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Congratulations on your upcoming celebration! If you're in the midst of choosing whether you want a guitarist or string quartet for your ceremony music and a live band or a DJ for your reception, we're here to help. The entertainment at your wedding will set the tone for the event, so make the right decision for you!
One of the main decisions you'll make regarding your wedding music is the choice of a live wedding band or DJ. If you have a larger budget, a band is a wonderful choice as the high energy of live music will ensure your friends and family stay on the dance floor all night long. It's essentially a miniature concert for you and your loved ones! That being said, choosing a DJ for your wedding reception offers convenience and flexibility to listen to a wide range of songs throughout the night. If you and your future spouse like a mix of different genres, the more complete catalogue of a DJ will be appealing.
Since there is typically only one person involved with a DJ, hiring a DJ is often less expensive than live bands for weddings and events. If you're limited on space at your venue, it's also important to mention that a DJ set up doesn't take up as much space or need a full stage. Of course, there are exceptions – some DJs may charge more than bands in your area, so do your research!
Depending on your area, the cost of wedding bands and DJs can differ greatly. A DJ may charge a few hundred dollars or even a few thousand dollars, and bands may charge a thousand dollars or tens of thousands of dollars. Generally the cost will go up for bands depending on how large it is – three-piece or five-piece bands will cost much less than a large group with a horn section, for example. Request quotes and read reviews for your favorite entertainment professionals and musicians to make the right choice for you to have the best wedding of all time.
For many couples, the most important vendor to hire for the reception is the entertainment. In fact, if you want your wedding party and guests to dance all night, the music is what really brings the party to a wedding – even the transition from the wedding ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception can make a difference in the overall feel of the event.
Before beginning to interview vendors, you'll have to decide whether a band or a DJ is best for your style. If you and your future spouse have been engaged in many debates on this subject, you’re not alone! Choosing between the two is always tough because there is no real right answer – it all depends on your taste and priorities. It’s important to compare the differences between booking a band versus booking a DJ in order to see which act best aligns with your own celebration.
Hiring a band adds elegance to create an exciting atmosphere. It makes a statement about the formality and opulence of your wedding. As long as you pick the right band, the live performance can add energy. If you have friends and family who won’t dance, they can enjoy watching the band perform. If choosing a specific genre of music such as rock, R&B, soul, pop, or classic tunes, bands can contribute to the overall theme of your wedding.
With a DJ, a wide variety of music can be played. Couples who are very particular can have customized playlists to fit their tastes. A DJ can also take requests more easily to play what your guests want to hear, since he or she will have nearly every song. Remember that a skilled disc jockey can create mashups to make sure every song has a proper dance beat, as well as excite the crowd.