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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.

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 Cranston djs
Carrie C.
Great DJ! Played everything we asked for, was great with the crowd of people we had. Would highly recommend and book again!
Big Bill EntertainmentBig Bill Entertainment
Jennifer S.
If I could give 10 stars I would. The music was everything I wanted it to be and made my wedding perfect. He was so flexible with our last minute changes and played all of our requested songs. His music choices were on point and all of my guests are asking about him. 10/10 recommend and I know who to go to next time I need a dj!
Your Way Entertainment and ProductionsYour Way Entertainment and Productions
Akilah A.
I am really not sure where to start but WOW. Everyone had such a good time on the dance floor. The DJ had such great energy and really made an effort to make everyone laugh and made my wedding night special. I have ZERO complaints and I don’t think it could’ve been anymore perfect. I am so happy I booked my wedding day with Big Bill Entertainment. Just WOW. Punctual, professional, and quality. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Great job!!!!
Big Bill EntertainmentBig Bill Entertainment
Jessica F.
Andy arrived 1 hour ahead of party start. He was professional and so was his equipment and set up. Our party room backed another party but we never heard any of them thanks to Andy! This was a sweet 16, so kids take a while to get dancing, but Andy did amazing at reading the crowd and played music to get everyone dancing! My daughter has been to a bunch of sweet 16 party’s the last 2 years and she said Andy was the best DJ of any of them. She was so happy, which is most important! Thank you so much! Highly recommended by us!
DJ ATM (Andy)DJ ATM (Andy)
Jacki L.
To say I'm disappointed in my DJ choice would be an understatement. When we initially met with Ed, we were very excited to hire him as the DJ for our wedding and my fiance even thought we might not be paying enough. This feeling lasted until the final payment was due and I began to get texts and an email or two regarding the payment being due in two weeks.. Not a big deal until I told him it would be paid on time and that I was just waiting on some stuff before sending the payment... I mean, I had 14 days still. Well - he was going away and would be back before it was due but was still asking for it. It was like he needed the $ to pay for his vacation... understanding, I let that go. We met at the venue a couple weeks before our wedding and he reintroduced himself to my fiance, also named Ed as if he never met him which I found a bit odd. I was asked to send everything 60 days before the wedding which I did and when we met, he initially said he was waiting for me to send everything still (wrong) and all of the stuff we discussed in the initial meeting was asked this time as if we didn't already talk about it. I let all of this go until the night of the rehearsal when I received a text asking to call his voicemail and leave a message as to AGAIN how to pronounce the last names of people in the wedding party. Sent that over to him and the next day got a phone call wishing me good luck and telling me it was going to be a wonderful day which I thought was really nice. Fast forward to the ceremony... the music that I so diligently put together for my ceremony got all mixed up and the song that I was supposed to walk down to which was special to my father and I was played for the bridesmaids instead which is unacceptable. So - I walked down to the song that was supposed to be for the bridesmaids which was clearly noted on the spreadsheet I was asked to fill out and send to him. After my husband and I were pronounced, the recessional song was late because someone apparently tripped over the cord and something got unplugged. The two of us were just standing there waiting for a song... I let that aspect go because it clearly wasn't his fault... but I will not let the mixed up songs for the ceremony go. He tried to tell me that no one noticed unless they knew (that's not the point) and made it a point to make an apology speech in the middle of speeches at the reception. I appreciated the apology but it was not for the whole wedding to hear and it doesn't change what happened. He didn't play all the must play songs... I know that for a fact even though he keeps trying to tell me he did... I was in the room the entire time the music was playing. Just very, very disappointed. There's more but it's just not even worth it. Word of advice... never make excuses for why something was wrong by saying how many meetings you've had between me and someone else. That's not my problem and you should treat each couple as the "only" couple. Also saying that people said thank you and took your card doesn't necessarily mean they took it to book you. Could be more professional. To add on to Ed's response.... The guests having complaints had nothing to do with the stop time. It had to do with the awkward apology speech he made, saying no to songs that weren't on the "do not play list", the fact that he hit play and just walked away... spent 50 minutes eating, etc. ... also... to say I was drinking and mingling and not hearing the music is inaccurate because I didn't drink that night and am a music person who was waiting to hear all the songs I requested.
Lighthouse Productions RILighthouse Productions RI
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