideas throughout the process of working with him and he was responsive, kind and collaborative throughout. He was willing to work with a relatively firm set of songs we shared but popped in some of his own ideas at our wedding as well and he truly interpreted our exact musical tastes with his customizations. We got a ton of compliments on the energy level and music at our wedding and DJ McCale made that happen! Thank you, DJ McCale — you’re an awesome person and a true pro!
Cascadia SoundsCascadia Sounds
Amber M.
I was fortunate enough to have a DJ for my grandmas birthday party and DJ Freez’em did not disappoint!!! I would 100% recommend and I definitely book with again! Thank you again for your music, great energy, and punctuality! Everything was much appreciated.
Frozen ProductionFrozen Production
Alisha L.
A great DJ for your portland area wedding. He took our requests and always was responsive.
Dj Shingi - Dj and Photobooth ServicesDj Shingi - Dj and Photobooth Services
Vernette W.
DJ McCabe was the best he played a lots of 90's jams for my son's 30th birthday party for our awesome throwback 90's party 8/12/17 people started putting in requests songs & DJ McCabe was the best he played a lots of good hits so people was having lots of fun dancing. Thanks so much for the great sounds and if I give another event I will make sure you be the first DJ I will have to call on cause I know that I will get a 💯 on the rating of good music from the best DJ McCabe, all my guests were very pleased with the music and everyone was giving good reviews on the DJ. Thanks so much everything was just great💯👍🤗🎉🎉🎉
Cascadia SoundsCascadia Sounds
Lisa H.
Rick is the absolute best, I will recommend him to anyone I know that is getting married or in need of a DJ.
RJ Mobile MusicRJ Mobile Music
Thumbtack Customer
Rick is the kindest and most flexible DJ I've worked with. It was truly a pleasure to have him play at our wedding.
RJ Mobile MusicRJ Mobile Music
Kerry B.
DJ Avelanche was hired for my son's celebration of life. He was professional, punctual, had a great personality, and played to the crowd like you would expect a pro to do. This was my first time hiring a DJ and he exceeded my expectations. I would hire him again and highly recommend him.
DJ Avelanche/Bridgecity MusicDJ Avelanche/Bridgecity Music
Sean r.
DJ Rick was great to have at our wedding. Not only being early to the party to set up, he was able to get the party moving along.
RJ Mobile MusicRJ Mobile Music
Stephanie R.
DJ Lewis has quick response time and accepts feedback very well. He was very good at reading the crowd and was able to adapt. Pictures aren’t great but his lighting and overall dj setup was amazing and even pitched in with some extra lighting we were missing. Overall I’m very satisfied with his service and hope to hire him again for our next party.
The Fire DJsThe Fire DJs
Caroline C.
DJ McCale was the perfect DJ for our wedding! We have a lot of older friends and relatives who love to dance, as well as a (much younger) group of friends who also love to dance. We were looking for someone who could simultaneously keep them all on the dance floor, and he did just that! The dance floor was packed with people of all ages the whole night. He was very easy to communicate with, even as I went back and forth on a few decisions. We highly recommend that you hire DJ McCale for your event. Whether you’re looking for oldies or new hits, I know he can do the job!
Cascadia SoundsCascadia Sounds
Alexis M.
Amazing DJ! Made sure that we were on the same page and that everything moved as smoothly as possible. Definitely made me feel less stressed on the big day.
A Family Friendly DJ, LLC.A Family Friendly DJ, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
David Child was the DJ for our wedding reception and did a fantastic job. He gets very specific information for your event - what you want and don't want and is great at following through with that. Everyone at the wedding had a great time with excellent music. He gives great suggestions if you need ideas for your event as well. I would most definitely recommend David to anyone looking for a DJ.
A Family Friendly DJ, LLC.A Family Friendly DJ, LLC.
Megan c.
Brandon was so amazing the entire time during our wedding! From hitting all our requests to coming up with song ideas on the spot, he was the best dj we have worked with! His equipment was great and music quality was perfect. We could not have asked for a better person to dj our special day. Thank you again Brandon! We will be asking for your services for ALL our future events 🙂
Julius The PRofit (DJ Services)Julius The PRofit (DJ Services)
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Avelanche provided professional services during our 11th Annual Reaching Millions Conference, we had a super fantastic time. Loved the music selections. Over the top service!
DJ Avelanche/Bridgecity MusicDJ Avelanche/Bridgecity Music
Paula R.
Rick is awesome! Very responsive, punctual, and listened very closely to what we like and don’t like. I highly recommend him to anybody who wants a great DJ for a reasonable price!
RJ Mobile MusicRJ Mobile Music
Scott A.
Absolutely the greatest DJ in the country! Rick not only knows music but was significant in the amazing time our friends and family experienced at our wedding. 5 stars isn't enough. Rick is a 10 star!!!
RJ Mobile MusicRJ Mobile Music
Ian F.
Having Jess DJ our party was better than I could have hoped for. Our attendees gave 100% rave reviews. I feel very fortunate to have found her.
Jess the RipperJess the Ripper
Caroline H.
Digital Hitz delivered good work quality. My questions were answered in a very short period of time and the DJ was excellent. Our New Year’s party was a blast and everyone enjoyed the music.
Digital HitzDigital Hitz
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