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Wedding DJs vs Wedding Bands? Eight Points to Consider

So what’s it going to be? When it comes to wedding planning decisions one of the major issues is whether to have a DJ or band? Naturally you want your guests to have the time of their life at your wedding and having the right entertainment can make or break the party. Daniel Deelstra from Hero DJs gives his thoughts.
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The right DJ or band can really set the atmosphere at your event once the formalities are done and everyone is ready to kick off their heels.   Ideally you can have both, but not everyone has the budget to cater for this. This article takes a look at the factors that need to be considered when choosing between a band or DJ.

Impact

For impact you really can’t go past a live band. The dynamic impact of a live performance can really start the party.  A DJ performance relies on crowd participation to have an impact.  Whereas guests can enjoy a band without participating on the dance floor.  The right band will absolutely set your wedding apart as a truly memorable event.  Of course the impact of the band depends on how good the band is.  A good DJ is a better choice than the wrong band.  Ideally checking the band out live is the best way to review if they are suitable for your wedding.  If this is not possible go by referrals, online reviews and check out any live recordings they can provide.

Style

You may be able to find a band to suit the style of your reception. For example you may source a big band and singer for a formal function in a hotel, or a funky reggae band for your beach wedding.  Generally Wedding DJs play a wide variety of music so you are less likely to find a specific genre Wedding DJ.

three musicians

Photo Credit: Peter Tea (2010), CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr

Price

A band is more expensive than a wedding DJ.  DJ services can start from as low as $500 for the night. You can expect a professional band to charge above $1500. This is because a band simply has more members than an individual DJ, and they all need to be payed.  If you’re on a budget a DJ is the way to go.  However another option is a combination of a DJ for reception, while getting a solo singer guitarist to do the pre-dinner drinks.  This means you have some live music during the event, but avoid the cost of hiring a band for the whole night.

Photo Credit: Roderick Elme, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

Photo Credit: Roderick Elme, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

Space

A band will generally take up more space than a DJ.  For some venues this won’t be an issue. But if you’re in a smaller venue you may need to choose a DJ to save space for your seating plan.

Requests

If you’re the sort of couple who want to have a large influence on the songs that are played on your wedding day you may want to go with a DJ. Most bands will have a playlist of songs that they can perform that couples can pick from. Armed with a laptop and Wi-Fi a DJ has all the songs they can purchase on iTunes or Spotify at their disposal.  Of course you want to find a DJ that has a solid reputation for playing great music already so you don’t have to dictate their playlist too much.

Violinist

Photo Credit: 維鴻 朱 (2014), CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr

Volume

A band will generally be louder than a DJ, especially if they have a drummer. This can be an asset as good bands have a great impact. However if your venue has a noise restriction you may want to consider getting a DJ to limit the volume.

Breaks

Bands need to take breaks during the reception, where as generally a DJ can play all night.  This is where having both can be a huge success.  Bands and DJs who work together can feed off each other’s energy to really get the party going.  If you can’t afford both get the band to play your party playlist through their PA while they take a break.Generally a DJ will MC your wedding as part of their package at no extra cost.  If you’re planning on having a friend or guest MC this really isn’t an issue.  However if you don’t have someone in mind having a professional DJ MC to run the night can be a big weight of your shoulders. MCing a wedding is a fairly big responsibility that requires organisation. A solid knowledge of how a wedding is run and the formality involved is another benefit of hiring an experienced wedding DJ MC.

Really choosing between a band or DJ comes down to what is important to you as a couple. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.  The important thing is to find a quality provider that matches your wedding style.  Choosing the right entertainment whether it is a band of DJ requires a bit of research. First take a look at a quality online wedding directory to see who advertises in your area.  Take a look at online reviews, talk to your venue for recommendations and most importantly meet with your provider in person.  At the end of the day you want to be 100 per cent confident you made the right choice.  As long as you pick a professional performer who suits your wedding vision it doesn’t matter if it’s a DJ or band and your event will be a huge success.

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