It’s no question that behind every fun reception is a talented DJ or band. Both can make for an incredible experience for your guests and neither is a bad choice, but which one is right for you? Here are a few things to consider when making a decision about music for your celebration!
+ Your guests get to enjoy a live performance of incredible music.
+ Non-dancers have something to watch and entertain them.
+ Generally, they have such a dynamic impact that they get people on the dance floor you wouldn’t expect!
+ Envokes more personality and emotion into your day.
+ Significantly more expensive than a DJ. To be fair, there are generally many more members and much more equipment.
+ More equipment means more space required. You need to ensure you select a venue that can hold a band.
+ Overall, they will naturally have less variety in music.
Conclusion: It’s no question that hiring a live band will make your reception space feel alive! When interviewing potential options, I would review the playlist with them to ensure they have a wide variety of genres and songs in their repertoire so the night doesn’t get stale. It’s also important to find out what happens during breaks — will the music continue? Finally, I’d inquire about emceeing as you’ll need someone to keep the evening on schedule and facilitate events. If a band is in your budget and you have the space for it, it’s an amazing option that guests will love!
+ Significantly more affordable than a band.
+ Can play any song imaginable.
+ Less equipment.
+ No lull in music throughout the evening.
+ Will help MC which facilitates the reception events.
+ An overzealous DJ can be a buzzkill on the dance floor.
+ Can play any song imaginable… yep, even Macarena.
Conclusion: If having a wide variety of tunes playing on the dance floor or something genre specific that generally cannot be found in a live wedding band (rap, hip-hop), it may be more enticing to hire a DJ. It’s certainly more cost effective for those on a budget. I would meet with your prospective DJ in person to see what their presence is like; after all, they will be the one convincing guests to partake in the evening’s festivities! Be thorough with your “do not play” list and ensure that guests cannot override that with their requests!