Many couples planning a wedding face the same dilemma – wedding band or DJ? If you and your fiancé are struggling with this decision, it’s likely that your family and friends have strong opinions on who you should choose. Here are some things to consider when making your decision.
As everyone knows, there’s nothing like hearing live music. Anyone who has ever been to a concert or heard live music performed knows it creates a certain energy in the air. It’s exciting and thrilling and the quality of live music cannot be matched. It truly sets the tone of the evening. This is especially true if you’re incorporating a theme in your wedding. A retro glam wedding wouldn’t be the same without a swing band. A Scottish couple celebrating their heritage throughout their entire wedding needs a Scottish Wedding Band to play traditional Ceilidh music. An orchestra would be more appropriate for a large formal wedding. A DJ just wouldn’t be the same in these instances.
There are a few drawbacks to hiring wedding bands. Some bands aren’t very versatile. They are able to perform one genre of music and that’s it. They may not be able to accommodate requests from your guests, or perform popular wedding dance music. Some people just don’t enjoy hearing bands cover their favorite music. This is especially true for your first dance. If you and your fiancé have a special meaningful song that you want played for your first dance, will it be the same hearing someone other than the original artist perform it? You should also be aware that wedding bands will have to take breaks during sets. You’ll need to find out how your band handles their breaks. Is there just dead air, or do they play recorded music for the guests?
The biggest drawback to hiring a live wedding band is the cost. Some bands can be very expensive, depending on how large they are, how many members they have and how long you ask them to play. However, many wedding bands are becoming more competitive with their pricing, so do your research.
For some couples, a DJ is clearly the way to go. A DJ usually has access to thousands upon thousands of songs. You can hear your favorite songs performed by the original artists. Also, DJ’s will be able to take requests from your guests. A good DJ will have the popular music that your friends love, the standard wedding dance music everyone looks forward to hearing, and oldies but goodies that your older guests can enjoy.
DJ’s are usually less expensive than hiring a live band. But you do need to be wary of DJ’s who can’t get the crowd excited. A bad DJ has the potential to ruin your wedding reception. Playing obscure songs, making rude or unusual comments, not taking requests can all throw a huge damper on your wedding reception.
Whatever you decide, you should definitely be sure to check out the band or DJ in action. Ask if you can pop in when they are working at another wedding. Check to see if the dance floor is full and watch to see how they are interacting with guests. The DJ or bandleader typically acts as the emcee during the wedding reception. Make sure he or she has a good personality and relates well to the guest and staff.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s your wedding. While it’s important to make your guests happy, you deserve to choose the entertainment that will make you and your new spouse happy, too. After all, you only get to do this once, so make it count. Throw a party that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives!
Yvone Kon is a former event coordinator and wedding consultant. Now she’s a freelance writer, blogger and mom. She frequently writes about weddings, wedding planning and wedding fashion. She is the author of the blog EventSpiration, providing inspiration and ideas for weddings, parties and holidays. For information regarding freelance writing projects, please contact her via her blog.