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Can't decide who should play your wedding songs? Here's everything you need to know to find the perfect fit for your big day!
Music can really make or break a wedding celebration. It is the heart and soul of your reception and hiring a DJ or Live Band (maybe both) is a must! When deciding who to hire, ask yourself some valuable questions; Does a live band or DJ better suit your personal taste? What’s your budget? Who are your guests and do they love to dance? Think about the genre that best reflects your personalities and inspires the atmosphere you want. Answering these questions is important so here are things to consider before you make your final choice!
Positives: Nothing gets a crowd excited like a live band and your guests get to experience a live performance. They interact with the crowd and it can really be infectious! They can also get a “feel for the room” and select the right music accordingly. Make sure to first check with your venue to see if there are any restrictions of the number of musicians/equipment you can bring in, along with any noise restrictions.
Negatives: Bands can be more expensive than DJs. There will always be exceptions, but generally they are pricier than DJs. Another downfall is no matter how great the band, they will not have the variety of music on hand that a DJ would. If there’s certain songs you want to hear, there’s just no way you will get the original that you were looking for.
Positives: DJs offer an extensive mix of music for all ages. It won’t be a problem for a DJ to find the songs you and your loved ones are dying to hear. The songs played will sound exactly as you want them to, encouraging the crowd to join along! Also, a DJ usually comes with far less equipment, which saves room on the dance floor. A DJ with a magnetic stage presence and excellent emcee skills can really set the mood and keep the party going.
Negatives: If you get a DJ with a not-so-great personality, it can really be a downer and a party killer.
There are lots of ways to combine live music and a DJ for your wedding day. It can build the energy throughout your party and offer a variety of music for guests to enjoy.
Ceremony musicians: You can select a string trio to play traditional music for your ceremony and let a DJ handle everything at the reception.
Musicians for ceremony and cocktails, DJ for the dance floor: If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, you can hire a live music ensemble to stay for an extra hour after the ceremony to play for cocktails as well, and at a fraction of the cost.
Regardless of whether you choose a band or a DJ, be sure they play slow and fast songs, as well as old and new tunes, to encourage all your guests to hit the dance floor!!