Hiring a Wedding DJ vs Band

Wedding DJ vs Band? One of the biggest questions engaged couples ask themselves when planning their wedding. Often times this decision comes down to a couples’ taste and budget. A band can easily cost from 2 to 10 times as much as a DJ. While hiring a wedding DJ is usually a cost effective option, aside from your budget, you need to decide on the atmosphere you want for your reception. Do you want your guests to have something to watch during the reception? Do you want to hear a wide variety of music? Would you like an emcee present for your entire reception? These are all important things to consider when deciding between hiring a wedding DJ vs band.

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Having worked with some great live musicians over the years, we’ve tried to stay as neutral as possible in our assessment. Read below for our comparison of the two musical options:

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Song Variations

Most couples have requests for specific songs to be played at their wedding. Whether it’s a first dance song, a cake cutting song or just a song they enjoy hearing. A band would play a cover of these requested songs, while a DJ can play the original version of the song. It’s up to the couple to decide if they’d rather hear a cover or original track.

Performance

Having a band at a wedding gives your guests a performance to watch, with the stage often being the focus of the reception. With having a DJ at a wedding, the dance floor will most likely be center of attention. That’s why it is better to have a music live band for your wedding.

Music

A DJ can play an array of music at a wedding. From hip hop to jazz to classical to pop, the opportunities are endless. On the other hand, most bands have a limited repertoire of music that they can play, typically from 20-30 songs. It may be difficult to find a band that can play an assortment of musical genres.

Breaks

Any size band will need to take breaks to rest from performing. During break time, one band member would stay to cover the break or a DJ would cover the break. A DJ will not need to take breaks during your reception. He/she will continuously play music throughout your event.  They will be present for all parts of your reception, allowing the timing of events to easily stay on schedule.

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