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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 Fairfax djs
Marcia G.
Amazing experience with DJ Nate! Awesome communication prior to and during the event. I would definitely recommend Blendmasters DJ!
Blendmasters DJ ServicesBlendmasters DJ Services
Yolanda R.
DJ Greg was a Gem! He was very attentive to our needs and the quality of his work was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed his playlist and danced the night away. I would definitely recommend DJ Greg to anyone looking for a bomb DJ!!!!
DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)
Kara B.
Larryoke Karaoke and DJ services was the perfect DJ for our daughters 16th birthday party! He was great to work with from the first conversation through to the end of the party! The chance to Karaoke was a huge hit as well!
Larryoke Karaoke & DJ Services LLCLarryoke Karaoke & DJ Services LLC
Jaswanth P.
Hired them for a proposal part last year and the DJ was inexperienced and terrible.
Good VibrationsGood Vibrations
Thumbtack Customer
Great DJ! So sweet & nice and plays the beat music-anything you could ask for!! (:
Beth H.
DJ Smooth was awesome. He played all the hits and kept us on the dancefloor all night.
Smooth Sailing Entertainment.Smooth Sailing Entertainment.
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot say enough about how wonderful Floyd's DJ services was! They were professional, paid attention to detail, kept the party live and got involved with the crowd. My husband threw me a 40th birthday party and they really added to the specialness of my celebration. Everyone commented on how wonderful the music was and they accommodated guests requests as well as my special requests. To top it all off, I had an all green affair and they had beautiful green up lights for me and the DJs wore green too. I thought that was so nice and thoughtful to dress the part. At the end of the night both DJs engaged in nice conversation with my husband and I as they were breaking down their equipment. I was well pleased with their service and am going to recommend them for another event later in the year. If you need a DJ, go with Floyd's DJ service. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Floyds DJ Services, LLCFloyds DJ Services, LLC
Pamela W.
I loved working with DJ Tabasco for my son’s Bar Mitzvah. He made the event fun for both the kids and the adults. The top priority for my son and I was to have a DJ who was not loud, obnoxious and controlling. DJ Tabasco was none of those things and our guests were dancing and playing games (even some adults were playing Coke or Pepsi). He provided great prizes that were really unique (even some adults were hoping to win the cool prizes). Lastly, the music was not too loud. It was at the perfect level that is great for a party but people can still carry on a conversation. DJ Tabasco and his team were wonderful and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Tabasko EntertainmentTabasko Entertainment
Linda B.
HIRE DJ 'ZO FOR YOUR NEXT GIG!!!!! She responded quickly to any questions I had via email. She was so punctual, that she actually got to the site before I did! She worked in any requests for songs the guests had (even the bizarre songs!), treated the Birthday Girl like a Queen, and was a great MC as well as a DJ.
DJ 'ZoDJ 'Zo
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Wah-Heed served as DJ and emcee at our school fun fair and was phenomenal. We booked him on short notice and he came totally prepared and even brought some extra equipment to help us out with other needs. He tailored the music selection perfectly for our audience and was extraordinarily pleasant to work with. He will definitely be our go to person for future events!!
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Max t.
DJChild was an amazing dj who kept the party going and was incredibly professional the entire time. My wedding would not have been the same without him!
DJC AudioDJC Audio
Kathie N.
Hired for a work holiday party. The DJ was excellent. Had a great selection of music to meet everyone's requests. Will definitely use them for next years party!
Good VibrationsGood Vibrations
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Trey did an excellent job at our event, which was a 50th birthday party. He came early to set up, and was very professional. Thanks so much!
Jonathan B.
DJ Sha The Goddess was phenomenal! She was extremely professional and accommodating! She played the list of requested songs I gave her and kept the party going! I highly recommend!
DJ Sha The GoddessDJ Sha The Goddess
Michelle C.
DJ Tabasko was WONDERFUL! We are so grateful for his service and his kindness. He truly made out wedding a fun event. He took the time out to meet with us before the wedding to make sure he understood our interests and musical taste. It was a true pleasure having him DJ our wedding and we plan to use him for any future events and recommend him to all of our friends and family. THANK YOU!
Tabasko EntertainmentTabasko Entertainment
Genesis R.
DJ Wah-heed was great! He arrived early to set up and communicate. He played great music and engaged the audience really well! We will definitely use him again.
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Ryan K.
We had an amazing time with DJ Wah-Heed! From the beginning, he was incredibly responsive to emails and answered all of our questions. We had a very detailed document with song requests/instructions, and during the wedding reception, he followed through with each of our requests! He is incredibly professional, responsive, and most of all, knows how to make the wedding guests have a great time. I would recommend DJ Wah-Heed for any partying occasion.
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Annie F.
He was such a great dj! We had him for a Halloween party and all the guest absolutely loved him! He had a great way of mixing songs together and transitioning into new ones. Highly recommend!
DJ Topedo & Co.DJ Topedo & Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome, was very punctual and provided a very memorable evening!! Would definitely hire again. Very good dj met out evey request. Entire transaction was smooth and seamless. Good luck to you Terrance
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Teddy was completely prepared to DJ our wedding ceremony and reception on 8/31/13. Even though we didn't have a chance to meet up in person ahead of time, he worked with us to understand what music we wanted (or didn't want) played. He made it very easy to communicate via phone and email, and even did his own wedding venue site survey to make sure he knew where he'd be setting up on the day of the wedding. He was accommodating to our special requests with cordless microphones, speakers, and even had to change his set up location in between ceremony and reception. He played music for the dancing that the guests all enjoyed. He went above and beyond with some awesome lighting. On top of everything, he even took some candid photos of the wedding! I would definitely Teddy as a professional, responsible, dependable DJ for your events!
DJ Teddy507DJ Teddy507
Thumbtack Customer
Slabe (Karl Stallknecht) was absolutely fabulous! Karl was SO courteous, so professional, so on time, and his quality was tip-top as well, plus his prices were much more reasonable than other DJ's we looked into; we were so glad we hired Slable and would recommend them (and actually already have!) to anyone desiring a top-notch DJ with a great price to-boot! I will add he also did a wonderful job orchestrating and serving as MC for the reception, he really made the whole process easy, well done Karl!
Pulse EntertainmentPulse Entertainment
Farid A.
Look I don't want to brag, but this is the best DJ I have hired period! We all meet people in our lives who we connect with and this is one of them, he asked the right questions and delivered on his promise to keep the party flowing. What makes him different then most DJs is his ability to adapt in any environment their was a lot of things going on with other services for this event and he blended in well. I can honestly say I will be hiring him again in the near future, this is a kid that will do big things one day keep an eye on him.
DJ MorriscodeDJ Morriscode
Katie K.
You did such an amazing job. Thank you so much for making our reception so fun! You played the perfect songs & our guests loved you! I got so many compliments on the DJ & Photo booth. 100% recommend!
Bugsy's Mobile Beats, LLCBugsy's Mobile Beats, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I worked with Terrance this weekend for my sorority's formal. Lemme just say that he is an AMAZING DJ. People continuously complimented the music being played during the event, even saying that it was the best formal we have had because the music was so great. He was so understanding with the people who were there, even though they were a bunch of intoxicated 21 year olds. I am definitely going to be asking him to DJ our Semi Formal in November. I highly recommend Terrance to work any event because he is very professional, on time, respectful, and has a wonderful taste in music!
Brenda T.
Good Vibrations’ DJs were professional and flawless with their delivery of our song list and creating a wonderful atmosphere for our guests. I highly recommend them for future jobs and would absolutely use them again. It was a wonderful event and they contributed largely to that. Thank you!
Good VibrationsGood Vibrations
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