No wedding is complete without great wedding entertainment. Choosing the right entertainment option is a big choice, and many people struggle to find the right entertainment for their big day. There is a lot to consider: what time of day is your wedding, what is the average age of your guests, what type of music do you and your partner enjoy, do you want to have a band or a DJ?
Live music vs. a DJ:
One of the first things to think about is whether you want to hire a wedding DJ or have live entertainment at your wedding. Here are some of the pros and cons of each:
– Live music provides lovely ambiance at your wedding. There is something very elegant about having a live band playing live music. The band can play different types of music at different points during the wedding- you do not need to settle on one specific type of music. For example, during dinner they could play some light jazz or background music, and then kick the energy up a notch when people are ready to begin dancing and socializing. One of the downsides of live music is that it often comes with a heft price tag. To hire a whole band, you will be looking at a much larger expense then hiring a single DJ for the night. One way to get around this cost is to ask see if you have any friends who play in a band that would be able to give you a discounted rate for your wedding.
– A DJ also has its benefits and drawbacks: Having a DJ at your wedding means that you have the ability to play nearly any song that is available- you will have thousands of songs at your fingertips! Some people like the ability to pick and choose their songs and play all of their favorite versions of their favorite songs at their wedding. Most DJ’s will request a playlist before the wedding, so they will be prepared to play your favorite songs. They will also come equipped to play a variety of popular wedding songs and will be able to guess what types of requests might be made by your guests based on the type of music you provide them with. A few other benefits of a DJ is that they do not need to take many breaks, so you can have consistent music throughout the festivities, and of course, they are much more affordable than live music. The main drawback of a DJ is that you will not have unique live music at your wedding. All of the tracks played by the DJ will be per-recorded and you will not have any artistic ability to control the songs.
Some people feel strongly about having a live band at your wedding. If this is you, you will be able to find a live band that will meet all your needs. For other people, they prefer to go with a DJ for a cost effective, yet still excellent option for wedding entertainment.